Divine East

Starting from Kolkata you will be taken to the to Puri. Highlights include a stroll along Puri’s lively beach promenade and a rooftop viewing of the 12th century Jagannath Temple, which is home to 6,000 resident priests.

From here you will be taken to Konark – The city of Sun Temle which is the mainhighlight hightlight of the tour would be Sun Temple at Konark. This complex, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, was built in the 13th century by the Ganga dynasty, and originally served as a navigational aid for sailors heading to Kolkata. While the site’s tallest towers have collapsed due to sea and air corrosion, the remaining structures still feature thousands of striking carvings and sculptures. The main temple is shaped like a gigantic chariot, complete with 12 pairs of wheels. Three life-sized images of the Sun God, made of colored chlorite stone, are positioned at different points around the temple so that the sun illuminates their faces at dawn, noon and sunset.

Post Konark you will be taken to Bhubaneswar, stopping en route in the village of Pipli, known for its brightly colored appliquéd fabrics and decorative items. Enjoy a full day tour of Bhubaneswar, which is home to over 400 Hindu temples dating from the 7th to the 13th centuries. Highlights include the temples of Lingaraj, Vaital Deul, Parasurameshwar, Mukteshwar and Rajarani. Modern Bhubaneswar was planned by German architect Otto Königsberger in 1946 and blends colonial and traditional forms with modern influences from Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh. Many of its notable buildings, including the Secretariat, the Rabindra Mandap, the Orissa State Museum and the Unit 2 Market, were designed by government architect Julius Vaz. If time permits, we will visit an ambitious housing complex in nearby Chandrashekharpur designed by S. K. Das that combines dwellings for low, middle and high income families.