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Travel to Sanchi


Sanchi Tourism



Sanchi travel takes one through the age of genesis and development of the Buddhist religion. With a vast expanse of Buddhist temples, chaityas, stupas and monasteries, the town reflects the proverbial Mauryan culture. Traveling to Sanchi will always be a lifetime experience for visitors who are planning to visit this place for the first time.

Sanchi is associated with the evolution and propagation of the Buddhist faith. This Buddhist pilgrimage site is located in the district of Raisen in Madhya Pradesh. It is located at a distance of 46 kilometers from the city of Bhopal. The cities of Indore and Vidisha are located at a distance of 232 and 10 kilometers respectively from Sanchi. An extensive network of roads connects Sanchi to Bhopal, Indore and Vidisha. The nearest airport is located in the city of Bhopal. Domestic flights to the cities of Delhi and Mumbai are available from Bhopal. The railway station at Sanchi falls along two important railway lines: Delhi-Chennai line and Delhi-Mumbai line.

A visit to the Stupas heads the itinerary list on a tour to Sanchi. The main Stupa was consecrated by the Mauryan king, Asoka during his reign. The Chunar sandstone pillar stands beside the Sanchi Stupa. The four gateways that stand beside the main Stupa were constructed in the 1st century by the rulers of the Satavahana dynasty. The path for circumambulation along Sanchi Stupa is enclosed by a railing, constructed in the latter half of the 2nd century during the reign of the Shungas. The Stupa is dedicated to Lord Buddha who is symbolically represented by wheels, footprints and thrones. The temples at Sanchi, built in the 5th and the 7th century, display exceptional architectural lavishness.

The best time to travel to Sanchi is during the months of November and December since the summer months are too hot in this part of Madhya Pradesh. Tourists planning to stay at Sanchi may book their rooms at Jehan Numa Palace Hotel, The Residency Hotel, Hotel Sambodhi International Sanchi or at Noor-us-Sabah hotel. All these Sanchi hotels offer excellent state-of-the-art facilities at extremely affordable prices. There are not many hotels in Sanchi and as a result many tourists stay at Bhopal which is quite close to Sanchi.

How to Reach Sanchi

A little away from Bhopal, Sanchi is an important Buddhist pilgrimage. The area has a rich history, which dates back to 3rd century BC.

With its complete combination of Stupas, Chaityas, Temples and Monastries, Sanchi, Sanchi draws a large number of Buddhist tourists from all over the world.

By Air

The nearest airport is Bhopal the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is an important domestic airport in central India, which is served by several airlines. Regular flights connect Bhopal to key Indian cities like: Delhi, Mumbai and so on.

By Road

Sanchi is located close to important cities in Madhya Pradesh. A good network of roads connects Sanchi to Bhopal (46kms), Vidisha (10kms), Indore (232kms).

By Train

The nearest Railhead from Sanchi is also located at Bhopal. A well-laid rail network links Bhopal to several Railway Stations in India. so you can reach Bhopal from any part of the country.

Shopping in Sanchi

The Buddhist pilgrimage site of Sanchi is a renowned destination in India. Lots of tourists who share interest in the origin and development of Buddhism in India find Sanchi a perfect destination.

But there is not much opportunity for shopping in Sanchi. In fact the little village that houses the remnants of ancient Stupas, Chaityas and Viharas, is not a typical shopping destination. Although the area draws a lot of tourists, very few go for shopping in Sanchi.

The nearest city from Sanchi is Bhopal, which is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh and a modern city. The region has a rich heritage of handicrafts that has earned worldwide renown.

The ace craftsmen of Bhopal weave some finest qualities of muslin, which are hot favorite with those who go for shopping in Bhopal. You may also choose to pick up the exquisite Zardozis, embroidered Indian garments, leather works and Jutis (shoes) while shopping in Bhopal.

There several numbers of shopping joints and bazaars in Bhopal that substitutes for the lack of shopping opportunity in Sanchi.

Some favorite shopping hotspots are the Chowk and the New market. There are numerous private shops as well as outlets of Mriganayani, the Government emporium.

Last Updated on : September 25, 2013