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Eastern India Heritage Tour
Duration:          9 Nights / 10 Days
Places Covered: Kolkata-Sunderban National Park-Bhubaneshwar-Puri (Konark and Chilika Lake).

Day 01: Kolkata
Upon arrival meet and greet at the airport followed by transfer to the hotel Check in & overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kolkata
After breakfast and proceed for sightseeing of Kolkata city: Howrah Bridge*, Belur Math, Vivekananda Setu*, Dakshineswar Temple, GPO*, Writers Building*, Eden Garden Stadium*, St. Pauls Cathedral Church, Victoria Memorial Hall, Mother House & Birla Temple. You can take a River Cruise on Ganges at your own cost. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Kolkata - Sunderbans National Park
After breakfast departure from Kokatta to Basanti Port (3 ½ hr.) for Sundarbans. At the Sundarbans, enjoy a cruise to Sajnekhali by a dedicated motorised launch (2 ½ hr.). Overnight in the launch. Dinner & night stay on the boat.

Day 04: Sunderbans National Park
After breakfast have a full day cruise through mangrove creeks for wildlife viewing & bird watching at the Sundarbans. Enjoy lunch on the boat. Anchor at Sajnekhali by sunset.You can also opt for watching the Slide show on wildlife at the Mangrove Interpretation Centre in the evening with tea & snacks. Dinner & night stay on the boat.

Day 05: Sunderbans National Park – Kolkata-Bhubaneshwar (Overnight Train)
Pay a morning visit in a cycle rickshaw to Rangabeloa Tagore Society to see the rural development project. Return back to Basanti Port by the afternoon. Transfer to Kolkata by car. Upon arrival take overnight train to Bhubaneshwar. Overnight train.

Day 06: Bhubaneswar
Upon arrival at Railway station meet and assist at the Railway station followed by transfer to the hotel. After freshen up embark on the sightseeing of Udayagiri and Khandagiri Jain monk caves. The caves are situated on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvat in the Hathigumpha inscription. They have a number of finely and ornately carved caves. It is believed that most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for Jain monks during the reign of King Kharavela. Udayagiri means "Sunrise Hill" and has 18 caves while Khandagiri has 15 caves. Also visit to Dhauli peace Pagoda and Ashokan Rock Edict en route. The Bhubaneswar is also known as the city of Temples we will take you to few of them. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Bhubaneshwar-Puri (65 kms)
After breakfast drive to Puri en route Pipli Artisan Village famous for its appliqué work. You can do the shopping of the artifacts as souvenir. Continue driving and reach Puri-the famous place for Lord Jaganath one of the most revered Hindu religious place. Check into the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Puri
After breakfast precedes to Konark Sun Temple a world Heritage Site located at 35 kms one way is the 13th Century sun temple is also known as the Black Pagoda It was constructed from oxidized and weathered ferruginous sandstone by King Narasimhadeva I (1238-1250 CE) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The temple is an example of Orissan architecture of the Ganga dynasty. The temple is one of the most renowned temples in India and is a World Heritage Site. It is one of the Seven Wonders of India Legend has it that the temple was constructed by Samba, the son of Lord Krishna. It is said that Samba was afflicted by leprosy, brought about by his father’s curse on him. After 12 years of penance, he was cured by Surya, the Sun God, in whose honour he built the magnificent Konark Sun Temple. Return to Puri via Raghunathpur artisan village. Rest of the time free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Puri (Excursion tour of Chilika Lake)
After breakfast transfer to Chilika Lake- the Asia Largest brackish lake located at 55 kms away from Puri is one of the few lakes widely known for migratory birds. There are many Island located inside the Lake the wetland attracts the most of the birds species. Take a boat tour of Nalaband Island for bird photography. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10: Puri-Bhubaneswar
Post breakfast drive to Bhubaneswar to catch the flight to Kolkata for further journey.
You can take add on tour of North India heritage Tour.