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Orissa temples & tribal tour provides an opportunity to visit the
famous temples of Konark & Bhubaneshwar and also offers an experience to
watch tribal life style in their own places like Rayagada and Gupteswar
during travelling to 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,
Qutub Minar, Mahavir Ahinsa Sthal and Chhatarpur temple. 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- Lalitgiri - Ratnagiri - Udaigiri -Bhubaneswar
(170 kms/4 hrs)
Early morning post breakfast we will leave for Full day excursion to
Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri & Udaigiri (Jain & Buddhist Monasteries).
Outside the city limits are the Lalitgiri, Udayagiri and Khandgiri caves
which date from the 2nd century, during the time of Jain and Buddhist
occupation of this region. The Jain caves are among the earliest in India
and all the caves were built during the 150 years before Christ. In contrast
to the stark decor of the Jain caves, the Buddhist caves are decorated with
excellent friezes and sculptures. In the evening drive back to Bhubaneswar
for overnight stay at hotel. (B)
Day - 4 - Bhubaneswar - Konark - Puri (56 km / 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 - 5 - Puri - Raghurajapur - Puri (15 km / 30 mins one way)
Morning post breakfast we visit the famous Jagannath temple in Puri.
Afterwards, excursion to Raghurajpur village.
Puri, the popular beach resort, and one of the four holy abodes in India.
Pre-Dravidian and pre-Aryan history relates that a tooth of Buddha was
temporarily enshrined in Puri before being moved to Sri Lanka. The
extraordinary form Jagannath takes in this famous temple is said to be the
unfinished work of the craftsman God, Vishvakarma. This 12th century temple
is known for its Annual Rath Yatra or Car Festival.
The artisan village Raghurajpur near Puri which specializes in
pattrachitra-- an art using vivid colours painted on palm leaves. You will
also see the ancient art of palm leaf etching which, in the 16th century,
was used to illustrate manuscripts. It was this technique which helped shape
the Oriya script to its present rounded form. Overnight stay in Puri. (B)
Day - 6 - Puri - Chilka Lake - (150 km) - Gopalpur -On-Sea (200 km/ 5
Drive to Gopalpur en-route visiting Chilika 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
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 - 7 - Gopalpur -On-Sea - Rayagada (210 km / 5-6 hrs)
Morning at leisure. Post lunch drive to Rayagada and reach there in the
evening. We are now in the tribal belt of Orissa. Orissa has the third
highest concentration of tribals in India and because of the remoteness of
the areas where they live, the tribes are untouched by modern times. Each
has a distinct language and pattern of social and religious customs. Though
economically challenged and a very low rate of literacy, the tribal groups
have highly developed artistic skills as seen in their body paintings,
ornaments, weaving and wall paintings. Music and dance also are an integral
part of their ceremonies and seasonal festivals. Overnight stay in Rayagada.
(B, L, D)
Day - 8 - Rayagada - Saora Tribal Villages - Rayagada (45 km / 1.5 hrs)
Morning drive visiting the Saora tribal villages. Today we will stop at the
villages of the Langia Saoras, a major tribe who live in hilly areas. In
contrast to other tribes who live in clans, the Saoras live in extended
families descended from a common ancestor. The village is administered by a
headman who is assisted by a religious leader and village shamans, or
medicine men, who are able to communicate with deceased ancestors. The walls
of the mud houses are decorated with remarkable paintings and traditional
designs known as IKONS. Saura are one of the oldest known tribes of Orissa.
They are doing shifting cultivation. The ceremonies and festivals of the
Saoras are the occasions when the social bonds are cemented. The Saoras also
practice both sorority and levirate forms of marriage, i.e. a man can marry
his deceased wife's younger sister and woman can marry her deceased
husband's younger brother. We will wander the tribal market. Overnight stay
in Rayagada. (Market only on MONDAY,S) (B,L,D).
Day - 9 - Rayagada - Kothgarh - Rayagada - (100 km / 3-4 hrs / one way)
Today's excursion would be to Kothgarh tribal area to visit Kutia Kondh
tribes. Many of them speak Kuvi, a language derived from the Dravidian
strain of Southern India. Human sacrifice has now been replaced with animal
sacrifice, offering the blood to their supreme goddess represented by a
piece of wood or stone to ensure fertility of the soil. The members of this
tribe still use bows and arrows to protect themselves from wild animals.
Return to Rayagada for overnight stay. (Market only on TUESDAY'S) (B,L,D)
Day - 10 - Rayagada - Chatikona - Jeypore (240 km / 7-8 hrs)
The morning drive today takes us to Jeypore. En-route at Chatikona we visit
a few Dongariya Kondh villages. Dongariya Kondh is a very primitive tribe.
