Welcome to Sanchi


In 262 BC, repentant of the horrors he had inflicted on Kalinga (Odisha), the Mauryan emperor Ashoka embraced Buddhism. As a penance he built the Great Stupa at Sanchi, a domed edifice to house religious relics, near the home town (Vidisha) of his wife Devi. Sanchi became an important Buddhist monastic centre and over the following centuries further stupas and other monuments were added. After about the 13th century it was abandoned and forgotten, until rediscovered in 1818 by a British army officer.

Today, the remarkably preserved Great Stupa is the centrepiece of Sanchi’s World Heritage–listed Buddhist monuments.

Although you can visit Sanchi in a day trip from Bhopal (46km southwest), the village is a relaxing spot to spend the night, and a number of side trips can be taken from here.


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$69 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Sanchi Stupa & Vidisha from Bhopal

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the 1.5 hour drive to the village of Sanchi.Located in Sanchi is the Great Stupa that was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. Legend has it that Emperor Ashoka after his bloody conquest of India was repentant of his deeds and took solace in Buddhism. He built several Stupas across India to preserve and spread the Buddhist faith. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stupa in Sanchi is one of the best preserved Stupas in India.The Stupa is in the shape of a large hemispherical dome that is 54 feet high. It has a central chamber where the relics of Lord Buddha are kept. It is surrounded by four ornamental gateways that open up to the four directions. A sandstone pillar is also found on the grounds of the Stupa. It has the edict of Emperor Ashoka engraved upon it in the ancient Brahmi script.Next visit the town of Vidisha, a 15 minutes drive from Sanchi. The town is situated on the banks of the River Betwa and was the birthplace of the first wife of Emperor Ashoka. Emperor Ashoka was the legislative leader of Vidisha during his father's lifetime. The Hindu God, Lord Rama is believed to have come here. His foot impressions are still preserved on the banks of the River Betwa at a site called "Charan Teerth".At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$108 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip To Sanchi Stupa & Vidisha From Bhopal With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the 1.5 hour drive to the village of Sanchi.Located in Sanchi is the Great Stupa that was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. Legend has it that Emperor Ashoka after his bloody conquest of India was repentant of his deeds and took solace in Buddhism. He built several Stupas across India to preserve and spread the Buddhist faith. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stupa in Sanchi is one of the best preserved Stupas in India.The Stupa is in the shape of a large hemispherical dome that is 54 feet high. It has a central chamber where the relics of Lord Buddha are kept. It is surrounded by four ornamental gateways that open up to the four directions. A sandstone pillar is also found on the grounds of the Stupa. It has the edict of Emperor Ashoka engraved upon it in the ancient Brahmi script.Next visit the town of Vidisha, a 15 minutes drive from Sanchi. The town is situated on the banks of the River Betwa and was the birthplace of the first wife of Emperor Ashoka. Emperor Ashoka was the legislative leader of Vidisha during his father's lifetime. The Hindu God, Lord Rama is believed to have come here. His foot impressions are still preserved on the banks of the River Betwa at a site called "Charan Teerth".Your tour will include lunch at a local restaurant (beverage excluded).At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$143 Cultural & Theme Tours

Excursion To Sanchi Stupa And Udayeshwara Temple From Bhopal With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in Bhopal and driven to the town of Sanchi in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.Visit the Great Stupa here, a large hemispherical structure that contains the relics of the Buddha. The Stupa was commissioned in the 3rd century B.C. by Emperor Ashoka who was dismayed at the huge loss of life in his military campaigns and took solace in Buddhism. The Stupa was built to preserve and spread the Buddhist philosophy. The huge hemispherical dome of the Stupa is 54 feet high and is surrounded by a stone balustrade. Four ornamental gateways facing the four directions of the universe lead to the central dome. A large sandstone pillar stands on the grounds of the complex. The edict of Emperor Ashoka is engraved on it in the ancient Brahmi script.After the visit to the Stupa, stop for lunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant.Next visit the nearby Udayeshwara temple. This 11th century temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The temple is built of sandstone and is enclosed with a dwarf compound wall, the outer face of which is richly carved. Beautiful carvings can also be seen on the main platform of the temple. Two inscriptions engraved on the temple record the construction of temple during the reign of the Paramara King Udayaditya, between 1059 to 1080 A.D. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$109 Cultural & Theme Tours

Excursion To Sanchi Stupa And Udayeshwara Temple From Bhopal

You will be picked up from your hotel in Bhopal and driven to the town of Sanchi in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.Visit the Great Stupa here, a large hemispherical structure that contains the relics of the Buddha. The Stupa was commissioned in the 3rd century B.C. by Emperor Ashoka who was dismayed at the huge loss of life in his military campaigns and took solace in Buddhism. The Stupa was built to preserve and spread the Buddhist philosophy. The huge hemispherical dome of the Stupa is 54 feet high and is surrounded by a stone balustrade. Four ornamental gateways facing the four directions of the universe lead to the central dome. A large sandstone pillar stands on the grounds of the complex. The edict of Emperor Ashoka is engraved on it in the ancient Brahmi script.After the visit to the Stupa, stop for lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.Next visit the nearby Udayeshwara temple. This 11th century temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The temple is built of sandstone and is enclosed with a dwarf compound wall, the outer face of which is richly carved. Beautiful carvings can also be seen on the main platform of the temple. Two inscriptions engraved on the temple record the construction of temple during the reign of the Paramara King Udayaditya, between 1059 to 1080 A.D. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$127 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Full-Day Tour Of Sanchi And Udayagiri From Bhopal With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in Bhopal for the one hour drive to Sanchi that is located at a distance of 30 miles from Bhopal.Located in Sanchi is the Great Stupa that was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. Legend has it that Emperor Ashoka after his bloody conquest of India was repentant of his deeds and took solace in Buddhism. He built several Stupas across India to preserve and spread the Buddhist faith. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stupa in Sanchi is one of the best preserved Stupas in India.The Stupa is in the shape of a large hemispherical dome that is 54 feet high. It has a central chamber where the relics of Lord Buddha are kept. It is surrounded by four ornamental gateways that open up to the four directions. A sandstone pillar is also found on the grounds of the Stupa. It has the edict of Emperor Ashoka engraved upon it in the ancient Brahmi script.Next take lunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant.After lunch you will be driven to Udayagiri caves. Of the 20 caves there, one is a Jain cave with the oldest known Jain inscription dating back to the 4th century A.D. The other caves bear Hindu inscriptions and have Hindu Gods carved on the walls.At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$93 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Full-Day Tour Of Sanchi And Udayagiri From Bhopal

You will be picked up from your hotel in Bhopal for the one hour drive to Sanchi that is located at a distance of 30 miles from Bhopal.Located in Sanchi is the Great Stupa that was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. Legend has it that Emperor Ashoka after his bloody conquest of India was repentant of his deeds and took solace in Buddhism. He built several Stupas across India to preserve and spread the Buddhist faith. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stupa in Sanchi is one of the best preserved Stupas in India.The Stupa is in the shape of a large hemispherical dome that is 54 feet high. It has a central chamber where the relics of Lord Buddha are kept. It is surrounded by four ornamental gateways that open up to the four directions. A sandstone pillar is also found on the grounds of the Stupa. It has the edict of Emperor Ashoka engraved upon it in the ancient Brahmi script.Next take lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.After lunch you will be driven to Udayagiri caves. Of the 20 caves there, one is a Jain cave with the oldest known Jain inscription dating back to the 4th century A.D. The other caves bear Hindu inscriptions and have Hindu Gods carved on the walls.At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.