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Orissa Tribal Photography Tour

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The much - awaited Photo Tour to Tribal villages of Orissa and Jharkhand is open for booking. The antiquity of orissa is endorsed by her ancient people who continue to inhabit their traditional dwellings places in remote areas in the deep forests and hilly interiors .Steeped in the mystery that surrounds their ancient ways , the orissan tribal continue to be a source of deep interest not only for anthropologists and sociologists but also for numerous tourists who flock to orissa in search of the exotic mystique of this relatively unexplored state.

During this 15 days of Photo Tour and workshop accompanied by professional Photographer, We aim to click landscape, cityscape, portraits, some exotic Tribes and their culture as well as village lifestyle.

Highlights of Orissa Tribal Village Photo Tour :

Small group tour with more personal attention by accompanying professional photographer
Photography workshop and critique session every evening
Explore the offbeat track of India and rare Tribal villages and Tribes
Opportunity to learn more about photography and local tribal lifestyle
Chance to be a part of Tribal dance and their culture
Emphasis on Eco-friendly and Responsible travel.

Detailed Travel Plan for Orissa Tribal Photo Tour

Day 1 : Bhubaneswar: Arrival at Bhubaneswar, Check in at hotel for wash and change. Post wash and change, hit the roads of Bhubaneswar with SLR’s and DSLR’s for city tour accompanied by professional photographer and travel guides.orissa tour, orissa photography tour, orissa tribal photography tour

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

Bhubaneswar has proud possession of magnificent sculptures and architectural heritage, coupled with the sanctity as Ekamrakshetra 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 2 : 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 at evening only. The entire day will see the action pack photography and excursion trip to Pipili patchwork village, Konark sun temple, fishermen village. Evening during dinner critique session will be organized with professional photographer accompanying the tour. O/n Hotel in Puri

Day 3 : Puri Photography Tour: Morning post breakfast, proceed for local city tour and artist village of Raghurapur for Oddissi Gotipua classical dance. Overnight Puri.

Day 4 : Puri – Gopalpur : Start of an adventurous day. 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.

chilka lake, orissa tour, orissa tribal tourShort 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 5 : Gopalpur – Rayagada: 220 kms/5 hrs: Morning after breakfast drive to Rayagada enroute visiting Saora tribe village and a Malwa Kondh tribe village situated inside forest with river.

Day 6 : Chatikana – Jeypore: 220 kms/ 5 hrs: After breakfast drive down to Chatikona to witness the weekly tribal market of this colorful Donghria Kondh tribes which occurs once every Wednesday. It is a unique opportunity to witness such a colorful concentration of typical tribes at one place. More interesting would be to watch women in their colorful costumes and jewelers. Not only that, One can glance at their barter system. After the visit of market return to hotel.

Post lunch depart for Jeypore- in Koraput district. Enroute brief halts to visit the low land tribes and their settlements. O/n hotel in Jeypore.orissa tour, orissa photography tour, orissa tribal photography tour

Day 7 : 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. O/n Jeypore

Day 8 : Kunduli – Kotpad Textile village – Lohandiguda Market – Jagdalpur : The total excursion tour for today is going to be 260 kms. Morning visit of Paraja and Sona tribe - weekly tribal market on Friday and villages.

The Paraja tribe 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 : Morning post breakfast visit Jagdalpur Palace and later drive to Chitrakoot water fall. Afternoon visit Mardoom tribal market of Maria, orissa tour, orissa photography tour, orissa india, orissa tribal photography tourHalba, Bhatra and Raja Maria tribes. Evening, a dinner with critique session with accompanying photographers and other travel participants will be organized . O/n Hotel Overnight.

Day 10 : Jagdalpur: Excursion tour to Narayanpur Market – Muria gond village . 220 kms/5 hrs: Morning after breakfast drive to Kiwai Balenga Muria village and watch their spectacular dormitory dance. Later visit Narayanpur market of Hill Abhujmaria tribe. Lots of good photographic chance there.Evening return to Jagdalpur.

Day 11 : An Excursion tour of Jagdalpur and a visit to Dandami Maria villlage to be a part of Bison Horn Dance. Afternoon will be spent on doing local photography at Tokapal market of local gond tribes.

Day 12 : Jagdalpur: Pakhnar Tribal Market and Tirathgarh Waterfall: Morning visit spectacular waterfall at Tirathgarh. 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 13 : Jagdalpur – Rajim – Raipur: 330 kms/6 hrs: Morning after breakfast drive to Raipur enroute visiting Rajim group of temples of 10th Century. The entire journey is approx 360 kms. Arrive Raipur in evening and overnight hotel.

Day 14 : Raipur : Day free at Raipur. One can relax at hotel or do some last moment street photography at Raipur. Evening a farewale dinner will be organized by Ulltimate Travels Pvt. Ltd.

Day 15 : Raipur – Delhi : Tribal Village Photo Tour terminates at Raipur after departing them to Raipur Railway Station / Airport.

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