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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sanchi Stupa sited in Bhopal city is one of the most visited religious tourist attraction in India. It was build during the rule of Ashoka the Great in 3rd century BCE. Known for its amazing architecture, the stupa is a very specimen of Buddhist heritage.

Historically speaking, the very foundations of the Sanchi Stupa were laid with the primary purpose of spreading Buddhism. Considered as one of the oldest architectural wonders of Buddhist heritage and age-old traditions, the splendour of this place is unparalleled. In its essence, the stupa signifies harmony, faith and bravery.

Sanchi Stupa timings are from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week. Sanchi Stupa visiting hours may affect on public and national holidays.

History of Sanchi Stupa 

Historically speaking, the foundation of the Stupa was laid by the great Mauryan Emperor Ashoka in 3rd century BCE. He had commissioned the inception of the stupa for the purpose of redistribution of the mortal remains (relics) of the Great Buddha himself. 

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Later on, the general of the Maurya Empire, Pushyamitra Shunga, killed Brihadratha Maurya in 185 BCE establishing the Shunga Dynasty. It is said that during the battle, the stupa was destroyed only to be reconstructed later on by his son, Agnimitra.

And during the reign of the Shunga Dynasty, the expansion of the Stupa nearly doubled than its initial size. It is said that during this time, the dome of the stupa was constructed using the stone slabs which covered the primary stupa made out of bricks.

Major Attractions in and Around Sanchi Stupa 

1. Upper Lake. It is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions to visit while on your trip to Sanchi Stupa. It is considered to be one of the oldest human-made lakes in India. The locals also refer to it as the Bada Talab. It is known to serve around 30 million gallons of water to the people residing nearby.

2. Van Vihar. This is basically a National Park and a Zoological Space. Located nearby Upper Lake, it is a must-visit tourist spot for those who love nature. While visiting here, one can spot a great number of a wide variety of animals like leopards, bulbuls, wagtails and many others.

3. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters. Bhimbetka is one of the world’s most significant heritage sites. For any historical enthusiast, this place is simply unskippable. A visit to these caves will surely give a sneak-peek into the pre-historic era. According to data, it is believed that these caves were inhabited by humans more than 1,00,000 years ago. 

How to Reach Sanchi Stupa

The nearest airport is the Raja Bhoj Airport. After deboarding your flight, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation. 

If planning to travel via train, then you will need to deboard at the Sanchi Railway Station. And from there take a cab or a bus to reach your destination.

Depending on your location, you can also decide travelling here by well-maintained road networks. For this, you can consider travelling by bus or take your own vehicle.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here

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