On the banks of River Daya is a Buddhist centre where a lot of historical activities take place. This place is also known for Dhauligiri Hills and Shanti Stupa which is a white pagoda in that area. Also known as the Peace Pagoda, the word Shanti in Shanti Stupa means peace. As we know, that after many battles, finally, after the battle of Kalinga, King Ashoka had chosen the path of peace and non-violence. For this, he had resorted to Buddhist practices. As a gesture of uniting humanity, he had laid the foundation of Shanti Stupa in Bhubaneshwar.
This popular tourist spot is open on a daily basis. The timings are from 6:00 Am to 6:00 Pm. However, in terms of climatic situations, you should consider visiting here between the months of November to May.
1. Ashoka Rock Edicts. These were established by King Ashoka himself. In the sixth edict, you will find an expression of King Ashoka for world peace. For anyone who has a certain inclination towards arts and history would fall in love with this place.
2. Dhabaleswar Temple. This is one of those temples which has a very significant historical prominence. It offers a very serene ambience which you will simply love no matter if or not you are a spiritual person. It had been recently renovated for the purpose to make it look better.
3. Mukteswara Temple. This place also has a very significant spiritual aura. This temple has been specifically built and dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dating back to 950 CE- 975 CE this temple is actually quite ancient thus attracts a great number of tourists.
4. Lingaraja Temple. This temple is also particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temples situated in Bhubaneshwar. The tower which is located in the centre of this temple is 18 ft in height and is a prominent representation of the Kalinga architecture. If the stories are to be believed then it was built by the kings of the Somavamsi dynasty.
5. Museum of Tribal Arts & Artefacts. If you want to experience something really amazing then it is highly recommended that you travel to the Museum of Tribal Arts and Artefacts. Here, you will be finding a great variety of jewellery, costumes, personal belongings, photographs, Santal, Kolha, Juang which particularly belong to the different tribes who are scattered among the different parts of this territory.
A visit to Shanti Stupa will be a spiritually enlightening and a rejuvenating break from the hustle-bustle of life. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, an approximate distance of 1600km via Agra-Lucknow Expressway, 1680km via NH 53, 448km via NH 16, and 1400km via NH 16 has to be covered to reach Dhauli Shanti Stupa. Scroll down to get an estimate about the budget and the best travel options.
By Air. You have to get down at the Biju Patnaik International Airport as it’s the nearest to reach the stupa via airways. From the airport, you can book a taxi or get on a bus to reach your desired destination. GoAir, IndiGo, AirIndia, AirAsia, and Vistara are some of the airlines that run regular flights to Biju Patnaik airport.
By Train. If you are fond of train journeys, then a train trip to Dhauli Shanti Stupa will be a memorable one because the sights en route to Bhubaneshwar are simply mesmerising. Bhubaneswar Railway station is approximately 10km away from the Stupa. From the station, you can get a taxi or a bus to reach your destination.
By Road. There are two options if you are considering a road trip to Bhubaneshwar, one is to reserve a seat in the state-run/private buses, and the other is to drive to the city in your vehicle. Bhubaneshwar is well-connected via well-maintained national and state highways that will make your road trip unforgettable. Listed below is the distance estimate and the best route to take if arriving from nearby or prominent cities.