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Odisa Tour Package

Odisa Tour Package

Package Duration
5 Days / 4 Nights
Destination Covered
Odisa - Bhubaneswar - Puri

  • Other Benefits (On Arrival)
    Description :
    About
    Odisha or Orissa is one of the 29 states of India, located in the east of India. It is surrounded by the states of West Bengal to the north-east, Jharkhand to the north, Chhattisgarh to the west and north-west and Telengana to the south.

    The ancient kingdom of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in 261 BCE resulting in the Kalinga War, coincides with the modern day Odisha.The modern state of Orissa was established on 1 April 1936, as a province in British India and consisted predominantly of Oriya speaking regions.

    April 1 is celebrated as Odisha Day.The region is also known as Utkala and is mentioned in India's national anthem, "Jana Gana Mana".[Cuttack was made the capital of the region by Anantavarman Chodaganga in c. 1135,after which the city was used as the capital by many rulers, through the British era until 1948 when Bhubaneswar replaced it as the capital


    Culture
    The sacred environs of Lord Jagannath temple, the eroticism of Konark's Sun temple, the wondrous caves of Jainism, the mystical monasteries of Buddhism, the paintings of folklore and the weaver's magic; all stand as meek evidences of an eloquent past and continuing golden present of Odisha (Orissa).

    Expressions of the soul find way in the form of indigenous theatres namely 'Prahalad-Nataka' or the 'Dhanuyatra' here. Dance and music form an inseparable part of the rich culture of the state. The exotic classical dance of the region evolved from the cult of the 'devadasis' or female temple dancers. Folk dances like 'Chhow' and 'Sambalpuri' along with tribal dances like 'Ghumura' & 'Paraja' leave every spirit truly elated.

    Then there are fairs like 'Bali Jatra' that come as a reminder of an ancient maritime links with Bali. And to crown it all is the universally-acclaimed 'Rathyatra' of Lord Jagannath which has become an absolute synonym to Orissan culture.


    Best Time to Visit
    October to March is the best season to visit Orissa. This is the time of the year that weather is very pleasant and you can enjoy your tour in a perfect way.

    Dhauli Hills
    Dhauli Hills : The famous rock edicts of Ashoka, inscribed in the third century BC, are located at Dhauli, around 8 km from Bhubaneswar. The carnage that followed the Kalinga War transformed the emperor, and he came here some 2,300 years ago to seek salvation. It is also believed that Ashoka set out to preach Buddhism from Dhauli. A white stupa (pillar), built in collaboration with Japanese Buddhists, is located on the hills and can be seen from miles away.

    Lingaraj Temple
    Lingaraj Temple : The 55-metre-high Lingaraja Temple is a rare masterpiece depicting the high point of Orissan architecture of the 10th-11th century. Described as "the truest fusion of dream and reality" every inch of its surface is covered with elaborate carvings of gods, goddesses, dryads, nymphs and fairies. The temple can be seen from miles away and the sculpture and architecture here fuse elegantly to create a perfect harmony. It is believed that all pilgrims, who wish to go to the Jagannath temple at Puri, must first offer worship at the Lingaraja temple. The temple has two added structures"the Natya Mandir (dance hall) and the Bhoga Mandap (offering platform). It is important to note that non-Hindus are not allowed inside the Lingaraja Temple.

    Udayagiri
    Udayagiri : A famous tourist place, renowned for the ruins of the massive fort of fourteenth century. The excavations revealed a sprawling complex of brick monastery with a number of Buddhist sculptures that were located at the base of a hefty hill. This monastery, which date back between 7th and 12th centuries AD, is indeed a worthy place for a visit. A favourite place of tourists, historians, researchers, and art lovers, this archaeological remains presents a rich heritage. During the large excavation from 1997 to 2000, a second part (Udayagiri-2) was discovered with additional stupas and monasteries. Ongoing excavations in Udayagiri disclosed more and more Buddhist complexes, and a large number of sculptures found out from there are Boddhisattva and Dhyani Buddha.

    Khandagiri
    Khandagiri : Khandagiri Caves are found in the hills, which are 6 km from Bhubaneshwar. Khandagiri give ample proof of Jain and Buddhist occupation of the region at least by the 2nd century B.C. The Khandagiri Caves are reached via a steep path which divides halfway up the hill. To the right is Ananta Cave with its carved figures of elephants, and women which are worth a visit. It offers a fine bird eye view of Bhubaneshwar from its summit. The steep path up divides about third of the way up the hill. Further along there is a series of Jain Temples and, at the top, there is another Jain Temple dating from the 18th Century. At the base of the hill, to the right, are the two storied "Rani Gupha or Queens Place" cave. This is the largest and most impressive cave on the lower story.

    Nandan kanan
    Nandan kanan : Nandan Kanan National Park is situated 20 Km from Bhubaneswar. The name Nandan Kanan means 'Garden of Pleasure', which gets justified when one enters the park. Along the banks of lake Kanjia and amidst natural forest, is located one of India'a largest Tiger-safari, along with a reptile park, a botanical garden and a nocturnal animal park. The park has an interesting history that the idea of the park was given by National Geographic magazine. It happened so that a wild female tiger came to the zoo, found a tiger enclosure, and stayed there. It was unique in the way that no animal wants to stay in a fenced zoo. National Geography pointed out that there should be constructed a sophisticated zoo for tigers and Nandan Kanan came into existence. Currently Nandan Kanan has over 34 white tigers.

