Temple and Tribal Tour of Central India
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Tour Duration : (16 Nights / 17 Days).
Destinations Covered: Kolkata - Bhubaneswar - Sadeibarini - Nuapatna - Puri -Chilka Lake - Gopalpur - Rayagada - Kothgarh - Jeypore - Ankadelli - Jeypore- Jagdalpur - Kanker- Kondagaon - Narayanpur - Kanker - Raipur - Kolkata / Delhi
Day 01: Arrive Kolkata
Kolkata On your arrival at Kolkata, you will be met by our company representatives and transferred to the hotel. Overnight Stay will be at Kolkata.
Day 02: Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar
After breakfast, morning will be at your leisure. In the afternoon, in time transfer to domestic airport to board a flight (IC 7542-15:20 hrs) to Bhubaneswar. Arrive at Bhubaneswar and check into the Hotel. Bhubaneswar, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Orissa, is an important and sacred temple city of India. One of the famous ancient cities of India, Bhubaneswar represents a fine blend of art, architecture and ancient culture. After freshen up, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Bhubaneswar. Visit some of the most enchanting Temples of the city. Bhubaneswar is known for some enchantingly beautiful temples clustered around the Bindusagar Tank, which date back from the 7th -11th century AD. Visit the famous 11th century Lingaraja Temple, the late 10th century beautifully decorated Muktesvara Temple and the 7th century Parusurameswara Temple, a small but richly decorated shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. If the time permits, visit the Lingaraja Temple and Parusurameswara Temple to see evening ceremony. Overnight Stay will be at Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneshwar Day 03: Bhubaneswar - Sadeibarini - Nuapatna - Bhubaneswar
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of amazing caves on the fringes of Bhubaneswar. Visit the 2nd century BC Buddhist and Jain Caves of Udayagiri and Khandgiri. The Jain caves are among the earliest in India and all the caves were built during the 150 years before Christ. Afternoon, enjoy an excursion to visit metal village at Sadeibarini to discover about the unique Dhokra Casting and textile weaving village Nuapatna to know about the Ikat tradition of Orissa - the gloriously woven, gem-colored design, in gorgeous yarn of silk and cotton.
Day 04: Bhubaneswar - Puri
After breakfast, we drive to Puri, enroute visiting Dhauli Peace Pagoda and Pipili Appliqué Village. Arrive at Puri and check into the Hotel. Puri is one of the four most sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindus. Also an exotic beach resort of India, Puri is famous for its beautiful temples including the famous Lord Jagannath Temple. Other tourist attractions at Puri include the Sankaracharya Ashram and Narendra Tank. Afternoon, we drive to Konark (45 km) to see the beautiful Konark Sun Temple. Built by King Langula Narasimha Deva in the 13th century AD, the Temple represents the golden era of Orissan art and architecture. In the evening return to Puri. Overnight stay will be at Puri.
Day 05: Puri
After breakfast, visit the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri. Thereafter, enjoy an excursion to Raghurajpur Village - an artisan village near Puri, which specializes in pattrachitrs, an art using vivid colors painted on palm leaves. Overnight stay will be at Puri.
Day 06: Puri - Chilka Lake - Gopalpur
After breakfast, visit the community at Belakati, which specializes in work with bell metal. Thereafter, we drive to enchanting Chilka Lake through scenic countryside and attractive villages. Chilka Lake 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. A bird watcher's paradise, Chilka is home to one of the world's largest breeding colonies of flamingos. Other than the birds, Chilka is also popular for its unique wildlife and aquatic life, including the famous Chilka dolphin. Arrive at Chilka and enjoy a boat ride on the lake to explore the avian life and Kalijai Temple, abode of the presiding deity of the lake. Thereafter, we will drive to Gopalpur on Sea, an ancient seaport famous for its sand dunes, groves of coconut palm and casuarinas. Overnight stay will be at Puri.
Day 07: Gopalpur - Rayagada
Enjoy an early morning visit to Berhampur - the unique village of fishermen and weavers famous for Berhampur tassar sari, towel, dupatta and dhoti. Thereafter, we drive to Rayagada (180 km). Rayagada is an ideal base for visiting the nearby places of interest. Hatipatthar (a huge boulder appearing like an elephant) is only 3 km from here, is a place of great scenic beauty with two waterfalls on the course of river Nagavali. Arrive at Rayagada and check into the Hotel. Overnight stay will be at Rayagada.
Day 08: Rayagada
During the next six days (Day 08- 13), you will be visiting some fascinating tribal settlements of the region. Orissa has the third highest concentration of tribal population in India. The tribes of Orissa live in remote and dense forests and are relatively untouched by modern civilization. Each tribe of the region has a distinct language and pattern of social and religious customs. The tribal groups of Orissa have highly developed artistic skills, which can be seen in their body paintings, ornaments, weaving and wall paintings. Music and dance also are an integral part of their ceremonies and seasonal festivals. After breakfast today, we will visit the villages of the Saoras Tribe, a major tribe who live in hilly areas. Their walls of the mud houses are decorated with remarkable paintings, traditional designs. Also visit the unique tribal market. Overnight stay will be at Rayagada.
