Sanchi Stup

The Sanchi Stup or better known as Sanchi Stupa is one of the most ancient stone constructions in India and it’s a great historical place to visit. It is located in the Sanchi town of the Raisen District in Madhya Pradesh. This Stupa was built by the Great Emperor Ashoka as a tribute to Lord Buddha in the 3rd Century BC. The Stupa is a hemispherical construction made of brick over the relics of Lord Buddha. On top of the construction, a “Chatra” was constructed to demarcate high rank which symbolizes the Lord Buddha’s high prestige. There are 3 Stupas in the area and all of them reflect the true essence of Buddhism. The Stupas have gateways which are known as “toranas”. These are the exhibits of the well known Stupa architecture. Apart from the Sanchi Stupa, the Sanchi town is also famous because it is the birth place of Emperor Ashoka’a wife, Devi. It is also the place where the wedding of Emperor Ashoka took place.

Travel Tips

The weather in Sanchi is of extreme climates. So it’s better to visit it during the spring seasons or the autumn. You must carry umbrella with you if you are going for the visit to Sanchi Stupa in the day time. Applying sunscreens is a must as the heat is extreme. Also the atmosphere is dry, so you must carry enough moisturizers with you to avoid skin cracks. Wear good shoes as the entire time for exploring the Stupas is on foot. So you really need comfortable shoes for making the walk easy.

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Things to do

When you are at the Sanchi Stupas, the most significant thing that you will enjoy doing is going through the ancient sculptures made on the Stupas. Each encryption tells a story. If you take a guide along with you to know about the timeless Buddhism facts, then make sure the guide tells you about the stories encrypted on the Stupas. If you visit there after doing some homework about Buddhism in India, then surely you will be able to make out the meaning of the sculptures. The presence of the symbol of lotus symbolizes the presence of purity in the middle of sins. So the basic values of Buddhism are preached through these sculptures. Various shapes are encrypted on it at various places. The Tales of Jataka are well defined through the sculptures. There is a circular path around the Stupas to allow a circular walk around it is also a great attraction because the Buddhists perform their worship through such circular paths.

Getting Around

When you are at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh, you can be relieved about the fact that travelling expenses are very low here with the blessings of the local transportation system. Auto –rickshaws are the best local transports to get around the town. Private shuttle cars are also available. Cabs and local buses are also there in considerable numbers.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • The Bhopal Airport is the nearest Airport to Sanchi and it is located 46 km away from Sanchi. So after landing at the airport you can reach Sanchi by hiring a cab or even via bus services.
  • The Vidisha Railway station is nearest to Sanchi and it is located at a distance of 10 km.
  • As Sanchi is very well connected to Bhopal, Indore and Vidisha via the roadways, so there are excellent bus and cab services available for visiting Sanchi from the areas around.

Surrounding Attractions

Sanchi is a very renowned place not only because of the Stupas but there are other sightseeing here as well. These are as follows-

  • The Udaygiri caves: These wonderful caves are really enigmatic to experience because they are very old. They are related to the ages of Emperor Ashoka when the Kalinga war took place.
  • The Ashoka Pillar: This is a very famous pillar built under the commissioning of Emperor Ashoka to demarcate his territory. It bears the great “Ashok Chakra” which is present in the Indian National Flag
  • The Sanchi Museum: This museum has a lot of antique collections related to Emperor Ashoka and his rule. The observation of such collections can really create goose bumps.
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