Rajim Kumbh and Madai Festival Tour

Ocean of faith, mesmerizing festivities, endless colours

  • Bison Horn Maria Dance

  • Madaifestivals

  • Sadhus moking

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  • men and women dance

Summary of Rajim Kumbh and Madai Festival Tour

  • Duration: 15 Nights & 16 days
  • Major Attractions: Rajim Kumbh Mela, Madai Festival, Baiga, Bison Horn Maria & Ghotul Dance, Tribal Markets & Villages, Konark Sun Temple
  • Destination Covered: Bhoramdeo, Kanker, Jagdalpur, Jeypore, Similiguda, Rayagada, Baliguda, Gopalpur, Puri, Konark, Bhubaneshwar

Highlights of Rajim Kumbh and 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

DayPlaceHighlightsAccommodation Details
February 27, 2019/ WednesdayDelhiReception in DelhiHotel Red Fox, Delhi
February 28, 2019/ ThursdayRaipur-BhoramdeoBhoramdeo Temple VisitBhoramdeo Jungle Retreat
March 01, 2019/ FridayBhoramdeoGond Tribal Villages, Baiga DanceBhoramdeo Jungle Retreat
March 02, 2019/ SaturdayBhoramdeo-RaipurBaiga Tribal Villages, Bhoramdeo TemplesHotel Zone by The Park
March 03, 2019/ SundayRajim-KankerRajim Kumbh MelaKanker Palace
March 04, 2019/ MondayGobrahin-KankerGhotul Dance, Madai FestivalKanker Palace
March 05, 2019/ TuesdayChitrakote-JagdalpurArt and Crafts Villages, Chitrakoot WaterfallsBastar Jungle Resort
March 06, 2019/ WednesdayJagdalpur-JeyporeBhatra Tribe Visit, Bison Horn Maria DanceHello Jeypore
March 07, 2019/ ThursdayOnukudelli-SimiligudaBonda Tribe Haat, Gadaba Tribe villagesHotel Lemon Castle
March 08, 2019/ FridayKunduli-RayagadaParaja and Mali Tribal HaatHotel Sai International
March 09, 2019/ SaturdayBarkhamba-BaligudaVillages of Desia Kondh and Kutia KondhHotel Bivab
March 10, 2019/ SundayBaliguda-GopalpurGopalpur BeachesMayfair Palm Beach Resort
March 11, 2019/ MondayChilika-PuriChilika Lake, Pattachitra paintingsMayfair Heritage
March 12, 2019/ TuesdayKonark-PuriKonark Sun Temple, Jagannath TempleMayfair Heritage
March 13, 2019/ WednesdayPuri-Bhubaneshwar64 Yogini & Raja Rani Temple, Odissi DanceThe Fortune
March 14, 2019/ ThursdayDelhi-DepartureLingraja Temple

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 01 February 27, 2019

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

    Hotel Red Fox, Delhi

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  2. Day 02 February 28, 2019

    Flight from Delhi to Raipur Drive to Bhoramdeo (3 hours)
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    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 having lunch on the way. On arrival at Bhoramdeo, check in to the ethnic village resort. Later, take a short walk to ancient Bhoramdeo Temple to see the evening prayer. Here, we will also see some Gond Tribal Ladies.

    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

    Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat

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  3. Day 03 March 1, 2019

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    Enjoy the lovely breakfast at your beautiful jungle home made in authentic Chhattisgarh village style. Today, we will be visiting some of the Gond Villages, which may include Rajpur, Katgo and Harmo etc.

    Enjoy the lunch in the afternoon, we will either carry picnic lunch with us or have lunch at Village Dhaba in Dhawai Pani.

    If lucky, we can also witness the Madai Festival by Baiga Tribe at Bokkar Khar Village. 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 here sport tattoos on almost every part of the body. Return back to the resort in the evening.

    In the evening before dinner, we will also arrange Baiga Tribal Dance (Subject to availability).

  4. Day 04 March 2, 2019

    Drive to Raipur (03 Hours)
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    After breakfast, 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.

    Later, visit Thua Pani village of Baiga Tribe, we will visit one of the homes to understand their daily lifestyle.

    Also visit the houses of Kumhar community working on pottery at Amaroda village. On our way back to the hotel for lunch explore Mandawa Mahal Temple of Lord Shiva built in 15 Century A.D.  Have lunch at the resort and check out.

    Post lunch, we will drive to Raipur – the capital city of Chhattisgarh state. By the evening, reach to Raipur and check in to the hotel and enjoy the lavish dinner.

    Accommodation Details

    Hotel Zone by The Park

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  5. Day 05 March 3, 2019

    Drive to Rajim (01 Hour) Drive to Kanker (03 Hours)
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    Post breakfast, drive to Rajim and spend the first half of the day in exploring the festivities of Rajim Kumbh Mela. Rajim Mela 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.