Day 09: Rayagada - Kothgarh - Rayagada
After breakfast today, enjoy an excursion to the Kothgarh Tribal Area. The unique tribes of the region were once famous for Human Sacrifice, which 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. Overnight stay will be at Rayagada.
Day 10: Rayagada - Jeypore
After breakfast, we drive to Jeypore (230 km - 5 hrs), enroute visiting Chatikona to witness an interesting and colorful weekly market of the Dongaria Kondh Tribes. Visit and explore few villages of the primitive Dongaria Kondh Tribes, once famous for the human sacrifice. Today, these hilly tribes come down from Niayamgiri hill range with varieties of fruits and animals and it's a unique opportunity to see them before they mix with other community in the market. Enjoy free time in the market. Arrive at Jeypore and check into the Hotel. Jeypore, the commercial center of Koraput district, is endowed with enchanting falls and forests full of amazing wildlife. Jeypore is a convenient base to explore this fascinating region of Orissa. Overnight stay will be at Jeypore.
Bonda Tribes Day 11: Jeypore - Ankadelli - Jeypore
After early breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Ankadelli (70 km) to witness the most primitive and interesting tribal market of the Bonda Tribes. Bordering the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, the place is known for its enchanting mountain, forest and waterfall. Walk about 2-3 km inside the forest to see the Bonda men and women coming down from the interiors of the forest side. Bondas are the most primitive tribe of India or otherwise known as the naked tribes of the mountain. Bonda women with their silver and brass rings around necks and a small piece of cloth wrapped down to cover half of the private area present the best example of primitive culture. The women are also noticeable by their bead necklaces, striking brass and silver necklets and their shaved heads decorated with plaits of Palmyra leaves. Also, Bonda men with their bows and arrows and country made liquor, are fascinating to watch. In the afternoon, we drive to Lamtaput region to see the colorful Godabas- another primitive tribal community. Thereafter, we drive to Gupteswar (60 km) to visit the caves, which were believed to have been the refuge for Lord Rama during his exile. On the way, we will also visit few villages of Dhurva Tribes. Later, we drive back to Jeypore. Overnight stay will be at Jeypore.
Day 12: Jeypore - Jagdalpur
After breakfast, we drive to Jagdalpur (90 km) enroute visiting some typical and interesting Chhattisgarh villages and Kunduli Market at Kotapada. Chhattisgarh is a neighboring state of Orissa. Jagdalpur is the district headquarters of the famous Bastar tribal region. Arrive at Jagdalpur and check into the hotel and relax. Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.
Day 13: Jagdalpur
After early breakfast, we drive to the famous Kanger Valley National Park. Kanger Valley is known for its unique wildlife and beautiful and verdant surroundings, regarded as one of the finest virgin forests tracts on earth. Capture the breathtaking scenic beauty in your camera. We'll also explore one of the limestone caves of the region, known for beautiful stalagmite and stalactite formations. Later, enjoy a visit to the famous Tiratgarh Fall. The region is also famous for some fascinating tribes and it would be a wonderful opportunity to see the tribal people in their own natural habitat. We will also to explore some of Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts. In the evening, we drive back to Jagdalpur. Overnight stay will be at Jagdalpur.
rayagada Day 14: Jagdalpur - Kanker
Today after breakfast, we drive to Kanker, enroute visiting Maria and Muria Tribes and a colorful weekly market in Narayanpur. If conditions are favorable, enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars in authentic Bastar style. You will also be entertained by a colorful dance and music performance of the tribal people. Arrive at Kanker and check into the beautiful Kanker Palace. Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.
Day 15: Kanker - Kondagaon - Narayanpur - Kanker
After breakfast at the Palace, get set for exploring the fascinating tribal regions of Bastar, which can indeed be a lifetime experience for you. Climb up the forested Keshkal Ghat with your royal guide and visit a colorful weekly market, which provides you with a good opportunity to meet the local tribes. Visit the famous tribal regions of Kondagaon and Narayanpur and discover about some of Bastar's finest handicrafts and the people who make them. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the lush green surroundings of Sal forests. In the evening, enjoy a dance performance by young members of Bastar's unique 'Ghotul' dormitory system. Late return to the Palace and enjoy a late dinner with the royal family. Overnight stay will be at Kanker Palace.
Day 16: Kanker - Raipur
After breakfast at the Palace, we drive to Raipur, enroute visiting several handicraft centers for those last-minute souvenirs of your Bastar experience. Arrival at Raipur and transfer to railway station to board an overnight train to Kolkata. Overnight will be onboard the Train.
Day 17: Raipur - Kolkata
Early morning arrival (06:25am) at Kolkata and transfer to the Hotel. Check into the Hotel and relax. Afternoon, visit the famous Victoria Memorial and Kalighat Temple, the main Kali temple in Kolkata, to observe the evening ceremony. Late night transfer to airport to board the flight for your onward destination or way back home with sweet memories of Central India Tour.
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