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The Sun Temple (Kolkata – Bhubaneswar – Puri – Konark – Puri – Bhubaneswar – Kolkata)

Duration: 7 days and 6 nights

Description: On this trip, visit one of the world’s greatest wonders: the architectural treasure of Orissa, the Sun Temple at Konark. The temple, in the form of a wagon with twelve pairs of wheels and seven horses, is dedicated to the sun god, Surya. Experience magical moments in fascinating temples in Bhubaneswar and discover the vibrant city of Kolkata.

Day 01: Welcome to Kolkata (-/-/-)
After landing you will be welcomed by our staff in the arrivals hall of the airport after you have cleared all the formalities. Then you will be accompanied to the hotel. On the way you will experience India first-hand and get your first impressions of this proud, packed city of Kolkata with its crumbling Victorian buildings.

After resting, we invite you to a city tour and a visit to Dalhousie Square, Raj Bhavan, High Court, GPO, City Hall, Writers Building and other important buildings from the Colonial period. The flower market, the Howrah Bridge, Jain Temple, the St. Paul’s Cathedral, a replica of the Bell Harry Tower of Canterbury Cathedral and the Victoria Memorial Hall are other highlights. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kolkata – Bhubaneswar by air (B/-/-)
After breakfast, go to the airport for a flight to Bhubaneswar. Upon arrival at the temple town you will be received by our staff and transferred to your hotel. En route admire some of the fascinating temples. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Bhubaneswar (B/-/-)
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel we invite you to a journey of discovery. In Bhubaneswar, you can admire more than 700 magnificent ancient temples. These include Parasurameswar temple and Mukteswar temple. The temple Rajarani has elaborately-carved figures in different phases of the daily work.
The most important is the Lingaraj temple (access only for Hindus). This temple about a thousand years old dominates the skyline of the city and shows all the skills of temple architects of Orissa. Enjoy this exciting city, where tradition and modernity come together in an exciting combination. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Bhubaneswar – Puri (B/-/-)
After a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Puri. On the way lies the village Pipili, which is known for its special sewing. Upon arrival in Puri, check in at your hotel and then enjoy the beach. The fine white sand and the lapping of the waves in the Bay of Bengal have fascinated visitors over the centuries. Later in the afternoon you will experience a tour of Puri. Visit the impressive Jagannath temple and the ravishing Loknath temple. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Puri – Konark – Puri (B/-/-)
Today you will experience, after a good breakfast, the high point of your journey – the Sun Temple at Konark. This is one of the most beautiful monuments of temple architecture in the world. The entire temple was designed in the shape of a giant chariot with 24 wheels and seven horses across the sky to carry the sun god Surya. Surya is a well-known deity in India since the Vedic period.
This imposing and magnificent temple will thrill you. Later, enjoy the trip down the Bay of Bengal along again back to Puri. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Puri – Bhubaneswar (B/-/-)
Today after breakfast you will be brought back to Bhubaneswar. There you will find your flight to Kolkata. After arriving in Kolkata, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Final Departure from Kolkata (B/-/-)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight from Kolkata.