Why You Should Visit Udayagiri Caves
Our lives are a combination of different kinds of experiences; sometimes good sometimes bad. Every experience ends up giving us some memories which remain in our minds. Good memories make us happy and refreshed even after years while on the other hand, adverse ones make us restless and sad.
So it is said that we should keep reviving the enjoyable recollection of your past events but try to discard the unpleasant experiences of life.
So today I’m sharing some beautiful moments of my summer holidays. These are the last pictures from my Odisha visit.
I had tried to put into words all the details of that holiday and I was really amazed to read about your reactions and responses with those writings.
These pictures are of Udayagiri caves, we visited on the last day of our stay at Bhubaneswar.
My visit to Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves
You know that was our last day of the city, our flight was at 11 am and we had to leave our hotel at 8-9 o’clock. We were feeling tired after visiting the various temples, museum and other places the day before which I had mentioned in my previous post here. My husband wanted to take some rest before travelling but my son and I eagerly wanted to visit the Udayagiri caves as we read and heard a lot of exciting things about that place. Anyways, he agreed and we went out of our hotel room just after having a late breakfast.
The place used to be in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, but now the city has grown around this structure making it a busy location inside the main city. Thus it is very easy to reach, by any mode of transport. The surrounding is not pleasant and can even be described as a bit filthy. I wish the tourism department and government of the state will do something about it. Anyway, once we entered inside we found ourselves in a different world altogether. There is a nominal entry fee you have to pay not only to visit Udayagiri but also Khandagiri on the other side of the road.
When we reached there we got to know why that place is counted to be one of the best places in India to visit. We hired a government guide to know the real history and facts about the caves.
Must see for the history enthusiast
The guide was so brilliant and had all the information about the caves. He guided us very well, he informed us that Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, usually called Katak Caves or Cuttack caves. These are partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar.
The caves are located on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri. They have a lot of finely and ornately carved caves built during 2nd century BCE. It is believed that most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for Jain monks during the reign of King Kharavela.
The meaning of Udayagiri is “Sunrise Hill”. It has 18 caves while Khandagiri has 15 caves.
Udayagiri Caves are so unique, I didn’t see the famous Ajanta and Alora caves but I saw a reflection of those beauties in these caves. There are wonderfully carved caves which were used by Jain ascetics.
The caves are cut out into rocks on a hill. The caves are of various sizes and of different shapes. One has even the appearance of an elephant ( Hati Gumpha). Rani Gumpha is a major attraction because of its size, design and carvings. There are many other caves distributed on the face of the hill. The scattered location actually adds to its beauty. Besides from the caves, the hill itself is a good spot of scenic beauty. There is a cemented staircase leading to the top, but it is also necessary to go outside those steps and trek the hill using the slim paths. Monkeys keep on roaming around, but some tourists find them cute and funny, clicking away their photos. Some other tourists, of course, get scared until they become used to it after a few minutes. This money is quite different from the other monkeys we usually see in the different tourist places in India.
Climbing up on those hills a bit difficult for those who are not fit and active. We climbed to the top of Udayagiri hill and the whole city was below us. It was a beautiful sight and we can see the whole of Khandagiri also from there.
The place is filled with peace and bountiful air which always adds to the nice experience. History is indeed well preserved with various inscriptions at the caves. If you have an interest in history, my advise will be to visit this place.
For me, it was difficult to leave that place but as we got so tired and worn out, we had to go. The weather was already too sweaty and the place was over crowded so we left but the reminiscences of that visit locked safely in our heart and mind.
I have really enjoyed sharing these pictures and my experience with my readers.
Coming to my outfit:
I will not go in detail of this outfit. I selected a comfy outfit for this visit. I wore my new shirt style tunic with a pair of blue jeans. I bought that dress or kurta before the holiday. It was bright in colours and had a very fine and cool fabric which was great for hot weather. I paired my outfit with a pair of nude low heels sandals and a shoulder bag. Finished it with some accessories like a bracelet, watch and sunglasses. Hope you will like it!
Shirt dress – Max Fashion