4N 5D Orissa Splendour
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|Description : Golden Triangle Odisha (Orissa) & Chilika Lake Tours:
Day Wise Detail Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Bhubaneswar
Pick up from Bhubaneswar airport / Rly Station and transfer to hotel.
Later proceed for half day sightseeing of Khandagiri & Udaigiri.
Just 7 km from Bhubaneswar, these caves, built during the reign of King Kharavela are one the most favoured tourist destinations in the world. These caves are located on the twin hills of Khandagiri and Udaygiri. Khandagiri has 15 caves and Udaygiri 18.
Udayagiri which literally means the Sunrise Hill has the most fascinating caves. The best time to visit it is before sunrise so that you can experience the beauty and thrill of the sunrise at this amazing place. There are a number of caves dotted all over. You can find different caves like the Rani Gumpha, the Hathi Gumpha and Ganesha Gumpha while exploring around this ancient monument.
The rocks of the Khandagiri and Udaygiri hills were carved and tunnelled to create this multi-storied ancient residence for Jain monks. Overnight at hotel in Bhubaneswar.
Day 02: Bhubneshwar Sightseeing
After breakfast visit the famous temples of this Temple town including the Lingaraj Temple, the Parsurameswar temple, the Mukteswar temples and the Radharani temple.
The Lingaraj Temple dedicated to Harihara, a form of Lord Shiva, is one of the oldest and the largest temples in Bhubaneswar. The temple is the most prominent landmark of the city of Bhubaneswar and one of the major tourist attractions of the state. The central tower of the temple is 180 ft. (55 m) tall.
The Parsurameswar Temple is considered to be the best preserved specimen of an early Orissan temple.
Dated to the Sailodbhava period between the seventh and eighth centuries AD, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest existing temples in the state.
The Mukteswar temple is one of the most prominent temples of Bhubaneswar and has been constructed in the style that is quite similar to the one used in the Kalinga School of Temple Architecture. This temple is an example of Orissan architecture.
After lunch break visit to Nandankanan Zoo (Closed on Monday). This Zoo is famous for the white tiger safari and Botanical garden.
Alternately, spend the time at leisure shopping and exploring Bhubaneswar. Overnight stay will be at Bhubaneswar.
Day 03: Bhubneshwar Konark Puri
After breakfast drive to Puri enroute visit the Dhauli (Budhist stupa/ peace pagoda), Pipli (the applique work village) and the Konark Sun Temple (famously known as black pagoda).
Dhauli hill on the bank of the river Daya is a little away from the main road as one drives to Puri/Konark from Bhubaneswar. This stands as the mute witness to the great Kalinga war which was fought in the third century B.C. The great transformation, unprecedented in the whole world, took place here.
Ashoka the Great, after seeing the horrors of war changed his mind in favour of spiritual conquests in preference to his war exploits. He donned orange robes and the world saw in Ashoka the making of a great patron of Buddhism. Dhauli is famous for the Ashokan rock edicts which are inscribed on a rock, with the relief of an emerging elephant at the top. These contain eleven of the well-known set of fourteen rock edicts found within the limits of the Ashokan Empire. Here Ashoka had got inscribed two separate rock edicts especially for the people of Kalinga.
Pipli Village: A few kilometres from Bhubaneshwar, is a village where all houses and shops along the roads have one thing in common: beautiful appliqué work, in the making or on display, all displaying a riot of colour. This famous appliqué work comes from Pipli village, which was established by the King of Orissa for accommodating the craftsmen who made appliqué umbrellas and canopies for the annual Jagannath Yatra. A visit to this village is a peek in the life of the artisans still continuing with this ancient Orissa art form.
The Konark Temple: The magnificent Sun Temple at Konark is the culmination of Odisha temple architecture, and one of the most stunning monuments of religious architecture in the world. Built by the King Narasimhadeva in the thirteenth century, the entire temple was designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twenty-four wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across the heavens. Majestic in conception, this Temple is indeed one of the most sublime monuments of India, famous as much for its imposing dimensions and faultless proportions as for the harmonious integration of architectural grandeur with plastic allegiance. It is admittedly the best in Orissa. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also featured on NDTV's list of Seven Wonders of India and Times of India's list of Seven Wonders of India.
Then proceed to Puri and check in to the hotel.
Evening visit of Lord Jagannath Temple (Non Hindus are not allowed) / Relax on the golden beach of Puri.
The temple is an important pilgrimage destination for many Hindu traditions, particularly worshippers of Krishna and Vishnu, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimages that a Hindu is expected to make in one's lifetime.
Even though most Hindu deities that are worshiped are made out of stone or metal, the image of Jagannath is wooden. Every twelve years these wooden figures are ceremoniously replaced by using sacred trees that have to be carved as an exact replica. The reason behind this ceremonial tradition is the highly secret Navakalevara ('New Body' or 'New Embodiment') ceremony, an intricate set of rituals that accompany the renewal of the wooden statues.
The temple was built in the 12th century atop its ruins by the progenitor of the Eastern Ganga dynasty, King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva. The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three main temple deities are hauled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars.
Overnight at Puri.
Day 04: Puri - Chilka - Puri
Early morning drive to Chilika lake at Satpada, the largest Ramsar site of Asia and famous for its migratory birds coming from distance places.
Queen of natural beauty, Chilika, the largest brackish water lake in Asia covering an area of over 1,100 sq. km is a great attraction for the tourists for fishing, bird watching and boating. In winter, Chilika flutters with thousands of indigenous and migratory birds of many varieties from far and near - even from the distant Siberia.
Take the boat cruise to visit the Irrawaddy Dolphins early in the morning or visit the Rajhans Island/Kalijai temple. [Kindly prefer OTDC operated boats]. Return back to Puri by 16:00 hrs.
Evening visit to beach market. Overnight at Puri.
Day 05: Arrival at Bhubaneswar
Drive back to Bhubaneswar enroute visit Raghurajpur (Artisan village, the most famous attraction here is the Pattachitra, paintings on pieces of fabric.). Then proceed to Bhubaneswar and transfer to airport to board the flight for onwards journey.
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