Summary of

The Hidden Gems of Orissa and Chhattisgarh

Duration: 11 Days/ 10 Nights

Major Attractions: UNESCO world heritage sites, Baiga tribe, Kawardha Palace, Konark Sun Temple, Puri beach, Victoria Memorial, Marble Palace

Destination Covered: Delhi, Kawardha, Bhubneshwar, Konark, Puri, Kolkata

Tour Summary

This rare yet interesting tour gives visitors a glimpse of a part of India that is mostly overlooked by tourists, and many people are unaware of its existence. Chhattisgarh is a Madhya Pradesh breakaway state with a rich history, culture, tribal lands, and breathtaking scenery. Stay in the comfort of one of Chhattisgarh's most elegant palaces while exploring the Maikal Hills on foot to see ancient temples and ruins and learn about the area's unknown tribal cultures.

Continue to Orissa, the former kingdom of Kalinga, a huge, lush state clinging to the Bay of Bengal's coast. It's easy to see how this region thrived between the 7th and 15th centuries, with its sandy beaches, extraordinary beehive-shaped temples, and mighty monuments.

Detailed ltinerary

DAY 1

Delhi: Welcome to Incredible India!

On arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by our representative and transferred straightway to your hotel to check in. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.

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DAY 2

Delhi

After breakfast proceed for the sight seeing tour of Delhi. At first, you will visit Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) covering Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid (2nd largest mosque of India) and Humayun’s Tomb (all 3 monuments are UNESCO world heritage sites). Later in the 2nd half, visit Lutyen’s Delhi (New Delhi) and see India Gate, Parliament house, Bahai temple and drive by President’s house.

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DAY 3

Delhi – Raipur – Kawardha

Take a flight to Raipur in the morning and then travel to Kawardha. Stay three nights at the elegant Kawardha Palace in the Maikal Hills, built in the 1930s. Kawardha is a small town in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Maharaja Vishwaraj Singh, who lives in this remote location, recently opened his palace to tourists. It offers a refreshingly quiet, unspoiled comparison to India's major cities. Stay at your Palace hotel for the night.

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DAY 4

Kawardha

Breakfast at the hotel. Walk through stunning landscapes while learning about the tribal people who rule this district's culture and traditions. Kawardha is known for Baiga tribe, who live in the surrounding forests. In the afternoon, take a tour of the Palace and the fascinating Bhoramdeo Temple complex.

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DAY 5

Kawardha – Raipur – Bhubneshwar

Morning you will be transferred to Raipur airport to board an early afternoon flight to Bhubaneshwar, capital of Orissa. Stay 2 nights at your beautiful hotel. Afternoon is at leisure.

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DAY 6

Bhubneshwar

Explore the city's two sides: the garden city of the twentieth century and the picturesque temple township brimming with Orissan sculpture. Also included is a tour of the Lingaraj Temple (only visible from the outside), Rajrani, Mukteshwar, Parsurameshwar, and Brahmeshwar temples.

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DAY 7

Bhubneshwar – Puri

Morning drive towards Puri, en-route visiting Dhauli, Pipli and Konark Sun Temple. On arrival at Puri, check in and stay for 02 nights at your beautiful beach resort.

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DAY 8

Puri

The small beach resort of Puri is one of the holiest places in India. Spend the day exploring the town, including a visit to impressive Jagannath Temple (non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises).

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DAY 9

Bhubneshwar – Kolkata

Post breakfast checkout and you will be driven to Bhubneshwar to board a late afternoon flight to Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata airport you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel to check in. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.

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DAY 10

Kolkata

Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kolkata which includes your visit to Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial, Marble Palace and Town Hall. Later you may also make a visit to the Chinese shoe making area on Bentick Street and Calcutta’s legendary Sweet making institutions. In the evening you may stroll in the colourful markets i.e. Park Street & New Market. Stay overnight at your hotel.

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DAY 11

Departure

At appropriate time you will be transferred to Kolkata airport for you onward journey back to your home destination. The tour ends here.

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