They live at the top of the mountain. And they are doing shifting
Jeypore, the commercial nerve centre of Koraput district, endowed with
falls and forests thronged with colorful wildlife has all such facilities to
serve as the convenient base for visiting the places of interest in and
around. Overnight stay at Jeypore. (Market only on WEDNESDAY'S) (B,L,D)
Day - 11 - Jeypore - Onukudelli - Jeypore (180kms / 4-5 hours)
After breakfast we drive and visit the home of the approximately 6000
members of the fierce Bondas (naked people) of Tibetan-Burmese origin. They
live in the remote hills and keep themselves isolated. They grow rice by
shifting cultivation and keep domesticated cows and goats. They can only be
seen when they come to trade at the local weekly market. The Bonda women are
noticeable by their bead necklaces, striking brass and silver neck lets and
their shaved heads decorated with plaits of palmyra leaves. We will also
visit the colorful Godabas, a Munda tribe who speak in the Austro-Asiatic
dialect called Remo. The Gadabas are one of the very primitive and colourful
tribes of Orissa. They build their houses in two rows facing each other with
some broad way left between them. The economic life of the Gadabas mainly
center on agriculture. (Market only on THURSDAY'S) (B,L,D)
Day - 12 - Jeypore - Kunduli - Jeypore (130 km / 4-5 hrs)
Today drive 65 km to Kunduli, via Sunabeda, to visit the tribal villages of
Paroja and Mali. The weekly market is among the biggest and most colourful
in the region. The Parojas are one of the well-known major tribes of Orissa.
They are broadly divided into two sections, Bada Paroja & Sana Paroja.
Men usually wear lion cloths, napkins and women wear coarse and cheap
sarees. Overnight stay at Jeypore. (Market only on Friday's) (B,L,D)
Day - 13 - Jeypore - Gupteswar - Vishakhapatnam (225 km/ 6-7 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Gupteswar to visit the Dhuruba tribal village.
They are one of the oldest tribes of Orissa and found in Koraput district of
Orissa. As regards the family, the father acts as the head and manages the
family. The income of the family members goes to the headman and it is the
head man's duty to fulfill the needs of the family members. Both nuclear and
joint families are found among the Dhurubas. We can also visit the caves
which were believed to have been the refuge of Lord Rama during his days in
exile and the place he worshiped God Shiva. Overnight stay at Visakhapatnam.
(Market only on SATURDAY'S) (B)
Day - 14 - Vishakapatnam - Mumbai (Flt. CD-7562 - 1430 hrs)
After breakfast visit Simanchalam Temple near Visakhapatnam is one of the
most important Vaishnavite shrines of South India. It has Sri Varahalakshmi
Narasimha Swamy as the presiding deity. Eastern Ganga King Narasimha built
the central shrine in 1267 A.D. With more than 252 inscriptions describring
the antecedents of the temple, it is historically important.
The deity at Simhachalam, the lion-man incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu
appears like a Sivalinga when covered with sandalwood paste. The original
shape of the deity in the tribhanga posture has two hands with the head of a
lion on a human torso.
Next transfer on time to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. Upon
arrival you will be met by our representative and leave for a half day
sightseeing tour covering the Gateway of India, the entrance to the port of
Mumbai. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911.
Historically the Gateway holds greater significance as the last of the
British troops, which left independent India by sea, marched through its
portals. If time permits we can visit Prince Wales Museum & drive on
Marine Drive which runs along the shore of the Arabian Sea from Nariman
Point past Chowpatty Beach to the foot of Malabar Hill. Overnight stay at
Day - 15 - Depart Mumbai
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$ 1025 per person on twin sharing basis
|Based on minimum 04 pax
||US$ 795 per person on twin sharing basis
|Based on minimum 08 pax
||US$ 690 per person on twin sharing basis
|Based on minimum 12 pax
||US$ 645 per person on twin sharing basis
|Single room supplement
Delhi - Bhubaneshwar : US$ 296 per person in economy class
Vishakhapatnam - Mumbai : US$ 256 per person in economy class
Flight Frequency : Daily
Above Cost Includes :
- Rates are not valid from 20 December to 10 January
- Monument charges : US$ 35 per person extra
- Supplement cost of Local speaking escort for Khajuraho : US$ 650
- In India Non Hindus are not allowed to enter in to main gate of the
Cost Does Not Include :
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis with early check in facility.
- A/C transportation as per the itinerary (No transportation on leisure
- All meals in Tribal destination.
- English speaking guide in Orissa as per itinerary
- In Mumbai airport - hotel - airport transfers by hotel car / coach.
- All presently applicable taxes
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Monument charges.
- Any other expenses not mentioned in the cost includes.