Sanchi Stupa is situated in Sanchi Town, District Raisen MP, India, almost close to NH-86. There are many Stupas but Stupa No. 1 is known as Great Stupa, which is the major attraction of the whole Buddhist vihara. Its centre was a simple hemispherical brick structure built over the remains of the Lord Gautam Buddha. The Great stupa is the oldest stone, brick structure in India. This work was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka in 3rd century BC, and later work was supervised and controlled by his wife Devi, who was the daughter of a merchant of Vidisha, Sanchi was her birthplace as well as the venue of her and Ashoka's wedding. Whole structure was surrounded by stone railing and four ornamental gateways were added in the first century BC by Satavahana king Satakarni, to beautify the structure and the structure was expanded by Shunga who took over the Mauryan Empire, with stone slabs to almost twice its original size. The dome was flattened near the top and crowned by three superimposed parasols within a square railing. It can be accessed by two staircase and having a circular pathway after and one at the ground.
It was crowned by the chatra symbolizes the wheel of law, a parasol-like structure symbolising high rank, which was intended to honour and shelter the remnant of Buddha and three tires signifies the Buddha religion as first Buddham saranam gacchami means I go to the Buddha for refuge, second Dhammam saranam gacchami means I go to the Dhamma for refuge and the third one Sangham saranam gacchami means I go to the Sangha for refuge in Pali language.
Its an important Buddhist monument and world heritage, renowned around the world. This place must be visited to understand the Buddha's various teachings and the work executed by his followers even Before Christ. Visitors are not allowed with any bag, so just have camera and be anxious to witness this exceptional monument.
It is heritage located in Satpura. It is the Buddhist's architecture inscribed in 1989. It is located 46km North East from Bhopal. It is well known and it has increased tourism in Bhopal. So I give a thumbs up for it and once everyone should visit. I have been there 2years back and had a great time, it's simply historic.
Good place to visit, take a guide for the explanation. Without the guide the place of interest would be nothing. We will not understand anything. It is a monument. Pigeons are kept there. Entire family with kids enjoyed a great time with the flocks of Pigeons.
If you are interested in sculptures and history only then you will love this place else not to make part of your tour.
An amazing experience, thrilled with enthusiasm, spirituality and peaceful interactions with nature. Here one can find himself surrounded with ancient architectural stupas, incredible design, which put you in wonder. Here one find itself at superior peace and energy.
Located on a Hillock, the Stupas of Buddhist culture at Sanchi are ideal place to visit during day time in Winters or even after onset of Monsoon. You can picnic there with your family. The scenery from the Hill is lovely as you see the green fields all around down below, so different from the concrete jungle from which we come. Serenity is definitely there as in most of the places associated with Buddhist culture. M. P. Tourism has made it very presentable also.
Sanchi is one of the famous archeological site of India. The stupa is dedicated to Lord BUDDHA and built by Ashoka. One can visit Sanchi Stupas by both Train and Bus. It is located between Bhopal and Vidisha. Any bus running from Bhopal to vidisha goes via Sanchi. It takes about 90 min in Bus to reach from Bhopal. There is a dedicated Railway station in Sanchi but train is uncertain and frequency is very less so train should be avoided. There is no good hotel nearby to stay at night and Bus facility is not after 9pm.
The stupa is located at the top of a hill and motor vehicle is allowed. The hill is not too high and could be climbed by simply walking. There is a museum at the foot of hill which is related to this stupa and should be visited once. There is a greenery all around the sight and sunset gives a nice view from the top of the hill.
Great Stupa is located at Sanchi Town in Raisen District of the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, it is 46 Km north-east of Bhopal.
The best time to visit the stupa actually depends on the season you are going in, as Sanchi is located near Tropic of Cancer so this area faces extreme weather. If you are going in winters it's best to travel in afternoons as then you can enjoy the structure in the soothing warmth of Sun. In summers prefer morning as in afternoon temperature can reach up to 42 degree celsius.
Sanchi Stupa is the oldest stone structure in India, and is definitely worth a visit. If you are going with your family take some picnic stuff you can enjoy that in the parks there.
Most of the time stupa is not crowded, photography is allowed and you can closely inspect the sculptures.
Bhimbetka rock shelters is very close from stupa and is WORLD HERITAGE SITE which contains ancient stone age paintings on rocks which are 30, 000 years old.
I highly recommend to visit Stupa and Bhimbetka rock Shelters.
Its ambiance is unbeatable, there is peace and serenity in the air. Felt proud of our rich culture, the monument is absolute masterpiece of its time. The place is approximately 50 km and it takes around 1-2 hours to reach the place from Bhopal.