The Sun Temple and the East Coast
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,
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.
THE BENELUX BONANZA
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.
I had attempted to obtain tickets for the Palace on Wheels (POW) from a specialist rail tour company in the United States, only to be informed that the ticket allocation has been exhausted on the date we wanted to travel. I incidentally mentioned this to Andre as part of a broaderPeter Bermingham