Orissa - A Tribal Adventure Tour
Duration : 12 Nights / 13
Places Covered : Delhi - Bhubaneshwar - Puri - Taptapani -
Rayagada - Bissam Cuttack - Kuttiya Khond - Bissam Cuttak - Jeypore -
Rayagada - Gopalpur-on-Sea - Bhubaneswar - Delhi
Orissa is rightly known for its
magnificent temples notably the Sun Temple at Konark and the Jagannath
temple at Puri and for its carfare. However, Orissa is very much a rural
state with over sixty tribal groups living in the hills to the south of the
capital near the coastal plain, some of whom have remained untouched by
modern civilization. This is a fascinating area to explore, giving an
insight into a culture which is so different from the rest of India. Music
and dance form an important part of tribal life and artistic skills are
expressed through tattooing and painting their bodies, in their weaving and
decorating their homes with wall paintings. You will be accompanied by a
local guide on the tribal tour and please also notes that accommodation is
limited and basic. It is important to plan an itinerary to coincide with
some of the various market days and it should also be mentioned photography
is prohibited in the villages of the Bonda and Khood tribes. Bhubaneshwar is
connected by air to Calcutta, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Nagpur.
Day 01 : Delhi - Bhubaneshwar
to the airport for your flight to Bhubaneshwar the capital of Orissa. On
arrive transfer by car to the hotel.
Day 02 : Bhubaneshwar
Today tour the city, which is noted for its magnificent temples, built in
distinctive beehive shapes manly in the 7th to 12th centuries.
Day 03 : Bhubaneshwar - Puri
Today to Konark, noted for its temple dedicated to the Sun God Surya. Built
in the shape of a huge chariot pulled by seven horses this temple is
considered a masterpiece of design and construction. Later drive to Puri (60
kms. / 1½ hrs.).
Day 04 : Puri
Visit Puri to view the famous Jagannath temple (Non Hindus are not allowed
to enter this temple).
Day 05 : Puri - Taptapani
After breakfast drive south via Chilka Lake, Asia's largest saltwater lake,
to Taptapani. Stay overnight at the rest house.
Day 06 : Taptapani - Rayagada - Bissam Cuttack
Today derive to the area around Putta Singh to visit some Saoras villages.
These major tribes have retained much of their original culture. Polygamy is
common and children are given adult status from an early age. Continue to
either the Hotel at Rayagada or the Christian Hospital Guesthouse at Bissam
Day 07 : Kuttiya Khond
Drive out to the countryside and visit some Kuttya Kondh and Rasul Kondh
villages. The Kondhs are noted for their colourful ceremonies, until stopped
by the British they used to practice human sacrifice, this is now replaced
by animal sacrifice at the time of planting their crops to ensure a good
harvest. Return for overnight at Rayagada or Bissam Cuttack.
Day 08 : Bissam Cuttak - Jeypore
Visit Chatikona to see the Dongariya Khond marker, which is held on
Wednesdays. Stay at the hotel.
Day 09 : Jeypore
Drive out to visit the local Bonda and Godhaba marker, which is held on
Thursdays. The Bondas, known as 'naked people' are of Tibetan-Burmese
origin. They live in the hills coming in to the towns on market days. Women
wear only a loincloth, long rows of beads and heavy metal neckbands.
Day 10 : Jeypore - Rayagada
This morning visit the Gupteswar cave and some local Dhuruba villages. In
the afternoon drive via Koraput to visit the tribal museum and continue to
Rayagada to stay at the hotel Swagat.
Day 11 : Rayagada - Gopalpur-on-Sea
Drive down to Gopalpur-on -Sea.
Day 12 : Gopalpur-on-Sea
At leisure. The Oberoi Palm Beach is small relaxing character hotel with
nice gardens, a bar and restaurant. No pool, but the hotel has a private
Day 13 : Gopalpur - Bhubaneswar to Delhi
Early this morning transfer by car to Bhubaneswar for your return flight to