Crowning Legacies of Odisha
Day 1 – Arrival Bhubaneswar
Explore the Ancient Temples and Jain Trails
Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or ‘Lord Lingaraj’, Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. The Khandagiri and Udaygiri hills were carved and tunneled to create a multi-storied ancient apartment residence for Jain monks by the first Orissan ruler King Kharavela around first century BC.
Day 2 – Bhubaneswar – Hirapur – Dhauli – Bhubaneswar
Explore Tantric Cult at Hirapur/ Origins of Buddhism at Dhauli
Hirapur – 64 Yogini shrine dating back to the 9th century AD gives a glimpse of the religious and occult practices of medieval times. Shanti Stupa at Dhauli Hills is a significant symbol of love and peace. It is at Dhauli that Ashoka resorted to Buddhism.
Day 3 – Bhubaneswar – Ratnagiri – Lalitagiri – Udaygiri – Dhenkanal
The Nirvana Trail of Buddhism
These three hills and their environs comprise a remarkable Buddhist monastic complex. Hiuen T’sang the Chinese Pilgrim found it to be the seat of a flourishing Buddhist University called Puspagiri. Extensive ruins of brick pagodas, sculptured stone portals and esoteric Buddhist images testifying its ancient glory, have been unearthed.
Day 4 – Dhenkanal – Nuapatna –Sadeibarani – Joranda -Dhenkanal
Weaving Artistry at Nuaptna / Tribal Craft Skills at Sadeibarani/ Mystical Chants of Joranda
At Nuapatna the weavers specialize in ‘Ikat’ or Tie n Dye method to skilfully create magical handloom fabrics. Crafted out of metal through indigenous methods, the distinctive design and form of Dhokra craft reflects the inherent expression of the feelings of the tribal community engaged in Sadeibarani for generations.From a folk cult of the tribal and down trodden people of the feudatory states of Orissa, the Mahima Dharm of Joranda has developed into a cult.The supreme Master, according to the followers, is without attributes, color, shape, destruction, beginning or end. He is identical with the void.
Day 5 – Dhenkanal – Pipli – Puri
Be Enchanted at Puri – The Sacred Land of Yogis
Pipli is a centre for appliqué work, which depicts the essence of Oriya culture. The 12th century Jagannath Temple at Puri is dedicated to Lord Jagannath –“The Lord of the Universe” where yogis and devotees throng to seek forgiveness, to seek blessing. The chariots of the divine siblings, Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra, roll down in the famous annual Rath Yatra.
Day 6 – Puri – Konark – Raghurajpur –Puri
Stand Enthralled at the Majestic Konark / Meet Master Craftsmen at Raghurajpur
The 13th century Sun Temple at Konark conceived as a massive chariot hauling the Sun God across the heavens is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Raghurajpur is a Heritage Craft village where the entire community is involved in making Pattachitra Palm Leaf engravings and is an example of stellar craftsmanship.
Day 7 – Puri Departure
Drive past the scenic stretch of Odisha with memories for a lifetime, leaving a Smile behind to beckon You!