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Chattisgarh & Orissa Tour Package

16 days  |  Starts: Delhi   |  Ends: Delhi   |  from INR -------

Chhattisgarh is a land of opportunities. It is the richest state in mineral resources with all major minerals including diamonds available in abundance. Major industries in steel, aluminium and cement are present in the state. Chhattisgarh contributes substantially to the economy and human resources of the country.

Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel. Hotel check-in at 1400 hours. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Delhi   |  Breakfast

Day 2 : Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi including a rickshaw ride [pedi cab] in Chandni Chowk [Red Fort is closed on Mondays] read more...

Old Delhi :
Situated in a strategic position on the west bank of the Yamuna River, between the Himalayas and the Aravalli Hills, Delhi is the gateway to the rich alluvial soils of the Ganges plain and has, according to Indian folklore, been occupied since 2500 BC. The original city, Indraprastha was the first of nine. Shahjahanabad or Old Delhi, the 7th city, was built when the Mughal Emperor moved his capital back to Delhi from Agra in 1638. Planned out in blocks with wide roads, residential areas and bazaars, Chandi Chowk, now thought to be Asia’s busiest street, was the main artery. Literally translated as ‘Silver Street’ this bustling market area of Old Delhi is good for hunting down new and antique gold and silver jewellery from craftsmen whose forefathers served the emperor. At the 1911 Delhi Durbar, King George V announced that the capital of India was to move from Calcutta to Delhi. Inaugurated in 1931, the ambitious work of British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, New Delhi is an audacious statement of Imperial British control over India. Today the difference between bustling Old Delhi and the calmer, tree lined avenues of New Delhi is striking.

New Delhi :
Was planned and built by the British in the 1920’s and is characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens’ monumental architecture. Driving through the city, with its wide tree lined avenues discover India Gate and the Diplomatic Enclave, the Central Secretariat and the President's House. Visit Humayun's Tomb, aptly called the predecessor of the Taj Mahal because of its ornate Mughal style of architecture, later perfected in the Taj Mahal. Finally, see the 12th century Qutab Minar, considered one of the most perfect towers in the world, measuring 72m high. Continue to Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area and central hub.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Delhi   |  Breakfast

Day 3 : Delhi – Raipur – Kawardha

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Delhi Domestic Airport Terminal 1D to board IndiGo Airlines flight to Raipur
[Please note IndiGo Airlines is a low cost carrier, meals and drinks are available onboard on direct purchase]
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On arrival in Raipur, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel. On arrival in Kawardha, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal

Overnight: Kawardha   |  Breakfast

Day 4 : Kawardha

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Kawardha visiting Bhoramdeo Temple
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Bhoramdeo Temple is a complex of Hindu temples dedicated to the god Shiva in Bhoramdeo, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It comprises a group of four temples of which the earliest is a brick-temple.

The main temple is the Bhoramdeo temple built in stone. The architectural features with erotic sculptures has given a distinct style akin to the Khajuraho temple and the Konarak Sun Temple in Odisha, and hence the Bhoramdeo complex is known by the sobriquet the "Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh". Another temple within a distance of about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from Bhoramdeo, which is mentioned along with the Bhoramdeo complex is the Madwa Mahal, meaning marriage hall in local dialect, also known as Dullhadeo. It was built in 1349 during the reign of Ramchandra Deo of the Nagavanshi dynasty and has a unique Shiva Linga erected over 16 pillars.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore Bhaiga and Gond Tribes on own
Overnight: Kawardha  |  Breakfast

Day 5 : Kawardha – Kanker

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Kanker. On arrival in Kanker, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore Kanker Palace on own
Overnight: Kanker  |  Breakfast

Day 6 : Kanker

Following breakfast at hotel, day excursion to Muria Village
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The Muria are an adivasi (scheduled tribe) of the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. They are part of the Gondi people. Traditionally they are economically homogenous and strive to work as a collective. They have mixed-sex dormitories where adolescents are sent to practice premarital sex, sometimes with a single partner and sometimes serially. They have an omnivorous diet, with liquor playing a key role in their society. Shiva Tosh Das writes that the name Muria comes from the root word mur, which can be translated as either "root" or "permanent"; it may be based on the fact that the Muria are settled, unlike the nomadic Maria. The Muria prioritize collectiveness. They are divided into five phratries: the Nagvans (Snake Race), Kacchimvans (Tortoise Race), Bakravans (Goat Race), Baghvans (Tiger Race), and Bodminkvans (Fish Race). They are not allowed to eat their totem animal, and must mourn it if one dies.
In afternoon, excursion to Narayanpur to witness Sunday market famous for cock fights

