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Puri - Jagannath Puri - Place that defies Geographical laws

Jagannath Puri - Place that defies Geographical laws

(23 reviews)
Grand Road of Puri, East Coast, Puri, India
40 mins

About the tour

Jagannath Puri is one of the four Cardinal Institutions established by Adi Sankaracharya in 810 AD. The Lord Jagannath Temple in the heart of the city stands in a 400,000 sq. ft area and has a height of 214 ft., but it doesn't cast any shadow during any time of the day. Visit this city for a glimpse of rich cultural and architectural Indian history. We will walk through on the famous road of "Rath Yatra - Puri " .

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Ayue is a story teller who familiarizes people with the history, customs, culture, traditions of different region/destination/establishment or eminent personalities. He has been guiding for more than a decade.

Ayue has been guiding since May 2007

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Puri with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 40 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Puri. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Janice F.

06 April 2021

Colourful and very interesting

Marta R.

05 April 2021

Very interesting tour.

Loni 🎀(Virginia) ..

04 April 2021

Ayue in Puri: I'm not sure this tour was well planned. Many tours involve walking a trail or road or lake or mountainside to reach the trip's pinnacle. However, along the way, to avoid a long period of downtime and virtual guests listening to breathing sounds or watching footsteps, the guide with share the sites along the way. Very little of that happened during this tour. There were so many interesting buildings and cultural moments that could have been share to make the walk interesting. Maybe next time.

Tina L M.

04 April 2021

I found this tour hard to follow. Not only is Ayue's English quite heavily accented, which I appreciate he can't help, but the whole tour was presented amidst heavy traffic, and through a mask as well - which, by the way, was pointless to protect him or others, as it wasn't over his nose. So absolutely no effect except to make him more muffled. I had to visit Wikipedia afterwards, to get a summary of all the things I should have learnt from the tour, if I'd been able to hear properly. I wasn't that disappointed we couldn't go into the temple - in general, I'd say that has been true of many places of worship - some just as a temporary measure due to the pandemic, but others because they NEVER allow cameras. It is a place of worship first and foremost, so I do understand tourism being construed as disrespectful. Even if we were not allowed in, though, was there nowhere from which we could view and discuss it, except the busy and chaotic main road? I suppose the road in itself was quite an experience. "Hair-raising" would be one way of putting it - I kept worrying Ayue was going to get run over, or that we'd see a crash right in front of us, even if he wasn't involved. I'm sorry I'm not more enthusiastic. Those bits I could catch, I did think: "That's probably very interesting!", but there just wasn't enough. I wanted to understand WHY the flag flies the "wrong" way, and how it's possible to to build a building that casts no shadow. I don't know if this was in the parts I couldn't hear, or just something we were asked to accept as fact.

Latha (Yorkshire, United Kingdom) N.

04 April 2021

Disappointed not able to go into the temple , it would have been better to have some scale models showing the temple and pictures of the actual temple cart-(ratha) and which is the special feature of this whole temple. A bit more historical facts would help improve the tour. More explanation why these deities of the temple in contrast with the conventional stone statues.

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