Odisha Tribal Tour -A Culture Of Tribal Wonder!!
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
Tribal communities are unique and untouched. Nowadays, Odisha Tribal Tours are getting famous among the tourists. Travelling to these places gives a peace of heart and mind. The atmosphere and surrounding mesmerize you and you get lost in their culture and traditions. Odisha is an ideal place if you’re looking for a Tribal Tour. Visiting the untouched land of beauty and serenity you’ll get to know Odisha – A Culture Of Tribal Wonder.
Orissa may not be as popular as Rajasthan or Kerala in India but it has some of the most fascinating array of temples and monuments, abundant wildlife in its parks and sanctuaries. Cruise along tranquil and India’s largest salt lake lagoon – Chilka Lake and experience the culture and tradition that is vibrant in its tribal heartland. This provides you with an experience that combines landscape, folklore, dance, music, rituals, art and craft to give you an insight in the tribe’s way of life. Each and every event in life such as birth, death, marriage, naming ceremony of a child, puberty by a girl, are connected with unique rituals and play an important role in their life. You will also visit their weekly markets known as haats where local tribal people gather once a week to barter, buy and sell their excess produce and stock.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Get off the beaten path, gaining special access to eastern India with thoughtful local guides
- Explore complex tribal cultures and artistic traditions during market and village visits
- Revel in magnificent temples in Bhubaneswar, Puri, and Visakhapatnam
- Enjoy a cooking class, homemade meals, and comfy country guesthouses
- Guided Tours to Bhuabaneshwar temples
- An excursion to Buddhist monasteries Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri as well as Udayagiri
- Observe the lifestyle of tribals at Baliguda, Belghar, Rayadaga
- Witness the daily activities of Dhuraba, Gadhaba and DongariaKondh tribes
- Shop for products hand-made by the tribals
- A day-trip Gupteswar temples
- Visit the Tribal Museum, Koraput
- Excursion to World-renowned Konark Sun Temple
- Darshan at the Jagannath temple of Puri, one of the destinations of ChardhamYatra
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Today, you will visit The Famous Jagannath temple in Puri (entry inside the temple is not allowed for non Hindus). Non-Hindus can see the temple from viewing balcony of the museum. The extraordinary form Jagannath takes in this famous temple is said to be the unfinished work of the craftsman God, Vishvakarma. This 12th century temple is known for its Annual RathYatra or Car Festival. In the afternoon enjoy your visit to Puri beach.
Delhi is one of India's most colourful and exciting metropolises, where the old and new cities exist harmoniously together.Upon arrival into Delhi, you will be met by our representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for check in.
Today, transfer to airport to board flight for Bhubaneshwar. Upon arrival, you will meet our representative and transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon you will visit Bhubaneshwar: With more than 600 temples and its magnificent 3000 years ancient inheritance, Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa is the embodiment of the perfect blend of fantasy and realism. Bhubaneswar holds a utmost point in the field of art, culture and music. The city is known as Temple city of India.
You will visit The Great temples of Lord Shiva: Lingaraj Temple and Parusuremeshwara Temple.Lingaraj temple is one of the largest temples in Bhubaneswar and is an outstanding example of Orissa temple architecture. Built in 7th century by YayatiKesari, temple has two famous Nata and Bhog temples which are the later additions to the temple. The Parasurameswara temple at Bhubaneshwar is the oldest, dating back to the middle of the 8th century and intricately built. Windows of the temple are adorned beautifully with motif of highly adorned chaitya window filled animal, human and divine figures. Also visit Mukteswara Temple and Rajarani Temple, visit Tribal Museum -The Orissa Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts, popularly known as the Tribal Museum and is the best place to learn and understand the tribal communities in Orissa. Over 62 tribal communities call the state of Orissa their home. The museum houses around 2,247 artifacts and displays a rich collection of tribal instruments, dresses, weapons, jewellery, textiles giving one a unique insight into the lives of the tribal communities.
Day excursion to visit Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri , These Budhist excavation sites are of 7th century AD when Budhism was a prominent religion practiced in Orissa. You can see ruins excavated monasteries, Budhists icons and Stupas on hills near river.
Lalitgiri is the earliest Buddhist Complex dating back to 1st century AD. It became evident with the help of recent excavations that it was a great centre of Buddhism. The ruins of the huge brick monastery and chaitya hall along with renovated stone stupa at the peak of a small rugged sandstone hill dominate the rural greenery around the complex.
Ratnagiri was an important centre of Mahayana form of Buddhism. This became a vital centre of Tantric Buddhism during 8th and 9th century. According to Pag Sam Jon Zang, a Tibetan source, Ratnagiri played an important role in the emergence of Kalachakratantra during the 10th century A.D.
Udaygiri caves are about 135 feet high. The major attraction of these caves is awesome carvings. The largest cave in the complex is Rani Gumpha which means Queen’s Cave. There is also an Elephant Cave called HathiGumpha, where you will find astonishing statues of elephants.
