Top 10 Travel Destinations Of Madhya Pradesh
When we talk about the destinations to travel, In India,No one can deny the beauty of Heart of it i.e. Madhya Pradesh.
Bhopal – the city of lakes – is one of the most interesting tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. The long list of numerous lakes, incredible museums, wildlife reserves, and historical palaces, and other places to visit in Bhopal make the capital city a must-visit destination.
Key attractions: Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Bhimbetka, Bhojpur, State Museum, Birla Museum, Gohar Mahal, and Van Vihar National Park.
Bharat Bhavan is the main cultural centre of the city, and hosts many theatre and film festivals every year. It has an art gallery, an open-air amphitheater facing the Upper Lake, two other theatres and a tribal museum.
Indore is one of the largest cities of the state and one of the important names on the Madhya Pradesh tourism facet. Located by the bank of River Saraswati, this city boasts of its rich heritage, historical monuments, and their incredible architecture. It also happens to be the financial capital of Madhya Pradesh.
Key attractions: Lal Bagh Palace, Central Museum, Patalpani Waterfall, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary, Tincha Waterfall, and Indore White Church
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Rajwada is a historical palace in Indore city. It was built by the Holkars of the Maratha Empire about two centuries ago. This seven storied structure is located near the Chhatris.
The Yeshwant Club, Indore. Established in 1934. The Yeshwant Club came into existence in the year 1934 at the behest of late the Maharaja Tukoji Rao III Holkar of Indore. The Club was established for their son, Yuvraj Yeshwant Rao Holkar. Spread over 14 acres it is a Maratha legacy of the Holkar rulers of Indore State. Initially the club was opened for Maratha royalty, nobility, aristocracy and the officers (Natives and British) of the Holkar State. Later its doors were opened for the business elites. Post-Indian Independence, the admission criteria was revised according to the changing times. Maharani Usha Devi, the daughter of late Maharaja Yeshwant Rao II Holkar of Indore is the Chief Patron of the Club, the Honorary Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh being the President of the Club.
Ujjain, located by the Shipra River, is one of the fascinating towns of Madhya Pradesh. The most famous Hindu pilgrimage centre is aptly known as the ‘temple town of Madhya Pradesh’. The place boasts of amazing temples depicting Bundela art and architecture. People mostly explore this place to attain solemn peace and serenity. Ujjain is also famous for hosting the immensely popular Kumbha Mela.
Key attractions: Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ram Ghat, Kal Bhairav Temple, Jantar Mantar, Kalideh Palace, and Vikram Kirti Mandir Museum.
Ujjain is considered one of the holiest cities in India, and is a popular pilgrimage centre.Some of the notable sacred places in the city include:
— Chamunda Mata temple, Ujjain
— Chintaman Ganesh temple
— Gopal Mandir, built by Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur
— ISKCON temple
— Kal Bhairav temple
— Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, an ancient temple that was destroyed by Iltutmish and then restored by the Scindias of Gwalior.
— Mangalnath Temple, tropic of cancer passes through this temple.
The Ujjain Simhastha is a mass Hindu pilgrimage, and one of the fairs recognised as Kumbh Melas.During the Simhastha, Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. At Ujjain, it is held once every 12 years, on the banks of Kshipra river. It is also known as Simhastha, when it falls during Jupiter’s stay in Leo of Simha. The latest Simhastha was held in Ujjain from 22 April 2016 to 21 May 2016.
Sanchi is one of the popular historical & spiritual places on the tourist map of Madhya Pradesh. This former educational and Buddhist pilgrimage centre is known for the famous Stupa, which is also a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.
Key attractions: Sanchi Stupa, Toranas, Monasteries, Ashoka Pillars, Buddhist Vihara, Gupta Temple, and Sanchi Museum.
“. . . path is prescribed both for the monks and for the nuns. As long as (my) sons and great-grandsons (shall reign ; and) as long as the Moon and the Sun (shall endure), the monk or nun who shall cause divisions in the Sangha, shall be compelled to put on white robes and to reside apart. For what is my desire ? That the Sangha may be united and may long endure.”
— Edict of Ashoka on the Sanchi pillar.
Pachmarhi is one of the popular places to visit in Madhya Pradesh to admire the natural beauty and the scenic surroundings. The quaint & charming hill station is perfect to hang out away from urban hassles. The mesmerising lake, the alluring waterfalls, and the beautiful cave art are things that attract the tourists here.
