Dhauli, one of the most visited Buddhist pilgrim destinations in India, is located on outskirts of Bhubaneswar across the Daya river. Dhauli hill is assumed to be the area where Kalinga war was fought.

Located in: Bhubaneswar

Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar

Nearest Railway Station: Bhubaneswar

Best Time to visit: October to February

Major Attractions


The Rock Edicts found here include Nos. I-X, XIV and two separate Kalinga Edicts. In Kalinga Edict VI, he expresses his concern for the "welfare of the whole world". The rock-cut elephant above the Edicts is the earliest Buddhist sculpture of Odisha. The stone elephant shows the animal's foreparts only, though it has a fine sense of form and movement.

Peace Pagoda

The peace pagoda or Shanti stupa (in regional Odia language) can be spotted on the hill top, which has constructed in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha.

Shiva Temple

The Shiva Temple , situated in the Dhauligiri hills, is the place for the mass gathering to celebrate the Shiva Ratri.

How to Reach

Dhauligiri Shanti stupa near bhubaneswar is very well connected by rail, road and air. After travelling of 7 kms from Bhubaneswar towards Puri or Konark. One can see Dhauligiri Shanti stupa at the right side ( on Dhauli hills) just after crossing Daya river bridge . From this point on Puri road (also known as Jagannath road) the Shanti stupa distance is 3 km.

Nearest railway station is Bhubaneswar and distance from railway station to Dhauli is 10 kms .