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Odisha has been rightly regarded as a land of myriad marvels. The dynamic topographical and vegetational strength of Odisha have combined to extract some of the most stunning destinations which not only offers a visual feast for the inquisitive visitors but also highly educative and culturally pleasing insight into one of the oldest civilizations of the world.
Highlights of this tour
Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to Hotel (Standard check in at 1400Hrs). Later explore Ancient Temples and Jain trails in Bhubaneswar. Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or 'Lord Lingaraj', Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. Lingaraj Temple
(Non Hindu are not allowed inside this temple. To be viewed from a platform outside)
Later explore the ancient Jain caves at Khandagiri and Udaygiri built in 1st century BC during the reign of King Kharvela . Visit the Khandagiri and Udaygiri hills which were carved and tunneled, to create this multistoried ancient apartment residence for Jain monks.
After breakfast we leave for Puri enroute visiting Dhauli and Pipli. The Shanti Stupa at Dhauli Hills is a significant symbol of love and peace. The pilgrimage is significant because here King Ashoka resigned from violent wars. After witnessing the devastating sight of blood filled land and the Daya River that obtained red color because of the merciless slaughter of around 1,50, 000 warriors, King Ashoka was filled with sheer grief and therefore decided to renounce wars completely all through the rest of his life. Pipli – It’s a centre for appliqué work, which depicts the essence of Oriya culture. It is also known for colorful and original awnings, canopies, garden and beach umbrellas, shoulder and handbags etc.
The third link in the Orissan Golden Triangle, Konark is the site of one of the most spectacular examples of religious architecture in the world. The Sun Temple at Konark conceived as a massive chariot hauling the Sun God across the heavens by the might of seven splendidly carved horses, standing aloft on 24 chariot wheels-intricately carved - symbolizing the march of time, lies in solitary splendor surrounded by drifting sand three kilometres from the sea, but originally it was reported to be closer for which it was used as a navigational point by European sailors, who referred to it as the 'Black Pagoda'. Arrive Puri and check into Hotel. All hotels in Puri have check-in/check-out at 08:00 hrs. The Jagannath Temple at Puri is one of the most sacred pilgrimage spots in India. This 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath –“The Lord of the Universe”.
(Non Hindus are not allowed inside the Jagannath temple and to be viewed from Raghunathan library platform. Sunday this platform is closed but one can view from another platform.)
Later in the evening relax at the beach or explore local markets. Overnight at Puri. Overnight at the Hotel
After breakfast proceed to Chilka Lake .A vast lake along the eastern cost of Orissa with beautiful islands, flamingoes wading in the shallow waters and the air echoing with the chirping of birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Aral Sea and other parts of Mongolia, Central and South-East Asia, the Irrawaddy dolphins making the playful appearance in the water…this is only a glimpse of the breath-taking beauty of Chilika-Asia’s largest brackish water estuarine lake.
After lunch return to Puri. Later in the evening relax at the beach or explore local markets.
Overnight at Puri. Overnight at the Hotel.