Sanchi Stupa – Peek into 3rd Century BCE

My friend stays in Bhopal. For a long time he had been inviting me to his place. Some time in Sept 2013 we firmed up the plan to visit.

Location :

Bhopal is a nice city. It is capital of state of Madhyapradesh in India. it is about 800 km from Delhi and is well connected by air and Bus.

Sanchi is a Buddhist Complex well known for its Stupa on a hill top. It is 48 km from Bhopal on north east side. About an hour and a half journey from Bhopal by road. It is well connected by road.

Timing :

It is open from sunrise to sunset, all days. There is a museum which opens all days except Friday from 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs.

Best Time to Visit :

Through out the year. The Sanchi is a tropical place. Hot dry summer from March to June. It moderately rains from July to September. Pleasant cool winter from October to February. Winter is pretty pleasant.

Entry Fees :

Rs. 10 per person (From India and SAARC Countries) Rs.250 per person for Non Indian.

A little history :

Emperor Ashoka initiated the construction and completed Stupa 1 in 2nd century BCE. It was built to keep relics of Buddha and to spread Buddhism . The subsequent kings of various dynasty kept on adding, building up to 12th century AD. Currently being managed by ASI by Government of India.

Pictures :

It talks about the history of the place
The entrance to Stupa
Well maintained surrounding of the stupa
Closer look of Stupa
Closer look from another side
Ornamental Gateway – built on four sides of stupa
Close up of gateway
Another Gate way
More closer look of the Gate way
Another Gate way
Part of the Temple, but now in ruins
Another unfinished Stupa
Majestic view of Stupa
Another Gateway
Sculpture on the gate way

Published by wander through lens

An avid trekker, traveller, who finally freed himself from a corporate cobweb. Loves lush green, snowy mountains, blue sky and crystal water.

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