Dhauli is a small town 8 Km away south of Bhubaneswar, located on the bank of river Daya and holds great significance for the followers of lord Buddha. Dhauli is said to be the witness of the reform of Ashoka's character.
This is the area which is believed to the land for the Kalinga War in the 3rd century B.C. between the Mauryan Empire led by Great Ashoka and Kalinga kingdom. The war was so intense that it is said that Daya's water had turned red with the bloodshed because of the massacre. This also led to significant change in the beliefs of King Ashoka and he eventually adopted Buddhism. His responses to this war were recorded in forms of Ashoka edicts, which are essentially rock structures with inscriptions on them. Dhauli has several major Ashoka edicts and it is now an important centre for Buddhism in India. Ashoka built several Stupas, Chaityas, Pillars around the town and did his best to create a peaceful society by helping others post war. Dhauli has a beautiful Peace Pagoda which attracts thousands of tourists every year. Besides Buddhists, Hindus also visit Dhauli to visit some of the ancient temples of great reverence situated in this beautiful town. There are also other attractions in Dhauli like rock cut caves, Sadharma vihar monastery, which would definitely make your visit worth the time.
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The place will give you a mesmerising experience if visited in winters. Also, there is no restriction to photography in the Shanti Stupa.
In summers the weather gets too hot for you to enjoy the essence of the place. Also, there is limited public transport available to the hilltop.
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Q. I am not able to add a review in the correct section so here it is - The best idea would be go there before 7 am when it has just opened and there are no tourists - I have done it multiple times. You will appreciate the time you get with the views, the Buddhas on the stupa and the bats calmly settling in for the day in the basement (100's of them)Answer this question