Sanchi

Sanchi, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, was built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the then governor of Ujjaini. His daughter and son, Sanghamitra and Mahindra respectively, were sent to Sri Lanka where they converted the king, queen and the local people to Buddhism.

The massive stupa at Sanchi with its intricately carved toranas (gateways) is noted to be a complete example of the early Buddhist stupa architecture in its extant form. Buddhist site in Sanchi is one of the world heritage sites at Unesco. Bhopal is the nearest airport to Sanchi (46 kms) and is well connected by rail and road with rest of the country.

Sanchi is quite famous for its Stupas, had many a name in the historical times, such as Kakanaya, Kakanava, Kakanadabota etc. The stupas in the place are simple irresistible and showcases the history of Buddhism in India, in a simple yet convincing manner. There is some Stupa built by Ashoka, which are special attractions of this place.
How to reach
Air - Bhopal is the nearest airport at a distance of 46 km.

Rail - Nearest railhead is at Vidisha, 10 km from Sanchi.

Road - Sanchi is well connected to Bhopal, Vidisha and Indore through well laid road network.

Excursion
Vidisha - Just 10 km from Sanchi this place showcases one of the most attractive landscapes around Sanchi. The Heliodoro's Pillar is amust visit, built in 5 AD, it commemorated with the conversion of Taxsila into Hinduism. A museum is also in the city that houses some important artifacts.

Wher to stay
One can stay at either Aurangabad or Bhopal