ODISHA DIAMOND TRIANGLE-II
Destination: Bhubaneswar-Konark-Chilika (Satapada)-Puri-Ratnagiri-Lalitgiri-Biraja temple.
Meet and Greet on arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport/Railway station and transfer to Hotel. After noon visit to the ancient temples like Lingaraj-the biggest in Bhubaneswar (non-hindus are not allowed), Mukteswar, Rajarani & 64 Yogini temple (Yogini sculpture having 64 different hair style & one of the four yogini temple in India). Evening free for independent activities. O/N- Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar-Konark-Puri (110 kms/2.5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Puri. En-route visit through Dhauli-the Buddhist center, Pipili-the appliqué work village & market, Sun temple at Konark (the UNESCO World heritage monument), Chandrabhaga beach, Ramchandi-temple. On arrival at Puri check-in to the Hotel. After fresh-up visit to the temple of Universal God, Lord Jagannath (One of the four Dham). Evening leisure at golden beach Puri/visit to the beach market. O/N- Puri.
Puri-Chilika-Bhubaneswar (165 kms/3.5 hrs)
You may go for the morning Aarti/ witness the sun rise at golden beach, Puri. After breakfast drive to Satapada (One end of Chilika Lagoon). Cruise in the largest brakish water lagoon of Asia and explore Sea mouth, Rajhans Island, rare Irrawady dolphins, local birds etc. Post lunch proceed to Bhubaneswar, en-route covering handicraft village Raghurajpur. O/N-Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar-Ratnagiri (100 kms/one way)
After breakfast proceed to Ratnagiri-Lalitgiri-Udaygiri Buddhist circuit which is popularly known as ‘Diamond triangle of Odisha’ and explore the Stupas, Chaytyas, Viharas etc.. Lalitgiri is the oldest Buddhist complex of the state and one of the earliest Buddhist establishments of the world. Must visit the museum at Ratnagiri & Lalitgiri. O/N-Ratnagiri / Jajpur town.
Ratnagiri/Jajpur Town-Biraja temple-Bhubaneswar(190kms/4hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jajpur town for darshan of Goddess Biraja-the great mother goddess. She is virtually the incarnation of goddess Earth and one of 51 shakthi pentagrams. On way back to Bhubanewar visit Jagannath temple at Chhatia. O/N-Bhubaneswar.
First half sightseeing of Bhubaneswar including Khandagiri & Udayagiri Jain Caves, Tribal Museum. If time permits visit to Nandankanan zoological park (popular for white tiger). In time transfer to railway station/airport for onwards journey. Tour End.