Sanchi Stupas & Udaygiri Caves Private Day Tour from Bhopal
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Product Code : AGORA287
Explore the rich history and heritage of India with our "Sanchi Stupas & Udaygiri Caves Private Day Tour from Bhopal." Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sanchi with its ancient Buddhist stupas, intricate carvings, and fascinating gateways. Delve into the fascinating Udaygiri Caves, showcasing remarkable rock-cut architecture and sculptures of Hindu deities. You'll also visit the historic town of Vidisha, the intriguing Udayagiri Fort, and the ancient Heliodorus Pillar, dating back to the 2nd century BCE. Let our expert guide accompany you through this captivating journey into India's ancient past.
9:00 AM - Pick Up in Bhopal: Your tour begins as our expert guide greets you at your hotel in Bhopal. You'll travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
10:00 AM - Sanchi Stupas (UNESCO World Heritage Site): Your first stop is the renowned Sanchi Stupas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you'll explore ancient Buddhist structures, including stupas, intricately carved gateways, and pillars. The Great Stupa, believed to date back to the 3rd century BCE, is a standout attraction. Admire the intricate carvings and sculptures that narrate Buddha's life while your guide provides insights into the history and significance of Buddhism in India.
12:00 PM - Lunch in Sanchi: Savor a delectable lunch at a local restaurant in Sanchi, where you can indulge in authentic Madhya Pradesh cuisine.
1:00 PM - Udaygiri Caves: After lunch, proceed to the Udaygiri Caves, an archaeological site housing a collection of rock-cut caves and shrines. These caves showcase stunning rock-cut architecture adorned with intricate carvings depicting Hindu deities. Regarded as some of India's finest examples of rock-cut architecture, the caves offer a captivating glimpse into the region's religious and cultural traditions.
3:00 PM - Vidisha: Drive to Vidisha, an ancient city once pivotal for trade and culture. Visit the Vidisha Museum, which boasts archaeological remains and artifacts from the region. The museum presents exhibitions on local history and culture, including showcases of ancient trade routes, coinage, and the early Buddhist heritage of the area. Gain insights into the various dynasties that ruled the region and witness artifacts dating as far back as the 2nd century BCE.
4:00 PM - Udayagiri Fort: Explore the Udayagiri Fort's impressive hill fortress, dating back to the Gupta period. Admire the intricate carvings and inscriptions etched into the ancient stone walls. The fort consists of a series of stone walls, ramparts, gateways, and inscriptions. Your expert guide will provide historical context as you explore the ruins and learn about the region's history.
5:00 PM - Heliodorus Pillar: Pay a visit to the nearby Heliodorus Pillar, an ancient monument dating back to the 2nd century BCE. This unique stone column features inscriptions in both Sanskrit and Greek and is considered one of India's oldest surviving stone inscriptions. The inscriptions recount the story of Heliodorus, a Greek ambassador who journeyed to India and became a devotee of the god Vasudeva. Gain insight into the early cultural and religious exchanges between India and Greece and appreciate the intricate carvings on the pillar.
6:00 PM - Return to Bhopal: Your enriching day concludes as you head back to your hotel in Bhopal, with our guide ensuring your safe return.
Private AC car/van for pick up and drop off from/to your hotel.
English speaking local guide, if option selected.
Entrance fees to monuments, if option selected.
Lunch, if option selected.
Bottled water in the car.
Camera charges at monuments.
Gratuities and optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.