Welcome to the mesmerizing Diamond Triangle in Odisha, a hidden gem waiting to be explored! Comprising three historically rich destinations – Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, and Lalitgiri – this triangular marvel is a testament to Odisha’s rich cultural and archaeological heritage. Each site unfolds a unique chapter in history, offering visitors an enriching experience that combines spirituality, archaeology, and natural beauty.
Ratnagiri – The Gem of Knowledge: Ratnagiri, aptly named the “Hill of Jewels,” is a renowned Buddhist archaeological site. Unearth the relics of a monastic complex that once thrived as a center for learning and enlightenment during the 6th-13th centuries. Marvel at the well-preserved stupas, monasteries, and exquisite sculptures that reflect the golden era of Buddhism in Odisha.
Udayagiri – The Sunrise Hill: Nestled amidst lush greenery, Udayagiri, or the “Hill of Sunrise,” offers panoramic views and a serene ambiance. This ancient site is adorned with rock-cut caves and inscriptions, providing insights into Jain and Hindu influences from the 2nd century BCE to the 12th century CE. Wander through the caves, adorned with intricate carvings, and witness the evolution of religious diversity in the region.
Lalitgiri – The Lovely Hill: Lalitgiri, also known as the “Red Hill,” completes the Diamond Triangle with its unique archaeological treasures. Explore the impressive ruins of a Buddhist complex, showcasing stupas, monasteries, and ancient sculptures. Witness the exquisite artistry of the craftsmen from the 1st century BCE, showcasing Odisha’s profound connection with Buddhism.
Activities and Experiences:
- Guided Tours: Engage in informative our guided tours led by knowledgeable experts who unravel the mysteries and stories behind each site.
- Photography: Capture the intricate carvings, scenic landscapes, and cultural nuances that make the Diamond Triangle a photographer’s paradise.
- Nature Walks: Immerse yourself in the serene surroundings, discovering the lush flora and fauna surrounding these archaeological wonders.
- Cultural Events: Check the calendar for special events and festivals, offering a glimpse into the vibrant local culture
Morning drive back to Bhubaneswar enroute visit Hirapur 64 yogini temple. On arrival check in to the hotel. Then visit to tribal museum (closed on Monday), Khandagiri & Udaigiri Jain caves. Evening visit to Ekamra Haat. Overnight at Bhubaneswar.