Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

Situated in the north of Bhopal on a small hilltop, Sanchi hosts a number of Buddhist monuments in different states of conservation. Most of them date back to the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C and are some of the oldest Buddhist sites in India. Until the 12th century, it was a major Buddhist center in India and presently it is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary. Various edifices were raised at Sanchi and its surrounding hills during Sunga times. These monuments include the temple, Stupas, monolithic pillars, sculptures, and monasteries. And, the most important monuments in Sanchi is the Sanchi Stupa commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty in 3rd century BCE. Notably, the Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back to the early Mauryan period, Sanchi features a beautiful collection of about 50 examples of Buddhist art and culture. Interestingly, here Buddha is not represented in figures but in symbols which indicates a tradition followed in the early Buddhism, Hinayana. Sanchi has been protecting these beautiful architectural wonders, just the way these wonders have been safeguarding ancient history and art of the Mauryan period.

# Sanchi Stupa opening timings are from 6 am to 6 pm.
Additional Info:You can explore other places to visit in Bhopal like Birla Musuem, Gufa Mandir, Taj ul Masajid, Badi Jheel Lake. You should check the opening and closing timings before visiting these site.

# These Buddhist Monuments in Bhopal are located atop Sanchi Town in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh.
Additional Info:The exact address of Sanchi Stupa is NH-86, District Raisen, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh 464661. A few hotels near Sanchi Stupa are Sambodhi, Grand Ashok, Araam Bagh, Sri Ram Palace.

# The ticket price for Sanchi Stupa for Indians and foreigners is Rs 5. The entry fee for SAARC and BIMSTEC tourists is Rs 5 as well.
Additional Info:Among other things to do in Bhopal you can visit the Tribal Museum, shop at Chowk Bazaar, spend an evening at Sair Sapata - an entertainment complex on

the banks of Upper Lake.

# Book tickets online for Sanchi Stupa from Yatra.com where you can also easily book tickets online for other historical and heritage monuments and sites. Visit the website today to know the ticket prices of the museums and sites.


Did You Know?

* The Stupa is the oldest stone structure in the country and contains relics of Buddha.

* The Stupa holds a special significance for Buddhists around the world even though Buddha never visited the place.

About Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

Situated in the north of Bhopal on a small hilltop, Sanchi hosts a number of Buddhist monuments in different states of conservation. Most of them date back to the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C and are some of the oldest Buddhist sites in India. Until the 12th century, it was a major Buddhist center in India and presently it is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary. Various edifices were raised at Sanchi and its surrounding hills during Sunga times. These monuments include the temple, Stupas, monolithic pillars, sculptures, and monasteries. And, the most important monuments in Sanchi is the Sanchi Stupa commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty in 3rd century BCE. Notably, the Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back to the early Mauryan period, Sanchi features a beautiful collection of about 50 examples of Buddhist art and culture. Interestingly, here Buddha is not represented in figures but in symbols which indicates a tradition followed in the early Buddhism, Hinayana. Sanchi has been protecting these beautiful architectural wonders, just the way these wonders have been safeguarding ancient history and art of the Mauryan period.

# Sanchi Stupa opening timings are from 6 am to 6 pm.
Additional Info:You can explore other places to visit in Bhopal like Birla Musuem, Gufa Mandir, Taj ul Masajid, Badi Jheel Lake. You should check the opening and closing timings before visiting these site.

# These Buddhist Monuments in Bhopal are located atop Sanchi Town in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh.
Additional Info:The exact address of Sanchi Stupa is NH-86, District Raisen, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh 464661. A few hotels near Sanchi Stupa are Sambodhi, Grand Ashok, Araam Bagh, Sri Ram Palace.

# The ticket price for Sanchi Stupa for Indians and foreigners is Rs 5. The entry fee for SAARC and BIMSTEC tourists is Rs 5 as well.
Additional Info:Among other things to do in Bhopal you can visit the Tribal Museum, shop at Chowk Bazaar, spend an evening at Sair Sapata - an entertainment complex on

the banks of Upper Lake.

# Book tickets online for Sanchi Stupa from Yatra.com where you can also easily book tickets online for other historical and heritage monuments and sites. Visit the website today to know the ticket prices of the museums and sites.


Did You Know?

* The Stupa is the oldest stone structure in the country and contains relics of Buddha.

* The Stupa holds a special significance for Buddhists around the world even though Buddha never visited the place.

Outstanding Universal Value

Unique in India because of its age and quality, the group of Buddhist stupas, temples and monasteries at Sanchi (variously known as Kakanaya, Kakanava, Kakanadabota and Bota Sri Parvata in ancient times) is one of the oldest Buddhist sanctuaries in existence. These monuments record the genesis and efflorescence of Buddhist art and architecture over a period of 1,300 years from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century CE, thereby spanning almost the entire classical Buddhist period in India. Surprisingly, Sanchi was not hallowed by any incident in Buddha's life. The only early reference to Sanchi occurs in the chronicle of Sri Lanka, Mahavamsa and Dipavamsa (c. 3rd-4th century CE). Sanchi was discovered in 1818 after being abandoned for nearly 600 years, and gradually the archaeological site was explored, excavated and conserved.


The religious establishment at Sanchi was founded by the Mauryan Emperor, Asoka (c. 272-237 BC). Here, he built a Maha Stupa and erected a monolithic pillar and a monastery atop the hill at the insistence of his queen, who was from Vidisha, located 10 km from Sanchi. With its serene environment and seclusion, Sanchi ensured a proper atmosphere for meditation and fulfilled all the conditions required for an ideal Buddhist monastic life. Several edifices were raised at Sanchi and its surrounding hills during the Sunga times. The Asokan Stupa was enlarged and covered with stone veneering, and balustrades along with a staircase and harmika were added. The reconstruction of Temple 40 and the erection of Stupa 2 and Stupa 3 also appear to date to about the same period. In the 1st century BC, the Andhra-Satavahanas, who had extended their influence over eastern Malwa, created the elaborately carved gateways to Stupa 1. From the 2nd to 4th centuries CE, Sanchi and Vidisha were under the Kushanas and Kshatrapas and were subsequently passed on to the Guptas. A number of temples were built and sculptures added at Sanchi and Udayagiri, near Vidisha, during this period. Shrines and monasteries were also constructed at this site during the 7th and 10th centuries CE.


The rich decorative art associated with this architecture was also utilised on the toranas (gateways), where prodigious, lush carvings in bas-relief, high-relief and the round constitute a treasure trove of iconographic depictions. The theme of the decorative work centres on the former lives (Jataka) of Buddha and events from the life of the Master. The fresh and charming representation of plants, animals and human beings, the narrative quality of the stories and the creativity apparent in the sculpted capitals and cornices combine to make this site an unrivalled masterpiece of early Buddhist art as well as a milestone in the development of art that integrates indigenous and non-indigenous influences.

Monument Information

Address

Sanchi, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh- 464661

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Bhopal Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Bhopal Junction
  • Nearest Bus Station : Not Available

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Maximum: 39 °C, Minimum: 23 °C.

    Summer : Maximum: 41 °C, Minimum: 27 °C

    Winter : Maximum: 23°C, Minimum: 10 °C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (November to April)

Facilities available At the Monument

Contact Details

  • Shri Zulfeqar Ali
  • Phone: 0755-2558250/2558270
  • E-mail: circlebhopal.asi@gov.in

Museums near monument

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 600
₹ 600 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax