Orissa Tribal Tour with Taj Mahal

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days

Day - 1 - Delhi:
Arrive Delhi, receive upon arrival and straight drive to hotel. Night stay at Delhi.
Day - 2 - Delhi:  
Delhi - Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed for day tour of Old & New Delhi.
OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Evening will be at leisure. Overnight Delhi.
Day - 3 -- Delhi - Agra - Delhi:  
Delhi - Agra - By road covering 201 km in 4hr. Proceed by surface for Agra after breakfast. ENROUTE VISIT SIKANDRA. Reach Agra and check into hotel.
Badal Singh established the city of Taj in 1475. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharat as Agraban. This city in those days was considered to be the sister-city of Mathura, which was more prominent than Agraban. Agra came into its own when the Lodhi Kings chose this place beside the RIVER YAMUNA to be their capital city. Sikander Lodhi made Agra his capital but Babar defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but also laid the foundation of the Mughal empire.

The coming of Babar heralded a new era, which was to see Agra at its zenith during the reign of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It was during Akbar's period that Agra became the center of art, culture and commerce and learning. This trend reached its height when Shah Jahan became the ruler.
In the Mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. The buildings made during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality. The same is still reflected in whatever monuments remain in Agra. The narrow lanes of Agra filled with aroma of Mughlai cuisine, the craftsman who are busy in crating master pieces with their skill all remind of the Mughal royalty which this city had once experienced. Today whatever remains, has become a major tourist attraction which has taken Agra again to the heights of glory but this time as a major tourist destination of India.
Proceed for sightseeing.

Visit the TAJ MAHAL - one of the Seven Wonders of the World was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 AD and was completed in 1651AD. Taj Mahal - The symbol of Love was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan' s second Wife).

AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.
In the evening drive back to Delhi. Night stay at Delhi.
Day - 4- Delhi - Bhubaneshwar:  
Transfer to airport to catch flight for Bhubaneshwar. Arrive Bhubanswar. transfer to the hotel. Proceed for half-day tour of the city that includes the 2nd century B:C jain monk Caves at the twin hills of khandagiri and Udaygiri,tribal museum etc.Overnight at Bhubaneswar
Day - 5 - Bhubaneshwar - Baliguda:  
Drive to Baliguda after breakfast. Baliguda is in the district of Phulbani, through the beautiful countryside road full with small mountains of Sal forest, one of the entry point to the tribal highland of Orrisa. En-route visit weavers village at Itamati and some of the typical Orissan villages. Arrive at the hotel in the evening. Overnight at Baliguda.
Day - 6 - Baliguda:  
Today after breakfast you will make a visit to the Barakhamba area to trekk to some of the remote villages of tatooed face desia kondh tribes. you can trekk short or long trek as you wish .Overnight at Baliguda.
Day - 7 - Baliguda - Kothagargh - Rayagada:
After breakfast you will depart to Belghar area visit of a few Kuttiya Kondha Tribal Villages & Weekly Market at Kothagarh. Proceed to explore the villages of the primitive Kutia kondh Tribes, once famous for the human sacrifice. Living in the mountain / forest cores are friendly tribal community. Lunch on the way. Drive down to Rayaguda. Arrive in the evening.Overnight at Hotel.
Day - 8 - Rayagada - Chatikiona - Jeypore:
Trekk to most primitive Dongria kondh villages in the Niyamgiri hills.You can also see and enjoy the Dongria kondhs men and women comming down from their mountains with different kinds of fruits and animals etc. to the weekly market. After visiting their villages , you can come down to see their interesting weekly tribal market where they mix with other community.The weekly market at Chatikona where Doms, Desias and Dongoriya Kondhas barter is an interesting event to watch. Later drive on to Jeypore. Enroute Kani tribal village.Overnight in Jeypore.
Day - 10 - Jeypore - Kunduli - Nandapur - Jeypore:  
Breakfast. Morning proceed to witness the biggest tribal weekly market of Sanaparoja & Mali tribes in Kunduli 65 km away via Sunabeda. It is a very colorful market. Later drive down to Nandapur to visit village of Sanaparoja tribes. Visit village khilua. Saana Padar, Bada Padar with small trekking and later drive down to Jeypore.
Day -11 - Jeypore - Lamtaput - Jeypore:  
Drive to Machkund, soft trek to primitive Boro gadaba villages. Watch the traditional dance called dhemsa. Back to Jeypore enroute Lamtaput market .Overnight in Jeypore.
Day - 12 - Jeypore - Laxmipur - Rayagada:  
Breakfast. Drive to Rayagada enroute visiting some Desia kondh/paraja villages and also the Jagannath Temple & Tribal Museum at Koraput (The Jagannath Temple is a new temple built on 1972. Here Non Hindus are allowed inside the Temples and all activities are similar to Jagnnath Temple of Puri). Lunch on the way. Overnight at Rayagada.
Day - 13 - Rayagada - Taptapani- Chilka:  
Breakfast. Proceed to Chilka enroute visiting the soura tribal villages/market. also visit Taptapani on your way.if anywhere nature reveals its enigmatic charisma, it is here in Taptapani, an exotic world of wonder. Enjoy the nature close to your heart and carry the memory years to come. A hot spring which till dates the local habitat use on a mark of Blessing.Overnight at Chilka.
Day - 14 - Chilka - Narasinghpur - Puri:  
Morning boat drive into chilka lake , the largest brackish Water Lake in Asia. In winter Chilika aflutter with thousands of migratory birds as far as from Siberia. Visit nalabana bird sanctuary , honeymoon island , Later also visit a few fishing village at Chilka -Lake, so that you are able to see the fishermen at work ? , who came here in search of prawns, mackerel, and crabs. Reach Puri via Birnasingpur, Tenta ( Nice Road ! ).walk to a typical orissan village.savour their hospitality.Evening relaxe on the beach Overnight in Puri.
Day - 15 - Puri - Konark:  
Morning after breakfast visit of Lord jagannath temple, Sankaracharya's Maths located on the downtown area of Puri & later drive to Konark (about 35kms) to visit the temple Chariot of the Sun God, built by King Langula Narasimha Deva in the 13th century AD in the golden era of Orissa art. Late afternoon visit Ragurajpur artisan villages & also some other villages with houses, decorated with Chita's for Goddess Lakshmi.Overnight at Puri.
Day - 16 - Puri - Pipili - Bhubaneshwar:  
Proceed to bhubanswar enroute visiting the colourful applique village of pipili where you can see the colouful orissan handicrafts and dhauli peace pagoda famous for the Ashokan rock edicts dating back to 2nd century B:C .afternoon visit of some of the ancient temples of bhubanswar belonging to (7th---11th) century A:D like Lingaraja temple, Parasurameswara temple, Mukteswara temple, Bramheswara temple, Raja-Rani temple etc. Overnight in Bhubaneshwar.
Day - 17 - Bhubaneshwar :  
After breakfast Transfer to Bhubaneshwar Airport to board flight to Delhi or onward Destination.
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