The Sun Temple and the East Coast

$POA / 9 Days/8 Nts

Introduction:

The Sun Temple & the East Coast - 9days/8nights

Orissa, Kalinga of ancient times, was where one of the bloodiest battles in ancient India was fought. It was here that, revolted by the destruction and heedless loss of life he had wrecked in the battle, the victorious king Ashok converted to Buddhism. Orissa is home to the exquisite Sun Temple at Konark, a beacon for sailors for centuries. Pilgrims and tourists throng each year at festival time to the architecturally unique temples of Puri and Bhubaneshwar, while the sun-swept beaches of Puri and Gopalpur draw people from near and far. Its vast interiors still relatively untouched by consumerism are home to a large and fascinating tribal population.

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Cost Includes: Accommodation for 8 nights, breakfast daily, transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking guide in an air-conditioned chauffeur driven car, monument entrance fee, porterage, mineral water in car, morning boat ride on the Hooghly in Kolkata and air travel in economy class as per itinerary.

Hotels Superior: Hindustan International (superior) Kolkata, Swosti (deluxe) Bhubaneshwar, Hans Coco Palm (deluxe) Puri, Swosti Palm Resort (standard) Gopalpur

Deluxe (upgrade to): Hyatt Regency (Hyatt guest) Kolkata, Trident Hilton (superior) Bhubaneshwar

Luxury (upgrade to): Grand Oberoi (deluxe) Kolkata, Mayfair Beach Resort (presidential suite) Puri, 

Itinerary:

Kolkata(2)-Bhubaneshwar(2)-Puri(1)-Gopalpur(2)-Kolkata(1)

Day 01 Arrival 

Reception and welcome at Kolkata airport followed by transfer to your hotel. 

Day 02 Kolkata 

After a relaxed morning visit the sights in the afternoon including St Paul's Cathedral, Victoria Memorial and the Museum. 

Day 03 Kolkata–Bhubaneshwar 

Visit the flower market near the Hooghly river in the morning, followed by a boat ride. Also visit the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa. Fly to Bhubaneshwar in the evening. 

Day 04 Bhubaneshwar

In the morning visit the Rajarani and Lingaraja temples. Drive on to see the Udaigiri and Khandagiri caves. Also visit the Ashoka peace pagoda at Dhauli. 

Day 05 Bhuvaneshwar-Konark–Puri 

See the famous Konark Sun Temple and continue the journey to Puri where Jagannath temple stands. En route visit the crafts village at Pipli. 

Day 06 Puri-Gopalpur-on-Sea 

Gopalpur-on-Sea is a wonderful seaside resort, definitely worth a relaxing two-day break in journey. 

Day 07 Gopalpur-on-Sea 

Relax, swim, drink fresh coconut water, and watch the sun set over the sea. 

Day 08 Gopalpur-Bhubaneshwar-Kolkata 

Drive back to Bhubaneshwar stopping at Chilka lake en route. Fly back to Kolkata after lunch. 

Day 09 Departure 

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out. 

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The journey I was about to undertake would not only  in geographical terms span vast distances over land and sea......it was an odyssey which would cover a period of over four hundred years and one in which I would try to establish a "connection" with my ancestors.


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Firstly thank you for a wonderful and enjoyable trip. Needles to say a lot went into organizing the trip a job very well done. Right from the time we landed in Delhi it was a very good feeling and the feeling remained right upto the drop of at Udaipur.

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