Grass Routes Private Day Tours

Grass Routes Private Day Tours

City Tours • Private Tours • Stand Up Paddleboarding
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grass Routes provide opportunities for travellers to engage with local communities by working in partnership with the people whose lives; stories and experiences make our authentic journeys so unique. Crafting authentic journeys and bridges cultural boundaries to ensure outstanding travel experiences.
Puri, India

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atular54
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India78 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
OFF the Beaten Track… how to explore Puri without visiting the Jagannath Temple
Was very pleasantly surprised to know & see so much culture & activities that, although are linked to the Temple, yet have their own stories to share

Narendra & Ganga Water bodies that housed the support villages, various Matts & Ashrams that provided personal for servicing & maintaining the Temple
Also using abandoned monasteries as current day warehouses for supply of wood & earthenware for the temple’s daily needs

All this wouldn’t have been possible without Pulak of Grassroute fame and his team of dedicated rickshaw pullers— a 3hr tour made comfortable
Written 18 November 2021
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Tessa L
53 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Thanks to Pulak for the perfectly arranged bike tour around Puri and sharing your knowledge of the area with us!!

Pulak is a very relaxed though passionate guide who speaks perfectly English. If you are looking for a non-touristy discovery of Odisha's hidden gems, this is your go to your organisation!
Written 10 January 2020
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Thanks for your comments. Only wish we had more time to share Odisha with you!
Written 11 January 2020
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clareacer
London, UK75 contributions
Dec 2019
We are just back from our second visit to the area organised by Grass Routes and it was just as good as the first. We ventured into Chattisgarrth this time, having started in Odisha. We visited lots of tribal villages and saw and photographed everyday life there as well as being treated to several traditional dance displays.

We were thoroughly looked after by our driver and guide so all we had to do was enjoy the visit. We stayed in two heritage homestays which were small heritage palaces where the visit is very personal with the royal family. In both cases they will tell you all about their area and take you out and about.

Claire and Pulak of Grass Routes do very well in determining what it is you want from your visit and make absolutely sure you get it - you aren't fobbed off with a fixed itinerary which doesn't suit. They also provided a very good quality vehicle and a most helpful and safe driver.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
Written 2 January 2020
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Thank you for your kind comments. So glad you enjoyed your return visit :) It was a pleasure to have you back in the region!
Written 3 January 2020
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Kavita36
Mumbai, India15 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
We visited Odisha for a week towards the end of October. The Odisha highlights tour was facilitated by Grass Routes. Our experience right through the visit was very smooth, pleasant and enjoyable. The travel arrangements, hotel stays, guided visits to places of interest- all handled very capably by our guide (Mr Prassan) and our driver (Dhardu).

The highlight of our trip was our visit to the majestic and awe inspiring Konark temple ruins and the secluded and peaceful lakeside stay at Chilika.

We realised there was a lot more to Odisha than we knew of before this trip. Look forward to visiting again to explore the tribal heartland and the forests as well as return to Chilika to spot the annual migration of birds.

