About venue, Vidisha
The Institute is located in Vidisha, the heartland of Madhya Pradesh, just 54 km by rail from the state capital Bhopal towards north on the Chennai - Delhi, Mumbai - Delhi main lines with most of the trains having a stoppage at this place. The town, a district head quarter is also otherwise well connected by roads to other important cities and towns of the State. Nearest airport is located at Bhopal.
A town of great antiquity and immense historical and archaeological importance, it is strewn with several famous monuments in its immediate vicinity, such as the stupas of Sanchi, the Udaigiri Caves, the Udayeshwar temple in Udaipur village, the Mala Devi temple in Gyaraspur and the Heliodorous Pillar and Vijayamandir on the outskirts of the town of Vidisha.
The Institute was named after Emperor Ashoka, the Great, who was Governor of Emperor Chandragupta Maurya in Ujjain and Vidisha (formerly known as BHELSA) and married to Devi daughter of a business man of Vidisha. They had a son Prince Mahendra and a daughter Princess Sanghamitra, who later went to Ceylon as emissaries of Buddhism.
Options to reach venue:
Nearest airport is in Bhopal city, the Raja Bhoj airport. Vidisha is 65 km north-east of Bhopal airport, which is well-connected with other airports like Murnbai, Ahmedabad,
The nearest railhead is Bhopal, which is also an important junction of the West Central Railways. It is also the terminus of the Shatabdi Express, which shuttles daily between Delhi and Bhopal.
Vidisha is at a convenient distance from places like Bhopal (55 km), Sanchi (10 km) and Indore (240 km). Various tour operators provide private taxis and cabs.