Rajim Kumbh Mela 2018 & Madai Festival Tour

Ocean of faith, mesmerizing festivities, endless colours

  • Rajim Kumbh Mela

  • royal bathing in Rajim Kumbh Festival

  • Weekly Tribal Haat Odisha

  • bonda tribe Odisha

  • Konark Sun Temple Odisha

  • bison horn maria dance

  • bison horn maria dance

  • Ghotul Dance

  • Ghotul Dance

Summary of Rajim Kumbh Mela 2018 & Madai Festival Tour

  • Duration: 14 Nights & 15 days
  • Major Attractions: Rajim Kumbh Mela, Madai Festival, Bison Horn Maria & Ghotul Dance, Tribal Markets & Villages
  • Destination Covered: Bhoramdeo, Kanker, Jagdalpur, Jeypore, Gopalpur, Puri, Konark, Bhubaneshwar, Dhenkanal

Highlights of Rajim Kumbh Mela 2018 & Madai Festival Tour

This is a very special & fixed departure tour program comprising Rajim Kumbh Mela, Madai Festival, Tribal dances like Bison Horn Maria and Ghotul. It includes the unexplored regions of Chhattisgarh combining with tribal circuits of Odisha and architectural gems like Konark Sun Temple and Lingraja Temple. In Chhattisgarh, you will visit the ancient temples of Bhoramdeo, beautiful Bastar and Rajim Kumbh Mela. It will be a treat to visit both Bhoramdeo Temple and Konark Sun Temple in one tour program, as Bhoramdeo and Konark are known as Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh and Odisha respectively due to their erotic sculptures based on Kamasutra.

Rajim Kumbh Mela

The highlight of this trip is Rajim Kumbh Mela, as you know Kumbh Mela is the largest and holiest pilgrim gathering in the world. Everyone knows about Kumbh Mela and its four holiest places as Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain but there is a secret fifth Kumbh also, Rajim is that fifth one.

Rajim is just 44 KMS from Raipur the capital of Chhattisgarh state and is most famous holy assembly for Vaishnavites – the devotees of Lord Vishnu. Rajim Kumbh is situated close to the convergence of three rivers Sondur, Mahanadi and Pairi. The monks, Saints and pilgrims from every nook and corner of India come here and make it a spectacular place to visit. The colorful people, Naga Sadhus (Naked monks) and various folk activities are visual treats for the visitors. This festival gives an amazing opportunity to be part of history, culture and spirituality at one go.

Madai Festival

Another big attraction of the itinerary is Madai Festival celebrated with great excitement and enthusiasm by the people of Gond Tribe reflecting their rich traditions and culture. The communities of Kanker as Kurna and Charnama and the tribal people of Baster also celebrate the Madai Festival. This festival goes from one place to another location thus every tribe and each community take pleasure in celebrating it. You can witness various tribal rituals in Madai festival like processions, ceremonies and cultural events in their best attires.

The added attractions to this unique itinerary will be the special tribal dances organized in the villages such as Bison Horn Maria Dance and Ghotul Dance. These dances will give us the opportunity to learn more about the culture and festivities of the tribes of Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh has very rich tribal traditions as many different tribes are living in the state like Gond, Baiga, Maria, Ghotul, Bhatra and Dhurwa etc. Bastar is still an unexplored region of India.

In Odisha, we will show you the colorful tribal markets of primitive tribes like Bonda and Gadaba. The trip will also offer an opportunity to visit the biggest weekly Haat of Mali and Paraja tribes of the state. Odisha is one of the richest state in tribal culture in India. This is not the end, the itinerary combines the spectacular temples of Odisha like Konark Sun Temple which is a magnificent example of ancient Hindu architecture.

