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Orissa Chattisgarh Tour

Itienanry :1 (20 days/19 nights) Pench National Park - Jabalpur - Kanha - Chhattisgarh - Orissa(19 nights/20 days)

Day 1: Arrive at Nagpur. Assistance on arrival at Airport, later drive to Pench National Park. (Over night at Bagh Van). Total 90 kms.

Day 2: shiv temple Early morning visit to Pench National Park. Visit the sanctuary famous for tiger, blue bull, wild dog, bison, leopard and other species of mammals and birds. Ride the elephant for tiger show. Later back to the Hotel for lunch. Post lunch session again drive to park to see till sunset is best time to visit the park. Overnight at Bagh Van.

Day 3: Fullday visit the Pench National Park. Overnight Bagh Van.

Day 4: Drive to Jabalpur, check in at Hotel Kalchuri in Bedha Ghat. Evening free at Marble rock.Total 200 kms.

Day 5: Early morning cruise in the river to see beautiful marble rocks, one of the world heritage sight of India. Later drive to Kanha National Park. Total 200 kms. Overnight Royal Tiger Resort or Tuli tiger Resort..

Day 6:Kanha National Park
In the morning, visit India's premier Tiger Reserve, in a naturalist's paradise of flora and fauna. Overnight RTR or TTR.

Day 7: Kanha National Park; Visit the Park with elephant ride to see tiger and other large mammals with avifauna. Overnight RTR or TTR.

Days 8-9: Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat
Two hours from Kanha, near the site of ancient Khajuraho-style temples, Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat marks the start of your tribal experience. Here, in rustic simplicity and full board basis, you will be able to tour the nearby 11th century Bhoramdeo Temple site - a smaller version of world-famous Khajuraho - and the surrounding Gond and Baiga villages.

The Retreat offers farmhouse-style living with essential mod cons, and most of all the unusual chance to experience life at Central Indian village level. The Maikal Hills are the eastern spur of the Satpura Range, ending at Amarkantak with the source of the holy Narmada, India's most ancient river. In these timeless highlands of great forests of hardwood Sal (Shorea robusta) still live tribal peoples whose way of life is quite different to the mainstream. These hills were once Gondwana, a vast forest area of tribal kingdoms and Gond clans many of whose descendants today maintain an animistic and close-to-nature way of life that the urban world can only dream of.

The Baiga are 'Pashupati' - Lords of the Animals - with esoteric natural powers. The term 'Baiga' is also used in the Gond world, not to refer to the distinct Baiga people, but as a title conferred on certain individuals with unusual spiritual gifts. Magic and the unseen powers of nature play a large part in the lives of these local tribes, but so do music and dance and a joy of living, even in often-difficult economic circumstances.
Mother Nature,the true Goddess, reigns over everything; so much so that for years the Baiga resisted the use of the plough, fearing it would wound their Mother's flesh. Markets, festivals and wonderful costumes add to the magic of a walk through this wild but hospitable country, a living journey through a time gone by.

Trekking into the beautiful Maikal Hills and visits to Gond and Baiga markets and villages are part of the regular programme. For the less energetic, you can simply relax at the farmhouse and soak in the delightful views. Evening can watch Baiga tribal dance.

Day 10: BJR to Raipur to Kanker Palace
Morning after breakfast drive to Raipur and also visit Sirpur group of temples, both Hindu and Buddhist.In the afternoon we will drive south on the excellent National Highway 43 (about 2 hours) to Kanker Palace, Gateway to Tribal Bastar, arriving in time for tea.

Your princely hosts and guides are Rajkumar Surya (known as Jolly) and younger brother Ashwini (aka Jai) of the Kanker Royal Family. (Their elder brother Aditya, current Maharajadhiraj of Kanker, teaches history at St Stephen's College in Delhi.)
Familiarisation with Kanker, the region and its history before settling in with welcome drinks and traditional local entertainment. Kanker Palace/Bastar tours are inclusive full board packages, where the only extras are laundry, alcoholic drinks and discretionary tips.

