Orissa Tribal Tours Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days Places Covered : Delhi - Raipur - Kawardha - Kanker - Jagdalpur - Kanger Valley National Park - Bissam Cuttack - Chatikona - Rayagada - Jeypore - Ankadelli - Nandapur - Ankadelli - Kunduli - Taptapani - Chilika – Konarak – Bhubaneshwar - Delhi Day 01 Delhi Arrive at Delhi and transfer to your hotel for the night. Day 02 Delhi Start a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi after breakfast. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India. A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire. An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence, Lotus Temple and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Day 03 Delhi - Raipur - Kawardha In time transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Raipur. Upon arrival drive north wards to the former Princely State of Kawardha. You will be shown to your Palace suite before lunch in the State Dining room. An afternoon of familiarisation with Palace Kawardha and nearby cultural sites, including the captivating Bhoramdeo Temple complex. You return to the Palace at sunset and then dinner. Day 04 Kawardha After breakfast, you will meet the gentle and friendly Baiga people, the indigenous forest tribe. Enjoy lunch with them. Later return to the Palace and Proceed for a royal family dinner. Day 05 Kawardha - Raipur - Kanker In the morning drive to Kanker via Raipur and visit Raipur's Mahant Ghasidas Museum before leaving for the former princley State of Kanker. Upon arrival at Kanker Palace, the Maharaja's family will greet you and show you to your palatial rooms. Day 06 Kanker - Kondagaon - Narayanpur - Kanker After your breakfast at the Palace, the Bastar tribal experience begins. You will encounter here the special nature of North Bastar with a visit to a colorful weekly market. It gives you a great oportunity to meet the local people. At Kondagaon and Narayanpur discover some of Bastar's finest handicrafts, and the people who make them. Lunch will be a picnic in the deep green sal forests. Anearly evening dance by youthful members of Bastar's unique 'ghotul' dormitory system completes an unforgettable day before a star - lit return to Kanker and a late dinner. Day 06 Kanker – Jagdalpur After breakfast, leave for Jagdalpur, Bastar's main town and former capital, three hours away. Checking in to a comfortable local hotel, relax over leisure lunch. In the afternoon, a royal guided tour of historical Jagdalpur and the Anthropological Museum is completed by a sunset idyll at the Chitrakote waterfal, Bastar's very own 'Niagara' on the Indravati River: you will also visit some of the local Bison - Horn Maria tribe, renowned for their spectacular ceremonical dancing. Conditions permitting, a barbecue is served under the stats in authentic Bastar style. You will be entertained by a performance of the tribal people, before returning to your hotel. Day 07 Jagdalpur - Kanger Valley National Park - Jagdalpur An early breakfast allows time for a visit to the rich forests of the Kanger Valley National Park, the enchanting Tirathgarh waterfall and the extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite caves. Kanger retains the original intensity of the forests that once covered this whole region, and you will picnic in the natural habitat of leopard, tiger, sambhar, bison and the Bastar Hill Myna. Here too are forest tribal people in their natural habitat. There will be time also to explore some of Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts before dinner at the hotel with your royal guides. Day 08 Jagdalpur - Bissam Cuttack. After breakfast drive to Bissam Cuttack. Check in at Nature camp. Visit of the Desia Kondh village. Dinner and overnight. Day 09 Rayagada - Chatikona - Rayagada - Jeypore Breakfast. Later drive down to Chatikona weekly market of the Dongariya Kondh people where you can see both men & women decorate themselves in a similar way. This is a very beautiful colourfull market on wednessday attended by the Dongariya Kondh people of 34-36 villages of Niyamagiri Hills. Day 10 Jeypore - Ankadelli - Jeypore After early breakfast proceed to Ankadelli - 70 km to witness the most primitive, interesting & unique tribal weekly market of the Bonda tribes. The place is the border of the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, divided by river Machkund, with interest waterfall, mountain & forest. You will be taken inside for about 2/3km walk to witness the Bonda man & woman coming down from the forest side. It is being considered that at present Bondas are the most primitive tribe of India or otherwise known as the Nakate tribes of the mountain. Bonda women with their silver & brass rings around the neck, hundred of necklaces on the body, shaved hair a small cloth wrapped down to cover half of the