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Orissa and Chhattisgarh Tribal Tour

Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Raipur - Jagdalpur - Jeypore - Rayagada - Gopalpur on Sea - Bhubaneshwar - Puri - Delhi


DAY 01 ARRIVE: MUMBAI BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Target Tours India Pvt Ltd.You will arrive at Mumbai’s International Airport. Transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 MUMBAI
Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves. Afternoon city tour of Mumbai.

DAY 03 MUMBAI – RAIPUR – JAGDALPUR BY: FLIGHT/SURFACE
After buffet breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Raipur.
Upon arrival, a representative will meet you at airport from where you will driven to Jagdalpur(260 KMS/06 Hrs).Upon arrival check-in at hotel.
Nestled in the bend of river Dudh, a tributary of the Mahanadi, and framed by an arc of hills, this picturesque town quietly watches over the routes that lead into the interior. The tribal districts of Kanker and Bastar straddle central India’s eastern uplands and plateau, and are covered with one of its richest stretches of tropical forest. Since time immemorial, these have been home to a pristine world of tribal communities that have created and sustained delicate rhythms of life in harmony with diverse flora and fauna. As one leaves the plains of Chattisgarh southwards, there is a gentle but mistakable ascent into the hills. The forest thickens all around as the road winds up serpentine ghats. The hills in the distance, bathed in a misty blue hue, appear to fade into each other. Somewhere along, in a clearing on the side, men with poles slung over their shoulders and women with baskets on their heads, make their way down a forest track in a single file, unmindful, of the occasional vehicle going past. The cicadas hum busily as the piercing cry of a jungle fowl rings across. The air is fresh and sweet with the fragrance of wild flowers. One gets an exhilarating sense of coming into something wondrous, beautiful and untouched.Such is the unique beauty of a land that might not long remain so. The relentless pressures of modernization have brought it to the brink of change. A visit to this region provides a rare opportunity to experience this moment and the heritage that lives on in ingenious ways.

DAY 04 JAGDALPUR – KANKER - JAGDALPUR
Target Tours India Pvt Ltd.An early breakfast allows time for a visit to the rich forests of the Kanger Valley National Park, the enchanting Tirathgarh Waterfall and the extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite caves. Kanger retains the original intensity of the forests that once covered this whole region, and you will picnic in the natural habitat of leopard, Tiger, Sambhar, Bison and the Bastar Hill Myna. Also explore forest tribal people in their natural habitat. Witness Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts before dinner at the hotel with your royal guides. Return to Jagdalpur.

DAY 05 JAGDALPUR
After breakfast, proceed for a royal guided tour of historical Jagdalpur and the Anthropological Museum is completed by a sunset idyll at the Chitrakoot waterfall, Bastar's very own 'Niagara' on the Indravati River : you will also visit some of the local Bison - Horn Maria tribe, renowned for their spectacular ceremonial dancing. Conditions permitting, a barbecue is served under the stats in authentic Bastar style. You will be entertained by a performance of the tribal people, before returning to your hotel.

DAY 06 JAGDALPUR – JEYPORE
After breakfast at the hotel you will be driven to Jeypore enroute visiting Kotpad weaver and tribal village.
Orissa, in southeastern India is a world of lush and green mountains with rice paddies and terraces everywhere. You will meet a few of the 62 tribal groups that inhabit this state, in particular the very colorful and unusual Kondh, Gadabba and famed Bonda, whose animist societies are totally separate from and in great contrast to the traditional Hindu societies found all over India. As we explore weekly markets be prepared to meet people whose features are far from Asian than Indian, decorated with facial and hand tattoos, layers of beads covering bare breasts, piles of aluminum necklaces and a multitude of earrings. Jeypore in Koraput district in Orissa is feast for the eyes and cradled in nature’s bounty. The awe inspiring sights make Koraput a Traveler’s delight. Nature speaks a variety of languages, which the lover of nature translates into joy.The breath taking scenery brings heaven to earth. The virgin nature with untouched and unexplored tribal and their rich cultural heritage provide tourists a lot to enjoy and feel, places to visit and things to do. The broad panorama of enchanting hills, the rippling streams, spectacular waterfalls, the wonderful caves, lush green valleys, the salubrious climate with fresh air on one hand, and simplicity and traditional hospitality of the tribes, their colorful and natural gesture on the other hand make Koraput a different world- a world that beckons one to come again and again to get peace, tranquility and joy for ever. Koraput the district headquarters situated 2,900 ft above sea level also known as Sabar Shrikshetra, the modern Jagannath Temple has come up on a hilltop.

DAY 07 JEYPORE
Target Tours India Pvt Ltd.After breakfast proceed for a same day excursion to the weekly tribal market of Gadabba tribe at Lamptaput. The Gadaba are of austro origin, their dress is distinctly different from the Bonda. The women wear a long strip of cloth tied around the waist and a second piece of cloth is worn across the breasts and tied over one shoulder. They also wear a number of ornaments including necklaces, earrings, nose rings, large silver hoops in their hair. Older Gadaba women also wear two very thick silver neck rings which are not removed until they die. Gadaba men wear loin cloths. Younger Gadaba girls are becoming increasingly more modernized often wearing large flowers in their hair.

