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Odisha (Orissa) Temples & Tribes Tours

Odisha (Orissa) Temples & Tribes Tours

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Highlights of your Journey


Highlights of your Journey


Arrive Bhubaneshwar

Arrive Bhubaneshwar; garland welcome; assistance and transfer to Hotel. 
Bhubaneshwar is the capital of the ancient kingdom of Odisha (Orissa), and 
is famous as the temple city of India. Travel through Odisha (Orissa) is a 
melange of art, architecture and long-established customs. City tour of 
Bhubaneswar, which has some stunning temples clustered around the Bindusagar 
Tank. Of the original 7000 only 500 remain dating from the 7th century to 
the 11th century AD. Of these the most outstanding is the 11th century 
Lingaraja Temple, which celebrates the zenith of Odisha (Orissa) art; and 
the late 10th century beautifully decorated Muktesvara Temple, which marks 
the end of the phase of temple building in Odisha (Orissa). Outside the city 
limits are the Udayagiri and Khandgiri caves, harking back to the time of 
Jain and Buddhist occupation of this region in the 2nd century BC. The Jain 
caves are among the earliest in India and all the caves were built or 
excavated during the 150 years before Christ. In contrast to the stark decor 
of the Jain caves, the Buddhist caves are decorated with excellent friezes 
and sculptures. O/n hotel.

Bhubaneshwar – Dhauli – Konark – Puri

On the drive to Konark (75km), we will stop at Dhauli where the Mauryan 
Emperor Ashoka renounced violence and embraced the teachings of Buddha. We 
visit the Peace Pagoda known as Shanti Stupa built in early 1970s by the 
Japanese. We also stop at two ancient rock edicts, today eclipsed by the 
presence of the Pagoda. Dating from 260BC they outline Ashoka’s detailed 
instructions to his administrators to rule with gentleness and fairness. Our 
next stop is the colourful village of Pipili where we can see Orissan 
handicrafts, the speciality being the famous applique work.
Visit to the Chariot of the Sun God temple, built by King Langula Narasimha 
Deva in the 13th century AD during the golden era of Orissan art. This 
temple, among the crowning works of Orissan architecture and sculpture, is 
sheer poetry in stone. Everyday the Sun God rises from the horizon, across 
the shimmering blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, and casts the warmth and 
luminosity of his revitalising rays on the sanctum sanctorum, circling the 
temple during the course of the day, illuminating the three brilliant images 
of the sun – in the morning, at mid-day and in the evening, as day makes way 
for the night. As you approach the water, you will see rising from the 
golden sandy beach, one of the country’s most vivid archaeological 
treasures – the Surya Mandir (Sun Temple). For a millennium, this temple 
served as a beacon to the ancient and medieval mariners. Despite the fact 
that the Black Pagoda, as it was referred to by European soldiers who wanted 
to distinguish Konark from the whitewashed Jagannath Temple in Puri, lies in 
ruins, the structure is magnificent. Afternoon drive to Puri takes about 
2hrs. O/n hotel.



In Puri

Puri is one of the four principal holy abodes in India, as well as a popular 
beach resort. It offers the rare experience of watching both the sunset and 
sunrise from the same beach. Pre-Dravidian and pre-Aryan history relates 
that a tooth of Buddha was temporarily enshrined in Puri before being moved 
to Sri Lanka. Supporting the theory that Buddhism prevailed in this area, 
the Jagannath Temple, dedicated to the Lord of the Universe, and the main 
attraction in Puri, was believed to have originally been a stupa (pagoda). 
The extraordinary form, Jagannath takes in this temple, is said to be the 
unfinished work of the craftsman god, Vishvakarma. Angry at Vishnu, he left 
his interpretation of the ‘Lord of the Universe’ incomplete. O/n hotel.

Puri – Chilka Lake

The drive to Chilka Lake takes us through picturesque countryside and 
charming villages. Chilka lies in the heart of coastal Odisha (Orissa). 
Spread over 1,100 sq km, this is the country’s largest lake. Dotted with 
islands, Chilka has a rich variety of aquatic life and is a bird watcher’s 
paradise, particularly when migratory birds arrive in winter. Sunset and 
sunrise are memorable experiences here. O/n Guest House.




