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Orissa temple tour offers sacred journey in Orissa temples that are
ancient, architecturally unique and offer a quick insight into the psyche of
people of Orissa, their customs and traditions. It includes sightseeing in
Chilka lake, religious Puri temples and Sun temple of Konark in India.
Day - 1 - Arrive Delhi
You arrive in Delhi by International flight SU-535 at 0330 hrs. After a
traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at the
airport and to our hotel for check-in. After breakfast we will go on a
guided tour of Delhi at 1100 hrs, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip
to Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat followed by the drive around India Gate and
President's House. In the afternoon visits to Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple
and Qutub Minar. Overnight stay. (B)
Day - 2 - Delhi - Bhubaneswar (Flt. At IC-877 / 1145 - 1345 hrs)
Morning post breakfast on time transfer to airport to board the flight for
Bhubaneswar. Upon arrival assistance and check-in hotel.
Bhubaneswar has some stunning temples clustered around the Bindusagar Tank.
Of the original 7000 only 500 remain dating from the 7th century to the 11th
century. Of these the most outstanding is the 11th century Lingaraja Temple
which represents the peak of Orissa art and the late 10th century and
beautifully decorated Muktesvara temple which belongs to the end of the
phase of temple building. Close to the Mukteswara Temple is the
Parsurameswara Temple, a small but richly decorated shrine of Shiva that was
built in the 7th century. It is one of the best preserved. It has sculptures
featuring amorous couples, animals and floral motifs.
In the evening we visit the great temples of Lord Shiva: The Lingraj Temple
and Parusurameshwara Temple. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)
Day - 3 - Bhubaneswar - Konark - Puri (56 Kms / 2 Hrs)
Morning post breakfast we drive to Puri, en-route visiting Dhauli and Pipli
villages, then visit Konark (Sun Temple).
Dhauli is where Mauryan Emperor Ashoka the Great, renounced bloody warfare
and embraced the teachings of Buddha after victory over kingdom of Kalinga.
We visit the Peace Pagoda known as the Shanti Stupa built in early 1970 by
Japanese. We also stop at two ancient rock edicts, today eclipsed by the
presence of the Pagoda. Dating from 260 BC they outline Ashoka's detailed
instructions to his administrators to rule with gentleness and fairness. The
sculpted elephant atop the edict signifies the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka's
conversion to Buddhism after his Kalinga victory. Our next stop is the
colorful village of Pipili where we can see Orissan Handicrafts, the
specialty is appliqué work.
Afternoon drive to Konark (45 km). In Konark, visit to the Temple - Chariot
of The Sun God, built by King Langula Narasimha Deva in the thirteenth
century A.D. in the golden era of Orissan art. This crowning piece of
Orissan architecture and sculpture is sheer poetry in stone. Everyday the
Sun rises from the lap of the blue ocean close by and casts its first gentle
rays on the sanctum sanctorum and then circles the temple during the course
of the day, illuminating the three magnificent images of the morning Sun,
the mid-day sun and the setting sun. Return to Puri for overnight. (B)
February Attraction : Performance of the Annual Dance Festival which is
held by the stunning ruins of the Sun Temple. Renowned exponents of Indian
classical dance forms participate at this festival. Return to Puri for
Day - 4 - Puri
Puri is one of the four most important pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Today
in the morning we visit the Jagannath temple of Puri. The temple of Lord
Jagannath (God Vishnu), who is considered the preserver of the world in
Hinduism, attracts thousands on feast every day, particularly at the time of
'Rath Yatra' (the car festival). The Jagannath temple is also referred as
the white Pagoda and it accommodates 5000 priests in its premises. It's an
experience to observe the activities of the pilgrims visiting this unique
temple. It is one of the most sacred temples in India. In the afternoon we
visit the Puri beach. The Puri Beach is also known as one of India's finest
beaches. Puri Beach attracts millions of travelers to India with its
strategic setting and religious importance. Overnight stay. (B)
Day 05 - Puri - Chilka Lake - Gopalpur -On-Sea (200 km/ 5 hrs)
Drive to Gopalpur en-route visiting Chilka Lake, famous for bird sanctuary.
The drive to Chilka Lake takes us through scenic countryside and attractive
villages. Chilka lies in the heart of coastal Orissa. The pear-shaped lake,
spread over 1,100 sq km, is Asia's largest inland salt-water lagoon. It is
dotted with small islands and has an impressive array of bird life, both
native and migrant. White bellied sea eagles, greylag geese, purple moorhen,
jacana, herons and flamingos are among the many species which make the lake
a bird watcher's delight. Chilka, in fact, is home to one of the world's
largest breeding colonies of flamingos. Other than the birds, Chilka's
shores are home to blackbuck, spotted deer, golden jackals and hyenas, and
the lake is rich in aquatic life- its waters harbour around 160 species of
fish, crustaceans and other marine creatures, including the famous Chilka
dolphin. Prawn, crab and mackerel fishing are an important source of
livelihood for the local people, and hundreds of small fishing boats set
sail each morning to bring in the day's catch from the lake.
Afterwards we will drive to Gopalpur on Sea, an ancient sea port not often
visited by tourists. Sand dunes, groves of coconut palm and casuarinas
separate the small town from the beach.
Upon arrival check-in hotel for overnight stay. (B)
Day 06 - Day 07 - Gopalpur -On-Sea
Days at leisure and overnight stay at hotel. (B)
Day - 08 - Gopalpur -On-Sea - Bhubaneshwar (200 km/ 5 hrs)- Delhi (Flt.
IC-878 / Dep. At 1430-1630 hrs)
Morning post breakfast drive to Bhubaneshwar airport to board the flight
for Delhi. Upon arrival assistance and check-in hotel for overnight stay.
Day - 09 - Depart Delhi
Our tour concludes : We thanks you for your patronage and ensures a
punctual transfer to the International airport for your onward travel.
Tour Cost (Using Budget Hotels)
Airfare extra (Airfares are subject to change as per airlines
|Based on minimum 02 pax
||US$ 475 per person on twin sharing basis
|Based on minimum 04 pax
||US$ 390 per person on twin sharing basis
|Based on minimum 08 pax
||US$ 360 per person on twin sharing basis
|Based on minimum 12 pax
||US$ 340 per person on twin sharing basis
|Single room supplement
Delhi - Bhubaneshwar : US$ 296 per person in economy class
Bhubaneshwar - Delhi : US$ 296 per person in economy class
Flight Frequency : Daily
Above Cost Includes :
- Rates are not valid from 20 December to 10 January
- Supplement cost of Local speaking escort : US$ 350
- Monument charges : US$ 25 per person extra
- In India Non Hindus are not allowed to enter in to main gate of the
Cost Does Not Include :
- 08 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis with early check in
- Buffet Breakfast
- A/C transportation as per the itinerary (No transportation on leisure
- English speaking guide in Orissa as per itinerary.
- All presently applicable taxes.
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Monument charges.
- Any other expenses not mentioned in the cost includes.