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Places to visit in Sanchi

When you travel to Sanchi, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Sanchi, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Sanchi to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Sanchi things to do can include exploring Sanchi attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Archeological Museum

This small museum run by the Archeological Survey of India is located at the base of the hill. The museum is home to artifacts which have been discovered and excavated over the course at and around the Great Stupa. There are also a few relics from the other towns in the vicinity. You must visit the museum to see the four lions from the Ashoka Pillar in Sanchi and other metallic objects, which once belonged to the monks in monasteries. The Museum is open everyday b

Sanchi Stupa

The great Stupa of Sanchi was commissioned by Indian Emperor Ashoka after his disillusionment from the wars and bloodshed in Kalinga. When “Ashoka the Great” embraced Buddhism, he decided to build a stupa to memorialize the earthly relics of Buddha. Emperor Ashoka laid the foundations of the great Stupa in 3 centuries BC, the construction was watched upon by his wife Devi. The original stupa was built with bricks; however, Ashoka’s successors add

Indira Lake Complex

The Sanchi Udyan is a very famous garden. It is ideal for picnics and to spend some quality time with nature. This lush green park should also feature in your itinerary. Another charming place in the nearby town Vidisha is the Indira Lake Complex. Vidisha is about 10 kilometers away from Sanchi and has this manmade lake. The lake is surrounded by manicured lawns and is a great place to unwind and enjoy with your family.

Gupta Temple

There are several old temples in Sanchi. The most noteworthy of them is the Temple 18 called the Gupta Temple, which was built to serve as a prayer hall or chaitya. The temple dates back to 7th century AD. Built like the old Greek columned structures, this majestic architecture still has remnants of earlier wooden buildings underneath it. The oldest of these temples is Temple 40, which was built in the period of Ashoka.


Quite a few of the sacred artifacts and bone relics of important Buddhist monks were taken away to England as personal trophies by Maisey & Cunningham. Afterwards, they were sold and displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum. On the request of a lot of Buddhists, the artifacts were later returned and some of them which are still in India have been displayed in Vihara, which means a ‘Resting Place’. The Museum is open only on the last Sunday of

Ashoka Pillar

Built around the same time as the great stupa, this Chunar sandstone pillar is in a fragmentary condition. The base is still erect at its original position; however, the upper part has been moved under a canopy. The Pillar has inscriptions from Ashoka Schism Edict and other inscriptions in Sankha script of Gupta Period. The Ashoka Pillars were crowned by animals, and this one was topped by four lions, which is quite similar to the one in Sarnath, which is topped b

Udaygiri Caves

The Udaygiri caves between Sanchi and Vidisha attract a lot of people, who come to watch the fabulous artistic sculptures of some of Lord Visnu’s avatars, Lord Ganesh and Durga. The rich history of this place would leave you awestruck and amazed. The place gives a valuable perspective of the Indian heritage and culture. The views around the area are beautiful.



Buddhist monasteries

Just like the temples, there are quite a few Buddhist monasteries around. Most of them, which were initially constructed with wood, have long perished and only their bits and pieces like courtyards and foundations remain. Monasteries 45 & 47 take a cue from the Hindu designs in architecture rather than the Buddhist. There are two statues of Buddha in Monastery 45, which are rather fine sculptures. 

Sanchi Udyan

A visit to Sanchi would be excellent for children who are old enough to understand the importance of history in our evolution or have a keen interest in archeology. The lush greenery around is perfect for having picnics. Children would also enjoy a visit to the Sanchi Udyan and Indira Lake Complex.


The Great Bowl

Towards the Stupa 2, behind a monastery is a massive monolithic bowl. Carved out of a single stone, this huge bowl was used in the old day to keep food and alms for the monks in the monastery. Despite, its time ravaged appearance, the stone bowl still looks magnificent.


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