Khandagiri And Udayagiri Caves

Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves are very popular tourist attractions, located near the city of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. These caves are naturally beautiful artificial caves. It has archaeological, historical and religious importance. These two caves are situated on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvat in the Hathigumpha inscription. There are many number of finely and ornately carved caves are present in Khandagiri and Udayagiri hills. According to history these caves were carved out as residential blocks for monks of Jain community during the ruling period of King Kharavela. The word Udayagiri literally means “Sunrise Hill” and the Udayagiri has 18 caves while Khandagiri has 15 caves.

udayagiri-khandagiri-3In Udayagiri, Hathigumpha (cave 14) and Ganeshagumpha (cave 10) are especially well known due to art treasures of their sculptures and reliefs as well as due to their historical importance, so these places are very popular among tourist and local peoples. Rani ka Naur (Queen’s Palace cave, cave 1) is also an extensively carved cave and elaborately embellished with sculptural friezes, this cave has its own historic value. Khandagiri and Udayagiri offer a fine view back over Bhubaneswar from its origin. The Ananta cave (cave 3) depicts carved figures of women, elephants, athletes, and geese carrying flowers and many more are very beautiful arts and people love to see these beautiful figures.

Thousands of tourists every year coming to visit Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves and get very good experience by visualizing these caves. Most of the tourist prefers to hire a tour package of Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves from tour and travel agencies. Because the tour and travel agencies provides all types of good facilities and arrange all necessary things used during tour with in a very affordable cost.

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