Just about a 30 minute drive from Bhubaneswar, delve knee-deep into India’s rich history ranging from before the birth of Christ to well after it. The area of the Dhauli Hills is believed to be the site of the famous Kalinga War fought in 265 BC, in which thousands perished, and the river Daya turned red with blood.
Tour Consists Of:
• Visit one of Emperor Ashoka's Rock Edicts at Dhauli, which are among India’s most treasured pieces of written history. This edict is carved into the mountain face, with a sculpted elephant above it, which is currently India’s oldest known rock-cut architecture.
• We also visit a grand World Peace Pagoda at Dhauli, which was built in 1972.
• At the Pagoda, we learn a lot about the life of Buddha through the beautiful sculptures and panels describing incidents from his life on the stupa and get panoramic views of the countryside as well.
• Enroute, we visit Hirapur, the site of India’s best known yogini temple. Said to have been developed in the 6th or 7th century AD, the yogini cult comprises of temples which are unique open-air circular structures, believed to be used for tantric practices.
• Here we learn more about the goal of these yogini practices like obtaining siddhi powers and supernatural abilities.
Duration of the Tour: 4 hours