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Kolkata ~ Bhubaneswar ~ Puri
Odisha (formally known as Orissa) is one of the most beautiful states of India due to the ancient history and art heritage. There are people, patterns and embroidery everywhere! We would like to share and show you the excitement and colour of this stunning Indian state.
After meeting at Heathrow, our group will be flying to Kolkata (Calcutta) in the Eastern region of India and staying there for 3 nights. In that time we will be visiting carpenter workshops, showing off traditional authentic carving and hand block printing factories. We will also visit screen-printing artists, fabric dyeing and weavers. As well as the textile story of this town, we shall also see the historical side, visiting the Victoria memorial and the Kali temple, to name a few.
After the excitement of Kolkata, we will then take a shatabdi train to the capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, where we will be based so we can visit the surrounding remote villages that specialize in ikat weaving and dyeing – keystone techniques in the history of Indian textiles. We will visit Naupatna village, known for its silk ikat sarees. Only two communities, the Mehers and the Patras, know the secrets of ikat dying, which involves a resist dying process similar to die-dye on hundreds of threads tightly bound. We shall also journey to the villages of Pipli, Puri and Raghurajpura – all busy and wonderful places learning and seeing another world of textiles. At Puri, on the Bay of Bengal, it is fascinating to watch the women wading out into the sea, enjoying the waves still fully clothed in their stunning saris. There is a strong textile heritage in this part of India, and it is thought that there are around 40,000 looms in the area. As well as its textile influence, Bhubaneswar is full of ancient Hindu temples and is of strong religious importance to Eastern India, therefore it is sometimes known as the ‘City of Temples’. We shall visit some of these beautiful temples, including the famous Raja rani temple.
On the drive back from Bhubaneswar we shall visit the Konark sun Temple – a 13th century Sun temple that is now a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple is built in the shape of an enormous chariot with elaborate stone wheels, pillars and walls, as Surya (the chief sun God in Hinduism) is often depicted riding a chariot. The next day until our flight you shall have some free time to further explore the city, or to just sit in the sun and relax – the choice is yours. This magical journey ends where is started – back at Heathrow – where we part our ways.
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