DAY 08 JEYPORE
After breakfast full day visit of Mundiguda to see the famed Bonda tribe and their weekly tribal market. A two hour drive from Jeypore. Bonda Tribe-In the district of Koraput, on the high hills to the north-west of the river Machkund, live the wildest, rudest and possibly the most interesting tribe which is known as Bonda or naked people. The scanty dress of Bonda women and homicidal tendency of Bonda males have made them most fascinating and thus they stand in sharp contrast from the neighboring castes and tribes of Orissa. The Bondas call themselves Ramo and speaks a very difficult Austro-Asiatic language. Amidst picturesque scenes, Bondas live on high hills surrounded by fruit groves. They are generally agriculturists and are expert cultivators. The irrigated and terraced paddy fields on high hills prove their skill in rice cultivation. Bonda dormitories for the unmarried boys and girls are very interesting. In spite of their primitiveness and so-called poverty, the Bondas enjoy a high degree of economic sufficiency.

DAY 09 JEYPORE - RAYAGADA
After breakfast you will be driven to Rayagada(135 KMS/ 3 Hrs.30 Min) drive-enroute visiting Kutia kondh and desia kondh tribes and market at Kakariuguma. The Kondhs are known in the history for their Meriah Sacrifice-Human Sacrifice. The Kondhs are of a Dravidian origin and speak Kuvi language. They practice elaborate birth, marriage and death rituals

DAY 10 RAYAGADA – GOPALPUR ON SEA
Target Tours India Pvt Ltd.After breakfast leave for Gopalpur on sea enroute visiting the Saora tribes(175 KMS/05 Hrs)
The Saora tribes are mostly concentrated in Ganjam district of the State. The whole area is an intricate labyrinth of precipitous hills and valleys, which are part of the Eastern Ghat-the height of the hills varying from 2000 to 4000 sq ft above sea level. They trace their origin to the Ramayana there is a reference of Savari, a Saora women whom Ram and Laxman met while moving about in the Dandaka forests in search of Sita.

DAY 11 GOPALPUR ON SEA - BHUBANESWAR
After breakfast you will be driven to Bhubaneswar(180 KMS/04 Hrs) enroute cruises at Chilka Lake and visit of the largest brackish water lake in Asia famous for its migratory birds and irawadi dophins. Cruise on lake.

Afternoon that leave for Bhubaneswar- the Capital city of the modern State and the ancient kingdom of Kalinga. Afternoon visit Ekamra Crafts village and Tribal Museum.

DAY 12 BHUBANESWAR
After breakfast proceed for a half day city tour.
Bhubaneswar is known as the Temple City of India. Among the finest of its 600 temples is the Lingaraj Temple of Shiva built in the 11thcentury, it is also the biggest in Bhubaneswar. Visit the Mukteswara temple built in the 10th century and known for its stone and arch at the entrance and is richly sculpted. With the tales from the Panchatantra carved on it, the temple is a magnificent example of Orissan architecture. The Rajarani temple set in picturesque surrounding is noted for its intricate carvings of floral, animal and human figures. It is built in the 11th century and has no deity. Parasurameswara temple a small but richly decorated shrine of Shiva built in the 7th century. It is one of the best preserved. It has sculptures featuring amorous couples, animals and floral motifs.

Target Tours India Pvt Ltd.Afternoon visit Caves- Khandagiri and Udaygiri hills were carved and tunneled, to create this multi-storied ancient apartment residence for Jain monks. They were the work of the first known Orissan ruler, King Kharavela, and probably begun in the first century BC. Kharavela was a king of the Mahameghavahana dynasty, who is known for expansion of the Kalinga empire and his installation of public improvements, such as canal systems. His queen was evidently quite a patron of the arts, and probably had much to do with the impressive sculptural decoration of the caves.

DAY 13 BHUBANESWAR – KONARK - PURI
After breakfast you will be driven to Puri enroute visiting the famous artistic appliqué village Pipli. Proceed to Konarak and visit the world heritage site -The temple chariot of the Sun God on the sands of Bay of Bengal is a 13th century architectural marvel. It is designed as a celestial chariot of Sun God, complete with twelve pairs of wheel and seven horses. This legendary temple has sculptures of great beautycovering all aspects of life. It is most famous for its erotic art. After visit of Konarak proceed for Puri.

After lunch visit of Puri-the city by the sea- is a major pilgrim center in India. Adi Shankara founded one of the peethas here. Uri is also famous for its Golden beach ideal for swimming and surfing. But the fame of Puri emanates most from the Jagannath Temple, which contributed the word Jurrernaut to the English language. The 12th century temple is known for its annual Car Festival

DAY 14 PURI
After breakfast visit the fishermen’s village, crafts village at Raghurajpur pattachitra paintings. The minute engraving on palm leaf is another major art which several artisans of Raghurajpur village near Puri have inherited from their forefathers. Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 15 PURI – BHUBANESHWAR - DELHI
After breakfast at the hotel you are free for independent activities. you will be transferred to the airport to board flight departing for Delhi.



PACKAGE COST Rates on Request
Cost does not include Domestic and International airfares

* Includes :-
  • Breakfast on all days.
  • All meals while on the Tribal Tour.  
  • All transfers to or from hotels, city tours, excursions, drives by an air-conditioned transport.
  • English speaking guide.
* Excludes :-
  • Any lunch, dinner, snacks, mineral water etc. unless mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee to any monuments or camera fee.
  • Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks or any other expenses of personal nature.



 

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