Our Full Day sightseeing tour of Bhubaneshwar city lets you have a full-fledged glimpse of India’s cultural and historical tapestry, in a short time span. This incredible odyssey to the Temple City of India – Bhubaneshwar begins in a private and comfortable Air-conditioned vehicle accompanied by a professional guide and covers the popular attractions – Udayasgiri & Khandagiri caves, Tribal Museum, Chausath (64) Yogini temple, Pipli Appliqué work, Dhauli Rock Edict’s of Ashoka, and Shanti stupa with Light & Sound show.
Bhubaneshwar is the capital city of the Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) and enjoys the reputation of being the “Temple City of India” dotted with more than 500 temples that are manifestations of the exquisite temple architecture of Odisha. This ancient city, dating over 2000 years, boasts some of the most extraordinary temple architectures and other wonderful ancient monuments. Odisha is the land of splendid temples, impressive history & legend, stunning golden beaches, grand monuments, fascinating tribal culture, fantastic wildlife sanctuaries, gorgeous natural beauty, and a unique Indian culture; Bhubaneshwar is one its jewels.
Pick Up: 09:00 AM
Duration: 08 Hrs
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to visit Khandagiri Udayagiri caves. Built in the 1st Century BC, these caves are the earliest group of Jain rock cut shelters. The caves hold importance for its history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. Once the dwelling retreats or cells of the Jain ascetics, here visitors can feel the wisdom of the people ancient time. King Kharavel and His Queen spend last part of their life in Hathi Gumpha and Rani Gumpha. All their activities are written in Palli language in Hathi Gumpha and translate to English.
Then visit of Tribal Museum to witness the fantastic tribal elements of Odisha. A rich collection of stone and wood sculptures, metal objects and images, weapons, and wooden objects, among other remarkable elements have been conserved here. Also visit the State Museum that has interesting collections of archaeological findings, stone inscriptions, tools dating back to the Stone Age and Bronze Age, paintings, palm-leaf manuscripts and many more.
Now proceed to have sumptuous lunch at a good local restaurant.
After lunch visit of Hirapur Chausath (64) Yogini Temple of Hirapur, 20 km out of Bhubaneshwar city. This 9th century temple is a tantric temple dedicated to 64 different Hindu Goddesses, and is built in a circular fashion with blocks of sandstone. Drive to Pipli, famous for its beautiful appliqué work.
Drive to Dhauli Rock Edict’s of Ashoka of the Mauryan Empire from the 3rd Century BC. It is this place where the famous King Ashoka had converted to Buddhism and installed rock edicts to record his new maxim after the end of the great war of Kalinga in 262 BCE. Dhauli is now an important centre for Buddhism in India.
Evening you will proceed to the Shanti Stupa to watch the Light and Sound Show; a spectacular retelling of the glorious history of ancient Odisha.
Post the tour, we will drop you back to your hotel.
Tour Price: INR 7,725 /- per person
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