Ratnagiri 

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Ratnagiri

Remnants of An Illustrious Seat of Learning

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The most famous and comparatively well excavated site amongst the triad of the Buddhist Diamond Triangle, Ratnagiri captured the imagination of historians and archeologist alike during its excavation, between 1975-1983. Prof Thomas Donaldson of Cleveland University, who has written many books on ...

The most famous and comparatively well excavated site amongst the triad of the Buddhist Diamond Triangle, Ratnagiri captured the imagination of historians and archeologist alike during its excavation, between 1975-1983.

Prof Thomas Donaldson of Cleveland University, who has written many books on art and history of Odisha and India, Ratnagiri was a rival to Nalanda as a site of Buddhist learning and according to him some of the Tibetan texts even regard that the Mahayana and Tantrayana sect of Buddhism originated from Ratnagiri.

The beautifully carved entrance gate of the Monastery is one of the most photographed Buddhist structures in the world. Ratnagiri is also the only monastery in India to have a curvilinear roof. The numerous Votive Stupas (Stupas erected on fulfillment of wish), the Commemorative Stupas (Stupas erected in memory of monks with their relics), the massive Mahastupa (main stupa), Chaityagrihas (prayer halls), statues of Buddha and the ornately carved rooms set amidst serene surroundings on top of hillock makes one wonder about the greatness of an era gone by.    

Any mention of Ratnagiri is incomplete without mentioning the name of Mrs. Debala Mitra- the then Director General of Archeological survey of India, who explored and excavated the site. In her book titled “Ratnagiri” she mentions - “recent excavations of the top of the hillock brought to light imposing remains of one of the most important Buddhist establishments, reclaimed as Ratnagiri-Mahavihara (and not Pushpagiri-Vihara as presumed by some) on the basis of a number of sealings bearing the legend Sri-Ratnagiri-mahavihariy-aryabikshu-sanghasya. With its nucleus dating at least from about the fifth century A.D, the establishment witnessed a phenomenal growth in religion, art and architecture till twelve century A.D.  

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

Trails Covering Ratnagiri

Like what you see? Looking to have a well rounded experience in Odisha? Scroll to see a list of the choicest of curated pre-packaged tours covering the most coveted destinations in Odisha.Browse the list and see details of the trail/package which interests you most. Contact the Dept. Of Tourism recogonized Travel Agent who has published the tour and finalize your trip to Odisha today!

Getting There

  • Nearest Railway Station -JajpurKeonjhar Road
  • Nearest Airport Bhubaneswar-Bhubaneswar
  • Distance from Bhubaneswar-97 KM
  • OTDC organises conducted tours www.panthanivas.com to Buddhist Diamond Triangle alternately you can book your own cab or drive down.

Insider's Stories

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Nearby Destinations

Wish to make the best of your trip to Ratnagiri ? Make sure your itinerary covers these below must-see destinations close to Ratnagiri.Most of these are highly coveted on every tourists bucket list and can be reached from Ratnagiri in a matter of hours. We have found 10 such places close to Ratnagiri that will maximize your Experience-Odisha!

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.

Showing 2 of 5 Hotel(s) found

Panthanivas Paradeep

Panthanivas Paradeep

Panthanivas Paradeep, Near circuit house, Paradeep

9861180573 , 06722222275

http://www.panthanivas.com

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Proximity

118 Km. Distance from Airport

8 Km. Distance from Railway Station

0 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Panthika Dhauli

Panthika Dhauli

Dhauli Rd, Bhubaneswar

9778330436

http://www.panthanivas.com

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11 Km. Distance from Airport

10 Km. Distance from Railway Station

2 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Olasuni Nature Camp

  • Olasuni

Accomodation Details

  • Double Bedded 
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Mahavinayak Nature Camp

  • Mahavinayak

Accomodation Details

  • Double Bedded 

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Swosti Premium

Swosti Premium

P-1, Jaydev Vihar, Nandankanan Rd, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013

9338015588 , 06743017000

https://www.swostihotels.com

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7 Km. Distance from Airport

6 Km. Distance from Railway Station

0 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

0 Km. Distance from Railway Station

0 Km. Distance from Bus Stop

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Aul Palace

Aul Palace

Lokapada, Odisha 754219

9437690565

http://www.killaaulpalace.com/

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Proximity

126 Km. Distance from Airport

116 Km. Distance from Railway Station

5 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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