Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, formerly called Kattaka Caves or Cuttack caves, are partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. The caves are situated on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvata in the Hathigumpha inscription. They have a number of finely and ornately carved caves built during 2nd-century BCE. It is believed that most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for Jaina monks during the reign of King Kharavela.Udayagiri means "Sunrise Hill" and has 18 caves while Khandagiri has 15 caves.
Day 1Bhubneswar – Udayagiri – Khandagiri - Bhubneshwar
Begin your tour
Begin your tour.
Arrive Bhubaneswar . Welcome to Bhubaneswar – The Temple city of India. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to hotel- drive within 20 mins to city hotel from Airport or Rly Stn.
After check in you shall have half day visit of nearby ancient Udayagiri and Khandagiri Jain caves
The ancient caves of Khandagiri and Udaygiri which were carved and tunneled, to create this multi-storied ancient apartment residence for Jain monks. They were the work of the first known Odishan ruler, King
Kharavela, and probably begun in the first century BC. Kharavela was a king of the Mahameghavahana dynasty, who is known for expansion of the Kalinga empire and his installation of public improvements, such as canal systems. His queen was evidently quite a patron of the arts, and probably had much to do with the impressive sculptural decoration of the caves.
Day 2Bhubneshwar – Lingraj - Nandankanan -Bhubneshwar
After breakfast drive to nearby old town area to visit the ancient Temple city of India-.Among the finest of its 600 temples is the Lingaraj Temple of Shiva built in the 11th century, it is also the biggest in Bhubaneswar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as ‘Lingaraj’. It is adorned with beautiful sculptures, which have been carved on the spire. Bindusagar Lake lying to the north of the Lingaraj Temple, is one of the popular tourist attractions of Bhubaneswar. Lingaraj Temple (Non Hindu are not allowed inside the temple. To be viewed from a platform outside). Mukteshwar Temple, is one of the most prominent temples of Bhubaneswar and has been constructed in the style that is quite similar to the on e used in the Kalinga School of Temple Architecture.
Ekamravan (literally meaning one-mango-tree forest) is situated on the Western banks of the Bindusagar lake adjoining the ancient Lingaraj Temple in the Capital City of Bhubaneswar. The aesthetic heritage design of Ekamravan, opened to visitors on the New Year's day 2009, revolves on and around raised hypaethral platforms devoted to Lords Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha. The garden has been created by craftsmen from heritage crafts village of Raghurajpur and the famous historical Buddhism site of Lalitgiri. Nestled in epicenter of heritage sites, Ekamravan has become a cynosure of eyes of all discerning visitors of the idyllic city of Bhubaneswar.Ekamravan garden is situated next to the Lingaraj Temple which is the presiding temple of city in which more than seven thousand temples once existed. A variety of plants traditionally associated with Hindu Gods and Goddess and having spiritual and medicinal significance can be seen in Ekamravan. After visit continue to Nandankanan 45 mins drive. Arrive and visit of Nandankannan Zoo one of the famous Zoo in the country. ( Closed on Mondays )
Nandankanan Zoological Park one of the largest park in the country having over 400-hectare zoo and botanical garden in Bhubaneswar, The name Nandan Kanan refers to garden of pleasure. NandanKanan is a combination of zoo, sanctuary and botanical garden. It is located 20 kmsfrom Bhubaneswar amidst the splendid surroundings of the Chandaka Forest You willalso get to see several endangered species that are well protected within the wildlifesanctuary and zoo of Nandan Kanan. These species consist of three categories of IndianCrocodiles, Lion tailed Macaque, Asiatic Lion, Nilgiri Langur, Mouse Deer and IndianPangolin. There are numerous species of birds (81), fishes as well as reptiles. You cango on safaris to the Nandan Kanan Wildlife Sanctuary to see these rare white tigers, andsome majestic Asiatic lions who roam freely in their natural habitats. You can enjoy ropeway and boat riding facilities in lake also.
After breakfast proceed to Konarak and Purienroute brief visit of colourfulPipli applique crafts village .
Pipli – It’s a centre for appliqué work, which depicts the essence of Oriya culture. It is also known for colorful and original awnings, canopies, garden and beach umbrellas, shoulder and handbags etc. The cocktail effect of the colors is certainly a feast for the eyes. Pipli, Odisha's appliqué capital, announces itself with loud colourful splashes of bright colour in the shop fronts.
The third link in the Odishan Gol den Triangle, Konark is the site of one of the most spectacular examples of religious architecture in the world. The Sun Temple at Konark conceived as a massive chariot hauling the Sun God across the heavens by the might of seven splendidly carved horses, standing aloft on 24 chariot wheels-intricately carved – symbolizing the march of time, lies in solitary splendor surrounded by drifting sand three kilometres from the sea, but originally it was reported to be closer for which it was used as a navigational point by European sailors, who referred to it as the ‘Black Pagoda’.
This 13th century architectural marvel is one of the most magnificent monuments of the World and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nobel Laureate & Poet Rabindranath Tagore said, ‘here the language of stone surpasses the language of man’. It is true that the experience of Konark is impossible to translate into words.
Continue to Puri. Arrive Puri and check-in to hotel at Puri.
*All hotels in Puri have check in / checkout at 0800 -08:30 hrs.
Evening visit the Jagannath Temple at Puri which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage spots in India. This 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath –“The Lord of the Universe”. The wooden figures of the three deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra stand in the sanctorium garlanded and decorated by the high priests. The extraordinary form that Jagannath takes, according to the legend, is the unfinished work of the craftsman god Viswakarma, who in anger left this portrayal of Lord Vishnu incomplete. This majestic temple and its chronicles allure devotees from all over the world. The wide Bada Danda, the road which leads up to the majestic temple, provides a view of the grandness of scale and proportion that typifies Puri. This is also the path to Nirvana, where the chariots of the much-loved divine siblings, Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra, roll down in the famous annual Rath Yatra, which inspires awe and draws tumultuous crowds. In Puri, everything has to be big. The main road is called Bada Danda, or Grand Road; the sea is Mahodadhi, or the widest ocean; the bhog is called Mahaprasad, or the great prasad.
(Non Hindus are not allowed inside the Jagannath temple and to be viewed from outside and walk along the streets and interact with the local community. )
Begin your tour
After breakfast you shall spend the day at leisure on the golden beach of Puri.
Day 5Puri—Bhubneshwar (70 KMS /1.5 HRS) - Departure
Today after breakfast proceed to Bhubaneswar airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of “Best odisha tour” escorted by Vardhman Vacations. with lots of memories to cherish for a life time!
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