Odisha Up Close

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On the north east coast of India lies Odisha- a state of golden sand beaches, ancient temples and tribal people whose lifestyle today is little changed from centuries ago.

This programme visits some of these tribes as well as the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sun temple at Konark. Please note: as tribal markets only run on specific Days, we urge you not to book your international flights until an itinerary has been agreed upon, in order to ensure the best use of your time and the mos....

t economical trip possible. Also please note in this region an accompanying guide is essential as access to villages is impossible without such a person. The itinerary outlined here is only a sample of what is possible in this fascinating region. We recommend adding time in neighbouring Chhattisgarh if time permits.

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Day 1 - Arrive in Mumbai

You’ll be met on arrival in Mumbai and assisted with the transfer to your hotel, Overnight in Mumbai

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Day 2 - Mumbai

Day of Sightseeing around Mumbai, tailored to your interests; it can include a walking tour of Dharavi, India’s largest slum, a car-based tour of Mumbai’s main sights or an excursion to the ancient rock-cut caves at Elephanta Island. Overnight in Mumbai.

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Day 3 - Mumbai - Bhubaneswar - Puri

Transfer to Mumbai airport and fly direct to Bhubaneswar. Here you’ll meet your guide and make the short drive down to Puri, touring this important pilgrimage town in the afternoon.Overnight in Puri

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Day 4 - Puri Day Excursion

Full day Excursion to the Sun Temple Complex at Konark, Overnight in Puri

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Day 5 - Puri - Bhubaneswar

Return to Bhubaneswar, en route visiting Dhauli, Asokan Rock edicts and 64 Yogini Temples of Heera Pur. Go for a City tour around Bhubaneswar and return to hotel. Overnight in Bhubaneswar.

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Day 6 - Bhubaneswar Day Excursion

Full day Excursion to the Buddhist Triangle of Orissa; Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udaigiri, Overnight Bhubaneswar

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Day 7 - Bhubaneswar Day Excursion

Full day Excursion to Nuapatana Textile Village and Sadeibarini metalworking Village to see the work of the local craftspeople at first hand, Overnight in Bhubaneswar

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Day 8 - Bhubaneswar - Gopalpur

Drive via Chilika Lake (almost an inland sea it is so vast) to Gopalpur-On-Sea on the Bay of Bengal and relax by the ocean in this tranquil location, Overnight in Gopalpur-on-Sea

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Day 9 - Gopalpur - Royagada

Drive to Rayagada en route visiting Desia Kondh Tribal Villages and Sulphur Spring of Taptapani, Overnight at Rayagada

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Day 10 - Royagada - Kutia - Royagada

Full day excursion to Kutia Kondh tribal villages in the Tumudibandh area and witness village life, Overnight at Rayagada

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Day 11 - Similiguda

Visit Dongariya Kondh Tribal market (this market operates on Wednesday only)at Chatikona, drive to Jeypore,Overnight at Similiguda

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Day 12 - Visakhapatnam

Visit the Most Colourful tribe of Orissa, the Bonda people, at their Market (this Market operates on Thursday only) and visit a Gadaba Village, continue to Visakhapatnam, Overnight at Visakhapatnam.

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Day 13 - Visakhapatnam Depart

Visit Simachalam Temple then transfer to Visakhapatnam airport for departure.