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Private Full-Day Khandagiri, Udayagiri, & Dhauli Buddhist Site Tour from Bhubaneswar

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide and separate driver at your Bhubaneshwar hotel, and travel to Khandagiri and Udayagiri, located in hills on the edges of the city, by private, air-conditioned vehicle.

    Tour the most ornate caves as your guide shares their history. Carved by Jain monks, the caves date to the 1st century BC and were used as dwellings and meditation quarters. As you look round, learn how the grottos were built under King Kharavela of the Mahameghavahana dynasty. While he was known for public buildings and works, his queen was a patron of arts and oversaw much of the sculptural art adorning the caves.

    Having explored here, drive southward to Dhauli, a sacred Buddhist site on the banks of the River Daya. Revered by Buddhists as the place where ancient Indian emperor Ashoka renounced violence and embraced Buddhism, the site is marked by the Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa), built by the Japanese in the 1970s.

    Visit the pagoda, and see two of the rock-carved edicts declaring Ashoka’s new religious principles that date from 260 BC. Then, view some rock-cut caves, medieval Hindu temples, and the renovated Shiva temple near the pagoda.

    Finally, return to your hotel, where your tour concludes.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in Bhubaneswar city
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Your hotel in Bhubaneswar city
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Bhubaneswar
    • Professional guide
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Bottled water
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Entry/Admission - Dhauli Giri Hills
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Group discount is available for group size of 2+ and 4+
    • A maximum of 8 people per booking
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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