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Odisha – Heritage, Pilgrimage and Wildlife

Odisha – Heritage, Pilgrimage and Wildlife

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There is so much to benefit from this short trip to Orissa, with loads of fun guaranteed. The duration of the “Night at Bhubaneswar and Puri” holiday package is 5 days and 4 nights, very ideal for working people. You can plan for a weekend or a short holiday to explore the stunning beaches and pilgrimage regions of Orissa: Bhubaneswar and Puri, both places are home to spectacular and ancient temples. Accept the opportunity to spend a hassle free holiday, at the same time cover the main attraction sites.

06 Nights / 07 Days

Tour Plan

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DAY 01:- ARRIVE BHUBANESWAR – EXCURSION TO KHANDGIRI & UDAYGIRI

Morning arrive at Bhubaneshwar. Bhubaneswar "The Lord of the Universe" is also popularly known as the "Temple City of India". The seat of Shiva or Tribhubaneswar "Lord of the Three Worlds", from which the city derives its name, Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage. On arrival, meeting, assistance at railway station by our representative and transfer to hotel.After wash & change visit Tribal Museum - Tribal Research Institute Museum is a museum in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It has life-sized authentic tribal dwellings, created by the tribal craftsmen offers a view of the State's tribal heritage. It has sections which showcase tribal artifacts and objects, focusing on well researched, documented cultural life of tribals of Odisha. It is headed by a Director, who is in the rank of a University Professor, and the administrative control lies in the hands of ST, SC, Minorities, and Backward Classes Welfare Department, Government of Odisha.Later drive to excursion tour to Khandagiri Udayagiri Caves is partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. The caves are situated on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvat in the Hathigumpha inscription. The caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri, called Lena or Lena in the inscriptions, were dug out mostly during the reign of Kharavela for the abode of Jaina ascetics. The most important of this group is Ranigumpha in Udayagiri which is a double storeyed monastery. Later back to Bhubaneshwar. Overnight at hotel.
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DAY 02:- BHUBANESWAR- DIAMOND TRIANGLE- BHITARKANIKA

Morning proceed toward Bhitarkanika by covering enroute sightseeing like : (Diamond Triangle ) Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri & Udayagiri Buddhist Stupas and Monasteries. The excavations here have revealed Vajrayana Buddhist structures, both stupas and monasteries, as well as sculptures and Buddha images. Upon arrival check in to Sand pebbles BhitarkanikaJungle Resort. Dinner & overnight stay.Ratnagiri, true to its name it is indeed a gem. It is the most excavated of the sites and is spread over a hilltop offering grand view of the surrounding. Excavated in 1960s the site yielded two rectangular monasteries and a large stupa surrounded by smaller ones, dating back to the 6 – 12 century AD. Its strategic location protected it from invaders and provided seclusion to the monk.Udaygir, the hill of the rising sun, is the largest of the three archaeological sites of Ratnagiri, Udaygiri & Lalitgiri. Sadly it is the least excavated. Excavation at Udaygiri started in 1960s, and have been carried out in several phases, and continues to this day. The archeological findings are classified in two parts, namely Udaygiri I and Udaygiri II. A Buddha statue welcomes one to the Udaygiri complex, a tree lined path leads to an open space decorated with Buddha statues and other religious artifacts, excavated from Udaygiri.Lalitgiri is considered the holiest of the three sites of Diamond Triangle, as excavation yielded a casket containing a sacred bone relic, probably of Buddha himself. The site contains four small monasteries, none matching the grace and beauty of its counterpart in Ratnagiri and Udaygiri. The inner sanctums are empty and are all of them are approached with beautiful lotus shaped staircase. But the star attraction of Lalitgiri is the U – shaped Chaityagriha, surrounded by votif (small) stupa, which once housed the tooth relic.
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DAY 03:- BHITARKANIKA SIGHTSEEING:

