If we talk about the tribal way of life, then Orissa is one of the most fascinating destinations. Known for its scenic beauty and unique cultural heritage, Orissa is synonymous with tribes and tribal culture. Of all the states of India, Orissa has the largest number of tribes, as many as sixty two. Time seems to have stopped in their sylvan hamlets. Their ways of living with meagre needs of food, shelter and clothing and the joy through music and dance seem to have remained unaltered through the ages of social evolution. The sacred God-nature-man relationship that works among them is an amazing experience to the rest of the world.
Scenic, serene and sublime. Located on the eastern coast of India, Orissa is a combination of beautiful locations, exotic cultures and warm and friendly people. With a long coastline, towering mountains, serene lakes and frolicking rivers, Orissa has something for everyone. This tour takes you into tribal country to give you a flavor of unique cultures that have survived the ages. In addition, you get to enjoy historic temples, unmatched natural beauty and a variety of flora and fauna
At a glance
Land in Delhi where our representative meets you and assists transfer to the hotel. Check-in and stay overnight.
Post-breakfast visit to old and new Delhi with its medieval and modern cultures. The sights include Jama Masjid (mosque) built in the 17th century, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Red Fort, Humanyuns Tomb, Qutab Minar and a drive past government buildings in Lutyens Delhi. Overnight in New Delhi.
Board morning flight to Bhubaneshwar after breakfast. Check in at hotel followed by a half-day visit to the Bhubaneswar temples - Lingaraja Temple dating back to the 11th century and the 10th century Mukteswara Temple among others. Overnight in Bhubaneswar.
After Breakfast depart for Balliguda to visit typical Orissa villages. En route visit Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves. Upon arrival at Balliguda you are free to explore this land of mountains with numerous villages following the rythms of tribal culture and forests full of adventure and wildlife. Overnight in Balliguda.
After breakfast depart for Rayagada. Visit the famous Kondh tribes and their villages en route. Kondhs are the largest tribe of Orissa and famous for their Meriah (human) sacrifice. Nowadays buffalos are sacrificed instead of humans. The Kodhs belong to the Dravidian group and speak Kui language. Visit the weekly tribal market held on Mondays. Overnight in Rayagada.
After breakfast leave for a full day visit of Dhongria tribes who belong to the Kondh family and are highland settlers. They are expert in horticulture and celebrate their annual hunting/sowing festivals. Picnic lunch en route. Overnight in Rayaada.
After breakfast drive to Chatikona to witness the weekly tribal market of the colourful Donghria Kondh tribes. Held on Wednesdays it is interesting to watch women in their colourlful costumes and jewellery and their barter system. After lunch in the hotel depart for Jeypore with brief halts to visit the low land tribes and their settlements on the way. Overnight in Jeypore.
After breakfast drive to Onukudelli to see the famed Didayi Bonda tribes - the wildest, rudest and possibly the most interesting tribe. The scanty dress of Bonda women and homicidal tendency of Bonda males make them most fascinating people. The Bonda call themselves Remo and speak a very difficult Austro-Asiatic language. They are generally agriculturists and in spite of their primitiveness and poverty enjoy a high degree of economic sufficiency. Overnight in Jeypore.
After breakfast, full day visit of Paraja and Sona tribes to witness weekly Friday tribal market and villages. Prajas speak Parji and have a number of totemistic sects like Bagh (Tiger), Bokda (Goat), Netan (Dog), Panki (Dove), etc. Harming the totem animals is strictly forbidden. They worship various Gods and Goddesses residing in hills and forests. Overnight in Jeypore.
After breakfast, full day visit of the Gadabba tribe and their weekly tribal market held on Satudays. The Gadabba tribes are one of the most colourful and most primitive tribe of Orissa. They are one of the early settlers of the country and live in permanent large villages speaking the Gutab language. Overnight in Jeypore.
Drive back to Rayagada after breakfast visiting tribal settlements of Desia Kondh tribes en route. They also belong to the Kondh tribes itself and are agriculturists. Witness the weekly market and have lunch on the way. Overnight in Rayagada.
Drive for Taptapani after breakfast. En route visit the Saora tribes and and experience their lifestyle. Saoras are also one of the early settlers. Lunch on the way. Overnight in Taptapani.
After breakfast, leave for Puri by road visiting Chilika lake en route. Chilika is the largest brackish water lake in Asia, spreading over 1,200 sq km and famous for migratory birds which come from as far away as Siberia during winter. Go on a cruise and try to spot the fresh water Irawaddy dolphins. After lunch at the lake continue to Puri. Overnight in Puri.
Full day free to explore or relax on the beach in Puri. Overnight in Puri.
Visit the Jagannath Temple and crafts village after breakfast. Thereafter leave for Bubaneswar. En route visit Konark famous for its Sun Temple, protected under the World Heritage List.Overnight in Bhubaneswar.
Board flight to Delhi after breakfast. Upon arrival at New Delhi airport transfer you to hotel close by for wash and change. After farewell dinner in the hotel, transfer to airport to board return flight.
Focussing on the tribal riches of the state of Orissa, this programme takes you on a trip deep into tribal territory. You acquaint yourself with the tribal way of life, their routine and what separates one tribe from another.
In addition, there are the historical riches that Orissa offers by way of monuments and temples as well as the unique eco-system of Chilika Lake.