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Odisha

10 Nov — 24 Nov 2018 | Tour Director: Annie Owen

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 0845 on Air India, via Delhi. Arrive Delhi 2225 and check into Hotel Ibis for overnight stay.

Day

2

Depart Delhi 1105, arriving Bhubaneswar 1305. Transfer to Mayfair Lagoon Hotel, Bhubaneswar, for four nights. Introductory talk: The World of Orissa.

Day

3

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).

Day

4

Bhubaneswar: Lingaraja Temple (shrine dedicated to Lord Lingaraja, also known as Shiva), the 10th century Muktesvara Temple, and the 11th century Rajarani temple. Optional visit to Sisupalgarh (ramparts and columns of eastern Odisha’s first known capital).

Day

5

Visit to the ruins of the ancient Buddhist monasteries of Ratnagiri. Free evening.

Day

6

Transfer to Puri via the tantric temple at Hirapur (9th century Sixty-Four Yogini Shrine), the peace monument and Emperor Ashoka’s Kalinga War memorial at Dhauli. Rickshaw tour of Puri including 12th century Jagannath temple (major Hindu pilgrimage site). Transfer to Mayfair Waves Hotel, Puri for three nights.

Day

7

Excursion to Konark for Sun Temple (ruined 13th century Hindu sanctuary) followed by late afternoon drive deep into countryside.

Day

8

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.

Day

9

Return to Bhubaneswar for visit to Odisha State Museum. Presentation on Odisha’s tribal peoples by anthropology curator, Professor KK Basa, followed by visit to Tribal Research Institute Museum. Transfer to Mayfair Lagoon Hotel, Bhubaneswar for two nights. Evening lecture by special guest speaker.

Day

10

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). Free evening.

Day

11

Transfer to Dhenkanal via Nuapatna weaving village. Transfer to Dhenkanal Palace homestay for two nights. Late afternoon drive to Joranda monastery to watch sunset rituals performed by the monks.

Day

12

Excursion to Kapilash (medieval Hindu shrine) followed by rural village walk through Santals and Saoras villages. Free afternoon with optional drive to palace farm.

Day

13

Transfer to Mayfair Lagoon Hotel, Bhubaneswar for overnight stay via tribal village making Dhokra (brassware). Late afternoon excursion to Tangi village and dusk at Chilika Lake (boat trip with possibility of seeing wildfowl).

Day

14

Depart Bhubaneswar 0945, via Delhi 1205. Check into Hotel Ibis for overnight stay. Free evening.

Day

15

Depart Delhi 1400, arriving Heathrow 1900.

Tour Dates

10 Nov — 24 Nov 2018

Days

15

Cost

£3995

Tour Code

ODIS-18

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five lunches (including one packed lunch) & nine dinners with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £750.

Practicalities:

This tour will include some long journeys and visits that involve walking over rough terrain. Passengers must have a good level of fitness.

 
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