Orissa Dhauli Hill Station
Dhauli a hill town which is situated of the eastern Indian state of Orissa. This¬† town is not too far from Bhubaneswar, it just measure eight kilometers from the capital city. Various temples and rock cut caves make this place very sacred. of addition to this Dauli has engravings and inscriptions from the Ashokan¬† time. Dauli hills is an important pilgrimage site of Hindus and Buddhists.Stupas built by the emperor Asoka can be seen here.¬† An insight into the change of the Asoka‚Äôs life can be seen of the pictures of various monasteries. Dauli is one of the important places that come to the mind of the people who seek spiritual and religious solitude.
The Japanese Peace Pagoda can be an added place of a tourist destination as it of the hub of Buddhists stupas and old monasteries, which will only add to the ultimate traveler‚Äôs experience.
The Saddharma Vihar Monastery , Shanti Stupa and the Shiva Temple on the top of Dhauli Hills can be also visited.
How To Reach
The Dhauli town¬† can be ¬†reached by¬† buses available from the nearby places of Bhubaneswar(capital of Orissa) and Cuttack.
Dhauli By Air
Flights can be boarded from the¬†¬† to the ¬†Bhubaneswar airport. The reason being that Dhauli has no airport of its own.¬† The frequent running of taxis makes the airport easily reachable as it is at a distance of35 kilometers only.¬† Flights options are available to the cities of¬† Bangalore, New Delhi and¬† Mumbai, Chennai to even¬† Kolkata and fare ¬†charges range¬† from Rs 4500 to 7000.
Dhauli By Train
Travelling by train is also an option which can be availed from Bhubaneswar which is just 38 kilometers far from Dhauli.¬† All major cities are connected to Bhubaneswar by train. The fare charges are around Rs481 for general class. The air conditioned bogies charge range between Rs777 (for AC tier2) and 1296(for AC tier 3)
Dhauli By Bus
The¬† bus fare is Rs 30 or less for Dhauli from Bhubaneswar.
Places To Visit
Dhauli Giri is¬† important¬† from an historical point of view . Dhauli Giri is beautified with a rock edifice placed by the Majestic Emperor Ashoka belonging to ¬†Maurya Dynasty. These plains are testimony of the macabre Kalinga War and the penance of the great king that took place. After¬† the battle Ashoka¬† gave all forms of violence and¬† adopted Buddhism and become a preacher of non violence . Many of Ashoka¬† teachings are engraved on it.
The edict erected of Dhauli Giri, was placed many¬† years back, dating ¬†to 3rd century, is well preserved .A perfect place for historians and lovers of peace which bears the universal symbol of an stone carved elephant with Lord Buddha¬† riding on it on the stone edict.
Shanti Stupa Of Dhauligiri
Also named the Peace Pagoda, Dhaulagiri lies 7km away from the capital city. The travel from the capital city to Puri one gets to see the Shanti Stupa. ‚ÄėShanti‚Äômeaning peace, it was erected by Ashoka to mark the end of the Kalinga War and to prove his commitment to the achievement of peace and calmness when he became a Buddhist follower. The stone edict of Lord Buddha is a favorite¬†¬† tourist spot.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
The place has a tropical climate with hot summers and wet monsoon with winters being cold, so the ideal time for¬† a visit is the months of October and March, given the pleasant weather condition.
Summer temperature are high that is close to 45C and minimum temperature being 19C so it is not advisable to go of summer. The summer season is from March to June.
The monsoon brings sufficient rain between July and October, with temperature being low so it is a pleasant time to go to Dhauli.
Winter season is during the month of November to February. The maximum temperature being about 22C . It is a good time for planning a trip to Dhauli but one has to carry woolen clothes to beat the cold.
Language And Culture
The native Languages ¬†are Oriya, Hindi, Bengali and English.
