Sanchi Tourism

Sanchi Tourism

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  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Raisen
Sanchi, located in Raisen District, is a small village, which is renowned for its Buddha stupas and monuments. It is located at the footsteps of a hill and recognised for several Buddhist monuments. The destination has numerous monasteries, stupas, pillars, holy shrines that are here from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD. The carvings on monuments reflect Buddhist myths and the culture of Sanchi at the time.

The erstwhile name of Sanchi was ‘Vidishagiri’, which was a hub of merchants. In the 2nd century BCE, Pusyamitra Sunga, the ruler of the place is believed to have destructed the main stupa, which was later restored by his son Agnimitra. Asoka, the emperor, built the giant stupa in the 3rd century. The gateways and the banister were built during the Satavahana Period.

Most of the temples of Sanchi were built during the 12th century.  In spite of being a place of Buddhist importance, it is believed that Buddha never visited Sanchi in his lifetime. In 1818, the centre of Hinayana Buddhism was rediscovered by archaeologists.

Sanchi has many significant places that attract several pilgrims, tourists and historians to throng to this place.  Sites like Gupta Temple, the Great Bowl, Sanchi Museum, Buddhist Vihara, Stupa (I, II, III), the eastern gateway, the northern gateway and Ashoka pillar with historical and religious importance in the history of India, are some of the popular tourist spots in Sanchi.  

Sanchi Stupa I was built in the 3rd century, with a diameter of 36.5 and a height of 16.4 meter with a colossal hemispherical dome on the top. Sanchi Stupa II, built in the 2nd century, is located at the periphery of the hill over an artificial podium, which can be commonly seen in every Stupa. The Stupa also enshrines the vestiges of the two Buddhist gurus, namely Kasyapagotra and Suvijayita. Apart from historical and religious sites, Sanchi is visited for its landscapes as well.

The nearest airport to Sanchi is Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal located at a distance of 46 kilometres. Bhopal airport is connected to cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Indore, Jabalpur, and Gwalior. Taxis and cabs are available from the airport to Sanchi. The nearest railhead to the city is Bhopal railway station, which is nearly 50 kilometres from Sanchi. The best time to visit Sanchi is from October to March. However, November and February are religious festival months of Sanchi.

Sanchi is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Bhopal and Indore.

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Anil walimbe

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  • Anil walimbe
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 9 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  5954 readers

"World Heritage site of Buddhist stupa"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2016
Grand site, very well maintained by archaeological dept. Its a serious place, and not for people intending picnic or masti.
It has a 3-4 stupas built by king Ashoka in 3rd century BC. The same has been restored by Col Marshal in 1912, from a totally dilapidated state.
There is also a very good museum near the site.
Services of expert guide very essential to appreciate the intricacies of the site.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Trip to Sanchi"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 8, 2016
I had been to Sanchi by road in the month of September 2016. Vidisha is a must-visit attraction in the tourism circuit of Madhya Pradesh. The must-visit attractions around Vidisha include the Sanchi Stupas, Baba Kambha and the Dashavtar Temple. Sanchi is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Vidisha and the Stupas were constructed during the reign of emperor Ashoka. It houses Buddhist monuments built during the 3rd and 12th centuries. The Khamba Baba was built in 140 BC and connotes the relationship between the region's people and the greeks of Punjab. This place is also known as Heliodorus Pillar. The Dashavatara Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and dates back to the period extending from 8th to 10th century. The remains of a small Vaishnava Memorial can be found in this sacred place.
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Pragyansh Jain

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"Nice place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 31, 2016
Always feels great to see the monuments and understand its significance. It gives me lot of relief. There is very less food options on the top. But in the city you can get food. On the hill there is 3 stupa and temples. There is lot of greenery and shades.
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Saurabh Srivastav

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  • Saurabh Srivastav
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"A cool heritage destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2016
Sanchi Stupas are famous the world over and these situated on a small hill provide a nice place to be, especially in winters & monsoon seasons. It is a hot picnic destination too and in recent past has been very well-maintained by authorities. It has all the amenities like washrooms, clean drinkable water, eating joints & canteen. Also Buddhist museum & souvenir shop also exists. The view from the hill of the green fields & countryside expanse is memorable too. It's hardly an hour drive from Bhopal and is well-connected by Buses & Train too. It is just 10-12 mins from Vidisha so very accessible. Comfort stay is available at Sanchi so overall nice place to be.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Rizwanuddin Rafiq
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"Heavenly place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
Sanchi is situated 46 km from Bhopal and 23 Km from Raisen and about 10 Km from Tropical Cancer, Presently Sanchi is a small fashionable township in the Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh and is best known for its Buddhist monuments especially for Stupas where Buddha's and his favourite disciples remains were finally kept and for its montesaries. Sanchi is seems be derived from the Pali word Sanch means to Measure. Earlier It was known as Vidishagiri and this was the place where Emperor Ashoka Married to Devi who was a great patron of Lord Buddha and Buddhism. 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 ornamental gateways which were added by Satvahanas about 70 BC.