After a delicious home style Breakfast visit to Bird Sanctuary, trekking to Hunting tower of Ancient King and cruise to different creeks on countryside boat approved by Wildlife Department, to spot crocodiles, visit to Museum and Project Area. After lunch, enjoy the surrounding nature’s beauty and paddy field. In the late afternoon visit the Jagannath temple to participate in the Live Aalati Darshan. In the evening enjoy the campfire with Snacks and Dinner. Overnight at Sand Pebbles Jungle Resorts.Bhitarkanika: The land of lush green mangroves, migrating birds and turtles, the menacing estuarine crocodiles, meandering water courses, tranquil surrounding intercepted by the chirping of birds and the ever embracing nature, entrails visitors from near and far off places to flock these unique places of tourist importance. Scientists, Scholars, Nature Lovers and Tourists have abundant food for thought and exploration. Bhitarkanika represents one of the finest creations ever. One of the largest Mangrove Eco systems in India, Bhitarkanika is home to diverse flora and fauna. Bhitarkanikalocated between 86’-45” To 87’17” East longitude and 20’-17” to 20’-47” North latitude in the estuary of Brahmani, Baitarani, Dhamra & Mahanadi river systems, has unique attraction and a boast of nature’s most picturesque sites. The unique bio-diversity attracts visitors to the nature’s lap. Bhitarkanika National Park is a prime habitat of leopard cat, fishing cat, jungle cat, hyena, wild boar, spotted deer, sambar, porcupine, dolphin, salt water crocodile including partially white crocodile, python, king cobra, water monitor lizards, terrapin, marine turtle, kingfisher, wood pecker, hornbill, bar headed geese, brahminy duck, pintail, white bellied sea eagle, tern, sea gull, waders and a large variety of resident and migratory birds.
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DAY 04:- BHITARKANIKA- BHUBANESWAR

After breakfast check out from the resort & drive towards Bhubaneswar. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Freshen up & visit of Bhubaneswar – the Temple city of India. Visit the most important temples – Lingaraj, Mukteswar, Parsurameswar, Brahmeswar and Rajarani. Among the finest of its 600 temples is the Lingaraj Temple of Shiva built in the 11th century, it is also the biggest in Bhubaneswar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as Lingaraj‘.Bindusagar Lake lying to the north of the Lingaraja Temple is one of the popular tourist attractions of Bhubaneswar. Lingaraj Temple (Non Hindu are not allowed inside the temple. To be viewed from a platform outside) . Mukteshwar Temple, is one of the most prominent temples of Bhubaneswar and has been constructed in the style that is quite similar to the one used in the Kalinga School of Temple Architecture. Rajarani Temple is one of the most renowned temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. It is made from the wonderful red and gold sandstone, which is locally known as Rajarani and this is what gives the temple its name of Raja Rani‘.Later visit Hirapur 64 Yogini Temple A reflection of strong tantric traditions prevalent in the Indian sub-continent since 7th century A.D, nine Yogini temples have so far been discovered in the country of which only four have survived. And Orissa has two of these fantastic temples-one at Hirapur and the other being at Ranipur Jharial in Bolangir district. As one takes a left turn from the Bhubaneswar – Puri road at Uttara Chhak on the outskirts of the city, the serpentine village road leading to Balakati takes one across the Bhargabi River to reach Hirapur- half hour drive from the city. Overnight at hotel.
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DAY 05:- BHUBANESWAR – KONARK - PIPLI – PURI

After breakfast leave for Puri enroute visiting Dhauli, Pipli appliqué village and Konark. The Shanti Stupa at Dhauli Hills is a significant symbol of love and peace. The pilgrimage is significant because here King Ashoka resigned from violent wars. After witnessing the devastating sight of blood filled land and the Daya River that obtained red color because of the merciless slaughter of around 1,50, 000 warriors, King Ashoka was filled with sheer grief and therefore decided to renounce wars completely all through the rest of his life. It is at Dhauli that Ashoka resorted to Buddhism and presented his sword in front of Lord Buddha.Konark Sun Temple: The magnificent Sun temple at Konark is the culmination of Odisha temple architecture & one of the most stunning monuments of religious architecture in the world. The entire temple was designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twenty four wheels, carrying the sun god, surya across the heavens.
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DAY 06:- PURI –SATPADA (CHILKA LAKE) - PURI

Early Morning visit to World famous Lord Jagannath temple(Non Hindus are not allowed). Back to hotel & have your breakfast at hotel. Then drive towards Satpada at Chilika Lake. Do boat cruising inside the lake to view Sea Mouth & Irrawaddy Dolphins. En route you will visit to Alarnath Temple . Back to Puri & overnight stay at hotel.Lord Jagannath Temple : The temple is an important pilgrimage destination for many Hindu traditions, particularly worshippers of Krishna and Vishnu, and part of the Char Dham. The temple is sacred to the Vaishnava traditions and saint Ramananda who was closely associated with the temple. It is also of particular significance to the followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism whose founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years. Even though most Hindu deities that are worshiped are made out of stone or metal, here the image of Jagannath is wooden.Satpada: Satapada means group of seven villages. It is home to the Irrawaddy dolphin & also for Sea Mouth Island where Chilika Lake meets the Bay of Bengal. The famous Chilika dolphins can be seen in their natural best here.
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DAY 07:- PURI –- BHUBANESWAR ( DEPARTURE)