Kanker (pronounced Kaan-kair) is a small former State (now District) immediately to the north of sprawling wild Bastar and a safe haven and gateway to that sometimes-turbulent area. Kanker's family atmosphere is at all times informal, offering a rare chance for visitors to enter into the spirit and tradition of an Indian household, albeit one with exceptional history and tradition to sustain it.

Day 11 Kanker to Jagdalpur
After an Indian or English breakfast at the Palace, you climb the beautiful, forested Keshkal Ghat thirty kms south of Kanker which marks the border of Bastar 500m above the plain.

Bastar was once a substantial State and for long India's largest administrative district at well over 39,000 sq.kms. (25,000 sq miles). The majority of its peoples are still tribal with unique though rapidly disappearing lifestyles.

North Bastar is home to the Muria Gond tribe, famous for their Gotul - the mixed dormitory system which for long served as their principal means of education - a unique experiment in social development wherein the unmarried young make their own rules and learn the harmonies of successful society away from the strictures of adults, whose presence in the Gotul is taboo You will visit a tribal village near Bahigaon on NH43, have a picnic lunch in the forest, and a little farher down the road visit the Saathi NGO handicrafts project set up at Kumharpara (Potters' Enclave) near the market town of Kondagaon to maintain and develop the considerable variety of traditional arts and crafts of the region.
You will reach Bastar's capital Jagdalpur In the afternoon to check in to the recently established Naman Bastar Resort about 5 kms outside the crowded city.
There may still be time for a visit to a nearby tribal weekly market before a short evening tour of the historic city and handicraft outlets before dinner at Naman Bastar.
Note that Naman Bastar's excellent restaurant only serves vegetarian food. Arrangements can easily be made for non-vegetarian meals in Jagdalpur City.

Days 12-13 Jagdalpur and South Bastar
Over these two days you will travel out of Jagdalpur into the country of the Bison-Horn Maria and Dhurwa tribes.

You will see a performance of the spectacular local dances and get a good look at village life, costumes, ornaments and customs.

You will visit Tribal Weekly Markets (exact locations depending on the day of the week) and see the Chitrakote Waterfall on the Indravati River which is illuminated after sunset. In the evenings there will be a further opportunity to explore Jagdalpur's absorbing city markets.

You may also have time to visit Kanger Valley National Park an hour or so south of Jagdalpur where there are also famous stalactite and stalagmite formations in the Kutumsar and Kailash Caves. However the real glory of Kanger is that it retains something of the original intensity of the forests that once covered this whole region - the natural habitat of leopard, tiger, sambhar, bison and the musical Hill Myna, Bastar's most famous bird.

Day 14 Jagdalpur-North Bastar-Jagdalpur.
Leaving Jagdalpur after breakfast for Narayanpur - principal town of North Bastar - you will visit en route a Muria village to see an example of traditional dance by young Gotul members. Narayanpur market on Sunday. Mardoom market of Marias on Saturday, close to Chitrakoot waterfall.

Day 15: Jagdalpur - Kotpad -Kakariguma Market-Rayagada.( Monday): Morning drive to Kotpad small tribal textile village in Orissa, 30 kms from Jagdalpur. Later visit the Kakariguma tribal market. Further drive to Rayagada enroute visiting Paraja villages near Laximipur areas. Sunset at Hathi pathar, where the river Nagaballi cat the mountains with big boulders with religious significance. Overnight at Hotel Sai International.

Day 16: Rayagada - Dukum - Niyamgiri-Rayagada: Morning after breakfast at hotel starts for Dukum market of plain Kondhs. After visiting drive to the village of Agaria, metal smith who craft Jewell Aries for Hill Dongaria Kondh people. Later back to Rayagada.

Day 17: (Wed); Rayagada - Chatikana - Jeypore: After breakfast proceeds to Chatikana to visit the weekly market of Dongaria Kondhs, coming from the mountain to sell their forest produce and animals. After spending a good time, drive back to hotel for lunch and later proceeds to Jeypore ( three hours) enroute visiting two villages of ornamental Baro Paraja tribe. Overnight Hello Jeypore.

