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Nice quadrangular structure remains

Nice quadrangular structure remains  Video Review
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Monastery 51

Rupa kumari
3rd Oct 17

A nice area within Stupas section

A nice area within Stupas section  Video Review
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Monastery 51

Shashank Agarwal
2nd Oct 17

Not worth for a hot aferrnoon!!

Not worth for a hot aferrnoon!!  Video Review
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Sanchi Stupa

Shashank Agarwal
2nd Oct 17

On the way to stupa's

On the way to stupa's  Video Review
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Sanchi Museum

Shashank Agarwal
2nd Oct 17

Excellent caves!!

Excellent caves!!  Video Review
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Udaygiri Caves

Rupa kumari
3rd Oct 17

Was built over the Relics of Sariputra & Mahamogallana

Was built over the Relics of Sariputra & Mahamogallana  Video Review
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Stupa No. 3

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
13th Mar 19

Finely polished stone pillar was mounted by 4Lions

Finely polished stone pillar was mounted by 4Lions  Video Review
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Ashoka Pillar

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
13th Mar 19

Great Stupa was built by Ashoka over relics of Buddha

Great Stupa was built by Ashoka over relics of Buddha  Video Review
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Great Stupa

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
13th Mar 19

Great Stupa Railings have inscriptions of Donors.

Great Stupa Railings have inscriptions of Donors.  Video Review
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Great Stupa

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
13th Mar 19

West Gate outer face pillar heads have Yakshas

West Gate outer face pillar heads have Yakshas  Video Review
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Four Gateways

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
13th Mar 19

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Reasons to go to Sanchi

1Lose yourself in Buddhist culture at Sanchi
Lose yourself in Buddhist culture at Sanchi

Understand Buddhist culture through stupas dating back to 12th century - all in Sanchi, which is like a dream in the rainy season. The monsoon rains cleanse the air and trees around the stupas look resplendent with dewy leaves. The small lake near the stupas makes it picture perfect. The vast expanse of green fields by the countryside makes for a blissful drive.

Sharad Sud shares his experience of Sanchi on HolidayIQ: One of the oldest stone structures in India, it is the finest example of Buddhist architecture. The site honestly has a different aura to it during the monsoon season. The rain adds a little sparkle to the structures.


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2Spread the Buddhist philosophy at the hilltop Stupa
Spread the Buddhist philosophy at the hilltop Stupa

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq says, “ So it is a place which must be visited by visitors to have a detailed knowledge of our heritage.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq says, “Sanchi Stupa is an important Buddhist monument and world heritage, renowned around the world.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq adds, “As this is a wonderful world heritage site about 2300 hundred years old and have lot of attractions for the tourists

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3Delve into Buddhism
Delve into Buddhism

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq shares, “Foundation of Buddhist establishment by great patron Ashoka...Great Stupa of Sanchi is situated in Sanchi Town, District Raisen MP, India, and also marked as Stupa No. 1, at this ancient Buddhist Vihara. Emperor Ashoka who was the great patron of Buddhism, selected Yelagiri Hill now known as Sanchi Hill, for the foundation of a Buddhist establishment, because the hill ensured quietude and seclusion necessary for monastic life and also was situated close to the rich, populous and patronising city of Vidisha.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq says, “A Museum that provides more information to visitors about Sanchi Monuments Sanchi Museum is an Archaeological Museum, situated before the hill and circuit house, in Sanchi, district Raisen, MP. As this Buddhist establishment was re-discovered by General Teller in 1818, who brought in the notice of local population and drew their attention about this ancient Buddhist monument.

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4The Stupas of Sanchi
The Stupas of Sanchi

Go back to the Buddhist era where Stupas were a way convey spiritual messages. You will travel back in time here.

HolidayIQ traveller Sharad Sud from Gurgaon shares: “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.”

Saurabh Srivastav stayed at Hotel Sambodhi, “The Sambodhi hotel is very conveniently located on the main Bhopal-Vidisha Highway and has a homely feel. It has sprawling lawns and is very peaceful tranquil sort.”

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5Sanchi Stupa, Bhopal
Sanchi Stupa, Bhopal

Find an unparalleled peace of mind at the Sanchi stupa which was commissioned about 2000 years ago. Have a chat with monks and come to terms with the uniqueness of this place! There are many awesome places you can stay at, near Sanchi. All you have to do is pick! 

Suresh Ramaswamy shares his experience, "A 'must see' place about an hour and half drive from Bhopal city, the Sanchi Stupa is archaeologically and historically significant. The monuments attract visitors from several parts of the world. Well maintained neat and tidy, this is a World Heritage Site."

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Reviews (26)

Kunal Khurana

Kunal Khurana5.0/5

3 reviews

A humbling experience at Sanchi

The thing that almost every traveler knows about Sanchi Stupas is that they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be that as it may, it is still relatively untouched by the onslaught of maddening tourism that we now see everywhere. I reached the site around on a pleasant day of July, after a car ride from Bhopal & I was thrilled to find out that there was almost no one else there visiting the site . . As is customary, there were a couple of tour guides offering their services at the entry gate & I got one Mr. Bhadauria to come along with me. It turned out to be the best guide experience of my life anywhere & I highly recommend him to everyone visiting there. The Great Stupa is the first structure that will grab your attention with its imposing size & beautiful gateways. As my guide was telling me little anecdotes about the complex & the history behind it, I was covering the whole place & taking photographs along with it (attached with this review). To be able to walk on the same pathway that was used by King Ashoka & his wife, almost two millennia ago when they entered the complex to pay their respect, was an ethereal experience. Apart from the Great Stupa that housed Buddha's relics, there are two more smaller stupas that contained the relics of Buddha's two favorite disciples & also some of the other Buddhist teachers who had later presided over the Third Buddhist Council . Perhaps the most striking part of Sanchi is not the stupas themselves but the four gateways surrounding the Great Stupa aka Stupa No. 1. Historic evidence tells us that the original design of Sanchi stupas (as envisioned by Emperor Ashoka in 3rd Century BCE) was made of bricks & it was quite small in size. It was later in 1st Century BCE that Emperor Agnimitra (son of Pushyamitra Shunga) expanded the size of the stupas & covered the original brickwork with stone. However, the greatest addition to the design was added in the last by a Satvahana dynasty king in the form of four gateways & a boundary wall. The gateways have beautiful carvings that depicts various scenes from Buddha's life & its a site to behold . Then, there are various other structures that demand equal mention: a 4th Century AD Gupta dynasty era temple that later served as a template for all temple architecture anywhere in India, a Buddhist monastery where it is said that Kind Ashoka's son had studied before he was sent to Sri Lanka by his father to promote Buddhism, another Temple which is called Temple No. 45 built around the 9th Century AD & it contains an almost unscathed statue of Gautam Buddha sitting in "Bhumisparsha Mudra " . I spent several hours covering the vast expansive area but in the end I just sat there in awe of the place & all the history surrounding it. It is truly the best site that I had visited anywhere in India.

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  • A humbling experience at Sanchi
  • A humbling experience at Sanchi
  • A humbling experience at Sanchi

Marisha Desai

Marisha Desai4.3/5

8 reviews

Unique and picturesque

Get a taste of the unique Buddhist heritage of Madhya Pradesh and witness the grandeur of the great Stupa which also doubles as a great selfie spot. I loved MP and the trip opened my eyes to a lot I was not aware of. I think its a once in a life time trip everyone must take!

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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