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DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI : Welcome in India . Garlanding at airport .On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of day is free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel –
DAY 02 : DELHI: After breakfast city tour of old Delhi and New delhi .Humayun's Tomb -Built by the wife of Humayun, Hajji Begum in the mid 16th century, this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best example of Mughal Architecture. Humayun's wife is also buried in the red and white Jantar Mantar - Few minutes walk from Connaught Place is is a strange collection of solomon coloured structures. These were built by Maharaja Jai Singh and is actually an observatory. Though not as large as its compatriot in Jaipur Jantar Mantar at Delhi also an attraction for the tourists. The astonishing part of these observatories is that they can calculate many astronomical movements very accurately. Red Fort - Built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places. When the Red fort was being built Yamuna used to flow on its one sides and there were deep moats on the other. Today Yamuna flows almost a kilometer away from the fort and the moats have dried up. In the evening the Delhi Tourism organises a light and sound show which narrates the history of Delhi in context of the Red Fort. The Lahore gate, the main entrance, has some emotions and sentiments attached with the Indian independence as the Tricolor flutters on the top of this gate. On 15th August the Indian Prime minister addresses the nation from here. As soon one enters in the fort from the Lahore gate .The Dewan-i-Am or the place of public hearing had a wall paneled with marble in laid with precious stone which were removed during the mutiny of 1857. The Dewan-i-Khas or the place for special hearing was the area where the emperor used to hold meetings with his ministers. Rashtrapati Bhawan: The president's mansion is situated on Raisina Hill in the center of Delhi, overlooking the green lawns around India Gate. This elegant building, is truly worth seeing, for its architectural beauty and historic significance. The beautiful Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhawan, which are open to the public in spring, are an added attraction. Parliament House: Located in Central Delhi, this elegant building with its wide pillared walkways and large halls, is worth a visit, to see the corridors of power where India's lawmakers and statesmen decide the future of India. Raj Ghat : The memories of Mahatma Gandhi.India Gate: Situated on Rajpath, in the center of Delhi, this 42-meter high arch, was designed by Edwin Lutyens, in memory of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the first World War. Their names can be seen inscribed on the arch. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame, burns in memory of the unknown soldier, beneath the shelter of the arch, which is surrounded by green lawns, fountains and water bodies - an evergreen picnic zone in the heart of central Delhi.. Birla Mandir Laxmi Narayan Temple: It was built by the industrialist Raja Baldev Birla in 1938. The temple is an important prayer centre and contains idols of several deities. Interestingly, Mahatma Gandhi, who inaugurated the temple, was also a regular visitor to it. Bahai Temple: This aesthetically designed monument, commonly known as the Lotus Temple, because the white marble structure is built to in the shape of a lotus, set amidst, lakes and green lawns. It is a serene house of meditation, within which there are no idols and total silence prevails, so all can meditate in complete peace. Overnight at hotel –
DAY 03: DELHI/ BHUBANESWAR (BY AIR) : Transfer to airport to board flight for Bhubaneswar. On arrival transfer to hotel . Afternoon visit Lingraja Temple, Vaital Mandir and Bindusagar. Lingraja Temple, The 11th century Ling raja Temple at Bhubaneswar represents the traditional Orissan type of temple in its full maturity. The 147 ft high temple dominated the city landscape. Legend has it that Shiva once told Parvati that he likes Bhubaneshwar more than Benaras. Puzzled Parvati went to inspect the city, as a cowherdess. There two demons (Kritti and Vasa) proposed her for marriage. The temple compound has three compartments, one each for Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Karthikeya. The main temple of Lingaraja has beautiful pillars carvings. The temple complex is a combination of four structures on an east-west axial alignment namely the Bhogamandapa (the dining hall), the Natamandapa (the dancing hall), the Jagamohana (the audience hall) and the Deula (the hall enshrining Shiva). Of these, the Natamandapa and Bhojamandapa were constructed in around 14th century. Vaital Mandir : It is dedicated to Godess Kali(Chamunda) in the dingy interior although her necklace of skulls and the corps on which she sits are usually hidden beneath her temple robes. Bindu Sagar, (Ocean Drop Tank), just north of the Lingaraj Mandir, is said to contain water from every holy stream and pool. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04 : IN BHUBANESWAR: In morning
after breakfast visit to Mukteswara Temple
The 10th century 'Mukteswara' temple with its famous stone arch at the entrance, is regarded a gem of Orissan architecture on account of its exquisite wall carvings and lavish sculptures. These adornment include celestial beings, armed processions, and amorous figures.The front of temple features a beautiful arched epistyle clearly showing a Buddhist influence. Tales from the Panchatantra, written by the Orissan Pandit, Vishnu Sharma, occupy pride of place here.
RajaRaniTemple: The 11th century 'Raja Rani' temple is an architectural delight. It can be said to be the best example of the traditional Orrisan temple designing. Raja Rani is a 'love temple', covered with demurely erotic carvings of women and couples. Set in picturesque surroundings, the temple is famous for its sculptural embellishments as well as for its unusual design of tower and the absence of a deity. The temple is surrounded by Well maintained gardens.
