Day 1: Arrive Bhubaneswar
Upon your arrival at Bhubaneswar, you will be warmly received and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, embark on a city tour that will take you to some of Bhubaneswar's most prominent landmarks. Visit the ancient temples of Parasurameshwar, Mukteshwar, Rajarani, and the revered Lingaraj Temple (Note: Only Hindus are allowed to enter the sanctum of Lingaraj Temple). Additionally, explore the historic sites of Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves, which hold rich archaeological significance. Lastly, pay a visit to the Dhauli Rock Edicts, marking an important moment in Indian history. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Bhubaneswar - Bhitarakanika National Park (200kms)
After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a scenic drive to Bhitarakanika. Along the way, make stops at Ratnagiri, Udaigiri, and Lalitgiri, renowned Buddhist excavation sites adorned with numerous Stupas and ancient monasteries carved out of rock. Upon arriving at Bhitarakanika, check in at your Jungle Cottage or Tent accommodation. Enjoy lunch, and later in the day, immerse yourself in the unique world of mangroves as you explore their habitat. Take a boat safari through the mangrove forests, reveling in the serpentine creeks while keeping an eye out for various bird species, including the vibrant Kingfisher. You might also spot estuarine crocodiles sunbathing along the water's edge. Additionally, visit the Bagagahan Bird Sanctuary, climb a watchtower for panoramic views, and spot Pelicans and various species of Storks. Don't forget to explore the Crocodile museum at Dangamal. Return to your Jungle Cottage or Tent for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Bhitarakanika National Park - Similipal Tiger Reserve (200kms)
Following breakfast, continue your exploration of the mangrove ecosystem in Bhitarakanika. Enjoy another boat safari through the enchanting mangrove forests, observing the rich biodiversity of the area. Marvel at the vibrant avian life, the serenity of the creeks, and the sunbathing crocodiles. Explore the Bagagahan Bird Sanctuary once more, visiting the watchtower for bird-watching and taking in the serene surroundings. After your mangrove adventure, it's time to drive to Similipal National Park, a renowned tiger reserve. Check in at your Jungle Cottage or Tent and savor a delectable lunch. In the evening, embark on a thrilling jeep safari within Similipal Tiger Reserve. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, elephants, and Gaurs. Similipal is also known for being the sole habitat of the unique melanistic tiger in the world. Return to your Jungle Cottage or Tent for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 4: Similipal Tiger Reserve
After breakfast, bid farewell to Similipal Tiger Reserve and embark on a drive back to Bhubaneswar. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and unwind at your leisure. You can explore the local markets or simply enjoy the amenities of your hotel. Overnight stay in Bhubaneswar.
Day 5: Similipal Tiger Reserve - Bhubaneshwar (200kms)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Kolkata. Upon arriving in the vibrant city of Kolkata, check in at your hotel. The day is yours to explore this culturally rich city. You can visit Fort William, the iconic Victoria Memorial, Netaji Bhawan, the historic Howrah Bridge, and the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Kolkata boasts a plethora of landmarks and monuments, and you'll have the opportunity to explore its captivating history and culture. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 6: Kolkata
After breakfast, embark on a full-day city tour of Kolkata. Dive deeper into the city's history and cultural heritage by visiting renowned attractions. Explore Fort William, Victoria Memorial, Netaji Bhawan, and the magnificent Dakshineswar Kali Temple. You'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the city's rich history and artistic beauty. Enjoy another night in Kolkata at your hotel.
Day 7: Kolkata - Departure (flight)
Enjoy your final breakfast in Kolkata, and depending on your flight schedule, you'll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Your memorable wildlife and cultural adventure comes to an end, but the memories will last a lifetime.