Sun Temple & the East Coast
Trip Highlights :- Kolkata | Bhubaneshwar | Puri | Gopalpur | Kolkata |
Tour duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Odissi One of the foremost and possibly the oldest classical dances of India was original performed by the devadasis (temple dancers) as an expression of love and devotion particularly to Lord Krishna. The dance is mentioned in the scriptures and many of the sculptures on friezes depict poses from this dance form.
Kolkata : The bustling capital city of West Bengal state, it is the hub of Bengali culture in India. It is seen as the land of the intellectuals. Communist in ideology and very politically aware and was the capital of British India before Delhi assumed this position. It was earlier known as Calcutta as it was pronounced since the British rule and has changed to Kolkata officially in 2001, it has derived the name from Kalikata, which is a village name in the area before the British arrival, means the land of Goddess "Kali". Kolkata boasts of a rich cultural heritage, evident in its distinct cuisine, clothing, lifestyle, its literature and even architecture. It is a cosmopolitan city where people, technology and ideas have blended together with the socio-political culture to give the city a new shape. The city is full of historical monuments and palaces. Its glorious history dates back to 1690 when it was selected by the British for their trade settlements and you definitely won't forget the city on the Hooghly river bank. It is also the city where Mother Teresa worked tirelessly for the poor and homeless and the city where Rabindra Nath Tagore wrote his famous books.
Bhubaneswar : A thriving centre of art and culture, once the heart land of erstwhile Kalinga Kingdom, Bhubaneswar is presently renowned as the capital city of State of Orissa. Bhubaneswar, literally means the Lord (Eswar) of the Universe (Bhuban), is a hub of historic temples and the city is webbed with many concrete lanes. The present modern city of Bhubaneswar was established in 1946 which is designed by the world renowned German architect Otto Königsberger. Once known for its architecture and grand temples, is presently a thriving centre for commerce and business. Having blended very nicely its formidable past with its modern aspirations and facilities, it forms a part of the Golden Triangle of holy temple cities Puri and Konark. The grand city is renowned for its temples as well as appliqué work of Pipli, Ikat sarees, Cane furniture and Bidri-ware. Art is an integral part of the city life from time immemorial, the world renowned Odissi dance form has originated in this city. The city is endowed with many tourist attractions and religious spots. It houses more than 500 temples, including the world famous temples like Lingaraj Temple, Mukteswar Temple, Bindu Sagar, Shatrughaneswar Temple, Vaital Temple, Parashurameswar Temple and Raj Rani Temple. Thousands of devotee throng to these temples in Bhubaneswar on a regular basis.
Puri : Among all the things that could be said about Puri, the most important one is that it is the abode of Lord Jagannath (The Lord of Universe). Considered to be one of the four cardinal institutions or 'Dhams', it is visited by huge number of ardent devotees almost throughout the year. Along with Lord Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra are also revered at this famed pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. Being positioned on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, the town of Puri is blessed with some of the most gorgeous sun-kissed beaches in India. Apart from Indians, a large number of foreigners also visit this holy city of Puri quite frequently. It is approximately 60 kilometers away from Bhubaneshwar. Apart from the Temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, the Sun Temple at Konark also draw huge crowds. It is constructed in the form of a colossal chariot that is drawn by seven horses. This temple was built in the 13th century. It was referred to as the 'Black Pagoda' by the ancient European mariners. The sea beach at Puri is approximately 150.4 kilometers long. This town is positioned at such a unique place that both the sunset and the sunrise can be viewed from the sea beach itself. One of the most important festivals known as 'Ratha Yatra' is held at Puri with great pomp and gaiety. Particularly, during this time of the year, this town in Orissa is practically flooded by pilgrims.
Gopalpur : One of the most pristine beaches of Orissa, Gopalpur is a splendid retreat for sea lovers. Located at about 16-km from Berhampur, this place was once a humming port and hub of commercial activity, Gopalpur offers its visitors a slice of serenity. Tourists can visit the ruins of the port, the lighthouse and the European styled mansions and bungalows. One can still see the crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty, witness to its past glory of commercial activity. Gopalpur-on-Sea is a surfer's delight and excellent for sailing. Over the years efforts of the Orissa government has resulted in making Gopalpur one of the most sought after destination. Originally, a small fishing village on the coast of Orissa, Gopalpur was so named when a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna was constructed here in 18th century. The East India Company built huge warehouses here and it used to be an important trading point. Gradually the Britishers fell in love with the place and preferred this venue as a winter resort. The place saw resurgence as a tourist destination in the late seventies once again with the inauguration of luxury hotels. Today Gopalpur-On-Sea is one of the foremost beach resorts in India. The beach still retains its natural charm. A golden beach fringed by sand dunes, the sautéed sand, the casuarinas and palm fringed coastline, the deep turquoise blue water make a stay at Gopalpur really unforgettable. It is a paradise for peace loving tourists; fairly isolated and undisturbed by the day-trippers. A tour to Gopalpur is a rewarding experience of sun and sea, fun and frolic.
