ART AND CULTURE TOUR
6 Nights / 7 Days
From Bhubaneshwar travel to the holy town of Puri on the Bay of Bengal and visit the Sun Temple in nearby Konark. Travel to Rambha near the shores of Lake Chilika and enjoy a boat ride to the playground of the local dolphin population. Outside of Berhampur, deep in the forest amidst an Orissa tribal populace, visit the hot sulphur springs of Taptapani.
Itinerary Route: Bhubaneshwar- Puri - Dhabaleswar - Kantilo - Bhubaneshwar
Day 1: Arrive Bhubaneshwar
Upon arrival you will transfer to your hotel. Later enjoy the sights of Bhubaneshwar. Aptly referred to as the City of Temples due to the presence of more than 7000 of them, you'll have no shortage of things to do. Some temples date back to the 7th century. See a comprehensive list in "Things to Do in Bhubaneshwar".
Day 2: Bhubaneshwar to Puri (120 km / 2 hour drive)
On the drive to Puri enjoy stops along the way at Yogini Temple in Heerapur, Pippli Aplique work village, and the, Dhauli Peace Pagoda. Continue on to Puri, an important Pilgrimage Center of India which boasts the largest kitchen in the world serving over 100,000 devotees daily. Check-in to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 3: Puri
Enjoy a trip to Pippli Aplique work village and the famous Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site - built in the a form of Chariot in the 13 century. Later, tour Puri - Jagannath Temple, Potters Village, Grand Road, Fishing Colony. Enjoy a meeting with local painters and learn how to mix organic colors. In the evening, be sure to visit the beach to check out the sand sculptures. Sand art in Puri has achieved global recognition and it's not unusual to see sand artists at work on the beach during evenings.
Day 4: Puri to Dhabaleswar (145 km / 3 hour drive)
After morning check-out, take the drive to Dhabaleswar. Meet the skilled weavers who produce the famed Bandh design. Stroll around the village and see how the craft is woven seamlessly into daily life and pay a visit to the weaver’s co-operative society. Visit the Dhabaleswar Temple in the evening to watch the daily majestic rituals. Spend the night on an island in the middle of the River Mahanadi.
Day 5: Dhabaleswar to Bhubaneshwar via Kantilo (225 km / 5 hour drive)
Enjoy the scenic drive to Kantilo as you pass through some of the most picturesque countryside in Orissa, much of it which parallels the path of the Mahanadi River. In Kantilo, wander the medieval streets where silversmiths and goldsmiths make their homes. Climb to the hilltop temple and ring the ancient bell. Watch the sunset overlooking surrounding hamlets. Finish the day driving to Bhubaneshwar where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 6: Bhubaneshwar
In Bhubaneshwar, tour brass work artisans and watch the making of ritual bells along with vessels and utensils. Visit the local weaver co-op and stroll through the market dedicated to local handicrafts.
Day 7: Bhubaneshwar
Transfer to your departure point in Bhubaneshwar.
Bhubaneshwar hotels, Puri beachside rooms, riverside camping, island cottages... wonderful sleeping options. ART AND CULTURE TOUR...
Bhubaneshwar hotels, Puri beachside rooms, riverside camping, island cottages... wonderful sleeping options. ART AND CULTURE TOUR Accommodations The following is our choice selection for the Art and Culture Tour. However, if you have a preferred accommodation not mentioned below, let us know and we'll be pleased to book it for you as an inclusive part of the package. Bhubaneshwar- Puri - Dhabaleswar Bhubaneshwar Hotel Keshari - Standard Hotel Keshari is located on the Station Square making it easily accessible via any means of transport. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant in-house which serves up decent fare. There are 54 rooms with phones, TV, and room service. The New Marrion - Superior The New Marrion boasts fine wining, dining, and relaxing. With state of the art technology and warm hospitality, the New Marrion is the perfect place to spend your time in Bhubaneshwar. Rooms include coffee maker, AC, cable TV, WiFi, phones, 24/7 room service. On-premises are a swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurants, and money exchange. Puri Hans Coco Palms - Standard Set in idyllic surroundings on the shores of Puri, the Hans Coco Palms at Puri is a haven of peace, serenity and cultural delights. The experience is a must for those seeking a getaway spot abundant in nature without sacrificing modern comfort. The splendid garden creates the perfect setting for relaxing walks in the shade of the coconut groves. The elegant archways from the lobby lead on to a terrace that overlooks the sculpted turquoise pool and the Bay of Bengal. The hotel features 36 AC rooms, a multi-cuisine poolside restaurant and BBQ on the beach/poolside. Also, interest connectivity, safe deposit lockers, money exchange. Toshali Sands Ethnic Village Resort - Superior Toshali Sands Ethnic Village Resort is an orchard retreat located 8 kms from Puri on the way to Konark. Spread over 20 cares of mature trees and large lawns, it's the perfect getaway. Choose from 18 Villas, 32 Cottages and 54 Deluxe Rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool, gym, health club, bar, coffee shop, restaurant, Ayurveda spa, kid's park, pool table, money changing, laundry service, and a shopping arcade. Dhabaleswar Panthasala Govt' Guest House - Standard
Best Time: October to March - temperatures are warm during the day and cool at night. Summers along the coastal areas are...
Best Time: October to March - temperatures are warm during the day and cool at night. Summers along the coastal areas are extremely humid, hot, sticky and uncomfortable. Monsoons bring some relief but the humidity can still be quite high. October thru March (Winter) 15°C - 32°C (60°F - 90°F) April thru June (Summer) 25°C - 39°C (78°F - 102°F) July thru September (Monsoons) 24°C - 32°C (77°F - 90°F)
Bhubaneshwar is connected by Air, Rail and Bus. Most any southbound train departing from Kolkatta stops in...
Bhubaneshwar is connected by Air, Rail and Bus. Most any southbound train departing from Kolkatta stops in Bhubaneshwar. Most domestic airlines connect from all the major India hubs. Private buses run from Kolkatta every hour making it relatively easy to get to.
Bhubaneshwar and Puri place a large emphasis on a vegetarian diet and some excellent veg dishes can be found. More rural type fare...
Bhubaneshwar and Puri place a large emphasis on a vegetarian diet and some excellent veg dishes can be found. More rural type fare and open-fire prepared food will be served around Dhabaleswar & Kantilo. Typically, Orya food is quite spicy and prepared with significantly less oil used in cooking than other parts of India.
Famous temples, World Heritage Sites, great arts and crafts or Orissa - woven textiles, brass works, metal works, wood crafts, tribal arts, craft...
Famous temples, World Heritage Sites, great arts and crafts or Orissa - woven textiles, brass works, metal works, wood crafts, tribal arts, craft marketplaces,
A Must Read before you book your tour... ART AND CULTURE TOUR Terms and Conditions Important...
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