Kolkata and Odisha

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Duration: 14 days | 13 nights

Location: Kolkata - Chandernagor - Bhubaneswar - Konarak - Puri - Lac Chilka - Rayagada - Majhiguda - Chatikona - Jeypore - Onakudelli - Gupteswar - Visakhapatnam

Highlights of the programme :
  • Kolkata, the ancient capital of the British Indian Empire
  • The temples of Bhubaneswar
  • Puri and the magnificent Chilka Lake
  • Tribal ethnic markets

Arrive at Kolkata International Airport. Welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Founded by the British in 1690, Kolkata was initially a great British economic center in the Ganges delta before becoming the capital of the Raj, the British Indian Empire in 1857. Replaced by New Delhi in 1911, it became the capital of the Bengal and West Bengal after independence and partition in 1947. Today, too often synonymous with poverty, Calcutta is actually a dynamic citya colorful metropolis whose economic weight continues to assert itself. It is a city looking to the future. Day dedicated to the city tour starting with the British Raj, the headquarters of the British administration. The Victoria Memorial houses a collection of artifacts from the Victorian era and also deals with the history of Bengal. Walk through the esplanade of BBD Bagh and Fort William, the Writers Building, Town Hall, the Maidan, former imperial parade fields. Visit St Paul’s Cathedral in the Gothic style with stained glass windows are renowned. Then visit the temple of Kalighatgoddess of destruction and evil. The Botanical Garden is also worth visitingthis is where tea grown today in Assam and Darjeeling was developed firstUnder the Howrah Bridge is the picturesque flower market with its stalls covered with colorful garlands for the offerings in the temples. Continue to the neighborhood Kumartuli, where potters specialize in the manufacture of large statues of deities, mainly goddess DurgaFinally, located in the district of Badha Bazarthe wholesale market of spices is a curiosity in which to stroll. Overnight at hotel. 

Excursion to the old European trading that preceded the British city of Calcutta. A Srirampur once Serampore, Danish trading post founded in 1755 and sold to England in 1845remains a beautiful church. Then, Chandannagar, the city of the Moon, a former French colony from 1698 to 1950, surrendered to India three years before Pondicherry. The city, which retains a nostalgic atmospherehas a small cemetery, the Saint Joseph of Cluny Sisters Convent, the oldest institute in the region, and several churches, including the Sacred Heart church. The former residence of French governors, a beautifully restored buildinghouses a museum dedicated to the history of the city during the French presence and a library with 18,000 booksQuick tour of Chinsura, Dutch counter that was ceded to the British in 1825 in exchange for Sumatra. A Bandel (Bandelaui), a church and a monastery in 1599 remind us that this town was a Portuguese tradingBack in Kolkata. Overnight at hotel.

Morning transfer to airport and flight to Kolkata Bhubaneswar. Overlooking the lush rice fields of Mahanadi delta, Bhubaneswar, the heart of medieval India, offers a striking contrast with the architectural heritage of its period of greatness there over a thousand yearsVisiting Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odishaknown as the city of Temples of India. Indeed, at present, more than 500 temples remain accessible on the thousands that city had in its heydaytemples built between the 8th and 13th centuries. Most distributed around the sacred lake of Bindusagar which, according to legend, would have sheltered more than 7000 temples. Visit some temples including the temples of MukteshwarBrahmeshwarParsurameshwar and Lingraj temple visible only from the outside. Then, towards the cave sanctuaries Udaygiri and Khandagiri located in the hills a few kilometers from the city. These Jain caves, bas-reliefs, are among the oldest in India and have been carved in the 1st century BC. AD during the reign of the first king of Orissa. Back to Bhubaneswar. Overnight at hotel.

Morning departure to Puri. Along the way, stop at Dhauli, a famous battle during the Kalinga War in the 3rd century BC. AD It was on this site that found the decrees of Ashoka, carved in the rock, dating from about 260 BC. AD Emperor, disgusted by these murderous and bloody battles, became a peace ambassador. These writings extolling the virtues of peace and non-violence and charge its directors to rule with gentleness and justice. Visit the Peace PagodaBuddhist style, called Shanti StupaPursuit to the artisanal Pipli village, famous for its colorful fabrics enriched mirror inlays. Then, drive to Konarak, a small town that is part of the Golden Triangle of OdishaIt is in this triangle is concentrated most of the heritage of all the state enrolled in Unesco. Konarak is famous for its Sun Temple built in the 13th century and designed as a celestial chariot dedicated to Lord Surya with twelve pairs of wheels and drawn by seven beautiful horses, each wheel functioning as a sundial. These temples are covered with sculptures without detriment to the overall effect. Continue to Puri. Overnight at hotel.

The seaside town of Puri is one of the four holy cities of Vishnuism and one of the biggest pilgrimage centers in India. Here is venerated the avatar of Vishnu, Krishna, in the great Jagannath temple from the 12th century which dominates the skylineIt rises in a real city of 75 temples maintained by about one-third of the population of the city. The long sandy beaches are another attraction of Puri. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the place is a plus for those who want to combine pilgrimage and relaxation. At dawn, it is nice to follow the beach to the fishing village where dozens of boats take to the water and cross the bar with some difficultyIn the afternoonvisit the village of Raghurajpu known for its school of naive painting artpaintings and prints on palm leaves, wood carvings. Then the village of Sakshigopal and his temple. Overnight at hotel.

