BASTAR DUSSEHRA TOUR
DURATION : 14 NIGHTS / 15 DAYS
13th Oct. Tuesday -Arrival Rayagada.
Arrival in Rayagada and then, drive through the Eastern Ghats, enjoy the beauty of landscapes and visit some villages. Stay overnight at the hotel in Rayagada.
14th. Oct. Wednesday- (Chatikona-Jeypore)
Drive to the weekly Dongria Kondh Market at Chatikona. Later visit Mali and Paroja tribal villages. Stay overnight in Chaitkona.
15th. Oct. Thursaday – Onukudeli -jeypore
After breakfast, drive to Onukudeli to visit the famous Bonda tribes who come once every week to the local market. It is a unique opportunity to see such a colourful concentration of tribal people at one place. Most interesting is to watch the Bonda and Gadaba women in their colourful jewelleries, marketing commodities. Stay overnight at the hotel in Jeypore.
16th. Oct. Friday -Kunduli-Jeypore.
After breakfast, drive to the largest weekly Market of the Paroja tribe at Kunduli. Stay overnight at the hotel in Jeypore.
17th. Oct. Saturday- Baligaon-Jagdalpur.
After breakfast, transport from the hotel to Jagdalpur en route visiting the Kotpad weaving village and the Dhurwa tribal market at Baligaon. Stay overnight at the Bastar jangle Resort / similar.
18th. oct. Sunday- Jagdalpur-Kondagaon-Kanker.
After breakfast, drive for Kanker on the way visiting the Kondagaon tribal craft village (Bell metal, Wrought iron and Terracotta). You will be received at the Kanker Palace with a traditional welcome. Stay overnight at the Kanker Palace.
19th. Oct. Monday- In Kanker.
After breakfast, visit the villages of the Deer-Horn Muria tribe and get a glimpse of the Ghotul System. Here, one could enjoy some wonderful village food with local toddy. Also, there will be an opportunity to observe and enjoy tribal life closely. Stay overnight at the Kanker Palace.
20th. Oct. Tuesday- Kanker-Jagdalpur.
Today, after breakfast, the guests will take part in the Dusshera festival (held at the Palace).
This festival is uniquely celebrated in Kanker with the village people gathering with their gods and tribal deities to the Palace where they are traditionally received by the members of the Royal family followed by prayers and offerings to the gods and shaman possessions and dancing. Later, the Guest will have lunch along with the villagers and other guests of the palace in the traditional way. In the afternoon, proceed towards Jagdalpur. Stay overnight at the Bastar Jungle Resort / Similar.
21st. Oct. Jagdalpur.
Take a day visit to the Kanger valley National park to discover Dhurwa Tribe, living in the core area of the sanctuary. Also, we will witness beautiful Stalactite and Stalagmite caves along with the serene waterfall called Tiradgarh. On return to the Resort, we can witness one weekly market. Stay overnight.
22nd. Oct. Jagdalpur (Dusehhara)
After settling in comfortably in the resort and quick snacks, proceed to the Bastar Palace and Danteshwari temple where the main events of Dusshera take place.
(Its once so happened that the tribes invited the king to share their first harvest, which they offer to their deities with a celebration. The king refused to come. The disappointed tribes stole the royal chariot and refused to give it back unless the King accepted their invitation. Seeing the respect and love of his people the ruler was forced to go and have their new harvest. This later became a tradition to steal the Chariot, followed by the king attending their festival of Navakhai. So every year this ritual is performed with various tribes of the region attending the festival with great warmth and respect which eventually becomes one of the most colorful cultural event of the tribes.
After the festival is over, return to the resort for cocktail over bonfire followed by dinner.
23rd. Oct. By train to Bhubaneswar (3 Pm leave from Jagdalpur and arrive in the morning)
In the morning, visit the nearby tribal villages. After early lunch, proceed to the railway station to catch train on time for Bhubaneswar. Travel overnight in the train.
24th.Oct. (Arrive in Bhubaneswar, )
After arrival, visit the Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves of the 2nd Century BC. After check in and lunch, visit the Parasurameswar Temple (7th Century AD.), Mukteswar Temple (10th Century AD.), Rajarani Temple (11th Century AD.) and Lingaraj Temple (11th Century AD). Stay overnight in the Hotel.
25th.Oct. Bhubaneswar – Puri,
After breakfast, drive to Puri en route visiting the Ashokan rock edicts at Dhauli, Yogini temple at Hirapur and Pipili appliqué village. In the afternoon, visit the Puri Jagannath temple. Stay overnight at the hotel in Puri.
26th.Oct. ( Puri-Konark-Puri. )
Take the day excursion to visit the Sun Temple at Konark and fishermen village. Stay overnight in Puri.