    Lord Jagannath Temple
    Lord Jagannath Temple :Jagannath Temple is one of the most renowned as well as the biggest temples of Orissa. The magnificent Jagannath temple is dedicated to the Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Lord of the Universe. It was built in the 12th century and is considered as one of the tallest (65 m) temples in India. Built in the Kalinga style of architecture, the temple consists of Jagmohan (hall) and the Deul (main shrine) in its front. The Nata Mandir and the Bhoga Mandir were built later in the 14th and 15th century in the typical Orissa style. The provision of having meal made of the ingredients donated to the temple is a unique feature of the temple. The pillars that provide support to the temple are adorned with pictures depicting the life of Lord Krishna. In the list of the most splendid monuments of Orissa, Jagannath temple occupies a supreme position. One of the most popular attractions of the Jagannatha Temple of Puri comprises of its Rath Yatra that is organized every year. It is basically a chariot festival, where idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, the main deities of Srimandir, are taken to the Gundicha temple in bejeweled chariots and are brought back to the mandir in the same way.

    Gundicha Ghar
    Gundicha Ghar : The Gundicha Ghar or Gundicha temple is another important site to visit in Puri. Regarded as equally holy, this is considered as the place of Lord’s aunt Gundicha. According to the local belief, Lord stays here for 9 days during the time of the famous Rath yatra or Chariot pulling festival of Puri.

    Konark Sun Temple
    Konark Sun Temple :The magnificent Sun Temple at Konark is the culmination of Orissan temple architecture, and one of the most stunning monuments of religious architecture in the world. Built in the thirteenth century, the entire temple was designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twenty four wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across the heavens. Surya has been a popular deity in India since the Vedic period. Under the crackling wheels of past events , the Sun Temple has lost its main sanctuary but the remaining structure and the ruins arouns testify till today the boundless creative energy of Orissan artistes and their impressive contribution to the treasury of Indian Art and building technique.

    Chandrabhaga Beach
    Chandrabhaga Beach :Close to the Konark it is a lovely and quiet beach. Rated as one of the finest beaches with a long stretch of clean sands and cool blue sea making rapids in the rolling waves, the beach has its own lovely serenity. In the past river Chandrabhaga joined the sea here but now only the confluence remains to be seen. Religious people in large number take holy dip in this confluence on the Magha Saptami day which falls in February-March every year. There is also a functional light house here.

    Puri Beach
    Puri Beach :Fine golden sands, roar of the breakers rolling in from the Bay of Bengal and countless devotees flocking the place for a purification dip are the synonyms to the Puri Beach. Puri beach is characterised by its utter simplicity, the sweets and snacks hawkers, the wonderful and loving people, and the widespread golden sand with the waters from Bay of Bengal continuously washing your feet while you walk. The beach at Puri offers a unique opportunity to witness the striking sunrise and the sunset on the same beach. Often crowded with holiday makers bathing in the afternoon, and enjoying the brightly lit kiosks in the night, the stretches, parallel to the main Marine Drive Road, form the domain of the domestic tourists, with a row of hotels, food stalls and kiosks selling souvenirs

    Pipili Village
    Pipili Village :Indian handicrafts is famous all over the world and one the best places where you can get to see fine examples of this is Pipili in Orissa. The distinctive style of Applique embroidery is a specialty of the ' Darji ' (Tailor) community of Pipili. The Craft involves embroidering and stitching of small pieces of colored cloth with motifs of flowers, animals, village scene and traditional designs on to a larger base cloth. The usual appliqué patchwork items are Garden Umbrellas, Wallets, Wall Hanging, lampshades, Pouches & Bags.

    Chilka lake
    Chilka lake :The vast and dream like Chilika Lagoon is situated on the east-coast of India. It is the largest brackish Water Lagoon with estuarine character that sprawls along the east coast. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory waterfowl found anywhere on the Indian sub-continent. It is one of the hotspot of biodiversity in the country, and some rare, vulnerable and endangered species listed in the IUCN Red List of threatened Animals inhabit in the lagoon for atleast part of their life cycle. A survey of the fauna of Chilika carried out by the Zoological Survey of India in 1985-87 recorded over 800 species in and around the lagoon. The lagoon is the wintering ground for more than one million migratory birds. The Chilka Lagoon is very famous for Irrawaddy Dolphins

  • arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport

    • Jagannath Temple

    Description :

    Meet & Greet on arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport / Railway Station & transfer to Puri. In the evening visit the Lord Jagannath Temple built in 15th Century AD and crowned with Vishnu's wheel & flag dominate the landscape at Puri. Overnight stay will be at Puri.

    Chilika Lake

    Description :

    After breakfast start for day excursion to Chilika Lake (Place called Satpada). It's famous for Irrawaddy Dolphins. One can enjoy boating at Satpada (at own cost) and visit the lagoon where the lake meets with into Bay of Bengal. Evening back to Puri. Overnight stay will be at Puri.

    Bhubaneswar

    • Dhauli

    Description :

    After Breakfast transfer to Bhubaneswar enroute visit Chandra Bhaga Sea Beach, Konark Sun Temple, Pipili (the eplique village) & Dhauli. On arrival check in to hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay will be at Bhubaneswar.

    Bhubaneswar

    Description :

    After breakfast visit Khandagiri, Udaygiri, Lingraj Temple & Nandan Kanan. Evening you can enjoy shopping at Ekaamra Haat buying local handicrafts and other goodies. Overnight stay will be at Bhubaneswar.

    Departure

    Description :

    After breakfast Check-out from hotel, transfer to Bhubaneswar Airport / Railway Station for your onwards journey.





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