In the morning, towards the Chilka Lake along pleasant rice landscapes, coconut groves and marshes. This is actually a former lagoon separated from the sea by a narrow strip of sand. The lake, a mixture of brackish water, freshwater and saltwater water spans over 1,100 square kilometers, its size varying with the seasons. Dotted with islands, that fish lake is a haven for many species of aquatic and migratory birds. Great place with four different ecosystems depending on the time and salinity of the water, the lake feeds more than 150,000 families living in 132 villages scattered around the perimeter and in the islands. Boat ride where one is likely to cross river dolphinsendangered speciesBack to Puri. Overnight at hotel.

Rayagada towards the heart of the tribal region of OdishaOn the way, stop at Berhampur to visit silk weaving workshops. Then visit the village of the tribe Saoraone of the oldest tribes of Indiaknown for ritual symbols on the interior walls of their mud houseThese paintings are the equivalent of our family photos and depict the happy event and pay tribute to their fallenThey are also used to drive the disease and promote fertilityRayagada is located in a region where nature is honoredUnexplored and wild land, forests, valleys and waterfalls provide a spectacular sightOvernight at hotel.

Morning drive to Majhiguda and its weekly market (Tuesday) frequented by ethnic Kuttya Kondh and Desia KondhThe women of the tribe Kuttya tattoo flower face in order to be recognized by their after death and to be differentiated from other tribes. While the women of the tribe Desia Kondh have geometric figures. These tribes live in the fruit harvest in the jungle and the products they cultivate. Kondh tribe is the largest tribe in southern Odisha divided itself into groups such as Dongariya Kondh Kuttya Kondh Rasul Kondh Desia Kondhthe remaining groups living mainly around the Kondhmal District. Back to RayagadaOvernight at hotel.

Road to JeyporeDuring the Dayneystop on the large weekly market Chatikona (Wednesday) meeting place Dongariya Kondh tribe, one of the oldest tribes in OdishaThis group was formerly known for the practice of human sacrifice to the goddess Earth that allowed them to increase the wealth of the village. They descend from the hills where they live to sell the products of their harvest and their hunting. Also present on the market, Desia Kondh tribeContinue to Jeypore and discovery of local handicrafts in various villages along the way, including GaudagudaPunjapai and Janiguda where one works with wood and wickerJeypore, the largest city in the region, is surrounded by hills that form a sort of horseshoe. It is famous for its ancient palaces that once housed great dynasties but also for its ancient temples. It is now southern business district of OdishaNight Hotel.

Early morning departure for the weekly market Onakudelli (Thursday) attended by the tribe of BondasTibeto-Burman origin, one of the most fascinatingThe Bondasnaked men are described as the most primitivethe coarser and are famous for their obstinacy. The women wear a piece of cloth around the waist and wear on their chest long rows of colored beads and heavy metal clamps down to the navelMen are always armed with knives and poison arrowsAfter the market arrest in Gadhaba, one of the oldest ethnic groups in China before returning to JeyporeOvernight at hotel.

Excursion to the caves of GupteswarThe hills of south of the city give way to a large plateau where the rice fields alternate with cashew plantations (cashew nuts). The landscape changes again and the town is surrounded by dense forest that heralds the arrival in GupteswarThe temple of the same name, is not a classic but a cave templeaccording to mythology, would have served as a refuge to the god Rama during his exileA priest sitting at the back of the dimly lit cave receives the offerings of the faithful and reigns collected and silent atmosphereBack to Jeypore late afternoon. Overnight at hotel.

Drive to Visakhapatnam, a coastal port named Jewel of the East CoastLocated along the waterfront of the Gulf of Bengal, it is also the headquarters of the Eastern Command of the Indian NavyThe city also boasts a beautiful long beach. Overnight at hotel.

Morning transfer to the airport and flight to Vishakhapatnam Kolkata airport for return flight.


You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

Fairlawn Hotel – Kolkata

A somewhat legendary address in Kolkata near the Indian Museum. Old friendly building that makes you feel a bit at home. A place in a bit British atmosphere.

Swosti Premium – Bhubaneswar

Very spacious and well maintained. Fast and efficient serviceFriendly staffVery good restaurant. Place to recommendA good quality / price ratio.

Mayfair Heritage – Puri

A beautiful hotel with great views quietSpacious rooms, some with terraces, manicured lawnsdense vegetation. Very nice pool and private beach guarded by the hotel staffEfficient and discreet serviceExcellent place to rest.

Holiday Resorts – Rayagada

Holiday Resorts

Hello Jeypore – Jeypore

Small well maintained structure. Spacious and comfortable roomsSwimming Pool.


You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.


Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Polo match

Polo on horseback or elephant, a unique show in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Delhi. Sport in vogue in India, polo on horseback is still today one of the spearheads of the sport in the Indian aristocracy. Polo on elephant back, meanwhile, is not a sport as such. Nevertheless, it attracts large crowds because of the originality of a rapid game with elephants struggling to move on the ground. Very entertaining!

Cricket match

Catch a game of cricket, a sport that is truly thrill the crowds in India. Unknown in France, cricket crystallizes all the passions in the Indian subcontinent, where millions of fans follow live matches of their national team. The best players are idolized as real stars, like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev considered one of the best cricketers of all time.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it’s a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.


Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of “pranayama” (breathing), “asanas” (positions) and ‘dhyana’ (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage on the eye helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.