Overnight: Kanker  |  Breakfast

Day 7 : Kanker – Kondagaon – Jagdalpur

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Jagdalpur en-route visiting Kondagaon to witness Bastar handicrafts and wax technique of iron craft
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This area is home to the craft of casting bell metal by the lost-wax process. The process involves making a mould with a thread drawn from bee wax, between two layers of clay. Molten metal is then poured into the mould and the wax drained out. The method, called ghadawa or dhokra, is used to make idols. On arrival in Jagdalpur, check-in at hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore on own

Overnight: Jagdalpur  |  Breakfast

Day 8 : Jagdalpur – Kunduli – Jeypore

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotels and transfer by road to Jeypore en-route visiting Kunduli tribal market by Paroja community. On arrival in Jagdalpur, check-in at hotel. In afternoon, proceed for visit to weekly Kotpad weaving village, Terrakota village and Bhatra tribal village [this day must be a Friday]
Overnight: Jeypore   |  Breakfast

Day 9 :Jeypore – Onukudelli – Jeypore

Following breakfast at hotel, same day excursion to Thursday weekly market Onukudelli to witness Bondos / Gadabas / Didayees market followed by visit to Ollar Gabada tribal village. On return to hotel, visit Kangarapada tribal village to interact with primitive Boro Gabada tribal people and see their Dhemsa dance
Overnight: Jagdalpur   |  Breakfast

Day 10 : Jeypore – Chhatikona – Rayagada

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Rayagada en-route visiting Wednesday weekly market of colourful dongaria kondh market. Dongaria come down with their forest product to sell / barter with non tribals is an interesting event to watch.
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Later Rayagada to Jeypore en-route visiting Muniaka Kondh primitive village. On arrival in Rayagada, check-in at hotel

Overnight: Rayagada   |  Breakfast

Day 11 : Rayagada – Bisamkatak – Rayagada

Following breakfast at hotel, same day excursion to Tuesday weekly market of Bisamkatak to experience soft walk on Niyamgiri hills to visit the original Dongaria kondh hamlets on special permit. Dongarias were once infamous for human sacrifice.
Overnight: Ellora  |  Breakfast

Day 12 : Rayagada – Taptapani – Gopalpur

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Gopalpur en-route visiting Taptapani
Taptapani is famous for its hot sulfur water spring. The name “Taptapani” also suggests that. “Tapta” means hot and “pani” means water. The hot water from the natural spring of Taptapani are attributed with medicinal properties and can be bathed in at the pond created next to the hot spring.The hot spring is situated at the eastern slope of the eastern ghat at a crest of the hill with in the lush green forest having wide range of flora and fauna. On arrival in Gopalpur, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Gopalpur  |  Breakfast

Day 13 : Gopalpur – Raghurajpur – Chilika – Puri

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Puri en-route visiting Raghurajpur painting village and Chilika Lake
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Raghurajpur :
Known for its master Pattachitra painters, an art form which dates back to 5 BC in the region and Gotipua dance troupes, the precursor to the Indian classical dance form of Odissi; it is also known as the birthplace of one of the finest Odissi exponents and Guru, Kelucharan Mohapatra. Apart from that, the village is also home to crafts like Tussar paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, wooden, cowdung and papier mache toys, and masks.

Chilika Lake :
Connected to the Bay of Bengal via a narrow inlet, the largest brackish water lake in Asia (covering an area of over 1,100sq km) is the winter home for many migratory birds, many from Siberia and Iran. From November through to February ornithologists and keen bird watchers can expect to see ospreys, sandpipers, flamingos, white-bellied sea eagles, pelicans and numerous species of gulls [boat ride is subject to water level]
On arrival in Puri, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to see migratory birds and Orissan villages of Gopalpur on Sea

Overnight: Nashik  |  Breakfast

Day 14 : Puri – Konark – Dhauli – Pipli – Bhubaneshwar

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Bhubaneshwar en-route visiting Konark Sun Temple, Dhauli and Pipli
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Konark :
A World Heritage Site, Konark is famous for the beautiful Sun Temple built by King Langula Narasimha Deva, in the 13th Century. Built of Khondalite it took 1,200 masons 16 years to complete. With exquisite stone sculptures, life size lions and elephants, warriors on horseback and battle scenes, the temple represents a war chariot. With 12 wheels that may symbolise the months of the year, each wheel has 8 spokes (the division of the day being 8 prahars). According to Hindu mythology the sun god traverses the sky in a chariot drawn by 7 horses. The wheels actually act as sundials and keep track of the Sun god’s progress across the sky. A testament to the high standards of ancient Indian art and engineering skill

