Embark on an enriching journey through the culturally vibrant state of Odisha with this tour. Starting in Bhubaneswar, the capital city, you’ll be guided through a remarkable blend of history and natural beauty. Witness the awe-inspiring Konark Sun Temple, a 13th-century marvel and one of India’s seven wonders, before unwinding on the golden sands of Puri’s pristine beach. Explore Raghurajpur, a village renowned for its Patachitra art, and Pipili, famous for its exquisite appliqué handicrafts.
Delve into Bhubaneswar’s rich heritage, visiting the Peace Pagoda at Dhauli and the ancient rock edicts, then venture into the rock-cut caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri. Traverse the ‘Diamond Triangle’ of Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, and Lalitagiri, where Buddhist monasteries and stupas abound, showcasing a captivating facet of Odisha’s history. Venture into the breathtaking Bhitarkanika National Park, home to saltwater crocodiles, diverse bird species, and the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.
Your unforgettable journey ends with cherished memories and a sense of Odisha’s cultural and natural treasures as you return home from Bhubaneswar Airport.
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Places: Bhubaneswar > Puri > Raghurajpur > Pipili > Bhubaneswar > Ratnagiri > Udaygiri > Lalitagiri > Ratnagiri > Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar: The tour commences in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, known for its rich history and ancient temples. This city is a treasure trove of historical and cultural landmarks. Visitors are welcomed by its unique blend of old-world charm and modern growth.
Konark Sun Temple: A visit to the Konark Sun Temple offers an awe-inspiring journey into architectural brilliance. This 13th-century marvel, also known as the Black Pagoda, is an exquisite ode to the sun god Surya. The intricately carved stone structure is a testament to the creative genius of ancient India.
Puri: The tour moves to Puri, a coastal gem famous for its golden beaches and the revered Jagannath Temple. The allure of Puri lies not just in its natural beauty but also in its spiritual significance, making it a significant pilgrimage destination.
Raghurajpur: This village is an art lover’s paradise, renowned for Patachitra paintings, a traditional Odishan art form. Raghurajpur is a living art gallery where artisans create intricate paintings, presenting a glimpse into the region’s cultural heritage.
Pipili: Pipili is a vibrant town known for its colorful appliqué handicrafts. The streets are adorned with these exquisite fabrics that are used for various purposes, from decorations to garments. The craftsmanship of Pipili artisans is a sight to behold.
Bhubaneswar Sightseeing: Dhauli, a site of historical significance, stands as a symbol of Emperor Ashoka’s transformation from a conqueror to a follower of Buddhism. The Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa, with its serene surroundings, offers a spiritual retreat. The Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves hold ancient rock-cut architecture and a glimpse into the life of ascetics.
Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, Lalitagiri: These three sites form the “Diamond Triangle” of Buddhist heritage in Odisha. Explore ancient monasteries, stupas, and museums that provide insights into the region’s Buddhist past. Lalitagiri, with its Pushpagiri University campus, adds an educational dimension to the journey.
Bhitarkanika National Park: Venture into the fascinating wilderness of Bhitarkanika, a biodiversity hotspot and one of India’s largest viable mangrove ecosystems. From saltwater crocodiles to diverse bird species and Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, this park offers a chance to immerse oneself in nature’s wonders.
This tour encapsulates the essence of Odisha, from its rich historical tapestry to its stunning natural landscapes, creating an unforgettable experience that blends cultural exploration with awe-inspiring natural beauty.
Detailed Tour Plan
Day 01: Arrive Bhubaneswar
Arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport. On arrival meet & assist at the airport followed by transfer to puri.
Over Nights stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Konark Tour (35 km from Puri)
After breakfast, visit to Konark temple (Sun Temple).
Back to Puri. Leisure time to spend at golden beach of puri (One of the finest beach of India).
Over Night stay at Puri.
Day 03 : Puri – Raghurajpur – Pipili – Bhubaneswar (75 km)
After breakfast check out from Hotel.
