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Sanchi is a tiny village which lies in the Raisen district in Madhya Pradesh. The place is well-known for its monuments and Buddhist stupas. Sanchi is positioned at the footsteps of a mound and is renowned for a number of Buddhist monuments. Sanchi tourism offers various stupas, holy shrines, monasteries and pillars that are in this place from the third century BC to the twelfth century AD. The monuments of Sanchi have carvings that depict the culture and Buddhist myths of the place. The most noteworthy of the structures is the Great Stupa (stupa no.1), discovered in 1818. It was probably begun by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in the mid-3rd century bce and later enlarged. Solid throughout, it is enclosed by a massive stone railing pierced by four gateways, which are adorned with elaborate carvings (known as Sanchi sculpture) depicting the life of the Buddha, legends of his previous births, and other scenes important to early Buddhism (notably Ashoka’s visit to the Bo tree in Bodh Gaya).
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Vidisha

Vidisha or Besnagar as it is called in the Pali scriptures, once the prosperous capital of the western dominions of the Sungas, contains some remarkable antiquities that throw light on the considerable architectural development of the period. Situated in the fork of the Betwa and Bes rivers, Vidisha, 10 km from Sanchi, occupies an important place amongst the ancient cities in India. In the 6th and 5th centuries BC, it rose to become an important trade centre and a bustling city under the Sungas, Nagas, Satvahanas and Guptas. The Emperor Ashoka was governor of Vidisha, and it finds mention in Kalidasa's immortal Meghdoot.Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh extends between Latitude 230 21' and 240 22' North and Longitude 770 15' 30" and 780 18' East. The District is situated in Eastern part of the fertile Malwa Region. The Tropic of Cancer passes through the Southern stretch of the District about 2 km South of the District Head Quarters.

The Heliodoros Pillar is basically one big pillar in a locality now surrounded by a congested settlement. But it is a very confusing albeit interesting structure. Since the Bactrian Greeks were mostly limited to whatever is now Af-Pak, one doesn’t really expect such a thing this deep into the Indian heartland. It was gifted by a Greek ambassador to the local King. There were some strange inscriptions on the pillar and so it was all “Greek” to me anyways.

Vidisha Museum

It is a small museum with striking exhibits, some displayed in the garden. They testify to the continual cultural wealth of the area, even after the great town relocated.

Like from the 9th-10th century is a Bhairavnath the Hunter with his dog. From the same century comes a panel of Tirthankers. A century later, the artists of this affluent place created a superb reclining Vishnu, Brahmanical god of Preservation, lying on the coils of the great serpertSheshshayi said to represent the power of the ocean. There are also a number of other striking sculptures testifying to the unbroken artistic activity of the Vidisha region and, by inference, to its virtually unbroken prosperity. Artists survive on the support of wealthy patrons.

Udayagiri Caves

Udayagiri Caves are a group of rock - cut cave sanctuaries, carved into a sandstone hill that stands, sentinel like, on the horizon. Situated in Sunpura and Udaygiri villages of Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh, these are the finest example of classical gupta arts. Literarily means hill of sunrise, Udayagiri was mentioned as Kumari Parvat in Hathigumpha inscription.

An inscription in one of these, states that it were carved during the reign of Changragupta II (382 -401AD), thus it is estimated that these were carved during 4th to 5th A.D. The caves represents all the distinctive features of Classical Gupta art - its simplicity of expression, the beautifully moulded capitals, the treatment of the intercolumniation, the design of the entranceway and the system of continuing the architrave as a string course round the structure, religious virtuosity etc. There are about twenty rock cut caves carved into an outcrop of sandstone and most are just niches however some form columned temples. These caves have been numbered according to the sequence in which they were excavated. In Caves four, six and nineteen, one can observe that the shrines become larger and more ornate and cells appear more spacious. Cave 1, which has a frontage adapted out of a natural ledge of rock, thus forming both the roof of the cella and its portico. The row of four pillars bear the vase and foliage pattern. Characterised by richly carved facades and doorways, the shrines are progressively more spacious and more ornate.

Dates back to early 5th century, Cave no 5 depicts Vishnu in a massive carving depicts Vishnu as Varaha (Boar) incarnation. It is also called as Varha Gupha. The sculpture is holding the earth goddess Prithvi aloft upon one tusk. Yet another large sculpture is of the reclining Vishnu. Rows of Sages, divinities and two male musicians can be seen at the back and on the sides of the panels, images of river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna with figures of attendants. It is claim that these scenes represents the unification of northern India by the Guptas.

Udaipur

Udaipur offers numerous tourist attractions to gratify the thirst of tourists. Places of interest could be different for different persons and keeping this fact in mind, we have tried to provide you information regarding the best tourist attractions of Udaipur. The imperial city of Udaipur boasts of picturesque lakes, massive forts, beautiful palaces, art museums, well-laid gardens, architectural temples, colorful fairs and festivals. Anything from these places could be your place of interest. You will definitely be mesmerized by the scenic beauty of the large lakes that form a picture-perfect background of Udaipur city.

The beautiful palaces of the city depict the lavish lifestyle of the ancient rulers. The temples of Udaipur are known for their striking architecture and impressive structures. If you are tired, then the gardens of Udaipur would definitely help you to lighten up with their refreshing appeal. The massive forts reveal the stories of the glorious part and their solid foundation is worth mentioning. Apart from these, the city has one of the best solar observatories of the World. This could be another destination that might be a travel attraction for you.

Gyaraspur

Gyaraspur was a place of considerable importance in the medieval period. Here in the ruins called Athkhamba (Eight Pillars) and Chaukhambe (Four Pillars) are what remain of the columned halls of two temples belonging to the 9th and 10th centuries AD. The faceted shafts of Athakhambe, with their extreme delicacy of carving, testify to the high degree of craftsmanship during the period. Other monuments of note at Gyaraspur are of the early 10th century: Bajra Math and the Mala Devi Temple, the latter distinguished by its carved pillars with foliate motifs, representative of the richest post-Gupta style.

 
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