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, Orissa

(Udayagiri is also spelled as Udaygiri)
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State: Orissa
District: Jajpur
Famous for/as: Temples
Languages: Oriya, Hindi, English
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 22-42°C, Winter 7-22°C
Altitude: 230 m
Pincode: 524226
STD code: 08620
A famous tourist place, renowned for the ruins of the massive fort of fourteenth century, Udayagiri in the district of Jajpur in Orissa has assumed further importance after the recent excavations conducted by archaeologists. The excavations revealed a sprawling complex of brick monastery with a number of Buddhist sculptures that were located at the base of a hefty hill. This monastery, which date back between 7th and 12th centuries AD, is indeed a worthy place for a visit. A favourite place of tourists, historians, researchers, and art lovers, this archaeological remains presents a rich heritage.

Ongoing excavations in Udayagiri disclosed more and more Buddhist complexes, and a large number of sculptures found out from there are Boddhisattva and Dhyani Buddha. Though this is one among the three Diamond Triangles, the absence of Vajrayana sculptures is a misery to archaeologists. A still to be excavated site, Udayagiri offers the visitors a great insight to the history of Buddhism.

The newly excavated monastery complex is situated on the backdrop of a magnificent hill and adventure buffs can have a good trek to the top of the hill. The heaving, and winding, all-weather approach road on the other side of Udayagiri is another added attraction. The sculptures unearthed from this great historic site revealed that these Buddhist establishments had a close connection to Gandharva and Mathura school of architecture.

Udayagiri offers a vivid picture of a vibrant Buddhist Complex, the majestic ruins of the vast brick monastery, the remnants of the Chaitya hall, a number of votive stupas and a refurbished stone stupa at the summit of a small rugged sandstone hill, which overlooks the rural greenery around. The remains of these Buddhist monuments in Udayagiri will definitely mesmerize the visitor.

A wandering tourist pursues in the historic city will be astonished to see an array of remarkable places, with much sculptural value, have withstood the beatings of time.
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The Hills and Caves of Udaygiri

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Dec 07, 2011
Udaygiri caves are a group of archaeological caves near the city of Vidisha, which was the provincial capital of Gupta Empire. The site is located in the Vidisha district in the state of Madhya Pradesh under the maintenance and guidance of ASI .


The history of Udayagiri is quite latest as not much of it is known before the 14th century. The city was the capital of Langula Gajapati, who was the chief of the Gajapatis of Orissa. In the year 1512, the town came under the rule of Krishna Deva Raya, the ruler of the Vijayanagar dynasty. During his reign the entire city was fortified with walls all around.

The fall of Vijayanagar Empire paved way for the Golconda rulers, under the leadership of Sultan Abdullah, who built two mosques and a garden here. The city further went to the control of the Nawabs of Arcot, who ruled here till 1839.

Travel within city

Udayagiri is a famous tourist destination located in the state of Orissa and getting around Udayagiri is not a problem at all. Due to its proximity to the state capital of Bhubaneshwar, Udayagiri has a lot of transport options mainly in the form of buses, auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws.


You can opt for buses to travel within Udayagiri as these are the most preferred mode of travel. By taking a bus to Udayagiri, you can travel in the cheapest and most efficient mode possible. Buses to Udayagiri are available regularly from the bus terminus is Bhubaneshwar, and bus charges normally range around Rs 4 to 20. Only semi deluxe buses are available to Udayagiri, so people who are ready to travel in any class of travel can opt for this mode.

Auto Rickshaw

Auto rickshaws are available in Udayagiri for tourists to roam around the region. Auto rickshaws in Udayagiri do not run on meter and it is always better to negotiate or fix up a particular fare before opting for travel through auto rickshaws. You will need to shell out around Rs 15 to 50 in order to travel within the region. Auto rickshaws are the best mode of travel at night, with no extra charges applied.

Cycle Rickshaw

Cycle rickshaws are an extremely slow mode of transport that you can opt for if you’re in no hurry. They are quite cheap and charges range around Rs 10 to 20.
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