private areas are out of any history book. In the other side the Bonda men with their bow & arrow with country made liquor. A fascinating one to watch. Photography in the market is restricted, so you can take photo on this time. Free time in the market. Afternoon proceed to Lamptaput area to explore another primitive tribal community the Gdabas - you can watch the most colorful tribal dance call DEMSA. Late afternoon drive back to Jeypore. Day 11 Jeypore - Kunduli - Rayagada After breakfast visit of Kunduli market of Paraja. You witness the biggest tribal weekly market of Sanaparoja & Mali tribes in Kunduli 65 km away via Sunabeda. It is a very colorful market.Also Visit Jagannath Temple & Tribal Museum at Koraput (The Jagannath Temple is a new temple built on 1972. Here Non Hindus are allowed inside the Temples and all activities are similar to Jagnnath Temple of Puri). Lunch on the way. Drive to Rayagada. Overnight at Rayagada. Day 12 Rayagada - Taptapani - Chilika Breakfast. Proceed to Chilka. Visit Taptapani on your way. Overnight at Chilka. Day 13 Chilika – Puri Drive to Puri after breakfast. Reach Puri and relax in the beach. Overnight at Puri. Day 14 Puri – Konarak – Bhubaneshwar Proceed for a tour of Puri after breakfast covering Jagnnath Temple and Konnark (The Sun Temple). Continue towards bhubaneshwar and overnight. Day 15 Bhubaneshwar – Delhi – next destination Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bhubaneshwar Airport to board flight to Delhi and then onto your onward Destination Tribal Circuit Trip Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days Places Covered: Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar - Baliguda - Rayagada - Jeypore - Ankadeli - Gopalpur - Puri - Kolkata -New Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling - Gangtok - Siliguri - Kolkata Day 1 : Kolkata Upon your arrival at Kolkata you will be met and greeted by our representative and escorted to your hotel in the city for the overnight. Day 02 Kolkata In the morning visit the flower market and then passing through the government buildings reach the Jain temple in South Calcutta and view the Rabindra Setu: a cantilever bridge across the holy Ganges (called Hooghly in Calcutta). Today visit the Indian museum with an ornate collection of artifacts. Also visit Kumar tuli where the artisans make idols for several festivities prevalent in the north eastern parts of India. Day 03 Kolkata – Bhubaneswar (by train) In time transfer to the railway station to board your superfast train to Bhubaneswar. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Day 04 Bhubaneswar After breakfast at your hotel leave for a full day excursion to Nuapatna (weaving village) and Sadeibarini (dokra casting village). Overnight at Bhubaneswar. Day 05 Bhubaneswar In the morning visit the temple town of Bhubaneswar including a visit to Rajarani temple and the Lingaraj temple. Rest of the day is free to relax. Day 06 Bhubaneswar – Baliguda In the morning drive to Baliguda enroute visiting Khandagiri and Udaigiri caves and some tribal villages and talking to the Paraja tribes. This is your first introduction to the Oriya Tribes. (Must be a Tuesday) Day 07 Baliguda – Rayagada Drive to Raygada enroute visiting Kutia Kondh Tumudibandh Areaand Kotgarh Market of Kutia Kondh tribes. Overnight at Raygada. (Must be a Tuesday) Day 08 Rayagada – Jeypore Drive to Jeypore visiting Dongariya Kondh Tribal Market at Chatikona. Overnight at Jeypore. (Must be a Wednesday) Day 08 Jeypore Excursion to Ankadeli to visit the most colorful Bonda, Gadaba & Didayi tribes and some Gadaba villages. Overnight at Jeypore. (Must be a Thursday) Day 09 Jeypore – Gopalpur Drive to Gopalpur and relax on the sea front Day 10 Gopalpur – Puri Leave for Puri and upon arrival check into your hotel on the sea front. Relax on the beach. Day 11 Puri Full day relax at the beach Day 12 Puri – Kolkata In time transfer to the railway station and board your train to Kolkata. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 13 Kolkata – New Jalpaiguri (by overnight train) As per the timing of your train reach the railway station to board your train to New Jalpaiguri. Incredible Tribal Tours Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days Places Covered: Bhubaneshwar - Ratna Giri - Baliguda - Belghar - Kothagargh - Rayagada - Jeypore - Ankadeli - Lamptaput - Kunduli - Nandapur - Laxmipur - Taptaoani - Chilka - Puri - Bhubaneswar Day 1 : Bhubaneshwar Transfer to the airport for flight to Bhubaneswar. Reach and transfer to hotel. Proceed for half-day tour of the city. Overnight at Bhubaneswar. Day 2 : Bhubaneshwar / Ratna Giri / Bhubaneshwar Full day excursion to Ratnagiri after breakfast. Overnight at Bhubaneswar. Day 3 : Bhubaneshwar / Baliguda Drive to Baliguda after breakfast. Baliguda is in the district of Phulbani, through