Udaygiri and Khandagiri ComplexApprox. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Easiest

Seven kms from Bhubaneshwar are the twin hills of Udaygiri and Khandagiri. Built by Kharavela around 1st-2nd century BC, for Jain monks, these are fine specimens of Jain Cave art. The famous caves of Hathigumpha (elephant cave) in Udaygiri, Rani Gumpha (Queen's cave) also in Udaygiri, with upper and lower storeys, roomy courtyards and exquisitely designed friezes, stand testimony to the level of class the architectural styles had attained as early as the first century BC.

Courtesy of the India Tourism Board