Would highly recommend Grass Routes - they offer a personalised travel experience with a rich local flavour. Thanks for a great trip!
Written 5 November 2019
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Thank you! We thoroughly enjoyed having you and look forward to sharing more of Odisha during your return visit.
Written 8 November 2019
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Jemsy J
Belfast, UK4 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
We booked a tour of some of the Odisha tribal regions through Grassroutes, and also some onward travel arrangements. From booking, to travelling, to the actual tour itself, they were fantastic. So knowledgeable, so helpful, so friendly, so professional, the list could go on! They made everything so simple and stress free. The itinerary they put together was fantastic, the guide was great and we got to see some incredible places that we wouldn't have visited without their local knowledge and expertise. I cannot recommend them enough!
Written 27 April 2019
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Thank you Jemima! I'm glad you found value in our expertise. We look forward to your return :)
Written 8 November 2019
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Roger I
Bellingham7 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
In January I went on a 2 week tour of the tribal villages in the hills of Odisha and can not recommend this more. Our guide (Pulak) was very accommodating and took care of everything. He was very respectful of the villagers and had their best interest at heart. I would highly recommend using "Grass Routes Journeys" if you are planning a tour to India, especially of Odisha, since it would be difficult and irresponsible to experience the villages without a guide who knows and cares about the people that live in the region.
Written 18 February 2019
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Thanks for sharing your recommendation. We greatly appreciate and share your interest in travelling responsibly. Glad to know this added value to your trip in Odisha.
Written 19 February 2019
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Dennis W
USA280 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
I recently completed a two week photography trip with Grass Routes Travel. Pulak was the guide. I generally do not take guided trips but felt it would be necessary in order to properly visit the tribal groups in the hills of Odisha. I was correct. Pulak orchestrated an amazing trip. He catered the daily agenda and timing to my special photographic requirements. Everything worked seamlessly. His enthusiasm and concern for the tribal people added an extra plus to the trip. Pulak's wife Claire worked with me at length to plan the itinerary. The effort was well worth it. I give the Grass Routes organization and Pulak in particular my highest recommendation. Anybody wanting to visit the Adivasie of Odisha should consider doing it with Grass Routes Travel.
Written 15 February 2019
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Thanks for sharing your feedback here. Delighted you enjoyed your return trip to Odisha! Especially from someone who doesn't like guided trips; we are glad to hear the accompanying local guide (in this case Pulak) added value to your experience. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to seeing your photos!
Written 16 February 2019
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varda s
Rehovot, Israel92 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Me and my husband are recently back from a splendid trip to Odisha with Grass Routes tour company. We have been to different parts of India in the past few years, and this was for sure one of our best. We were guided throughout by Shrish, an independent guide, but all the rest was arranged by the company. It was a great pleasure to visit villages both large and small as well as the holy city of Puri. A particular highlight was Chandoori Sai so stay there if you can We would have no hesitation in travelling again with Grass Routes and strongly recommend them for village India visits and more.
Written 11 February 2019
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Thank you for sharing your feedback here. Delightful to know that of all your India trips over the years, Odisha stands out as a highlight! We look forward to having you travel with us again.
Written 12 February 2019
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clareacer
London, UK75 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Just back from a really splendid trip to Odisha with Grass Routes. We went once before to Odisha but this trip was so much better!

We were guided throughout by Pulak and driven by Dadau.

We could not have wished for a better driver - which is quite exceptional in India - and Dadau anticipated our every need and looked after us so well

It was a great pleasure to visit villages both large and small with Pulak who knows the areas and the villagers so well. He shows great care and respect to all in a very calm and quiet way

An excellent itinerary and a super trip. A particular highlight was Chandoori Sai so stay there if you can

We would have no hesitation in travelling again with Grass Routes and strongly recommend them for village India visits
Written 17 January 2019
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Thanks for sharing your comments here. It was a pleasure to travel with you both. We are pleased to hear your second trip to Odisha trumped the first and that you benefited from our intimate connection with the local communities. Greatly appreciate your endorsement and look forward to travelling with you again.
Written 18 January 2019
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Cheyenne Cahill
Brisbane, Australia29 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Where do I even begin? From start to finish everything was incredible. Recently did a 13 day tour with my mum all through the tribal areas of Odisha. Being ex intrepid leaders the itinerary is so well thought out, it's balanced perfectly so you can explore loads but you still have some downtime too. Pulak has spent so long establishing such a special relationship with all the local tribes that they feel very comfortable meeting you. Everyday is a different village or local market, we got invited into people's homes, met the whole family, chatted away (via Pulak as translator) met some of the most amazing people.

There's a short train trip at the beginning but other than that it's by private car. Our driver Dhadu was so lovely, efficient and we were very comfortable being passengers in his car which is saying something for India!

A lot of the meals are included but for the one's that weren't Pulak's choices were outstanding. By far some of the best food I've had in India. The places weren't much to look at but the food made up for it.

This itinerary is super relaxed, not many travel days and flexible. Pulak was happy to stop anywhere along the way and cater to your needs. Thoroughly enjoyed every part of this tour. A special note to any solo female travelers. This would be perfect for you. Always felt safe and comfortable. Would have no qualms about recommending this tour to anyone though.

Thanks again Pulak, Dhadu and Claire for making my trip that much more special.
Written 26 December 2018
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WOW Thank you! It was such a pleasure sharing Odisha with you and your Mum. Glad you enjoyed the balance of leisure and activities. Also delighted you enjoyed participating in the special relationship Pulak nurtures with Odisha's diverse local communities. It's meaningful interactions like these that make for treasured memories! Wonderful to have met you both and look forward to crossing paths again in 2019!
Written 28 December 2018
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