Essence of North East
Kolkata – Guwahati – Shillong – Balipara – Kaziranga
This beautiful tour incorporate touring Kolkata along with savoring nature's opulence in Bhubaneswar, Konarak, Puri, and Gopalpur. Kolkata and Odisha tour package for the tourists in quest of exploring natural beauty, culture, temples, beaches and historical monuments.
Arrive at Kolkata International Airport. Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel. MAGADH TRAVELS executive will wait at the arrival hall with a placard in your name to greet you. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kolkata.
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata: Fondly referred to as the Grand Dame of Chowringhee, The Oberoi Grand has been an icon on the landscape of Kolkata for more than a century; with a reputation for taking care of its guests like no other. The sense of calm that pervades the outdoor space is carried into the classically appointed rooms and suites that encircle the courtyard. Fine dining spaces, grand banqueting venues, a business centre and a spa ensure that all your needs are covered.
Morning after breakfast enjoy the guided visit to Flower market followed by The Howrah Bridge build in 1874 and stands on two 270 feet high pillars and considered to be one of the busiest bridges in the world. Drive past The Eden Gardens & Dalhousie Square; the oldest and finest cricket playground in the country, which has undergone tremendous modernization and today boasts of its ability to accommodate about 1, 20,000 persons. Appreciate the architecture and history of the city's many unique and spectacular buildings during the drive past Dalhousie square now a World Heritage Site. Next visit the Jain Temples, also known as Prashant Jain Temple which is a striking place of worship, decked up with coloured stones and mirrors. It has a lush garden and houses of four different temples, with the main one dedicated to the 10th Jain Avtaar, Sri Sital Nath Ji. From here we proceed to Kumartulli-Potter's lane, the centuries old tradition-bound studios of the idol makers ceremonially add life to the goddess Durga by creating her lotus-shaped eyes that wordlessly tell volumes of life divine. You experience a true artistic work of these Kumar's. During the day visit the Marble Palace (Closed on Monday's & Thursday's); a resplendent building full of breathe taking pieces of opulence that speak about the over-the-top luxurious life that the Raja once lived. Stay overnight at hotel in Kolkata.
Morning after breakfast start guided city tour with a visit to Victoria Memorial (Closed on Monday's); a fantastic museum that will take you into the world of past history, where one can view the photos and effigies of prominent personalities who made an incredible contribution to the glory of India and houses a group of mind-blowing figures above the north porch that epitomize prudence, learning and motherhood. Stop at St Paul's Cathedral which is acknowledged as the first Episcopal Church of the eastern. Continue to his ancient Kali temple which is Kolkata's holiest spot for Hindus and possibly the source of the city's name. While admiring the contrast of colonial and modern architecture at the heart of this wonderful city Kolkata's famed Park Street, slip through a mossy stone wall enclosure. The Park Street Cemetery, previously known as Burial Ground Road, it is one of the oldest cemeteries of Kolkata. The mausoleums and memorials are architecturally impressive and represent the grandeur of the colonial period. It houses the tombs of distinguished expatriates who were once an integral part of Kolkata's history. During the day visit Mother House (Closed on Thursday's) to witness the generosity of her spirit. Stay overnight at hotel in Kolkata.
Morning after breakfast transfer Baripada. The day will be exploring for culture in the Eastern part in India to proceed to Belgadia palace in Baripada en route stop over for Photography with relax at tea stall on the street. Arrive at the palace and interact with the royal family. Roaming around the palace Garden at Mango Orchard. Dinner & Overnight at Belgadia Palace.
Belgadia Palace, Baripada: The idea for running the palace as a boutique homestay was born out of the families' interest in building sustainable communities and preserving the districts rich heritage and legacy. Mayurbhanj is Odisha's largest district which is renowned for its art and architecture but it has very low development indicators which is a narrative the family hopes they can move the needle on through this initiative. The family renovated the home to be seen more as a platform than a property with social impact as its core ethos. The idea was to run The Belgadia Palace essentially as a startup whereby tourism is a vehicle of change to build a sustainable community which employs and skills local tribal people, houses and provides a platform for local community and small enterprises (whereby they get mentorship and potentially funding from travelers who stay and participate in artist residency programs), and finally invest in sustainable infrastructure to reduce the palace's carbon footprint so the property is self-reliant and can take care of the surrounding community.
Morning after breakfast full day visit of nearby area including Local city tour discovering nice Royal buildings & Temples from the Royal family, Terracotta monuments, day to day life of Santal tribal villagers and scenic beauty surrounding. Have local Cuisine at the city (Rice Puff and mutton). Overnight in Palace.
Morning after breakfast travel to Bhitarkanika. On arrival check in at Aul Palace. Later visiting the countryside villages nearer to tidal rivers. Overnight at Aul Palace.
Aul Palace, Aul: Killa Aul dates back to 16th century. The present day Aul Palace was established in the year 1590 A.D. and since then has been the Royal Residence of its succeeding Rulers consisting of 19 generations till the present day.The Royal family are the direct descendants of the last independent ruler of Kalinga Gajapati Mukunda Deva who ruled from the precincts of the famous Barabati Fort at Cuttack in 1567 AD . The elder son of the last independent Gajpati of Kalinga Raja Ram Chandra Deva established KILLA AUL in 1590 AD after a treaty with the Moghuls. The royal family has encountered a history of over 426 years which makes for an interesting conversation when one interacts with the host.
