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Er. rahul4.3/5

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Most famous for the Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi is a must visit for every Buddhist going on pilgrimage and is on the list of UNESCO World heritage sites.
Sanchi is a small village situated at the foot of a hill, located very close to the capital city of Bhopal. This place is known for its ancient Stupas, monasteries and other remnants of the rich Buddhist culture which date back to the 3rd century be. C. It is one of the most important place for Buddhist pilgrimage and pilgrims from around the world visit this place, especially to see Sanchi Stupa which is also a World Heritage Site. Being such a serene place and a hub of Buddhist culture, it is also very surprising that Lord Buddha never visited this village even once. Being the hub of Buddhist tradition, Sanchi is a must visit for all history and archeology enthusiasts travelling in this region

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A Trip to Sanchi

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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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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