Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi

Monumental domes that rise out of the ground, once thought lost to the overgrown jungles of central India, are remnants of what used to be a flourishing cult of Buddhism under the Mauryan Empire. A calmness pervades this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you weave through the morning fog and get a closer look at complex, carved panels and statues. As one of the oldest stupas in the country, the place offers insight into eras past.