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Bastar Dussehra is the unique cultural trait of Chhattisgarh. Celebrated by the local people of the state with sufficient vigor, the festival of Dussehra connotes to the supreme power of goddess Danteswari. During Dussera, the inhabitants of Bastar organizes special worship ceremonies at the Danteswari temple of Jagadalpur. The dussehra festival is a famous event of India. But the dussehra of Bastar is completely different from the commonly known festival of the country. Bastar Dussehra celebrate the divine bliss of Goddess Danteswari who is the revered deity of all the existing tribes of Chhattisgarh. One of the inherent traits of Bastar Dussehra is that the control of the state is formally transferred to the Diwan keeping the Zamindar and similar important personalities as witnesses. A mystique characteristics of this ceremony is that before handing over the power to the Diwan, a girl who is believed to have possessed the spiritual powers is asked for permission. This girl is seen with a wooden sword and stands in a war-like posture.

Bastar Dussehra is the unique cultural trait of Chhattisgarh. Celebrated by the local people of the state with sufficient vigor, the festival of Dussehra connotes to the supreme power of goddess Danteswari. During Dussera, the inhabitants of Bastar organizes special worship ceremonies at the Danteswari temple of Jagadalpur. The dussehra festival is a famous event of India. But the dussehra of Bastar is completely different from the commonly known festival of the country. Bastar Dussehra celebrate the divine bliss of Goddess Danteswari who is the revered deity of all the existing tribes of Chhattisgarh. One of the inherent traits of Bastar Dussehra is that the control of the state is formally transferred to the Diwan keeping the Zamindar and similar important personalities as witnesses. A mystique characteristics of this ceremony is that before handing over the power to the Diwan, a girl who is believed to have possessed the spiritual powers is asked for permission. This girl is seen with a wooden sword and stands in a war-like posture.

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : 16/10/2018

ARRIVE DELHI (BY: FLIGHT)

Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel. Delhi at Night Meals: Nil. Overnight in Hotel at Delhi

Day 2

Date : 17/10/2018

DELHI- RAIPUR (FLIGHT DEP 1730 HRS/ARR 1915 HRS)

Morning after breakfast proceed for Delhi sightseeing with lunch at a restaurant followed by half day sightseeing of specific local markets of Delhi for photography including Chandani Chowk market which is called as one of the cheapest market of the world. At Chandani Chowk one can also take photos of spice vendors, rickshaw rides, etc. Later after lunch proceed to India Gate for photography of local delhites enjoying their evening with the family and then drive pass President House, Parliament of India and reach airport to board flight to Raipur. Arrive Raipur and transfer to hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in hotel at Raipur

Day 3

Date : 18/10/2018

RAIPUR-KANKER (DRIVE, 140 KMS 3 HRS)

After breakfast drive to Kanker, Lunch at Kanker Palace. Afternoon enjoy the festivity photography in Kanker. During the festival people color their faces and parts of body, dress in up in their traditional tribal wear and dance together in groups which is really fascinating for photographers. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in hotel at Kanker Palace.

Day 4

Date : 19/10/2018

KANKER - JAGDALPUR (DRIVE-160 KMS 3 HRS)

After breakfast drive to Jagdalpur en route visiting different tribal villages to enjoy the Dussehra festival celebration. Also can visit the Bison horn maria tribe in their village. Here we will see people wearing animal horns on their head and hanging a drum (Gǔ) around their neck. These people dance in groups and position themselves in particular order. Overnight at hotel in Jagdalpur. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in hotel at Jagdalpur.

Day 5

Date : 20/10/2018

JAGDALPUR FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Full day visit & enjoy the Dussehra chariot festival, procession of the Bastar king with tribal gods and their dance to welcome the king. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in hotel at Jagdalpur

Day 6

Date : 21/10/2018

JAGDALPUR - JEYPORE (DRIVE 100 KMS 2HRS)

Post breakfast drive to Jeypore en route visiting Kotpad weaving village, Dhurwa & Bhatra tribal village. The House here are made of mud and hay. The men and women generally just drape a piece a cloth around them which is very different from normal civilization in the city. Late afternoon stroll along the market of Jeypore. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in hotel at Jeypore.

Day 7

Date : 22/10/2018

JEYPORE - RAYAGADA (DRIVE 150 KMS 3 & HALF HRS.)

Today drive to Rayagada en route visiting, Bada Paraja tribe and their village, Mali tribe & their village, Bamboo basket weaver’s village & Muniaka Kondh tribal village. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in hotel at Raygada.

Day 8

Date : 23/10/2018

RAYGADA - PHULBANI (DRIVE 200 KMS 5 HRS)

After breakfast drive to Phulbani; on the way visiting Dongria Kondh tribal market at Chatikona. Afternoon visit of tattoo faced Kutia Kondh tribe & their village. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in hotel at Phulbani.

Day 9

Date : 24/10/2018

PHULBANI - PURI (VIA CHILIKA) (DRIVE 230KMS 5HRS)

After breakfast, proceed to Puri by surface enroute visiting local villages where one can meet and interact with the local people and enjoy their culture and traditions. Also visit Chilka lake to see the migratory birds and dolphins (Dolphins View is subject to chance) for photography and latter check into the Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in hotel at Puri.

