Standard Orissa Cultural Tour
- Price from:
- 450 USD /person
- Payment Types:
- Credit Card
- Travellers cheque
- Wire Transfer
- 9 days
- Location Start:
- Location Finish:
- Start time:
- 12.00 am
- End time:
- 12.00 am
- We Speak:
- English, Hindi
Last updated: 02/09/2007
Explore Orissa and experience the tribal life of the state which might surprise you with its vibrant yet undiluted culture.
Arrive Delhi - Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in.
Delhi - Bhubaneswar (Flight S2-6143 - 0815hr-1015hr) : Today we take a flight to Bhubaneswar, the temple city of India. Once the capital of ancient Kalinga, the city has a long history & is today a bustling centre for commerce & religious activity. These temples are unique in themselves, not only in their architectural beauty but also in the wonderful sculptures. Full Day TourLater we take a tour of Bhubaneswar visiting Lord Shiva Lingaraja Temple, the 11th century temple of Bhubaneswar has been described as "truest fusion of dream & reality." Next we visit Mukteshwara Temple, a 7th-8th century AD is one of the most ornate temples in Bhubaneswar. We also visit Parashurameshwara Temple, a small but richly decorated shrine of Shiva that was built in the 7th century. It is one of the best examples of the Orissa style of temple architecture.
Bhubaneswar - Puri via Dhauli, Pipli village & Konark (56 Kms - 02 hr) - Today we drive to Puri, en-route visit Dhauli & Pipli village & Konark (Sun Temple). First we stop at Dhauli, where Mauryan Emperor Ashoka the Great renounced bloody warfare & embraced the teachings of Buddha after victory over kingdom of Kalinga. Here we visit Peace Pagoda known as Shanti Stupa built in early 1970 by Japanese. Also visit 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 & fairness. Next we visit the Colorful Pipli village, where Orissan Handicrafts, the specialty is applique work.Later we drive to Puri en route we visit Konark temple Chariot of the Sun God, built by King Langula Narasimha Deva in the 13 century AD in the Golden era of Orissan art. This crowning piece of Orissan architecture & sculpture is sheer poetry on stone.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.
Puri - Today we visit the famous Jagannath Temple, dedicated to Krishna (Vishnu) in his deity form of Jagannath, meaning Lord of the Universe (Jag translates to Universe, nath means Lord). The most important festival is the Rath Yatra or the Chariot festival once a year.
Later we explore the Puri beach, one of India's finest beaches. Puri Beach attracts millions of travelers to India with its strategic setting & religious importance.
Puri - Gopalpur via Chilka Lake (200 km- 05 hr) - Today we drive to Gopalpur en-route visit Chilka Lake, famous for its bird sanctuary. It is Asia's largest inland salt-water lagoon. Studded with small islands including the picturesquely named Honeymoon Island & Breakfast Island, the lake is separated by a sandy ridge. Later drive to Gopalpur on Sea, ancient sea port not often visited by tourists. Sand dunes, groves of coconut palm & casuarinas separate the small town from the beach.
Gopalpur - Bhubaneswar - Days at leisure
Bhubaneswar - Delhi (Flight IC-878 - 1520hr-1720hr) - Today we drive to Bhubaneswar to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival
assistance & check-in hotel
Depart Delhi - Transfer, Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jehanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jehanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan. In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Later dinner & transfer to airport
- Inclusions -
- 08 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis with early check in facility.
- Exclusions -
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Extras -
- Destinations Covered : Delhi - Bhubaneswar- Puri - Chilka Lake - Gopalpur - Bhubaneswar- Delhi# Enjoy exclusive Indian classical dance dramas in Bhubaneshwar. # Visit the famous Humayun's Tomb of Delhi, which is a World Heritage Site.
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