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Odisha Itinerary 8 (5 Nights / 6 Days)
Bhubaneswar 2N - Bhitarkanika 1N - Puri 2N
- Private AC Car
- Luxury accommodations
- 24x07 dedicated service
- Personal expenses
- Cost due to any natural/political/medical crisis
- Meals not mentioned in package
Day 01: Bhubaneswar
Upon arrival at Bhubaneswar Airoprt/ Rly. Stn. Transfer to hotel. Bhubaneswar Known as
the “Temple City”,founded during the Kalinga empire over 3,000 years ago, Bhubaneswar
today boasts of a cluster of magnificent temples, which once boasted of more than 2000
temples. still preserves over 500 of India's finest temples.
If time permits visit Lingaraj Temple Constructed in 650 A.D. this temple is a unique
specimen of Oriyan style of architecture. The most special feature of this temple is the
presence of one thousand lingas in the north-west corner of the complex.. Dedicated to Lord
Shiva as the name suggests, the temple was built sometime in the 7th century by the King
Jajati Keshari. The Lingraj Temple houses a Shivalingam that rises to a massive height of 8
inches above the floor level and is about 8 feet in diameter as well. Lingaraj Temple is a
spectacular specimen of Orissa style of temples with a hint of Kalinga style of architecture,
covering a vast area of 2,50,000 sq ft., stand tall 180 ft.As many as 150 smaller shrines dot
the temple complex. Non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.
sThen visit Rajarani temple
A popular 11th-century the Raja Rani Temple is locally known as the 'love temple' because
it contains some sensuous carvings of women and couples. No images can be found inside
the sanctum, and hence the temple is not associated with any particular sect of Hinduism.
This is perhaps exactly where the charm of the temple comes from: the temple belongs to
no specific sect and is open to all people irrespective of the deity that they worship and
admire. However, the figures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati carved on the walls
strongly indicate that the temple has certain associations with Shaivism.
Brahmeshwar Temple was built during 11th century A.D in honor of the presiding deity
Brahmeshwar, who is a form of Lord Shiva. The 60-feet tall temple was the first to exhibit
iron beams in construction and splendid iconography of dancers and musicians on the walls.
The porch features carved ceiling with lotus, while the walls have motifs of lion head in
Mukteshwar Temple is one of the most compact and smallest temples in Bhubaneswar,
but is renowned for its imposing ceiling that is adorned with eight-petal lotus in the porch,
and astounding stone archway. It was for the first time that carved images appeared in
temple architecture, exhibiting beautiful lion-head motifs. “Mukteshwar” means “Lord who
gives freedom through Yoga.”
Parshurameswar temple The small but luxuriantly designed temple was built during
7th century and is one of the oldest in Bhubaneswar. The temple exhibits marvelous
Afte lunch visit khandagiri and Udaygiri caves and explore the age-old caves of
Khandagiri and Udaygiri, carved by jain Monks in the 1st century BC, and were usssed as
dwellings aaand meditation quarters, were built under King Khaarvela of the
Mahameghavahan dynasty. Overnight at hotel.
( if not interested for temple tour can visit state museum, tribal museum, Nanadan kanan
Day 02: Bhubaneswar
After breakfast visit state museum, are housed archaeological objects, art and craft
objects, natural history objects, Bronze Age tools and stone sculptures also contains bronze
images, traditional and folk musical instruments, coins, copper plates, prehistoric objects,
ethnological objects and armoury. Also its huge collection of manuscripts on palm-leaves,
tourists can view palm leaf manuscript of 12th century devotional poem Gita Govinda. By a
collection of traditional and folk musical instruments and sculptures of different shapes and
sizes, the museum expresses the vivid history and cultural traditions of Orissa.Collections of
the museum also include copper plates, coins, stone inscriptions, manuscripts written on the
palm leaves and age-old bronze tools. At the museum, tourists can also get an insight into
rare epigraphic records stored in Epigraphy Gallery, handicraft, small paintings, collection of
patta paintings, brassware, stone sculptures.
Tribal Museum, known as Orissa Museum of Tribal Art and Artifacts, provides a detailed
information about the tribal life and culture of Orissa. It reveal about more than sixty varied
tribal groups of Orissa, their way of living, handicrafts, musical instruments, songs, dances
and festivals.The Tribal Museum has a rich collection of stone and wood sculptures, metal
objects and images, weapons, wooden objects, anthropological objects, jewelry, textiles,
terracotta, tribal dresses and also some remarkable records, which have been conserved
about these tribes. The museum also exhibits the huts of the tribes.
Visit Nandan kanan zoo. Nandankanan Zoological Park is a 400-hectare zoo and botanical
garden in Bhubaneswar, The name Nandan Kanan refers to garden of pleasure. Nandan
Kanan is a combination of zoo, sanctuary and botanical garden. It is located 20 kms
from Bhubaneswar amidst the splendid surroundings of the Chandaka Forest You will
also get to see several endangered species that are well protected within the wildlife
sanctuary and zoo of Nandan Kanan. These species consist of three categories of Indian
Crocodiles, Lion tailed Macaque, Asiatic Lion, Nilgiri Langur, Mouse Deer and Indian
Pangolin. There are numerous species of birds (81), fishes as well as reptiles. You can
go on safaris to the Nandan Kanan Wildlife Sanctuary to see these rare white tigers, and
some majestic Asiatic lions who roam freely in their natural habitats. You can enjoy rope
way and boat riding facilities in lake also.
