best time to visit madhya pradesh is winters because the scorching heat gives way to cool breeze of winters and encouragement to go out and explore the hidden jewels here. Inn my other article i have mentioned Tajulmasajid of bhopal a beautiful mosque which is one of worlds largest. Today we will explore 2000 year old legacy of great emperor asoka-the sanchi stupa
46 km from Bhopal, which is very well connected to the rest of India. Your own vehicle is not a must, as any buses going to Ashta from Bhopal can drop you within half a kilometre of the village. And everything, including the site and the lodging facilities, is within 1 square kilometre. Also, the Sanchi railway station is very close to the village.You can also reach by Vidisha station, a less known but located very near to Sanchi. However sanchi is best visited for a day while you can plan for a longer trip to bhopal the capital city of MP
Vidisha was the capital city of the ancient Malwa kingdom. Over the years, many Buddhist monuments were constructed within a 20 kilometre radius of Vidisha.
The emperor Asoka married a woman from Vidisha. He built for her the Caityagiri Vihara at Sanchi. Their son the arahant Mahinda set out from this place to convert Sri Lanka. Their daughter Sanghamitta set off from here with a sapling of the sacred Bo-tree from Bodhgaya, which was planted in Anuradhapura: the Sri Mahabodhi which is the oldest recorded tree in the world.
The Sanchi stupas date from the third century BC and are some of the best preserved historical monuments in India. There is no direct connection between Sanchi and the Buddha. The seventh century Chinese traveler Huen Tsang, who journeyed across India and wrote in detail about Buddhist monuments in India does not even mention Sanchi in his travelogues.
Yet, Sanchi is a must-see