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Odisha

Odisha is a historic state of India &  predominantly rural with a fertile green coastal plains, rising to the forested hills of the Eastern ghats.

Rich & famous in arts , crafts, Weavings & dance forms.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

March to May/Oct to Dec

Overview

Odisha ( Orissa) lies on the Eastern Sea board of India, with a coastline of 500 kms. Predominantly rural with a fertile green coastal plains, rising to the forested hills of the Eastern ghats. Most of the population reside in the plain areas of the east, which boasts a 500 km coastline facing the Bay of Bengal, while the Eastern Ghats host 25 % of the state’s population. These are adivasi (literally ‘first people’) and thought to be descendants of pre-Aryan aboriginal inhabitants.

Odisha is a unique and interesting destination offering ancient temples, sea beaches, tribal culture, textiles, crafts, and nature sanctuaries. The people are very friendly and hospitable, and the atmosphere is easy and relaxed Odisha has a typically tropical climate with an annual rainfall of 1482 mm. The land is extremely fertile and cultivated for two rice crops a year. Most of its people are engaged in some form of cultivation and live in harmony with harvest cycles.

Historical review

The history of Orissa dates back to antiquity, when it was called Kalinga. It was a formidable maritime empire with trading links to Indonesia. The Kalinga dynasty came to an end in 260 BC at the hands of Ashoka the great. Moved by the suffering caused by his campaign, the emperor forswore violence and converted to Buddhism.

Around 1st Century BC, under the rule of Kharavela; Buddhism declined and the people reverted to Jainism. During this period the monastery caves were excavated and became centres of Jainism. Hinduism replaced Jainism as the main religion.

Little is known about the period from the Ist to the 7th Century. Ptolemy, the famous Greek Geographer of the 2nd century A.D, testified to the existence of flourishing trade marts on the Orissa coast.

In the 7th Century AD Hinduism held sway under the Keseri and Ganga Kings. Odishian culture flourished. Trade and commerce increased. Countless temples built during this period still stand.

By the end of the 12th Century A. D. the Ganga dynasty ruled over the region, Their Kingdom extended from the Ganga to the Godavari. Vaishnavism received royal patronage and many temples were built. The Surya dynasty (1435-1466), were able to thwart the Mughals rulers of Bengal and extend their empire from the Ganga River in the north to the Kaveri River in the South.

During the 16th Century, the Mughals were able to subdue the Odishians, and were responsible for destruction of many temples. The Moghuls ruled Orissa for a little over a century.

When Aurangzeb the Mughal ruler in Delhi died, the Moghul Empire declined, and Orissa passed under the rule of the independent Nawabs of Bengal.

In 1741 the Marathas invaded Odisha. The Nawab of Bengal, was compelled to cede Odisha to the Marathas whose rule lasted until the British conquered it in 1803.

Within two decades of Vasco-da-Gamas discovery of the sea-route to India the Portuguese established a flourishing trade mart at Pipli, at the mouth of the Subarnarekha River. The English had established trade settlements at Hariharpur and Balasore by 1633. In subsequent years, the Dutch, the Danes and the French appeared at Balasore and established their respective footholds.

In 1757 when the Battle of Plassey was fought and won, the legal title of Nawab of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa passed on to the English. However, it was only in 1803 that the British rule was established after the Anglo-Maratha war of 1803.

During the First World War a forceful anti administration movement was organised. As a result, Orissa was separated from Bengal, Madras and Central Provinces. Orissa state came into existence on 1st April, 1936.

In 1935, The Gadajat Revolt of the princely states of Orissa, was suppressed by the British. In 1942, people of Orissa took full part in the Quit India movement which resulted in India’s freedom from British rule.

In 1947 , when India became independent, the princely States of Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, and Phulbani, were merged and the new State of Orissa was formed

When to visit ?
Nov to march for all tours. The Rath Yatra festival in June/Jul

Places to visit in Odisha

The main tourist attractions are The 13th Century Sun Tempe at Konarak, along with several other temples, beaches of Puri, Gopalpur, and Chandipur, colourful tribal markets at Onkadeli and Chatikona, along with a host of tribal villages, and Asia’s largest brackish lagoon- the Chilka lake, which is home to million plus migratory birds Wild life enthusiasts can visit the Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary- with 38 species of wildlife and the Bhitarkanika Wild life sanctuary with its mangrove creeks.

