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The little-explored state of Odisha (formerly Orissa) rewards visitors with an array of temples and tribal villages. From Kolkata, journey south to Bhubaneswar, home to more than 500 temples, and explore Puri and the sun temple at Konark. Journey's end is in Hyderabad, once ruled by the powerful and wealthy Nizams
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Arrive in the morning and stay 2 nights in the
Lalit Great Eastern. (N)
This morning enjoy a city tour visiting the Indian
Museum – the oldest and largest in India – the
Victoria Memorial, Howrah flower market, St Paul’s
Cathedral and the Marble Palace, which houses
paintings by Rubens, Titian and Reynolds. (B)
Take an early morning flight to Bhubaneswar for a 2-night stay at Mayfair Lagoon. Bhubaneswar is known for its high concentration of awe-inspiring temples and an afternoon sightseeing tour includes visits to the three most important temples - Lingaraja, Mukteswara and Rajarani. (B)
Excursion to the caves at Udayagiri, Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri, amongst the earliest in India and dating from the Jain and Buddhist occupation of the region. The caves have been etched out of coarse-grained sandstone hills, which rise nearly 40 metres above the surrounding lateritic plain. (B)
Drive to the coastal settlement of Puri, stopping en route at the artisan villages of Pipli and Raghurajpur. Pipli is known for its beautiful applique craftwork that is displayed in every house and shop along the road, giving out a burst of colour. Stay 3 nights at Mayfair Waves. (B)
Visit the impressive sun temple at Konark, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site constructed in the mid-13th century. It is thought to have been built by the Orissan king, Narashimhadev I, to celebrate his military victory over the Muslims. (B)
Enjoy a morning boat ride on Lake Chilika, the largest brackish body of water in Asia. The lake is noted for the one million or more migratory birds, including osprey, grey-legged geese, cranes and flamingos that flock here in winter (Nov to Jan) from as far as Siberia and Iran. (B)
Drive to Bhubaneswar for the flight to Hyderabad and spend 3 nights at Taj Krishna. (B)
Days at leisure to explore Hyderabad. Visit the sights including the iconic Charminar, the Salar Jung Museum and the vibrant Laad bazaar. Explore the impressive Golconda fort and Qutb Shahi tombs on the outskirts of Hyderabad or enjoy the excellent facilities at your hotel, Taj Krishna (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals
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