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Udaygiri & Khandagiri

Udaygiri & Khandagiri Caves
The twin hills of Udaigiri & Khandagiri, located near Bhubaneshwar (Orissa), is known worldwide for its its rock-cut caves. Dating more than 2,000 years back, the rock-cut hills of Udaigiri and Khandagiri with its architectural and sculptural beauty is great fascination for tourists from all over.

7 km far from Bhubaneshwar (the capital of Orissa), the ancient caves of Udaigiri and Khandagiri date back to 200 BC. 135 feet high Udaigiri Caves and 118 feet Khandagiri Caves face each other, and are abode to fine impression of many of Jain and Buddhist occupations in the region. Beautiful carvings and inscriptions on rock-surface present a wonderful realm to see with wide your astonishing eyes open. The both hills with its unique sculptural work are said to be the most magnificent example of all Pali records found so far.

Rani Gumpha at Udaigiri Hills, and 24 Tirthankars Cave at Khandagiri Hills are the two of greatest interests for tourists. At Udaigiri, popular caves like Alkapri Cave, Rani Cave, Patel Cave and Hathi Gumpha let you see numerous of large elephant statues, Tirthankars idols and many rock-cut inscriptures. While being at Khandagiri, you can see more than a dozen caves which are of great interest. The most popular cave at Khandgiri is Tirthankars Cave, which have idols of all 24 apostles of Jainism. Besides, atop the hill, there are four temples, ascending to which is quite interesting and sight scenic.

Experience the amalgam of mystery and amazement : Entering the cave world of Udaigiri and Khandagiri let you explore a realm caged for thousands years. Walking into its numerous of caves, and gazing at the magnificence of idols and statues keep you titillated with great wonder.

Enjoy the religious and spiritual retreat : As most of the caves are dedicated to Buddhist and Jain occupations, peeping into its very many beautifully carved caves are mirror to importance of religion in society in those day (200 BC), when it was excavated.

Discover the gateway of Orissa : A visit to Bhubaneshwar (7 km from the twin hills) must be itinerary essential. Bhubaneshwar, “the abode of the lord of the world” has numerous of famed spot to let you explore. Some popular not to miss are Lingaraj Temple, Bindusagar, Chilka Lake, Taptapani, Dhauli and Ekamra Haat.

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