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Buddhist Pilgrim Circuit in Orissa

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Ratnagiri Stupas - Photo Courtesty M Mohanty
Ratnagiri Buddhist Heritage Area - Photo Courtesy Tessarman
Main Stupa - Photo courtesy Tessarman
Lalitgiri Ruins - Photo Courtesy MMohanty

Orissa is renowned for its Buddhist heritage sites (dating back to 6 BC) within 100 kms radius of Bhubaneshwar / Jajpur Road. Buddhist site escavations started in 1990s and some of the sites were completed in mid-2000s and that gave birth to Buddhist heritage circuit of Orissa comprising Ragnagiri, Pushpagiri, Lalitagiri and Udayagiri.

Lalitgiri: One of the most important regions of the Buddhist Circuit, Lalitgiri is an important excavation site where the most dated back sculptures of Buddha have been excavated.

Ratnagiri: Located in the Jajpur district of Odisha, the place is renowned for its stupas, monasteries and motifs.

Udaygiri: An esteemed Buddhist complex, Udaygiri was part of the Pushpagiri University, along with Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri.

Dhauligiri: Tourists arrive here to visit Shanti Stupa.

Other importance for Langudi, Tarapur, Kayama, Radhangar Fort and Deuli.

Toshali Group have taken leadership and developed hotels at Udayagiri, Pushpagiri and Ratnagiri. These destinations have now being developed as local heritage getaways and Buddhist heritage destinations for International tourists.

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