Itinerary Summary

Day Place Highlights Accommodation Details
February 8, 2018 Delhi Reception in Delhi WelcomHotel Dwarka
February 9, 2018 Bhoramdeo Village visit of Gond Tribe Jungle Retreat
February 10, 2018 Bhoramdeo Baiga Tribal Villages and Bhoramdeo Temples Jungle Retreat
February 11, 2018 Rajim-Raipur Rajim Kumbh Festival Hotel Hayatt
February 12, 2018 Rajim-Kanker Rajim Kumbh Mela, Tribal Villages Kanker Palace
February 13, 2018 Jagdalpur Ghotul Dance, Madai Festival Bastar Jungle Resort
February 14, 2018 Jeypore Bison Horn Maria Dance, Chitrakoot Waterfalls Hello Jeypore
February 15, 2018 Jeypore Bonda Tribe Haat, Gadaba Tribal villages Hello Jeypore
February 16, 2018 Gopalpur Paraja and Mali Tribal Haat Mayfair Palm Beach Resort
February 17, 2018 Puri Fishermen's Villages, Chilika Lake, Raghurajpur Village Sterling Resort
February 18, 2018 Puri Konark Sun Temple, Fishermen's VillageVillages Sterling Resort
February 19, 2018 Bhubaneshwar Odissi Dance, Ancient Temples, Dhauli The Fortune
February 20, 2018 Dhenkanal Ratnagiri and Udayagiri Buddhist sites Dhenkanal Palace
February 21, 2018 Bhubaneshwar Mahima Monks, Dhokra Art The Fortune

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 01 February 8, 2018

    International Arrival We will welcome you at the airport Drive to the hotel
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    Delhi-Arrival

    We will traditionally welcome you upon arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to the hotel with assistance. We will help you in check in to the hotel comfortably and relax in the room for rest of the time.

    Accommodation Details

    WelcomHotel Dwarka, Delhi

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  2. Day 02 February 9, 2018

    Flight from Delhi to Raipur Drive to Bhoramdeo (3 hours)
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    Delhi-Raipur-Bhoramdeo

    Have breakfast at the hotel and then check out. We will transfer you to the airport to embark the flight for Raipur. On arrival at Raipur airport, you will be received and transferred to Jungle Retreat in Bhoramdeo. We will visit Gond Villages on the way to the resort. Gond is one of the biggest tribal communities mostly living in central India. Gonds were great warriors and even had their kingdom in ancient India. Gonds are still living their life style for hundreds of years without any change. Have dinner and enjoy the beautiful jungle retreat.

    Accommodation Details

    Jungle Retreat, Bhoramdeo

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  3. Day 03 February 10, 2018

    Baiga Tribe of Chhattisgarh
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    Bhoramdeo

    Enjoy the lovely breakfast at your beautiful jungle home made in authentic Chhattisgarh village style. Today, we will be visiting Gond and Baiga Tribal villages for full day. We will carry picnic lunch with us. Baiga tribes are known as the people of forest as they survive on the products of the jungle. They practiced the shifting cultivation hence lived the nomadic life for many years. The unique feature of Baiga tribe is that the women heresport tattoos on almost every part of the body.

    Enjoy the picnic lunch and in the afternoon, visit the famous Bhoramdeo Temples known as the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh built in 1100 AD, these temples are older than Khajuraho temples. These are the outstanding Hindu Temples dedicated of Lord Shiva, the complex comprises four temples, the earliest temple is made of brick whereas,the main temple is built by stones.

    Return back to the resort in the evening.

  4. Day 04 February 11, 2018

    Drive to Rajim Kumbh Mela (4 Hours)
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    Bhoramdeo-Rajim Kumbh Mela-Raipur

    Post breakfast, drive to Rajim and spend full day in exploring the festivities of Kumbh Mela. Kumbh has immense religious importance for the Hindus in India and the pilgrims and saints will be taking the holy baths in the rivers and performing various rituals. It is a confluence of rich culture of the country as the people from each part of India come to have a holy dip during this auspicious occasion. It is a spectacular to see different types of monks and colorful pilgrims in Rajim. In the evening, transfer to Raipur and check in to the hotel to relax for overnight.

    Accommodation Details

    Hotel Hayatt, Raipur

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  5. Day 05 February 12, 2018

    Drive to Kanker (4 Hours)
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    Have breakfast and drive back Rajim Kumbh Mela because in the morning, there are special rituals. The morning time is considered as auspicious in Hindus for performing the prayers and bathing. The pilgrims here includes from all ages kids to young to old men and women.

    Later, drive to Kanker visiting various tribal villages here you will see the people making Bidi – an Indian Cigarette made of tree leaves. Most of the people in the villages smoke these types of Bidis in India.Drive through the enchanting area to Kanker, this region is pristine and offers unparalleled natural beauty. Arrive in Kanker and stay in the erstwhile palace converted into a heritage hotel.

