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Odisha – Visual Bounty

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7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS

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6 Nights 7 Days visitng : Bhubaneswar/Puri/Rabha/Gopalpur/Jirang

A kaleidoscopic tour that illuminates some of the cultural & geo-diverse treasures of Odisha, crafted to please those with a love of art, heritage & nature’s bounty

Pre-departure planning is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.

Visas

Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.

Money

If you’re traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.

General Tips

Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.

If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.

Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.

There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.

You don’t want to find out that the weather isn’t what you thought, or the guide book was incorrect, after committing to 6 weeks in a specific spot.

Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.

Set up a pre-trip time-line so you don’t end up with a full todo list your last week of work or school.

Things to consider are doctor’s visits for a check up, inoculations, and prescription refills; purchasing plane tickets; renewing passports and obtaining visas and other documents.

Check your insurance coverage abroad and purchasing additional travel insurance if needed. Don’t forget visiting friends and family members!e

The longer the trip, the lighter you should pack. This might seem strange, but it’s true you can afford to lug a heavy bag around for a week or two, but do you want to have anything extra for a year?

Stick to the absolute basics and know what you can and cannot buy at your destination(s). There’s no point in bringing 6 months of toothpaste to Europe or buying a sarong at home to take to the tropics. If you are visiting several climates, try to arrange it so you visit the warmer places first and coldest last. That way you can purchase sweaters and long pants and not have to carry them any more than needed. Alternately, visit cold climates first and then ship unneeded layers home — or sell them off.

A good rule of thumb is to bring one outfit for the hottest day you’re likely to encounter, one for an average day, and one for the coldest.

Make sure everything goes with everything else (if that’s important to you), and remember that layers are always best.

Be prepared for uncomfortable trips. You will often find yourself in a busy, cramped, economy class environment and it could be for many hours – especially long plane trips.

If you want to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to enjoy the sights, then try a good quality travel pillow to support your head, some ear plugs to block out the screaming babies, and an eye cover to block out the sun or cabin lights.

Just avoid those cheap U-shaped pillows from airport shops – your head drops forward and you wake up with a stiff neck.

Make contact with the locals before you go.

Maybe you have a friend-of-a-friend or a foreign exchange student from high school you remember, or just found a friend through a travel web site; almost everyone is happy to welcome a foreign visitor to their home town. This might be as elaborate as a home-stay for a few weeks, or just coffee in their home town or dinner at a locals restaurant.

 

A perfect city for exploring on foot with a shop around every corner. Much of the inner city can be walked without trouble, however, in parts walking include crowds, uneven streets, heavy traffic, and skinny sidewalks. If that’s a problem, there are plenty of taxi’s to ride in and scooters to rent.

How to Travel

  • Subway – The metro is the fastest transportation. Running 5am to 10pm every day.
  • Bus & Train – Operated by an independent organization, busses and trains include wifi access for the public. You can take any bus or train marked with the (B Public) sign for free.
  • Taxi – Available in all parts of the city. From a restaurant or hotel you can have them call the city taxi service.
  • Car – Rental cars are easy to get and hotels have good parking prices. Once in the main city, you can often walk so we suggest returning the when you arrive.
  • Bike – The best way to get around, other than walking, is by bike. If you don’t mind hills, you can bike anywhere. If that’s not for you, stick to the inner city with your bike.

Mini Trips

Just a few miles away you can explore the history and legacy, drink wine and relax. You can wander the hills or be lulled by the fountains. If you have time, the attractions can fill 3 days. We’ve highlighted the best ones here.

Tours

Because of the number of sights to see, some first-time visitors should start with an organized tour. Some things can be covered in depth, other are just useful for getting your bearings.

The leading tour operators use local historians to lead their tours. Guides offer walking tours, including visits to monuments, museums, and historic locations, as well as eating tours. Tour prices can be high, but most participants consider them a trip highlight. In addition, there are many family related tours, sights and more appealing activites to children.

Walking tours, like the 3 hour ghost tour, is an exclusive in the early evening. A bus excursion ruins special tours like you’ve never seen. Also worth consideration, a group of art historians and architects do a theatrical retelling from dramatic scripts. Go on a tour, expect guides to break out into a rendition of “Singing in the Rain”, it’s a lot of fun.

 

  •  Meet & Greet at APT with soft drinks, All transfers & SS by Brand New AC vehicles, 2N Bhubaneswar + 1N Puri + 1N Rambha + 2N Gopalpur on sea, Regd. Rajhans, Sea Mouth, Kalijai temple & Nalban tour by Boat,Lunch a Parikud Palace, Rushikulya sea mouth eco friendly tour to watch olive ridley nesting, Well experienced Chauffer cum guide & All Taxes.