Day 18: (Thurs): Jeypore - Onukadalli - Gupteswara - Jeypore:
morning proceeds to Onukadalli. Later proceeds to Gupteswara area to see the Dhuruba tribes. Evening back to the hotel. Total 6 hrs drive + visiting time.

Day 19: Jeypore - Kunduli - Vizag : Morning proceeds to Vishakhapatnam enroute visiting the tribal weekly market at Kunduli of Mali and Paraja tribe. Late afternoon arrive at Vizag. Overnight at The Park, The Taj, Grand Bay or Green Park.

Day 20: Vizag - Simhachalam Temple - Mumbai/ Delhi: Morning drive to Airport for departure enroute visiting 11th century Simhachalam Temple.
Tour Ends

Itienanry :2 (14 days/13 nights)

Day 1: Bhubaneswar.

Day 2:

Wed: Bhubaneswar - Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary: It is 180 kms one way: The Bhitarkanika sanctuary, covering an area of 650 Sq. Km. is one of the best sanctuaries in the state as well in the country so far as the reptilian faunas are concerned. Lying alongside the Bay of Bengal is an enchanting mangrove forest and a crocodile sanctuary, protecting the estuarine crocodiles from 1975 and declared as a National Park in 1998.

While traversing the narrow water creeks of river-Brahmani, Dhamra & Baitarani by motor boats you command bewitching views of Nature. A thrilling experience awaits you as you trek into the mangrove forest. The largest population of estuarine crocodile and Olive Ridley sea Turtles and other reptilian species like water Monitor Lizards, Pythons, Wild Pigs are seen. The Birds Island with spotted deers are other attraction to the sanctuary.

Overnight in the wilderness camp.

Day 3:

Thurs: Bhitarkanika: Morning proceed is Dangmal forest by motor launch approximate one hour & half through tidal channels on river Dhamara Brahamani, which changed its course taking with it the fresh water flow converting the rivers of this area into a labyrinth of tidal channels which changes dramatically with the tides. visit captive breeding of Crocodiles in Pools and feeding. This is the place where you can find albino Crocodile (Only of its kind in India). You will also find hundreds of spotted Deers in and around and heard the sounds of different birds.

Later proceed to Bagabana (Birds Island) with Motor Launch. The annual congregation of nesting of Birds from July to November. Birds like open Billed storks, Egrets, Herons, White Ibis, Lasser Adjutant Storks, Snake Birds, Green Pigeon, Emerald Pigeon, Indian Robin, Jungle fowl and in Dec/January appear the Pelican.

The Mud banks bejeweled with hundreds of fascinating Red Fiddler Crab and their drab neighbor, the amphibious Mud Skipper fish.

Lunch break inside the Bhitarkanika Forest. Walk down 4/5 Km. to the ruined Sight of the ancient Siva Temple near the Hunting tower King. Both side of the forest you can watch activities of wild animals. Back to the Motor Launch and continue journey to Camp.

Arrive before sunset.

Day 4:

Fri: Bhitarkanika - Ratnagiri Buddhist ruins: Morning after breakfast drive to Buddhist Heritage site. Ratnagiri in the Birupa river valley in the district of Jajpur, is another famous Buddhist centre. The small hill near the village of the same name has rich Buddhist antiquities. A large-scale excavation has unearthed two large monasteries, a big stupa, Buddhist shrines, sculptures, and a large number of votive stupas. This excavation revealed the establishment of this Buddhist centre at least from the time of the Gupta king Narasimha Gupta Baladitya (first half of the sixth century A.D.). Buddhism had developed at this place - unhindered upto the 12th century A.D.

Udayagiri: The largest Buddhist Complex in Odisha, Udayagiri in the district of Jajpur has assumed further importance after recent excavations which revealed the ancient name of the monastery as Madhavapura Mahavihara. The excavations also brought to light a sprawling complex of brick monastery with a number of Buddhist sculptures. The entire area is found located at the foothills of a large hill that acts as an imposing backdrop.

Check in at Hotel. Free time to explore nearby villages.