A unesco world heritage site, was constructed in the mid 13th Century. It was conceived as a cosmic chariot of the sun god Surya. The Temple was positioned so that the dawn rays of the sun would illuminate the temple sanctuary interior. The base and walls present a chronicle in stone of Kalinga life. This includes erotic scenes.
Jagannath temple at Puri, is one of the four dhams of India- holiest hindu pilgrimage places. Built in 1198 in its present form, it is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, Lord of the universe, who is an incarnation of Vishnu.
The temple employs 6000 men to carry out the temple functions. It is estimated that 20,000 people, classified as god’s attendants are dependent on their livelihood on the temple. Non Hindus cannot enter, but can watch from a view point, atop the temple library.
The Puri Rath yatra ( Car festival) which takes place in July is one of India’s greatest annual events. It commemorates the journey of Krishna from Gokul to Mathura. The images of Lord Jagannath, his brother and sister are brought out of the temple to be dragged in hude Chariots known as raths to Gondicha temple for a weeks sojourn. 4000 professional Rath pullers pull the 14 m high 16 wheeled Rath in which the gods ride. The festival attracts hundreds and thousands of pilgrims and tourists.
Other Temples of Odisha

Bhubaneshwar, the capital city, nicknamed India’s temple city is a modern city with an ancient core. It is a living museum of medieval temple architecture. The city’s holy centre lies around Bindu Sagar; where 50 add stone temples remain from the legendary 7000 temples. Amongst the top sights, are the Lingaraj Mandir dating back 1090, the 9th Century Muketwar temple, with intricate carvings in a mix of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain styles. The 8th Century, Vaital temple is dedicated to Chamunda. It was the centre of tantric worship, bloody human sacrifice, and eroticism. The.Rajarani temple, dates back to the 11th century. It has beautiful carvings. In particular eight dikpals, ( guardians) which protect the temple. The temple is surrounded by a lovely garden.
The state museum showcases its collection of rare palm leaf manuscripts, traditional musical instruments, Bronze age tools, an armoury and sculptures.

The Udhayagiri and Khandagiri caves, date back to the 1st Century, and house scores of ornately carved rock cut shelters, chiselled by Jain ascetics.
Visits to selected temples and onuments are included in all tours. Special temple tours with knowledgable guides can be arranged on request to cover significant temples of Bhubaneshwar, Yogni Temple Hirapur (only for Hindus), 8th Century AD, Khakaramundi temple at Chaurasi, Sun Temple at Konark, 12th century AD, Jagannath Temple ( non Hindus can view from top of old library), at Puri and the Hanuman temple at Siruli.

Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, and Lalitgiri, contain ruins and of Buddhist monasteries and stupas dating back to the 6th to 12th centuries. You can get to see some beautiful sculptures excavated from the three sites at the museum, as also remains of exquistly carved doorways, 10 meter high stuupa, and a seated Buddha. The surrounding are serene and overnight stay is possible in an good resort.

 

62 tribal (Adivasi) groups live in Odisha and the neighbouring states of Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. They constitute 25 % of Orissa’s population and inhabit the hilly regions covered with jungles. Their distinct culture is expressed in their dress, music, dance, and arts.
Haat markets are traditional village bazars set up weekly, where local people get together for trading in local produce, and purchase of essentials, once a week. It is akin to a temporary market, open to all.
It is also a social gathering of indigenous cultures, providing an opportunity to folks from far flung villages to gather for cultural and social exchange. Onkadelli and Chatikona amongst others are typical weekly haat markets, which offer visitors a peep into local lifestyles.
Our tours take you to selected tribal haats, and villages giving you a chance to meet and interact with Dharua, Gond, Bonda, Gaddava, Didayi, Paroja, Kutia & Dongria Kondh tribes
We also arrange special tribal tours covering several haats as well as village tours.

ITINERARY

ORS/01: 13 nights 14 Days Orissa Tribal-Craft & Historical Experience Tour 

Day 01: Fly Kolkatata to Vishakapatnam

Transfer to Kolkota airport and fly to Vishakapatnam, departing at 11.50 hrs. Arrive Vishakapatnam at 1425

We are flying to Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to enable a quick approach to Southern Orissa, and to experience one of the spectacular broad gauge hill railways in India.

Upon arrival you will be met by your Orissa guide with mini bus / cars and transferred to Hotel Ambika Sea Green
Vishakapatnam is nestled between the Eastern Ghats mountain range and the Bay of Bengal, and is often known as The Jewel of the East Coast, The City of Destiny and the Goa of the East Coast. Visakhapatnam’s beaches, parks, submarine museum, and proximity to, Araku Valley, and Borra Caves have helped the city become a significant tourist destination. The city serves as the headquarters for Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy and is home to the oldest shipyard and the only natural harbour on the east coast of India.

