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There are many interesting places and sites around Bhubaneswer. These include Udaygiri and Khandagiri Caves, Ashokan Edicts at Dhauli, Nandankanan, Barunai , Hirapur and Atri.

UDAYGIRI & KHANDAGIRI CAVES
The twin rock -cut caves of Udaygiri and Khandgiri , 8 kms .from Bhubaneswer,date back to 1st and 2nd century B.C.They are noted for their detailed scupture and profuse carvings. Udaygiri or the SunriseHill has many interesting caves.They are all numbered and bear very fascinating names such as Rani Nahar (Queen's Cave),Ganesh Gumpha , Hathi Gumpha (Elephant Cave),Pavan Gumpha (Purification Cave ) ,Jay Vijay Cave, Swaragapuri Gumpha (Paradise Cave ),Bagh Gumpha (Tiger Cave). The 117 line inscription of Hathi Gumpha is a magnification record in Pali Language of the exploits of King Kharvel (166 B.C.to 153B.C.). These 4 caves were built mainly for the Jain monks. Across the road just a few minutes walk leads to Khandagiri Caves .Here the Ananta Vasudev Cave , with its decorated pilasters and carved figures,is most interesting . A short but steep path leads to the top of the hill from where a panormic view of the city is obtainable.

ASHOKAN DHAULI EDICTS
The rock edicts at Dhauli mark the place where great Kaling war was fought. Resulting in Ashok's tranformation into a compassionate Buddhist.It bring s back to memory the horrors of war which Ashoka had experienced .There is also a beutifully sculptured elephant carved out of a huge rock. The site is also underlinedfor its BuddhistSanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda,BUILT IN 1970'S by the Japanese Buddha Sangha and Kaling Nippon Buddha Sangha.An ancient temple of Lord Dhavaleswer ,reconstructed in 1972,also stands on the hill -top . This site is just 8 kms ,south of Bhubaneswar .

BARUNAI
32 kms south -west of Bhubaneswar , Barunai is a scenic picnic spot .Thousands of visitors come here for enjoying themselves round the year .Barunai , the presiding deity of the spot adorns the hill top . Aperennial spring called the Swarga Ganga (the Ganges of the Heaven ) adds to its beauty. The spot can be reached by taxis and autorikshaws.

NANDAN KANAN
Nandan Kanan or the Garden of Gods, is famous for its wild -life park and botanical gardens. The Biological Park has rare white tigers, white crocodiles and the largest Lion Safari. It also has a lake with boating facilities. Nandan Kanan is about 20 kms. north of Bhubaneswar . Regular buses are there between the picnic spot and Bhubaneswar.

OTHER PLACES
Atri ,Hirapur and Sishupal Garh are other interesting places around Bhubaneswar . At Sisupal Garh extensive ruins thought to be the remains of an Ashokan city have been excavated.15kms. from Bhubaneswar is Hirapur, famous for its Hypaethral temple of 64 Yoginis. It is the second of its kind in Orissa and one of the four distinguished shrines in India ,42kms.west of Bhubaneswar, Atri is noted for its sulphur spring and the temple of Hatekeswar. The water of the sulphur spring contains medicinal qualities and can cure many skin diseases.

BALASORE
30 kms from Balasore is another picnic spot of Pancha Lingeswar perched on a hillock. The five lingams, symbols of Shiva give it the name Pancha Lingeswar. A perennial stream and beautiful surroundings make the spot really wonderful.

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