Chilika Lake Asia's largest & biggest inland Brackish water lake, situated in the heart of coastal district Puri, streching across the length of the 03 districts of Puri, Khurdha and Ganjam, it joins up with the Bay of Bengal through a narrow mouth, forming an enormous lagoon of brackish water. Spread over an area of 1,100 sq. km it was declared a sanctuary in 1987. Dotted with many emerald green islands with colourful names such as honeymoon islands and breakfast island, Chilika is home to a rich variety of aquatic fauna. Winter is the loveliest time at Chilika, with thousands of migratory birds flying in from central Asia and Siberia to make their winter sojourn in strange waters. While the lake's Nalabana island has been declared a sanctuary for its varied flora and fauna, Kalijai Island is home to Goddess Kalijai and the venue for annual Makar Mela. Boating and fishing facilities are available in this lake. The lake provides a livelihood to local fishermen. Chital and Black buck roam freely on the scrubby shores while Dolphins gambol playfully in the foam of the churning waters at Chilika mouth near Satapara. Encircled by Hills all along its arched shape, Chilika Lake's colour changes with passing clouds overhead and the shifting Sun. The water ripples languidly, occasionally rippling with a gentle breeze across from the Bay of Bengal.
Arrival at Kolkata International Airport, meeting assistance by our representative who will welcome you and will provide transfer to the hotel. Upon reaching your hotel, you will be handed over the travel documents with a complete briefing of tour by the representative. Check-in and proceed to your room. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast proceed for a full day city tour visiting Dalhousie Square (Covering Raj Bhavan, St. John's Church, High Court, GPO, Town Hall, Writer's Building and other important colonial buildings), Flower Market, Howrah Bridge, Kumhartoli (The Potter's Village), Marble Palace, Indian Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral Church & Victoria Memorial.
The Heritage tour will give insight in to the historical aspect of old Calcutta. This square has many old historic buildings, to name a few - Silver Mint (1824-31) built in Greek style is presently in a dilapidated condition, The Writers Building - designed by Thomas Lyon as a trading house for East India Company in 1780 has 57 sets of identical windows on 3 storeys built like a barrack inside. The Old Mission Church, built by Swedish missionary Johann Kiernander was consecrated in 1770, General Post Office designed by Walter Granville in 1868 has a white dome and Corinthian pillars, The Raj Bhawan, once a residence of British Governors-General and Viceroys, it is now the home of Governor of West Bengal, next to it is the most important Gothic building of Kolkata - the Calcutta High Court, built in 1872.
The Pareshnath Jain Temple is an ornate Digambar Jain temple built in central Indian Style in 1867 by a jeweller. The interior is richly decorated in European baroque and Italianate styles with mirrors and Venetian glass mosaics. The gardens have formal geometric flower beds.
Belur Math was founded in 1899 by Swami Vivekanand, a disciple of Saint Ramakrishna. It is presently the international headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission and preaches the unity of all religions. Symbolizing the belief of "Math" (monastery) it has Hindu, Christian and Islamic style of architecture.
Visit to the Ninth oldest regular Museum of the world, Indian Museum, Kolkata. It was established in the year 1814 at the Asiatic Society and was transferred to the present site in 1878. It has over sixty galleries of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Botany sections, spreading over 10000 sq. feet area. Many rare specimens both Indian and Trans - Indian origin relating to Humanities and Natural Science are preserved and displayed in the galleries of these sections. It has a collection of more than 50,000 coins of Gold, Silver and other metals. It also has a mummy in its Egyptian section.
In the afternoon visit the Victoria Memorial - a gift by Lord Curzon to Queen Victoria in honor of her commemoration and as a symbol of her Indian Empire. It has been designed in Italian Renaissance-Mughal style and built in White Marble in 1921 and has many galleries with over 3000 exhibits. At the entrance it has an impressive 'weather vane' in form of a 5mt tall bronze figure of Victory, weighing over 3 tons.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the flower market near the Hooghly River in the morning, followed by a boat ride. Also visit the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa came as a Loreto Sister in 1931 to teach in a local school in Kolkata and 19 years later with Pope's permission started her Order of the Missionaries of Charity to serve the destitute. The Nuns of this order always work in pairs and the mission has many Homes, Clinics and Orphanages. Nirmal Hriday (pure heart) was opened in 1952 for the dying among the poorest. Later transfer to airport to board flight for Bhubaneshwar in the evening. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast. In the morning visit the Rajarani and Lingaraja temples. Drive on to see the Udaigiri and Khandagiri caves. Also visit the Ashoka peace pagoda at Dhauli. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast and check-out. Visit the famous Konark Sun Temple and continue the journey to Puri where Jagannath temple stands. En route visit the crafts village at Pipli. Arrive and check-in at hotel for overnight.
Breakfast and check-out. Drive to Gopalpur on Sea, arrive and check-in at hotel. Remaining day for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast. Day to enjoy by the sea side, Relax, Swim, drink fresh coconut water, and watch the Sun set over the sea. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast and check-out. Drive back to Bhubaneshwar visiting Chilka lake, well-known bird habitat. Transfer to airport to board flight for Kolkatam arrive and proceed to international flight terminal to board flight for return journey.
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Accommodation in Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.
Welcome Garlanding upon arrival in India at Kolkata airport.
All Arrival / Departure transfers from hotel to railways station / airport and vice - versa
Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary.
Accompanying English speaking Guide.
Boat ride on River Hooghly in Kolkata.
Air ticket/s for sector/s KOLKATA / BHUBANESHWAR & BHUBANESHWAR / KOLKATA in economy class.
All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.
01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day.
All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes
Return international air tickets from the city of origin.
Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.
Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".