Konark Dance & Sand Art Fesfival 2016
Places Covered: Delhi- Agra – Jaipur – Delhi – Bhubaneswar – Konark – Puri – Bhubaneswar
Duration: 10 nights / 11 days
Khandagiri and Udayagiri
These twin hills are situated in Bhubaneswar. There are 117 caves in these twin hills. The Rani Gumpha is the largest cave in the Udaygiri hill. Another famous cave called the Hati Gumpha is also there where the rock is engraved with Hathigumpha inscription by King Kharavela. These caves contain a Barabhuja temple and a Jain temple.
Dhauli (The Peace Pagoda)
The rock edict of Dhauli bears the early history of Kalinga and this rock edict was engraved by Emperor Ashoka. river daya increases its beauty. In the evening the scenery is beautiful, which attracts the visitors.
Rajarani temple is one of the most renowned temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. It is made from the wonderful red and gold sandstone, which is locally known as Rajarani and this is what gives the temple its name of Rajarani. The major attractions of the temple consist of the elaborately carved figurines. Rajarani temple of Bhubaneshwar is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The origin of this temple can be dated back to the eleventh century. It is an epitome of elegance and grace. The sculptural images adorning its interiors are simply outstanding. Females are portrayed in different postures, like holding the child in their arms, holding mirror in their hand, etc. There is no other temple of this kind in the entire state of Odisha. Rajarani temple has also been ornamented with marvelous artistic sculptural carvings and stands enclosed within a beautiful garden.
Konark – Sun Temple – World Heritage Site
Sun Temple of Konark, built in the middle of 13th century, is a massive conception of artistic magnificence and engineering dexterity. King Narasimhadeva I, the great ruler of the Ganga dynasty had built this temple, with the help of 1200 artisans within a period of 12 years (1243-1255 A.D.). Konark Temple was designed in the form of a gorgeously decorated chariot mounted on 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter, and drawn by 7 mighty horses. It is really difficult to understand, how this huge temple, every inch-space of which was so wonderfully carved, could have been completed within such a short time. Whatever that might be, the Konark temple even in its present ruined state, still a wonder to the whole world. Great poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote of Konark: “here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.”
Day 01 : Arrival at Bhubaneswar
After arrival, check-in to the Hotel. Half day sightseeing of famous city temples including Lingaraj, Parsurameswar, Mukteswar (know as the ‘gem of Orissan architecture’ ) & Rajarani temple. Afternoon visit to tribal museum , Khandagiri & Udaigiri Jain caves ( these caves are the oldest rock cut caves ). Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
Day 02 : Bhubaneswar – Konark
Morning drive to Konark en-route visit Dhauli (Budhist stupa/ peace pagoda ) , Hirapur (64 yogini temple) & Pipli ( the appliqué work village ). On arrival check in to the Eco resort. After freshen up visit to International Sand Art festival. Then visit to Konark Dance festival (The Annual Konark Festival, which is held in an Open Air Auditorium with the temple as the backdrop, showcase a magical parade of India’s classical and traditional dance forms. Eminent dancers and their troupe delight visitors in the wintry evening of early December with dramatic choreographies). Back to Resort & Overnight stay.
Day 03 : Konark
Morning visit to Konark Sun temple. Then visit to Ramchandi temple. Afternoon visit to International Sand Art Festival. Also Visit to Konark Dance Festival. Back to Resort & Overnight stay.
Day 04 : Konark – Puri
Morning visit to Chaurasi Varahi temple (The varahi temple at Chaurashi in the Prachi Valley with its semi cylindrical roofs is an example of Khakhara type of temple. The temple is lavishly decorated with sculptural motifs & scroll work). Then drive to Puri and check in to the hotel. Later visit to Jagannath temple (non Hindus are not allowed). Rest time relax on the golden beach. Overnight stay at Puri.
Day 05 : Puri – Bhubaneswar & Departure
Morning drive back to Bhubaneswar enroute visit Raghurajpur craft village (the Artisan village, the most famous attraction here are the Pattachitra (miniature paintings), palm leaf engravings, stone carvings, wooden toys, tusser paintings etc. On time transfer to airport for onwards journey.
Note : Konark Dance festival & International Sand festival is being organized from 1st to 5th Dec.
|New Delhi to Bhubaneswar|
|Flight||Dept. Time||Arrv. Time||Duration|
|Indigo – 6E-253||07:00 – NewDelhi||09:00 – Bhubaneswar||02h 00m – Nonstop|
|Air India – AI – 877||07:05 – NewDelhi||09:00 – Bhubaneswar||01h 55m – Non Stop|
|Go Air – G8 – 163||05:20 – NewDelhi||07:30 – Bhubaneshwar||02h 10m – Non Stop|
Suggested clothes to carry
Light coloured cotton clothes, shoes – sandals
Warm woollen cozy clothes & shoes.
Famous shopping items
Handloom Saree, Pattachitra, Applique Work, Palm leaf printing, Filigree work, Dokra Craft, Golden Grass Craft, Terracotta, Stone work, Tribal jewelleries etc.
Famous food items
Pumpkin Blossoms, Dalma, Mustard Fish Curry
Best time to visit
- Transportation by Ac Swift Dzire as per above programme
- All toll tax,parking fees & driver allowances
- Accommodation in Twin sharing at Delhi, Agra , Jaipur , Bhubaneswar, Konark & Puri for 11 nights on CPAI Plan
- For Dlx Pkg 3* & for Premium Pkg 4* hotel is included
- Tickets for Konark dance festival & Sand art festival
- Inclusive of Govt service tax
- Entrance fees
- Air fare / train fare
- Any major meals which is not mentioned above
- Escort /guide
- Personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned above
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