the beautiful countryside road full with small mountains of Sal forest, one of the entry point to the tribal highland of Orrisa. En- route visit typical Orissa villages. Arrive at the hotel in the evening. Overnight at Baliguda. Day 4 : Baliguda Today after breakfast you will make a visit the different Villages & Desai Kondh. Overnight at Baliguda. Day 5 : Baliguda / Belghar / Kothagargh / Rayagada After breakfast you will depart to Belghar area visit of a few Huttiya Kondha Tribal Villages & Weekly Market at Kothagarh. Proceed to explore the villages of the primitive Kutia kondh Tribes, once famous for the human sacrifice. Living in the mountain / forest cores are friendly tribal community. You can take small/ long trek as you wish. Lunch on the way. Drive down to Rayaguda. Arrive in the evening. Overnight at Hotel. Day 6 : Rayagada / Jeypore Morning proceed to Chatikona (40 km) to witness the Interesting & colourful weekly market of the Dongaria kondh tribes. This day this interesting ornamental Tribes come down from their mountain will known as Niayamgiri hill range. This is an unique opportunity to witness them before they come and mix with other community in the market, so we will take you 2/3 km from the market near the Niyamgiri hill, so to watch & enjoy these community coming down with different kinds of fruits, animal etc. Free time in the market. Overnight at Jeypore. Day 7 : Jeypore / Ankadeli / Lamptaput / Jeypore After early breakfast proceed to Ankadelli - 70 km to witness the most primitive, interesting & unique tribal weekly market of the Bonda tribes. The place is the border of the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, divided by river Machkund, with interest waterfall, mountain & forest. You will be taken inside for about 2/3km walk to witness the Bonda man & woman coming down from the forest side. It is being considered that at present Bondas are the most primitive tribe of India or otherwise known as the Nakate tribes of the mountain. Bonda women with their silver & brass rings around the neck, hundred of necklaces on the body, shaved hair a small cloth wrapped down to cover half of the private areas are out of any history book. In the other side the Bonda men with their bow & arrow with country made liquor. A fascinating one to watch. Photography in the market is restricted, so you can take photo on this time. Free time in the market. Afternoon proceed to Lamptaput area to explore another primitive tribal community the Gdabas - you can watch the most colorful tribal dance call DEMSA. Late afternoon drive back to Jeypore. Overnight at Jeypore. Day 8 : Jeypore / Kunduli / Nandapur / Jeypore Breakfast. Morning proceed to witness the biggest tribal weekly market of Sanaparoja & Mali tribes in Kunduli 65 km away via Sunabeda. It is a very colorful market. Later drive down to Nandapur to visit village of Sanaparoja tribes. Visit village khilus. Saana Padar, Bda Padar with small trekking and later later drive down to Jeypour. You can also morning proceed to Gupteswar 70 km to visit the villages of very interesting dhuruba tribe. Visit and walk through villages of Ramanguda, Dogariguda, Silpader, Talur etc. There is an interesting tribe where the males like to put ornaments living in the border of Madhya Pradesh. Visit the Cave temple of lord Shiva in the hidden mountain famous among the tribes. Later drive down to Nuagaon to witness the beautiful tribal weekly market of Sana Paroja and then back to hotel at evening. Overnight at Hotel. Day 9 : Jeypore / Laxmipur / Rayagada Breakfast. Visit Dhuruba Tribe, Laxmipur, of the Bondas Region. Also Visit Jagannath Temple & Tribal Museum at Koraput (The Jagannath Temple is a new temple built on 1972. Here Non Hindus are allowed inside the Temples and all activities are similar to Jagnnath Temple of Puri). Lunch on the way. Overnight at Rayagada. Day 10 : Rayagada / Taptaoani / Chilka Breakfast. Proceed to Chilka. Visit Taptapani on your way. Overnight at Chilka. Day 11 : Chilka / Puri Drive to Puri after breakfast. Reach Puri and relax in the beach. Overnight at Puri. Day 12 : Puri Proceed for a tour of Puri after breakfast covering Jagnnath Temple and Konnark (The Sun Temple). Overnight at Puri. Day 13 : Puri / Bhubaneshwar Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bhubaneshwar Airport to board flight to Delhi or onward Destination. Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in. Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad. Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles. Overnight Hotel - Delhi (B) Day 02 : Delhi - Bhubaneswar (Flight S2-6143 - 0815hr-1015hr) : Today we take a flight to Bhubaneswar, the temple city of India. Once the capital of ancient Kalinga, the city has a long history & is today a bustling centre for commerce & religious activity. These temples are unique in themselves, not only in their architectural beauty but also in the wonderful sculptures. These temples epitomize a comprehensive history of Orissan style of temple architecture from its very inception to perfection spreading almost to 2000 years from 3rd century BC to 16th Century AD. Full Day Tour Later we take a tour of Bhubaneswar visiting Lord Shiva Lingaraja Temple, the 11th century temple of Bhubaneswar has been described as "truest fusion of dream & reality." A rare masterpiece, the temple has been rated one of the finest examples of purely Hindu temple. Every inch of the 55 m-high Lingaraja temple is covered with elaborate carvings. Sculpture & architecture fused elegantly to create a perfect harmony. Next we visit Mukteshwara Temple, a 7th-8th century AD is one of the most ornate temples in Bhubaneswar. The intricate carvings of the deities stand testimony to the influence of Hindu, Buddha & Jain style of architecture. The carvings on the roof are specially striking. We also visit Parashurameshwara Temple, a small but richly decorated shrine of Shiva that was built in the 7th century. It is one of the best examples of the Orissa style of temple architecture.Overnight Hotel - Bhubaneswar(B) Day 03 : Bhubaneswar - Puri via Dhauli, Pipli village & Konark (56 Kms - 02 hr) Today we drive to Puri, en-route visit Dhauli & Pipli village & Konark (Sun Temple). First we stop at Dhauli, where Mauryan Emperor Ashoka the Great renounced bloody warfare & embraced the teachings of Buddha after victory over kingdom of Kalinga. Here we visit Peace Pagoda known as Shanti Stupa built in early 1970 by Japanese. Also visit two ancient rock edicts, today eclipsed by the presence of the Pagoda. Dating from 260 BC they outline Ashoka's detailed instructions to his administrators to rule with gentleness & fairness. Next we visit the Colorful Pipli village, where Orissan Handicrafts, the specialty is applique work. Later we drive to Puri en route we visit Konark temple Chariot of the Sun God, built by King Langula Narasimha Deva in the 13 century AD in the Golden era of Orissan art. This crowning piece of Orissan architecture & sculpture is sheer poetry on stone. Overnight Hotel - Puri (B) February Attraction: Performance of the Annual Dance Festival which is held by the stunning ruins of the Sun Temple. Renowned exponents of Indian classical dance forms participate at this festival. Day 04 : Puri Today we visit the famous Jagannath Temple, dedicated to Krishna (Vishnu) in his deity form of Jagannath, meaning Lord of the Universe (Jag translates to Universe, nath means Lord). The present temple structure was built by Ananta Brama Chodaganga Dev in middle of 12th century AD (1078-1147 AD). It is a curvilinear temple which rises to 214 feet. Crowning the very top is the 'srichakra' (an eight spoked wheel) of Vishnu. The most important festival is the Rath Yatra or the Chariot festival once a year. Later we explore the Puri beach, one of India's finest beaches. Puri Beach attracts millions of travelers to India with its strategic setting & religious importance. Overnight Hotel Day 06 : Puri - Gopalpur via Chilka Lake (200 km- 05 hr) Puri - Gopalpur via Chilka Lake (200 km- 5 hr) Today we drive to Gopalpur en-route visit Chilka Lake, famous for its bird sanctuary. It is Asia's largest inland salt-water lagoon. Studded with small islands including the picturesquely named Honeymoon Island & Breakfast Island, the lake is separated by a sandy ridge. It is dotted with small islands & has an impressive array of bird life both native & migrant. White bellied sea eagles, graylag geese, purple moorhen, jacana, herons & flamingos are most popular bird species found. Other than the birds, its shores are home to black buck, spotted deer, golden jackals & the lake is rich in aquatic life, its water harbor various species of fish including the famous Chilka dolphin. Prawn, crab & mackerel fishing is an important source of livelihood for the locales. Later drive to Gopalpur on Sea, ancient sea port not often visited by tourists. Sand dunes, groves of coconut palm & casuarinas separate the small town from the beach. Overnight Hotel - Gopalpur (B) Day 06 - Day 07 : Gopalpur Days at leisure Overnight Hotel - Gopalpur (B) Day 08 : Gopalpur - Bhubaneswar (200 km - 05 hr) Bhubaneswar - Delhi (Flight IC-878 - 1520hr-1720hr) Today we drive to Bhubaneswar to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival assistance & check-in hotel Overnight Hotel - Delhi (B) Day 09 : Depart Delhi -Transfer Full Day Tour Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jehanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jehanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan. In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo- Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later dinner & transfer to airport.