After breakfast check out from the hotel. Drive towards Bhubaneswar enroute visit to Raghurajpur painting village, Sakhigopal Shrikrishna Temple. At Bhubaneswar you will visit to Nandankanan Zoo (Closed on Monday). Nandankanan Sanctuary and Biological Park, established in 1979, offering its inhabitants a true feel of their natural habitats, Gharials (crocodile) and White Tiger Nandankanan also runs a lion and a white tiger Safari. Then drop you at Bhubaneswar railway station/ airport for your return journey.

Tour Location

Includes:
  • Accommodation on double sharing at Puri & Bhubaneswar hotels with only breakfast basis.
  • Transfers and sightseeing as per the program by A/C INNOVA including driver charges, fuel charges, Toll & Parking(One time each).
  • All Hotel Taxes.
 
Excludes:
  • GST
  • International / Domestic Air Fare if any quoted separately.
  • English speaking guide / escort charges Airport Tax.
  • Extra bed All meals (other than above mentioned ones).
  • Personal nature expenses such as telephone calls, Laundry, soft / hard drinks, lunch tipping etc.,
  • Camera fee at monuments.
  • Monument OR TEMPLE Entrance Fees Boat ride charges at chilka lake ( Satpada).
  • Any Porterage services at Airport / Railway station.
  • Rates are subject to change in case of inflation or tax hikes, rates based on currently applicable tax.
  • Anything which is not included in the inclusion
 
BOOKING CONDITIONS
All holidays advertised in our brochures and our website are operated by LiFEKINE Tours and TravelsPvt. Ltd.  (hereinafter called ‘the company’, ‘LiFELINE’ or ‘we’) and are sold subject to the following conditions:
Bookings& Deposits
  • The person making the booking (the ‘lead name’) must be 18 years old or over and possess the legal capacity and authority to make the bookings and accept the Booking Conditions and General Information on behalf of everyone in their group.
  • The tour booking will be confirmed only upon receipt of advance of 25% of the tour cost, along with completed Personal Information Form along with PAN CARD COPY.
  • 25% of the tour price to be paid 45 days prior to the date of departure
  • Balance 50% of the tour price to be paid 30 days prior to the date of departure
  • Late Bookings: Bookings made within 30 days of the departure date will be processed only on receipt of 100% payment.
  • All extra services and charges such as rail and air fares, transfers and transport, hotel and any other similar services which are not included in the tour cost will be confirmed only on receipt of 100% advance.
  • Your booking will be considered as confirmed only if there is no default in the above payment procedure.
 Please Note: For tours operated outside India, US Dollar or Euro price will be valid for Indian & Foreign Nationals. A contract will exist between “lIfeline Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd.” and the client only after we have received the payment in full and in accordance with the terms and conditions along with a completed Personal Information Form.
Remittance & Payments:
The payment can be made either by Online transfer through NEFT, IMPS or cash, cheque , Demand Draft in favour of ‘LiFE LINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT. LTD..’ payable at Pune. Payment can be made directly to our following bank accounts:Transfer of Funds from within India and AbroadBank Name:Account Name:Rupee (INR) Current Account No:IFSC Code:SWIFT Code:MICR:Bank Address:*In case of remittance made directly please intimate us the payment details via email to accounts@lifelinetravels.in 
Changes and cancellations
 
