• Explore the tribal heritage of the Indian state of Odisha
• Discover craft villages including Dandasahi, to see Pattachitra painting, and the weaving village of Nuapatna
• Watch the sunset rituals performed by the monks at the Joranda monastery
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Depart London Heathrow 0845 on Air India via Delhi. Arrive Delhi 2225 and check into Hotel Ibis for overnight.
Depart Delhi 1105, arriving Bhubaneswar 1305. Transfer to Mayfair Lagoon Hotel, Bhubaneswar for three nights. Introductory talk: The World of Orissa.
Excursion to Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary followed by visit to the early rock-cut Jain monastic cell of Udayagiri (created during the reign of King Kharavela) and Kala Bhoomi Crafts Museum.
Morning: Lingaraja Temple (shrine dedicated to Lord Lingaraja, also known as Shiva), the 10th century Muktesvara Temple, and the 11th century Rajarani temple. Afternoon: optional visit to Sisupalgarh (ramparts and columns of eastern Odisha’s first known capital).
Transfer to Puri via Pipili (appliqué handicrafts for temple rites). Rickshaw tour of Puri including 12th century Jagannath temple (major Hindu pilgrimage site). Transfer to Puri for three nights at Mayfair Waves Hotel.
Excursion to Konark for Sun Temple (ruined 13th century Hindu sanctuary) followed by late afternoon drive deep into countryside.
Visit to Dandasahi village for visit to the house of master Pattachitra painter to see Pattachitra processes. Continue to view Gotipua dancers complete their make-up, then watch Gotipua dance performance in idyllic coconut grove setting.
Return to Bhubaneswar for visit to Odisha State Museum, followed by visit to Tribal Research Institute Museum. Transfer to Mayfair Lagoon Hotel, Bhubaneswar for two nights. Evening lecture by special guest speaker.
Excursion to Prachi Valley: Chaurasi (medieval temple and sculpture) and Madhava (temple). Picnic lunch at Kenduli Sasan (thought to be the birthplace of the 12th century poet Jayadeva and site of his pastoral epic Gita Govinda).
Transfer to Dhenkanal via Nuapatna weaving village. Transfer to Dhenkanal Palace homestay for three nights. Late afternoon drive to Joranda monastery to watch sunset rituals performed by the monks.
Visit to the ruins of the ancient Buddhist monasteries of Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri.
Excursion to Kapilash (medieval Hindu shrine) followed by rural village walk through Santals and Saoras villages. Free afternoon with optional drive to palace farm.
Transfer to Trident Hotel, Bhubaneswar for overnight via tribal village making Dhokra (brassware). Late afternoon excursion to Tangi village and dusk at Chilika Lake (boat trip with possibility of seeing wildfowl).
Visit to tantric temple at Hirapur, peace monument and Emperor Ashoka’s Kalinga War memorial at Dhauli. Depart Bhubaneswar 2120, via Delhi.
Depart Delhi 0215, arriving Heathrow 0630.
21 Nov — 5 Dec 2020
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This tour will include some long journeys and visits that involve walking over rough, steep and uneven terrain. Participiants must have a good level of fitness.
Cost of £4295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, seven lunches (one packed), twelve dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £885.