Dhauligiri 

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Dhauligiri

A Monument That Celebrates & Conveys The Message of Peace.

About

The Dhauli Shanti Stupa or the Peace Pagoda as it is known was built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha in 1972. Built on the site where the famous Kalinga War was fought, the Dhauli Stupa commemorates the mission of peace that the Kalinga War achieved. Noted historian ...

The Dhauli Shanti Stupa or the Peace Pagoda as it is known was built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha in 1972. Built on the site where the famous Kalinga War was fought, the Dhauli Stupa commemorates the mission of peace that the Kalinga War achieved. Noted historian Shri. Ramesh Prasad Mohapatra aptly said - “The political history of mankind in reality is a history of wars and no war has ended with so successful a mission of peace for the entire war-torn humanity as the war of Kalinga”.

Any article on Dhauli Shanti Stupa is incomplete without a brief on the Kalinga War- recorded as one of the bloodiest wars ever fought in the annals of the history of mankind.

Kalinga War

The war was believed to have been fought in 261 BC. The reason for Ashoka invading Kalinga were primarily two things

1. Kalinga was a prosperous land governed by valiant fiercely independent feudal chiefs and had no organized army as such.

2. None other than Chandragupta Maurya had failed to invade Kalinga. According to popular legend the Daya River which meanders along the Dhauli hill turned red due to blood spilled on it from the battlefield.

According to popular legend the Daya River which meanders along the Dhauli hill turned red due to blood spilled on it from the battlefield. The carvings in the Udayagiri caves located at Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar denotes that even women and teenagers took to the battle to defend their motherland. So fierce was the battle that it left Ashoka bewildered and he transformed from Chanda Ashoka (war mongering Ashoka) to Dharma Ashoka (peace loving Ashoka). Sadly the record books don’t have any mention about the commander of the Kalinga Army.

The light and sound show elucidating the travails of Ashoka is a must watch.

Festival

The Kalinga Dhauli Mahotsav –The three day festival usually held in the month of February features a heady mix of classical music, classical dance and martial art dance forms. The festival is organized by the Odisha Tourism Department and features some of the legendary musicians, dancers and popular martial art dance forms from across the country. There is no entry fee attached to the festival.

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See to Believe

Below is a visual treat of Dhauligiri. Enjoy the immersive experience and experience the 360 degree views and virtual tours which are soon going to enhance your visual journey!

Trails Covering Dhauligiri

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Getting There

  • Nearest Railway Station-Bhubaneswar
  • Nearest Airport Bhubaneswar-Bhubaneswar
  • OTDC organises conducted tours www.panthanivas.com to Dhauli, alternately you can hire a radio taxi or auto to the site.

Insider's Stories

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Dhauli Light and Sound Show: A Spectacular Retelling of History (#OdishaBloggersTrail)

The white Peace Pagoda or the Shanti Stupa, which stands dazzling atop the Dhauligiri hill during the day, transforms into a canvas for the night, as the state-of-the-art projectors beam laser rays onto its surface, recreating a jaw-dropping rendition of the past.
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Essentials Cheat Sheet

Nearby Destinations

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Stay

There's a variety of options for you to stay at. From Star Rated Hotels, Eco Tour Nature Camps equipped with state of the art swiss tents and facilities to OTDC Government Hotels, Bed Breakfasts and Homestays to choose from. Browse the list below to choose your preferred accomodation.

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Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar

Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar

Panthanivas Bhubaneswar, Lewis Road, BBSR-751014

9937562181 , 06742432515

http://www.panthanivas.com

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5 Km. Distance from Airport

3 Km. Distance from Railway Station

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Panthanivas Puri

Panthanivas Puri

Panthanivas Puri, at/po-Konark, Puri- 752111

9437203777 , 06752222562

http://www.panthanivas.com

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59 Km. Distance from Airport

1 Km. Distance from Railway Station

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Chandaka Nature Camps

  • Chandaka Godibari
  • Deras

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  • Double Bedded 
  • Double Bedded Type- I
  • Double Bedded Type- II
  • Double Bedded Type- III
  • Double Bedded Type- IV

 

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Ansupa Nature Camp

  • Ansupa

Accomodation Details

  • Double Bedded

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VITS Bhubaneswar

VITS Bhubaneswar

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6 Km. Distance from Airport

2 Km. Distance from Railway Station

2 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Swosti Grand

Swosti Grand

Unit 3, 103 Janpath, Kharabela Nagar, Near Railway Station, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751001

9338015588 , 06743019000

https://www.swostihotels.com/swosti-grand

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4 Km. Distance from Airport

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Fort Mahodadhi

Fort Mahodadhi

Mahodadhi Palace, Sea Beach Road, Near Swargadwar, Puri - 752001

9090093414 , 06752220444

https://www.mahodadhipalace.com/

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70 Km. Distance from Airport

5 Km. Distance from Railway Station

1 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Kila Dalijoda Palace

Kila Dalijoda Palace

At – Jyoti Niketan ( Rajbati) PO & Village – Mangarajpur, via Choudwar Dist - CUTTACK – 754028, Odisha.

9438667086

http://www.kiladalijoda.com

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60 Km. Distance from Airport

50 Km. Distance from Railway Station

5 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Lewis Road, Bhubaneswar- 751014

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