Chilka Lake – Gopalpur

Rising early we visit the lake to view the avian life and the Kalijai 
Temple, abode of the presiding deity of the lake, located on a tiny island. 
In winter the lake attracts migratory bird from Iran, Central Asia, and as 
far as Siberia. We will also be able to watch the fishermen at work, who 
come here in search of prawns, mackerel and crabs. After breakfast we drive 
to Gopalpur-on-Sea, an ancient seaport not often visited by tourists. Sand 
dunes, groves of coconut palm and casuarinas separate the small town from 
the beach. O/n resort.

Gopalpur – Taptapani

Morning, relax at the hotel; afternoon drive to Taptapani (150km). Luxuriate 
in the small hot springs in this peaceful village: water from the hot 
sulphur springs, discovered here in a forest setting, is channelled to a 
pool for bathing. There is a shrine of goddess Kandhi inside the original 
pool, which is believed to cure infertility. You may also like to visit 
Chandragiri, 36km away, where a community of Tibetan refugees resides, and 
supports itself by weaving carpets. O/n Inspection Bungalow.




Taptapani – Rayagada

Odisha (Orissa) has the third highest concentration of tribes in India, and 
because of the remoteness of the area where they live these tribes are 
untouched by modern ways of life. Each has a distinct language and pattern 
of social and religious customs. Though economically challenged and a very 
low rate of literacy, the tribal groups have highly developed artistic 
skills as seen in their body paintings, ornaments, weaving and wall 
paintings. Music and dance also are an integral part of their ceremonies and 
seasonal festivals. During the next few days we will be visiting some of 
these tribal settlements. On the 220km drive today we will stop at the 
villages of the Saoras, a major tribe who live in hilly areas. In contrast 
to other tribes who live in clans, the Saoras live in extended families 
descended from a common ancestor. The village is administered by a headman 
assisted by a religious leader and village shamans (medicine men), who are 
able to communicate with deceased ancestors. The walls of the mud houses are 
decorated with remarkable paintings and traditional designs. Monday is the 
market day for this tribe so we will have time to wander through the tribal 
market. O/n hotel.

Rayagada – Kothgarh – Rayagada

The excursion today takes us to the Kothgarh tribal area (180km). The 
inhabitants speak Kuvi – a language derived from the Dravidian strain of 
Southern India. Human sacrifice has now been replaced with animal sacrifice, 
offering sacrificial blood to their supreme goddess, represented by a piece 
of wood or stone, to ensure fertility of the soil. The members of this tribe 
still use bows and arrows to protect themselves from wild animals. Tuesday 
is the market day. Return to Rayagada. O/n hotel.



Rayagada – Jeypore

Drive to Jeypore (250km/7hrs) through Chatikona, visiting a few Dongariya 
Kondh villages en route. O/n hotel.

Jeypore – Onukudelli

The area we visit today is the home of the approximately 6000 members of 
fierce Bondas (naked people) of Tibetan-Burmese origin. They live in remote 
hills and keep themselves isolated. Bondas grow rice by shifting cultivation 
and domesticate cows and goats and can only be seen when they come to trade 
at the local market. Therefore, we must time our visit to coincide with the 
weekly market-day on Thursday. The Bonda women are conspicuous with their 
bead necklaces, striking brass and silver necklets, and their shaved heads 
decorated with plaits of Palmyra leaves. We will also visit the colourful 
Gadabas, a Munda tribe who speak in an Austro-Asiatic dialect. O/n at 
Inspection Bungalow in Machkund near Onukudelli.

DAY 10

DAY 11

Onukudelli – Gupteswar – Jeypore

A day excursion to Gupteswar (140km) to visit the caves, which are believed 
to have been the refuge of Lord Rama during his fourteen years of exile, and 
the place where he worshiped Shiva. On the way we will visit a few Dhuruba 
villages. Return to Jeypore. O/n hotel.

Jeypore – Vishakhapatnam – Delhi

Today we leave hotel early in the morning at 0600hr and drive to 
Vishakhapatnam (210km/4hrs.) and straightaway transfer to airport for flight 
to Delhi. Late night transfer to the International airport.

DAY 12

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