Key attractions: Dhupgarh, Panar pani, Chauragarh, Sangam, Jatashankar & Mahadeo Caves, and Apsara Vihar.
The Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve is located within areas of Hoshangabad, Betul, and Chhindwara Districts in Madhya Pradesh state.in India
The biosphere reserve’s total area is 4,926.28 square kilometres (1,217,310 acres). It includes three wildlife conservation units:
— Bori Sanctuary (518.00 km2)
— Pachmarhi Sanctuary (461.37 km2).
— Satpura National Park (524.37 km2)
— Satpura National Park is designated as the core zone and the remaining area of 4401.91 km2, including the Bori and Pachmarhi sanctuaries, serves as the buffer zone.
The reserve is composed primarily of forest habitats, and is an important transition zone between the forest species of western and eastern India.
The forests are dominated by teak (Tectona grandis). They include the westernmost groves of sal (Shorea robusta), which is the dominant tree of eastern India’s forests.
Bandhavgarh is one of the popular places to visit in Madhya Pradesh, especially for adventure lovers and photography buffs. Spread over 450 sq km, this biodiversity reserve and national park is home to tigers, numerous birds, reptiles, and other mammals.
Key attractions: Tree House Hideaway Resort, jeep safari, elephant safari.
Wildlife Safari Timing
There are 04 different zones of the national park from where travellers can Enjoy Jeep safari rides. Vehicles Permitted to enter inside the national park in each shift:
Open Jeeps with groups of tourists, individuals accompanied by naturalist are allowed into the park at fixed timings. Wildlife safari timing in Bandhavgarh National Park is just like most parks in the country. Timings for entry into, and exit from, the park vary according to the season. In winters, due to the shorter duration of daylight hours, the morning entry time is later and evening exit time is earlier.
At Bandhavgarh afternoon shift of Jeep Safari remain close for visitors on Every Wednesday.
Morning & Afternoon both the shift remain close on Holi festival (In the month of March).
— Full Name of every visitor
— Age & Gender
Any Identity proof details like Passport, Driving License, PAN Card or Voter
I D Card. Visitor is required to carry the same ID proof in original at the time of visiting the national park. Note :
Khajuraho is known for marvellous display of Indian art & architecture. This is one of the beautiful tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. Its impeccable sculptures, intricate carvings, and fine art specimens have earned it a spot among the Seven Wonders of India.
Key attractions: Ajaigarh Fort, Panna National Park, Beni Sagar Dam, Archeological Museum, and temples of Kandariya Mahadev, Parsvanath, Visvanath, Devi Jagadamba, Vamana, Duladeo, Chitragupta, and Bijamandala.
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The temples in Khajuraho are broadly divided into three parts : the Eastern group, the Southern Group and the Western group of temples of which the Western group alone has the facility of an Audio guided tour wherein the tourists are guided through the seven eight temples. There is also an audio guided tour developed by the Archaeological Survey of India which includes a narration of the temple history and architecture.
The Khajuraho Dance Festival is held every year in February. It features various classical Indian dances set against the backdrop of the Chitragupta or Vishwanath Temples.
The Khajuraho temple complex offers a light and sound show every evening. The first show is in English language and the second one in Hindi. It is held in the open lawns in the temple complex, and has received mixed reviews.
The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development has set up kiosks at the Khajuraho railway station, with tourist officers to provide information for Khajuraho visitors.
If a small and picturesque town is in your mind, Mandu is the place to be. Perched on a cliff, Mandu – or Mandavgad – is a history lover’s paradise and is known for some amazing architectural splendors. Exploring the majestic temples or discovering the impeccable artwork of ancient temples are some of the must-do things here.
Key attractions: Ship Palace, Hindola Mahal, Rupmati’s Pavilion, Nilkanth’s Palace, Rewa Kund, Bagh Caves, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, and Rupayan Museum.
As Mandu was an important military outpost and its military past can be gauged by the circuit of the battlemented wall, which is nearly 37 km (23 mi) and is punctuated by 12 gateways. The wall encloses a large number of palaces, mosques, Jain temples of 14th century and other buildings. The oldest mosque dates from 1405; the finest is the Jama Masjid or great mosque, a notable example of Pashtun architecture. The marble domed tomb of this ruler is also magnificent
Some of the notable and Interesting places, listed as from South to North are as follows -:
A large sandstone structure originally built as an army observation post it is known today as Roopmati’s Pavilion. Rani Roopmati – the love interest of Baaz Bahadur lived here and is said to have gazed at the Baz Bahadur’s Palace – situated below and also at Narmada river, flowing through the Nimar plains far below, a river which the queen revered.
