Madhya Pradesh is an alluring destination for those who believe in Buddhism. And the reason is the Great Sanchi Stupa placed here. Every year thousands of travellers flock here to visit this much popular attraction that is known as country’s oldest stone structure. It is believed that when Buddhism was facing a decline in this region and Sanchi was vanishing from the world map, General Taylor, a British officer rediscovered Sanchi Stupa, giving it a whole new meaning.
Declared by UNESCO as the ‘World Heritage Site’ in 1989, this structure is a spectacular specimen of the architectural excellence. Great Stupa, Sanchi’s first stupa, was raised in 3rd century BC by Emperor Ashoka. The four delicately carved gateways of the stupa seem astonishing and make many jaws drop out of fascination. It is placed on a hill at a height of about 300 feet. The sight of this 71 feet tall stupa can be seen from far and wide.
After the older version of this stupa was destroyed before the middle of the 2nd century BC, a newer version was made which included some stunning additions including terrace with double flight of steps, stone encasing, ground stairways, a paved processional path, umbrella with railing, harmika balustrades, etc.
This grand historical representative still holds its majesty and never fails to impress pilgrims and architecture lovers.
By Air: 'Raja Bhoj' Airport, located in Bhopal, is the nearest airport to reach the Sanchi Stupa.
By Rail: The nearest railhead from Sanchi is also located in Bhopal, which is one of the two main Delhi-Mumbai railway lines and is a significant halt of the West Central Railways.
By Road: Travelling to Sanchi by road is very easy. Sanchi is situated around 46 km from Bhopal by road. Thus, one can take private care ride or avail cab or bus service.
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