Day 10

Date : 25/10/2018

PURI - BHUBANSEHWAR (DRIVE 100 KMS 2HRS)

After breakfast drive to Bhubaneswar, en route visiting the world famous Sun Temple for photography, after visit have a walk in the fisherman village where you can find fish traders buying and selling fishes, local people carrying fish on cycles, shoulders etc. Afternoon visit the temples of Bhubaneswar for photography of Priests in their traditional dress and huge crow of devotes offering prayer in different ways. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in hotel at Bhubaneshwar.

Day 11

Date : 26/10/2018

BHUBANESHWAR – KOLKATA (FLIGHT 6E557 DEP 1015HRS/ARR1120HRS), KOLKATA - BAGDOGRA (BY: FLIGHT SG3287 DEP 1530/ARR 1640 HRS),BAGDOGRA – DARJEELING (BY ROAD: 80Kms/3 Hrs)

BHUBANESHWAR – KOLKATA (FLIGHT 6E557 DEP 1015HRS/ARR1120HRS) Morning after breakfast transfer to airport and board the flight to Kolkata. Arrive Kolkata at 1120 hrs and post lunch (on own) at airport board the connecting flight to Bagdogra KOLKATA - BAGDOGRA (BY: FLIGHT SG3287 DEP 1530/ARR 1640 HRS), BAGDOGRA – DARJEELING (BY ROAD: 80Kms/3 Hrs) Arrive Bagdogra at 1640 hrs and then transfer to Darjeeling (Approx. 80km/3 hours) drive. Dinner at restaurant or hotel and overnight stay at hotel in Darjeeling DARJEELING: Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134m, ‘Dorje Ling’, or place of the Thunderbolt, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, with the Kanchendzonga rising higher than all the others. Often referred to as the “Queen of the Hills”, it remains just as alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track. Surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snowcapped mountains, Darjeeling remains one of the most exotic destinations. Graeme Westlake in his book ‘ An introduction to hill stations on India’ refers to Darjeeling as having “A view Scarcely Unrivalled on Earth”. Meals: Breakfast at Bhubaneshwar hotel, lunch en-route on own and dinner at restaurant and Darjeeling hotel.

Day 12

Date : 27/10/2018

DARJEELING LOCAL SIGHTSEEING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Early morning visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery Tiger Hill :- It is 13 kms from Darjeeling and one can see beautiful sunrise and Himalayan Range like Kanchandzonga , Mount Everest etc. One can see the horizon changing colors just before sunrise and then the entire Himalayan range turn golden. It is truly a majestic sight. Ghoom Monastery:- This is oldest Monastery in the area which was built in 1875 and one can see the image of Mythey Buddha 15ft. height on the way back from Tiger Hill Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy toy train ride photography. (Train ride is subject to weather and railway conditions) Toy Train: The spectacular landscape unfolds as the 2-foot gauge Darjeeling Himalayan railway, opened in 1881, labours at about 10 mph criss-crossing the road. It has tiny 4-wheel locomotives (some over 100 years old) like living legends. One can experience the sound, smell and romance of a bygone era. DHR is a work of genius and technological achievement of 1881. It has social and cultural importance. It is beautiful and has outstanding universal appeal. Based on its unique features, it is considered to be of lasting significance to mankind. Afternoon proceed for Tea Garden (Subject to Permission) and Tibetan Refugee Centre Photography. Tea Garden: Tea Tourism is a relatively new concept in the world and Darjeeling is a taking a lead in this area. And why not? Darjeeling is after all the Mecca of tea and sprawling estates producing what we know as the "Champagne of Teas" to the delight of the world. There are 80 odd operational tea gardens in Darjeeling that span across thousands of acres of land area on open hill slopes. High on the hills with cool breeze and misty weather, planters and workers come together to form a wonderland where tea grows in the finest form like no where else in the world. Tibetan Self- Help Centre Or Refugee Centre:- This institute is run by Tibetan Refugees to preserve their handicrafts and one can see making of Tibetan Carpets, Leather work, Paintings and Wooden work etc. Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner at hotel or restaurant.

Day 13

Date : 28/10/2018

DARJEELING - BAGDOGRA (BY: SURFACE) , BAGDOGRA – KOLKATA (BY: FLIGHT)

Morning in time transfer to Bagdogra airport (Approx. 80km/3 hours) to board flight for Kolkata. Depart Bagdogra at 1225 hrs by 9W 958 (Jet Airways) Arrive Kolkata at 1330 hrs and then transfer to hotel. Afternoon TIME PERMITTING visit Howarah Bridge, Hoogly River, and streets of Kolkata for Photography. Howrah Bridge is a very busy and beautiful bridge over Hoogly River which connects Kolkata with Howarh City. Many Bollywood movie scenes are filmed around this bridge as the view from here is very scenic especially during the sunset when the sun light and street light falls on the bridge. After dinner in time transfer to Kolkata international airport for departure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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Package Inclusions:
• Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per itinerary
• Transport using 01 A.C 18 Seater for 10 Pax and 12 Pax
• Transport using 01 A.C 27 Seater for 15+1 Pax
• Meals as per the itinerary (No Meal on Day 1)
• 01 bottle of mineral water per day
• Monuments Entrances
• Language speaking guide as per the itinerary

 

Cost Not Includes:
• Any personal expenses, airfare, visa fee and insurance fee.
• Tips to Guide and Driver
• Any thing that is not mentioned in cost inclusions.

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