Proceed towards Raghurajpur (Patachitra village), 12 km from Puri. After that proceed towards color village of Pipili. It is famous for designing beautiful appliqué handicrafts. It is a town of artisans famous for their colorful fabrics. After that proceed towards Bhubaneswar. Check in to hotel. Over night stay at Bhubaneswar.
Day 04: Bhubaneswar Sightseeing
After Breakfast proceed towards Dhauli where Emperor Ashoka after the bloody battle & his victory over the kingdom of kalinga renounced warfare & embraced the teaching of Buddha.
Also visit the Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa built in the early 1970 & the two ancient rock edict dating from 260 BC which outline Ashokas detained instructions to his administrators to rule with gentleness & fairness.
After that proceed towards Khandagiri & udaygiri, the caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hills) command a unique position in the filed of history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. Back to Hotel. Dinner at hotel. Over night stay at Bhubaneswar.
Day 05 : Ratnagiri – Udaygiri – Lalitagiri (110 km from Bhubaneswar)
After a relaxed morning drive towards Ratnagiri. Check in to hotels.
Post lunch proceed towards Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, Lalitgiri ( Buddhist Monasteries, stupas and museums) also Known as diamond triangle of Buddhist heritage. Also visit at the Campus of Pushpagiri University at Lalitgiri.
Back to Hotel. Overnight at Ratnagiri.
Day 06 : Bhitarkanika National Park (110 km distance from Ratnagiri)
After breakfast proceed towards Bhitarkanika . It is famous for Salt Water crocodile, Indian Python, deer.
Also home to more than 215 species of birds including amazing eight variety of Kingfishers. It is the second largest viable Mangrove Eco-System in India Harbors more than 70 species of Mangrove and its associates.
Back to Hotel. Overnight at Ratnagiri.
Day 07 : Airport Drop
Post breakfast check out from hotel. Proceed towards Bhubaneswar by NH- 5. Drop to the Airport for further journey back home.
End of Tour
FAQs about the Tour
q: What is the starting point of the tour?
a: The tour starts at Bhubaneswar Airport, where you will be greeted by our representative.
q: What is the significance of Konark Sun Temple?
a: The Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century architectural marvel dedicated to the sun god Surya. It is renowned for its intricate carvings and is considered one of the seven wonders of India.
q: What can visitors expect in Puri?
a: Puri is known for its stunning golden beaches and the revered Jagannath Temple. It’s a destination of both natural beauty and spiritual significance.
q: What is the specialty of Raghurajpur?
a: Raghurajpur is a village famous for its Patachitra paintings, a traditional art form of Odisha. It offers visitors a chance to witness artisans creating intricate paintings.
q: What is the attraction of Pipili?
a: Pipili is known for its colorful appliqué handicrafts, used for decorations and garments. The town’s vibrant streets showcase the craftsmanship of local artisans.
q: What historical sites can be explored in Bhubaneswar?
a: Bhubaneswar offers a visit to Dhauli, a site where Emperor Ashoka embraced Buddhism after a significant battle. The Peace Pagoda and Udayagiri-Khandagiri caves are also worth exploring.
q: What is the “Diamond Triangle” of Buddhist heritage?
a: The “Diamond Triangle” consists of Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, and Lalitagiri, three sites with ancient monasteries, stupas, and museums that provide insights into the Buddhist heritage of Odisha.
q: What can visitors experience in Bhitarkanika National Park?
a: Bhitarkanika National Park is home to diverse wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles, various bird species, and Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. It offers a unique opportunity to experience a thriving mangrove ecosystem.
q: What makes this tour unique?
a: This tour offers a blend of historical exploration, cultural immersion, and natural beauty. From ancient temples to vibrant villages, art forms to wildlife sanctuaries, it provides a diverse and enriching experience of Odisha.
q: How does the tour end?
a: The tour concludes with a drop-off at Bhubaneswar Airport for your onward journey.
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