    Accommodation Details

    Kanker Palace, Kanker

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  6. Day 06 February 13, 2018

    Drive to Jagdalpur (3 hours)
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    Kanker-Madai Festival-Jagdalpur

    Today, we will drive to the interior tribal villages to see fascinating Ghotul performance by the men and women. Ghotul is a social institution belonging to Abujh Maria and Muria tribe. In Muria tribe, Ghotul is like a dormitory where the young boys and girls can live together before marriage and can even have sexual activities. In Ghotul, there are many dances and musical performances. It will be really interesting to visit one of the Ghotuls and their performance.

    Later, we will proceed to Oberain to see the Madai Festival – one of the most important religious festivals in Chhattisgarh. During the festival, many local tribes from Bastar come and celebrate in different ways. They carry processions and do the prayers to the Goddess. They wear best of their attires, perform folk dances and other cultural activities.

    After the Madai Festival visit, we will drive further to Jagdalpur in Bastar region and stay in the hotel.

    Accommodation Details

    Bastar Jungle Resort

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  7. Day 07 February 14, 2018

    Drive to Jeypore (2.5 hours)
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    Jagdalpur-Jeypore

    Enjoy the breakfast and then travel towards the villages of Bison Horn Maria Tribe. We will here also witness the mesmerizing Bison Horn Maria Dance. This is one of the best dances of Bastar and it is equally fascinating to see the houses, their colorful attires, head gears and tattoos. Bison Horn Maria is one of the most spectacular tribe to see in Chhattisgarh. After the visit have lunch near Chitrakoot Water Falls, the widest waterfalls of the country of 29 meters height often referred as Niagara falls of India.

    After having lunch, drive to Jeypore in Odisha on the way visiting the villages of Bhatra and Dhurwa tribes. Dhurwa is also a language spoken by this tribe, which is a Dravidian dialect. Hence many people believe that these tribes origins from Dravidian race. Finally arrive in Jeypore and have rest in your comfortable room.

    Accommodation Details

    Hello Jeypore

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  8. Day 08 February 15, 2018

    Onukudelli Weekly Market (2 Hours One Way)
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    Jeypore

    We will today have early breakfast and first drive to Duduma Waterfalls to see the picturesque waterfalls and scenic valley. Proceed further to Onukudelli weekly market to see the most colorful tribes of Odisha as Bonda and Gadaba tribes. Bonda is one of the most primitive tribes in India living up in the mountains. Bonda women wear layers of silver jewelry in the neck and the big earrings. They cover their upper part with strings of yellow beads. The waist is covered with a piece of cloths mostly blue in colour and in Bonda women,the head is shaven.

    In the afternoon, visit some Olar Gadaba tribal villages. Gadaba tribe also has a stunning outfits especially their jeweley. The older ladies have the big metal rings covering their necks. The landscape of this region is gorgeous surrounded by beautiful hills. Return back to your hotel in Jeypore by the evening.

  9. Day 09 February 16, 2018

    Drive to Gopalpur (5 Hours)
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    Jeypore-Gopalpur On Sea

    Post breakfast, drive a bit and stop to visit the weekly market at Kunduli. Here we will see many men and women from Paraja and Mali tribes buying and selling the things in the Haat. The tribes here mainly sell the vegetables, which they grow in their small farms and also bring some chickens, goats and other agriculture products, in return they buy the grocery items from the markets for entire week. The Paraja and Mali tribe wear distinguish nose rings, the women can be seen with three nose rings and few ear rings. They also have tattoos on their body.

    Later, we will drive to Gopalpur On Sea. The beaches of Gopalpur are gorgeous and less crowded. Spend sometime on the beach and relax.

    Accommodation Details

    Mayfair Palm Beach Resort

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  10. Day 10 February 17, 2018

    Drive to Puri ( 3 Hours)
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    In the morning, visit some fishermen’s village near Gopalpur, an interesting visit as they bring the catch in the morning from the sea and men, women and kid together sort the fishes and sell them.

