the eastern part the city of Kolkatta is a storehouse of colonial
memorabilia. It is from here the monumental British Raj was launched.
Orissa has got a varied culture, crafts, fine beaches, bird and animal
life, but it is famous for its multitude of Hindu stone temples. The
city of Bubaneswar endows its character from the temples that are
scattered in and around it. But nothing can compare the "Black
Pagoda" or the Sun temple of Konark, which is a masterpiece of
Orissan temple architecture.
Sun Temple, Orissa
The great temple of Konark, is an enormous chariot of the Sun God,
Surya, with 12 pairs of exquisitely carved wheels, drawn by galloping
horses. A magnificent work of art, this temple is also known as the
& Khandagiri caves, Orissa
Not many caves have got as much significance after the Maharashtrian
caves as much the Khandhagir and Udaygiri Caves have. These caves are
considered to be the one of the most sacred Jain pilgrimage centers
situated in Orissa.
Nalanda translates as 'the place that confers the lotus' or spiritual
knowledge. A monastic university flourished here from the 5th to the
11th century. It is said to have contained nine million books, with
2,000 teachers to impart knowledge to 10,000 students who came from all
over the Buddhist world. .
Bodhgaya is small and quiet town, which is the most important of all
the Buddhist sites in the world. Apart from being a vital Buddhist
centre, it is also a significant archaeological site.
Lingaraja Temple, Orissa
The temple of Lingaraja is the perfect example of Orissan architecture.
The plastic embellishment of the temple is of equally exquisite