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ORISSA - PEARLS OF THE EAST – WINTER

ORISSA - PEARLS OF THE EAST – WINTER Orissa is a land blessed with the virgin beauty of endless emerald green fields, meandering rivers dotted with picturesque villages, exquisite temples and monuments and long beaches. It is an attractive treasure house of cultures and customs, religions and traditions, languages and literature, art and architecture, scenic beauties and wildlife. The state once formed a part of Kalinga kingdom which is best known in ancient history for its brave resistance against the invasion of the Mauryan King Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C.


Day 01
Arrive Bhubaneshwar | On to Puri (60 kms / approx. 2 hour drive)
Welcome to Bhubaneshwar, the Capital of Orissa. On arrival at Bhubaneshwar airport or Bhubaneshwar railway station, begin your tour of 'Pearls of the East'. Proceed on a picturesque drive to Puri. Enroute, visit the famous Lingaraja Temple. Also, have a brief halt at Pipli village, famous for its Applique work. One can buy various handicrafts at Pipli village. On arrival at Puri, check into your hotel. Late in the afternoon, visit the Lord Jagannatha Temple. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 02
In Puri | Excursion to Konark Sun Temple (35 kms / approx. 1 hour drive)
This morning, proceed on a half-day excursion to Konark Sun Temple, built by Narasimhadeva-I in 1250 A.D, shaped like a chariot driven by seven horses on 12 pairs of wheels. In the afternoon, visit the artisans' village of Raghurajpur. The village is famous for Patta Chitra work (paintings on Palm Leaves). The rest of the evening is free for shopping.

Day 03
On to Gopalpur via Chilika (242 kms / approx. 6 hour drive)
This morning proceed towards Gopalpur, one of the most pristine beaches of Orissa. Enroute, visit the Chilika Bird Sanctuary famous for rare migratory birds. On arrival, check into your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 04
In Gopalpur | Excursion to Taptapani (60 kms / approx. 1& half hour drive)
In the morning, proceed on a half-day excursion to Taptapani - hot water springs renowned for their medicinal value. Taptapani is also a much sought after picnic spot. Return to Gopalpur in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the quaint town of Gopalpur.

Day 05
On to Bhubaneshwar (180kms / approx. 5 hour drive)
Today, proceed towards Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Orissa. Enroute visit the Udaygiri & Khandagiri Caves - an excellent example of Jain Cave Art, built by Kharavela around 1st - 2nd
Century BC for Jain monks. On arrival, check into your hotel.

Day 06
Depart Bhubaneshwar | Return home with happy memories
Today, bid farwell to your 'Pearls of the East' tour as you are transferred to Bhubaneshwar airport or Bhubaneshwar railway station for your onward journey.