Sanchi is a tiny little village, but lies very handily on a main railway line. Even better than that, the train station had two or three rooms which it let out for 24hrs at a time (i don't know if they are still in operation), which appeared to be the only reasonable form of accommodation.
The great sight of Sanchi is the brick-built Buddhist stupa, or rather collection of stupas that tower above the countryside. The giant stupa is especially impressive. Although some ruins may go back much further, the main buildings come from the time of Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE. The familiar pillars talking about tolerance of religion are in evidence, as are several 'gateways' that are carved in stone. Interestingly, despite the fact that the Stupa was built to house some of the Buddha's relics, the Buddha himself is never depicted in human form here.
Due to the lack of tourists (or anybody really), I found the place to be quite 'uplifting'. Worth the stopover only if you have time on your hands, or happen to be on the Delhi-Bhopal train line.
The only reason to come here is this Stupa, so if not interested in religion/archeology/buddism there is no point to come all this far.I enjoyed the visit and I believe is well worth the long and uncomfortable trip with the van.The place is amazing ,the Stupa is unique and there are many other small stupas and temples around all located in a peaceful and green park on the top of a hill that enjoys a fantastic view.The only thing that bothered me was the stalker , a young indian that wanted to be a friend of us without saying a word but just following us from the van to the restaurant and up to the stupa and all the temples sitting next to us on a bench and walking all the way back to the van, a total of 7 hours stalking us and smiling happily as just Indians can do.By the way , we didn t introduce to each other at the end and I feel ashamed to say that but it was the second time I really lost my temper in India(if you are interested in the first just read varanasi tourist trap)
It takes a full day trip to Sanchi from Bhopal the nearest city. Bhopal is also another beautiful city and the state capital of Madhya Pradesh. Sanchi is devided in two parts and both place have a distance of more than 10 KMs. Many people only visit the main Stupa but miss the Sat Vahana caves. It depicts the original Hindu cultures, deitys.
Bhopal-vidisha rd, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India
Good for: Solo