Where journey is destination


The secluded green valleys of Chandragiri and Jeerang hold Odisha’s best kept secrets

Travel is mostly like a dream – imagining yourself in pretty landscapes and turning the chapters of the beautiful canvas of nature, one at a time. As we neared our destination in Odisha’s Chandragiri, it felt exactly like that dream where rolling greens spread like a carpet, floating clouds jealously hugged the mountains alongside and a seamless path ahead dotted with colourful Tibetan prayer flags. The secluded green valley of Chandragiri is a small region cuddled in the lap of Southern Odisha. Located at a distance of about 80 kms from the town of Behrampur, this place houses one of the few Buddhist communities practicing Tibetan Buddhism called ‘Phuntsokling Tibetan Settlement’ that dates back to the early 1960s.

This cross-country trip from Vizag to South Odisha was the supreme example of the journey as the destination. Leaving behind the din of Vizag’s city life as we crossed Behrampur and inched towards Taptapani, known for its natural hot springs, my idea was not to linger anywhere, but to keep on the move.

Full report here Hindu


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