Dhauli Hills :
Located on the banks of the river Daya, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar. It is a hill with vast open space adjoining it, and has major Edicts of Ashoka engraved on a mass of rock, by the side of the road leading to the summit of the hill. Dhauli Hill is presumed to be the area where the Kalinga War was fought. The Rock Edicts found here include Nos. I-X, XIV and two separate Kalinga Edicts. In Kalinga Edict VI, he expresses his concern for the "welfare of the whole world". The rock-cut elephant above the Edicts is the earliest Buddhist sculpture of Odisha. The stone elephant shows the animal's foreparts only, though it has a fine sense of form and movement. Ashoka had a special weakness for Dhauli, where the battle was fought. The Daya river is said to have turned red with the blood of the many deceased after the battle, and enabled Ashoka to realize the magnitude of horror associated with war. He saw to it that Dhauli became an important centre of Buddhist activities. He built several chaityas, stupas and pillars there. He got abodes excavated for the recluse, instructions inscribed for officials, expounded the main principles of dandaniti for the public, provided special status to his new kingdom including the stupas at Dhauli. On the top of the hill, a dazzling white peace pagoda has been built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha in the 1970s. The nearby region also houses Ashokan edicts and possibly a Stupa at Bhaskareshwar temple at Tankapani road as arglars. The Dhauligiri Hills also has an ancient Shiva temple which is the place for mass gathering during Shiva Ratri Celebrations.

Pipli :
The applique work of Pipili is probably most well known handicraft in Puri and surrounding area. Each and every family of here are engaged themselves in this applique craft. This is livelihood of most people here. It is famous for designing beautiful Applique handicrafts. It is a town of artisans famous for their colourful fabrics.
On arrival in Bhubaneshwar, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Bhubaneshwar   |  Breakfast

Day 15 : Bhubaneshwar

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Bhubaneshwar
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Bhubaneshwar :
Known as the 'Cathedral City' has tree lined broad streets, lush vegetation and is surrounded by the green rice fields of the Mahanadi Delta. The area was once ruled by the Kalinga kings and was named after ‘the Lord of the Universe’. The city still has over 500 of the original 7,000 temples that once surrounded the Bindusager Tank. The shrines and temples found here are some of the best examples of Orissa temple architecture and show the development of the 'Nagara' style of Indo-Aryan architecture. A visit to the city should include the Parsurameshwar, Mukteshwar, Siddhesvara and Gauri Temples. Still in use today the Brahmesvara Temple, built in 1060 is also worth visiting along with the Lingaraja, (Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter) Rajarani, and Brahmeshwar temples. The Orissa State Museum has an interesting collection that includes some rare palm leaf manuscripts. Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Bhubaneshwar  |  Breakfast

Day 16 : Depart Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, day at leisure to explore the city on own. Hotel check-out at 1200 hours. Later transfer to Bhubaneshwar Airport to board Air Vistra flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, meet and assist at airport and transfer to International Terminal to board flight for onward destination

Included

15 breakfasts
Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
Hotel accommodation in a double room in standard / base category rooms at mentioned hotels
Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned medium car for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
Traditional Indian welcome with garlanding on arrival
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only
One rickshaw ride [pedi cab] in Delhi
One boat ride in Chilika Lake
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only
Services of English speaking local guide for entire tour
Supply of mineral water [02 bottles of 250 ml per person per day] in vehicle during city tours / intercity travel
All currently applicable taxes

Not Included

Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities
Lunch / dinner at hotels unless specified
India visa fees
Travel insurance
Any other services not mentioned in price inclusions above

Terms & Conditions

Booking of Tours: As soon you are ready to proceed with the reservations, you will be required to send 20% of the total tour cost as an advance payment to make the booking. Apart from the 20% of the tour price, you would also need to pay us the full amount for air/train tickets to be issued.

As soon as the advance is received,we will initiate the bookings for your hotels reservations, book your tickets and start making necessary arrangements for your trip and keep you updated.

Once this is done, a reservation status will be sent to you. You will then be required to pay another 30% of the tour cost at this point.

Balance 50% of the tour price can be paid by you upon your arrival in India by cash, but before the commencement of the services.

Alternatively you could pay by bank transfer a fortnight before your arrival.
Please note that the prices quoted are as per the prevailing foreign exchange conversion rates. The final price will therefore be subjected to fluctuations, if any, and will be accordingly adjusted at the time of receipt of payment.

** During peak season of Christmas and New Year (20 Dec to 05 Jan), the complete payment is required to be sent in advance.
** For Special Luxury Train Journeys , 25% of the fare is to be paid at the time of booking. Balance is to be 75 days prior to departure date.

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Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 & 5 Star Hotels
Meals
Breakfast: 15
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Our guide, Yusef, was terrific. He was extremely knowledgeable, gracious, and helpful. He was well organized and the arrangements were excellent.

Similarly, the driver, Mr Singh was excellent. The bus should have curtains to provide shade from the sun.

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