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Sharad Sud

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1 reviewPosted 3 years ago

World heritage site

The very fact that this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marks the importance of Sanchi and its magnificent Stupa.. One of the oldest stone structures in India, it is the finest example of Buddhist architecture. The Stupa is surrounded by a railing and has 4 gateways, each with different sculptures and designs. The site has lush green gardens and one can easily spend an hour walking through the entire compound.

We reached Sanchi at around 7am in the morning with torrential rain. Had to sleep in the car for an hour. Even then the rain didn't stop. Due to lack of time, we had to get out and explore whatever we could for 15-20 mins. There were no tourists at that time and none we expected according to the guards.

Although this was not the right season to visit Sanchi, the site honestly had a different color/texture/aura to it during the monsoon season. The rain adds a little sparkle/shine to the structures and the grass is perfectly lush.

The surprise : en route Sanchi, you cross the Tropic of Cancer( a white colored line and a Board marking the same). Since, I had read someone's blog, we made sure we didn't miss it (check the pic). Comes on the left hand side of the road (Bhopal to Sanchi).

Sanchi can be covered with Bhimbetka caves and the lesser known Bhojpur Temple. These are in close proximity to Bhopal.

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C b suryawanshi

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5 reviewsPosted 3 years ago

The places are very attractive

Sanchi is a place one should visit atleast once to understand the art & stone writing and stoop. People says that stoop were built on the bones. the view on top is marvellous, if you like to visit Sanchi, first go to Vidisha. its a railway station on the Delhi Bhopal Line. You can visit from Bhopal Also.

Once you are at the top you will see many small stoops and one is big stoop. the writing on the stone is still uncomprehended.. Near the tourist Center, you will find snacks (Poha Jalebi) which is the famous of Madhya Pradesh. Very good place to see the activities of Ashoka.

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Sanchi Overview

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.

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