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Bastar Dushera Festival Tour 2017  Day 08 / 07 Night

Destinations: Visakhapatnam – Desia Koraput – Jeypore – Jagdalpur – Bhubaneswar

Dussehra  in Jagdalpur   is  celebrated  in  honor  of  Sri  Danteshwari  Mother Godess. She  is  highly  revered  and  respected  by  the  tribes.  According  to  local legend  she safeguarded the  Bastar  king  from the  attackers  and gave  him protection in the forests. As a mark of their gratitude, the tribes still owe their allegiance to her. The  deities  from  far  flung  tribal  villages  are  brought  to  the  Temple  of Goddesses  Danteshwari  in  Jagdalpur  on this  day.  Jagdalpur  is  the district capital of Bastar and stands witness to a lot of festivities on the occasion of Dussehra. There are several other customs also that are associated with Dussehra in Chhattisgarh. The presiding deity of the temple is placed in a  chariot and all  the devotees  lend  a  hand  to  the  rope  when  the  Chariot  is  pulled. The joy and mirth of  these simple tribal people is indeed unlimited. They enjoy themselves thoroughly. It is a time when they get to meet each other and  be  a  part  of  all  the  merry  making. So  do  try  and  get  a taste of the pomp and pageantry at the time of Dussehra.

Proposed Itinerary

 

Day 01: 26thSept 17-TUE-VISAKHAPATNAM

Arrival Visakhapatnam from Delhi/Mumbai/Hyderabad/Chennai  and transfer to hotel.

Visit the Simanchal temple in the afternoon and take a walk on the popular marine drive. Orientation of the tour by our guide and welcome drink hosted by us.

Day 02: 27th Sept-WED-DESIA

In the morning board the spectacular train ride through the valley and tunnels to Araku  (4 HRS) and then by road to DESIA.

Warm welcome by the local host community. Visit the adopted village and interact with the locals. Back to Desia and stay.

Day 03: 28th Sept-THU-DESIA-BONDA TRIBE WEEKLY MARKET/DESIA

In the morning visit BONDA tribal market and the DUDUMA waterfalls  stay at DESIA.

Day 04: 29th Sept-FRI-DESIA

Hike to a villages to meet the daily life of the tribe, lunch in the village and followed by tribal dance.

Day 05: 30th Sept-SAT-DASAHARA FESTIVAL/JAGDALPUR

Visit the colourful market for Dhuruba tribes and proceed to Jagdalpur to see the dasahara festival. Enroute visit the Kotapad textile village famous for unique dying process.

Day 06: 1st Oct 17-SUN-DASAHARA FESTIVAL /JAGDALPUR

Full day at  Jagdalpur  to enjoy the  colorful Dasahara festival and also the festive activities. Overnight stay in a decent hotel at jagadalpur.

Day 07: 2nd Oct-Mon-JAGDALPUR

Excursion to Kondagaon village to see the various bellmetal work, terracotta work. Afternoon visit the colourful Tokapal weekly market for Muria tribes. Overnight stay in the same hotel.

Day 08: 3rd Oct-Drive back to Koraput

To board the train for Bhubaneswar /Visakhaptanam and onward journey.

Note: Tour can be extended for one more week to visit the Highlights of Odisha (Puri-Konark-Bhubaneswar-Gopalpur Beach).

Festival dates may change as it is mostly decided by the Lunar Calender and the tribal chief.

For the tour price and other details pls mail to us bubu@heritagetoursorissa.com.