The state of Orissa, with an area of 155,707 sq.Kms, is
renowned for its temples, its natural beauty, and its long,
beautiful coastline. The official language is oriya,
although the area also has several dialects because of many
tribals who live in the interior. In the centuries
immediately after Lord Buddha this region was predominantly
Buddhist, giving way first to Jainnism, and later to a Hindu
Geetting Around :
Bhubaneshwar : The capital of Orissa, this is a city of
temples. A large number are located around the Bindu Sarover,
a tank which is said to be filled with the water of all
Indian Holy rivers. Some of the temples of Bhubaneshwar are
the Lingaraj Temple build in 1144 A.D to the Glory of Shive,
Vaital, Sisiresvera Temple, Uttareshvara Temple,
Ananta-vasudeva Temple, Parasuramesvera, Muteshwar and Raja
Rani Temple, all profusely sculpted. Beside these Orissa
State Museum, Handicarfts Museum and the Tribal Museum are
well worth a visit.
DETAILED ITINERARY OF ORISSA TOUR :
Orissa Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 01.
Flight to India (Delhi)
Around Midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and
capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met
by a Virtual Tours representative and transferred to your
Orissa Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 02 :
Morning is at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing in Old Delhi.
include red fort, old city, Jama Masjid, “Kutab Minar” which
is 71 meter high and was constructed in 1199.Before we
proceed to the Hotel we have a drive through New Delhi where
we see the India Gate, Government Buildings and Embassies.
Orissa Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 03.
Delhi - Bhuneshwar
Late morning flight to Bhubaneshwar. Bhubaneshwar (The Lord
of the universe) is now the modern capital city of the
Indian State Orissa. Bhubaneshwar had once 7000 temples
which were built between 8th and 13th centuries. In the
afternoon we visit some of the finest examples of the
classical temple architecture including Lingraj, Rajrani and
Orissa Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 04.
Bhubaneswar - Nuapatna -
Full-day excursion to the Nuapatna, weavers’ village and
Sadaibarini, the Dokra Metal Work village.
Orissa Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 05.
Bhubaneswar - Lalitgiri -
Ratnagiri - Udayagiri - Bhubaneshwar
Full-day excursion to Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri
Buddhist monasteries built between the 7th and 12th
centuries. Here, just like the Nalanda University, Puspagiri
University was developed between the 7th and 12th centuries.
Orissa Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 06.
Bhubaneshwar / Puri
Depart by surface for Puri. En route visit Dhauli and the
rock edicts of Ashokan era, as well as Konark, famous for
the 13th century Sun Temple.
Orissa Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 07.
Puri Sun Temple
Day at leisure to explore the temple city and its beach on
your own. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Orissa Pilgrimage Tour :: DAY 8 :
Puri / Bhubaneshwar
Depart by surface for Bhubaneshwar. On arrival check in at
hotel. Day free to explore the pilgrim city on your own.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Orissa Pilgrimage Tour :: DAY 9
Bhubaneshwar / Kolkata
(Calcutta) or Delhi
Transfer from hotel to airport / Railway Station to board
flight / train for Calcutta / Delhi.