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Eastern India Explorer: Wildlife & Cultural Journey

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Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on an enriching journey through the heartlands of Eastern India with our “Eastern India Explorer: Wildlife & Cultural Journey” tour. Begin in Kolkata, where the echoes of colonial history resonate at Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge. Venture into the untamed wilderness of Similipal Tiger Reserve, where early morning safaris unveil the majesty of Bengal tigers and endemic wildlife. Traverse to Bhitarkanika National Park, navigating its intricate mangrove forests on boat safaris amidst crocodile habitats. Discover the spiritual serenity of Puri, with its ancient Jagannath Temple and tranquil shores of Puri Beach. This tour blends cultural immersion with wildlife encounters, offering a profound glimpse into the diverse landscapes and traditions of Eastern India.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

Arrive in Kolkata and transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in. (Check-in time: 2 PM, early check-in subject to room availability)

Day 2: Kolkata

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Visit Victoria Memorial, an imposing marble structure housing a museum that showcases artifacts and paintings depicting India's colonial history. Walk across Howrah Bridge, an iconic cantilever bridge over the Hooghly River, offering panoramic views of Kolkata's bustling riverfront. Explore Dakshineswar Kali Temple, a Hindu temple known for its traditional Bengali Navaratna architecture and serene ambiance on the banks of the Hooghly River. Stroll along the Hooghly River banks to soak in the views of Kolkata's skyline and historical buildings. Visit the Indian Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in India, housing a vast collection of ancient artifacts, fossils, and paintings. Evening at Park Street, Kolkata's famous boulevard lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops, offering a vibrant nightlife experience. Overnight in Kolkata.

Day 3: Kolkata - Similipal Tiger Reserve (300kms)

After breakfast, depart for Similipal Tiger Reserve, a haven for biodiversity nestled amidst lush forests. Check-in at a lodge surrounded by pristine wilderness. Overnight stay at Similipal.

Day 4: Similipal Tiger Reserve

Start the day with an early morning safari to witness the wildlife in their natural habitat during the prime hours of activity. Visit the Similipal Biosphere Reserve Interpretation Centre to understand the ecological significance and conservation efforts in the region. Explore the diverse forest trails accompanied by a knowledgeable naturalist, offering insights into the unique flora and fauna of Similipal. Discover the picturesque Sanaghagara and Uski Waterfalls, perfect for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Enjoy an evening of local cultural performances by talented artists, showcasing traditional music and dance forms. Overnight stay at Similipal.

Day 5: Similipal NP - Bhitarakanika NP (200kms)

Depart for Bhitarkanika National Park after breakfast, renowned for its mangrove forests and wildlife conservation. Check-in at an eco-resort nestled amidst the mangroves, offering a serene retreat in nature's lap. Embark on a thrilling boat safari through the labyrinthine creeks and mangrove forests, ideal for birdwatching and spotting crocodiles. Visit the Crocodile Breeding Center to observe conservation efforts and learn about the life cycle of these ancient reptiles. Take a guided nature walk through the mangrove ecosystem, marveling at the unique flora and fauna adapted to saline conditions. Overnight stay at Bhitarkanika.

Day 6: Bhitarakanika NP - Puri (225kms)

Enjoy breakfast amidst the tranquil surroundings of Bhitarkanika. Depart for Puri, a coastal city known for its sacred temples and pristine beaches. En route, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Konark Sun Temple, an architectural marvel depicting the chariot of the Sun God Surya. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival in Puri. Visit the famous Jagannath Temple, dedicated to Lord Jagannath and renowned for its architectural grandeur and religious significance. Relax and unwind at Puri Beach, known for its golden sands and lively atmosphere, perfect for leisurely walks and local snacks. Overnight stay in Puri.

Day 7: Puri

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with stunning views of the Bay of Bengal. Excursion to Chilika Lake and enjoy boating amidst the picturesque landscapes and bird sanctuaries. Spend the day at your leisure exploring local markets near Jagannath Temple, ideal for shopping handicrafts and souvenirs. Visit Raghurajpur artisan village, known for its Pattachitra paintings and traditional crafts. Overnight stay in Puri.

Day 8: Puri - Bhubaneshwar (65kms)

After breakfast overlooking the Bay of Bengal, depart for Bhubaneshwar, the capital city known as the "Temple City of India." Visit Lingaraja Temple, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, renowned for its exquisite architecture and intricate carvings. Explore the rock-cut caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri, ancient Jain monastery caves dating back to the 2nd century BCE. Visit Odisha State Museum to admire its rich collection of sculptures, manuscripts, and archaeological artifacts. Optional evening heritage walk in Bhubaneshwar's old town, discovering its labyrinthine lanes and traditional architecture. Transfer to Bhubaneshwar Airport for your onward journey, concluding your enriching exploration of nature and culture in Odisha.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 7 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1-Time full day gypsy safari in Similipal Tiger Reserve with forest department naturalist.
  • Boat safari in Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest with naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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