Buddha Tour of Odisha
Places Covered: Bhubaneswar – Ratnagiri – Lalitgiri – Udaigiri – Puri – Konark – Chilika – Gopalpur – Chandragiri
Duration: 06 Nights / 07 Days
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:
On arrival at Bhubaneswar airport/railway station met by our representative & transfer to the hotel. Later if time permits, half day sightseeing of famous city temples, i.e. like Lingaraj, Parsurameswar, Mukteswar (known as the ‘gem of Orissan architecture’) & Rajarani. Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
Day 02: Excursion to Diamond Triangle:
After breakfast drive to the diamond triangle of Orissa – Ratnagiri (has a rich concentration of Buddhist antiquities), Lalitgiri (oldest Buddhist center of Orissa) & Udaigiri (largest Buddhist complexes in Orissa). Return to Bhubaneswar. Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
Day 03: Bhubaneswar – Dhauli – Pipli – Konark – Puri
Morning after breakfast drive to Puri en-route visit Dhauli the peace pagoda (is also one of the much famed Buddhist sites at Orissa & here emperor Ashoka underwent a psyche change and abandoned war for the rest of his life, in the 3rd century BC ), Pipli the applique work village & Konark Sun temple. On arrival at Puri check in to the hotel. Later visit to Jagannath temple (non-Hindus are not allowed) / Relax on the golden beach of Puri. Overnight stay at Puri.
Day 04: Puri – Chilika – Gopalpur
Morning drive to Chilika Lake at Barkul (the largest brackish water lake). At Chilika take the boat cruise to explore the bird’s Island & Nalabana Island. Then proceed to Gopalpur and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Gopalpur.
Day 05: Excursion to Chandragiri
After breakfast drive to Chandragiri (situated in between the lush green forest – a unique destination for the Buddhist & it is the largest Buddhist monastery in Asia) to visit the Tibetan settlement. Back to Gopalpur & Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06: Gopalpur – Bhubaneswar
Morning drive back to Bhubaneswar en-route visit Khandagiri & Udaigiri Jain caves. On arrival check in to the hotel. Later visit to State museum & Ekamra Haat. Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
Day 07: Departure transfer
Morning transfer to airport / railway station for onwards journey.
|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|
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