Buddhist Circuit Tour ( TPH 104 )

4DAYS 3 NIGHTS

BUDHIST HERITAGE

You could be forgiven for not knowing about the sacred Buddhist sites in Orissa (Odisha). After all, they've only been excavated relatively recently and are largely unexplored. Yet, more than 200 Buddhist sites, scattered across the length and breadth of the state, were revealed by these archeological excavations. They show the prominence of Buddhism in Odisha from the 6th century BC to at least the 15th-16th centuries AD, with the 8th-10th centuries being the period when it really prospered. Buddhist teachings from all sects (including Hinayana, Mahayana, Tantayana and offshoots such as Vajrayana, Kalacakrayana and Sahajayana) are believed to have been conducted in Odisha, giving the state a rich Buddhist heritage.

The largest concentration of Buddhist remains can be found at three sites -- Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, and Lalitagiri -- referred to as the “Diamond Triangle”. The sites consist of a series of monasteries, temples, shrines, stupas, and beautiful sculptures of Buddhist images. Their rural setting, amongst fertile hills and paddy fields, is both picturesque and peaceful.

Odisha Tourism has spent the last few years developing tourist facilities around these important Buddhist sites, which are now one of the top tourist places to visit in Odisha.

 

Duration : 4 Days & 3 Nights   Paces to coverage: Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri & Udaygiri

Day 01

Bhubaneswar arrival + Visit Khandagiri & Udaygiri.

Arrive at Bhubaneswar Railway Station/Airport (Morning) where you will be received by the member of Pratik Holidays after meet & greet you will be transfer to hotel for check in. After refreshment we can go for local sightseeing of Bhubaneswar. Udayagiri and  Khandagiri Caves are partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. The caves are situated on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvat in the Hathigumpha inscription. Night stay at Bhubaneswar.

 

Day 02

Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri 

 

 

Breakfast, proceed to The beautiful hills and rice-growing lands are home to remarkable Buddhist remains of the Vajrayana sect, set in an idyllic landscape surrounded by green fields. The excavations at the three sites have revealed Buddhist stupas, monasteries, sculptures and Buddha images.

Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri, the site of the 'Jewel Hill', on the bank of River Keluo, has produced the best finds. The extensive remains show excellent sculptural skill combining different coloured stones, from blue-green chlorite to the purple-red garnets encrusted in brownish silver khondalite. The finds include three monasteries (two quadrangular), eight temples and several stupas believed to date from the seventh century. The largest monastery (No 1) is 55 m sq with a surrounding veranda with 60 pillars built around a courtyard entered through a carved gateway. At one end a shrine has a khondalite Buddha image and remnants of about 24 cells for monks which were built of brick but had stone door frames. Look for the intricate carving on the doorway of the back porch wall: a dancer stamping her feet; a royal lady with her arm around a maid; a woman meditating. The seventh-century University of Pushpagiri may have flourished here; Hiuen Tsang, the Chinese traveller, after his visit in AD 639 described it as one of Orissa's two Buddhist centres of learning. Four galleries display fine sculptural figures dating from the ninth to the 10th centuries, terracotta and ivory objects, inscribed copper plates and miniature bronzes produced by the lost-wax process.

Udayagiri

Excavations by the Archaeological Department have unearthed better preserved carvings including the door jambs to the sanctum. The monastery, within a large compound, has 18 cells with a veranda arranged around a courtyard. The 3-m Lokesvar Buddha image here has an eighth-century inscription on it. Further up the hill, fragments of sculpture have been excavated among the ruins.

Lalitgiri

The site about 3 km south of Bandareswar village was first excavated in 1985.Large architectural remains including a 20-m-high apsidal temple have been found together with sculptures and decorated door jambs. A stone platform with inscriptions dates this site closer to the second century although Kushana Brahmi inscriptions on an underlying brick stupa suggest Buddhist occupation around the first century BC. Three caskets were also found, two of which contained stone, silver and gold caskets with preserved relics inside. The caretaker will open the small museum. There is a stone-carvers' village at the base of Lalitgiri which traces its connections back to ancient times and produces excellent sculpture. Night stay at Bhubaneswar.

 

 

 

 

Day 03

Puri  Jagannath Darshan & enjoy Puri sea beach.

 

After breakfast  proceed to seabeach & enjoy sea bath after that lord jagannath temple darshan.

 

Day 04

Puri –Bhubaneswar Airport / Puri Rly station drop

Morning after breakfast check out from Hotel then drive to Bhubaneswar for Bhubaneswar Airport or Railway station for your Onward journey.

 

 

Tour Cost Includes :

Bed Tea & Breakfast

Driver Charges, Toll & Parking

Hotel Taxes   

 

Tour Cost does not includes:

Lunch & Dinner

Boating charges at Satpada

Any Entry Fees or Guide Charges.

 

Here vehicle is entirely booked for Your family only, so it's not shared vehicle.

The Car to be used as per the itinerary only

Plan A : Rs 5850/-  for Two persons

            Rs.3000/- for Single Person

            Rs. Free below 6 year For Child

 

Non A/C Accommodation (Twin sharing) at Standard Category Hotel & Non A/C  Indica.

Plan B : Rs 12500/- for Two Persons

            Rs. 7000/-  for Single Person

            Rs. Free below 6 year For Child

 

A/C Accommodation (Twin sharing) at Deluxe Category Hotel  &  A/C Indica.

Plan C : Rs 17500/- for Two Persons

            Rs. 9050/- For Extra Person

            Rs. Free below 8 yearFor Child

 

 Super Deluxe A/C Accommodation (Twin sharing) at Deluxe Category Hotel  &  A/C Indica.

Plan D : Rs 61500/- for Two Persons

            Rs.40500/-  For Extra Person

            Rs. Free below 8 year For Child

A/C Accommodation (Twin sharing) at 3 star Hotel Like Mayfair Lagoon, Swosti or similar hotel. Welcome Drinks Fruit Baskets &  A/C Dezire/ Innova 

 



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