Tribal Tour of Odisha & Chhattisgarh
Places Covered: Bhubaneswar – Puri – Konark – Chilika – Gopalpur – Rayagada – Jeypore – Jagdalpur – Kanker – Raipur
Duration: 13 Nights / 14 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: Bhubaneswar
On arrival at Bhubaneswar airport transfer to the hotel. Later if time permit half day sightseeing of famous city temples including Rajarani, Parsurameswar, Mukteswar (Gem of Orissan architecture), Brahmeswar & Lingaraj (it is the biggest temple in Bhubaneswar). Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
Day 02: Bhubaneswar
Morning visit to Nandankanan Zoo ( closed on Monday). This Zoo is famous for its white tiger safari. Later visit to tribal museum (closed on Monday), Khandagiri & Udaigiri Jain caves. Overnight stay at Bhubaneswar.
Day 03: Bhubaneswar – Dhauli – Pipli – Raghurajpur – Puri
Morning visit to Khandagiri & Udaigiri Jain caves (the oldest rock cut caves). Then drive to Puri enroute visit Dhauli the peace pagoda, Pipli the applique work village & Raghurajpur craft village. On arrival at Puri check in to the hotel. Relax on the golden beach of Puri. Overnight stay at Puri.
Day 04: Puri – Konark – Puri
Morning visit to Jagannath temple (non hindus are not allowed). Then drive to Konark to visit the Sun temple (one of the world famous heritage site). Enroute visit Ramchandi temple, Chandrabhaga beach & fishermen village. Return back to Puri. Evening visit to beach market. Overnight stay at Puri.
Day 05: Puri – Chilika – Gopalpur
Morning drive to Chilika lake at Barkul ( the largest brackish water lake ). At Chilika take the boat cruies to explore the birds island & Nalabana island. Then proceed to Gopalpur and check in to the hotel. Overnight at Gopalpur.
Day 06: Gopalpur – Taptapani – Saura Tribe – Rayagada
Morning drive to Rayagada enroute visit Taptapani the hot sulpheric spring & Saura tribal villages . On arrival at Rayagada check in to the hotel. Overnight at Rayagada.
Day 07: Rayagada – Bisamkatak – Rayagada
Morning drive to Dukum (near Bisamkatak) to visit weekly market of Desia kondh (weekly market commence on Tuesday only). Later visit to Dokra crafts village at Jhigidi. Return back to Rayagada. Overnight stay at Rayagada.
Day 08 : Rayagada – Chatikona – Jeypore
After breakfast drive down to Chatikona to watch the interesting colourful weekly market of Dongriya Kondh Tribes (weekly market commence on Wednesday only). This tribe is one of the most primitive tribe of the Kondhs and they live in the high slopes of the Niyamagiri Hills. Then visit to Minapai (the bamboo craft village). Later drive to Jeypore. Overnight at hotel in Jeypore.
Day 09 : Jeypore – Ankadelli – Jeypore
After breakfast, drive to Ankadelli to visit the famous Bonda tribes (weekly market commence on Thursday only), who comes once every week for their weekly market. It is a unique opportunity to see such a colourful concentration of typical tribals at one place. Most interesting is to watch the Bonda woman in their colourful Jewellaries and marketing commodities.Then drive back to Jeypore. Overnight at hotel in Jeypore.
Day 10: Jeypore – Kunduli – Jagdalpur
After breakfast, drive to Kunduli to visit the weekly market of Paraja tribes ( weekly market commence on Friday only ) . It is the biggest market of the tribal area. Then visit Jagannath Temple & tribal meusem at Koraput. Lunch at Jeypore .Then drive to Jagdalpur and enroute visit the Kotapada (a weaving village) . Overnight stay at Jagdalpur.
Day 11: Jagdalpur
Morning visit to Kanger Valley National Park . Then drive to Mardoom to see the tribal market of Maria & Muria tribes. Drive back to Jagdalpur. Overnight at Jagdalpur.
Day 12 : Jagdalpur – Kanker
Morning visit to Kondagaon (Rot iron craft centre). Then visit to Narayanpur Sunday market also see cockfight. Then proceed to Kanker and check in to the hotel. Overnight at Kanker.
Day 13: Kanker – Sirpur – Raipur
Morning drive to Sirpur enroute visit Champaner & Rajim. Then visit Sirpur Buddhist site and proceed to Raipur. Overnight at Raipur.
Day 14 : Departure transfer
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for on wards 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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