Diamond Heritage of Odisha
8 Days/7 Nights
Day 01 : Arrive Bhubaneswar
Insight Vacations welcomes you to the temple city of Bhubaneswar, where legacies of Utkalian temple architecture catching eye of visitors since centuries. Visit Lingaraj Temple-the masterpiece, Mukteswar Temple, Rajarani Temple & Brahmeswar temple.
Day 02 : In Bhubaneswar
NandanKanak – Tribal Museum – Kahandagiri & Udaygiri
Morning proceed to Nandankanan Zoolgical Park famous for its 34 white tiger population. Visit Tribal Museum, A specialized ethnographic museum with 5850atribal artifacts including 3000 rare objects has been displayed in 5 air conditioned Display Halls. Life size statues of male & female of primitive tribal groups have also been displayed. Later proceed to Khandagiri & Udaygiri Caves built in 1st century B.C are honeycombed with excavated rock-cut single & double storied caves, essentially meant for the dwelling retreats of the Jaina recluses.
Day 03 : Bhubaneswar to Diamond Tringle
Udaigiri - Lalitagiri- Ratnagiri
Drive to trio Budhist site Udaigiri, Lalitagiri and Ratnagiri described by Hiuen T'sang the Chinese Pilgrim as the seat of the then flourishing Buddhist University called Puspagiri. At Ratangiri two large Monasteries, a huge stupa, Buddhist shrines and several sculptures were surfaced. At Lalitgiri a series of brick pagodas, stone porches, prayer halls and Buddhist images were unearthed. At Udaigiri you can see magnificently carved door jamb of the Vihar and the superbly finished Buddha images of the post-Gupta period & lots of Buddhist sculptures.
Day 04 : Bhubaneshwar to Puri
Hirapur- Dhauli – Pipili - Konark
This morning after breakfast, drive to Hirapur which enshrines 64 Yogini temple of 9th Century. This Hypaethral temple is an archeological wonder til today. Visit Dhauli, on the banks of the River Daya, houses the marvelous Edicts of Ashoka imprinted on a mass of rock & a grand Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda built in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha. Enroute visit Pipli -The Appliqué Village, Best known for the gorgeous appliqué work. Later proceed to the famous temple at Konark. This beautiful Sun temple built in the 13th century in honour of the Sun God is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its exquisite carvings testify to the high standard of ancient Odia art and architectural skill. Drive through Fishermans village at Chandrabhaga Beach.
Day 05 : Puri
Satapada on Chillika - Raghurajpur
Morning visit the most awaited Lord Jagannath temple. This 12th century temple is known for its annual Rathayatra or car festival. Proceed to Chilika lake at Satapada. Take the boat trip on the lake to meet Dolphins in nature .Visit the island where sea meets the lake. Afternoon visit Raghurajpur a Heritage Craft village where the entire community is involved in making PattaChitra-miniature painting which is executed on a small strip of cotton cloth using artistic engraved Palm Leafs driven by religious themes.
Day 06 : Puri to Gopalpur-on-Sea
Clean & Serene Blue Beach
Drive to Gopalpur - on – Sea, a quiet and charming sea resort along the Bay of Bengal. It offers secluded environment and magnificent sun, surf and sand for most of the year. It had a noble history as a seaport with connections to Southeast Asia, the evidence of which is still scattered through the town in the form of romantically deteriorating old buildings
Day 07 : Gopalpur to Taptapani
Visit picturesqueTaptapani hot water springs renowned for their medicinal value. Drive to Chandragiri to visit Buddhist Monasteries of architectural marvel of Tibetan refugees settled since 1963. Also visit Tankilipadar, Lobarsingi, Jiranga, and Mahendragada & their market with Tibetan wall mats, carpets, handicrafts and leather goods.
Day 08 : Departure
Time to bid farewell with sweet memories of your experiences. Tour Ends.
Inclusions: Meet & Greet on arrival, Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis, Daily Bed Tea & Breakfast while in hotel, Chauffer driven AC Vehicle on Disposal, Parking, Toll & Driver allowance & all Taxes, Two hours boating charges in Chilika, 1 Litre water bottle per person per day. Discount coupon for meals in leading restaurants