A short sightseeing tour will be arranged

Overnight at Hotel Ambika Sea Green ( Premium Sea view rooms), or similar

Day 02: Vishakapatnam- Desia Eco Resort ( Orissa)

Transfer to Rail station in time to board 58501 Kottavalasa- Kirandul Passenger train to experience a spectacular train journey along the KK line.

The Kottavalasa- Kirandal rail line was built specially to carry iron ore to Visakhapatnam port from the mineral reserves of Chhattisgarh state. In India most of the hill trains run in a meter gauge or narrow gauge lines but this is a broad gauge line On this line,Shimiliguda Rail station is the highest broad gauge station of India at 996.32 m. From the coastal plains the train climbs up the hills through 58 tunnels and 84 bridges. Take in good view of the valley and waterfalls from the Right side. After CHIMIDIPALLI station, look out on the Left side just after a tunnel, for the best waterfall view. The longest tunnel is 520 meter long. The train also passes above the Borra caves. There is a 100 ft thick rock support over the caves above which the tracks are laid.

We will detrain at BHEJA rail station, at 1213 hrs to drive upto the Nabrangpur – Jeypore plateau, to reach the Desia Eco Camp in one hour.

Desia is a responsible tourism project set up by our associates. The aim is to focus on the rich cultural Heritage of the region amongst travelers who believe in Responsible Travel and at the same time to inspire the local community to preserve their culture and environment. It is a unique rural retreat built and decorated by the local community using local skills with modern conveniences. Awake& Shine Samthar, has trained two teachers, and provided know- how to Heritage Tours to start a nursery school at Desia.

At Desia you will be welcomed by the local community and stay in a beautifully designed ethnic cottage with wonderful tribal decorations and the most amazing imaginative bathrooms!

After lunch visit the local village adopted by project Desia. Interact with the local tribal villagers.

Overnight at Desia Eco Camp. All meals plan 

Day 03: Desia visit awake and shine Nursery School and Nandpur weekly market.

After breakfast, we will visit the awake and shine Nursery School set up by Heritage tours, at Desia.. Modeled on the Awake & Shine primary school, Samthar, it aims to develop foundation level education and instill self confidence in the local children. We will meet the teachers and children and get a glimpse of how this bold visionary initiative is set to transform the lives of children at this remote location.

Later drive for one hour to Nandanpur weekly market, where folks from local communities assemble for sale and purchase of weekly needs.

In the afternoon we will hike to nearby villages (2 hrs hike) to get a glimpse of day to day activities.

Overnight at Desia Eco Camp. All meals plan

Day 04: Desia – day trip to Visit Onkadali weekly market of Bonda, Gadaba & Didayee tribes.

Drive to Onkadeli weekly Haat (30 minute drive).Today you will meet the Bonda tribe at their weekly market where they come to sell their home made alcohol .Also meet Godaba, Dedehi and other tribes who come to share a drink at this interesting market.
The Bonda are one of the most primitive tribes and they are termed as the wildest, rudest and possibly the most interesting tribe. They call themselves Remo and speak a very difficult Austro-Asiatic language. Fiercely independent and aggressive, they live in hill forests and practice shifting cultivation, and use a barter system for exchange of commodities. Bonda women are known for their bare breast nudity, with countless colorful beads looped around their head and neck providing some cover. Their clothing consists simply of a tiny skirt. It is customary for them to mary younger men in the hope that will have someone to care for them in their old age.

The Gaddava are of Austric origin. They are animist and their language is Gutab. They are one of the early settlers of this country and trace their origin to the time of Ramayana..The Gaddava are fond of music and famed for their traditional ‘dhemsa’ dance. They are ever ready to celebrate. Their society bestows equal rights for men and women. Gaddava women are distinguished by their facial tattoos and heavy neck rings that can only be removed by a blacksmith. Their kinship bonds are strong, providing for the appointment of a ‘god brother’ to cater for a second line of defense in moments of crisis. Gaddavas depend on agriculture supplemented by cattle rearing, collection of forest produce, hunting and fishing. Although they domesticate local varieties of cow and buffalo, the Gaddava do not milk them in the belief it reduces their strength. Their language ‘Gutab’ belongs to the Munda linguistic family.

