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Sanchi, located 10 km away from Vidisha, is a small village in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh. Renowned as one of the important pilgrimages of Buddhists, Sanchi is the location of several Buddhist monuments. The monuments at Sanchi date back to the period between 3rd and12th century. Built by Emperor Ashoka, the Stupas at Sanchi are the large hemispherical domes that comprise of a central chamber. Inside the central chambers of the stupas lie the relics of the Buddha.
These Stupas are designated as one of the heritage sites of the world by UNESCO. The Stupa is surrounded by toranas, each of which represents love, peace, trust and courage. Gateways of the Stupas are ornamented with the incidents from the life of the Buddha. The depictions also contained the sculptures from his previous incarnations as Bodhisattvas.
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Sanchi is situated about 9 km from Vidisha, Sanchi is a small Town in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh and is best known for its Stupas and other Buddhist monuments. The Stupas of Sanchi were built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century BC. The Great Stupa is considered to be the oldest stone structure of India and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The glory of Sanchi can be experienced through the Stupas and the rich carvings on its four gateways which were presented by Satavahana Kings of South.
Sanchi word derived from Pali word Sanch means to Measure, It was a busy trading point and centre of wealthy merchants as Devi Ashoka's wife was born here and got married here. It was also known as Vidisha Giri. However, during the Shunga period, Pusyamitra Shunga destroyed the main Stupa which was later rebuilt by his son Agnimitra.
Addition of temples was continued till 12th-century AD. The monuments of Sanchi slowly went into a state of despair with the decline of Buddhism in India. British General Mark Taylor rediscovered Sanchi in 1818. Under the guidance of Sir John Marshall restoration of the site commenced in 1912.
It has a Municipal Council, Janpad Panchyat, Archaeological Survey Of India and Block Officer including Police Station. It has many Government and Private Education Societies and Institutions.
The Best Places to stay and Eat in Sanchi are Gateway Retreat and Hotel Sambodhi International as it is the first choice among the foreigners for Non-Vegetarian and Inter Continental foods.
Best Time to visit this ancient world heritage Sanchi is Oct-March. It is very well connected by road SH-8 and NH-86 and rail and Airport is 45Kms away in Bhopal. Many things to do like Stupas Visit, Monasteries, Chethiyagiri Temple, Museum, Udaigiri Caves etc.
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