Udayagiri And Khandagiri Caves


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Udayagiri And Khandagiri Caves Overview

Ranked 6 of 51 sightseeing in Bhubaneswar

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves have derived their names, owing to their location on two hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri. Mentioned as Kumari Parvat in Hathigumpha inscription, the two caves face each other across the road. At the site, tourists can find a number of ornately carved caves. Legend states that during the reign of King Kharavela, most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for the Jain monks.

Khandagiri has 15 caves, while Udayagiri meaning 'Sunrise Hill', has 18 caves. These partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance are called lena or lena in the inscriptions. Dug out mostly during the reign of Kharavela for being the abode of Jain ascetics, the caves are located at a distance of 8 km from the destination. A double storeyed monastery, Ranigumpha in Udayagiri is the most important of this group.

Caves have been numbered according to the enumeration of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Due to art treasures of their sculptures and relief, Hathigumpha (cave 14) and Ganeshagumpha (cave 10) in Udayagiri are especially well known. Sculptural friezes adorn Rani ka Naur (Queen's Palace Cave, cave 1). Carved figures of women, elephants, athletes and geese carrying flowers embellish the Ananta Cave (cave 3).

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Muthusamy Muthusamy

Muthusamy Muthusamy4.6/5

184 reviews

Group of bhuddist caves

There are two small hills near the Bhubaneswar city one to the east called udhayagiri and to the west of the city called khandagiri, which houses the remains of the settlements of the bhuddist monks, but now no one is there.

Biswajeet Mishra

Biswajeet Mishra5.0/5

58 reviews

Excitement for history lovers

It is a place in Bhubaneswar, Odisha signifies the ancient cave and art of Buddha if you are a old age or history lover with having excitement towards architecture you must visit.
  • Excitement for history lovers
  • Excitement for history lovers
  • Excitement for history lovers
  • Excitement for history lovers

Ashwini Dabbe

Ashwini Dabbe4.3/5

24 reviews

Amazing rock cut caves

Bhubaneshwar is a land of temples comprising hundreds of Hindu temples in and around the city. But the rock cut caves belonging to early Jain and Buddhist monks attracts you with its most enchanting structures and architecture. The most incredible thing I noticed is the multi-storey caves with extraordinary sculptures and connectivity within the caves. It's one of the well-maintained caves. Always carry drinking water with you as Odisha is usually hot through out the year.

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Smruti Ranjan barik

Smruti Ranjan barik5.0/5

1 review

Attractive place

A thing of beauty, joy for ever, very beautiful place and with sculptures of stones. Attractive place, a history of rajas and maharajas, the way they live, a very. Beautiful architecture, made up of stones.

Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar4.3/5

1 review

Nothing just wow

Its a very nice place to visit, it is so nice that you can walk for the whole day. You must visit atleast once if you come to Bhubaneswar. On the one side it is Udaigiri and on the other it is Khandagiri. Also its a place of couple too.

Haraprasad Behera

Haraprasad Behera3.6/5

1 review

Khandagiri Caves - Historical caves

The natural scenes are so mind blowing. I like this place so much because this place is full of caves of the Elephants of many many years ago, so many caves made here are by the king of Kalinga Samrat Ashok. Hence, this place is so attractive and the entry fee is very less that is only 5 rupees. So many foreigners come here everyday and get photos of historical caves of Elephants. This way I like it.

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Sai Kiran

Sai Kiran3.6/5

2 reviews

Caves not damaged but no toilet facilities

Visited last month with my friends, nice place and it have a rich heritage oldest places. Must visit also don't forget to click some selfies inside caves:) And surprisingly the caves were not damaged by time great. But no toilet facility is available so think before going.

Bharati Bhattacharya

Bharati Bhattacharya4.3/5

52 reviews

Lovely place to visit with a touch of history

It's an amazing place where you can revive your history knowledge by visiting the rock cut monument (made by Samrat Ashoka for Jain monks), sit and relax in the garden, you can enjoy with family, friends or as couple. The place is peaceful and calm with scenic beauty around. There are few dhabas and shops for eating, or local shopping. For more amazing experience, visit during winters as sun is really unbearable in summers.

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Bisu Patra

Bisu Patra4.3/5

5 reviews

Such a fantastic place to visit

Khandagiri and Udaygiri are the twin caves situated just adjacent to each other. Udayagiri is the most beautiful among these two. The scenic beauty is at its peak on both the hills. Almost entire Bhubaneswar is visible from these hills. The caves, trees surrounding them and the monkeys roaming there are a real joy to watch. It is a best place for photography. There is no fee to visit Khandagiri hills but there is a fee of Rs 15 only to visit Udaygiri hills. The location and surroundings of these hills are just superb. There are very good parking facilities and facilities of SULABH SHAUCHALAYA also. My suggestion is that never visit this place between 9am-5pm in summer season because one will never be able to enjoy this place because of the heat of sun. Otherwise in winter season it is a very good place.

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Animesh Kumar

Animesh Kumar4.3/5

11 reviews

Can see different kids of caves

You can see various different types of caves here, best place to add best pics of your life in your album. I visited there with my friends and captured all my special moments in my camera.

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Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar

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Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar

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Harpreet Singh

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar

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Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar

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