Shivpuri is a medium sized town at Northern part of Madhya Pradesh state in Central India. It is close to Gwalior city in Madhya Pradesh. It is an ancient town and sacred place for Hindus in India. In past it is known by the name of “Sipri“. It current name “Shivpuri” is derived from hindu god Lord Shiva. Simple meaning of “Shivpuri” is “City of Lord Shiva“. If we go by history of this town, its reference came in Mughal era when Mughal emperors use to visit dense forest of Shivpuri for hunting & camping. In year 1564, mighty mughal emperor Akbar captured herds of elephants for his stables and usage at his capital. Later it became part of Marathas and became part of Scindia dynasty of Gwalior State. Its importance raised when it came under Scindia dynasty and most of the historical monuments that we see today here are made by Scindia rulers.
The city named after Lord Shiva, served as the haven of Kachhawaha Rajputs upto 1804 and later it was taken over by the Scindias. It also holds significance to the pre-Independence times because it is here that the great freedom fighter Tatya Tope was hanged to death.
Places to Visit
The Madhav National Park is Spread over an area of 157 sq km in the district of Shivpuri,. It is one of the major wildlife parks, there is.
Blessed with perennial carpeting of the conifers and the squeaky cleanliness in air, this park boasts of some of the most exquisite species like the little Chinkara, the Indian gazelle, and the Chital, Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha or four-horned Antelope, Blackbuck, Sloth Bear, Leopard and the omnipresent common Langur. In terms of aves, this park is host to species like the white-breasted kingfisher, pond heron, purple–sunbird and painted stork. It was a famous hunting spot for the Gwalior royal family as well as the British. The Madhav National Park emanates pristine beauty during the summer months and is surrounded by verdant environs from all the sides, thus becoming an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts.
Set in a formal Mughal garden and constructed under the rule of the Scindias, the Chhatri is one of the famous monuments that shows a fine mixture of both Mughal as well as Hindu culture.
The Hindu-Islamic fusion is so much that there is a Mughal garden in the backyard that has the royal tombs of the Scindias. These tombs are surrounded by huge trees, green orchards and verdant bushes reflecting the Mughal texture of architecture.
Bhadaiya Kund is a natural spring, known for high mineral content. Several tourists visit this picnic spot near Shivpuri, especially during the monsoon season. You can enjoy the falling of water on the steps built, with no problem of falling, or slipping and hurting yourself, And can enjoy, the breathtaking view, the surroundings has to offer.
The Madhav Vilas Palace is just that run-of-the-mill yet immensely sophisticated edifice that every ruler once built during his reign to show his wealth and used to boast about it with all the pomp and show they could muster.
Brushed in a soft tinge of rose pink, this lavish residence served as the summer palace of the Scindias. It is yet another magnificent example of the display of a majestic style of architecture. The Palace now serves as a training centre for the Intelligence Bureau of Government of India.
Panihar is considered to be a holy bathing place in the district of Shivpuri, situated at a distance of around 20 km from Gwalior. It is regarded that once you take a dip here, you are washed off of all your sins and wrongdoings, in easy words, A wild card to the heaven, Which is as enticing in hearing as It is in its picturesque.
Banganga is an old temple in Shivpuri, which is renowned for its 52 holy kunds. Legend has it that this is exactly the place where Arjuna, shot an arrow in the ground to get water for quenching the thirst of Bhishma, when he was on his death bed, which is why it has earned the name Ban(Arrow) Ganga(holiest water body in India).
The most appropriate place for a bird lover in Shivpuri is the Karera Bird Sanctuary, situated about 55 km from the city of Shivpuri.
It hosts a lot of species of birds every year, both migrating birds and the ones who have Shivpuri as their natural habitat. The Karera Bird Sanctuary is host to the spectacular Indian bustard. The sanctuary also boasts of birds like spoonbill, heron, Indian robin, teal, pintail, egret and black-bellied river tern and is believed to host a massive 245 species of birds out here. That is not it, the Karera Bird Sanctuary, is apparently home to animals like tiger, leopard, elephant, monkey and wild cat also. The blackbuck and Indian gazelle are two of the rarest animals living in the Karera Bird Sanctuary.
The Madhav National Park is flanked by the Sakhya Sagar Lake. It was created back in the 1920s on the Manier River in the district of Shivpuri. One can find a large number of reptiles, marsh crocodiles, Indian Pythons and Monitor Lizards in it.
This conglomeration of the Sathya Sagar Lake and the Madhav National Park helps maintain an environmental stability in the area. A boat club thrives on this lake which gives you a ride through the resplendent water body.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
The province of Madhya Pradesh is the milieu of fairs and festivals, which also becomes its style mantra. In other words, culture of Madhya Pradesh is nurtured due to exquisite festival celebrations. Apart from celebrating all other Indian festivals like Holi, Dusshera, the tribal festivals and fairs are also observed in full vigor and merrymaking. Revelry, drinks and alien amusement like cock fighting, dancing label these tribal festivals in Madhya Pradesh. `Kalidas Samaroh`, `Tansen Samaroh` and a dance fete in Khajuraho are celebrated, in great fiesta, with vast number of avid participants. Religious festivals too are observed with veneration. In West Nimar and Jabua regions of Mandhyanchal , a colorful festival called Bhagoria Haat is feted by the Bhils and Bhilalas tribes. It is a mass `swayamvara`, is held in vividness before Holi festival in the month of March.
Best Time to Visit Shivpuri
The winters in Shivpuri are quite pleasant and the average temperature remains at around 11 degrees Celcius which is just about perfect for travelling and experiencing the city in all its glory. Shivpuri experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon season which makes it uncomfortable for tourists to go outdoors.
Winter (December – February) -: Winters months, December to February are cool and dry. The temperature drops up to 11 degrees Celcius and is very pleasant. It is the best time visit Shivpuri.