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East India Splendour

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9 days / 8 night(s) from $3,035 per person twin share

Discover the state of Orissa which is full of centuries old historical sites. Travel from Kolkata, once the centre of the East India Trading Co., through to the ancient capital of Bhubaneshwar to Puri, home to an 11th-century temple.

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This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.

DAY 1: ARRIVE KOLKATA

Make your own way to your Kolkata hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: KOLKATA

Tour the famous Jain temples followed by the local flower market and the Howrah Bridge, the busiest bridge in the world. Later, drive to the Kali Ma Temple on the banks of the River Ganges followed by a visit to Victoria Memorial. (B,L)

DAY 3: KOLKATA TO BHUBANESHWAR

Fly to Bhubaneshwar. This afternoon tour the Parasurameswara Temple which was built in 650AD, followed by the Rajarani  Temple. (B,L)

DAY 4: BHUBANESHWAR

Tour the caves of Udayagiri (sunrise) and Kandagiri (broken) hills as well as the rock-cut Hatigumpha (elephant cave). (B,L)

DAY 5: BHUBANESHWAR TO PURI

Travel to Puri, visiting Konark, one of the most important treasures of Hindu India en route. Tour the 13th-century Sun Temple followed by the Pipli Village, known for their hand made appliqué work. (B,L)

DAY 6: PURI

Visit Chilika Lake, spread over 1,100sq km. Home to thousands of colourful birds throughout the year, it can be very loud in  migratory season with birds that travel from as far as Siberia. Later, visit the important temples of Gundicha, known as the garden house of the Hindu God Jagannath, Loknath, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, followed by Sunaragauranga, Daria Mahabir and the Tota Gopinatt temples. (B,L)

DAY 7: PURI

Visit the 11th-century Jagannah Temple, a holy place for Hindus. Non-Hindus cannot enter, but can view from the library opposite. The afternoon is free at your leisure. (B,L)

DAY 8: PURI TO KOLKATA VIA BHUBANESHWAR

After breakfast, depart for Bhubaneshwar airport for your flight to Kolkata. Upon arrival in Kolkata, transfer to your hotel to check-in. The remainder of the evening is free at your leisure. (B)

DAY 9: DEPART KOLKATA

After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

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