Sanchi is a village located in Raisen district
, Madhya Pradesh
. It is a tranquil hill crowned by a group of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. Sanchi has the unique distinction of having specimens of almost all kinds of Buddhist architectural forms - stupas, chaityas, temples and monasteries - the finest examples of Buddhist creative art and sculpture in the country.
The Sanchi Stupa, the best known of all relics at Sanchi, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor
Ashoka. The Great Stupa No 1 here is considered the oldest stone structure in India. Stupas No 2 and 3 are also equally famous. The Archaeological Survey of India has a museum at Sanchi. The well-known lion capital of the Ashokan pillar and pre-historic metal objects used by monks are on display here.
The best period to visit the place is November to February. The nearest airport is
Bhopal, 46 km away. Bhopal, 46 km from here, has the nearest railhead. Vidisha is 10 km from Sanchi.