Cancellation or change on flight booking
In relation to flight bookings, please note that if the cancellation means that the airline charges a cancellation fee or if the change means that the cost of your booking has increased, you will need to pay such extra charges or costs in addition to our charges outlined on your receipt or booking confirmation.The cancellation and amendment terms of flights are the applicable terms of the airline. You should contact the airline directly to cancel or make amendments to flights. Usually fares for low cost flights are non-refundable. In the event that you decide to cancel your low cost flight, our service fee and any amendment charges are non-refundable. If the reason for your cancellation is covered by the terms of any insurance policy you have purchased, you may be able to reclaim any applicable non-refunded fares or cancellation charges from the insurers. Please note that flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your booking confirmation or e-ticket. If you plan not to take a flight as booked, please contact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as a ‘no-show’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void. If you wish to cancel your booking because you are unable to comply with the passport, visa and other immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary, the terms and conditions of the airline will apply and we accept no responsibility for any charges incurred.
Standard Cancellation Policy for Fixed Departure Tours
In the event of any cancellation by you, we would need a notification from you in writing. If we receive the cancellation notification from you before 45 days prior to the date of departure the 80% advance amount shall be refunded without cancellation charge for the tour. If we receive the notification in 0-45 days prior to the date of reporting, cancellation charges shall be levied as per the following terms:
  • Cancellation between 45 to 31 days before date of departure: 25% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.
  • Cancellation between 30 to 16 days before date of departure: 50% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.
  • Cancellation between 15 to 10 days before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + cancellation charges for other services.
  • Cancellation between 9 to the day of departure: 100% of tour cost + cancellation charges for other services.
 Cancellation Policy for Package & Customized Tour: In case of change in the group size (partial cancellation) our standard cancellation policy will not be applicable. Due to cancellations revised cost will be quoted for the revised group size and the cancellation charges if any for any confirmed arrangements and services will also be charged. But if the entire group cancels the tour, the standard cancellation policy of Fixed Departure Tour will be applicable.
Alteration by You
  • If you wish to alter your tour booking and/or other accommodation and travel arrangements, you need to inform us in writing via email / letter. We will try our best to make the changes subject to feasibility and availability. However there will be an additional charge incurred as a result of cancellation of accommodation, transport arrangement and other services. We may charge at our discretion a service charge for changes made, to cover our administration cost.
  • If you wish to alter your booking after commencement of your tour, we accept no liability for any loss, damage or additional expense and cannot guarantee any refund or reimbursement of any expenses paid by you.
Refund
If you cancel your booking, you may be entitled to a partial refund. In addition to the cancellation terms and conditions of your Supplier(s), our standard fees will apply as may be outlined on your receipt or booking confirmation.The refundable portion of your purchase price (if any) will be refunded to you once we have received the funds back from the Supplier(s). To the extent we are refunded by the Supplier, we shall pass this refund onto you. We are not responsible for a Supplier’s failure to pay a refund.
Alteration by ‘LIFELINE’:
  • It is unlikely that LiFELINE will make alterations in the tour. We plan the arrangements many months in advanceand may have to occasionally make alterations. If we need to make any major alterations in the scheduled itinerary before reporting date due to unavoidable circumstances, we will try and notify you as soon as possible. You will have a choice of either accepting or cancelling your booking in which case we shall refund you the advance received after deducting an administration fee of INR 5000/- per person for international tours and INR 3500/ - per person for domestic tours
  • In case of any extensions / changes in tour itinerary, after commencement of your tour, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, extra expenses at actual will be payable to “LiFELINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT.LTD.”
 
Cancellation by ‘LiFELINE’ & Refunds
  • “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” reserves the right to cancel a Fixed Departure Tour if the minimum numbers of persons as specified, do not book on that tour. We strongly suggest you not to make any non-refundable air bookings and other travel arrangements, till you receive a final confirmation from us minimum 30 days in advance.
  • “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” reserves the right to refuse or cancel any booking if we consider it necessary. In such cases, we shall refund all the money that you have paid.
  • Upon commencement of your tour, “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” reserves the right to refuse a member to continue the tour in case of misconduct or bad health or unfit to travel. In such cases, we shall not refund any money that you have paid.
  • Refunds will not be given for unused services on the tour.
 If cancellation or alteration by “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.”  is caused by events including war or threat of war, strikes, civil strife, riots, terrorist activities, natural disaster, technical or political difficulties affecting air or ground transport, or events amounting to force majeure, this will naturally limit our liability. If such events occur before the date of departure, we will do our best to make alternative arrangements. If these arrangements are not acceptable, then we will make a refund, after deducting any cancellation charges imposed by any other suppliers providing the service component of the tour, plus an administration fee of INR 5000/- per person. 
Special Request:
We will try and fulfil your special requests, if any and will pass on the information to our associates and other service providers but do not guarantee that the requests will be carried out. 
Price and Service Variation:
“LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” does not accept responsibility for any change in prices or variation of services as stated. All services and prices are subject to change without notice. 
Independent Arrangements & Claims against Third Parties
  • Any arrangements you make independently which do not form part of the tour are entirely at your own risk. Where you book any excursions or additional travel arrangements while on your holiday, we act only as your booking agent.
  • In case you are delayed in joining the group at Ex. Destination before the time specified, the group would continue as per the schedule. We will make our best efforts to make alternative travel arrangements so you can join the group as early as possible, but all the additional expenses for these arrangements will be charged additional and the payment needs to be done in our office or to the tour leader in cash on the tour.
  • If you, or any member of your party, suffer death, illness or injury while on holiday arising out of an activity which does not form part of your tour arrangements, we shall at our discretion, offer advice, guidance and assistance to help you in resolving any dispute or claim or grievance you may have against a third party.
 
