Orissa boasts of huge influx of tourists from different parts of the country. Buddhism having its roots in the state of Orissa, in due time, spread its influence to the countries of South East Asia due to the good business interactions between Puri and the Indonesian Islands. A number of travelers from near and far are drawn by the extraordinary charm of this state, owing to its strong historical base, religious connections, architectural displays and the superfluity of Nature's gifts. While you are on a Tour to Orissa please do plan a Tour to Lalitgiri, Udaigiri and Ratnagiri too in order to grasp the charm of the place in its entirety.
Beauties of lush greenery, you will be mesmerized by the big monastery made of brick, the ruins of the Shatiya Hall, the numerous stupas inspire awe to the hilt.
Ratnagiri, a town in the Jajpur district of Orissa also, an excavation spot, has found out two huge monasteries, a large stupa, Buddhist shrines, idols and images. A significant site for the Mahayana sect of Buddhism, it also became an important base for the Tantric Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism.
Udaigiri, the largest of the Buddhist complexes, had its earlier name as Madhavapura Mahavihara. Located with a huge hill as its backdrop, excavations at Udaigiri site revealed a large brick monastery, an inscribed step-well and numerous rock cut sculptures. Studies show that these monasteries existed between 7th and 12th centuries A.D.