in the state of Madhya Pradesh, was built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the
then governor of Ujjaini. His daughter and son, Sanghamitra and Mahindra
respectively, were sent to Sri Lanka where they converted the king, queen
and the local people to Buddhism.
The massive stupa at Sanchi with its intricately carved toranas (gateways)
is noted to be a complete example of the early Buddhist stupa architecture
in its extant form. Buddhist site in Sanchi is one of the world heritage
sites at Unesco. Bhopal is the nearest airport to Sanchi (46 kms) and is
well connected by rail and road with rest of the country.
Sanchi is quite famous for its Stupas, had many a name in the historical
times, such as Kakanaya, Kakanava, Kakanadabota etc. The stupas in the place
are simple irresistible and showcases the history of Buddhism in India, in a
simple yet convincing manner. There is some Stupa built by Ashoka, which are
special attractions of this place.
landscapes and the beautifully erected Buddhist temples add to the beauty of
the place. In the large hemispherical domes one can find Buddha's relics.
Sanchi fall sin the State Madhya Pradesh at a distance of 52 km from the
state capital Bhopal and 10 km from Vidisha.
The Stupas - The huge gateways and the stories encrypted
inside the large domes are definitely the most attractive lessons in the
Sanchi Chapter of Buddhism. The sculptures and the murals in the Stupa teach
the basic values of Buddhism. The presence of Lotus in large number
showcases purity amidst sins. There are many other shapes that are exhibited
brilliantly in stones, among them human, elephants, jataka tales' characters
etc are prominent. There is a way around the Stupa to circumambulate it,
which is another attraction of the structure.
The ASI museum - Archaeological Survey of India has a
museum in Sanchi housing many antiquities related to Buddhism, especially
the Ashokan Pillar, the lion Capital is quite beautiful and attracts every
How to reach
Bhopal is the nearest airport at a distance of 46
Nearest railhead is at Vidisha, 10 km from
Sanchi is well connected to Bhopal, Vidisha and
Indore through well laid road network.
Stay at Jehan Numa Palace Hotel in Bhopal.
Just 10 km from Sanchi this place showcases
one of the most attractive landscapes around Sanchi. The Heliodoro's Pillar
is amust visit, built in 5 AD, it commemorated with the conversion of
Taxsila into Hinduism. A museum is also in the city that houses some