Authority on the Tour:
By accepting the terms and conditions, you agree to accept the authority and decisions made by employees, group leaders, agents, suppliers while on tour. If in the opinion of any of these, your health or conduct appears likely to endanger the progress of a tour you may be excluded from the whole of, or a part of, the tour. In the case of ill-health we may make such arrangements as we deem necessary and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act we shall cease to have responsibility to or for you.
GENERAL INFORMATION
All holidays advertised in our brochure and our website are operated by “LiFELINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT. LTD.”  (Hereinafter called ‘the company’, ‘LIFELINE’ or ‘we’ or “LIFELINE TOURS”).LIFELINE TOURS: ‘LIFELINE’ is one of the leading organiser of Holidays offering a wide choice of destinations, a variety of activities and of flexible duration. Our tours are designed for people who like holidays which are Leisure, offbeat, educational, special interest, agricultural and many different and interspersed by activities such as biking, photography, cycling, walking,  trekking , self driveor camping and for the past 14 years it has been our endeavor to surpass these expectations. Our emphasis is on enjoyable, safety, comfort and a life full local experience. Our tours are designed to be accessible to all who are in good health and enjoy the outdoors. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing. We therefore build in free time for you to either take part in optional excursions or to explore independently - an important part of any trip. We operate tours in small group sizes so that, we can give personalized attention, be flexible and have a lesser impact on local culture and environment. You have a choice of joining our Group Departure Tour, choosing a Package Tour or customizing a tour as per your requirements.
GROUP DEPARTURE TOUR:
These tours are for people who would like to travel with likeminded people. On these tours, comforts are ensured wherever possible and travel experience is the prime objective. These tours are scheduled and announced on specific dates for fixed durations and prices through our brochure and/or on our website. The tour would operate only if the requisite number of people book on that particular tour. If a lesser number of people sign up for a particular tour, we may cancel the tour. The cancellation of such a tour will be announced at least 30 days prior to its departure date. Reporting time & venue are specified in the Itinerary wherein the time limit for reporting at a particular venue is stated. The reporting venue can be at Hotel or at the Airport/Railway Station. In case of Hotels the reporting will be anytime on or after the time specified in the itinerary.In case of the reporting venue being Airport/Railway Station the reporting time will be as specified in the itinerary as the entire group will assemble at the given time for further travel to your destination.Dispersal time & venue are specified in the Itinerary wherein the time of dispersal at a particular venue is stated. Dispersal time in the itinerary should be considered as an expected time of dispersal and you should take into consideration delays due to traffic, breakdowns, etc. Further your return travel arrangements should take into account the flight reporting time.PACKAGED TOUR: These are tours designed by us, which you can choose as per your dates, but the itineraries are fixed. The prices are quoted depending upon the group size. In a few regions, the choice of accommodation may be limited. We prefer accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis wherever possible, but at a few remote destinations accommodation isoffered only on a half or full board meal plan, giving us no other option. Please check the meal plan specified for the tour. These tours are not escorted by LIFELINE ‘Tour Leaders’. Please Note: The nature of our tours takes us to far and remote areas, where at times the choice of accommodation is limited. A few hotels / Inns / resorts in such remote places may not be up to the standards and expectations that you have. These accommodations may not have room service, any television or intercom facilities, may have fixed timings for meals, no backup for electricity failures and the staff may not be trained and may lack communication skills. The above classification is just a guideline of what one should expect. In many package tours there could be a mix of accommodation due to limitations of availability. In case of any doubts please feel free to ask us for more clarification.CUSTOMIZED TOURS: These tours are customized or designed for a particular group or individuals as per their dates and for the duration they want. The price would be quoted depending on the group size and the specified requirements. For such tours, we advise and make suggestions on accommodation, transport, itinerary, duration, various activities and many more details to add value to the experience. Such tours are not escorted by our Tour Leaders, unless specified. As a valued customer we will be sharing the first two itineraries free of charge. However, we would be charging a non-refundable fee [Tour Customization Fee] of INR 5,000/- for every two Itineraries that would be made henceforth. This amount will be adjusted against the final tour payment.
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