Around Midnight arrive in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). The cosmopolitan city and capital of West Bengal is the main gateway for the travelers to East India. Kolkata is India# s largest city and one of the biggest city in south Asia. This city was one of the earliest colonial city of British in India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
Today we explore this vibrant and lively city during the whole day tour. We visit the Victoria Memorial and magnificent buildings in the area of Chowringhee and Dalhousie Square. We also visit the Jain Temple and the Fort Williams. In the area of Joransanko we have the opportunity to visit the family house of the famous Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore.
Day 03: Kolkata - Simplipal National Park (about 240 kms)
Today we drive to Simplipal National Park. Simplipal National Park is one of the earliest Project tiger reserves of India. This national park is located in the northern forest belt of Orissa. Beside the faunal attractions, the other attractions includes numerous waterfalls and small rivers. Once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Mayurbhanj, the Park is set in an expanse of fine Sal forests.
Today we visit the Simplipal National Park. In this park we view the activities of various animals like Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Sambar, Chital, Chausingha, Crocodiles and mouse deer, the tiniest member of the deer family can be seen in this park. You can also watch Crocodiles along the banks of the river in Simplipal National Park.
In the morning after having our breakfast we drive to the airport for a flight to Bhubaneshwar. Bhubaneshwar is considered the most sacred city in Orissa. Bhubaneshwar (The Lord of the universe) is now the modern capital city of the Indian State Orissa. Upon arrival at Bhubaneshwar, you will be transferred to the hotel. Bhubaneshwar had once 7000 temples that were built between 8th and 13th centuries. Today we visit some of the finest examples of the classical temple architecture including Lingraj, Rajrani and Mukteshwar temples.
Day 07: Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Puri (about 70 kms)
Today we drive through the tropical coastal area to the famous temples of Konark. Konark was once the centre of Buddhism in India. Now it is famous for the Hindu temples. The world famous Surya Temple is dedicated to God Surya (Sun). The King Langula Narasimha Deva built this temple in the 13th century AD. Surya temple of Konark represents the complete development of Orissian style and architecture that is the only one time example in India being the most beautiful without any counterpiece. After visiting this temple we drive to Puri. Puri is one of the four most important pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Late evening arrival in Puri and transferred to the hotel.
Today we will visit this temple of Lord Jagannath. The temple of Lord Jagannath (God Vishnu), who is considered the preserver of the world in Hinduism, attracts thousands on feast every day, particularly at the time of 'Rath Yatra' (the car festival). The Jagannath temple is also referred as the white Pagoda and it accommodates 5000 priests in its premises. It's an experience to observe the activities of the pilgrims visiting this unique temple. It is one of the most sacred temples in India. In the afternoon we visit various other temples of Puri. In the evening we visit the Puri Beach. Puri Beach is also known as one of India's finest beaches. Puri Beach attracts millions of travellers to India with its strategic setting and religious importance whereas the beach lovers love holidaying in Puri beach. Puri affords an exciting haunting opportunity with its wild sea waves and widespread waters. Puri Beach is an exciting place for viewing romantic sunsets and sunrises.
In the morning after having our breakfast we drive to the airport for the flight to Kolkata. In Kolkata we have rest of the day at leisure. Rooms are available to get fresh and change before we depart to the airport.