One of the most important centers of Buddhist trail in India, the beautiful town of Sanchi will win your heart in first look. It is most popular for ancient Buddshist complexes and stupas. It is right to say that Sanchi is no less than a museum. Owing to its rich cultural influence and heritage, Sanchi has been declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to delve deeper into history and Buddhism, then Sanchi is a must visit. Relax and rejuvenate in the serene ambiance of this rustic town. The museum in Sanchi preserves historical artifacts and relics. It is a great experience to get a glimpse of various Buddhist traditions. The intricate architecture of the stupas, warm hospitality of people, and old world charm of the town ensures a happy and relaxing holiday experience.
Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi Museum, Sanchi Caves, Sanchi Park
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Sanchi - a primitive village, which is around 46 km from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, is the site of the most popular Buddhist stupas & complex. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, these Buddhist complex are known for their Stupas, Ashoka Pillar (India’s National Emblem), Torans and more. One of the oldest stone structures of India is The Great Stupa at Sanchi and is an exemplary monument of Indian Architecture. Commissioned by Emperor Ashoka in 3rd century BCE, Ashok Stambh (Pillar) is India’s national emblem and a pride of every Indian.
Sanchi is the center of a region and there are many of stupas in the vicinity. Satdhara is 17 km from Sanchi and it has 40 stupas inlcuding the relics of Sariputra and Mahamoggallana, and recent excavations unearthed a new Vihara. Morel Khurd on a hilltop with 60 stupas, Andher 17 km from Vidisha, Mawas, and Sonari are also nearby locations that have prominent relics & stupas of the era. Another prime attraction at Sanchi is the Ashoka pillar. The discovered or excavated pillar is very similar to the Lion Capital of Ashoka at Sarnath. This is a pillar of exclusively polished sandstone. The lower part of the pillar still stands and the upper parts of the pillar are at the nearby Archaeological Museum.
Sanchi as a place has its history trails to the rise of Buddhism in India. As a part of the lotus trail, Sanchi is a must-see on every Buddhist's pilgrimage. The prime sightseeing points here are the stupa complex, which has number of stupas. These represent different eras, teachings, Buddhist way of livelihood, and much more. Some must see ones are Sanchi Stupa, Ashoka pillar, Temple 40, Great Stupa No. 1, Stupa No2 - the first Buddhist reliefs, Stupa No. 3, Sunga Pillar, Lion pillar No 26, Pillar 35 and the Gateways or Toranas like the Stupa 1 Southern Gateway, Stupa 1 Northern Gateway, Stupa 1 Eastern Gateway, Stupa 1 Western Gateway and Stupa 3 Southern Gateway. The Archaeological Museum here is a must visit place. They have some wonderful artifacts here, including historical artifacts from places around Sanchi. Sculptures and other articles as old as 2000 years are kept here. The museum also showcases the history and revival of Sanchi.
The remarkably preserved Great Stupa is the centerpiece of Sanchi’s World Heritage Buddhist monuments. This serene village is a relaxing spot and it will be a life changing experience to spend a couple of days here instead of a day tour. However, it is your choice of holiday and your tour partners can best guide you.
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