Sanchi Stupa is situated on the banks of Betwa River in Raisen district. It is at a distance of 46 km from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh state of India in the northeastern part. This place is world-famous for its attractive artworks. Sanchi Stupa was included in the World Heritage Site on 15 October 1982 by UNESCO.
History of Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa Bhopal was established in the 3rd century BC by the king Ashoka of the Maurya dynasty. The relics of Lord Buddha are kept at this place. Sanchi Nagar is situated on top of a hill and is surrounded by lush green gardens. Due to which the tourists coming here feel peace and joy. A lot of tourists are attracted to this place. The statues and monuments present at this place give you a good glimpse of Buddhist art and architectural art.
Sanchi Stupa is also known as Stupa number one. In Sanchi, the work of setting up the temple, Stupa and monuments was started in the 3rd century BCE on the orders of Emperor Ashoka and the entire construction work continued till 12th century AD. Ashoka Pillar, the insignia of India, was also built during this time. Sanchi was a trading place.
According to a version of the Mahavamsa of Sri Lanka's Buddhist period, Ashoka was associated with Sanchi province long back. When Ashoka was a successor and used to come as Viceroy. At the same time, he was stopped at Vidisha (10 km from Sanchi). During this time, he married the daughter of a local moneylender of the same name known as Devi. Later Ashoka and Devi received sons Mahendra and daughter Sanghamitra. Emperor Ashoka fought many wars during his life, but after the destruction and massacre in the Kalinga war, his heart changed and he embraced the Bodh religion. He sent his son Mahendra and daughter Sanghamitra to Sri Lanka to propagate Buddhism.
Places to visit near Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa has located 46 km from the Bhopal city and there are several famous tourist places where visitors should go which includes Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Van Vihar, Moti Masjid, Birla Mandir, Shaukat Mahal, Gohar Mahal, etc.
Sanchi Stupa Timings and Entry Fees:
Sanchi Stupa Timings:
6:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Sanchi Stupa Entry Fees:
INR 30 per person for Indian citizens as well as the residents of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Afghanistan, Thailand, Myanmar) and INR 500 for other foreign nationals for visiting Sanchi Stupa.