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Wilds of Orissa & Kolkata

Wilds of Orissa & Kolkata

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From 1795 EUR
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Duration
14 days
Starts in
Chennai
Ends in
Kolkata
Group size
24
This trip if for travellers who are after a different India than that purely represented by the Taj. This is the India of rural Odissa and the indigenous aboriginal tribal peoples of the Eastern Ghats, of local markets and small tribal villages. This is the India of Kolkata, a wild and chaotic India with so much atmosphere and zest for life. This is the India of holy pilgrimages, temples and off the beaten track UNESCO heritage sites, such as the Konark Sun Temple in Puri. This is the side of India that few western tourists bother with, but which has so much colour and culture, that we believe it is a really crucial part of India to see, to balance the stereotypes of the Taj and the Moghul splendours.
  • Visit the many historic temples, mosques, and churches of Chennai
  • Travel off the beaten track through rural Andhra Pradesh
  • 6 day guided tour through the rarely-visited Odisha Tribal Regions
  • Visit the Monday market in the indigenous melting pot of Goudaguda
  • Visit the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of Muniguda
  • Bathe in the natural hot springs with local villagers at Taptapani
  • 3 nights to relax in the lovely coastal town of Puri
  • Explore the religious sites of Puri by cycle-rickshaw
  • Experience a local train ride from Puri to Kolkata
  • Take some extra time to explore the myriad attractions of Kolkata
  • A brilliant, slightly demanding trip with loads of off the beaten track exploration. All local hotels and hostels. The infrastructure through this area of India has not been developed for tourism to any degree.

    Itinerary

    Wilds of Orissa & Kolkata

    Day 1 Chennai

    Border Information: If you are joining in Chennai, you will most likely enter India in Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA).Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Chennai. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Chennai before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Chennai.*Important note* - if you are joining the trip in Chennai, please make sure that you send us a scan of your Indian visa as soon as you have obtained it. If you plan to take the e-visa option, please make sure you arrange this well in advance and send us a copy of your receipt as soon as possible. If we do not receive this in advance, then we will not have enough time to get your permits for the Odisha Region and you will not be able to visit this area.We will also need these to purchase your train tickets.

    Day 2 Tirupati

    Today we start our journey with a drive to the bustling town of Tirupati. In the afternoon there will be an optional visit to the Sri Venkateswara holy temple in the nearby town of Tirumala. ( Please note if you wish to visit the temple there is a dress code of Dhoti with upper cloth for men and saree or half-saree with blouse or churidar with pyjama and upper cloth for women. It is also quite difficult to get tickets to visit the temple due to the high numbers of pilgrims visiting the temple during this time, if we can not get any tickets available we will visit Srikalahasteeswara temple instead ).

    Day 3 Vijayawada

    Leaving Tirupati, we will spend the next few days overlanding through Andhra Pradesh, one of the least developed states in India. This is real off-the-beaten-track overlanding, and we will arrive in the small city of Vijayawada this evening.

    Day 4 Visakhapatnam

    Today we continue our journey and drive through the back roads of Andra Pradesh. Our final destination tonight is the costal town of Visakhapatnam.

    Day 5 Odisha Tribal Area

    Today we will begin our guided tour through the rarely-visited Odisha Tribal Regions, which we will comprehensively visit over the next 6 days. In these regions the itinerary has to be kept fairly flexible, allowing us the freedom to alter things slightly if we hear of any special events or market days in particular villages. However, we will generally follow the plan below:This morning we will have an early start from Visakhapatnam to arrive in a small village called Goudaguda in time to visit the Monday markets. Beautiful earthen pottery is skillfully produced in this area and you may even get the chance to try this for yourself.

    Day 6 Odisha Tribal Area

    Today we will have a guided walk in the morning through the countryside around Goudaguda, visiting the neighbouring Mahali and Kondh tribal villages. This evening we will return to our guesthouse in Goudaguda for the night.

    Day 7 Odisha Tribal Area

    After breakfast at our guesthouse we will drive to the lively Chatikona Market, which is a weekly highlight for the Dongria Kondh tribe. We will then continue on and travel through the hills to the village of Muniguda, our destination for tonight.

    Day 8 Odisha Tribal Area

    Today we will continue our journey north driving through a well known Elephant Range. We will then have a chance to stretch our legs and walk into the Desia Kondh indigenous community. They are distinguished by the unique facial tattoos of the women. After a village visit and picnic lunch we will continue to Baliguda.

    Day 9 Odisha Tribal Area

    Today we are going to continue on to the fascinating fishing town of Gopalpur, a once major port for the East India Company which has an interesting decaying charm. We will have plenty of free time here to be able to explore this fascinating town.

    Day 10 Puri

    Our tour of the Odisha tribal areas comes to an end today as we drive on to the small town of Puri.Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in India, and has a wonderful long sandy beach. On arrival we will explore the old pilgrim route by cycle-rickshaw, taking in ashrams, Hindu monasteries, a palm leaf manuscript library and the awesome Jagannath temple.

    Day 11 Puri

    Our first full day here in Puri, we plan to take a short drive back to visit Chilika Lake and explore the lake by boat and take a walk through some of the surrounding fisherman's villages.

    Day 12 Puri

    Today we will begin with a cycle ride through rice paddies and rural hamlets, meeting local craftsmen and women and watching them demonstrate their unique crafts. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Konark Sun Temple.

    Day 13 Kolkata

    It will be an early start today as we will travel by train to Kolkata, the largest city in India. We will have free time today and tomorrow to explore this remarkable city, or take an optional photographic tour.Estimated Journey Time (by train) - 7-8 hours.

    Day 14 Kolkata

    Border Information: If finishing your trip in Kolkata, you will most likely exit India at Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU).Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kolkata. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
    Summary

    What’s included?

    Activities

    Visit the Monday market in the indigenous melting pot of Goudaguda soaking up the incredible atmosphere as the locals barter and trade their produce

    Head out for a full day hike around the Goudaguda region visiting nearby villages of the Kondha Mahali and Paroja tribal people

    Explore the rarely-visited Wednesday Market in Chakitona the main weekly market for the Desia and Dongria villagers from the area

    See a fascinating local cooking demonstration and learn about the incredible work of the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of Muniguda

    Explore the religious sites of Puri by cycle-rickshaw including the Jagannath Temple one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India

    Explore the ruins of the 13th-century Sun Temple of Konark near to Puri shaped like a colossal chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels

    Enjoy a boat trip on Chilika Lake, bird spotting and taking in the scenery

    Explore the ruins of the 13th-century Sun Temple of Konark near to Puri shaped like a colossal chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels

    Take a cycle ride through the stunning back-roads and villages near Puri to visit the artisan village of Raghurajpur and see the fantastic array of handicrafts traditionally manufactured there

    Experience a local train ride from Puri to Kolkata

    Accommodation

    Comfortable Hotel 2 nights
    Basic Hotel 5 nights
    Guesthouse 4 nights

    Local transport

    Overland Expedition Vehicle, Train

    Meals

    Breakfasts x 11, Lunches x 5, Dinner x 4

    Wilds of Orissa & Kolkata

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