Day 1-2: Meet in Calcutta
Enjoy early morning browsing at the lively flower market on the banks of the Hoogly River. Visit Dakshineshwar Temple, Kumartuli (potters village), Victoria Memorial and one of Mother Theresa's many homes for the underprivileged. Attend evening puja ceremony at Kalighat temple.
Day 3-4: Bhubaneswar
Visit the stunning temples of Bhubneswar, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Orissa. Excursion to villages to see crafts and silver filligree work.
En-route to Puri, we visit the colorful village of Pipli known for its applique embroidery and Konark, where we see the Sun Temple (UNESCO site).
In Puri we visit the extraordinary Jaganath Temple and an excursion to nearby Ramchandi village, one of the largest fishing tribal villages.
Day 7: Chilka Lake-Gopalpur-On-The-Sea
A scenic drive through the counytryside and small villages. Enjoy a boat ride on Chilka Lake view the abundant avian life and Kalijai Temple, abode of the deity of the lake. Overnight at Gopalpur-On-The-Sea, an ancient sea port not often visited by tourists.
Day 8-11: Tribal Villages
Today we begin our journey into the villages of the state of Orissa (now called Odisha).
The tour is scheduled to arrive at each village during their weekly market days.Sequence is changed for the January tour to align with the festival dates.
Day 12-13: Jagdalpur
This morning we visit one more market and the Kotapada textile village on our way to Jagdalpur, where our host is Maharaja Kumar Harihar Bhanj Deo of the former ruling family of Bastar.
We visit Royal Jagdalpur, the Palace grounds, the Anthropological Museum, and a variety of local wildlife and tribal groups in South Bastar.
Day 14-15 Kanker
On our way to Kanker, we visit Maria & Muria tribes; the Kondagaon Dokra metal work village and Sathi NGO famous for terracotta work. Tonight, conditions permitting, a barbecue is served under the stars in authentic Bastar style and we entertained by a performance of the tribal people in Kankar Palace.
On the second day, the Bastar tribal experience begins. South of Kanker we drive to the forested Keshkal Ghat that marks the border of Bastar 500m above the plain. Here we will encounter the special nature of North Bastar with a visit to a colorful weekly market. This is a great opportunity to meet the local people. We will be served a picnic lunch in the deep green Sal forests.
Day 16: Bhubaneswar- Calcutta - Home
Drive to Bhubaneswar for a flight to Calcutta (or Delhi, or Mumbai) and connect to your international flight home.