Tour Duration : (14 Nights / 15 Days). ( the dates can be rearranged according to the situation.)
FEE : 1200-1500$USD Per person. INCLUDES ( STAY + FOOD ( Vegetarian breakfast and dinner ) + local transport + guide if required. Tickets at the tourist places has to be bear by the tourists themselves. : Advance booking is 500$USDper person has to be paid to KIAR, minimum 1 month before the Tour date starts.
Bhubaneshwar is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa. The city has a history of over 3,000 years starting with the Mahamegha-bahana Chedi dynasty (around the 2nd century BCE) which had its capital at Sisupalgarh, nearby. Bhubaneswar, derived its name fromTribhubaneswar, which literally means the Lord (Eeswar) of the Three World (Tribhuban), which refers to Shiva. It is the largest city in Odisha and is a centre of economic and religious importance in EasternIndia.
With many Hindu temples, which span the entire spectrum of Kalinga architecture, Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a Temple City of India and together with Puri and Konark it forms the Swarna Tribhuja (“Golden Triangle”), one of eastern India’s most visited destinations.The modern city was designed by the German architect Otto Königsberger in 1946. It was one of modern India’s first planned cities. Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are often referred to as the twin-cities of Odisha. The metropolitan area formed by the two cities had a population of 1.4 million in 2011. Bhubaneswar is categorised as a Tier-2 city. An emerging Information Technology (IT) and education hub, Bhubaneswar is one of the country’s fastest-developing cities.
Day 01 : ARRIVAL AT BHUBANESWAR
On arrival at Bhubaneswar airport .Recieved by our representative . Then transfer to Residency. Introduction and tour kit and other formalities. Having introduction to India and Odisha and knowing the culture and the country followed by food and rest.
Day02: EXPLORING THE TEMPLES :IN BHUBANESWAR
Morning after breakfast visit to famous city temples including Lingaraj, Parsurameswar, Mukteswar ( Mukteswar temple, one of the most prominent temples of Bhubaneswar, has been constructed in the style that is quite similar to the one used in the Kalinga School of Temple Architecture and know as the ‘gem of Odisha architecture’ ), Rajarani temple . Back to Residency
Day 03 : NADANA KANANA ZOOLOGICAL PARK for white tiger and other animals
Morning after breakfast visit to Nandankanan Zoo ( closed on Monday ).This Zoo is famous for the white tiger safari and Botanical garden. World’s most number of white tigers are found in this zoo alone. This park is a 400-hectare (990-acre) zoo and botanical garden in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Established in 1960, it was opened to the public in 1979 and became the first zoo in India to join World Association of Zoos and Aquariums(WAZA) in 2009. It also contains a botanical garden and part of it has been declared a sanctuary. Nandankanan, literally meaningThe Garden of Heavens. Back to Residency
Day 04 : KHANDAGIRI Caves : THE JAIN ROCK CUT CAVES
Morning after breakfast visit to Khandagiri & Udaigiri Jain caves ( 300 BC rock cut caves, the caves are reminiscent of influence of Buddhism and Jainism in Odisha (Orissa) Also one can experience the friendly and social monkeys. In return visit to tribal museum ( closed on Monday ). Tribal Museum is a museum in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It has life-sized authentic tribal dwellings, created by the tribal craftsmen offers a view of the State’s tribal heritage. It has sections which showcase tribal artefacts and objects, focusing on well researched, documented cultural life of tribals of Odisha. Back to Residency
Day 05 : BHUBANESWAR – KONARK – PURI
Morning after breakfast drive to Puri enroute visit Dhauli ( Budhist stupa / peace pagoda ) Dhauli hill is located on the banks of the river Daya, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar in Odisha (India). It is a hill with vast open space adjoining it, and has major Edicts of EmpororAshoka (who spreded Buddhism from INDIA to the whole world ) engraved on a mass of rock, by the side of the road leading to the summit of the hill. Dhauli hill is presumed to be the area where the Kalinga War was fought.
Konark Sun Temple ( famously known as black pagoda ). The Sun Temple was built in the 13th century and designed as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, Surya, with twelve pairs of ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses. Some of the wheels are 3 meters wide. Only six of the seven horse still stand today. The main temple fell into disuse after an envoy of Jahangir desecrated the temple in the early 17th century.
Puri the magical city : Puri’s vibrant and narrowly packed streets with brightly painted houses, pastiches of colonial buildings, has a charm of its own. The Jagannath Temple which soars out of these streets dominates the skyline. The Chakratirtha (CT) Road to the East, the waterfront of Marine Drive Road to the West, and the score of hotels, resorts in the middle and the crammed Bada Danda street with lodges and shops selling religious souvenirs and the colourful pattachitra paintings are the hubs of action. The long stretch of coast, much cleaner towards the eastern end, remains crowded with sun bathers and swimmers in the season with local fishermen serving as life guards. Barring the pilgrims, congregating in hundred thousands during the annual Rath Yatra. One can enjoy the Famous Sand arts at the Puri beach. Overnight at Puri.
Day 06 : RAGHURAJPUR The CRAFT village.
After breakfast visit Raghurajpur(craft village). On the way also enjoy the Chita–paintings on the walls ofthe houses. Situated on the bank of Bhargavi River with coconut,palm, mango and jack fruit, the Raghurajpur village has a special Design of house, two streets with over 120 houses, outer wall decorated with mural paintings, where the painters reside and practice their Patta chitra craft, besides many others that practices throughout the village, including traditional masks, stone idols, paper Mache, sculptures, and wooden toys. In the 120 households and 311 artisans in the village, some of them are winners of National Awards. And way back visit Pipli ( the applique work village .Then proceed to Bhubaneswar.
