USD 1000 Per Person
11 Days / 10 Nights
Breakfast and full day tour of the city, once founded on seven islands, Mumbai is now the financial capital of India. Excursion to the Elephanta Islands, famous for the caves dedicated to the sacred sculptures of the Hindu gods.Back to Mumbai and visit of Gandhi's House (ManiBhawan) Mani Bhavan was the focal point of Gandhi's political activities in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. The day ends with a visit to HangingGardens. Overnight in Mumbai.
Arrival at the airport in Delhi, meeting with our staff representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Transfer to the airport and flight to Bhubaneswar. Arrive, assistance and transfer to the hotel. Later visit the capital city of Odisha, once the capital of the Kalinga em in pire. Visit some of the medieval temples (among the 500 temples around the sacred Bindu Sagar lake). Pass through the Lingaraja Temple (can only be visited externally), 54 meters high and dedicated to Tribhuvaneswar (the Lord of the three worlds) and surrounded by more than 50 temples and minorshrines. The Mukteswar Temple, which dates back from the 10th century, with refined and elaborate decorations that denote a mixture of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu styles. The Parsuraeswar temple, dedicated to Shiva, built in the seventh century. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast in hotel and visit the city of Bhubaneswar. The Rajarani Temple is striking for the elegance of its sculptures with a series of nymphs of amazing sensuality. The Hindu and Jain cavesof Khandagiri and Udaigiri, located about 5 Km from Bhubaneswar. And the Tribal museum, showcases the culture and traditions of the tribes of Orissa. Dinner and overnight.
Drive to Puri, one of the 4 important pilgrimage centrefor Hindus, also known for the Rath Yatra Festival. Along the way, stop Konark to visit the famous Sun Temple, a wonder of Hindu religious art. Arriveat Puri and and walking tour around the famous Shri Jagannath temple (lord of the world) built in 12th century, and boasts 65 meter high tower. Only Hindus can visit the temple from Inside. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Gopalpur. Enroute stop at the fisherman’s village at Mangalajodi, located on Chilka lake, known for birds watchers. We are in one of the India's most fascinating landscape sceneries, including land, sea, lagoons, canals and lakes, where a people of peasant-fishermen live on plots of land and water. Continue southwest through rural landscapes and traditional Hindu villages along the Chilika lake, an extensive lagoon coast of India separated from the Bay of Bengal from a 60 km long strip of sand. Finally we arrive in Gopalpur, where you can enjoy the sunset on the beach. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast departure for Baliguda. The tribal area of Orissa starts here. Here you may see the Malliah Kondh tribes. In the afternoon excursion to the Malliah Kondh villages, tribes famous for the tattooed faced women, the drawings represent the snout of the tiger. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, visit the other nearby villages of the Malliah Kondh and continue to Bisamkatak to visit the villages inhabited by the Desia Kondh tribes. They use to do the human sacrifices a few years ago. But now replaced the ritual with animal sacrifices on special occasions only. Continue to Rayagada. Arrive, dinner and overnight.
Breakfast and drive to Chatti Kona. The route is full of landscapes and natural views. Then reach in the market of Chattikona (held on Wednesday only). Witness the ladies and gents from Dongariya Kondh tribe. In the afternoon continue to Semiliguda, center commercial district of Koraput. Arrival in Semiliguda. Dinner and overnight.
Please note : Chattikona Market is held only on Wednesday.
Day dedicated to an excursion and visit of the weekly tribal market of Onukudelli. Where you see and admire the Bonda and Gadhaba women with their traditional costumes. They belong to the Tibetan-Burmese origin, the Bondas (also known as "Pygmies of Orissa") are a tribe among the most primitive and warlike, which has kept its own intact customs and traditions. Gadaba are among the oldest tribes of Orissa. Dinner and overnight in Semiliguda.
Please note : Onukudelli Market is held only on Thursday.
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Vishakapatnam. Enroute stop at the Kundali tribal market, meeting point of all ethnic groups and main tribal market of Orissa. Arrival in Vishakapatnam and transfer to airport. Flight to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and transfer to International Airport.
Please note : Kundali Market is held only on Friday.
