NEED TO KNOW
LOCATION Sanchi is 435 miles (700 km) south of Delhi, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh
DATE OF CONSTRUCTION
3rd–1st centuries BC, and 5th century AD
DAYTIME TEMPERATURES Jan: 66°F
(19°C); Apr: 88°F (31°C); Jul: 79°F (26°C); Oct: 73°F (23°C)
Sanchi is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the Indian subcontinent. Its centerpiece is the Great Stupa, a huge hemisphere crowned with a stone umbrella. It encases a smaller stupa built by the Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC to shelter the relics of Buddha. The present stupa is encircled by stone balustrades, beautifully carved with human and mythological figures, flowers, and animals. Four elaborate gateways, one facing each entrance, were added in the 1st century BC.
Depicting scenes from Buddha’s life, they are among the finest carvings of their kind in India.
Getting There and Around Fly to Delhi or Mumbai, and continue to Bhopal by train or air. From Bhopal there are regular bus and train services to Sanchi, which lies 28 miles (46 km) to the east.
When to Go Visiting between October and March avoids the humid summer as well as the monsoon season.