After few interesting hours at the market, drive back to the 157 m Duduma waterfall for a picnic lunch. After lunch return to Desia.

Overnight at Desia Eco Camp. All meals plan

Day 05: Desia-Kundali haat-Chandoori Sai
From Desia, we drive 2 hours to Kunduli Haat to visit the weekly market. This is the largest weekly market, for Paraja and Mali tribes.

The Parajas have a number of totemistic sects like Bagh-tiger, bokda-goat, netam-dog, pandki-dove and so on. Harming or eating the totem animal is forbidden. Instead such animals should be respected. Traditionally they relied on shifting cultivation, however today the Paroja’s depend on static wet cultivation Agriculture is the mainstay of the Parojas economy supplemented by forest produce, wage earning, and animal husbandry. Their language is Parij, but many of them now speak Oriya fluently

At the market mingle with locals in their best colorful attire, and peep into their shopping habits. Experience the bustle and excitement of a busy market. Continue to Chandoori Sai- a guest house built by an Australian national from local material. It has a nice garden and is located close to Gaudaguda potters village

Late afternoon a short hike to look at the picturesque landscape

Overnight at Chandoori Sai . All meals plan

Day 06: Chandooro Sai- Rayaguda

In the morning visit the Potters village at Gaudagud . Thereafter drive to Rayagada with some stops and small hike to Kondh tribal villages.

The Kondhs were known in the early years of the British Raj for their Meriah ( human) Sacrifice. They are of Dravidian origin. They speak Kui language. The Kondhs practice elaborate birth, marriage and death rituals. Kondh’s life is full of festivities. Their weapon is bow and arrow by which they defend themselves from wild animals.

Arrive Rayaguda late afternoon. Overnight at Hotel Tajeswi International. All meals plan

Day 07: Rayaguda- Taptapani

Drive from Rayaguda to TaptaPani hot springs. Enroute visit the villages of Saura Tribe, where you will see unique housing pattern with high verandah and meet a priest who will show you the rare dream wall painting (Aniktal)

Upon arrival at Tapta Pani, check in at the Panthan Niwas – a rest house run by the Orrissa Tourism, located in a deep jungle. The surroundings are covered with dense forest in various shades of green . The two AC suites have large, tiled sunken baths – like mini swimming pools – which can be filled with natural hot mineral water from the spring nearby. While two lucky couples will stay in these rooms, we hope they will be willing to share the wading pools to enable all group members to benefit from the soothing, healing waters – bring a bathing suit and flip flops. Enjoy the sulphur spring water bath

Overnight at Taptapani at OTDC Panthan Niwas All meals plan. http://panthanivas.com/taptapani.html

Day 08: Taptapani- Gopalpur -Bhubaneshwar

Afterbreakfast, we will visit then nearby Padmanavpur village which is famous for its textile, colourful houses and papper mache work. You will see artisans at work and typical Paper mache folk dance will be arranged.

Thereafter drive to Bhubaneshwar . enroute a short diversion to Gopalpur on sea, for Lunch at the Mayfair hotel .After a relaxing lunch drive to Bhubaneswar

In the evening explore the Bhubaneshwar haat,

Overnight at Mayfair Lagoon. Room + breakfast plan

Day 09: Bhubaneswar local tour

Bhubaneswar, nicknamed India’s temple city is a living museum of medieval temple architecture. The city’s holy centre lies around Bindu Sagar; where 50 add stone temples remain from the legendary 7000 temples. The Khandagiri and Udhayagiri caves, date back to the 1st Century, and house scores of ornately carved rock cut shelters, chiselled by Jain ascetics.

Explore the city’s heritage by taking the Temple & Caves tour. During this tour we will be visiting the Mukteswar and Raj Rani temples and Udhaigiri and Khandagiri Caves. Also visit the Nandankanan Zoo and take the lion and Tiger safari

In the evening visit the Orissa Museum of Tribal Art and Artifacts.

Overnight at Hotel Mayfair Lagoon, Room + breakfast plan.


Day 10 : Bhubaneshwar – Nandakanan- Naupatna – SiddiBarani – Dhenkanal

Drive to Dhenkanal. On the way our ffirst stop is the Nandankanan Zoo, for the Lion and Tiger Safari.

Continue to the textile weavers village at Nuapatna famous for their traditional tie and die, Witness the amazing Ikat saris and scarves in silk. These are not cheap, but the workmanship is astonishing. Only in Orissa do they make curved Ikat designs. When asked how they can work out how to tie and dye the threads before weaving, they just say, “The calculation is difficult.”

