This Saturday morning Udaygiri caves was bustling with 100 enthusiastic fresh IIT Bhubaneswar, who came down to explore the Twin Hills famous for the Jain heritage.
It was their first exposure to the city and its heritage. The sleepy monsoon morning couldn’t dampen their spirit to explore the ancient caves. They were really overwhelmed by the legends of Emperor Kharavela and highly intrigued with the ancient stone etchings full of valuable information of our past.
This was a new experience for them to see something like this standing strong for centuries in the age of digital media. They loved the charming heritage spaces and the stories behind them.
The highlight of the 77th Monks, Caves and Kings heritage tour was one student Tanmay Khobe who inverted his umbrella and started collecting the trash lying around. His act inspired his fellow batch mates and they joined him to make the place free of litter!
The students were exploring the caves and collecting the trash simultaneously in Udaygiri and Khandagiri. They have truly set an example as responsible travellers and inspired us to play our part in protecting our age old legacy no matter from which part of the globe we hail.
The Monks, Caves and Kings at the famous Jain heritage site of Twin Hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri happens on Saturday morning and the Temple Walk at the Old Town area on Sunday morning. Both the days the walk starts at 6.30 am. Sunday’s afternoon walk at the Crafts Museum, Kala Bhoomi near Gandamunda starts at 3.30 pm on Sunday. You can join the experience for a walk to remember.