Sanchi is an ancient town in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is a famous center of learning of the Buddhists in the ancient period. Sanchi is located at a distance of around 40 kms from Bhopal and 10 kms from Besnagar and Vidisha. It is a part of the Raisen District and is visited by hundreds of tourists and pilgrims from various parts of the country and the world.
Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh rose to its height during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. It was Ashoka who first commissioned the great Sanchi Stupa in the third century BC. The Sanchi Stupa is a grand structure and is surrounded by toranas which portray the greatness of love, peace, trust, and courage. It is made up of large hemispherical domes which contain a central chamber. Various relics of Lord Buddha are placed inside the main chamber. A railing with curved gateways is located around the stupa.
Like other parts of Madhya Pradesh, Sanchi experiences a tropical climate with warm summers and cool winters. The ideal time for making trips to Sanchi is between the months of October and March when the weather is pleasant with scanty rainfall.
The Sanchi Stupa is listed among the World Heritage sites. The stupa is an important specimen of the Buddhist School of Architecture from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. The stupa was enlarged in the Shunga period and was adorned with railings, staircase and a harmika. The entrance is carved with beautiful carvings which represent various Buddhist traits and features.
The easy accessibility of Stupa also draws plenty of travelers from various parts of the country and abroad. The town is well connected with the capital city of Bhopal and other important cities in Madhya Pradesh.
Easy lodging facilities are available in Sanchi. There is a wide range of hotels where tourists can enjoy pleasant lodging at reasonable rates.