RATHA YATRA FESTIVAL TOUR (JUNE/JULY)

Ratha Yatra or car festival of Puri held in the month of june /July is the most sacred and
important of the festivals of Odisha. A large numbers of Pilgrims from all over the country
pour into Puri to witness the colourful festival. In this festival Lord Jagannath, Lord
Balabhadra and Lord Subhadra are taken in chariots to the Gundicha Ghar (Which is
birth place of lords) for a week and then returned to the main temple. They go by three
separate chariots led by the Balbhadra’s chariot Taladhwaja . The festivals starts with the
rhythmic clash of gonges,as the deities are helped on to the chariot by devout
hands. Then the Raja of Puri comes, and ceremoniously sweeps the platforms of the
chariot with a golden broom and sprinkle the holy water.symbolysing that that all are
equal before god.. Then to frenzied cries and music and the dancing of ash smeared
sadhus,the chariots starts inching towards their destination drawan by a sea of eager
devotees.The journey of only a mile may take more than 24 hours . Virtually all other
activities in the town come to standstill during this festival. This is one of the best travel
plan to see the this colourful festival for few days out of one week festival of festivals.

BHUBANESWAR-PURI-KONARK-CUTTACK-DHENKANAL- BUDHIST TRINGLE–BHUBANESWAR.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT BHUBANESSWAR-PURI

Reception upon arrival at Bhubaneswar and Transfer to Hotel at Puri. Explore the
surrounding of Lord Jagannath Temple of Puri about the preparation about Car Festival (
Ratha Yatra) with three chaiot in front of Lord Jagannath Temple. Overnight.

DAY02: AT PURI

Full Day visit Ratha Yatra ( Car Festival) in front of Lord Jagannath Temple and on Grand
Road. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY03: AT PURI

Full day visit Ratha Yatra (Car Festival) and Enjoy the colourful crowd on the beach.
Overnight.

DAY04: PURI-KONARK-CUTTACK

Morning proceed to Cuttack enroute visiting Word Heritage Sun Temple of Konark and
Barahi Tempe of Chaurashi. Evening Explore Market areas of Cuttack. Overnight at
Hotel.

DAY05: CUTTACK-NUAPTNA-SADEIBARINI-DHENKANL

Morning proceed to Dhenkanal enroute visiting Textile Village Nuapatna and Dokra Metal
Work village Sadeibarini and after lunch visit Mahima Monastery Joranda with the
evening prayer of Mahima Monks. Overnight.

DAY06: DHENKANAL- BUDHHIST TRIANGLE-BHUBANESWAR

Proceed to Bhubaneswar Buddhist Triangle of Odisha like Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri.
Overnight.

DAY07: BHUBANESWAR

Full day city tour of Bhubaneswar covering Temples, Caves and Museum. Overnight.

DAY08: DEPARTURE

Departure Transfer to Bhubaneswar airport to board the flight for onwards /Return
journey.