Konark is one of the World Heritage Sites listed by the UNESCO. It is located in the state of Orissa and is around 64 kms from the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The seaside resort of Puri is around 35 kms away. Konark is located on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River. You can experience the grand architecture of ancient India by visiting to Konark.
The Konark Temple in Orissa was constructed in the 13th century and is dedicated to the Sun God. The temple portrays the spectacular pace of the Sun God or Surya. The monument is also known as the Black Pagoda as it is built with black granite rocks. King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty constructed the temple. The temple is shaped like the chariot of the Sun God, which is designed like a huge chariot drawn by seven horses on twelve pairs of wonderfully decorated wheels. There are 2 elegantly carved sculptures of lions crushing war elephants at the entrance.
Konark, Orissa belongs to the Kalinga School of Temples. The temple is bordered by a beautiful garden. There are awe-inspiring sculptures of various humans, divine and semi-divine figures and yakshas in various poses and statures. The complex also has a museum called the Konark Museum. It is supervised by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The Konark Dance Festival is another added attraction of Konark. This classical music and dance festival held every year in the month of February. Numerous dancers, art lovers, and musicians from all parts of the country take part in the festival.
Konark can be reached parts of the state and the country. The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar. Both the places are well linked. The place is also well connected with various part of the state by a well developed road network. It takes around 90 minutes to drive from Puri to Konark.