The Heritage of Orissa
Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days
Destinations covered: Bhubaneswar – Puri – Konark – Chilka – Pipili – Dhauli
Orissa, now known as Odisha, is a great place to explore the beautiful temples, massive monuments, and splendid architectural masterpieces. The Heritage of Orissa is one of the best ways to explore the rich culture and heritage of Orissa, and it gives you a number of remarkable ways to experience its beauty as well. Therefore, if you are looking forward for a vacation that is full of fun and adventure, then Orissa is one of the best places to be in.
- Sightseeing in Bhubaneswar
- Exploring the Konark Sun Temple
- Paying your respects at the Puri Jagannath Temple
- Enjoying the mesmerizing visit to the Chilka Lake
- Excursion to Pipili
- Having fun at the Chandrabagha beach
Itinerary Details : The Heritage of Orissa
Day 01: Arrival at Bhubaneswar
As soon as you arrive at the Bhubaneswar Airport, you will meet our tour representative who will quickly and enthusiastically guide you towards your hotel for the check-in. Reach your hotel room and freshen up, as you get ready for your first sightseeing tour in Bhubaneswar. The sightseeing tour will start with a visit to the Udayagiri and the Khandagiri Caves, which have great historical, religious as well as archaeological importance and is very popular among tourists too.
You will visit the famous Lingraja temple after the visit to the caves. The Lingraja Temple is a great example of a spectacularly constructed architectural masterpiece. Even though it was built a thousand years back, it still manages to leave its spectators spell bound. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most revered as well as important place to visit when you are in Bhubaneswar. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 02: Bhubaneswar – Konark – Puri
After a breakfast, check out of the hotel and leave for the majestic and mystic city of Konark. This city is home to the Konark Sun Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is immensely popular among tourists locally as well as internationally. Built in the 13th century, the architectural beauty of the chariot shaped temple is one of a kind. The temple is dedicated to the Sun God, and the carvings by the artisans are a beautiful sight. Followed by this, visit the Chandrabagha beach, a place with amazing scenic beauty.
Continue further down towards Puri as soon as you are done with the sightseeing in Konark. Once you are freshened up after the check-in, gear up for the visit to the Puri Jagannath temple, the most popular tourist destination, along with the Gundicha Temple. The Jagannath Temple is considered to be one of the Chaardhams, which is why it holds great religious importance among the Hindus. The Gundicha Temple is the end point of the Rath Yatra where you can pay your respects and then spend the rest of the evening relaxing on the Puri beach, or explore the local markets around. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 03: Puri – Chilika – Puri
The day starts early in the morning with a delicious and hearty breakfast followed by a visit to Satpara, Chilika. Chilika is India’s largest coastal lagoon and it spreads over three districts, including Puri. The place is especially known for being home to the Irrawaddy Dolphins, a mesmerizing and rare species of dolphins, which are now endangered. Apart from these, the lagoon also has an amazing display of a variety of flora and fauna as well as aqua species.
The scenic beauty and vibrant charm of the coastal beauty attracts large numbers of people to Chilika. You are free to spend the rest of the day looking around and exploring the wetland. After that, you will return to Puri where the rest of the evening is open for you to do anything that you prefer. After this amazing day, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 04: Puri – Pipili – Dhauli – Bhubaneswar
The breakfast will be served at the hotel itself, and post lunch, you will leave for a road trip to Bhubaneswar. There will be a scheduled halt at Pipili. This small town is very famous for its handicrafts as well as handmade items, and enjoys tourist attraction for beautiful Applique Handicrafts. Skilled artisans who design and create these products reside in this city and you can buy these items as a souvenir for the trip if you wish to.
The next scheduled halt en-route Bhubaneswar will be the Dhauli hills. There are a number of beliefs related to these hills, which are present on the banks of the river Daya. It is believed that the Kalinga War was fought at this very place and the river turned red because of the blood of all the deceased. This turned the heart of Emperor Ashoka after which he embraced Buddhism and built a number of Stupas here.
Day 05: Departure of Bhubaneswar
The tour ends with a breakfast followed by a comfortable transfer to the Bhubaneswar Airport.