Richly endowed with pristine untouched beaches, lush green forest of eastern Ghats, and the finest architectural marvels, Odisha is one of the most beautiful states in India. The state was also home three ancient Buddhist learning centers of Lalitgiri, Udayagiri & Ratnagiri, which spread across three contiguous hills. These centers were the cradle of Mahayana & Vajrayana Buddhist learning in ancient India. These Buddhist sites eventually became the last refuge of Buddhism when the religion was declining in other parts of India. Chinese traveler Xuanzang (Huien Tsang) who visited Kalinga (erstwhile Odisha) in 639 AD, had counted more than 100 Buddhist monasteries in these region which he mentioned elaborately in his travelogue. Only few of them have been excavated till date and lot more to be done to bring out the Buddhist heritage of Odisha to the world.
With the growing interest among academicians to explore the vastly spread Buddhist heritage sites of Odisha, Toshali Resorts which manages four properties in the Buddhist circuit of the state has come up with special offering for scholars, archaeologists, historians and students to visit, stay and study the Buddhist art & culture of ancient Odisha dedicated to the Mahayana & Vajrayana sect.
To promote study tours on Buddhist heritage, Toshali has come up with exclusive offers on room tariffs and food. To avail the special rates, the scholars need to produce their identification and assure a minimum stay of 3 nights. This offer is open till December 15, 2013 and is applicable to the properties situated at the heritage sites of Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri. For bookings students, universities and colleges may contact at +91-674-2547511 or drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.