Rustic Routes through Odisha and Chhattisgarh
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 – Dhauli – Hirapur – Pipli – Puri
Origins of Buddhism at Dhauli / Explore Tantric Cult at Hirapur
Shanti Stupa at Dhauli Hills is a significant symbol of love and peace. It is at Dhauli that Ashoka resorted to Buddhism. Hirapur – 64 Yogini shrine dating back to the 9th century AD gives a glimpse of the religious and occult practices of medieval times. Pipli is a centre for appliqué work, which depicts the essence of Oriya culture.
Day 3 – Puri – Konark – Raghurajpur – Puri
Stand Enthralled at the Majestic Konark / Meet Master Craftsmen at Raghurajpur /Be Enchanted at Puri – The Sacred Land of Yogis
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 4 – Puri – Chilka Lake – Gopalpur on Sea
Be enthralled by the Turquoise Expanse of Chilka / Glorious ruins of Gopalpur
Chilka Lake spread across 1200 sqkm is Asia’s largest brackish water lake studded with small islands and has a unique ecosystem with a large number of aquatic flora and fauna. Gopalpur 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.
Day 5 – Gopalpur on Sea – Taptapani – Rayagada
Healing Touch of Taptapani
Rolling green hills, jungles washed by rains and clouds tucked within the distant hills – that’s Taptapani – A Marvel of nature also known for its natural hot sulphur springs with medicinal properties.
Day 6 – Rayagada – Chatikona – Jeypore
Turn into a Storyteller at Rayagada
Rayagada is a district of meadows, forests, waterfalls and terraced valleys, thickly inhabited by colourful ethnic and tribal groups such as the heavily tattooed Kutia Kondhs and beautiful Dongriya Kondhs .As they trek downhill from the mountains we visit them at their weekly markets locally called ‘haat’ by making our way through the swarm of buyers and sellers.
Day 7 – 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 8 – Jeypore – Kunduli – Jagdalpur
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 into Chhattisgarh – A Land of Surprises.
Day 9 – Jagdalpur
Bask in the Sunny Ethnic Villages of Jagdalpur
Endless in variety, tremendous in craftsmanship and mesmeric in appeal the inimitable crafts of hand are among the lures of land. At Chitrakoot Waterfalls your sojourn with this State begins.
Day 10 – Jagdalpur – Kondagaon – Kanker
Absorb the intricate hues of Kanker
Around Kanker region the tribals are a bit shy, but friendly – they are as curious about you as you are about them! Discover them the same way the primeval tribes of Chhattisgarh have passed it down – through art, dance, myths, music and the land itself. A Royal retreat awaits at Kanker Palace as well .
Day 11 – Kanker – Kawardha
See Khajurao rivalled at Kawardha
Scenically located on the fringes of the Maikal hills, this rustic tribal region of Kawardha has a rich cultural heritage. At the Bhoramdeo Temple soulful poetry comes alive in architecture through perfect blend of religious and erotic sculptures.
Day 12 – Kawardha
Isolated Interiors of Kawardha
The Gond and Baiga tribes inhabit the inner hinterllands and have a peaceful yet vibrant culture.
Day 13 – Kawardha – Raipur 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 !