East India Splendour

Discover the state of Orissa. Travel from Kolkata, through to the ancient capital of Bhubaneshwar and continue to Puri.

Places Visited

Kolkata (2N) - Bhubaneswar (2N) - Puri (3N) - Kolkata (1N)

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata
Make your own way to your Kolkata hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2: Kolkata
Tour the famous Jain temples followed by the local flower market and the Howrah Bridge, the busiest bridge in the world. Later, drive to the Kali Ma Temple on the banks of the River Ganges followed by a visit to Victoria Memorial. (B,L)
Day 3: Kolkata to Bhubaneswar
Fly to Bhubaneswar. This afternoon tour the Parasurameswara Temple which was built in 650AD, followed by the Rajarani Temple. (B,L)
Day 4: Bhubaneswar
Tour the caves of Udayagiri (Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken) hills as well as the rock cut Hathigumpha (Elephant Cave). Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 5: Bhubaneswar to Puri
Travel to Puri, visiting Konark, one of the most important treasures of Hindu India, en route. Tour the 13th-century Sun Temple, followed by the Pipli Village, known for its handmade appliqué work. (B,L)
Day 6: Puri
Visit Chilika Lake, spread over 1,100sq km. Later, visit the important temples of Gundicha, known as the garden house of the Hindu God Jagannath, Loknath, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, followed by Sonar Gouranga, Daria Mahabir and the Tota Gopinatt temples. (B,L)
Day 7: Puri
Visit the 11th-century Jagannath Temple, a holy place for Hindus. Non-Hindus cannot enter, but can view from the library opposite. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 8: Puri to Kolkata via Bhubaneswar
After breakfast, depart for Bhubaneswar airport for your flight to Kolkata. Upon arrival in Kolkata, transfer to your hotel to check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 9: Depart Kolkata
Your arrangements end after check-out this morning. (B)

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Visa fees are not included in your tour cost and it is your responsibility to arrange all necessary visas. Wendy Wu Tours can organise your visa's at an additional cost, please contact our Reservation Department for more details.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in India and you will find high quality coverage. India has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping for Short Stays and Independent itineraries is not compulsory however is appreciated and normal for guides & drivers to receive them from tourists. In your final documents, Wendy Wu Tours will advise a guideline for tipping to be given to your local guides & driver. Tipping is at the discretion of each individual.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

Breakfast is served in the hotels and includes a combination of western and local dishes.

If lunch or dinner is included in your short stay package we aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. We use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big.

Drinks will be at your own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.