Location: 90 kilometers from Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa
Highlights: Sculptures dating back to the 1st century,
Known for attracting hordes of pilgrims every year, Lalitagiri is a
popular Buddhist pilgrimage in India. It is located in the state of
Orissa, around 90 kilometers from the capital city Bhubaneshwar.
Lalitagiri looks like a tiny ancient village, which has a lot of
greenery and open spaces. Tourism in Lalitgiri is gaining much
popularity due to the scenic locales and the magnificent Stupas and
ancient sculptures that this site boasts of.
Lalitagiri has a very rustic look and has not lost its old world charm.
The caves, open spaces and archaeological excavation of the Stupas give
an entirely different look to the place. The sculptures that have been
excavated by numerous archaeologists are said to date back to the 1st
century. It has been found out after studying those sculptures that they
are related to the Gandharva School of Art. The sculptures reveal
valuable information about the art forms of ancient times.
Lalitagiri has many hill ranges in the vicinity that are the prime
locations of several stupas. A giant Stupa located at the top of
Pushpagiri hill is a famous tourist attraction and is considered to be a
masterpiece due to its Buddhist architectural design. There are many
sculptures here that provide valuable information related to the life
and culture during the times of Lord Buddha. Thus, Lalitagiri is an
important Buddhist site from the point of view of tourism as well as