Day 5:

Sat: Ratnagiri - Dhenkanal (joranda monks) Bhubaneswar: Morning after breakfast drive to Joranda, the seat of semi naked Mahima monks, who are nature worshippers with a mystery of their life style, lives in the monasteries around the temples. Visit them and later drive to Bhubaneswar and Overnight.

Day 6:

Sun: Bhubaneswar - Konark Puri: Morning visit Temple city of Bhubaneswar dotted with 500 active temples with different style. Visit Raharani, Mukteswar, Parasurameswar, Lingaraja, Brahmeswar and Baital temple. Later drive to Konark and afternoon visit Sun Temple of Konark. Evening proceeds to Puri and overnight.

Day 7:

Mon: Puri - Chilika Lake - Gopalpur on Sea: Morning visit Puri Temple built in 12th Century at the glory of Ganga dynasty rulers. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temples. Later on drive to Gopalpur on Sea enroute stop over at Chilika Lagoon.

Arrive Hotel in the evening and dinner, overnight.

Day 8:

Tues: Gopalpur on Sea Rayagada: After breakfast drive to Rayagada. On the way, visit the typical south Orissan villages,Taptapani hot sulphur spring and the Savara village. Savaras are the oldest tribe of India and have their own language. (Total 220kms drive + visiting time).

Day 9:

Wed: Chatikana Tribal Market Jeypore: After breakfast proceeds to Chatikana, the weekly market of Dongariya Kondhs. After having lunch proceed to Jeypore. On the way, visit the Ornamental Parajas tribe.

Day 10:

Thurs: Onukadally Bondo & Gadaba Tribe Market - Kotpad textile village Jagdalpur: Early morning drive to the weekly market of Bondo, Gadaba and Didayi tribe. Post lunch drive to Jagdalpur in the state of Chhattisgarh enrute visit tribal textile village of Kotpad.

Day 11:

Fri: Jagdalpur: Dandami Maria village - Bison Horn Dance -Lohandiguda Tribal Market: Morning visit a Dandami Maria village and see their life styles, this group belongs to the main Gond groups and speak Gondi language. Watch their Festival Head gear dance. Later on visit the one of the largest tribal market Lohandiguda. Here you can see the different tribal group of this region. Back to hotel and overnight.

Day 12:

Sat: Chitrakut waterfall - Muria Tribe village Jagdalpur: Morning visit the citrakut waterfall on the Indravati river, called the Naegra of India. Later on visit Mardoom tribal market of Dhruwa tribes. Visit Anthopological museum and Bastar Palace. Overnight Jagdalpur

Day 13:

Sun: jagdalpur - Visakhapatnam : Transfer to Visakhapatnam. Evening free in the Vizag.

Day 14: shiv temple

Mon: Visakhapatnam Delhi/Hyderabad (flight/Train).

Itienanry :3 (11 days/10 nights) Day 1:

Wed: Raipur Kawardha: Arrive in the morning flight to Raipur. Meet your guide and driver at Airport and drive to Kawardha, the erstwhile princely state of Chhattisgarh. Check In to your hotel and rest.

Day 2:

Thurs: Kawardha: Baiga tribe village - Chilpi tribal market: Morning visit Bhoramdeo Temple built is Khajuraho style. Later on visit Baiga tribe villages. Baigas are living in this part of India with their villages called Tolas. Afternoon visit their weekly Haat at Chilpi. Evening back to your Hotel.

Day 3:

Fri: Taregaon Gond Baiga Tribal Market Raipur: Morning another excursion to Baiga villages to know their life style. Also visit the famous Taregaon market where the Baigas from remote areas come to exchange their food grains. Later on continue your journeys to Raipur and overnight.

