Thursday, 24 January 2013

Historic Tourist Attractions: Sanchi Stupas


Historic Tourist Attractions: Sanchi Stupas
There are some historical structures that withstand the test of time and prove to be an inspiration for future generations. Great examples of such marvellous structures can be found in a place called Sanchi, which is located in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh in India. It has various Buddhist monuments dating back to 3rd century, BCE, which symbolize love, courage, peace and trust. The hill of Sanchi has around fifty monuments, including Stupas and temples, which have been included in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Stupa, which literally means 'heap', resembles a mound, and contains relics from the Buddhist period.

Prominent among the Sanchi Stupas is the 'Great Stupa', which was commissioned by one of India's greatest emperors, Ashoka. He had planned a religious centre in this region, and erected this wonderful structure along with several others across the country with an aim to spread Buddhism. During the Sunga period, this stupa was enlarged and embellished with balustrades and stones. Beautifully carved gateways were added to this great monument during the reign of Satavahanas in first century BCE. Tourists can also find a beautiful temple along with a stupa which was constructed during the Gupta period. All these structures were restored in the early twentieth century under supervision of Sir John Marshall, who was the Director-General of Archaeological Survey of India during 1902 to 1928. 

Visitors can have a truly amazing experience of being in one of the glorious periods in Indian history, when they walk the areas that were frequented by thousands of monks and nuns. These very places were sanctified by Mahendra, the son of Emperor Ashoka, who spread the message of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. An accommodation in Kanha resort would be of great advantage for tourists as they can visit Kanha National Park located nearby and several other tourist attractions including the Sanchi Stupas. They would enjoy their stay in the amazing state of Madhya Pradesh, which has almost all tourist attractions that many would like to visit. The glorious past of India that they witness during these tours would be one of their greatest travel experiences.