ROYAL HERITAGE TOUR

21 nights/22 days

DAY 1:

Arrive Bhubaneswar  and transfer to Hotel, Later visit  temples of Bhubaneswar (Parasurameswar,700 AD)  Mukteswar 1000 AD, Lingaraj 1100 AD and Rajarani 1100 AD), . Overnight at hotel in Bhubaneswar.

DAY 2:

After breakfast  visit the Jain caves of 2nd century BC. Khandagiri and Udaygiri , Later  drive to  Dhenkanal . Have a royal  home stay at Dhenkanal Palace.

Day 3 :

After breakfast visit  Joranda temple and Sadhus, it is unique to see their rituals and prayers. Afternoon visit to Karmul  handicraft village and have a trek  to visit other tribal villages ,  Overnight in Palace.

DAY 4:

After early breakfast  visit  Sadeiberuni dokra casting village. Afternoon  Drive to Choudwar  fishing retreat  and enjoy the 100 year old building with it’s lush green  surroundings. One can  opt for angling in nearby twin ponds. Overnight  a home stay in Chaudwar.

DAY 5:

After breakfast drive to Bhubaneswar en route  visiting  Buddhist ruins at Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri and Udaygiri of 6th century to 11th Century. Overnight  at Hotel in Bhubaneswar.

DAY 6:

Post breakfast drive to  Puri, en rout visiting 64 Yogini temple, Dhauli Ashokan rock edicts, Pipili appliqué village and Raghurajpur heritage artisan village. Overnight at the Hotel in Puri.

Day 7:

After breakfast drive to  Konark Sun Temple, then visit the  fishermen village. After lunch drive to Puri to see the market & Jagannath Temple. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8:

Drive early morning  to Parikud situated on the island of Chilka lake. Overnight at Royal home Stay at Parikud. Witness the migratory birds by ferry boat. Overnight at Royal Home stay.

Day 9:

After breakfast take a day for typical village visit. Post lunch leaving  to Gopalpur .Overnight  at Hotel in Gopalpur.

Day 10:

After breakfast  drive  to Rayagada, en route visit Taptapani, hot sulphuric spring,  kumuti villages and Saora tribal villages. Overnight at Hotel in Rayagada.

Day 11:

Drive to  weekly Desia kondh Market at Dukum, Later  visit traditional craft village and desia Kondh  tribal villages. Overnight at Hotel in Rayagada. (Must be on Tuesday)

Day 12:

Drive to  weekly Dongria kondh Market at Chatikona, lunch  in Rayagada, drive to Jeypore en route  visit  Mali and Paraja tribal villages. Overnight at Jeypore.  (Must be on Wednesday)

Day 13:

Drive to  weekly  Market at Onukudelli, the most interesting Market of Bondos, Gadabas and Didayees , after  lunch visit some Olar Gadaba villages and  Back to Hotel & Overnight . (Must be on Thursday)

Day 14:

After break first visit Jagannath temple in Koraput, Proceed to see the most colorfull market of Pa4aja & Mali tribe at Kunduli. After lunch  drive to Jagdalpur, en rout visiting Kotpad weaving village and Dhurwa tribal market . Overnight in Bastar Jangal resort. (Must be on Friday)

Day 15:

Visit to villages of Bison-horn  Maria tribe famous  for their dance ,culture &  hospitality. Enjoy their dance in the village. Later visit to  Tirathgarh waterfall  & nearby tribal villages. Overnight in Bastar Jangal resort.

Day 16:

Post  breakfast drive to Kanker , on the way visiting  Kondagaon tribal craft village of Bell metal, Wrought iron and terracotta. Afternoon visit Halba tribal villages. Overnight  at Kanker Palace.

Day 17:

Full day visit to Muria tribal villages, See the Ghotul system in their village and enjoy  their  wonderful food with  local Trudy . Afternoon visit their market, Overnight  at  Kanker Palace.

Day 18:

After breakfast drive to Raipur Airport to connect  flight to Mumbai. Arrive in Mumbai transfer to hotel for Overnight stay .Overnight  at hotel in Mumbai.

Day 19 :

Morning transfer to Mumbai airport for   fight to Aurangabad. Arrival transfer to hotel in Aurangabad. In the afternoon a city sightseeing tour of Aurangabad. Visiting the Pani Chakki , surrounded by a picturesque garden-landscape dotted with fish tanks. The Bibi-ka-maqbara, built by Aurangzeb’s son as a tribute to his mother,  Overnight at Hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 20:

Enjoy a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves.  100 kms from the city of Aurangabad having 30 rock-hewn caves , dating from 2nd century B.C.  Ajanta, once the retreat of the Buddhist monastic orders features several ‘Chaityas’ and Viharas. The exquisite paintings and sculptures of Buddha’s life belong to the Mahayana period. Overnight at Aurangabad.

Please Note: Ajanta Caves are closed on Monday.

Day 21 :

In the morning head out to Ellora Caves. Impressive in their own right are the rock-hewn temples and monasteries of Ellora that lie just 30 kms away from Aurangabad City and are the meeting point of the Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. In all, there are 34 elaborate cave temples. This afternoon enjoy an excursion to Daulatabad Fort, a labyrinthine structure that was once covered in Persian tiles.  Overnight at Aurangabad.

Please Note:  Ellora Caves are closed on Tuesday.

Day 22:

Aurangabad  to  Mumbai by flight Transfer to the airport and fly to Mumbai.

TOUR ENDS

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