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.
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.