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Petrified National Park: Self-Guided Driving Discovery Tour

1. Petrified National Park: Self-Guided Driving Discovery Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Once downloaded, your tour begins at the Painted Desert Visitor Center by the park’s north entrance. From there, you'll head to Toponi Point, offering a panoramic view of the Painted Desert's multicolored badlands. Next is the Painted Desert Inn, a National Historic Landmark. Learn about its storied past, from a 1920s tourist destination to a park museum. Its unique Pueblo Revival style architecture, charming murals, and captivating vistas make it a must-visit. After that, you'll drive to the Puerco Pueblo, the site of a 100-room pueblo inhabited over 600 years ago. Here, you can also see a solar calendar—a rock slab with petroglyphs that mark the summer solstice. Then, visit Newspaper Rock, home to over 650 petroglyphs left by Puebloan people centuries ago. Ponder the stories these symbols might tell, providing glimpses into the life and culture of ancient inhabitants. Continuing on, you'll encounter the Tepees, fascinating formations notable for their layers of vibrant rock. Then, venture on to the Blue Mesa, a place where blue-hued badlands and petrified wood coexist, presenting a visually striking contrast. Learn about the late Triassic environment that created these wonders over 200 million years ago. After that, explore the Jasper Forest and Crystal Forest, breathtaking trails that provide up-close looks at petrified wood strewn across the landscape. Finally, you’ll reach Rainbow Forest Museum by the southern entrance of Petrified Forest National Park. The tour concludes here.

6-hour Temples tour of Bhubaneswar with Pick & drop facility

2. 6-hour Temples tour of Bhubaneswar with Pick & drop facility

Firstly, you'll be picked up from your hotel by your English speaking guide, and will travel in an AC private cab. You will be escorted to the most famous and oldest temples of India built in 9th-10th century, such as the 11th century  Lingaraj Temple is believed to be the oldest and largest temple of Bhubaneshwar and is highly revered by the followers of Hinduism. Mukteshwar Temple belongs to 10th century. Standing 34 feet tall, the Mukteshwar temple is one of the smallest and most compact temples in Bhubaneshwar. However, it's famous for its exquisite stone archway, and ceiling with eight petal lotus inside its porch. A number of the carved images (including lion head motif) appear for the first time in the temple architecture. Your next destination, Brahmeshwar Temple, is situated around a kilometer east of the Lingraj Temple, and was built by the reigning king's mother in honor of the deity Brahmeshwar (a form of Lord Shiva). It's approximately 60 feet tall. Iron beams were used in the temple's construction for the first time. Then you're bound for the RajaRani Temple, which is unusual as it has no deity associated with it. There's a story that the temple was a pleasure resort of an Oriya king and queen (raja and rani). However, more realistically, the temple got its name from the variety of sandstone used to make it. The carvings on the temple are particularly ornate, with numerous erotic sculptures. This often leads to the temple being referred to as the Khajuraho of the east. After a visit to Rajarani Temple, enjoy some delicious local cuisine for lunch. Your guide will explain all the specialities on offer. Visit your last temple known as Yogini Temple. While the 64 Yogini Temple is located in Hirapur, around 15 kilometers east of Bhubaneshwar, it's well worth making the effort to visit it. What makes this temple special is that it's one of only four Yogini temples in India dedicated to the esoteric cult of tantra. It's shrouded in mystery and many locals are fearful of it, and it's not difficult to imagine why. The temple has 64 stone Yogini goddess figures carved on its inside walls, representing the 64 forms of the diving mother created to drink the blood of demons. At the end of the trip, your driver will drop you off at your hotel, or you are free to explore the city on your own.

Private Day Tour to Konark Temple & Puri from Bhubneswar

3. Private Day Tour to Konark Temple & Puri from Bhubneswar

Discover the ancient architectural wonders of the Sun Temple in Konark, a Unesco World Heritage Site, on this private guided day tour from Bhubaneswar. Witness the intricate carvings and stunning sculptures of the temple while learning about its rich history from your knowledgeable guide. Then, head to the magnificent sea beach and the world famous Jaganath temple at Puri. Experience the natural beauty and cultural significance of Odisha on this unforgettable day trip. Savor the the Sun Temple at Konârak, located on the eastern shores of the Indian subcontinent, is one of the outstanding examples of temple architecture and art as revealed in its conception, scale and proportion, and in the sublime narrative strength of its sculptural embellishment. Be transported back to the romance romance, legend, and history at Odisha’s Chandrabhaga beach creates an ethereal atmosphere that draws writers, painters, and lovers. Discover the Jagannath Temple @Puri ,one of the trinity of supreme divinity in Hinduism. This 11th-century temple gave rise to the word "juggernaut," as well as some mysteries that defy scientific explanation.

India: eSim Mobile Data Plan

4. India: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to India hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in India. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: Jio

Konark Temple and Pipli Village from Bhubaneswar

5. Konark Temple and Pipli Village from Bhubaneswar

Start your journey with a hotel pick-up at 8:30 AM where your guide and a private cab will be waiting for you. Visit the Konark Sun Temple, a 1.5-hour drive from Bhubaneswar. Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site and is dedicated to the Sun God Surya. Learn more about the temple and its history while your guide briefs you about the history of the site. Next, we move to the Pipli Village which is world famous for its handicrafts and colorful fabrics. This village was established by the King of Orissa for accommodating the craftsmen who made appliqué umbrellas and canopies for the annual Jagannath Yatra. Learn about this Indian art with the help of your guide and the villagers. Next, drive back to Bhubaneswar after which you will be dropped back at the hotel.

Bhubaneswar: Airport to Hotel Private Transport Service

6. Bhubaneswar: Airport to Hotel Private Transport Service

After being greeted by your chauffeur at Bhubaneswar Airport, you will be escorted to your private car, minibus or bus based on the number of passengers you will be traveling with. En-route to your hotel, your chauffeur will provide you with concise information about the vast tourist attractions of Bhubaneswar Booking a transfer service in advance from Bhubaneswar Airport to your hotel destination is highly beneficial in avoiding last minute hassles. You will be assured to reach your hotel smoothly, and without worry.

Bhubaneswar: Hotel to Bhubaneswar Airport Private Transfer

7. Bhubaneswar: Hotel to Bhubaneswar Airport Private Transfer

After being collected from your Bhubaneswar hotel lobby by your chauffeur, you will be assisted stowing your luggage into a car/minibus/bus according to the number of passengers. Following this, your chauffeur will safely drop you to the Bhubaneswar Airport as per your schedule. If your hotel located closer and farther from the airport you may change the pickup time as per your comfort, by calling on a 24/7 customer support line free of charge. This service is designed to eliminate the usual stresses associated with airport commuting, you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the transit in your air-conditioned vehicle.

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