Orissa & Chhattisgarh Unveiled
Places & destinations covered in this tour
Chhattisgarh, maikal hills, lutyens monuments, delhi, kawardha, lingarj, rajrani, mukteshwar, parsurameshwar, puria, konark, jagannath puri temple
A fascinating tour to often neglected parts of India
This unusual but fascinating tour offers a glimpse of a part of India that is often neglected by tourists and its existence is unknown by many. Chhattisgarh is a breakaway state of Madhya Pradesh and is home to a wealth of history, culture, tribal lands and staggering scenery. Stay in the comfort of one of Chhattisgarh’s most elegant palaces whilst venturing out on foot, through the beautiful Maikal Hills to see ancient temples and ruins, learning about the unknown tribal cultures of the area. Continue to the former kingdom of Kalinga – Orissa, a large, verdant state clinging to the coast of the Bay of Bengal. With its sandy beaches, extraordinary beehive shaped temples and mighty monuments, it is easy to see how this area flourished between the 7th and 15th centuries.
The Tour Plan for Orrissa & Chhattisgarh by Greaves
|DAY 1 ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival stay at The Oberoi Hotel.
DAY 2 DELHI
Tour the myriad sights of Old and New Delhi. The wide boulevards of Lutyens’ New Delhi contrast dramatically with the narrow streets and scattered monuments that dominate Old Delhi.
DAY 3 DELHI – RAIPUR – KAWARDHA
Early morning flight to Raipur and drive on to Kawardha. Stay 3 nights at the elegant 1930′s Kawardha Palace in the heart of the Maikal Hills. This afternoon tour the Palace and visit the captivating Bhoramdeo Temple complex.
DAY 4 & 5 KAWARDHA
Spend two days exploring this fascinating and little known area of India. Walk through beautiful landscapes gaining an insight into the culture and traditions of the tribal people who dominate this district.
DAY 6 KAWARDHA – RAIPUR – BHUBANESHWAR
Morning travel by car to Raipur for an early afternoon flight to Bhubaneshwar, capital of Orissa. Stay 2 nights at the Mayfair Lagoon. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 7 BHUBANESHWAR
Explore the two sides of this capital city; the 20th century garden city and the picturesque temple township replete with Orissan art. Also travel to temple city including a tour to the Lingarj Temple (viewed from outside only), Rajrani, Mukteshwar, Parsurameshwar and Brahmeshwar temples.
DAY 8 BHUBANESHWAR – DHAULI – PIPLI – KONARAK – PURI
Short morning drive to Puri, a small town overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Stay 2 nights at the Mayfair Beach Resort. En route visit the damaged but still magnificent Sun Temple at Konark, together with the villages of Pipli and Dhauli.
DAY 9 PURI
The small beach resort of Puri is one of the holiest places in India. Spend the day exploring the town, including a visit to impressive Jagannath Temple (viewed from the outside only).
DAY 10 PURI – BHUBANESHWAR – KOLKATA
Morning at leisure followed by an afternoon drive to Bhubaneshwar for an evening flight to Kolkata. Stay 2 nights at the Taj Bengal Hotel.
DAY 11 KOLKATA – DELHI
Early morning visit to the beautiful flower markets on the banks of the Hooghly. After breakfast, explore this historic city of India, replete with grand, Victorian buildings and known to have produced some of India’s greatest writers. Afternoon flight to Delhi and stay at The Trident, Gurgaon, until late evening transfer to Delhi Airport.
DAY 12 DEPART KOLKATA
Early morning departure for onward destination.
This is a suggested itinerary for travelling to Orissa and Chhatishgarh. Dates, duration, hotels and routing may be changed to personalize the tour to the travellers’ preferences and requirements. Please contact Greaves for further ideas on how to turn your vacation into an unforgettable holiday to India.