Joranda Mela (Sadhu Festival) with Tribal Wonder in Orissa
JORANDA SADHU FESTIVAL: (30th & 31st January 2018)
It is the festival of Mahima religion Sadhus (holy men) in the month of Feb. In their main monastery at Joranda near Dhenkanal annually. The unique worship of supreme sadhus’ (who wear only lean tree bark on their lower part) at their monastery and the holy fire which is for peace and harmony for the universe with 11 ft. Fire stand attract many thousand visitors and devotee throughout the state.
Location of this festival: Joranda (Sadhu Monastry) is -25 km from Dhenkanal and 100 km from Bhubaneswar.
Nearest Airport Bhubaneswar- 100 km (2.30hr drive)
Nearest Railway station– Dhenkanal- 25km (45mnt drive), Cuttack- 75km- (2hr drive)
Code no: 106-C/ORIF
Tour itinerary / duration: 14 Night/ 15 Days (weekend to weekend)
This special tour itinerary has designed in the base of colorful festival of famous Joranda sadhu place ( famous for mahima Sadhu’s), isolated Tribal villages and their real culture of southern orissa with two heritage palaces Including the Gotipua classic dance in coastal orissa to famous group tribal dance – Dhemsa at their traditional costume and real ambiance of nature.
D1-(Sat)- 27th January 2018 – Arrival at Bhubaneswar airport – transfer to hotel- if time permit visit the ancient jain cave 2nd c BC-Khandagiri and udaygiri.
D2-(sun)-28th January.- Bhubaneswar Temple Tour-Raghurajpur/ Gotipua Dance- Puri (2hr drive+ visit)
Morning visit the temple of temple city at Old Bhubaneswar, such as Parasurameshwar- 7th c AD, Mukteswar- 9th c AD, Lingaraj-11th c AD (non hindus are not allowed), Brahmeswar- 11th c AD.
While coming towards Puri, Meet the artisan and excursion their traditional painting at the Artisan village, and also the Gotipua classic dance with real costume and traditional music at the gurukul ( ancient school).
Check in a nice hotel on beach , relax at evening beach market.
D3-(Mon)-29th January.- Puri- sightseeing by cycle rickshaw – Konark sun temple – Puri (2hr drive+ visit)
Visit the ancient part of Puri riding by cycle rickshaw tour (2hr) such as Heritage streets, activities in Old ponds, jagannath temple ( on the top of lybreary) , cremation place etc.
Afternoon visit the most famous Sun temple at Konark and excursion the language of live love and romance in 13th c AD.
D4-(Tue)-30th January- Puri- 64 Yogini temple- Joranda Sadhu Festival- Dhenkanal palace( 4hr drive+ visit)
Morning proceed towards Jornada, enroute visit the Unique circular 64 yogini temple at Heerapur. Meet the unique supreme Mahima sadhus at their holy fire festival ( who only use of tree bark) .Late evening return back to Dhenkanal , check in a nice heritage palace .
D5-(Wed)-31st January- Dhenkanal- Full day Joranda Sadhu Festival- Dhenkanal (2hr drive+ full day visit)
After royal breakfast at the open garden visit the Joranda sadhu festival again , full day excursion , join them with holy mass food , popularly called “ Bhikya” ( best for photographers and tourist) and holy fire ceremony with unique way to worship at there.
Return back to Dhenkanal palace and relax.
D6-(Thu)-1st Feb.- Dhenkanal palace-Bauda star temple- Textile village- Sonepur (5hr drive+ visit)
Morning proceed toward Sonepur (the second temple city in orissa) , enroute visit the unique Bauda star shaped temple , visit the very special Bomkai textile live weaving (handloom) village at Baidyanathpur
D7-(Fri)-2nd Feb.- Sonepur- catamaran Boating on Mahanadi- Bhavanipatna kalahandi palace (4.30hr drive+ visit)
Morning enjoy the sunrise on Mahanadi river while over catamaran boating ( with boatman) and enjoy the ghat life, and Lankini temple too. Excursion the Budhist script in the island of river bed. proceed towards Kalahandi , check in a nice heritage palace in Bhavanipatna.
D8-(Sat)-3rd Feb.- Gond tribal village / hiking- Bhavanipatna palace (5hr drive+ visit)
Meet the Gond ethnic group at their isolated village while hiking -2hr, if possible enjoy their traditional dance ( subject to available drum men) . return back to Bhavanipatna (ancient name -Kalahandi) palace.
D9-(Sun)- 4th Feb- Bhavanipatna- Desia tribe village on high hill top ( all weather motor able road near to their village) – Rayagada (4.30hr drive+ visit)
Morning check out and drive towards Rayagada, and on way meet the Desia tribes at their isolated village on hill top and explore their life style, if possible enjoy their real marriage group song and dance ( subject to available drum men- consult with our guide). Check in a clean comfort hotel at Rayagada.
D10-(Mon)-5th Feb.- Rayagada- Lanjia Saura Tribal village/ full day hiking- Rayagada( 5hr drive+ visit)
Morning proceed towards Gunupur region , meet the colorful Lanjia saura tribe ( only Aryan tribe ) at their isolated village of core jungle and excursion their life style and idital dream painting , tussle shape dress material, wood plug etc.
Overnight at the same hotel at Rayagada.
D11-(Tue)- 6th Feb.- Kutia Kondh village hiking – Meria post – Rayagada (6hr drive+ visit)
Meet the most colorful Kutia kondh tribes( tattoo faced) at their very remote village ( deep core jungle area) by hiking , visit their buffalo sacrifice -Meria post and typical worship place- Penu
Overnight at the same hotel at Rayagada.
D12-(Wed)-7th Feb.-Chatikona ( Donguria Tribal market)- Kuvi Kondh village- Desia Luxury eco resort or Jeypore. (5hr drive+ visit)
Meet the colorful Dongria tribe at their weekly market at Chatikona and then drive towards to Jeypore, enroute visit the Kuvi kondh tribal village, check in a luxury eco resort at Desia ( subject to availability) or a nice hotel at Jeypore.
D13-(Thu)- 8th Feb.- Onkadely ( Bonda Tribal market)- Gadhava village/ tribal dance- Jeypore (3hr drive+ visit)
Meet the most colorful Bonda tribes at their weekly market ( onkadelly), visit the gorgeous waterfall- Duduma, visit the Gadhava tribal village and enjoy the famous tribal dance – Dhemsha with them.
Free evening at Jeypore- heritage walk on the palace road and see the activities.
D14-(Fri)-17th Feb.- Grand Paraja Market/ village- Koraput- Visakhapatnam (5hr drive+ visit)
Meet the paraja, rana and Mali tribe at their very colorful grand weekly market in the region – Kunduli.
Excursion the Jagannath Philosophy at Korapur ( non hindu and camera also allowed at this temple) .
Then drive towards Visakhaptnam and check in a nice hotel on beach .
D15-(Sat)-18th Feb.- Departure to Visakhapatnam airport for your onward destination.
After breakfast check out and board the flight for your onwards destination.
Note : We can combine of Joranda sadhu festival in orissa tour with Rajim Kumbha Mela Festival in Chhattisgarh , because both fair are near by dates for more detail please call to us.