The old culture and tradition of Orissa is even today endorsed by its ancient people who opted to live in their traditional homes in remote villages. Even in today’s modern world, they like to live in the villages and remote areas, which are covered with hilly interiors and deep forests. The beauty of their ancient ways of living and preventing their old traditions inherited by their ancestors is something that fascinates photography lovers from around the world. If you are gifted with the unique talent of photography, then undertaking a tour to these Orissan tribal villages is worth for you.
At Tour My India, we want you to live your photography dreams by clicking some of the picture perfect shots in your cameras that too in the remote villages of Orissa to aware the world about its old hidden treasure of the country. Our 12 nights and 13 days Orissa Tribal Village Photo Tour will help you in your professional growth while providing you an opportunity to explore the off beat track of India and its rare tribal villages.
Highlights of Tribal Village Photo Tour:
Small group tour with more personal attention by accompanying professional photographer.
Detailed Travel Plan for Orissa Tribal Photo Tour
Day 01: Bhubaneswar
On arrival at Bhubaneswar, check into the hotel to freshen up. Thereafter, hit the roads of Bhubaneswar with SLR’s and DSLR’s for the city tour accompanied by professional photographer and travel guides.
Short Information about Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha or Orissa. Other than Temple City of India, Bhubaneswar has been known by different names such as Toshali, Kalinga Nagari, Nagar Kalinga, Ekamra Kanan, Ekamra Khetra.
It has proud possession of magnificent sculptures and architectural heritage, coupled with the sanctity as Ekamra kshetra, which make this one of the great religious centres of Orissa since early medieval days. With its large number of Hindu temples, which span the entire spectrum of Kalinga architecture, Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a Temple City of India. Together with Puri and Konark and Bhubaneswar forms the 'Swarna Tribhuja' (the 'Golden Triangle'), one of the most visited destinations in East India.
Day 02: Bhubaneswar - Konark - Puri (Excursion Tour)
Post breakfast at Bhubaneswar, hit the roads leading towards Konark and then finally to Puri. The distance is just 100 kms, but we aim to reach Puri by evening only. The entire day will see the action pack photography and excursion trip to Pipili patchwork village, Konark sun temple, fishermen village. During dinner, critique session will be organized with professional photographer accompanying the tour. Enjoy an overnight stay in Puri.
Day 03: Puri Photography Tour
In the morning post breakfast, proceed for the local city tour and artist village of Raghurajpur for Odissi Gotipua classical dance. Enjoy a night stay in Puri.
Day 04: Puri - Gopalpur
Start an adventurous day with thrill and excitement. You might have never dreamt of cruising in river with the old traditional boats made from logs. This is what we are going to head forward for. Post breakfast drive towards Gopalpur, enrouting visit to Chilika Lagoon. Cruise in Chilka lagoon by boats to visit islands and temple. Later, drive to Gopalpur and overnight.
Short info about Chilka Lake: Chilka Lake (Chilika Lake) is world’s second largest a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Orissa state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal. In 1981, Chilika Lake was designated the first Indian wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
Chilka Lagoon is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. The lagoon hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season. Birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas come here.
According to a survey, 45 percent of the birds are terrestrial in nature, 32 percent are waterfowl, and 23 percent are waders. The Lagoon is also home to 14 types of raptors. Around 135 rare and endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins have also been reported. Plus, the lagoon supports about 37 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Day 05: Gopalpur - Rayagada (220 kms / 5 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Rayagada en-route visiting Saora tribe village and a Malwa Kondh tribe village situated inside forest with river.
Day 06: Chatikana - Jeypore (220 kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast, drive down to Chatikona to witness the weekly tribal market of this colourful Dongria Kondh tribes which occurs once every Wednesday. It is a unique opportunity to witness such a colourful concentration of typical tribes at one place. More interesting would be to watch women in their colourful costumes and jewellers. Not only this, one can glance at their barter system. After visiting market return to the hotel.
Post lunch depart for Jeypore - in Koraput district. Enroute brief halts to visit the lowland tribes and their settlements. Overnight stay in the hotel at Jeypore.
Day 07: Onukadally - Jeypore
After breakfast drive down to Onukudelli area to see the famed Didayi Bonda tribes.
In this district of Koraput - on the northwest of river Machkund, live the wildest, rudest and possibly the most interesting tribe known as Bonda tribe. The scanty dress of Bonda women and homicidal tendency of Bonda males make them most fascinating people. Thus, they stand in sharp contrasts from the neighbouring castes and tribes of Orissa. The Bonda call themselves-Remo and speak a very difficult Austro-Asiatic language.
They are generally agriculturists and expert cultivators. The irrigated and terraced paddy fields on high hills prove their skill in rice cultivation. Picnic lunch enroute. Overnight stay at Jeypore
Day 08: Kunduli - Kotpad Textile village - Lohandiguda Market - Jagdalpur
The total excursion tour for today is going to be 260 kms. In the morning, visit to Paraja and Sona tribe - weekly tribal market on Friday and villages.
The Paraja tribes are found mostly in Koraput district. Their language is Parji. The Parajas have a number of totemistic septs like Bagh-Tiger, Bokda-goat, Netan-dog, Panki-dove and the like, and harming of eating of the totem animals is strictly forbidden and instead they should be respected. They worship various Gods and Goddesses residing in hills or forests. During wedding the Parajas resort to dance and music. Later visit Jagannath temple of Koraput. Evening visit of Lohandiguda market of gond tribes. Overnight Jagdalpur.
Day 09: Jagdalpur: Mardoom Market - Chitrakoot waterfall
In the morning post breakfast, visit Jagdalpur Palace and later drive to Chitrakoot water fall. In the afternoon, visit the Mardoom tribal market of Maria, Halba, Bhatra and Raja Maria tribes. Evening, a dinner with critique session with accompanying photographers and other travel participants will be organized. Enjoy a night stay in the hotel.
Day 10: Jagdalpur: Excursion tour to Narayanpur Market - Muria Gond village (220 kms / 5 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast drives to Kiwai Balenga Muria village and watch their spectacular dormitory dance. Later visit Narayanpur market of Hill Abhujmaria tribe. There are chances of lots of good photographic here. In the evening return to Jagdalpur.
Day 11: Jagdalpur: Pakhnar Tribal Market and Tirathgarh Waterfall
Visit spectacular waterfall at Tirathgarh in the morning. Later, visit Pakhnar tribal market amidst forest to see Dhruwa and Gond tribes. Also visit a Gond tribe village with their tribal temple (Gudi). Overnight Jagdalpur.
Day 12: Jagdalpur - Rajim - Raipur (330 kms / 6 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Raipur enroute visiting Rajim group of temples of 10th Century. The entire journey is approx 360 kms. Reach Raipur in the evening and enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 13: Raipur - Delhi
Tribal Village Photo Tour terminates at Raipur after departing them to Raipur Railway Station / Airport.
Tour & Services Ends.