Dhauli displays a varied range of village art form and cultural heritage from classical to local folk¬† songs and dance such as the ¬†Odissi dance, the ¬†Odissi vocal, the Mardal recital, the ¬†Chhau dance, the ¬†Daskathia, Pala, Yajna, Sankirtan, etc. Everyday nearly 500 artists from various disciplines showcases their talent¬†¬† on the days of the Dhayuli Mahotsav.
The reigns of different kinds of rulers of the golden past has created a unique culture which is a blend of all these earlier rulers and underwent many turns to come to its present form by way of assimilations, copying and innovations. The¬†¬† skill of the artists of Orissa¬† is invincible¬† for ¬†the rest of the world. The fact that still the traditional art of Orissa is alive despite the advent of the western culture is of itself separates Orissa from others.
Only the ¬†Govt. Tourist Lodge ¬†located at Dhauli is the¬† well-furnished accommodation here. The lodge is close to the well-known stupa and provides a good view of the ¬†Daya River and large stretches of lush green¬†¬† paddy fields. The tourist lodge also has a big dining hall along with a nice well-furnished double bedrooms having enclosed bathrooms.
Panthika Otdc, Dhauli
Panthika Dhauli At-Po - Dhauli, Via. Bhubaneswar, India.
Festivals And Activities
Dhauli Mahotsav is usually celebrated of the lower region of the Dhauli ranges each year and¬† displays a varied range of village art and cultural¬† form, from classical to folk¬† things like¬† the Odissi dance, the ¬†Odissi vocal, the Mardal recital, the Chhau dance, the ¬†Daskathia, the¬† Pala, Yajna and Sankirtan, etc. The¬† ¬†Orissa Dance Academy organizes this festival with an aim to generate awareness about our culture and¬† heritage¬† among the¬† inhabitants of Orissa. Nearly¬† 500 artists from various art forms perform on the various days of the festival. Artists from many region of¬† Orissa perform the ¬†Odissi dance, the ¬†Gotipua dance, the Chhau dance, the Shankirtan, the Pala, ¬†the Odissi Vocal and other local and tribal dances & musical culture of Orissa. The festival¬† is quite famous¬†¬† among the¬† music and dance lovers.
The happiness knows no bounds when people are celebrating their own culture and heritage.¬† The Kalinga Mahotsav at Dhauli, is a celebration of Martial Dances, which is done with very much enthusiasm.
As it is ¬†just 8 km away¬† from Bhubaneswar nice accommodation is found¬† at Bhubaneswar. Many¬† Luxurious as well as good budget hotels are easily available of the city and around Bhubaneswar city. The hotels that are¬† available of Bhubaneswar are furnished with all¬† latest facilities to make the people‚Äôs¬† stay a non-forgettable one. So one must not miss it when on a tour to the Bhubaneswar the capital city with¬† The sacred Puri city.
Toshali Sands, Puri
A Ethinic Village Resort, providing one with all the basic amenities of a good hotel of a calm beach side location. Resorts also possess several made to order tours that gives you the freedom¬† to fully enjoy the culture ¬†of Orissa.
Government of India. Tourist Office, Tel. No.432203.
Luxury taxies (limousines), taxis, coaches are ¬†easily available for hiring.¬† Auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws along with bus-services are also available.
Puri is a religious city also named as Jagannath Puri after thefamous Jagannath Temple of the city. This city is located on the Bay of Bengal at a distance of 60 kilometres. The holy city of Puri is one of the Char Dham pilgrim center of the Hindus.
Beginning with the earliest Chhedi dynasty (around 2nd century BCE) that has Sisupalgarh near present-day Bhubaneswar which is present day capital city. The name of the city means the city of the universe and has become an important part of the economic and cultural and religious life of India.
Shopping lovers have every reason to be happy since Dhauli has beautifully and elaborately carved handicrafts and work of art which attracts to the shoppers. You can buy beautiful of ¬†Ikat handloom objects. The ¬†tie and die works gives an amazing appeal to designer clothes. The ¬†Ikat works from ¬†those of Sambalpur and ¬†the nearby Sonepur are¬† also easily available here.