Situated at a distance of around 46 km from the Bhopal city, Sanchi is a very popular pilgrimage destination in Madhya Pradesh which is a home to a group of Buddhist monuments comprising palaces, temples, monasteries and monolithic which are counted amongst UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are a number of attractions in Sachi that dates back to 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Discovered in the year 1818, the construction of the Sanchi Stupa is amazingly designed and its glory can be experient through the Stupas and the elegant carvings on its frontage. The most interesting feature about the Sanchi Stupa is that Lord Buddha has been symbolically represented by footprints, wheels, thrones etc rather than by his own image. The lotus in stupa represents the people growth from the muck of materialism to the reality of life. Likewise, the female tree spirits in the gateways symbolizes the fertility.
As per the legend, the name 'Sanchi' was originated from the word 'Sanch' that means 'to measure'. Visiting this historical place will make you feel amazed as the Stupa is only one of its kinds. Not only this, you'll love to enjoy the fascinating views of many other small Stupas and temples, which are located in a serene green park on the hilltop. Other monuments in Sanchi like Ashoka Pillar, Archaeological Museum, Chetiyagiri Vihara, Buddhist monasteries, Gupta Temple and others should be missed during your visit to this historical place.
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Fairs and festivals are the spirit of India and every citizen of different states celebrate it in a different style. In the same way, one of the beautiful historical places of Madhya Pradesh called 'Sanchi' celebrates many festivals which flocks a plenty of tourists to this must see destination. The very popular is Chethiyagiri Vihara festivals, which is held in the end month of November. This fete celebrates the virtuousness of ancient associations of Buddha's two initial disciplines whose cadaver were found in Stupa 3 during 1853. Many devotees flock here to see the souvenirs of the two great disciples of the Sariputta, Buddha and Mahamogallena.
Sanchi has a plenty of hotels sprawled in different regions. You can find a range of luxury resorts, guesthouses and other budget hotels that are well equipped with all modern amenities.
Few popular lists of hotels in Sanchi include:
By Air: The nearest airdrome is Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal which is located at the distance of 56.3 km from Sanchi.
By Train: Sanchi Railway Station is the nearest railhead, which takes around 3 minutes to reach the city.
By Road: Sachi connects a number of cities by road in the state like Bhopal (46 Km), Vidisha ( 10 Km), Indore (232 km), and many more.
Best Time to Visit: October to march is the best time to visit Sanchi