Continue to Siddi Barani – village of the Dhokra craftsmen making lost-wax metal sculptures. It is almost unbelievable how they turn out little masterpieces in such primitive conditions.

We then reach Dhenkanal and check into the Palace, Dhenkanal

In the afternoon visit Joranda Mahima Ashram – headquarters of the Mahima Dharma a unique cult who believe that everyone has the same rights to pray to the Supreme Lord, and that there should be no discrimination on the basis of religion, caste or colour. Also they are against any form of Idol worship. We will tour the temple and see the monks praying for peace in the world.

Overnight at The Palace Dhenkanal for overnight. All meals plan (

Day 11: Dhenkanal- Konark


Drive to Konark. Enroute we will be visiting Heerapur for the unique sixty four yogini temple. It is one of only four such temples in india. At Balakati, have a look at the village of bell metal workers, and continue to Konark, and check in at Lotus Eco Resort on a lonely beach front.

In the evening visit the iconic Sun Temple at Konark – a World Heritage Site, to see it at sunset.
The Temple is is built like a huge stone chariot, with massive wheels and incredibly detailed carving. The temple was constructed in the mid 13th Century. It was conceived as a giant cosmic chariot of the sun god Surya, and executed to perfection. The Temple was positioned so that the dawn rays of the sun would illuminate the temple sanctuary interior. The base and walls present a chronicle in stone of Kalinga life. This includes erotic scenes. This is one of India’s most sublime monuments.

Overnight at the Lotus Eco resort. Bed and breakfast plan.

Day 12: Konark- Puri


You may like to get up early to see the sun temple at Sunrise and then to watch the traditional boats setting out to sea from the fishermen’s village. After breakfast Check out and drive to Ragurajpur, the Artists’ Village, where we will watch them painting beautiful, traditional pictures on specially prepared cloth and also engraving detailed pictures on strips of palm leaf joined together to make scrolls. Thereafter drive to nearby Puri – one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage places.

The Jagannath Temple, which is one of the four dhams of India (holiest Hindu pilgrimage places). Built in 1198 in its present form, it is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, Lord of the universe, who is an incarnation of Vishnu. The temple employs 6000 men to carry out the temple functions. It is estimated that 20,000 people, classified as god’s attendants are dependent on their livelihood on the temple. Non Hindus cannot enter, but can watch from a view point, atop the temple library.

Continue to explore the lanes of the old city by the Green rider Rickshaw tour – pioneered by our associates to provide pollution free transportation for tourist and employment to local youth. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the life and activities of citizens, piligrims, and also craftsmen.
Overnight at Hotel Mayfair on the beach.

Day 13: Chilka Lake cruise
Drive to Satapada jetty on the Chilka lake. Enroute visit Pottery village and Fishermen village.

The Chilka Lake is Asia’s largest brackish lagoon covering 600 sq kms in Apr/May to 11000 sq kms during the monsoons. It is separated from the sea by a 60 kms long sand bar. Chilka lake is an important habitat and breeding ground for both resident and migratory and aquatic birds, most notably flamingos. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds in the Indian subcontinent.

Migratory birds arrive in October from as far away as Siberia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Himalayas and generally stay until March. A millon plus winter migrants make the lake their home every year. The Nalaban Island within the lagoon is classified as a Bird Sanctuary. Chilka has been designated as a Ramsar site, under the International convention which provides for the conservation and good use of wetlands. Today, the lake is home to many endangered plants and animals. The lake hosts diverse range of aquatic life, including 225 species of fish and the Irrawaddy dolphin The ecosystem of the lake provides livelihood for many thousands of fisher-folk.

We will take a boat cruise visiting Rajhans island, the mouth of the sea and the Irrawaddy Dolphin sanctuary.

Return to Puri for your farewell dinner and overnight at Hotel Mayfair on the beach.

Day 14: Puri – Piplii -Bhubaneswar airport- Fly to Delhi

After breakfast drive to Pipli Appliqué village , famous for its brilliant appliqué craft. Wall hangings, parasols, canopies, lamp shades and more adorn the main street of this small town.

Continue to Bhubaneswar in time to board.