Please Note : To visit the markets, which are held only in certain days. The tour must start on Thursdays.
Please note : As being the tribal and forest area in Baliguda, Semiliguda and Rayagada. The higher category hotels are not available and only the hotels with basic services will be provided.
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A valid passport is required for at least six months before Boarding the Flight. We encourage you to check the validity of the passport and we advise you to bring a photocopy of your passport and the page of the visa obtained, or carry multiple copies of ETA, useful in case of loss.
INDIAN CONSULAR VISA
To enter India, an entry visa issued by the Indian Embassy is required. It is categorically necessary that all travellers, whose itinerary includes leaving and returning to the country, have obtained a double or multiple visas. During the flight to India you will be given a disembarkation form to be filled in with your data and to be delivered to passport control. The detachable part completed with the customs declaration will be returned to you, and must then be handed over to the customs upon leaving the airport.
Air tickets for flights within India or between India and Nepal, if not included in the intercontinental flight, will be collected by your companion or our representative and will be delivered to you upon arrival. Flights within India and between Nepal are the trickiest part of the journey. We recommend a lot of patience, because it is not uncommon for flights to suffer delays, cancellations or make intermediate stops not foreseen at the time of booking. It is therefore essential to always go to the airport on time (about 2 hours before the flight). In the event of cancellations, however, the companies, according to the new regulations, will refund the cost of the ticket but have no obligation to re-route. The rebooking will then be done by our local office by purchasing a new ticket. Purchasing it on the same day, the same fare as the canceled flight is not always available. In case this exceeds that of the cancelled flight, the difference must be paid directly on the spot. If there are no other flights on the scheduled route, a land transfer by car/bus will be provided in lieu of the ticket.
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
Since recently (August 2013) both on intercontinental flights and on internal flights, the companies are very strict in calculating the weight of the baggage and each additional kilogram is subjected to an extra payment according to the rules of the company itself. In this regard, we report the scheme concerning the baggage allowance for the economy class granted by each airline for flights within India and between India and Nepal:
Hand Baggage Weight
Checkin Luggage Weight
7 kg + Laptop
7 kg + Laptop
Indigo & Spice Jet
7 kg + Laptop
7 kg + Laptop
7 kg + Laptop
The company has the right to apply an extra cost for each kilogram exceeding the above, (indicatively from 4 to 8-euro per kg).
LOCAL GUIDES AND ESCORT TOURS
For the entire duration of the group tour, starting from your arrival in India, you will be assisted by a Tour Escort or local Guide (for individual tourists) in each city who will take care of every technical-organizational detail. The tour escort will also act as a local guide in the cities for which he is licensed. In the others he will be accompanied by a local foreign speaking guide or English-speaking guide as per the provisions of the Indian government. In the latter case, he will provide for the translation.
In many cities of India, in fact, there are no local guides speaking foreign languages (especially in southern India, central India and some parts of Rajasthan), or there are few.
We remind you that passport, telephone and valuable accessories in general must always be kept by the passenger and never left unattended, as no service facility takes charge of any loss/theft during the tour. It is also good to have all the emergency bank numbers with you in case of need.
In India, tipping is a custom rooted in local custom. The amount of tips is at the discretion of the passengers, but as a rule they are in the local custom. In restaurants it is customary to leave 10% of the bill as a tip.
A basic tip:
For half day drive with driver Rs. 300/ full day Rs. 500.
For porters Rs. 70 per bag
For Half Day Local Guide Rs. 500/ Full Day Rs. 800
Per Day Escorts Rs. 1000
(The amount is in total and refers to a group of 2/3 people, it can be increased if you are traveling in a group with more people)
For groups, even small in number but with tour escorts, it is advisable to give the guide a sum at the beginning of the tour (approximately 40/45 euros for 7/9 day tours) and he will distribute them appropriately, thus avoiding boring and continuous collections.
N.B. (This figure does not include a possible tip for the companion)
The rooms are available until 12.00 on the day of departure. In India there is no day use system, therefore if the rooms want to be kept until departure they will have to be paid for the entire following night.
We inform you that the check-in procedure can take place via online check-in, which can be implemented from the airlines' websites or via the automatic check-in devices specifically installed at the airport.
