13 Days & 12 Nights
The aim of our photographic journeys is to develop photographic abilities and a personal vision to create emotionally charged images that come to express the particular viewpoint of each participant. Creating images must go beyond the mere “capture”. The way to communicate the vision is through a systematic approach to reality. Managing the technique is important, but attaining an individual viewpoint is what is most interesting in these expeditions. Being able to create a lyrical vision rather than being a mere witness to what happens in front of our camera.
Arrival at the Temple City of India: Bhubaneswar Airport/Railway Station, meet & greet, transfer to hotel. Second Half visit to Temples of Bhubaneswar: Lingaraj Temple (11th Century), Mukteswar Temple (9th Century), Parsurameswar Temple (7th Century), Khandagiri - Udayagir Jain Caves (1st Century BC), Tribal Museum Overnight at Bhubaneswar.
Early morning check out from Hotel & transfer to Dhenkanal Heritage Palace. Enroute visit Sadeibarini Dhokra Craft Village, This village is home to near to 25 families & out of these nearly 12 are awarded from President of India for Dhokra Craft. Visitors can buy directly from them. Then Visit Nuapatana Weavers Village & Maniabandha Textile Village, these villages have a distinct place in the map of Indian textile. Their TIE & DYE patterns popularly known as IKAT, interaction with weavers is a delight.
2nd half transfer to Dhenkanal Palace & Overnight stay at the Royal palace of Denkanal. A truly royal eastern retreat, Dhenkanal Palace, the residence of the former Rajas of Dhenkanal is now a heritage homestay where one can experience history, tradition, art, culture, and heritage of Dhenkanal. The last ruler, Raja Shankar Pratap Mahindra Bahadur (1925 – 65), was the seventeenth ruler since the foundation of the State and the first ruler in Orissa to merge with India in 1948. The present Raja of Dhenkanal is Brig Raja Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo Mahindra Bahadur (1941- ). Overnight at Denkanal.
After breakfast at Royal palace, full day photography activities including jungle trekking, tribal village, birding & evening bonfire at the palace. Overnight at Dhenkanal Palace.
After breakfast drive, Puri en route: 64 yogini Temple, Dhauli (Buddhist Santi Stupa), Ashoka Stone Encrypt of 3rd Century BC, Pipili (Appliqué work village) local market & Konark Sun Temple (UNESCO Heritage Site), have lunch here, and then visit Chandrabhaga Sea Beach, Overnight at Puri.
After breakfast at Hotel, Transfer to Raghurajpur Heritage Village (Painting village) situated amidst groves of coconut, palm, mango and jack fruit, the main village has two streets with over 120 houses, most decorated with mural paintings, where the painters reside and practice their Pattachitra craft, besides many others that practices throughout the village, including traditional masks, stone idols, paper Mache, sculptures, and wooden toys.
And also you can witness Gotipua dance (Optional), which is a traditional dance form in the state of Odisha, India, and the precursor of Odissi classical dance. It has been performed in Odisha for centuries by young boys, who dress as young women to praise Jagannath and Krishna. The dance is executed by a group of boys who perform acrobatic figures inspired by the life of Radha and Krishna. And this performance is a lifetime experience for visitors. Afternoon back to the hotel. Second half time for Street Photography. Overnight stay at Puri. (Total Km 70)
Transfer to Gopalpur at Sea, en route visit Mangalajodi Eco Village. The villagers of Mangalajodi will welcome you into their village; hosts more than 600000 birds which jostle in its marshy water, especially the migratory & local birds, 2 hours birds safari with Country boat at the wetland of Mangalajodi, also experience the boat making and Fishing net weaving activities. With this nature safari, you will be accompanied by a village leader. Visitors can also have village Lunch with community-based initiatives.
Afternoon transfer to Gopalpur at Sea, also you can see the Chilika Lake on your left side (the largest estuarine lake of Asia). If time permits, you can proceed to experience the infinity nature of Chilika Lake, Barkul is the gateway to enter Chilika Lake, overnight at Gopalpur at Sea. (Total Km 220)
Full day at Leisure, enjoy the ambiance of Silence & tranquility. Gopalpur is regarded as one of the best beaches of India for its clean & bluish water. An optional visit can arrange for local fishing village & Weavers village (Silk Saree). Overnight at Gopalpur.
Early morning transfer to Padmanavpur Textile village, Taptapani Hot Spring, visitors can get refreshed at Taptapani Cottage, and then transferred to Jirang Buddhist Settlement. Also, visit the Soura Tribes village. Evening check in to Rayagada Hotel.
Morning transfer to Rayagada, Soura Village, Dangari Dhokra Craft village Jhigidi (Tribal Jewelry Village), and then transfer to Rayagada. Overnight at Rayagada.
Morning visit another color full tribal Haat ( market) Chatikona Market of Bisam Cuttak, it’s a huge vegetable market, cultivated by these Dangaria tribes on the slopes of mountains. On the way also visit Bada Paraja & Mali Village. Overnight at Jeypore.
Morning visit to Machkund Power plant, Onukudelli market, its home to the most furious & Primitive tribes of Odisha The Bonda. Also visit Gadaba Village, Overnight at Jeypore.
AM check out from hotel & transfer to Jagannath Temple of Koraput, Kunduli Haat, Similiguda Market & Limika Pottery village, Bada Paraja Tribal. After lunch transfer to Vishakhapatnam. Overnight at Vishakhapatnam.
Morning transfer to Vishakhapatnam Airport/Railway Station for onward journey.