According to local legend she safeguarded the Bastar king from the attackers and gave him protection in the forests. As a mark of their gratitude, the tribes still owe their allegiance to her. The deities from far flung tribal villages are brought to the Temple of Goddesses Danteshwari in Jagdalpur on this day. Jagdalpur is the district capital of Bastar and stands witness to a lot of festivities on the occasion of Dussehra. There are several other customs also that are associated with Dussehra in Chhattisgarh. The presiding deity of the temple is placed in a chariot and all the devotees lend a hand to the rope when the Chariot is pulled. The joy and mirth of these simple tribal people is indeed unlimited. They enjoy themselves thoroughly. It is a time when they get to meet each other and be a part of all the merry making. So do try and get a taste of the pomp and pageantry at the time of Dussehra.
Day 01 : 4th Oct - Tue: Visakhapatnam
Arrival Visakhapatnam from Delhi/Mumbai/Hyderabad/Chennai and transfer to hotel.
Visit the Simanchal temple in the afternoon and take a walk on the popular marine drive. Orientation of the tour by our guide and welcome drink hosted by us.
Day 02 : 5th Oct - Wed: Desia Koraput
In the morning board the spectacular train ride through the valley and tunnels to Araku (4 HRS) and then by road to DESIA.
Warm welcome by the local host community. Visit the adopted village and interact with the locals. Back to Desia and stay.
Day 03 : 6th Oct - Thu: Desia-bonda Tribe Weekly Market/Desia
In the morning visit BONDA tribal market and the DUDUMA waterfalls stay at DESIA.
Day 04 : 7th Oct - Fri: Desia
Hike to a villages to meet the daily life of the tribe, lunch in the village and followed by tribal dance.
Day 05 : 8th Oct - Sat: Jeypore
Departure for GUPTESWAR, hike to DHURUBA tribe village and afternoon colorful weekly market at Baligaon. Drive to JEYPORE for a hotel stay with internet and hot shower facilities.
Day 06 : 9th Oct - Sun: Jagdalpur
Proceed To JAGADALPUR in Chhattisgarh via tribal textile making Village at KOTPAD. Visit CHITRAKOOT waterfalls (NIAGRA of east). Overnight stay At JAGADALPUR.
Day 07 : 10th Oct - Mon: Jagdalpur
In the morning visit MURIA tribal village and in the afternoon the Famous TOKAPAL market for MURIA & MARIA tribes.
Day 08 : 11th Oct - Tue: Dussehra Festival / Jagdalpur
Full day at Jagdalpur to enjoy the colorful Dussehra festival and also the festive activities. Overnight stay in a decent hotel at jagadalpur.
Day 09 : 12th Oct - Wed: Jagdalpur
Excursion to Kondagaon village to see the various bellmetal work, terracotta work. Overnight stay in the same hotel.
Day 10 : 13th Oct - Thu: Bhubaneswar / Visakhaptanam
Drive back to Koraput to board the train for Bhubaneswar/Visakhaptanam and onward journey.