ROYAL HERITAGE TOUR
21 nights/22 days
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast take a day for typical village visit. Post lunch leaving to Gopalpur .Overnight at Hotel in Gopalpur.
After breakfast drive to Rayagada, en route visit Taptapani, hot sulphuric spring, kumuti villages and Saora tribal villages. Overnight at Hotel in Rayagada.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aurangabad to Mumbai by flight Transfer to the airport and fly to Mumbai.