Sanchi India - visiting the Buddhist Monuments and Stupas.
Apart from looking at Sanchi's Buddhist Stupas you can also visit Udayagari Caves and then stop off at Vidisha Town if on a day trip from Bhopal.
About Sanchi World Heritage Site, India.
Located around 46kms north-east of Bhopal in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, the World Heritage Site at Sanchi features one of the oldest stone structures in India i.e. the Great Stupa and is an extremely important location for Buddhist pilgrims.
The complex at Sanchi was founded by the Emperor Ashoka who reigned between 269 and 232 B.C. - it is thought the complex was built because Ashoka's wife came from nearbye Bidisha. Stupas were originally simple Buddhist burial grounds and were so designed because when Buddha was asked to leave a symbol of his teachings he placed a piece of cloth on the ground, turned his begging bowl
upside down to create a dome and then placed his staff to make a spire. Over the centuries these stupas became larger and more elaborate often with beautiful carvings on their entry gates and walkways.
The entrance fee for non-Indians is a somewhat expensive 250 Rupees and the site is open from sunrise to sunset every day - there is a museum in the grounds and entry to this is included in the ticket price. There are toilets available on the site plus
you can get a drink and snack at the small cafe. Most of the immediate area around the stupas is well paved, has grass areas and flower beds and everything is quite
clean and tidy. Away from the Great Stupa there are paths which go round the ruins of various monasteries and temples - all that remains of these is mostly their low foundations.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
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