Day 1 - Arrival at Bhubaneshwar
Arrival at Bhubaneshwar, meeting with the local MTA representative and transfer to Hotel.In the afternoon hike to Udayagiri to visit the Elephant Cave.Return to Bhubaneshwar.
Day 2 - Bhubaneshwar
Day dedicated to the visit of the city: one of the largest and the largest of the 600 temples in the city is that of Lingaraj, the Shiva temple, built in the 11th century with elegantly carved towers (those not of Hindu religion they can enter the Temple, they can only see it from the outside).Continue for the Parasurameshwar Mandir, the Rajarani Mandir striking for the grace of the heavenly nymphs; the Mukteshwar Temple, a work of art with Buddhist, Hindu and Jainist details.
Day 3 -Bhubaneshwar - Dhenkanal
Departure for Nuapatna, a village of weavers famous for the production of "ikat", a traditional fabric obtained with the original technique called "tincture to reserve". Continued for Joranda, for the encounter with the Hindu Sect of Mahima Sadhus, whose members cover the nakedness with the tree bark. In the evening you will be able to participate in the evocative fire ceremony.
The overnight stay is planned in the Dehkanal Palace, a beautiful historic building in the middle of nature: an intimate and simple accommodation, where the present prince knows how to receive and make every guest feel comfortable.
Day 4 - Dhenkanal - Puri
Departure for Puri (about 3 hours) is one of India's most important sacred cities, pilgrimage center and venue of the Rath Yatra Festival (July), during which large wagons cross the city accompanied by a festive crowd. Visit of the neighborhood near the imposing Temple of Shri Jagannath, Lord of the World, a goddess of the gods built in the 12th century, which boasts tall towers 65 meters (not accessible to non-Hindus). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 - Puri: Excursion to Konarak
Visit the Temple of the Sun God of Konarak, one of the wonders of Hindu religious art. The temple was built by King Narasimha I of the Ganga Dynasty in the 13th century and is linked to the legend of healing from the leprosy of Shamba, Krishna's son, thanks to Surya's intervention. Continue with the visit of the fishing villages and return to the Hotel. Nightclub in the rickshaw on the main street of Puri.
Day 6 - Puri - Mangalajodi - Gopalpur
Continue for Gopalpur On Sea (180 Km - about 4 hours).Along the trailing stop at the fishing village of Mangalajodi, located on Lake Chilka, famous for bird watching fans. We are in one of India's most fascinating landscapes, between land, sea, lagoons, canals, and lakes, where a peasant fisherman lives on land-water plots. The Chilka Lake is also the natural habitat of an endangered animal species: the Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris). Climbing the Chilka Lake, the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia, I arrive in Gopalpur and stay at Hotel.Time to relax on dotted beaches of coconut trees.
Day 7 - Gopalpur - Pusangia
Depart for Pusangia (220 Km - about 6 hours) crossing the Orissa green forests and entering the tribal area. Pusangia is a small tourist attraction where it is possible to perceive the authenticity of the tribal villages. Arrival and accommodation in modest eco-lodge.
Day 8 - Pusangia - Rayagada
Morning dedicated to visiting the Kondh ethnic villages.The Kondh are one of the oldest tribes, descending directly from the ancient pre-Aryan world, which still faithfully preserves the culture and traditions, and dedicates itself with total transport to rituals and ceremonies. The largest tribe of Orissa (over one million) belongs to the great Dravidian linguistic group, but over 60% of Kondh speaks the old Kui tribal language, while 40% have long adopted the Orya, Orissa.
The Kondh are subdivided into tribes including Dongria, Jharia, Kuthia, scattered throughout the districts of Koraput, Phulbani, and Honour . They are predominantly stationary farmers, cultivate rice and vegetables, have many buffaloes from which milk and cheese are obtained, live in low and long houses built on the hills and arranged around a square dominated by a sacrificial altar. An elderly leader and guide dictate the rules of the community.In the afternoon departure to Rayagada (150 Km - 4 hours).Arrival and Accommodation in Hotel.
Day 9 - Rayagada - Chattikona Market - Jeypore
Departure for Chattikona (40 Km - about 1 hour) where you will visit the Dongria Kondh tribe weekly market characterized by lively exchanges and bargaining.
The Dongria Kondh are a rather isolated and aggressive nation. Their villages have sacrificial poles and numerous places of worship of which they are jealous guardians; if a stranger comes into contact with one of these totems, the object of worship becomes impure and hostile to mother-to-earth until it compromises the life of the whole village.
Mostly farmers have developed pineapple, tuber, papaya, mango and banana crops that bloom lushly near their villages. The Dongria homes are different from those of the other Kondh, they are low and with sloping roofs in straw.Continue for Jeypore (160 Km - about 4 hours). Arrival and Accommodation in Hotel.
Social relations, clan meetings, cultural and economic exchanges take place in weekly markets where tribal groups converge with their goods and traditional customs.
The established day, now periodically, the divas of the tribe of the Orissa descend from the hills and leave the most inaccessible forests to exchange agricultural products, livestock, crafts, and buy items of first-aid goods that can not to find in the forest or to trade, with money or according to the ancient barter laws, with other tribes.
Each tribe goes to its own weekly market that, animated by peasants, merchants, livestock brokers, walkers and tourists, Hindu pilgrims from the region, acquires the flavor of a country saga, with bargaining shaved by donors, meals to be eaten in feet, rides that sing at the moment of success and children running in all directions. It is the central moment of the sociality of women and men of tribes who live predominantly in the villages throughout the week.
Day 10 - Jeypore - Excursion to Onkudelli market
A day dedicated to an excursion to the villages of Bonda and Gadhaba and visit the weekly tribal market of Onkudelli (70 km - about 2 hours) where weekly members of tribes for trading and exchanges meet and where women can be admired Bonda and Gadhaba with their traditional costumes.
Of Tibetan-Burmese origin, the Bonda is a tribe among the most primitive and bellicose, which has maintained its customs and traditions intact.
They live in the hunt and harvest of spontaneous land products, on inaccessible hills south of Jeypore, and cultivate fertile soils abandoned by the Hindus. Their organization of work and their techniques are very primitive.
Also known as the "Pigmei of Orissa" the Bonda speak a dialect derived from the Munda, Australian-Asian language, and is an eternity that long isolation over the centuries has made it incomprehensible even for other tribes belonging to the same linguistic stem.
The Gadaba, about 70,000 individuals, are divided into three different tribes: Boro Gadaba, Ollar Gadaba, and Paranga.The Boro Gadaba are considered the true holders of the Gadaba culture. The Ollar and the Paragas have now been emanated from their tribal status and have almost completely lost their tribal characteristics. People of farmers and hunters have worked with other tribes as laborers and bearers (the term Gadavb means a person who carries weights on his shoulders). Within each family, there is a virtual figure, sadubhai or god-brother, who is considered the protector of the family and real entity in the organization of the home.
He takes part in all the private moments, ceremonies and public events of the family in society. Return to Jeypore.
Day 11 - Jeypore - Kunduli market - Vishakapatnam
Departure for Vishakapatnam (220 Km - about 5 hours) and along the trailing stop at the Kunduli tribal market, the meeting point of all ethnicities and main tribal market in Orissa.Lunch along the way. Arrival at Vishakapatnam and accommodation in Hotel.
Day 12 - Vishakapatnam - Delhi DEPARTURE
Airport transfer and departure with Air India flight to Delhi and overnight on board for return home.