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Wild Odisha & Cultural Kolkata Expedition

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Duration

6 Nights / 7 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Eastern India with our Wild Odisha & Cultural Kolkata Expedition. Begin in Bhubaneswar, where ancient temples whisper tales of history. Traverse to the untamed wilderness of Bhitarakanika and Similipal Tiger Reserve, where verdant mangroves and majestic tigers await. Immerse yourself in nature’s serenity and explore diverse ecosystems teeming with wildlife. Transition to the vibrant cityscape of Kolkata, a cultural hub pulsating with art, literature, and colonial heritage. Wander through bustling markets, visit historic landmarks, and savor the essence of Bengali cuisine. This expedition promises a harmonious blend of nature’s wonders and Kolkata’s rich cultural tapestry, offering an enriching experience for every traveler.

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 Bhubaneswar

Upon arrival in Bhubaneswar, known as the "Temple City of India," check-in at your hotel and unwind after your journey. Begin your exploration with a visit to the Lingaraj Temple, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Admire the towering spire intricately carved with mythical creatures and deities, and explore the temple complex bustling with devotees and priests. Continue to the Odisha State Museum, a treasure trove of archaeological artifacts dating back to the 3rd century BCE. Marvel at the sculptures, coins, and manuscripts that offer a glimpse into Odisha's rich cultural heritage and history.

Day 2: Bhubaneswar - Bhitarakanika National Park (200kms)

Depart for Bhitarakanika National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest mangrove ecosystems in India. Embark on a thrilling boat safari through the labyrinthine creeks and mangrove forests. Spot saltwater crocodiles basking in the sun, and watch colorful birds flitting among the dense foliage. Explore the ancient Buddhist sites of Ratnagiri and Udayagiri, renowned for their exquisite Buddhist sculptures and monastic remains. Wander through the ruins of stupas and monastic cells, adorned with intricate carvings depicting scenes from the life of Buddha.

Day 3: Bhitarakanika National Park - Similipal Tiger Reserve (200kms)

Journey to Similipal Tiger Reserve, a biodiversity hotspot nestled in the Eastern Ghats. Embark on jeep safaris deep into the forest, where elusive Bengal tigers roam freely. Keep an eye out for leopards, elephants, and rare bird species amidst the dense Sal forests. Visit the majestic Barehipani and Joranda waterfalls, cascading from great heights amid verdant surroundings. Enjoy a refreshing break by the crystal-clear pools at the base of the waterfalls, listening to the soothing sounds of nature.

Day 4: Similipal Tiger Reserve

Spend another day exploring Similipal Tiger Reserve. Delve deeper into the wilderness on safari expeditions, gaining insights into the conservation efforts and biodiversity of the region. Encounter herds of spotted deer grazing in meadows and listen to the calls of exotic bird species. Immerse yourself in the culture of indigenous tribes during visits to nearby villages. Witness traditional dance performances, interact with locals adorned in vibrant attire, and admire their handicrafts showcasing age-old craftsmanship and tribal motifs.

Day 5: Similipal Tiger Reserve - Bhubaneshwar (200kms)

Return to Bhubaneswar with a stopover at Puri, a coastal town famous for its sacred Jagannath Temple. Explore the sprawling temple complex dedicated to Lord Krishna, bustling with pilgrims and adorned with intricate carvings depicting Hindu mythology. Relax on the golden sands of Puri Beach, known for its serene ambiance and vibrant beach culture. Indulge in seaside activities or savor fresh seafood delicacies at local eateries before continuing your journey back to Bhubaneswar.

Day 6: Kolkata

Fly to Kolkata, the cultural capital of India. Begin your exploration with a visit to the Victoria Memorial, an architectural marvel built during the British Raj in memory of Queen Victoria. Wander through the sprawling gardens surrounding the marble monument and explore the museum housing a vast collection of historical artifacts and paintings. Stroll through the bustling New Market, where the aroma of spices mingles with the buzz of shoppers. Visit Dakshineswar Kali Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali, and soak in the spiritual ambiance as devotees offer prayers amidst chanting priests.

Day 7: Kolkata - Departure (flight)

Conclude your tour with a visit to Howrah Bridge, an iconic symbol spanning the Hooghly River. Marvel at the engineering feat of this cantilever bridge and capture panoramic views of Kolkata's bustling riverfront and cityscape. Depending on your flight schedule, explore local markets for unique handicrafts and souvenirs, or relax in one of Kolkata's charming cafes, reflecting on the cultural encounters and natural wonders experienced during your enriching journey.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 6 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.
  • Boat safari in Bhitarakanika National Park
  • Time Jeep safari in Similipal Tiger Reserve
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 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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