Odisha Buddhist Circuit : Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, Lalitgiri : Explore the unexplored this World Heritage Day!
"Y ou don't stumble upon your heritage. It's there, just waiting to be explored - Robbie Robertson"
Very few of us know that April 18th is the World Heritage Day. Though we all love to explore the places with natural beauty, our monuments and heritages have been yearning for that love. If you tend to plan a trip to explore the heritages, I'm sure, you'll be stunned with the history, culture, art, artefacts, lifestyles that they reveal.
Our heritage has taken us far today, it has brought the world closer, and has inculcated more love and passion for the precious treasure called "heritage" - Jhilmil
And this quote came to us, after we recently concluded a mix of Heritage and cultural trip to traditionally rich state of India "Odisha".
Our heritage is our wealth! It demands all the protection and preservation as an essential treasure to the mankind. And this preservation, restoration, collection is all what needs efforts from across the cultures and various communities.
Related : Plan to celebrate World Heritage day with kids? for celebrating this day.
Buddhist Circuit of Odisha :
So this time, Team #FOTW planned to visit the centuries old Buddhist sites (more commonly called as Buddhist Circuit) of Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri inOdisha, the land rich for the culture, tribes and heritages.
These places have centuries old stupas, monasteries and their ruins, sculptures which has made them rich in heritage and places worth exploring. Excavations took place in 1960s till early 2000's in these Buddhist Heritages. These excavations which were undertaken by ASI, confirmed their origin as early as 5th and 6th Century A.D, which demonstrates their importance in human lives and heritage.