About the tour

The East India – Kolkata and Orissa tour revolves around the East India cultural and economic capitals and their neighboring areas. From the renowned religious Puri to the Victorian Era designed Kolkata it provides insights to a different India, one rarely followed.

TOUR SCHEDULE

  • Day 1 : Flight to Kolkata
    Arrive Kolkata. Meet staff of Aura Voyages at airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2 : In Kolkata
    Full tour of Kolkata with visit to Jain Temple, Kumartuli (Potters colony), Flower Market, Victoria Memorial (Closed On Mondays & National holidays), St. Paul’s Cathedral Church and Mother House (Closed On Thursdays & National holidays).
    Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 3 : Kolkata – Bhubaneswar (in train or by flight)
    Transfer to railway station or to airport to connect train / flight to Bhubaneswar.
    Visit temples in Bhubaneswar.
    Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 4 : Bhubaneswar - Hirapur – Dhauli - Jain Caves - Bhubaneswar
    After breakfast visit Hirapur, Dhauli and the Jain caves of Khandagiri - Udayagiri.
    Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 5 : Bhubaneswar – Ratnagiri – Lalitagiri - Udayagiri....also known as Buddhist trail
    After breakfast proceed to visit the Diamond Triangle of Odisha. These three hills and their environs comprise a remarkable Buddhist complex. Hiuen T’sang the Chinese Pilgrim found it to be the seat of a flourishing Buddhist University called Puspagiri. Extensive ruins of brick pagodas, sculptured stone portals and esoteric Buddhist images testifying is ancient glory, have been unearthed. Discover the trails of Buddhism!
    Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 6: Bhubaneswar – Konark - Puri
    After breakfast proceed to Puri enroute visit religious architecture in the world - The Sun temple Konark.
    In Puri visit Jagannath temple (Non Hindus are not allowed inside the Jagannath temple and to be viewed from Raghunathan library platform. Sunday this platform is closed but one can view from another platform.)
    Evening relax at the beach.
    Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 7: Puri - Satpada Chilka Lake - Puri
    After breakfast proceed to Chilka Lake –Satpada.
    A vast lake along the eastern cost of Odisha with beautiful islands, flamingos wading in the shallow waters and the air echoing with the chirping of birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Aral Sea and other parts of Mongolia, Central and South-East Asia, the Irrawaddy dolphins making the playful appearance in the water…this is only a glimpse of the breath-taking beauty of Chilika-Asia’s largest brackish water estuarine lake. Chilika sprawls over an area of 1100 sq.km covering parts of three districts of Odisha i.e. Puri on the east, Khurda on the North and Ganjam on the South. It’s a haven for bird-watchers / nature lovers. Winter is the best time to visit Chilika as over 160 species of migratory birds flock the islands during this time of the year. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake.
    Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 8: Puri - Bhubaneswar - Kolkata
    Transfer to Bhubaneswar to connect train to flight to Kolkata.

Possible extension :

You can extend this tour to North East India to visit Darjeeling and Sikkim ….

(Above program is subject to change based on arrival and departure flight timings and weather conditions).

TOUR MAP

Kolkata – Bhubaneshwar – Puri – Kolkata