ESSENCE OF ODISHA (PURI 2N - CHILIKA 1N – GOPALPUR 2N - BHUBANESWAR 2N)
Meet & Greet on arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport / Railway Station and transfer to Puri. In the evening visit the Lord Jagannath Temple built in 15th Century AD and crowned with Vishnu’s wheel & flag dominate the landscape at Puri. Overnight stay will be at Puri.
In the morning visit the Lord Jagannath Temple built in 15th Century AD and crowned with Vishnu’s wheel & flag dominate the landscape at Puri and also visit the famous Sun Temple at Konark and enjoy the serenity of Chandrabhaga beach nearby. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a long stretch of golden beach, shallow enough to walk out a long distance, with superb surf. Evening free for shopping at Sea seaside where you can get some unique ornaments & showpieces made by Shell. Overnight stay will be at Puri.
During the morning, relax on the beach of Puri. After breakfast proceed to Chilika, en-route visit through Raghurajpur the heritage craft village. On arrival and check-in at the hotel. After a fresh up visit Chilika Lagoon at Barkul. Enjoy the motor boat ride (at your own cost) in the largest brackish water lagoon of Asia and explore Nalabana bird’s sanctuary (popular for migratory birds), Kalijai Island and temple. Return to the hotel for the rest of the time at leisure. Overnight stay will be at Chilika.
After Breakfast, Check out from the Hotel and proceed to Gopalpur. It is a sleepy hamlet that betrays no traces of its glorious past. The ruins of an old port speak of a time that won Gopalpur its prominent place in Odisha’s history. Enroute visit Maa Taratarini Mandir (the legendary temple on the hillock). On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight stay will be at Gopalpur.
After breakfast, drive to Chandragiri, a Tibetan refugee colony known as Mini Tibet, situated in between the lush green forest – a unique Destination for the Buddhist, where we can visit Jirang Monastery, one of the largest Buddhist Monasteries in Southeast Asia. Later Proceed to Taptapani the hot sulphur water spring. On the way back to Gopalpur visit Padmanabhpur cotton Sari weaving village. Evening free for independent activities. Overnight stay will be at Gopalpur.
After Breakfast Check-out and transfer to Bhubaneswar. En-route visit the unique textile village at Olasing famous for Khandua Pattern Kosa Silk Sari and Cotton Sari both. On arrival check-in to the hotel. After freshening up, visit the temples of temple city such as Parasurameswar, Mukteswara, Rajarani and Brahmeswar. Overnight stay will be at Bhubaneswar.
After breakfast visit Lingaraj Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temples where non-hindu are not allowed inside the temple premises. Later proceed to Udayagiri and Khandagiri Jain caves belonging to 2nd Century BC, & Nandan Kanan which contains a botanical garden and part of it has been declared as a sanctuary famous for its white tiger population (Closed on Monday). Evening you can enjoy shopping at Ekamra Haat buying local handicrafts and other goodies. Overnight stay will be at Bhubaneswar.
After breakfast check out from the hotel, transfer to Bhubaneswar Airport / Railway Station for your onward journey.