The journey: 500 km; 10 hours driving time; night halt at Bhubaneswar
The first leg of this road trip will have you drive past some of Kolkata’s most iconic sights, setting you off to a great start. Make your first stop at Kolaghat, where you can grab breakfast and visit the Kolaghat Flower Market for a little dose of colour. Once you get back on the road, we suggest you stay behind the wheel and make as few stops as possible, so as to make good time. Once you reach Odisha, take a break and explore Cuttack, if you need to stretch your legs for a bit. Hit the road once again and head over to Bhubaneswar, where you can grab lunch and indulge in some Eastern Indian cuisine. There’s a lot to explore in Bhubaneswar—temples such as Lingaraj and Mukteshwar, the Udayagiri and Khandagiri Hills, the Museum of Tribal Art and Artefacts, and more. Spend a day here, it’s definitely worth it. Once you’re back on the road, Konark is within sight. But, before you hit your final destination, stop at the lovely town of Raghurajpur and treat yourself to the wonderful handicrafts this little town has to offer.
About Konark: Odisha is home to some of the country’s most intricate and stunning temples, and the Sun Temple at Konark is in a league of its own. Known as the ‘Black Pagoda’, this temple, along with the Puri Temple served as a landmark for vessels out at sea in the Bay of Bengal. With a string of lovely temples, seafood and a stunning coastline, Konark is your quintessential temple town.
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