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How To Reach Puri
Often known as the spiritual capital of the state of Orissa, Puri is a district packed with remarkable temples that makes it one of the most religiously significant regions in Hinduism. It is a city frequented by devotees and leisure travelers alike, with the well known Jagannath Temple being the most popular tourist site among visitors from all backgrounds.
Apart from the religious monuments, the vibrant festivals and pristine beaches of Puri make this city one of the finest regions in Orissa worth visiting. With easy accessibility, traveling to Puri should prove a convenient affair. Here are some of the most common ways to reach Puri.
The Biju Patnaik International Airport situated in the capital of Bhubaneshwar is the nearest airport from Puri, and the only international airspace in the state of Orissa; the domestic terminal of the airport connects it to all major cities in Orissa. Located 60 km away from Puri, the airport has numerous options with public and private transportation available after landing in Bhubaneshwar to reach Puri directly.
Puri Railway Station is part of the East Coast Railway and is linked to major metropolitans in the country through a number of superfast and express trains running between the cities. The Jagannath Express, Howrah Express, and Purushottam Express are some of the trains operating on a regular basis to and from the district of Puri.
The whole state of Orissa is well connected through a good network of roads, state highways and national highways to neighboring states as well as interconnected cities within Orissa, making road travel a convenient option. The Orissa State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) runs public buses to and from Puri, which are cheap and easily available from everywhere. Private buses and taxis are also available for those looking for a relatively more comfortable journey.
Cycle rickshaws are the most common form of public local transport. There are also auto rickshaws available, but they are not as frequent. Travel agencies in Puri also provide bicycles and motorcycles on rent that can be used to take trips to the coast and to the town of Konark.