The Parasurameswara Temple, The 7th century Shiva Temple, 'Parasurameswara' temple is a classical example of ancient art of temple designing in India. It is a cluster of about 20 small temples. This temple is the best preserved of all Bhubaneswar's ancient temples. The wall embellishments feature amorous couples, lions, crouching elephants, birds, human figures and floral designs. After-noon visit to Tribal research Centre and Udaigiri & Khandagiri: The twin hills of Kumargiri are known as Khandagiri and Udaygiri. The ancient caves of Udaigiri and Khandgiri are considered consecrate as this was the place where Lord Mahavira addressed the people of the area. On these hills are archaeologically significant 113 caves, which are nearly 2300 years old. These rock-cut caves were built for the Jain monks around 1st - 2nd century B.C. The Khandgiri hill is about 40 meters high and the Udaygiri hill is about 35 meters high. At the apex of Khandagiri hill stands the 19th century "Parsvanath" temple. An idol of Bhagawan Adishvar in the Padmasana posture is the main attraction of this temple. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05: BHUBANESWAR/ DHAULI/ NANDANKANA ZOO/
DAY 06: BHUBANESWAR /PURI(DRIVE:60KMS
DAY 07: PURI/GOPALPUR(DRIVE:242kms
DAY 08: IN GOPALPUR: DAY IS FREE AT LEISURE.OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL
DAY 09: GOPALPUR/BHUBANESWAR(DRIVE180km
DAY 10: IN KOLKATA: The place where Rabindranath Tagore was born and breathed last. The entire area breathes with the tagore legacy and is replete with Taore's relics. A university viz Rabindra Bharati university has been established in house that offers courses in performing arts. It has emerged as one of the prestigious places for acquiring such a degree. National Library: The largest library in India, is located at Belvedere House in Alipore. The earstwhile Imperial Library houses around 1800000 books and documents in all languages. Octerlony Monument (Sahid Minar): It was built to commemorate the winning of the Nepalese war (1812-1814) and the exploits of the leader - Sir David Octerlony who won the . The 48 meter ( 218 steps ) high monument near Chowranghee has been renamed as 'Sahid Minar'. Climb to the to get a view of the downtown Calcutta. Science City: Located in the east side near Dhapa. It is a science museum with whole lot of attractions. The space Odyssey, Dynamotion, Life Science Corners, Science Park, Toy Train and Ropeway are some of the other added attractions. Space Time Rocket takes you to the cavity of an erupting volcano or back to the days of pyramids. Dakshineswar Temple: For people with religious belief there are famous temples at Kalighat, Dakineshwar where one can offer there prayers to Goddess Kali. Dakshineswar Temple, standing on the bank of the Ganges near Bally bridge. It has a revered temple of goddess Kali & 12 temples of God Shiva. Each stone here is imbued with the memories of the greatest spiritual figure of modern India – Sri Ramakrishna and Sarada Debi. Belur Math: Headquarter of Ramakrishna Mission Ashram , it was founded by Swami Vivekananda. The architecture is a fusion of the church-mosque-temple, signifying the message of brotherhood of all religions. Get a picturesque view of Ramakrishna temple. The Ramakrishna mission runs among other things, an art college, an industrial school and charitable dispensary. Kalighat Kali Temple: The renowned Hindu pilgrimage is situated at Kalighat beside Tolly's Nullah. Legend has it that When Lord Shiva began his deadly dance of destruction, Lord Vishnu stopped him with his celestial disc. In the process , the woman that Lord Shiva carried on his shoulders was cut into millions of pieces and the tongue fell on Kalighat. Missionaries of Charity (Nirmal Hriday): The modern day mother of the poor , the weak and the helpless had a home at the Mother Teresa's center for the dying and destitute. You can visit this institution to get a glimpse of love for the poor in action. St. John's Church: Near B.B.D. Bag on Hastings Street is 200 years old. Built in Greek sculpture. 174 feet high it lies Close to the place, where Job Charnok, the founder of Calcutta lies buried. Botanical Gardens, Shibpur founded in 1786 at Shibpur, Howrah, the botanical garden lies on the bank of river Hooghly. It stretches to 270 acres and has around 50,000 different kinds of plants, trees, herbs. The oldest banyan tree is more 250 years old. Zoo Gardens, Alipore: Comprising area of 16 hector, this zoo has largest collection of animals. Its a children's delight and a must see if you have children in your touring party. Eden Gardens: The largest "temple" for India's first passion in sports -cricket , it was 1835, laid out by Mrs. Eden, sister of Lord Auckland. The cricket stadium accommodates more than 85000 roaring fans and nice garden with a Burmese pagoda and a band stand are a real pleasure. Fort William: The fort occupies five square kilometers and has six gates. Situated on the bank of river Hooghly ,it was named after King William III . It still houses the offices of the Eastern Command . Overnight at hotel
DAY 11: LEAVE KOLKATA: Transfer to airport to board flight for onwards destination.
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