by the river Daya, Dhauli hill is an important Buddhist tourist destination,
near Bhubaneswar, for the ancient sculptures and the extraordinary art forms
that have been found here. The hills are also famous for the Kalinga war
that is famous for the transformation of Ashoka, into Buddhism.
Ashoka, one of the foremost followers and patrons of Buddhism, was
converted to Buddhism at this place, the signs of which are available
abundantly. The place has beautiful landscapes and a charm that can affect
the mind in a splendid way, to change it spiritual, and hence soothe from
many cares of life.
Situated at a distance of 8 km from Bhubaneswar, the
hills rise high near river Daya, in the Khurda district of Orissa.
The peace pagoda remains at the top of the tourist choices for the delicate
structure of the stupa and the monastery near it. The Saddharma Vihar
monastery and the Shanti Stupa make the Buddhist pilgrim a special
attraction, and a place to feel eternal peace of mind. Built by Buddha
Sangha, in the early seventies, with the influence of Guruji Fuji, this
stupa adds to the charm of an important Buddhist location.
Besides, there are many other sculptures to be seen in Dhauli. The main of
the artifacts, ancient and archaeologically invaluable is the Ashokan
edicts. These are specific due to the inscriptions, written on rock, some of
them by Ashoka himself, and are rare pieces of art.
However, not only in Buddhism but also for Hinduism, Dhauili is a
pilgrimage. The rock cut caves, small Hindu temples known to belong to the
medieval age, A Shiva temple on top of hill are other attractions of this
The state capital Bhubaneswar is a famous Hindu pilgrimage, well known
for its many temples. The famous of these temples is being the Linagaraja
temple, the Mukteswar and the Parasurameswar. However, there are many other
attractions in Bhubaneswar including the State museum, the Bindusagar tank,
the Ekamra Garden and Haat, the BDA Nicco Park, Science Park and Info city
This place is famous for the applique work, the
rare artistry, and has successfully continued by many generations and
represents the richness of the culture that existed in the state in the
medieval periods. The lifestyle and social structure of these applique
workers are also very interesting to notice, since they show a close
resemblance to the craftsmen of medieval Europe.
Nandan Kanan National Park : Situated at a distance of 20 km from
Bhubaneswar, this wildlife park is well known for white tiger breeding.
Beautifully laid out landscapes, green surroundings and many rare animals
and birds make the park an ideal place to pass some leisurely hours,
sleeping under a tree or making friendship with the beasts.
How to reach :
Air : Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport, well connected
to major cities of India.
Rail : Bhubaneswar is a major station near Dhauli and
well connected on the railway network of India.
Road : Dhauli can be reached by Bus, or rented Taxi. Auto
rickshaws run too, but as usual, fix the amount before riding.
Where to stay
In Bhubaneswar The Oberois and the Trident are good accommodation
: N - 1/3, Nayapalli,Bhubaneshwar- 751013, Orissa.
Access : 01 kilometer from Airport, 01 Kilometer from Railway
Station,1km. from Bus Stand.
: CB-1Nayapalli 751 013, India.
Access : 6 kilometers from the city centre
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