Sanchi Stupa deserves a significant amount of time so you can appreciate how this place brings to life the vision of a realm where peace,well being, good deed and thought guided a monarch to better things, better life .

Walking to the site, one sees the large dome shaped stupa, apparently built over the relics of Buddha, by the Emperor Ashoka.  The construction of this stupa, the parasolshaped chatra honouring the Enlightened One, dates back to the 3rd and 12thcentury BC. The smaller stupas and thedecorated gateways on the four sideso the grand stupa, seem to have beenconstructed later.

The carvings on the stone gateways, so intricate as to lookas if wrought in wood, depict scenes from the Buddhas life, his image rarely seen but depicted as a horse, an elephant, people from his life, the lessons he learnt , to comprehend his message of peace.

Also of interest, as one walks around the gardens are the huge limestone pillar, supporting the lion capital, later moved to the museum, temples and monasteries, with the basic artitecture intact, and signs of  archeological work in progress.  Representatives of the Archeological Society of India,dedicated to rebuilding the stupa to its previous were at hand to explain the work going on, the progress of work and the past history, embelishing their accounts with anecdotes of their experiences on the job.

The road to and from the historical site, as well as itsrail acess are kept neat and clean and the Govt of MP has accomodation nearby, a fitting treat for the weary heritage seeker at the end of the days trek around the Stupa site.