• Explore the tribal heritage of the Indian state of Odisha
• Discover craft villages including Dandasahi, to see Pattachitra painting, and the weaving village of Nuapatna
• Watch the sunset rituals performed by the monks at the Joranda monastery
Depart Heathrow 0845 on Air India, via Delhi. Arrive Delhi 2225 and check into Hotel Ibis for overnight stay.
Depart Delhi 1105, arriving Bhubaneswar 1305. Transfer to Mayfair Lagoon Hotel, Bhubaneswar, for four nights. Introductory talk: The World of Orissa.
Excursion to Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary followed by visit to the early rock-cut Jain monastic cell of Udayagiri (created during the reign of King Kharavela).
Bhubaneswar: Lingaraja Temple (shrine dedicated to Lord Lingaraja, also known as Shiva), the 10th century Muktesvara Temple, and the 11th century Rajarani temple. Optional visit to Sisupalgarh (ramparts and columns of eastern Odisha’s first known capital).
Visit to the ruins of the ancient Buddhist monasteries of Ratnagiri. Free evening.
Transfer to Puri via the tantric temple at Hirapur (9th century Sixty-Four Yogini Shrine), the peace monument and Emperor Ashoka’s Kalinga War memorial at Dhauli. Rickshaw tour of Puri including 12th century Jagannath temple (major Hindu pilgrimage site). Transfer to Mayfair Waves Hotel, Puri for three nights.
Excursion to Konark for Sun Temple (ruined 13th century Hindu sanctuary) followed by late afternoon drive deep into countryside.
Visit to Dandasahi village for visit to the house of master Pattachitra painter to see Pattachitra processes. Continue to view Gotipua dancers complete their make-up, then watch Gotipua dance performance in idyllic coconut grove setting.
Return to Bhubaneswar for visit to Odisha State Museum. Presentation on Odisha’s tribal peoples by anthropology curator, Professor KK Basa, followed by visit to Tribal Research Institute Museum. Transfer to Mayfair Lagoon Hotel, Bhubaneswar for two nights. Evening lecture by special guest speaker.
Excursion to Prachi Valley: Chaurasi (medieval temple and sculpture) and Madhava (temple). Picnic lunch at Kenduli Sasan (thought to be the birthplace of the 12th century poet Jayadeva and site of his pastoral epic Gita Govinda). Free evening.
Transfer to Dhenkanal via Nuapatna weaving village. Transfer to Dhenkanal Palace homestay for two nights. Late afternoon drive to Joranda monastery to watch sunset rituals performed by the monks.
Excursion to Kapilash (medieval Hindu shrine) followed by rural village walk through Santals and Saoras villages. Free afternoon with optional drive to palace farm.
Transfer to Mayfair Lagoon Hotel, Bhubaneswar for overnight stay via tribal village making Dhokra (brassware). Late afternoon excursion to Tangi village and dusk at Chilika Lake (boat trip with possibility of seeing wildfowl).
Depart Bhubaneswar 2120, arriving Delhi 2340.
Depart Delhi 0215, arriving Heathrow 0630.