• Explore Puri and learn about the spiritual significance of the city
• Admire the Jagannath Temple and Gundicha Temple
• Visit the Raghurajpur artist village known for its Patta (dried palm leaf) Painting
• Appreciate the unique Appliqué handicrafts work of the artisans of Pipli village
• Explore the ancient rock edicts of Emperor Ashoka dating back to 265 BC at Dhauli
What You Can Expect
Your tour starts with a pick up from the hotel. You will be then driven towards Puri - a town in Odisha with long recorded history dating back to the 3rd century BC. Visit Puri Jagannath temple and Gundicha temple. The Puri Jagannath temple is one of the holy places in Hinduism. Mentioned as one of the divine Char Dhams (India’s Four Hindu Pilgrimages Circuit), the temple is dedicated to the "Lord of the Universe”- Lord Jagannath. Pay your respects and move to the Gundicha temple. This temple is the venue of the highly celebrated Puri Rath Yatra Festival (the homecoming festival of the deities of Jagannath Temple) that takes the Gods and Goddess of Jagannath temple on a procession in a chariot during the festival.
Later, drive to Raghurajpur, the artists’ village, famous for its Patta paintings which are made over a piece of cloth or a dried palm leaf. The art form dates back to 5th century BC.
Afterwards, drive back to Bhubaneswar. En-route visit Pipli, a town of artisans famous for beautiful and colourful applique handicrafts. This art is the source of livelihood for most people of this region.
On the way to Bhubaneshwar, you will also visit the Dhauli Rock Edicts of Ashoka of the Mauryan Empire from the 3rd Century BC. It is this place where the famous King Ashoka converted to Buddhism and installed rock edicts to record his new maxim after the end of the great war of Kalinga in 262 BCE. Dhauli is now an important centre for Buddhism in India.
After the tour ends, you will be dropped back at the hotel.