Udaygiri Caves and Khandagiri Caves.
These very old Jain caves are situated on two small hills sat either side of Khandagiri-Chandaka Road which is off the AH45 main road a few kilometres south west of Bhubaneswar in India.
Entrance to both lots of caves is around 100 Rupees for non-Indians (Indians of course pay just 5rs) and the area is open to visitors from sunrise to
sunset. There is a considerable difference in what you can see and the condition of the two sets of caves - Udaygiri Caves are in nicely laid out grounds and pleasant to wander around with quite a lot to see whilst Khandigri Caves are somewhat mucky and are inhabited by all sorts of people!.
When wandering around Udaygiri Caves you are just left to your own devices whilst on the Khandagiri
side expect to be approached and pestered by "priests" who will try to get "donations" from you for a variety of reasons.
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The last two photos above are of a couple of the caves on Khandagiri Hill - the way up is from the small car park and involves a walk on sometimes quite rocky steps. The entrance fee to enter the 15 caves is combined with that of Udaygiri Caves however there is not a lot to see etc. unless you are visiting from a "religious" or historical point of view. The area is in total contrast to the the caves opposite in that it is quite mucky in places and also there are all sorts of people loafing about and wandering around.
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