• Tour code: 5832P39
  • Location: Bhubaneshwar, India
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Visit three of northeast India’s most important historical sites on this private Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves and Dhauli day trip from Bhubaneshwar. Explore the age-old caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, carved by Jain monks in the 1st century BC, and admire their elaborate carvings. Then, head to Dhauli, where a modern Peace Pagoda and ancient rock edicts mark the emperor Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism. Private transport and admission fees included.


  • Private 8-hour Khandagiri, Udayagiri and Dhauli tour from Bhubaneshwar
  • Tour the ancient hill caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri
  • Admire the sculpted caves, cut by Jain monks in the 1st century BC
  • Visit the sacred Buddhist site of Dhauli, where the emperor Ashoka adopted Buddhism
  • See the Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa), Ashoka’s rock edicts, and other monuments
  • Private, air-conditioned transport, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Separate driver for undivided attention from a private guide

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Private Tour: Full-Day Khandagiri, Udaygiri, and Dhauli Buddhist Site Tour from Bhubaneswar

Dhauli - Buddhist site

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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