Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh - A Trip to Ancient Buddhist Village

The fascinating trip to Bhimbhetka caves in Madhya Pradesh offered us most of the trip and we headed to the next destination in our list, which was Sanchi. It is one of those places in India that doesn’t need any introduction. It is regarded as one of the most significant locations in India because of its heritage and history.

The place is located about 52 km from the capital city of Bhopal, and it is all about Buddhism. The place has innumerable structures related to Buddhism like monasteries, pillars and structures. All of these amazing structures are as old as 3rd and 12th century and as a result the village of Sanchi is listed under the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.

The stupas in Sanchi were built by the Mauryan Emperor, Asoka. They were a tribute to Gautama Buddha. Of all the stupas erected in Sanchi, the Sanchi Stupa is the most impressive because of its carvings from a semi-circular rock. The stupa was built to contain the relics of Buddha. The place ever since has become an international hub of Buddhism. The chamber of the Sanchi Stupa is about 16.5 metres tall and about 36 metres in diameter. The architectural beauty of the Stupa completely reflects the love and historical relevance of that period for the development of Buddhism.

The Great Stupa at Sanchi

The Great Stupa at Sanchi | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org


Its eye-catching architecture will surely be a visual treat for everyone. The calm and peace that surrounds the Sanchi Stupa is beyond words. The place is truly filled with harmony and peace. As an Indian this place makes you proud of how different religions coexisted in India preaching love, peace and harmony to everyone. The place is also a living proof of the varied artworks by the monks and Buddhist pilgrims, who visit the place.

It was a beautiful trip to this amazing village, which is truly a heritage site. This had been the best part of our trip to Madhya Pradesh so far. We had clicked some amazing pictures of the Sanchi Stupa and other structures at Sanchi.

After the trip to Sanchi we visited another beautiful place in Khandwa, Indira Sagar Dam.

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