Day 1 8th Apr 2012
08:00 P.M. : Reach Habibganj station near Bhopal. Catch a bus to M P Nagar
09:00 A.M. : Catch a bus to Bhopal main station. Change a bus to Sanchi
The Stupa no 1 was believed to have housed the remains of Buddha, however the remains were not found. The remains of Buddha’s principal disciples Sariputra and Mahamogallana were found in the Stupa no 3 which were taken by the British museum and later returned after Independence. A beautiful Srilankan Stupa near the Sanchi Stupa houses these remains and are opened for public on the day of Buddha Purnima.
04:00 P.M. : Catch a return bus to Bhopal.
The Udayagiri caves in Vidisha, 10 km from Sanchi, is another place nearby worth visiting. However locals advise against travel with the Rang panchami in a 2 days and the local tradition of celebrating the holi with mud extending up to the 5th day.
05:30 P.M. : Visit the Upper lake.
Bhopal is also known as a city of lakes. The MP Tourism has water sports and boat rides on the lake and is a splendid view from atop the water research centre.
Day 2 Bhimbetka
09:00 A.M. : Catch a bus to Obedullahgunj, 50 odd km from Bhopal
11:00 A.M. : Reach Obedullahgunj.
On Reaching, I Come to know that Bhimbetka is another 10 km from the place. Buses do not ply frequently on this route. Villagers travel by hitching rides in trucks. I hop on a truck myself.
11:30 A.M. : Get down 3 km off Bhimbetka
Bhimbetka is 3 km off the highway, of which 2 km are inside the Ratapani Tiger Reserve. I walk for 2 km then get a ride by a family visiting the Mata temple.
12:30 P.M. : Visit the Goddess temple near the caves. The original temple is believed to be 5000 years old, though what is seen today is a small ceramic tiled temple. A cave on the top is where the Pandavas were believed to have lived
From there I take a bus upto Mandideep and from there an auto to Bhojpur.
04:00 P.M. Reach the village of Bhojpur.
However, while the temple was still under construction, Bhoja was killed in a war. The temple was never completed. However, it is still a living temple and sees a large number of devotees.
06:00 P.M. : Take a tempo back to Mandideep
07:00 P.M. : Catch a bus back to the city of Bhopal08