UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Mahastupa’ (Great stupa) stands here
Home to the Gupta temple, one of the earliest examples of temple architecture
Displays Gupta art through Udaygiri caves that were built in 5th century
Houses 4 gateways that showcase Buddha’s life through intricate carvings
The lion capital of Ashokan pillar can be found at the archeological museum
The builder and
The town of Sanchi is synonymous with Buddhist Stupas - hemispherical structures typically containing relics of the Buddha or his followers. The Stupas of Sanchi were constructed on the orders of Emperor Ashoka to preserve and spread the Buddhist philosophy. Sanchi has been protecting these beautiful and sacred architectural wonders, just the way these wonders have been safeguarding ancient history and art of the Mauryan period.
The numerous stupas, temples, monasteries and an Ashokan pillar have been the focus of interest and awe for global audiences as well. In fact, UNESCO has given the status of 'World Heritage Site' to the Mahastupa.
A visit to Sanchi will bring alive the awe you felt as a child as you listened to the tales of Ashoka.
Where incredible facts, legends and stories come to life
The builder and the restorer
Emperor Ashoka built the great stupa at Sanchi and made it popular in the 3rd century BC. Many centuries later, it took a British officer to rediscover the neglected monuments and a British archeologist to bring them back to their present glory.read
The architecture of enlightenment
The Sanchi Stupa is more than a hemispherical structure preserving relics of Buddhist teachers and Buddhism. It shows the journey to enlightenment.read
The facilities and services provided by Gateway Retreat ensure a pleasant stay for guests. The hotel provides restaurant, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service, car park, safety deposit boxes to ensure a comfortable stay for guests. It also offers top-class recreational facilities such as outdoor pool and gym.
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How to get here?
Reaching by Air
Nearest airport is in Bhopal city, the Raja Bhoj airport. Sanchi is 55 km north-east of Bhopal airport, which is well-connected with other airports like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Raipur and Delhi.
Reaching by Rail
The nearest railhead is Bhopal, which is also an important junction of the West Central Railways. It is also the terminus of the Shatabdi Express, which shuttles daily between Delhi and Bhopal. Various express trains ply between Bhopal and cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Gwalior, Jhansi and Ujjain. One can reach Bhopal by train and avail a bus / car from there for Sanchi.
Reaching by Road
Sanchi is at a convenient distance from places like Bhopal (46 km), Vidisha (10 km) and Indore (232 km). Various tour operators provide private taxis and cabs.