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Journey Through Sacred Shrines and Pristine Beaches

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Duration

9 Nights / 10 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a transformative journey through sacred shrines and pristine beaches with our meticulously crafted itinerary. Starting from Kolkata, delve into the spiritual richness of ancient temples and vibrant cultural sites. Experience the tranquility of Bhitarkanika’s mangrove forests, home to diverse wildlife and serene landscapes. Continue to Bhubaneswar, renowned for its historic temples and architectural marvels, before unwinding on the sun-kissed shores of Puri. Explore the rich cultural heritage of this coastal town, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern beachside bliss. This journey promises an unforgettable fusion of spiritual enlightenment and natural beauty along India’s eastern coast.

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 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

Arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel. Begin your exploration at the Indian Museum, India's largest and oldest museum, boasting a rich collection of art, archaeology, and natural history. Discover rare artifacts, ancient sculptures, and stunning paintings. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of New Market, Kolkata's bustling shopping district. Explore labyrinthine lanes filled with everything from traditional Bengali sarees to spices and electronics. Enjoy a leisurely evening stroll along the banks of the Hooghly River at Princep Ghat. Admire the colonial architecture and watch boats glide serenely on the river against the backdrop of a colorful sunset.

Day 2: Kolkata

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Visit Victoria Memorial, a majestic white marble monument that houses a museum with a rich collection of historical artifacts, including statues, paintings, and memorabilia from the British Raj era. Explore the serene ambiance of St. Paul's Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral known for its Gothic architecture and tranquil gardens. Experience the spiritual ambiance of Dakshineswar Kali Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali and located on the banks of the Hooghly River. Admire the intricate temple architecture and serene riverside setting. Discover Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, renowned for its beautiful temple architecture and peaceful surroundings. Reflect on the teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Tour the Marble Palace, a 19th-century mansion known for its ornate architecture and housing a stunning collection of sculptures, paintings, and antiques. Stroll through its lush gardens and visit the aviary with exotic birds. Experience the lively ambiance of Park Street, Kolkata's iconic thoroughfare famous for its vibrant nightlife, restaurants serving local delicacies, and bustling shopping arcades.

Day 3: Kolkata - Balasore (250kms)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing for Balasore. Drive through picturesque landscapes to Balasore, a city known for its historical significance and cultural heritage. Visit Chandipur Beach, renowned for its unique ebb tides where the sea recedes up to 5 kilometers during low tide, revealing a vast stretch of sandy beach. Explore the seabed and collect seashells. Explore the spiritual ambiance of Remuna Baladevjew Temple, a prominent Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath. Participate in the evening aarti rituals and admire the temple's architectural beauty. Walk through local markets to experience the vibrant local culture.

Day 4: Balasore - Bhitarkanika (165kms)

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Bhitarkanika National Park, renowned for its diverse wildlife and lush mangrove forests. Visit the Crocodile Sanctuary within the park, home to the endangered saltwater crocodiles and various other wildlife species. Learn about the park's conservation efforts and observe crocodiles basking in the sun. Enjoy a boat ride through the serene mangrove creeks to spot a variety of bird species, deer, and water monitor lizards. Experience the tranquility of the mangrove ecosystem and dense canopy. Explore the Bhitarkanika Nature Camp, where you can learn more about the park's conservation initiatives through guided walks and wildlife spotting tours.

Day 5: Bhitarkanika

Start the day with breakfast at the nature camp. Embark on a guided nature walk through the dense mangrove forests, discovering the unique flora and fauna of the region. Listen to the melodious calls of birds and spot rare species in their natural habitat. Visit the Dangmal Crocodile Breeding Centre to see crocodiles at various stages of growth and learn about the breeding and conservation efforts underway. Enjoy birdwatching at Bagagahan heronry, a haven for migratory birds. Spot colorful kingfishers, herons, and egrets in their natural surroundings. Relax and unwind amidst the natural serenity of the camp, enjoying a traditional dinner and an evening bonfire under the starlit sky.

Day 6: Bhitarkanika - Bhubaneshwar (200kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the nature camp before departing for Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Odisha renowned for its ancient temples and rich cultural heritage. Drive through picturesque landscapes and rural villages en route to Bhubaneshwar. Visit Lingaraj Temple, an architectural masterpiece dedicated to Lord Shiva, showcasing the finest examples of Kalinga architecture with its towering spire and intricate carvings. Explore Mukteswara Temple, known for its exquisite sculptures and architectural finesse. Wander through its intricately carved halls and marvel at the detailed artwork. Visit Rajarani Temple, famous for its ornate sculptures and historical significance in Odisha's temple architecture. Take a leisurely stroll through Ekamra Kanan Botanical Gardens, a sprawling garden oasis boasting a diverse collection of plants, flowers, and tranquil ponds.

Day 7: Bhubaneshwar - Puri (75kms)

Begin the day with breakfast at your hotel in Bhubaneshwar. Drive to Puri, a coastal town famous for its religious significance and pristine beaches. Enjoy a scenic drive along the coastline. Visit Jagannath Temple, one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites dedicated to Lord Jagannath. Witness the grand architecture and participate in the temple rituals. Relax at Puri Beach, known for its golden sands and vibrant ambiance. Spend time by the sea, swimming in the ocean, and enjoying beachside snacks. Explore Gundicha Temple, considered the garden house of Lord Jagannath. Stroll through its serene gardens and admire the temple's architectural beauty. Shop at local markets for traditional handicrafts and taste local delicacies, including Pattachitra paintings and shell crafts.

Day 8: Puri

Start the day with breakfast at your hotel. Visit Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and architectural marvel. Admire its intricate carvings depicting mythological stories and celestial beings. Embark on a boat ride on Chilika Lake, the largest coastal lagoon in India, known for its dolphin population and diverse bird species. Explore the lake's islands and witness a breathtaking sunset over the water. Visit Ramachandi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Ramachandi and situated on the banks of the Kushabhadra River. Appreciate its tranquil surroundings and spiritual significance. Relax at Puri Beach, soaking in the sunset views and the soothing sound of waves crashing against the shore.

Day 9: Puri

Start the day with breakfast at your hotel. Explore Raghurajpur Artist Village, renowned for its traditional Pattachitra paintings and handicrafts. Witness local artisans at work and learn about their intricate techniques. Visit Pipili village, famous for its colorful applique work and vibrant handicrafts. Shop for decorative items like wall hangings, bags, and accessories. Visit Sakhigopal Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna and known for its beautiful architecture and religious significance. Stroll through local markets, immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture and sampling traditional Odia snacks like Chhena Poda and Khaja.

Day 10: Puri - Bhubaneswar (65kms)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Puri before departing for Bhubaneswar. Stop at Dhauli Hill, a historic site associated with the Kalinga War and renowned for its peace pagoda and ancient rock edicts. Learn about its historical significance and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Depending on your flight schedule, explore more of Bhubaneswar's attractions or indulge in last-minute shopping for souvenirs. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, concluding your culturally rich and spiritually enlightening "Journey Through Sacred Shrines and Pristine Beaches" tour.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 9 Night's accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plane.
  • 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.
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 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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