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Explore Orissa

10 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Kolkata  |  from USD $3,495

Commencing in Kolkata, we journey south to Bhubaneshwar, home to more than 500 temples. After visiting the unique tribal villages of Orissa, we round off our adventure with a trip to Puri, home to the World Heritage listed Sun Temple at Konark

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Kolkata

On arrival in Kolkata you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Kolkata

Day 2

Kolkata City Tour

Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar. 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 Shatabdi Express (A/C wagon) to Bhubaneshwar.
Overnight: Bhubaneshwar  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Bhubaneshwar

Bhubaneshwar - Rayagada. This morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Bhubaneshwar - state capital and home to more than 500 temples. The 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 on the Hirakhand Express (A/C wagon).
Overnight: Overnight train  |  Breakfast

Days 4-5

Jhigidi Village

Rayagada - Jhigidi Village On day 4 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.

On day 5 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: Jhigidi Village  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 6

Tribal villages & Taptapani

Jhigidi Village - Taptapani. 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: Taptapani  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 7-8

Puri & Chilika Lake

Taptapani - Puri. Explore Taptapani on day 7 which 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.

The following day 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: Puri  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 9-10

Kolkata

Puri - Kolkata. Spend the morning at leisure in Puri before boarding the Shatabdi Express (A/C wagon) back to Kolkata on day 9. The following day our touring arrangements come to an end after hotel check out. Transfer to the airport for your journey home.
Breakfast x 2

Visit the Kingdom of Bhutan

Bolt-on a 7 day Bhutan Breakaway!
Come to the Kingdom of Bhutan! Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan has for centuries remained cautiously aloof from the rest of the world. Opening its doors to the world in 1974, Bhutan's incredible scenery & hospitable charm has been revealed to travellers hungry for new experiences.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

 
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Explore Orissa - 10 Days
USD $3495
USD $1250

Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel i.e. during India’s peak travel season of 21 Dec - 10 Jan, additional supplements will apply. Equally, if you with to travel to India during the summer, rates will be cheaper than those quoted. Please bear this in mind if comparing prices as we always aim to deliver exceptional value.

This itinerary is based upon standard accommodation. Upgrades to Superior or Deluxe properties may be available in larger towns/cities.

Please note that discounts will apply if there are more 4 our more people in your travelling party, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.

Trip Highlights

Cultural Kolkata - the famous Victoria Memorial, historic Indian Museum, colourful Howrah flower market and Hooghly River
Konark - World Heritage Sun Temple
Puri - home of the imposing Jagannath Temple
Chilika Lake - Asia's largest lagoon
Kutia Kondh tribal villages and markets
Bhubaneshwar - the temple city of India and the state capital
Coastal Pipli - the capital of applique craft
Taptapani - Sulphur Spring Shrine and Chandragiri Tibetan Settlement
Jhigdi - village of the jewellers of the Kondh group

Included

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Guided tour of the World Heritage Sun Temple at Konark
Airport arrival and departure transfers for days 1 and 10
Services of English-speaking Indian guides at some sties
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle
8 nights - superior hotels (standard hotels available on request), 1 night on overnight train
Return train journey Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar/Puri. Train journey from Bhubaneshwar - Rayagada
Touring of Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Pipli, Puri, Taptapani and tribal villages
Entrance fees to all included sights

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
Tour Details
Starts
Kolkata
Ends
Kolkata
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard or Superior
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
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