13. Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa, northeast of Bhopal, is one of India’s oldest Buddhist monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by Emperor Ashoka in 262 BC after he embraced Buddhism and nonviolence, following his particularly horrific invasion of Kalinga (present-day Odisha). The complex is made up of a number of other stupas, temples, monasteries, pillars and relics. There’s also an archeological museum. Sanchi can be visited on a day trip from Bhopal, but it’s worth staying in the area as it’s a convenient base for numerous other side trips.