    Later, drive to one of four holiest city for Hindus in India– Puri visiting one of the largest lagoons in the world Chilika Lake. Here you will see flocks of Migratory birds as well as many resident species. We will also stop to visit artisan’s village Raghurajpur famous for its remarkable Pattachitra paintings an art which goes back to 05th century BC.

    Finally arrive in the sacred city of Puri and enjoy the comfort in your beautiful hotel.

    Accommodation Details

    Sterling Resort

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  11. Day 11 February 18, 2018

    Excursion to Konark (1 Hour One Way)
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    After breakfast, visit 13th century Konark Sun Temple – UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its magnificent architecture and Kamasutra sculptures. Konark Temple is a cradle of Indian temple architecture. It is in the shape of enormous chariot with intricately carved pillars, walls and magnificent stone wheels. The temple is considered as one of the seven wonders of India.

    After visiting Konark spend sometime in Fishermen’s village offering endless photo opportunities and vibrant lifestyle. In the evening walk through the streets of famous Puri Jagannath Temple. Here you will see the pilgrims from every part of India, who come here with great devotion to see the deity Jagannath alias Lord Krishana.

  12. Day 12 February 19, 2018

    Drive to Bhubaneshwar (2 Hours)
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    After breakfast drive towards Bhubaneswar – the temple city of Odisha as it has got more than 800 small and big temples. En-route visit09th century Chausath Yogini temple means 64 Joginis Temple. 64 Jogini or Yogini translates as 64 Goddesses riding the animal, a human or a demon depicting the triumph of feminine power.

    Later, also visit Ashokan rock edicts at Dhauli located on the banks of Daya River. The hill of Dhauli is believed as the place, where the great war of Kalinga was fought by Ashoka The Great and local Kalinga ruler, Odisha was known as Kalinga in ancient India. After this war Ashoka converted into Buddhism and became non-violent.

    After checking in and lunch, we will visit the famous temples of Bhubaneshwar including 11th century Raja Rani Temple famous as Love Temple due to the sculpture of love making couples on the temple walls. Also visit Lingraja Temple an oldest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Bhubaneswar, it is a major landmark of the city. (Tourist are not allowed to go inside the temple, hence we will take the pictures from a platform outside of the temple complex).

    Today, we will also enjoy the classical Odissi Dance of India originated from the Hindu temples of Odisha. Odissi is one of the major ancient classical dances of the country predominantly performed by women.

    Accommodation Details

    The Fortune

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  13. Day 13 February 20, 2018

    Drive to Dhenkanal (5 Hours)
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    Bhubaneshwar-Ratnagiri-Dhenkanal

    After breakfast, first drive to Ratnagiri, which was once a major Buddhist Monastery, here visit 06th century Buddhist ruins, ancient Stupas and Chaityas as well as archeological excavation sites. Also, visit Udayagiri to see the biggest Buddhist Complex in Odisha and also the monastery and Stupas.Travel further to the typical villages of Odisha to stop for the photography. Stay overnight in the spiritual town of Dhenkanal.

    Accommodation Details

    Dhenkanal Palace

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  14. Day 14 February 21, 2018

    Drive to Bhubaneshwar (4 Hours)
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    Today, we will visit Joranda to see the rituals by the monks of Mahima cult.This is an Indian religion similar to the principles of Buddhism, Jainism, Tantra and Panchashakha (Five branches). This sect doesn’t permit idol worshiping and believe that God is one and shapeless. The monks of Mahima Dharma don’t stay at same place for more than two nights and keep on changing the location. It is really interesting to watch and photographs the saints as they have very peculiar dresses. We will also visit Kapilash Shiva temple located on a hilltop, where the founder of Mahima sect meditated for several years.

    Later drive to Bhubaneswar en-route visiting Sadeibaruni village famous for Dhokra art in Odisha. Dhokra metal casting is a tribal art, which uses the technique of lost-wax. Dhokra Metal Art is India’s one of the earliest arts and most advanced forms going back to over 4500 years.

    Stay in Bhubaneshwar for our last night in Odisha and spent the evening at leisure.

  15. Day 15 February 22, 2018

    Flight to Delhi International Departure

    At appropriate time, we will check out from our hotel and transfer to Bhubaneshwar airport to catch the flight to Delhi and then connect with onward international carrier to back home. The trip ends here.

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