Vintage Textile Trails of Orissa
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 – Pipli – Konark – Puri – Raghurajpur – Bhubaneswar
Stand Enthralled at the Majestic Konark / Master Craftsmen at Raghurajpur / Be Enchanted at Puri – The Sacred Land of Yogis Meet
Pipli is a centre for appliqué work, which depicts the essence of Oriya culture. 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. 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 3 – Bhubaneswar -Nuapatna –Sadeibarani – Angul
Weaving Artistry at Nuaptna / Tribal Craft Skills at Sadeibarani
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.
Day 4 – Angul – Bargarh
Illustrious district of Sambalpur
The original name of the Bargarh in Sambalpur District was “Baghar Kota” as known from an inscription of the 11th Century A.D. It was called “Bargarh” probably from the time of Balaram Dev, the Chauhan Raja of Sambalpur, who made it his headquarters and constructed a big fort for its protection. A leaning Huma temple, longest dam of the World, Hirakud Dam and Sambalpuri Sarees showcase Sambalpur splendidly .
Day 5 – Bargarh
Silhouettes of Sambalpur
Explore the tie n dye centres, bazaars, metal crafts village and decorated belled temple – Ghanteswari that was pivotal point for sailors who were warned beforehand by its enormous sound of bells which signalled the presence of unfavourable water currents in the Area.
Day 6 – Bargarh – Bareipalli – Sonepur – Bolangir
Streets with Stellar craftsmanship
Apart from visiting another style of Single and Double Ikat weaving village at Bareipalli we also explore the Sonepur and neighbouring towns of weavers, gold and silver smiths noted for their textile and bell metal industries.
Day 7 – Bolangir – Bhawanipatna
Deities of Hindu Pantheon
Bhawanipatna is the headquarter of Kalahandi district which is noted for numerous temples. The old capital of the ex-State of Kalahandi, Junagarh was a well built fort with Oriya inscriptions on its temple walls. This is a place which has sculptural evidence of the “Sati-Rite”
Day 8 – Bhawanipatna – Kotapad – Jeypore
Indigenous Vegetable Dyers of Kotapad
Before stepping into the tribal heartlands we pass through Kotpad weaving village where master craftsmen skilfully create authentic weaving masterpieces. The temptation is there to experiment with new designs and faster techniques but as they say “we owe it to our heritage to remain pure to the form “
Day 9 – Jeypore – Onkudelli – Jeypore
See Embellished Dwellers of Jeypore
In Koraput the vast stretch of hilly region, charming valleys, perennial streams, waterfalls and deep forests have attracted some aboriginal races like the Marias, the Gadabas and the famed Bondas. These “First Citizens” still choose to live in harmony with nature . Understand this ancient land , its spirituality and wonder.
Day 10 – Jeypore – Kunduli – Vishakhapatnam
Humble Hidden Hamlets along the Eastern Ghats
Feel the upbeat vibrant and colourful market of Paraja tribes at Kunduli . Drive past the scenic stretch of Odisha and do not fail to ascertain the beautiful life of a tribal who is more adept in protecting Mother Nature and its bounty.
Day 11 – Vishakhapatnam departure
So ends our tryst with the fascinating tribals who never fail to share memories for a lifetime, leaving a Smile behind to beckon You !