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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Kolkata, included transfer to hotel. Overnight at Kolkata Peerless Inn (or similar)
This morning enjoy a city tour visiting the stately Indian Museum the oldest and largest in India, the Victoria Memorial, Howrah Flower Market, St Paul’s Cathedral and the extraordinary Marble Palace which houses paintings by Rubens, Titian and Reynolds. This afternoon board the Coromandal Express (1st class A/C wagon) enroute to Bhubaneshwar. Overnight at The Trident hotel(or similar)
Today we have sightseeing tour of Bhubaneshwar - state capital and home to more than 500 temples. A visit is made to the Sun Temple at Konark, a World Heritage Site. Later visit Puri on the Bay of Bengal, blessed with golden beaches and is home to the Jagannath Temple. Our final stop of the day is at the coastal town of Pipli which is renowned for it’s handicrafts, patchwork and exquisite appliqué. This evening board the over night train to Rayagada
We arrive into Rayagada in the morning and drive to Jhigidi Village. Jhigidi Village is famous for jewellery made by the local Kondh tribe and it is your home for the next two nights. The remains of the day are free for you to explore the village and watch the locals making jewellery. Overnight at The Residency (or similar)
we visit one of the most fascinating and primitive divisions of the Kondh tribes, the Kutia Kondh. Once known for their human sacrifice, the tribal women tattoo their faces geometrically, so they are able to recognise one another in the spirit world. Kutia means cave and legend has it that they were cursed by their ancestral god and have lived in the caves away from the rest of the tribe ever since. If you're here on Tuesday, you'll be lucky enough to experience the weekly market at Kotgarh, where the tribal people of the region gather to buy and sell goods. Overnight at The Residency (or similar)
On day 6 drive to Chatikona to visit the bustling and colourful local market of the Dongaria Konch Group, who were once known for their Meria (human) Sacrifice, until it was stopped by the British Army. Continue on to Taptapani, stopping en route to visit Bara Paraja and Sana Paraja Villages. Overnight at Panthanibas (or similar)
Explore Taptapani it is famous for its perennial hot spring of medicinal sulphuric waters. Touring includes a visit to the Chandragiri Tibetan Settlement and Taptapani Sulphur Spring Shrine. Then drive to Janhikuda for an excursion on Chilika Lake, Asia's largest lagoon, which is famous for its migratory birds and dolphins. spend the next two nights in the city of Puri on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. Overnight at Mayfair Puri (or similar)
Today explore Puri which is blessed with beautiful beaches and famous for its imposing Jagannath Temple and visit the spectacular Sun Temple in Konark, which is a World Heritage Site. The temple was built as a chariot for the sun god Surya and has 24 gigantic stone wheels, 7 horses and many elaborate carvings. Overnight at Mayfair Puri (or similar)
The morning is at leisure before boarding the Dhauli Express train to Kolkata. Afternoon arrival and hotel check in. Overnight at Kolkata Peerless Inn (or similar)
Enjoy free time exploring the showpiece capital of the British Raj. Kolkata also possesses numerous churches, temples and Botanical Gardens for you to walk around at leisure. Overnight at Kolkata Peerless Inn (or similar)
The final day includes hotel check out and transfer to the airport for the journey home
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