Masterpieces of Buddhist Art

Sanchi is known for stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. The most famous of these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka.

Carved with stories of the Buddha's past and present lives and with incidents from subsequent history of Buddhism, the gateways are the finest specimens of early classical art. The inscriptions on the gateways mention donors from all over India and special mention is made of the ivory workers of Vidisha who sculpted the stone with the precision of jewellers.


Great Stupas, The Four Gateways, The Ashoka Pillar, The Buddhist Vihara, The Great Bowl, The Gupta Temple

Udaigiri caves and the Lohangi hill monuments in vidisha are situated within a radius of 10 km from Sanchi and worth a visit.


By Air: Nearest Airport is Bhopal.

By Rail: Sanchi lies on the Jhansi-Itarsi section. Most Convenient railhead is Vidisha (10km)

By Road: Roads connect Sanchi with Bhopal, Indore, Sagar, Gwalior, Vidisha & Raisen.

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