Khandagiri Caves FACTS & FIGURES
Location: Bhubaneswar, District Puri, Orissa
Best time to Visit: October to March
Significance: Bindu Sagar Lake, Lingaraja Temple, Nandankanan Zoo.
Khandagiri Caves are found in the hills, which are 6 km from Bhubaneshwar. The caves on the two low hills of Udayagiri and Khandagiri give ample proof of Jain and Buddhist occupation of the region at least by the 2nd century B.C. Khandagiri means “broken hill”.
The Khandagiri Caves are reached via a steep path which divides halfway up the hill. To the right is Ananta Cave with its carved figures of elephants, and women which are worth a visit. It offers a fine bird eye view of Bhubaneshwar from its summit. The steep path up divides about third of the way up the hill. Further along there is a series of Jain Temples and, at the top, there is another Jain Temple dating from the 18th Century.
At the base of the hill, to the right, are the two storied “Rani Gupha or Queens Place” cave. This is the largest and most impressive cave on the lower story.
Caves at Khandagiri
1- Tatowagumpha No.-1 2- Tatowagumpha No.-2 3- Anantagumpha 4- Tentuligumpha 5- Khandagirigumpha 6- Dhyanagumpha 7- Navamunigumpha 8- Barabhujigumpha 9- Trusulagumpha 10- Ambikagumpha 11- Lalatendukesarigumpha 12- Unnamed 13- Unnamed 14- Ekadasigumpha 15- Unnamed
How to Reach Khandagiri Caves :
- Udaygiri Kandhagiri Caves are found in the hills, which are 6 km from Bhubaneshwar. One can reach these caves from Bhubaneshwar
- Air: The domestic airport at Bhubaneshwar is situated just 3 km from the city centre. Indian Airlines provide regular services connecting Bhubaneshwar with other major cities in India
- Rail: Bhubaneshwar railway station is conveniently located at the centre of the city.
- Road: The Baramunda bus stand is located just 8 km from the city centre. State transport buses provide regular services to all the major cities across the state.