The most pleasant season runs from mid-November to March, with moderate heat and low rainfall. The maximum temperatures vary from 27° to 30°, the minimums from 16° to 22°. In March the temperatures begin to rise with highs reaching 38°. The month of August records the peak of the monsoon season (from June to October) which invests the south-western regions with rainfall that varies in intensity according to the areas, limited in some to severe thunderstorms. In October and in the first half of November the south-eastern part of India is affected by a north-east monsoon.
Clothing must take into account the period and the regions where you go. In southern India, light clothing can be worn all year round, without forgetting long trousers and long-sleeved shirts to protect against insects. During visits to the temples, excessively small clothing should be avoided. For those traveling to the northern regions, warmer clothing is needed, as the temperature can approach freezing in winter. In the desert region of Rajasthan the temperature varies a lot between day and night.
In India the variety of handicraft production is practically infinite. Indian muslins, canvases, silks and brocades have enjoyed worldwide fame since ancient times and have been appreciated for the quality of the fabric, the beauty and resistance of the colors, the originality of the designs. Even today the brightly colored silk saris, embroidered or woven with gold or silver threads, the brocades of Varanasi as well as the cottons of Rajasthan, the wool or wool and silk carpets of Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are renowned. The manufacture of fabrics is just one aspect of the varied and rich Indian craftsmanship which ranges from wood carving (teak, sandalwood, rosewood, ebony) spread almost everywhere, especially in Karnataka, to Agra marble inlays or the stone sculptures of Orissa, from ceramics to hand-painted lacquers, from brass and copper pottery to bamboo and leather objects. The skill of the Indians in the cutting and processing of semi-precious and precious stones has been known since ancient times. Haggling in the bazaars is common practice.
Do not buy souvenirs that cost animals their lives or harm nature.
FOOD AND DRINK
It is recommended to drink only bottled or boiled water (found in almost all restaurants and hotels). Carefully avoid tap water and ice in drinks. It is advisable to consume only well-cooked foods and packaged foods, avoiding raw vegetables and fruit that cannot be peeled.
In India there is a great variety of doctors practicing the most diverse forms of therapy and the only hospital in Europe is located in Delhi. It is advisable to bring from Italy tablets against any gastrointestinal disorders and medicines that are difficult to find locally.
Before entering the temples, mosques and or gurdwaras it is essential to take off your shoes, generally it is allowed to keep your socks on. To avoid discomfort, do not bring leather articles of any kind with you, because they could arouse some opposition. Inside places of worship, tourists can move as they please and sometimes attend religious rites, for which it is preferable to wear modest clothes, avoiding tops, skirts and shorts. A small donation will be welcome.
The folded hands namaste is the typical Indian greeting and its use will be greatly appreciated. Especially in cities, men will gladly shake hands with tourists; in fact, this gesture is considered particularly cordial. The majority of Indian women, on the other hand, are reluctant to shake hands with a man, both Indian and foreign (a possible refusal should not be considered an offense) and are generally surprised by the informality of relations between the two sexes used in western countries. In private homes you will be welcomed as guests of honor and your lack of familiarity with local customs and traditions will be understood and accepted. If you should be tempted to eat with your fingers, remember to use onlyyour right hand.
Indian cuisine varies according to the regions, with notable differences between the southern and northern regions, but has as a common feature the wise use of spices which are used not only to flavor foods but also to aid digestion. In the north it looks remarkably like that of Middle Eastern or Central Asian countries; there is great use of chili (hot pepper), the staple food is wheat, and various types of unleavened bread are consumed, such as pooris or chappatis. The meats are quite common, naturally not beef. In the south, where the Muslim influence has been less strong, vegetarian diets prevail, and the cuisine revolves around rice, consumed in an infinite variety of ways. The highly savory taste of Indian foods is related to the blend of spices frequently used in food preparation. These mixtures (kari) can accompany various vegetables, chicken or lamb meat, fish or rice. Rogan josh (lamb curry), gishtaba (spiced meatballs with yoghurt), korna (vegetable meat-based stews) are very common in the north. In the south, various vegetable dishes are widespread, including bhujia (a vegetable curry) and along the coasts, fish dishes, the Cochin prawns are delicious. Perhaps the most common dishes throughout India are, however, the simple dhal, essentially a lentil soup, and the thali, the typical vegetarian dish, usually served on a tray with small bowls full of vegetables accompanied by large -of quantity of rice. Among the desserts, kulfi, the typical pistachio ice cream, is very common, while tropical fruit is very abundant. It is a frequent habit to conclude the meal by chewing pal, a mixture of spices, betel nuts and other powders, all wrapped up in an edible leaf. Tea is the most popular drink and some varieties of Indian tea are famous all over the world. Try the rice beer.