Day 4:

Sat: Raipur Kanker: Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel. Visit Rajim group of temples built since 1000 AD for god Vishnu called here Rajiv Lochan on the bank of river Mahanadi. Also visit other temples surrounded this region. Later on continue your journey to Kanker enroute visit ancient Rock shelter paintings. If possible visit a Bidi factory, the common cigarettes of India. Arrive at Kanker Palace, the erstwhile princely state of Kanker, traditional welcome at palace and retreat to one of your rooms in the palace. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5:

Sun: Kanker - Muria Tribal village - Narayanpur/Kondagaon Tribal Market Jagdalpur: Morning after breakfast drive to Kondagaon Tribal market. Visit the local tribes. Later on visit the Muria tribal village nestled in the forest, see their Dormitory called Ghotul. Arrive Jagdalpur and rest.

Day 6:

Mon: Jagdalpur: Dandami Maria village - Bison Horn Dance -Tokapal Market: Morning visit a Dandami Maria village and see their life styles, this group belongs to the main Gond groups and speak Gondi language. Watch their Festival Head gear dance. Later on visit the one of the largest tribal market of Tokapal.Here you can see the different tribal group of this region. Back to hotel and overnight.

Day 7:

Tues: Jagdalpur - Rayagada on the way Paraja and Mali tribe villages: Morning drive to Rayagada enroute visit low land Paraja and Mali tribe villages. Overnight in Rayagada

Day 8:

Wed: Chaitkana Dongaria tribal Market Jeypore: After breakfast proceeds to Chatikana, the weekly market of Dongariya Kondhs. After having lunch proceed to Jeypore. On the way, visit the Kuvi Kondh tribe villages.

Day 9:

Thurs: Onukadally - Bondo and Gadaba Market Rayagada: Early morning drive to the weekly market of Bondo, Gadaba and Didayi tribe. Post lunch drive to Rayagada. Overrnight.

Day 10:

Fri: Rayagada - Puttasing Lanjia Saora village Taptapani: Morning visit to Puttasing areas inhibited by Lanjia Saora tribe, the primitive section of Saoras. Saoras or Sabaras considered as the oldest tribe of India and traced their origins from Ramayana. Later on continue your journey to Taptapani Hill station. Overnight.

Day 11:

Sat: Taptapani - South Orissan villages Bhubaneswar: Morning transfer to Bhubaneswar enroute stop over at nearby villages and chilika Lake.

Itienanry :4 (8 days/7 nights)

Raipur Kanker: (140kms/4hrs) Arrival at Raipur and transfer to Kanker enroute visit Urkura rock painting and Rajim group of temple if time permit.
Overnight Kanker.Hotel - Lake View

Kanker Jagdalpur: (160kms/4hrs) Drive to Jagdalpur enroute visiting Bahigaon Muria village, Kiwai Balenga Muria Gond village which still have a dormitory system called Ghotul. Arrive Jagdalpur and check in at Hotel. If time permits visit chitrakut water fall.
Overnight Jagdalpur.Hotel - Naman Bastar

Jagdalpur: Morning visit the Dandami Maria village with Bison Horn Head gear dance in the village. Later visit Tirathgarh waterfall, Maria and Dhurwa Tribal village. Afternoon visit Chingitarai Tribal Market. Evening visit Jagdalpur city.
Overnight at Hotel Naman Bastar.

Jagdalpur: Morning visit Raja Maria. Halba tribal villages. Afternoon visit Tokapal Tribal Market of Maria, Halba and Bhatra tribes.
Overnight Jagdalpur. Hotel -Naman Bastar.

Jagdalpur Kondagaon Kanker: Morning return to Kanker enroute visiting Kondagaon Metal craft village, Kidechepra wrought Iron work village. Arrive Kanker. If like to trek, can visit chotadongri for a goddess temple with lake and view panoramic view of Kanker and its surrounding.
Overnight Kanker. If like can fix dinner in Kanker Palace with royal family.Hotel - Lake View.

Kanker Kawardha: 280kms/6hrs: Morning visit a Bidi factory (Indian cigarette) and later drive to Kawardha the land of Baiga tribes.
Overnight Kawardha.Hotel -BJR Retreat.

Kawardha: Visit Baiga Tribe village, Chilpi Tribal Market Bhoramdeo Temple . Overnight Kawardha.Hotel -BJR Retreat

Kawardha Raipur (4 Hrs): - Departure