The Stupas at Sanchi were built on the orders of Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC and were completed under the supervision of Devi. Sanchi was a centre of wealthy merchants and a busy trading point Over the years, the merchants of Vidisaha, a nearby town, donated a lot of money to build and restore the Buddhist monuments. However, during the Shunga period, Pusyamitra Shunga destroyed the main Stupa which was later rebuilt by his son Agnimitra.

General Mark Taylor, General Alaxender Cunningham, Maisey and finally Sir John Marshall took over the work of restoration in the year 1912 and worked till 1919.

Many temples were added to Sanchi till 12 AD and after decline of Buddhism this wonderful religious monument reached to a state of vanish. Chetiyagiri Buddhist Temple was added in 1952-1960, where the remains of Lord Buddha's Favourite disciples are kept and annually in the month of November's last Sunday they are displayed and to have an insight visitors and devotees of Buddha are coming from every corner of the world.

Sambodhi Hotel and Gateway Retreat are the best places to stay in Sanchi and Hotel/Lodge Anjali provide a budget stay with maximum comfort and their Restaurants are having Multi cuisines and Inter continental dishes in their Menu also they serve north Indian, south Indian food.

Climate is tropical and best time to visit is October-March when average temperature remain about 25 degree Centigrade.

It is very well connected to the Nation by Rail and Road and Raja Bhoj Vimantal connects to the world.

It has a University and many colleges and Schools and the Healthcare facilities. It has a Municipal Council, Police Station, Block Office, Circuit House, Panchayat, and administration is well managed as high officials are visiting the place


There are numerous attractions for visitors especially the Buddhist Monuments, Chetiyagiri Temple, Sir John Marshall's Memorial, Archaeological Museum, Kamapaar Hanuman Temple, Kham Baba, Bijamandal, Udaygiri Caves etc. Overall this place is very peaceful and beautiful.
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Amit Yadav

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  • Amit Yadav
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"Feel the peace, Sanchi"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 12, 2016
Sanchi is located at a distance of 53 kilometres from Bhopal. Great main stupa of Sanchi originally was built in the third century BC by emperor Ashoka the Great. If you want to go there, so first you have to go Bhopal. Then you can catch train or bus to Sanchi but I would advise you to hire a cab or go by your own vehicle if possible. As you go by road and after about 25 kilometres run guess what you found...Yes the Tropic Of Cancer, it crosses the road. Yellow line on the road is painted by Madhya Pradesh Tourism and indicating structures are built both side of the road. Now you reach Sanchi, the entry fee is Rs 10 and Rs 250 per person for Indians and foreigners respectively. if you read about sanchi before visit you will feel what a great stuff you are seeing. Apart from the stupa a museum is there for you. Also here you will be able to see many fattened pigeons and rabbits. It takes about 3 hours to complete the walk. If you have time, you can go Udaygiri which is 8 kilometres from here (I would advise you to go via Vidisha while the road is relatively long around 7 km more but in much better condition.)
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Anuj Malaiya

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  • Anuj Malaiya
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"Beautiful experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2016
An amazing experience, thrilled with enthusiasm, spirituality, 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.
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Mithai Sinha

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"Visit to see beautiful sculptures in Sanchi"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2015
Must visit place in Madhya Pradesh. Museum also a great attraction. Stupa 1 is the main attraction. Also Stupa 2 is nice place. A short cut stair is also for hard-working people's. Neatest Udaygiri is also nice place to see.
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Rohit Suryawanshi

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  • Lives in Indore
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2015
Excellent place world heritage site with excellent sculptures. The Sanchi Stupa is one of the best preserved ancient stupas in central India. The Sanchi Stupa is surrounded by a railing with four carved gateways facing all the four directions.
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Mansoor ahmad Siddiqi

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  • Mansoor ahmad Siddiqi
  • Lives in Shivpuri
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"The great visit-Sanchi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2015
Sanchi stupa is worth visiting. It is few kilometres away from Bhopal. The dome rested on earth with a fine crafted gate in front looks exquisite especially the sculpture of Shalabhanjika. It doesn't matter whether you are religious or not, you will love the place anyway.
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