The Witness of Kalinga War: Dhauli Hill

Dhauli Hill is a place marked with the stillness of Daya River and lies at a distance of 8 Km from Bhubaneswar. It is a hill with broad open space neighboring it, and has major canons of Ashoka impressed on a mass rock, by the side of the road leading to the apogee of the hill.

History says Dhauli Hill is the silent attester of Maurya-Kalinga war which held on 261 BC at bottom of the mountain at Daya river bank. The Shanti Stupa at Dhauli Hills is an expressive symbol of love and peace. The pilgrimage is a representative because here King Ashoka relinquished from violent battles.

The Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha has built a white peace pagoda in the 1970s. Shiva Ratri is the famous festival celebrated here at the ancient Shiva temple located here. At this place Ashoka biased DharmAshoka from ChandAshoka and the place became Dhauli Shanti Stupa.

Major Attractions that Attracts Tourists from All Over India

Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda is a mushroom like structure .In Shanti Stupa there are 4 giant statues of Lord Buddha which are located in 4 sides of the Stupa .In each sides there are two lions present in front Lord Buddha statue.

Bhaskareshwar Temple is located at Tankapani road. A number of Ashokan edicts and a Stupa are located here.

The Shiva Temple, situated in the Dhauligiri hills, is the place for the mass gathering of devotees for the celebrations of Shiva Ratri.

Places To Roam Around Dhauli Hill

Nandankanan Zoo is located in the Chandaka Forest. It is a garden of Pleasure and beauty of natural forest. Black panthers, gharial crocodiles and white tigers are some of the wildlife that exists in the zoo.

Iskon temple has deities of Radha and Krishna. Devotes worship Love God Lord Krishna here.

Ram mandir is a place of Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita. The temple is present in the heart of the city.

Nicco Park is an amusement park present in the city.

Mukteswara temple is a gem of Odishan architecture. This temple has diamond shaped latticed windows, decorated interiors and large number of carvings.

Pathani Samanta Planetarium is a great place to learn about space; for children as well as adults. It aims to make people aware about astronomy, astrophysics and space science.

Ekamra Kanan is located at Saheed Nagar, in IRC Village, at Nayapalli. Within 512 acres area of the park are present a lake, rose gardens, and nursery

How to Reach?

By Air: Nearby airport is Bhubaneswar airport.

By Rail: Bhubaneswar is the nearest railway station.

By Road: Bhubaneswar is well connected to all places. So one can reach easily at Dhauli.

Best Time to Visit Dhauli Hill

Best time to visit Dhauli Hill is from the month of November to February.