Orissa & Chhattisgarh Unveiled - 11 Nights/12 Days
This unusual but fascinating tour offers a glimpse of a part of India that is often neglected by visitors and its existence is unknown by many. Chhattisgarh is a breakaway state of Madhya Pradesh and is home to a wealth of history, culture, tribal lands and staggering scenery. Stay in the comfort of one of Chhattisgarh's most elegant palaces whilst venturing out on foot, through the beautiful Maikal Hills to see ancient temples and ruins, learning about the unknown tribal cultures of the area. Continue to the former kingdom of Kalinga - Orissa, a large, verdant state clinging to the coast of the Bay of Bengal. With its sandy beaches, extraordinary beehive shaped temples and mighty monuments, it is easy to see how this area flourished between the 7th and 15th centuries.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival stay at The Oberoi Hotel.
DAY 2 - DELHI Explore the myriad sights of Old and New Delhi. The wide boulevards of Lutyens' New Delhi contrast dramatically with the narrow streets and scattered monuments that dominate Old Delhi.
DAY 3 - DELHI - RAIPUR - KAWARDHA Early morning flight to Raipur and drive on to Kawardha. Stay 3 nights at the elegant 1930's Kawardha Palace in the heart of the Maikal Hills.
DAY 4 & 5- KAWARDHA Spend two days exploring this fascinating and little known area. Walk through beautiful landscapes gaining an insight into the culture and traditions of the tribal people who dominate this district.
DAY 6 - KAWARDHA - BHUBANESHWAR Morning drive to Raipur for an early afternoon flight to Bhubaneshwar, capital of Orissa. Stay 2 nights at the Mayfair Lagoon. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 7 - BHUBANESHWAR Explore the two sides of this capital city; the 20th century garden city and the picturesque temple township replete with Orissan art. Visit Temple City including a visit to the Lingarj, Rajrani, Mukteshwar, Parsurameshwar and Brahmeshwar temples.
DAY 8 - BHUBANESHWAR - PURI Short morning drive to Puri, a small town overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Stay 2 nights at the Mayfair Beach Resort. En route visit the damaged but still magnificent Sun Temple at Konark, together with the villages of Pipli and Dhauli.
DAY 9 - PURI The small beach resort of Puri is one of the holiest places in India. Spend the day exploring the town, including a visit to impressive Jagannath Temple (viewed from the outside only).
DAY 10 - PURI - KOLKATA Morning at leisure followed by an afternoon drive to Bhubaneshwar for an evening flight to Kolkata. Stay 2 nights at the Taj Bengal.
DAY 11 - KOLKATA Early morning visit to the beautiful flower markets on the banks of the Hooghly. After breakfast, explore this historic city, replete with grand, Victorian buildings and known to have produced some of India's greatest writers.
DAY 12 - DEPART KOLKATA Early morning departure for onward destination.