Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa

Sanchi Stupa is about 50 km from Bhopal, which is the capital of Madhya Pradesh, India. Madhya Pradesh is fondly called as Heart of India because of its geographical location.

Since my childhood days on every syllabus textbooks, I have seen pictures of this beautiful monument and wondered that when will I visit this mystic place. The day has finally arrived after, I should say, almost 15 years. Sanchi Stupas.

Sanchi Stupa Main entrance
Sanchi Stupa, main entrance.

The gate (in the picture above), you will find replicated in modern architecture in many parts of Madhya Pradesh. Sometimes just in the form of structure and sometimes they will try to copy the details too (there is nothing wrong with it).

So let’s start with the points why this is one of the must visit sites for people who are visiting India in a hurry and needs to cover as many as possible wonderful heritage monuments or even if you are Indian and have not visited it yet.

  1. A World Heritage Monument Site:

    Sanchi Stupa
    Sanchi Stupa

    Sanchi is on Unesco’s World Heritage Monument site list. It was built by King Ashoka who was the follower of Buddhism. It was built over the relics of Buddha. Yes, Buddha. Do you need any more reason to visit this place?
    This stupa tells the story of the rich heritage of King Ashoka and the stories of the Buddha which is depicted nicely on the walls of the stupas. To built this magnificent and big stupa not only King Ashoka but also other wealthy traders donated to be a part of this big venture at that time.

2. A significant place for Sri Lankans.

That’s a tall claim but wait before you judge me, it’s not me who is telling this, this is what has happened thousands of years before which made it a significant place for Sri Lankans. As it’s been told here that King Ashoka who sent his Son and daughter in law to Sri Lanka where they made the king and queen of Sri Lanka become the follower of Buddhism. I never knew that just a few 100 kilometres away from my hometown exist a place which so damn significant to world culture and religion.

A large group of people from Sri Lanka.
A large group of people from Sri Lanka, visiting Sanchi.

Since its a place of importance for Buddhist Sri Lankan, they visit here in good numbers.
A Buddhist monk explaining the architecture to visitors in above pic.

3. The Architecture.

A big entrance of Sanchi Stupa.
A big entrance of Stupa.

The tomb-like structure is unique and geometrical. This is the oldest stone structure in India. The stories are so beautifully carved on the gates of the Stupas. The stories depict how King Siddharth left his home to become a monk in search of something which never dies. King Siddharth who later became known as Buddha. Many such stories are depicted gracefully with such a detailing on it.

Some more photos for you of the beauty.

Just in front of big Stupa lies this mini Stupa.
Just in front of big Stupa lies this mini Stupa.
Sanchi Stupa. This is what remains now.
Sanchi Stupa. This is what remains now.
Sanchi Stupa.
Sanchi Stupa.
Sanchi Stupa.
Sanchi Stupa.
Sanchi Stupa.
Sanchi Stupa.

The above picture is not from Rome or Jordan , this structure is in Sanchi Stupa. Yup.

Sanchi Stupa.
Sanchi Stupa.
Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa.

There are many more beautifully carved stories, with such a detailing, like this on the gates of Sanchi Stupa.

Sanchi Stupa.
A temple built by a Buddhist monk in 1952. Sanchi Stupa.
A sacred tree. Sanchi Stupa.
A sacred tree. Sanchi Stupa.
Buddha meditating under the tree.
Buddha meditating under the tree.

As the story goes, people tried to disturb Buddha by women who are trying to seduce him. That’s what seems to be depicted in the picture.

Buddha.
Buddha.

Let me tell you one thing frankly without exaggerating that this place is really very least marketed and underrated place.

Where is this? Guide me.

Sanchi is around 45 km from Bhopal. Bhopal is capital on Madhya Pradesh, India. There is an airport in Bhopal from where you have flights to all metros of India.

Nearby places:

There are many places to visit. Here is the list.

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Places to visit nearby Sanchi Stupa.

I took this picture from MP tourism restaurant.

I visited Udaygiri caves which are around 10 km from Sanchi Stupa. This is also an interesting place, it will take an hour to completely see these caves. The interesting thing about this 20 cave, 19 of this if for Hinduism and one is of Jainism. So that’s pretty rare site to see. This was built under Gupta Dynasty.

Once you reach the top of the hill the view is real good. The river Bes can be seen from top which looks beautiful.

Here are few pictures of Udaygiri Caves.

Udaygiri Caves.
Lord Vishnu. Udaygiri Caves.
Udaygiri Caves.
Way to the temple on top. Udaygiri Caves.
Udaygiri caves.
An avatar of Lord Vishnu. Udaygiri Caves.

This particular scene is not easily seen in any other historical places in India.  One of the rarest scene which has been carved or depicted. Here there is an avatar of Lord Vishnu which is saving Mother Earth (i.e. Earth), which is depicted as the lady on the shoulder. The other deities are watching from the heaven.

Udaygiri Caves.
The other view. Udayagiri caves.
Lord Shiva. Udaygiri caves.
Lord Shiva. Shivaling. Udaygiri caves.

Do you need more reasons to visit this place?

Don’t you feel after this if you missing this awesome place will be a gruesome mistake?

I will recommend you this place again. Don’t do this mistake and miss something big on Indian landscape. I will repeat that this is a very underrated place, you must visit it once.

Share your story if you have visited this place in the comment box or if you are planning and need any help feel free to comment below.

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  1. I spent several months working in India a few years ago but because of the job I didn’t have that much time to travel and never made it to Sanchi Stupa. It does look amazing though so I will definitely keep it in mind for when I make it back to India!

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