After breakfast travel to Bhitarkanika to explore Bhitarkanika wildlife mangrove sanctuary and take the boat cruise in creeks to explore deferent species of birds and reptiles (Famous for Estuarine Crocodiles and 9 verities of King Fishers). Also trek inside the mangrove forest to see more species and wildlife in their natural habitat. Overnight at Palace.
Morning after breakfast travel to Bhubaneswar. On arrival transfer to hotel for check-in. The lively capital of Odhissa since the ancient 'Kalinga' empire boasts settlement stretching back 2000 years. Bhubaneswar today is a center of economic and religious importance in the region. It is often referred to as a Temple City of India. The city is surrounded by dense canopy of forests, picturesque Chandaka and the Nandankanan; this along with an abundance of greenery and an efficient civic body makes it one of the cleanest and greenest city of India today. Stay overnight at hotel in Bhubaneswar.
Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar: It is a marvellous property and one of the best luxury hotels in Bhubaneswar. This top hotel in Bhubaneswar offers lavish luxury as well as wonderful service. MAYFAIR Lagoon is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel that is spread out across 10 acres in the heart of the capital city of Odisha. There are various categories of luxury accommodation available to suit everyone's needs from the opulent lagoon side villas to family friendly suites and cottages to comfortable well-appointed club rooms. There are state-of-the-art conference rooms, banquet halls and lush outdoor venues to host meetings, seminars and weddings.
Morning after breakfast temple tour of Bhubaneswar, Parasurameswar Temple (7th Century AD.), The exquisitely carved temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Intricate carvings of elephant and horse processions, floral motifs and human figures adorn the temple interiors. Also visit the other important temples like Mukteswar Temple (10th Century AD.), Rajarani Temple (11th Century AD.) and Lingaraj Temple (11th Century AD). Later visit the Orissa State Museum and the Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts. Both museums feature a great collection of Dress, ornaments, weapons, household implements and musical instruments used by the tribals of Orissa. Stay overnight at hotel in Bhubaneswar.
Morning after breakfast excursion to visit Udayagiti, Lalitgiti & Khandagiri. Lalitgiri, This ancient scenic village is a holy destination for a large number of Buddhist devotees. Visit the Chaitya hills where several Buddhist stupas can be found on this hillside. Do not miss the brilliant piece of Buddhist architecture found atop the Pushpagiri hill. Next, drive to Udaygiri and Ratnagiri sites. These sites which are also enriched with Buddhist monuments and ancient sculptures. Some of the finest specimens of rock cut architecture are found in the twin hills of Udayagiri and Ratnagiri. These ornately carved out caves were built for Jain monks and date back to 2nd century BC. Udayagiri has 18 caves while Ratnagiri has 15 caves. Several ancient inscriptions from the period have been found here, the most important being the Hathigumpha Inscription. Stay overnight at hotel in Bhubaneswar.
Morning after breakfast travel to Puri. On the way visiting 64 Yogini Temple (Only one of its type in India in best preserved condition) at Heerapur. With a rich historic heritage dating back to 3rd century BC, this temple town welcomes both the pilgrims and fun seekers with open arms, offering its splendid beaches to the latter. Also visit the Bell Metal Workers' village. Continue your journey stopping at Pipli (Appliqué-work village), Birpratappur (Brahmin village) & Raghurajpur (Artisans' village declared as Heritage village). After visit continue travel to Puri. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Puri.
Mayfair Waves, Puri: One of the lovely sea beach facing boutique luxury resort. The soothing sounds of the sea ushers you into the calmative environs of this sea facing hotel which is perfect for a romantic honeymoon, a family getaway, a corporate trip or a pilgrimage vacation. Luxury accommodation options at the hotel are divided between Premium Rooms and Premium Suites. Facilities include a beautiful pool with a generous sitting area around it. For brave souls who want to venture out into the sea itself, MAYFAIR provides lifeguards at the beach adjoining the hotel.
Morning after breakfast excursion to visit Konark, the mystical city is a home to the Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back to the 13th century, the colossal chariot shaped temple is an architectural marvel and is dedicated to the Sun God. The skills of artisans and the intricate carvings present a sight to behold. Thereafter, visit the Chandrabhaga beach. Earlier it was considered the place of natural cure for lepers. The scenic beach holds the Blue Flag certification. After visit return to city. Later visit the Puri Jagannath temple and the Gundicha temple. The former of the two is one of the holy places for Hindus as it is reckoned as one of the divine Char Dhams. The temple houses three astounding idols of Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and their sister Subhadra. Subsequently, you will be taken to the Gundicha temple. The sacred shrine is the concluding point of the very popular Rath Yatra. Stay overnight at hotel in Puri.
Morning after breakfast travel to Bhubaneswar airport to board your schedule flight to Kolkata. On arrival at airport transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the hotel services or you can go for shopping in near local markets. Stay overnight at hotel in Kolkata.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Kolkata international airport to board your schedule flight to onward destination.
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