The evolution of British India was
inextricably linked with the great Islamic Kingdoms of the East. This tour
encompasses the best of the Raj and explores the Islamic and Hindu cultures
that co-existed with British rule.
Calcutta, the capital of British India until 1911, is a city whose
character has perhaps more than any other, been shaped by the British Raj.
Its architecture, monuments and people are a blend of Colonial and Hindu,
and you'll become immersed in discovering its bustling and chaotic history.
As the sun sets on Calcutta, board your launch for a cruise on the Hooghly
Your journey moves from Calcutta to the State of Orissa, on the shores of
the Bay of Bengal. Here you leave behind industrial India for the landscape
of one of India's most thoroughly rural states, with its numerous carved
Tour the Brahmin temples of Orissa and the many temples at Bindu Sarovars;
intricate and detailed carvings abound, from flowers to animals to gods and
humans. Outside of Bhubaneshwar, tour the Udaigiri and Khandagiri caves once
occupied by Jain monks.
In Konarak, see the famous 13th Century Sun Temple, erected as a glorious
tribute to Surya, the sun god. One of the four holiest places in India is
the 12th Century Jagannath Temple with its teeming market and bazaar, which
surrounds this living temple.
Day 01 : Arrive Kolkata
You will meet our representative at the airport and will assist you to
transfer to hotel.
Day 02 : Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) - Bhubaneshwar
Morning city tour of Kolkata visiting Victoria memorial, St Paulos
Cathedral, Belur Math, Kalighat Temple, Pareshnath Jain Temple, Nakhoda
Mosque, Birla Planetarium, the magnificent Indian Museum, other art
museums--time permitting. Afternoon fly to Bhubaneshwar-the capital city of
Orissa. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03 : Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Puri
Drive to Konark (56 kms. / 11/2 Hrs.) and visit the famous Konark Sun
temple built by the King Langula Narasimha Deva in 13 century A.D. These
temples showcase the art, architecture and sculpture of Orissa. Proceed to
Purl (60 Kms. / 11/2 Hrs.) where you check, into the hotel. Overnight stay
at the Hotel.
Day 04 : Puri
Morning visit the famous Jaganath Temple. Rest day is free to enjoy your
holiday on the white sandy beaches of Puri. This famous pilgrimage
destination is also known for its sparkling clean water and the stunning
beaches. Overnight stay at the Hotel.