Quick Tips

  • Banks – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Some banks are closed for lunch.
  • Emergencies – For police, dial a local phone number; for ambulance call a hospital.
  • Internet Access – Wifi is standard in most hotels and free in many coffee shops.
  • Mail – Buy stamps at the Post Office. Convenient post offices are located all cities. Most are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
  • Safety – Pickpocketing can be a common problem. It is suggested for men to keep wallets in their front pocket. Purse snatching also occurs at times.

Visitor Information

This site contains information with a very personal and friendly structure. It also has great links to other related sites online.

Information, internet access, maps, and train passes are available at local Tourist Information terminals. These are located at various sites around the city. Expect a wait if you arrive late in the afternoon or during lunch time. Local travel agencies are also helpful for quick information and finding hotels. There is no service charge for these services. Hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm.

Transportation

Getting in from the airport and other arrival locations. Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you’re going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.

  • Plane – Flights arrive at the main airport near city center. If flying from European cities, you might land at a connecting airport. There is a tourist information office at the Terminal E, international arrivals, open 8am to 6pm.
  • Train – A train station is on the lower level of the airport. To get into the city, follow the marked signs.
  • Taxi – From the airport there is a flat-rate for the 1-hour trip, depending on traffic. Hotels charge up to $80 for shuttle service.
  • Train & Bus – Trains and buses arrive a city center. This is the transportation hub for the city and is surrounded hotels.

A perfect place for exploring on foot, with local shops around every corner. You will eventually walk somewhere, it’s just going to happen. If you don’t like crowds, uneven cobblestones, heavy traffic or narrow sidewalks, take a taxi or rent a scooter.

 

Day 01 : Arrive Bhubaneswar- On to Puri

Welcome on arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport transfer to your hotel, check in to hotel. Afternoon Visit Nandankanan Sanctuary and Biological Park(Close on Monday). Experience Lion and a white tiger Safari and back to hotel . Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : Bhubaneswar-Konark-Puri

After Breakfast visit Lingaraj Temple ( Only Hindus allowed in the premises, others can watch from designated tower), Mukteswar & Rajarani Temple (Architectural Marvels). Later drive to Puri. Enroute visit Dhauli-Buddhist peace Pagoda & Pipili Applique village. Proceed towards Konark to experience the architectural marvel of famous Sun temple dedicated to lord Surya. Further drive to Puri along Marine drive road.On arrival at Puri check in at Hotel with warm and traditional welcome.. Evening enjoy the Golden Beach of Puri. For beach surfing please follow instructions of life guards. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 : Puri –Satapada-Nalban-Rambha( Boat cum Road Tour)

Morning after breakfaMorning after breakfast checkout of hotel & drive towards Satapada. Take a ferry on the lake for sightseeing of Rajhans island, Sea mouth and Irrawaddy dolphin(Orcaella brevirostris). On arrival at Janhikud we shall take you to a 17th century Heritage Palace for a Royal Lunch. Post lunch visit Nalban Bird sanctuary & famous Kalijai Temple. Later shall drive to Rambha. Evening enjoy the beuty of Serene Chilika lake from the resort.

Day 04 : Rambha-Rushikulya Seamouth-Gopalpur on Sea

After breakfast, drive to Rushikulya sea mouth. This area is the location of one of the largest mass nesting (arribada) sites of olive ridley sea turtles in India. The villages near the mouth are Pali Bandha, Puruna Bandha, Gokhara Kuda and Kantia Pada, where one can find the nesting sites of the olive ridley turtles during March-May. These villages basically are fishermen’s villages. Later drive to Gopalpur – on – Sea, a quiet and charming sea resort along the Bay of Bengal. It offers secluded environment and magnificent sun, surf and sand for most of the year. On arrival check in to Hotel.Rest of the day at leisure at the beach. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05 : Gopalpur on Sea – Taptapani Hot Spring- Jirang

In the morning, proceed on a half-day excursion to Taptapani hot water springs renowned for their medicinal value. Later drive to Chandragiri to visit Buddhist Monasteries of architectural marvel at Jirang. Also visit the souvenir market with products like Tibetan wall mats, carpets, handicrafts and leather goods. Return back to Gopalpur. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06 : Gopalpur on Sea – Bhubaneswar

Morning after breakfast drive to Bhubaneswar. En route visit the Udaygiri & Khandagiri Caves – an excellent example of Jain Cave Art, built by Kharavela around 1st – 2nd Century BC for Jain monks. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07 : Departure

Morning free for packing & personal activities. After breakfast shall be dropped at Airpor for onward Journey Tour Ends.

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