Eastern India – Kolkata and Orissa

Eastern India – Kolkata and Orissa

The east of India is an area often neglected by travelers from outside the country, yet it contains some real gems to explore and is a fascinating destination for religious studies tours in India. The 13th century Sun Temple at Konark is built like a chariot with huge stone wheels, representing the movement of the sun god Surya across the skies. Nearby is Puri, home to the great Jagganath Temple, where the famous chariot festival takes place, and Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, is a pulsating mix of the old Raj, ancient and modern India. This tour takes you off the tourist trail and around some of the best sights this fascinating region has to offer.

Eastern India – Kolkata and Orissa

Kolkata – Bhubaneswar – Konarak – Puri – Gopalpur – Bhubaneswar – Kolkata

The east of India is an area often neglected by travelers from outside the country, yet it contains some real gems to explore and is a fascinating destination for religious studies tours in India. The 13th century Sun Temple at Konark is built like a chariot with huge stone wheels, representing the movement of the sun god Surya across the skies. Nearby is Puri, home to the great Jagganath Temple, where the famous chariot festival takes place, and Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, is a pulsating mix of the old Raj, ancient and modern India. This tour takes you off the tourist trail and around some of the best sights this fascinating region has to offer.
Itinerary:
Depart from your home country

2016-04-14 (2)Depart from your home country for Kolkata.

Kolkata

Arrive in Kolkata and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in hotel

Kolkata Heritage tour

City tour of Kolkata’s rich colonial heritage including the Victoria Memorial and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Ramakrishna Math and Kalighat

Today’s tour takes you to the Ramakrishna Math, from where Ramakrishna’s famous disciple Vivekananda spread his message of Vedanta across the globe, Kalighat, the main shrine of the bloodthirsty goddess Kali, not for the faint-hearted, and the hospice of Mother Teresa.

To Bhubaneswar

Fly to Bhubaneswar, the “Temple city of India”, with more temples than any other city in the entire country. Overnight in hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Full day Temple and Cave visits

183694_10150434592880171_1643045_nToday head out for a tour of just a few of the city’s 500 temples, and the spectacular ancient Jain and Buddhist cave temples, carved out of the rock in the hills of Udayagiri and Khandagiri. This is a very interesting day for those on academic religious studies tours in India. Overnight in hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Jagannath Temple tour

Visit the magnificent Jagannath Temple. The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival when the three main temple deities are hauled on huge embellished chariots thought the crowded streets of devotees. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple, but there is a viewing tower from which you can see inside.

Puri exploration

Morning tour of Puri to explore its bazaars, sculpture workshops and beach.

To Gopalpur

Morning drive to seaside Gopalpur for a couple of relaxing days at the Swosti Palm Beach Resort.

At leisure

Time to unwind, stroll on the popular beach or simply relaxing in the hotel grounds. Overnight in Gopalpur.

To Bhubaneswar

File 08-04-2016, 14 33 39Morning for relaxation followed by afternoon drive to Bhubaneswar. Overnight at hotel Bhubaneswar.

To Kolkata

Early morning flight to Kolkata with free time to explore this fascinating city.

International departure

Early morning transfer to airport for international departure.

CONTACT US

To enquire or make a booking on this tour, please call: 020 8901 7630 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm

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