The land of history, culture, stories and legends, Madhya Pradesh has it all. The second largest state of India is rich in its culture, tradition and history and the origins of the state can be traced back to 500,000 years back. There are various avenues to explore in Madhya Pradesh for every type of traveller, be it for art, history lovers or adventure seekers.
We start our 4 nights 5 days Bhopal Tour with Sanchi Stupa and Bhimbetka from the city of Bhopal. Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh which was founded back in 1707. Bhopal has so much to offer to a traveller looking to explore its soul, sights, and sounds. The historic areas perfectly amalgamate with the modern well-planned urban developments. There are two main lakes – the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake, which form the nucleus of the city.
The main highlight of the trip for sure is a visit to Sanchi Stupa, which is a Buddhist complex in the town of Sanchi. It is one of the oldest stone structures in India built during the Mauryan period and it also has a tag of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Shanti Stupa was commissioned by one of the greatest emperors of India, Ashoka, the instigator of the Maurya dynasty. The inception of Stupas was done to redistribute the mortal remains of Lord Buddha in the third century BC. This huge hemispherical dome is 54ft. high, which comprises a central chamber where the relics of Buddha have been placed.
Bhimbetka Caves is a really unique archaeological site of India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it has over 750 rock shelters which span over 10kms. According to findings, these shelters were inhabited over a 100,000 years ago and many rock paintings and artifacts have been found which support the theory. The name ‘Bhimbetka’ is derived from the historic tale of Mahabharata, and according to the legends it is said that Bhim, one of the Pandavas sat (‘baitha’ in Hindi) in this place during their exile, and thus, the place got its name ‘Bhimbetka’, the sitting place of Bhim.