Today,drive to Puri -A place of sacredness and natural beauty is one of the four main Hindu pilgrimage centers of India. The city is well known for its golden beaches and Jagannath temple.En-route visit Dhauli and Pipli village-Dhauli boasts of one of the major edicts of Ashoka which is engraved on a mass of a rock. You will find inscriptions in ancient Brahmi script. The top of the edict is sculpted with impressive elephant head, which reflects the dream of his mother. it is among the earliest rock structures in India.
Pipli Village- is famous all round the world for its exquisite handicrafts which involves embroidering and stitching of small pieces of colored cloth with traditional designs. The usual appliqué patchwork items are Garden Umbrellas, Wallets, Wall Hanging, lampshades, Pouches & Bags.
Then visit Konark, famous for Sun Temple- The splendid Sun Temple at Konark is the zenith of Odisha temple architecture, and one of the most spectacular testimonials of religious architecture in the world. Constructed by the King Narasimhadeva in 13th century, the entire temple was designed in the shape of a huge chariot with seven horses and 24 wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across the heavens. Surya has been a popular deity in India since the Vedic period.Arrive Puri and check in at Hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure on the beach.
Today,drive to Gopalpur on Sea, en-route visit Olasingh village - The famous textile village. Where one can watch the spinning, reeling processing and weaving in a primitive style. Later proceed to Chilika Lake- Located beautifully in a dramatic landscape, this largest brackish water lake in Asia is a jewel in Orissa crown. It is the paradise for bird lovers as watching the pods of dolphins is a feast for your eyes. In winter it is a flutter with thousands of migratory birds as far as from Siberia.
Continue drive to GopalpurOn Sea - Tranquil Surroundings and loads of fun and frolic awaits you at one of the most pristine beaches of Orissa namely Gopalpur on Sea. This buzzing seaport can be a real retreat to the sea worshippers. Despite the crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty, that are a witness to a past glory of commercial activity; the beach offers peaceful ambience conducive to introspection and conviviality.
Rest of the day at leisure on beach.
Today, drive to the base of belghar hills to visit kutiakondha tribal villages. Later visit kotgarh weekly market(Tuesday) on the way to Rayagada. Kuitakondhas (Tribe) are one of the micro section of kondhas who live on Belghar hills. The tribals are believe in shamanism. The women have small tattoos on faces and wear many ornaments specially waist belts
Today, proceed to chhatikona weekly market. Here you will be taken to the hill path where Dongariya kondhas (Tribe) from their villages trek down with forest produce to sell or barter with non tribal. Dongariya kondhas are independent, stubborn, clan exogamous and one of the original ethnic group of Orissa who have retained their culture and tradition till date. Later proceed to Jeypore, enroute visit Kuvikondha villages.
Today visit the home of the approximately 6000 members of the fierce Bondas (Tribe) – naked people of Tibetan-Burmese origin. They live in the remote hills and keep themselves isolated. They grow rice by shifting cultivation and keep domesticated cows and goats. They can only be seen when they come to trade at the local weekly market (Thursday). The Bonda women are noticeable by their bead necklaces, striking brass and silver necklace and their shaved heads decorated with colourful beads. Also visit the colourful Gadabas (Tribe), who speak Gutab a Dravidic language group. The Gadabas are one of the very primitive and colourful tribe. Drive back to Jeypore
Today take excursion to Kunduli via Sunabeda, to visit the tribal villages of Paroja and Mali. The weekly market (Friday) is among the biggest and most colourful in the region. The Parojas (Tribe) are one of the well-known major tribes of Orissa. They are broadly divided into two sections, Bada Paroja & Sana Paroja. Men usually wear lion cloths, napkins and women wear coarse and cheap sarees. Drive back to Jeypore
Today drive to Gupteswar to visit the Dhuruba tribal village (Saturday). They are one of the oldest tribes of Orissa and found in Koraput. The income of the family members goes to the headman and it is the head man's duty to fulfill the needs of the family members. Both nuclear and joint families are found among the Dhurubas (Tribe). Further proceed to Vishakhapatnam, on arrival check-in to hotel.
Today visit Simanchalam Temple near Vishakhapatnam which is one of the most important Vaishnavite shrines of South India. It has Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy as the presiding deity. Later visit Kailashgiri – a charming hillock on the sea, the magnificent statues of Shiva-Parvathi are are worth seeing. In the evening visit Ram Krishna beach, enjoy sunset.
Later in time transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Upon arrival you will meet our representative and transfer to Hotel
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total 12 nights on sharing twin / double room .
- Meals : As per program mentioned
- Transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Vehicle.
- English speaking Local guide as per program.
- All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program.
- Tribal village expanse
- Tribal village permission
- Visit to weekly market
- Cooking demonstration followed by Dinner at Local guest house
- Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
- Two bottles of mineral water each day during sightseeing.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International / Domestic Airfare / Departure taxes
- Visa fees
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Excess baggage fees
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or
- misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other items not specified
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