Raisen District takes its name from Raisen town, which is named after a fort. This fort is built on a sandstone hill, at the foot of which settles the town. The name is probably a corruption of Rajavasini or Rajasayan, the royal residence.
The territory of the present-day Raisen district was once part of the Nizamat-A-Mashrif district of the Bhopalprincely state. After the Bhopal State of independent India came into being, Raisen was declared a separate district on 5 May 1950.
The Buddhist monuments at Sanchi, a UNESCO world heritage site, are located in Raisen district.Bhimbetka rock shelters, another UNESCO world heritage site, are also located in Raisen district. 
Raisen District has many tourism places like Sanchi:- World heritage, 46 km from Bhopal and 8 km from Vidisha, Bhojpur:- The Bjojpur temple houses the largest Shiva lingam in India, which is 5.5 m (18 ft) tall and 2.3 m (7.5 ft) in circumference and is crafted out a single rock.