FESTIVAL OF FAITH TOUR
7 Nights / 8 Days
If you’ve ever wondered what a juggernaut actually looks like, Puri is the place to see one during the annual Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) in celebration of Lord Jagannath in Orissa. Each year, three huge chariots are constructed - wheels alone are more than 7 meters in diameter - and are ritually pulled through the streets from the Jagannath Temple to the Gundicha Mandir. The chariots are replicas of the Jagannath Temple and each of them carries an idol of Jagannath, his brother Balbhadra and his sister Subhadra. The idols reside at the Gundicha Mandir for a week before they are returned to the Jagannath Temple on the same chariots. The entire journey is accompanied by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, many of whom, at one time in history, threw themselves under the wheels of the 'juggernaut' in the delerium of their fervor. Now, this festival is pure celebratory and a holiday of utter joy, and Puri is transformed into one huge fairground.
Itinerary Route: Kolkatta - Puri - Chilika Lake - Puri
Day 1: Arrive Kolkatta
Upon arrival, a Tour Packages India Representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Kolkatta
Spend the day sightseeing. Kolkatta is a great city to explore - see "Local Attractions" for a comprehensive list of things to do, places to go, what to see in this cultural capital of India.
Day 3: Kolkatta to Puri (480 km / 11 hour drive)
Spend the day driving to Puri with breaks for meals and scenic stops. Upon arrival in Puri, check-in to your hotel where you'll spend the next three nights.
Day 4: Puri
Puri is one of the most important and famous Pilgrimage Centers of India - boasting the largest kitchen in the world serving over 100,000 devotees daily - and well beyond that during the Festival of Faith. Discover the traditional temple culture of Puri. Meet the skilled craftsmen preparing for the festivities. Feel the mounting anticipation and watch the massive chariots take shape in the town square. Watch temple dancers practice and traditional painters rendering the vivid colours which bring the festival to life.
Day 5: Puri
Take a drive to the famous Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the 13th Century - created in the a form of Chariot - also considered an important pilgramage stop on this Festival of Faith. Back in Puri, tour the town and see the world famous Jagannath Temple, Potters Village, Grand Road, Fishing Colony.. Enjoy a trip to Pippli Aplique work village. 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 in the evenings.
Day 6: Puri to Chilika Lake (45 km / 2 hour drive)
In the morning, set off for Chilika Lake where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 7: Chilika Lake
Spread out over 1100 sq.km. Chilika Lake is the largest brackish body of water in Asia. It's a favorite stopover for migratory birds and a birdwatcher's paradise. Take a boat ride and get a closer look at flamingos, cranes, pelicans and whatever other flying creatures the season may bring. And, as always, you're sure to spot Wild Asiatic Dolphins. Relax in the evenings and enjoy the tranquility of surrounding nature.
Day 8: Chilika Lake to Puri (45 km / 2 hour drive)
Checkout and transfer back to Puri to continue your onward travels.
Beachside terrace rooms on the busiest day of the year,, OTDC-run cottages on Lake Chilika...peaceful and quiet escape. Nice choices.
Festival of Faith usually takes place during July. Summers along the coastal areas are extremely humid, hot, sticky and uncomfortable. October thru...
Festival of Faith usually takes place during July. Summers along the coastal areas are extremely humid, hot, sticky and uncomfortable. 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)
Kolkatta (Calcutta) is one of the easiest India hubs to reach - via Air, Rail, or Bus...anything and everyone eventually goes to Kolkatta. Book a...
Kolkatta (Calcutta) is one of the easiest India hubs to reach - via Air, Rail, or Bus...anything and everyone eventually goes to Kolkatta. Book a train from most anywhere, fly in domestically or internationally, take the roadway and enjoy the scenery.
Exciting Kolkatta - home to chaats and meat snacks and gastronomical delicacies. Puri places a large emphasis on a vegetarian diet. Great crabs and...
Exciting Kolkatta - home to chaats and meat snacks and gastronomical delicacies. Puri places a large emphasis on a vegetarian diet. Great crabs and prawns are easily found by Lake Chilika. A nice mix.
Kolkatta is a wonderful city to explore. Puri is beaches and temples, Lots of Orissa handicrafts, artisans, and chariot builders to be seen. Chilika...
Kolkatta is a wonderful city to explore. Puri is beaches and temples, Lots of Orissa handicrafts, artisans, and chariot builders to be seen. Chilika Lake offers, dolphin spotting, birdwatching, island hopping, boat riding. Lots to do on this short tour..
A Must Read before you book your tour... FESTIVAL OF FAITH TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary...
A Must Read before you book your tour... FESTIVAL OF FAITH TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary information about Deposits and Payments, Cancellation Policy, Refund Schedule...be sure to read it before booking your tour Terms and Conditions The purchase of any travel services offered by Tour Packages India (hereafter referred to as "TPI") constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and TPI, and represents your acceptance of the TPI Terms & Conditions. Deposit and Final Payment A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 15% per tour is required for TPI to ensure your reservation. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by TPI and you, in turn, receive a confirmation invoice via email. TPI accepts MasterCard and Visa. Your reservation will be automatically cancelled if deposit is not received by the deposit due date. Please review your booking invoice and contact TPI if your invoice appears to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later. TPI cannot accept responsibility if we are not notified of inaccuracies within 5 days of sending out the invoice. In the case of billing errors, TPI reserves the right to re-invoice you with correct pricing. Final payment is due 30 days prior to commencement of services, with some limited exceptions as set forth below. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions. If final payment is not received by the due date, your reservation will be canceled and your full deposit will be retained by TPI. TPI is not responsible for canceled land and/or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. Cancellation Fees are as follows: Tours cancelled 15 to 29 days before tour commencement date: 55% of the cost of services booked Tours cancelled 7 to 14 days before tour commencement date: 75% of the cost of services booked Any tour cancelled less than 7 days before tour commencement date will be ineligible for a refund.