Sanchi, located 10 km away from Vidisha, is a small village in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh. Renowned as one of the important pilgrimages of Buddhists, Sanchi is the location of several Buddhist monuments. The monuments at Sanchi date back to the period between 3rd and12th century. Built by Emperor Ashoka, the Stupas at Sanchi are the large hemispherical domes that comprise of a central chamber. Inside the central chambers of the stupas lie the relics of the Buddha.
These Stupas are designated as one of the heritage sites of the world by UNESCO. The Stupa is surrounded by toranas, each of which represents love, peace, trust and courage. Gateways of the Stupas are ornamented with the incidents from the life of the Buddha. The depictions also contained the sculptures from his previous incarnations as Bodhisattvas.