Day 07 : CHILIKA Lake
Morning drive to Chilika lake at Satpada ( the largest Ramsar site of Asia and famous for its migratory birds coming from distance places ). Chilka Lake (Chilika Lake) is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the three districts of Odisha state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of over 1,100 km2. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the world.
It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. Take the boat cruise to visit the Irrawaddy Dolphins & Rajhans Island. Return back to Bhubaneswar Back to Residency .
Day 08: STATE MUSEUM
Morning after breakfast drive to STATE MUSEUM . Odisha State Museum is a museum in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. In its original form it was established in 1932 and later moved to the current building in 1960.The museum is divided into eleven sections, viz, Archaeology, Epigraphy,Numismatics, Armoury, Mining & Geology, Natural History, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art, Patta Painting, Anthropology and Palm leaf Manuscripts. The museum is headed by a superintendent and the administrative control lies in the hands of Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Odisha. Come back to Residency and free time.
Day 09: NUAPATANA: SILK SAREE MAKING VILLAGE
Morning after breakfast drive to NUAPATANA, visiting (IKAT Weaving village) Khandua sari is a popular sari made of silk, which is the pride of Odisha. Odisha is an eastern state of India and the place, where it is weaved, is called Nuapatna, in the district of Cuttack. This Khandua sari is used by Lord Jagannath of Puri Dham one of the most auspicious place for Hindus. A very ancient civilization though, the sari is devoted to the Lord from 16th century, as the belief goes. However, its origin dates back to the 12th century.
Khandua sari is woven with wooden looms in the traditional style of hand weaving and the whole village of Nuapatna is devoted to this traditional form of weaving. Odisha has kept this culture alive with the government, corporations, society and private public participation. The sari has its own recognition and has many designs, colors and types to depict.
The chief attraction of this sari is that it is made of tassar worm from where the yarns are produced. These yarns are converted into exquisite fabrics and saris. The laudable appreciation of Khandua Sari is not confined to the people who wear them but from the expert designers and fabric specialist from across the globe.
Khandua Sari is famous for its `Ikat` or otherwise popularly known as `bandha`, which is a piece of art to be seen and appreciated. The sari is originally designed in red, yellow, maroon, and cream colour. The sari can be seen being used by almost all the Odissi dancers who have represented the dance in India and abroad. The visual effect of the sari is enchanting and widely cherished by experts. The name was so adored that the National handloom expo, once, was named after`Khandua`. The `anchal`, as it is known in India is the most attractive part of the Sari and makes a woman look elegant and graceful. The designs of elephants, lotus and other varieties of flowers, various other modern looks with geometrical forms are also crafted. The best feature of this Sari is it weighs hardly 300 grams. Khandua Sari has kept its traditional artistic form with a blend of unique modern touch, according to the current demand.
Khandua Sari has reached the international market. One can buy one to gift your mother, lover or wife or for own if you are a woman. Back to Residency.
Dhokra(also spelt Dokra) is non–ferrous metal casting using the lost-wax casting technique. This sort of metal casting has been used in India for over 4,000 years and is still used. One of the earliest known lost wax artefacts is the dancing girl of Mohenjo-daro. The product of dhokra artisans are in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and forceful form. Dhokra horses, elephants, peacocks, owls, religious images, measuring bowls, and lamp caskets etc., are highly appreciated.The lost wax technique for casting of copper based alloys has also been found in China, Egypt, Malaysia, Nigeria, Central America and other places.
Day 10: Toshali National Craft Mera : CRAFT FAIR : AND
Held in the idyllic setting of the temple city of Bhubaneswar, Toshali National Crafts Mela is a unique showcase of the spirit of rural India. One can enjoy Indian traditional food, craft, dance and song.
This event provides a huge platform for various talented artists, painters, weavers, sculptors and craftsmen from around the country as well as other SAARC nations to display their creativity. An ambience resembling the typical setting of Indian Rural Haat ( Market ) is created to infuse life into this unique concept. This 13-day long Mela gives an opportunity to the visitors to interact with nationally and internationally acclaimed craftsmen and buy their exclusive creations. Various stalls display some of the best handicrafts and handlooms of India like cane craft from North East, chiki woodcraft from Kashmir, wood and cane inlay work from South India, oxidized jewellery, sea-shell decorations from Rajasthan, patola and bandhni from Gujarat and Rajasthan, ikat of Odisha, chikan from Lucknow, kantha from Tripura & West Bengal, kanjeevaram from the South are found in this mela. Besides, many colourful cultural programmes and food stalls with variety of delicacies add to the attraction of the Toshali National Crafts Mela. Cultural programme like Different folk dances and traditiona dance forms are performed as well with modern bollywood artists permforming Bollywood numbers. Come back to Residency and free time.
Day 11 : Bhubaneswar CITY TOUR and Free Time.
Day 12 : Going for an Indian film : Come back to Residency and free time.
Day 13 : Spending time with Indian Family : Come back to Residency and free time.
Day 14 : Exploring local market and streets of Bhubaneswar : Come back to Residency and free time.
Day 15 : going back to Bhubaneswar Airport FOR RETURNING Home.
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What Included in the Tour Package :
1. Stay in BHUBANESWAR AND PURI 14 NIGHTS AND 15 DAYS
2. AIRPORT PICK UP AND DROP ( Bhubaneswar Airport )
3. Vegetarian breakfast with EGG AND DINNER For all days
4. Transport during the tour schedules excluding free time.
5. Guide if required
6. First aid
7. Mineral water bottle ( two per person per day )
What is not included in the package:
- Air cost to Bhubaneswar from your own country and visa cost
- Camera entry cost of all the places
- Extra food and beverages one want to have
- Bicyle or bike hiring if any one want to do in Puri.
- Medicine and other personal expenditure.
- Camera Entry Tickets for all sites