In India a large number of local languages are spoken, very different from region to region, among which Hindi is the official one. English represents a strong instrument of national cohesion and is very widespread, especially in hotels or in places frequented by Westerners.
Religion forms an integral part of India's complex tradition. Four of the most important faiths in the world meet on this territory: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam and among these the first two were born in India. furthermore, this country which welcomed the Jews and the Parsees (followers of Zoroaster), who then integrated into Indian life, gave rise to Jainism, Sikhism and other innumerable cults and regional sects of lesser importance and which for centuries have acted and interacted with each other.
They usually already include exit taxes from the country. However, we recommend checking at the airport, as these are subject to change regulations.
The cellular network is active in the country, however Italian cell phones are only active in the main cities and it is therefore advisable to purchase a card locally. To call from India the area code is 0039. To call India dial 0091.
No mandatory vaccination is required for travelers from Italy. Before travelling, it is advisable to consult the competent ASL on the need to carry out vaccinations or appropriate prophylaxis. In general, subject to medical opinion, vaccinations against: diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, tuberculosis, polio and tetanus booster are recommended. However, we recommend checking the Viaggiare Sicuri website at the link http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it/index.php?india
The legal tender in India is the Indian Rupee. It is advisable to have currency in US dollars especially for entrances, Euros are also welcome. No Indian currency can be brought into the country or exported, while any amount of foreign currency can be imported. It is very complicated to exchange the Rupee in another currency, so it is advisable to buy in such quantities as to no longer have liquids in local currency at the time of departure. Credit cards, preferably from the VISA circuit, are accepted both in authorized shops and in hotels in large cities, where automated bank branches can also be used.
Our guides and professional escorts have experience in the area and in-depth cultural preparation. We can provide Guides in differenr languages also in most of the sectors but in some areas there shall be only english speaking Guides available, Such as Ladakh and the Himalayan areas, Kindly do check it with our travel experts regarding the availabiluty.
Means of transport
Our organization boasts a large fleet of new generation air-conditioned means of transport: from standard or deluxe cars (2/3 pax) to Overland vehicles (2/3 pax); from minibuses (4/8 pax) to grand tour buses (10/40 pax), with professional English speaking drivers, always attentive to the needs of travelers. The roads that connect the main cities of India are generally good. Indian Traffic conditions limit the transfer times to an average of 50 km per hour.
Hotels and tented camps
In Indian Subcontinent, the official category of hotels does not guarantee international standards and does not always correspond to the expectations of the traveler. The structures that MTA chooses, from luxury hotels, to Heritage Hotels (former residences of the Maharajas), to lower category hotels, are periodically supervised by our staff. In the Himalayan areas of Ladakh, hotels are provided among the best existing and standard tented camps with limited comfort, where a good spirit of adaptation is required.
The Major airports where International flights Land are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Almost all of the major International Airliens have theor scheduled flights from these cities. including Swiss, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, BrusselsAirlines and Etihad.
Our Product Managers are available to travelers to develop personalized itineraries (for individuals or groups) and offer ad hoc programming, designed with maximum flexibility and with smallest details, for those who want to immerse themselves in the magic and spirituality of " Land of the Gods” outside the classic Itineraries or with programs already present in the catalog. MTA is also available to develop personalized travels in cinema, nature, sports, honeymoons, incentive travel, business tourism and medical tourism in India.
To obtain an entry visa to India it is essential to have a passport valid for 6 months from the date of travel (with at least three consecutive free pages), and two passport photos. you can apply for ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) The Link of the website is https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa Kindly check for permission Granted on ETA before boarding your flight.