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Orissa Tour

Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days
Places Covered: Bhubaneswar - Ratnagiri - Baliguda - Rayagada - Taptapani - Chilika - Puri - Konark - Bhubaneswar

Day 01: Arrival at Bhubaneswar
Begin your Tour. Arrive into BhubaneswarWelcome to Vardhman's "Orissa Tour"!On arrival in Bhubneswar, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Rest for a while and then, proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Lingaraja Temple, Mukateswara Temple, Rajarani Temple and Vaital Temple.Lingaraja Temple: Lingaraj temple is one of the most popular temples of Orissa. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as ‘Lingaraj’. It is adorned with beautiful sculptures, which have been carved on the spire. Lingaraja temple is approximately 54.8 metres high and enshrines a huge statue of Lord Shiva, made up of granite. The idol is 8 feet in diameter and is placed on a platform that is about 8 inches above ground. The deity is bathed everyday with water, milk and bhang (marijuana).

Mukateswara Temple: Mukteswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mukteswara, is carved with figures of ascetics in several poses of meditation. The highlight of the temple, is the magnificent torana - the decorative gateway, an arched masterpiece, reminiscent of Buddhist influence in Orissa.. The sculptured gateway, the jagamohana with diamond shaped latticed windows and decorated interiors and the plethora of sculptural work all deserve mention in this temple dedicated to Shiva Although it is only a small monument rising to a height of 35 feet. Literally every inch of its surface is carved. This temple has also been described as a dream realized in sandstone and it is a monument where it is said sculpture and architecture are in complete harmony with one another. This 10th century temple built in the year of AD 950, is an important transition point, between the early and the later phases of the Kalinga school of temple architecture. The sculptural decoration of the Mukteswara is exquisitely executed, and it is often referred to as the "gem of Oriya architecture". Richly sculpted, the temple offers pride of place to tales from the Panchatantra. The arched gateway is particularly fine. It also shows excellent combinations of Hindu and Buddhist and Jain features, which find a common voice in much of Orissan temple craft.

Rajarani Temple:Rajarani temple is one of the most renowned temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa. It is made from the wonderful red and gold sandstone, which is locally known as Rajarani and this is what gives the temple its name of ‘Raja Rani’. The major attractions of the temple consist of the elaborately carved figurines. Rajarani temple of Bhubaneshwar is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The origin of this temple can be dated back to the eleventh century.Overnight: Hotel

Day 02: Bhubaneswar - Ratnagiri - Bhubaneswar
This morning after breakfast leave on a full day excursion to Ratnagiri. Here, you will see the ruins and remains of Buddhism in Orissa, in the form of Buddhist monasteries and sculptures excavated on the hilltops. By late evening, come back to your hotel in Bhubaneswar and retire for the night. Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Bhubaneswar - Baliguda
After having breakfast at the hotel, drive to the beaches of Baliguda. After reaching there, check in at the hotel and freshen up a bit. Thereafter is the time to go to the beach and enjoy swimming or just relaxing on the warm sand. Overnight: Hotel

Day 04: Baliguda - Rayagada
On the day 4 of your tour, proceed towards Rayagada, moving through Belghar and Kothagargh. On the way, you will stop for a short visit to Kauttiya Kondh Tribal villages. On arrival,check in at the hotel and relax for the remaining part of the day.Overnight: Hotel

Day 05: Rayagada - Taptapani - Chilika
Today leave for the Chilka in the morning. On the way, there will be a brief stoppage at Taptapani; to visit the hot water springs.On arrival, check in at the hotel and then, go on a tour of Chilika Bird Sanctuary. Later visit the famous Chilika beach. Overnight: Hotel

Day 06: Chilika - Puri
In the morning, drive down to Puri and upon arrival check in at the hotel. The entire day will be spent in visiting the famous Puri Beach and Swargadwar Beach. Puri beach is located on the vast and exotic coastline of Orissa and at its south eastern region. This land of beautiful temples has been very charming to the tourists from all over the country who visit in thousands every year to Puri to take in the serene beauty of the Puri beach.

Swargadwar Beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Puri, located at a distance of approximately two kilometers from the Jagannath Temple. This place holds great religious significance for people, as it used to be the bathing place of Sri Chaitanyadev, a renowned prophet of the Vaishnava sect. It is said that, as a reward for his devotion, the great saint was merged into Lord Brahma and went to heaven.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 07: Puri - Konark - Puri
This morning after breakfast, visit the famous Jagannath Temple. After that, leave on an excursion tour to Konark. Visit the Sun Temple and the Konark beach. By late evening, you will be back at the hotel for an overnight stay.Jagannath Temple: Jagannath Temple is one of the most renowned as well as the biggest temples of Orissa. Established in the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Lord of the Universe. The credit for laying the foundation of the Jagannath temple of Puri goes to Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga Dev. The temple is located at a distance of 60 km from Bhubaneswar, on the coast of Bay of Bengal, and is greatly revered by the devotees following the Vaishnava traditions.Sun Temple:The Konark temple is widely known not only for its architectural grandeur but also for the intricacy and profusion of sculptural work. The entire temple has been conceived as a chariot of the sun god with 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter, with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings. Seven horses drag the temple. Two lions guard the entrance, crushing elephants. A flight of steps lead to the main entrance. Overnight: Hotel

Day 08: Puri - Bhubaneswar
Morning at Leisure. Later in the afternoon transfer to Bhubaneswar airport to catch flight for your destination to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of your tour.END OF OUR SERVICES

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