Odisha is rich in crafts and villages specializing in a particular craft are scattered all over Odisha. You have a chance to see varied craft persons at work, such as the Dhokra metal workers village at Sadeibareni, Bell metal worker Village at balakati. the colorful appliqué work at Pipli. the fisher man village at Konark, Artisan and painters village at Raghurajpur, Kumbarpada, the temple pottery village, Pathuriasah, the stone carver village, and chitrakar sahi, the painters village at puri, pottery maker village, tribal jewellary maker village at Desia Kondh villages (Rayagada), Kondagaon terracotta village, and Nagaur handicraft village. There are thousands of weavers in remote villages living with age old traditions, creating superb workmanship on silk, cotton, tusser fabrics. The weavers of each region work in their own distinctive style.
Our textile and craft tours are designed to take you to villages showcasing a vast variety of arts, crafts and weaving skills.hotels and resorts are scattered around this area.

Nature & wildlife

Orissa boasts successful eco –tourism projects set up by the forest department.

Bhitarkanika National Park is the second largest mangrove ecosystem in India, hosting 55 rare species of wetland mangroves. A Ramsar wet land of international importance, it is a tangled web of forest and a complex network of estuarine waterways, formed by 672 sq km of the river delta of the Brahmani, Baitarani and Dhamara Rivers.
The delta hosts the world’s largest (about 23 ft in length) salt water crocodile. Guiness records it as the world’s largest colony of crocodiles – more than 1600. The park also contains eight species of kingfishers, and 207 other bird species. You can also see Spotted Deer, Wild boar, Leopards, Water Monitors, Baboons, and Pythons.
Dangmal Island serves as base for explorations. A forest cottage and a nature camp, in swiss cottage tents with Electricity and WC, is located here.
Bagagahan island, is a favourite nesting ground for Herons. Open billed storks have set up a permanent rookery here. Boat safaris are available to explore the creeks and spot the wildlife.


Satkosia Gorge Wild life Sanctuary spreads astride the scenic 22 Kms long breathtaking gorge of the mighty Mahanadi river. It is arguably, one of the best ecosystems in the country, representing a diverse floral and faunal extravaganza. Well organized and easily accessible, it is one of the most beautiful natural spots in the country.

The sanctuary forms part of the larger Satkosia Tiger Reserve, occupying an area of 964 sq kms. The park hosts 38 species of mammals, which include gharial crocodiles, leopards, elephants, spotted deer, giant squirrels, and Tigers. It is an ideal location for Nature lovers and bird watchers to explore the diversity of the wilderness.
Tikarpada Forest Guest House and nature camp on the shores of the river, offers panoramic view of the Satkosia Gorge. You can take boat rides and see the basking crocodiles. Community based eco hospitality and guiding service is operated by the Forest department. The Labangi Forest Guest house atop a hill, offers scenic views and forest trekking. There is another forest guest house at Prunakote, and a nature camp at Chhotkei, with more opportunities of forest trekking The Suhagi Nala Dam at Sisupathar, is a good sight for elephant spotting.

The Chilka Lake is Asia’s largest brackish lagoon covering 600 sq kms in Apr/May to 11000 sq kms during the monsoons. It is separated from the sea by a 60 kms long sand bar. A millon plus winter migrants make the lake their home every year, collecting in a 3 sq kms area at the bird sanctuary on Nalaban Island. Chilka is now Ramsar site, for conservation of wetlands and bio diversity. Boat trips across the lake and visit to the Bird Sanctuary are arranged. Accomodation for overnight stay is available at several places on its shores.

A holiday in Osisha is a chance to enjoy a beach holiday at Puri, Gopal pur on Sea, Chandipur and Chandrabhaga beach near Konark. Suitable hotels are available at all these places. We include beaches in all our tours.this area.

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How to get to Odisha ?

Odisha can be reached by by air, landing at the Bhubaneshwar airport, which is connected direct to Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru,
Train connections are available from Bhubaneshwar Jn and Puri Jn. Regular trains are available to Chenai, Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi.
You can travel by road from Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. There is a good network of road connections within Odhisha and the adjoinuing states of West Bengal, Chattisgarh, and Jharkand.

Guides and travelling

All our guides are English speaking and have been chosen for their experience, local knowledge, ability to look after clients, and communication skills.
Travel is by exclusive car or Multi Utility Vehicle or SUV, depending on road conditions. Overnights are at the best available AC accommodation. At all places clients will get a double bedroom with basic furnishings, and bed linen. All rooms have attached WC toilets. The cuisine is varied; both Indian and Local with Western style breakfasts/local variations. In the tribal regions at some places accommodation can be basic and non AC. Clients are offered a choice of bypassing these locations if they desire more comfort.

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