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Sanchi

, Madhya Pradesh

(Sanchi is also spelled as Sachi)
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State: Madhya Pradesh
District: Raisen
Famous for/as: Historical
Languages: Hindi, English
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 24 to 48°C, Winter 9 to 36°C
Altitude: 427 m
Pincode: 464661
STD code: 07482
A quaint little village at the footsteps of a hill Sanchi in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh carries the genesis of Buddhism in India. A tiny hamlet with a rich culture, Sanchi is embellished by a series of monasteries, stupas, holy shrines and pillars dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. The glory of Sanchi, as a devout centre, can still be experienced in its composite formations where the rich carvings reflects various legendary beliefs and Buddhist myths.

Though Sanchi’s history hangs around the Buddhist monuments, it is amazing to believe that Lord Buddha never visited Sanchi during his lifetime. Nevertheless, in the soothing stillness of Sanchi one could perceive his presence more effectively than any of the other famous Buddhist centers.

Formerly known as Vidishagiri, Sanchi was a busy trading center and a hub of affluent merchants. Sanchi owed much to these mighty Merchants for their wholehearted patronage, which helps it to thrive as a leading center of Buddhist tradition.

Sanchi also unfurls a true love story that is nothing short of a fairy tale. Its about a beautiful girl by name Devi, a pious Buddhist. King Ashoka fell in love with this girl and it is believed that it was this girl who motivated the king to construct such marvelous monuments in Sanchi.
br> Sanchi’s fame set in to oblivion by the end of the 13th century and only in 1818 this renowned center of hinayana Buddhism was rediscovered. Despite the neglect for centuries, the architectural splendors of Sanchi still adorns the prime position and it offers the most redolent and eye-catching Buddhist site in India. Stupas and gateways of this world heritage site are the superb expressions of classiness in architecture. In fact these marvels of ancient Buddhist ethnicity herald a new arena in the field of temple architecture in India.

Apart from the religious and historical aspect, Sanchi tenders a delightful view of the adjoining landscapes. If religion is not your passion, you could move onto other options since Sanchi is a fine place to just chill out and rest, or travel around.
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History


Sanchi, the historical and pilgrim town in Madhya Pradesh is famous for its connection to Buddhism. Going back to the Sunga Period (2nd century BCE) the city was under the rule of Pusyamitra Sunga, who is believed to have destroyed the main stupa which was later rebuilt by his son Agnimitra. King Asoka, belonging to the Mauryan dynasty, built the giant stupa in the 3rd century.

The Satavahana Period lasted around 70 BCE and it was during this time that the gateways and the banister were built. The abundant amounts of stone carvings depicting the life of Buddha were also built during this age. Not much of the history is known from then onwards.

It was in the 12th century that the city saw the establishment of most of its temple. After the decline of Buddhism in India, most of the historical monuments of Sanchi dilapidated. The present town of Sanchi was brought back to glory by the British general Taylor, who discovered the site in 1818. Restoration of the site was commenced under the guidance of John Marshall in 1912 and was completed in 1919.

The site gained the momentum of being UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1989.

Travel within city


Sanchi is a very small village located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and traveling around Sanchi is not too tough. There are no modes of local transport within the village of Sanchi. Getting around on foot and hiring taxis from nearby cities are the main ways to get around.

On foot



The entire village lies on an expanse of just one kilometer, and all the major sites can be covered on foot. However this might be uncomfortable during the summer months, when the heat is intolerable.

Taxi



There are no local taxi operators and the only option is to hire taxis from nearby areas and use them for transport within the village. Non A/C taxis cost around Rs 7 per km. Driver charges and overnight charges may also apply.

Hotels


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