Vishwa Shanti Stupa Bhubaneswar Odisha : As adventure activities run through me, getting to Vishwa Shanti Stupa Bhubaneswar Odisha was nowhere an easy task. Though, its proximity to my hotel made it simpler for me to explore the iconic monument. It is also termed as world peace pagoda and bears striking uniqueness. On the interiors, the stupa is decorated with idols of Lord Buddha. Its peacefulness and calmness works as a rejuvenator.
Camping in a dense forest always remained my dream from the time when I was a teenager and I was supposed to join my school’s NCC team, but due to some problems the chance was missed. But it is said that there is never too late to begin anything, and this saying proved it right when I again got the opportunity to spend some time in the most famous mangrove forest of India known as the Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha. Since all my friends loved different kinds of foods and were passionate about adventure, we were extremely excited and decided to spend more time there. We had contacted the Sand pebbles jungle resorts to book our Swiss tents which offered all the amenities such as attached bathroom, 24-hour water supply, complimentary meals, bonfire place, well-furnished tents, restaurant, fishing rod, etc.
After checking out the exhibits at the state museum, we hired a private car to reach Khola, which was one of the entry points to enter the park. The park was different than what I had seen and read on the website. It was equally as good as we had seen in the photo gallery on the website. The large and dense mangrove forest was embedded with varieties of different species and breeds of animals, birds and water bodies. The forest was located in Kendrapara district of Orissa and was known for its embracing floral and faunal beauty and enthralling eco systems with its heart-touching natural showers. It was also known as the land of species where teams of scientists, nature lovers, tourists and scholars came to quench their thirst of exploring the forest.
We began with the mouth-watering breakfast comprised of hot vegetable cutlets, grilled sandwiches, etc., and we went on trekking the forest with a joy of experiencing nature in real and saw almost all the animals such as deer, jungle cat, wild boar, leopard cat, and reptiles like crocodile, turtle, and lots of migratory birds. However, kingfisher was surprisingly colorful. Though the journey was long, there were so many things to see that it seemed to be very short one, which ended in a wink of an eye and left back the memories of a wonderful weekend in a forest like Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha.
We started the next day visiting the famous Odisha State Museum, Odisha which was close to the hotel we had stayed in. After reaching there, we found that it was the right place to begin the trip for the entire day. The place was well-established and designed with gardens and fountains. The museum was established way back in the year 1932 when two of the famous historians namely Professor N. C Banerjee and Professor Dash started collecting the ancient treasures and other products from different places of the state. The museum was then placed on a small building within the Ravenshaw College at Cuttack. But it was after the year 1938 that the government took the initiative to shift the museum to a full-fledged building. That led to the foundation of the beautiful state museum of Odisha. With the support from the government, the museum began to grow and by the year 1950 it was one of most famous museums in the country.
To promote and publish the importance of the state museum, different leaflets were published in local language and other languages like Hindi and English. This was done to make the local people aware of the importance of the pieces stored at the museum. We came to know that the present building was established in the year 1960 before the museum was shifted completely. The whole museum was divided into different categories such as the epigraphy, armoury, mining, history, patta paintings, anthropology, numismatics, geology, palm leaf manuscript, and many more. The state museum had one of the best collections of different items, which were collected during different periods of time.
The museum was maintained and handled by the Department of Cultural affairs under the Government of Odisha. The Odisha State Museum, Odisha was amongst the best tourist destinations and we could spot people from different parts of the country. An important feature of the museum was that it was categorically divided into different blocks. It enabled the visitors to choose the places that they would love to go without wandering all around the place. We could learn a lot of details and facts related to the culture and history of the state.
Puri Beach, Odisha : I had heard so much about the popular Puri Beach. Although my hometown Chennai is bestowed with a number of amazing beaches and shorelines, I was determined to visit this particular beach with my friends. Along with a great sense of tranquility, I countered my inner peace for Puri Beach Odisha is not only a tourist attraction but a sacred place as well.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!