Evening Viist Ekamra haat situated in the heart of Bhubaneswar. It is a popular place for
purchasing handicraft and handlooms products. It has 42 handlooms and handicraft shops
and 8 open display corners which provide consumers with natural and original artisan
products.You can find craft and textile products of artisans from different parts of the
state.The shops in Ekamra Haat displays various crafts like stone carving work, wood
carving work,applique, pattachitra,cane & bamboo work, dhokra,bell metal,terracotta
work,palm leaf engraving,and art textiles such as Bandha sarees from Sambalpur &
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Bhubaneswar – Bhitarkanika
The Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest (made of Oriya words bhitar, meaning interior
and kanika, meaning exceptionally beautiful) is the world's largest and most relevant
nesting ground for the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. Every year, nearly a million Olive
Ridley Turtles lay over 84 million eggs on the Gahirmatha Beach, which lies along the
Bhitarnika Mangrove Forest, inside the Gahirmatha National Park.Bhitarkanika Mangrove
Forest is a natural and wildlife reserve that is home to over 55 species of mangroves, 170
species of birds and a large population of saltwater crocodiles, hawksbill and leatherback
turtles, endangered king cobra and the Indian rock python covering aa areaof 672 square
kilometre national park.This mangrove forest in India is also a dream come true for
birdwatchers as migratory and resident birds such as Asian Openbills, six species of
kingfisher, five species of egrets and the black-headed ibis can be spotted.
Over night at Bhitar kanika.
Day 04: Bhitarkanika – Konark- Puri.
After breakfast drive to Puri enroute Dhauli, where a modern peace pagoda and ancient
rock edictsmark the emperor Asshoka;s conversion to Buddhism. Dhauli , a sacred Buddhist
ssite on the banks of then river Daya, where the greatKalingan war was taken place.
Revered by Buddhists as the place where ancient Indian emperor Ashoka renounced
violence and embraced Budddddhism, the site pagoda , and see two of the rock-carved
edicts declaring Ashoka’s new religious principles that date from 260 BC. Then view some
rock-cut caves, medieval Hindu temples, and the renovated Shiva temple near Pagoda.
Continue to Visit Pipli the artist village where locals produce appliqué art- a process of
cutting coloured cloth into shapes of animals, birds, flowers, leaves , gods, goddesses and
other decorative motifs and stiching them over a piece of cloth. These creations are
fabricated into lampshades, handbags, cushion covers, or even garden umbrellas.
Later visit Konark the Chariot of the Sun God temple, built by Laqngula Narasingh Deva in
13 th century A.D.. The Sun temple is known for its exquisite and intricate architecture and
sculptures. An UNSECO World Heritge List of monument. The word 'Konark' is a combination
of two words 'Kona' and 'Arka'. 'Kona' means 'Corner' and 'Arka' means 'Sun', so when
combines it becomes 'Sun of the Corner', dedicated to Sun God. Konark is also known as
Arka khetra. There are three different sides of the temple, positioned in proper direction to
catch the rays of the sun at morning, noon and evening.King Narasimhadeva the great ruler
of the Ganga dynasty had built this temple, with the help of 1200 artisans within a period of
12 years (1243-1255 A.D.). Since the ruler used to worship the Sun, the temple was
considered as a chariot for the Sun God. Konark Temple was designed in the form of a
gorgeously decorated chariot mounted on 24 wheels , each about 10 feet in diameter, and
drawn by 7 mighty horses. It is really difficult to understand, how this huge temple, every
inch-space of which was so wonderfully carved, could have been completed within such a
short time. Whatever that might be, the konark temple even in its present ruined state, still
a wonder to the whole world. Great poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote of Konark: "here the
slanguage of stone surpasses the language of man."
Drive through marine drive to Puri, on the way visit Chandrabhaga beach, Ramachandi
temple. Evening free at beach for relaxation. Overnight at Puri.
Day 05: Puri - Satpada - Puri
After freshen up in hotel visit the world famous Lord Jagannath temple
The majestic Jagannath Temple in Puri is a major pilgrimage destination for Hindus and is a
part of the “Char Dham” pilgrimages. Jagannatha is not the only deity worshipped in the
temple, though it is known as the 'Jagannatha Temple'. The deities of the Puri temple are
generally known as the Trimurti (trinity) and also as Chaturdhamurti. The temple was
originally built by the Kalinga ruler Anantavarman Chodaganga(1078 - 1148 CE). Much
of the present structure was built by King Ananga Bhima Deva in the year 1174 CE. It
took 14 years to complete and was consecrated in 1198 CE.
Then Drive to satpada ( Chilka lake).
Arrival Satapara. Book a motor boat ride in Chilka lake. ( booking will be on direct payment
basis) Enjoy the day at chilka lake (India's biggest inland lake spread over 1,100 square
kilometers) Boating at the lake to spot the wild Asiatic Irrawaddy Dolphins at the mouth of
the Bay of Bengal.
Back to hotel overnight at Puri.
Day 06: Departure to Bhubaneswar/ Puri
On time pick up from hotel and provide departure transfer to Bhubaneswar Airport or
Rly.Stn. or Puri Rly. Stn. for onward Journey.
Note : Nandan Kanan , state Museum and Tribal Museum remain closed on Monday and on state holidays.