    Later, drive to Kanker having lunch on the way at Lover’s Point near Kurud. Post lunch, drive Charama village to see Gond and Yadav 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 areas 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

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  6. Day 06 March 4, 2019

    Excursion to Villages and Gobrahin (03 Hours)
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    Today, we will drive to the interior tribal villages to see fascinating Ghotul performance by the men and women of Muria Tribe. Ghotul is a social institution belonging to Abujh Maria and Muria tribe. In Muria tribe, Ghotul used to be a village dormitory where the young boys and girls could live together before marriage and can even have sexual activities. In Ghotul, there are many dances and musical performances such as Mandri, Hulki and Gedi Dance etc. It will be really interesting to visit one of the Ghotuls and their performance.

    We will have our packed lunch in the village sitting under the tree. Later, we will proceed to Gobrahin 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 back to our Kanker Palace Heritage Hotel and enjoy the royal hospitality.

  7. Day 07 March 5, 2019

    Drive to Chitrakote (04 Hours) Drive to Jagdalpur (01 Hour)
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    Enjoy the breakfast with royal family and say goodbye to your lovely hosts. Depart to Jagdalpur stopping at the home of the world famous artist of Dokra Art in Kondagaon. Later proceed to Chitrakote Waterfalls – the widest waterfalls in the country of 29 meters height often referred as Niagara Falls of India. After enjoying the spectacular atmosphere at the waterfalls, we will drive further to Jagdalpur in Bastar region and stay in the resort.

    Accommodation Details

    Bastar Jungle Resort

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  8. Day 08 March 6, 2019

    Drive to Maria Village & then to Jeypore (04 Hours)
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    Enjoy the breakfast and check out. Near to the resort, take a walk in Kurandi Village of Bhatra Tribe. The morning time is blissful in the village and full of activities by the tribes. Try the tribal liquor made by the tree flowers.

    We will travel further to 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, headgears and tattoos. Bison Horn Maria is one of the most spectacular tribe to see in Chhattisgarh.

    After the dance, we will have the picnic lunch and drive to Jeypore in Odisha. Finally arrive in Jeypore and have rest in your comfortable room.

    Accommodation Details

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  9. Day 09 March 7, 2019

    Drive to Onukudelli (02 Hours) Drive to Similiguda (03 Hours)
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    We will today have early breakfast and first drive 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, in Bonda tribe, the women’s head is shaven. After the market visit, stop briefly at Duduma Waterfalls to see the picturesque waterfalls and scenic valley.

    Later, visit Olar Gadaba tribal village. 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.

    Afterwards, drive to our hotel in Similiguda and check in. Enjoy superb discussion on our dinner table about the wonderful day passed at the tribal market and villages.

    Accommodation Details

    Hotel Lemon Castle

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  10. Day 10 March 8, 2019

    Drive to Rayagada (04 Hours)
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    Post breakfast, take a short drive and 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 Rayagada passing through the beautiful countryside. Arrive at the hotel and relax.

    Accommodation Details

    Hotel Sai International

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  11. Day 11 March 9, 2019

    Drive to Baliguda (04 Hours)
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    After having the breakfast, today drive to Baliguda through the villages of Desia Kondh tribes- another interesting tribes of Odisha. In the afternoon, have lunch and then we will take soft trek into the hamlets of Kutia Kondh Tribe – the remarkable tattoo faced people of Odisha.

    Finally we will drive to our hotel in Baliguda to stay for the night and dinner. Another exciting day ends in the tribal country of India.

    Accommodation Details

    Hotel Bivab

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  12. Day 12 March 10, 2019

    Drive to Gopalpur (05 Hours)
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    Baliguda-Gopalpur On Sea

    Post breakfast, we will drive to Gopalpur On Sea. The beaches of Gopalpur are gorgeous and less crowded. On arrival, spend sometime on the beach and relax. In the afternoon, photograph the colorful ladies on the beach earing the Sarees getting their beautiful reflection in the water. Unwind yourself in the beach resort.

    Accommodation Details

    Mayfair Palm Beach Resort

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  13. Day 13 March 11, 2019

    Drive to Puri (05 Hours)
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    In the morning, visit some fishermen 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 cities 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

    Mayfair Heritage

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  14. Day 14 March 12, 2019

    Excursion to Konark (02 Hours)
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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 return back to Puri and have lunch. 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.

  15. Day 15 March 13, 2019

    Drive to Bhubaneshwar (02 Hours)
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    Post breakfast drive to Bhubaneswar – the temple city of Odisha having more than 800 temples. En-route, visit 09th century Chausath Yogini temple, which translates as 64 Goddesses riding the animal, a human or a demon depicting the triumph of feminine power.

    Later, visit Ashokan rock edicts at Dhauli located on the banks of Daya River. The hill of Dhauli is believed to be the place, where the great war of Kalinga was fought between Emperor Ashoka and Kalinga ruler, Odisha was known as Kalinga in ancient India. After this war Ashoka converted into Buddhism and became non-violent. In Bhubaneshwar visit 11th century Raja Rani Temple famous as Love Temple due to the sculpture of love making couples on the temple walls. After having lunch, visit some more temples of the city such as Mukteswar Temple and Parsurameswar Temple.

    Finally, 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.

    Accommodation Details

    Hotel Fortune

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  16. Day 16 March 14, 2019

    Bhubaneshwar-Delhi Delhi-Departure
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    Post breakfast, 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).

    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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