The town of Sanchi is synonymous with Buddhist Stupas – hemispherical structures typically containing relics of the Buddha and his followers. The Stupas of Sanchi were constructed on the orders of Emperor Ashoka to preserve and spread Buddhist philosophy. Sanchi has been protecting these beautiful and sacred architectural wonders, just the way these wonders have been safeguarding ancient history and art of the Mauryan period.
The numerous stupas, temples, monasteries, and an Ashokan pillar have been the focus of interest and awe for global audiences as well. In fact, UNESCO has given the status of ‘World Heritage Site’ to the Mahastupa.
A visit to Sanchi will bring alive the awe you felt as a child as you listened to the tales of Ashoka. There are several other hidden buddha sites situated within a radius of 30km (about 18.64 mi) of Sanchi that offers significant Buddha teachings. While visiting the Sanchi Stupa you can also see the Buddha Jambudweep a 17-acre theme park situated right in front of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Sanchi Museum depicting the life and preaching of Gautam Buddha and Emperor Ashoka.
- UNESCO world heritage site ‘Mahastupa’ (great stupa) stands here
- Home to the Gupta temple, one of the earliest examples of temple architecture
- The evolution of temple architecture is seen in the Gupta temple in the stupa premises that were built in the 5th century
- Houses 4 gateways that display buddha’s life through intricate carvings
- The Lion Capital of Ashokan Pillar can be found at The Archeological Museum
Distance from IIT Indore to Sanchi Stupa: 256 km (about 159.07 mi), advisable to tour Bhimbetka together on the same trip.
Estimated tour package cost: ~ ₹ 7000 –15000.