Arrive Kolkata (Calcutta). Transfer to hotel. In this "City of Joy" one could visit the Jain Temple, Zoological Gardens, Victoria Memorial & drive past Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Fort Williams, Secretariat Building and Old Court House Street. A visit to Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity would also be interesting. Overnight kolkata.
Transfer to airport for Bhubaneshwar flight. Arrive & transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour of Bhubaneswar also known as the Temple City of India. Among the finest of its 600 temples is the Lingaraj Temple built in the 11th century. The Mukteshwara Temple built in the 10th century is known for its stone arch at the entrance and is richly sculpted. The Rajarani temple built in the 11th century is noted for its intricate carvings of floral, animal and human figures. Parasurameswara temple built in the 7th century is one of the best preserved. It has sculptures featuring amorous couples, animals and floral motifs. Overnight Bhubaneshwar.
Drive to Balliguda in the district of Phulbani - 8 hours drive for your first night stay of the tribal visits. Enroute vist the typical Orissan villages and local markets. Overnight in Balliguda.
Drive to Rayagada enroute visting Tumudibandh, Belghar to see the Kutia Kondh tribe and their villages and the weekly tribal market at Kotgarh. The women are identified by the tattoos worn on their faces and hands. These identifying marks ensure that they will recognize each other in the spirit world. Visit a hamlet of the Dongariya Kondh, where women adorn themselves with a array of hairpins, ornaments, ear and nose rings and tattoos. Overnight Rayagadha.
Drive to Chatikona to see the colourful weekly tribal market of Dhongria Kondh tribes. The Kondhs are of a Dravidian origin and speak Kuvi language. They practice elaborate birth, marriage and death rituals and love music and dancing. The Kondh society is known for its festivities. Overnight Jeypore.
Excursion to the Bonda tribes and their weekly market at Onukudelli. The Bondas named after the Bonda hills are also known as the naked people and are the wildest, and the most interesting tribe. Visit the Gadaba tribe where the women wear ornaments including necklaces, earrings, nose rings, large silver hoops in their hair. Older women wear two thick silver neck rings. which are not removed until death. Overnight at Jeypore.
Excursion to Kunduli. The Parajas worship various gods and goddesses residing in hills or forests. During wedding Parajas resort to dance and music. Overnight at Jeypore
Drive to Tatapani visting enroute Kashipur to see the Kondh tribe and also the market at Laxmipur village of the Harijans. Overnight Tatapani.
Full day to excursion to Chandragiri, Mohana area to see the Saora tribes and Tibetan settlements. The Saora tribes trace their origin to the Ramayana.
There is a reference of Savari, a Saora women whom Ram and Laxman met while moving about in the Dandaka forests in search of Sita. Overnight Tatapani.
Drive to Puri visitng enroute Chilka Lake. This lake covers an area of 900 sq. kms and is Asia's largest salt and fresh water lake. It attracts a large number of migratory birds, like the flamingo, teal, bar headed goose, shoveller and white - bellied sea eagle. Chilika is best visited in winter when the migratory populations wing in from places as far as Siberia. Close to the mouth of the lake is a large population of Gangetic dolphins. A two hour boat is included. Overnight Puri.
Excursion to Konark. The temple chariot of the Sun God is a 13th century architectural marvel. It is designed as a celestial chariot of Sun God, complete with twelve pairs of wheel and seven horses. This legendary temple has sculptures of great beauty covering all aspects of life. It is most famous for its erotic art. Afternoon visit Puri. This city is a major pilgrim centre for Hindus. Adi Shankara founded one of the peethas here. Puri is also famous for its Golden beach ideal for swimming and surfing. But the fame of Puri emanates most from the Jagannath Temple, which contributed the word Jurrernaut to the English language. The 12th century temple is known for its annual Car Festival. Also visit Raghurajpur village. Patachitra painting, an art form akin to Batik, is created in the village of Raghurajpur. Overnight Puri.
Breakfast. Check out and leave for Bhubaneswar enroute visting Dhauli- ashokan rock edicts.Arrive Bhubaneswar and transfer to airport for your Calcutta flight. Arrive Calcutta and transfer to hotel.Overnight Kolkata.
Day free. Check-out from the hotel at 1200 hrs. Evening transfer to airport for return flight
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