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Konark Sun Temple, Konark

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Take in the architectural prowess, well-preserved art, and historical relevance of Konark Sun Temple, a World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of India. Believed to have been built by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty in 1255 CE, the temple honors the sun god Surya and takes the form of a large chariot, with 24 elaborately carved, 3 m (9.8 ft) stone wheels acting as sun dials. As you tour the complex, note the many erotic maithuna sculptures, and carvings adorning the main pillars, walls, and other features. Using our custom trip planner, Konark attractions like Konark Sun Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Better to visit this place along with guide only.The temple is 35km from Puri & 65 km from Bhubaneswar. It takes maximum 2 hours to reach here from Bhubaneswar airport. Konark sun temple comes under t...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Konark Sun Temple (Odia: କୋଣାର୍କ ସୂର୍ଯ୍ୟ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a 13th-century CE Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa, India. It is believed that the temple was built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty i...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    No words can describe the feeling or the beauty. Architectural marvel, feel proud that this was built so many years ago and yet remains such an incredible piece of architecture. Visit the museum (near...  more »
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  • July 15, 2017
    Sun temple of Konark was built during the 13th century by the kings of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Known for its remarkable architecture and antiquity, the temple is built by carving large boulders of rock and resembles a large stone chariot. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is believed to be the exact spot where Lord Krishna’s son Sambha meditated to cure his leprosy. भारत के प्रमुख और दर्शनीय तीर्थ स्थलों में से एक है, कोणार्क का सूर्य मंदिर. इस मंदिर को UNESCO ने विश्व धरोहर स्थल घोषित किया है. लाल बलुआ पत्थर और काले ग्रेनाइट पत्थर से बने इस मंदिर को गंग वंश के राजा नृसिंहदेव ने बनवाया था.
  • June 17, 2017
    One of the most technical architecture in the world. It broadly tells about India's ancient civil engineering. The wheels shows the time very accurately when sunshine falls on it. If you are a civil engineer you must visit this place at once in your life.you will know the critical designing power of ancient engineers. If u will compare yourself with them you are not equal to their little finger.
  • June 21, 2017
    A great example of great great architecture. The kind of work, the detail, the complexity of the built itself was intriguing! A must visit for those who really knows how to make out of the trip and who respects the work instead of scribbling stuff on the walls! Literally the carvings, the use of astronomy, science that too 800 yrs back! My gosh! Even an inch of its space have an explanatory meaning.
  • June 11, 2017
    Stone tells the tale that is forgotten through the time. So beckons the intricate designs and exotic carvings, each worthy on its own, but also the whole meaning more than the sum of all. Must visit at least once, when India was simultaneously the most free and binding period for the denizens. The story of kings and princes, the sun and its awe, science, religion & culture all clashing together into culmination of the landmark wonder of ancient history. Also, a good place for photographs.
  • July 12, 2017
    This is one of the brilliant piece of ancient architecture in the world. A picturesque monument. Sad that the government is not spending enough to restore it's beauty. Calm place. If you visit Konark, then do go to the Chandrabhaga beach. Great roads.

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Where to stay in Konark

Unsurprisingly, the few accommodations available in Konarak sit close to the famous sun temple. You can find a small selection of hotels, inns, and guesthouses on the main road, which arcs around the temple. If you want something fancier than the basic accommodations in town, look for isolated resorts in the surrounding area. You can also choose to stay in nearby Puri, which offers a much larger selection a day trip away from Konarak.
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