Sanchi Stupa, Bhopal
This fascinating and world famous Stupa in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh is a wonderful example of perfection. Showcasing brilliance of Buddhist art and sculpture, this stupa grabs attention of thousands of visitors round the year including national and foreign tourists, archaeologists and historians. The Sanchi Stupa is still holding the remains of Buddhist teachers, influential Buddhist monks and Buddhism. It also shows the journey to enlightenment and explains how Buddha achieved enlightenment. Architecture - Buddhist Art and Architecture Creator - Commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty Website - http://sanchi.org Address: Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh 464661 Contact No. 078050 06888, 755-4005748 Some interesting facts about the stupa: This Stupa is the oldest stone structure in India that was built during the Mauryan period. Originally commissioned in the third century BCE by Emperor Ashok, this huge hemispherical dome with a height of 54 feet consists of a central chamber where the relics of Lord Buddha are placed. Enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, it is counted among the best conserved ancient Stupas of central India. Visiting Hours/ Timing : Sunrise to Sunset 6:30 AM to 6:30 pm Best time to visit: The best time to visit Sanchi is during the winters, from November to March. NOTE: Entry fees per person for Indian citizens and visitors of SAARC and BIMSTEC nations is Rs. 30/- and for others is Rs. 500/-. Entry is free for children up to 15 years of age. How to Reach: ∙ By Air: By Air or rail to Bhopal which is well-connected with many other cities of India. ∙ By Road: Sanchi by bus, cabs and private cars provided by different tour operators. Sanchi can also be reached by road from Vidisha (10 km) and Indore (232 km). Top attractions near the temple: Sanchi Stupa 2: The Stupa No.2 at Sanchi, also called Sanchi II, is one of the oldest existing Buddhist stupas in India, and part of the Buddhist complex of Sanchi. It displays what has been called "the oldest extensive stupa decoration in existence". It is also considered as the birthplace of Jataka illustrations. The Great Bowl: Behind Monastery 51, partway down the hill towards Stupa 2, is the Great Bowl, carved from a huge boulder, into which food and offerings were placed for distribution to the monks. Bija Mandal: Popularly known as Vijayamandira Temple, this is located in Vidisha. Constructed in the 11th century, this temple was destroyed in the year 1682. Udaygiri Caves: The Udayagiri Caves feature some of the oldest Hindu images and cave temples in India. It is located near the city of Vidisha, northeast of Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh. One of India's most important archaeological sites from the Gupta period, the Udayagiri hills. ASI Mueseum: Sanchi museum is located near main Sanchi stupas site. It is Sanchi Museum which is formally known as "Archaeological Survey of India's site museum". Museum was actually established by Sir John Marshall in 1919, when he was Director General of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).