Kindly critique my Odissa, Andhra & Telangana itinerary

#16 Jun 11th, 2018, 23:40
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So, I'd not recommend that you hire a car for Bbsr local sightseeing , the Bindu Sagar tank area is best explored on foot as you may spend couple of hours checking out the 5-6 temples there and for nearby temples like vaital deul, mausima or rajrani, best to take an auto.
For chilka, Puri etc hire from Odisha tourism, they are reliable, counter at station.
#17 Jun 12th, 2018, 02:04
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For our Odisha trips we used the services of http://www.orissa-tour.com/index.html and were always happy with them.
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Vonkla visited Dhenkanal! Color me surprised. I do not believe I ever hinted that I completed my education there, but surprised since I never ever saw Dhenkanal as a tourist spot(but as a traveler taking baby steps in this world, I realize how naive that sounds now).

Jaydeep, have thought about flipping the travel route a bit (I believe this is what Vaibhav is suggesting you do)? Why not take a train from Mumbai to Bhubaneshwar? Dhenkanal also falls in the same route, is a shorter travel time and you do not end up back tracking all the time. You start your trip from Bhubaneshwar and work your way down. The end of your trip will also be of a much shorter duration.

You can also base your location at Bhubaneshwar and can cover Puri/Konark from here. The road connectivity is pretty good and shouldn't be much taxing to your elderly family members.
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Thanks vaibhav. Will follow your suggestions for Bhubaneswar
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Thanks vonkla. Will check the tour operator.
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Thanks aarosh for your kind suggestions.
Dhenkanal is beyond bhubaneswar. I will have to plan dhenkanal from Bhubaneswar as per your suggestions.
#22 Jun 14th, 2018, 14:05
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Jaydeepy, I hope you enjoy your trip to my state (or home as I call it) along with the neighboring one.

Here would be my suggestion. If you started your journey (train) from Mumbai to BBSR, Dhenkanal could be your the first port of call. Dhenkanal (back in the days) was a quaint and relatively less populated place. It is also hardly a two hour drive to BBSR (there is also a road that cuts through Nandankanan to BBSR which you can opt for). Other than the palace (Mr. Singdeo's daughter was my sisters classmate currently residing in Mumbai - and I don't know why added that tidbit in) there is Hotel Surya (was owned by my classmate, but I am not sure if it still in business) which would be a budget option. All the places you would like to visit in and around Dhenkanal are a 2-3 hours journey (base being the Dhenkanal town).

You can then move on to BBSR and complete the Puri/Konark/BBSR circuit and move to Vizag, followed by Hyderabad. That should cut out the back and forth journeys your current plan has and like I stated earlier, the return leg would be of a much lesser duration.
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Thanks a ton aarosh. That was awesome

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