Main court of Baz Bahadur’s Palace.
Built by Baz Bahadur, this 16th-century structure is famous for its large courtyards encompassed by large halls and high terraces. It is situated below Roopmati’s Pavilion and can be seen from the pavilion.
Rewa Kund – a reservoir that supplies water to Roopmati’s Pavilion.
A reservoir constructed by Baz Bahadur for the purpose of supplying water to Rani Roopmati’s Pavilion. The reservoir is situated below the pavilion and hence is considered an architectural marvel.
Darya Khan’s Tomb complex
Darya Khan was a minister in the court of Mahmud Khalji II, and his tomb lies in a walled complex along with another tomb, a mosque, a pond and an inn. At the centre of the complex is the massive sand stone tomb of Darya Khan. Hathi Paga Mahal or Elephant Leg Palace is located on the south-eastern side of the Darya Khan Complex, and is crowned with a massive dome.
Shri Mandavagadh Teerth
Shri Mandavagadh Teerth is dedicated to Lord Suparshvanatha. It belongs to Shwetambar Sect of Jainism. The temple has been attractively constructed and looks exquisite. It underwent expansion in 14th century. The idol of Lord Suparshvanath is believed to be much older. The idol is white in complexion and is 91.54 cm (3 feet) in height. It is seated in a padmansana posture. Apart from this in this same fort there is a fine temple of smaller size of Lord Shantinath. Ruins of many temples and idols can be seen here. As per a reference once there were almost 700 Jain temples here.
One of the most famous tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is rich in art, culture, and history. The city is an eminent part of Madhya Pradesh tourism and showcases a perfect blend of architectural wonders and historical milestones. The most popular tourist attraction of the city – Gwalior Fort – is ranked among the best forts in India.
Key attractions: Gwalior Fort, Mansingh Palace, Tansen Tomb, Tiger Dam, Gopachal Parvat, Sun Temple, Sas Bahu Temples, Jai Vilas Palace, Scindia Museum, and Madhav National Park.
Tansen Music Festival- The Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, (Tansen Music Festival), is celebrated every year on the Tansen Tomb in Gwalior during the month of December. Tansen Samaroh is a platform where artists from all over India gather and participate to deliver vocal and instrumental performances. Gwalior’s environment during the festival turns mystical with melodious music echoing. Music lovers from far and wide make it a point to be a part of this event at any cost, as it is a memorable experience for them. The Tansen Sangeet Samaroh is organised by the government of Madhya Pradesh, in association with the Academy of the Department of Culture. During the festival, music lovers and artists from all over the world gather to offer their tribute to Tansen. The academy offers honours to senior celebrities and junior artists by including them in the Samaroh through their music of performance.
Sarod Ghar – This Museum of Music has been set up in the old ancestral house of musician Hafiz Ali Khan. It houses ancient instruments of the Indian masters of the past. It also houses an impressive collection of photographs and documents. Sarod Ghar is a unique institution devoted to promoting Indian classical music, heritage and culture. Through this ‘window’ to the past, music lovers can gain a better understanding of the evolution and history of our classical music and a deeper perspective and insight into the context of the art as it exists today.
Jabalpur – overloaded with natural splendors – is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Madhya Pradesh. Located by the river Narmada, the city boasts of a mesmerising natural beauty that is surrounded by granite & sandstone hillocks. From marvellous waterfalls to marble rocky outcrops and from majestic forts to dams; the list has it all.
Key attractions: Dhuandhar Waterfall, Bhedaghat, Marble Rocks, Bargi Dam, Madan Mahal Fort, Dumna Nature Reserve, Rani Durgavati Memorial & Museum, and Pisan Hari Jain Temple
Notable sites in Jabalpur include
Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir, a 17th-century Jain temple
Madan Mahal, a fort built by the Gondi king Madansahi in 1116
Rani Durgawati Museum, built in 1964 to commemorate Rani Durgavati. The museum hosts ancient relics, sculptures and a collection of items related to Mahatma Gandhi
Dumna Nature Reserve Park. Good for birdwatchers. Animals are not seen. It houses Khandari Dam, which is a source of drinking water to the city and has many crocodiles.
Dhuandhar Falls and Marble Rocks in Bhedaghat -: 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the city. Boat rides on Narmada river specially in moonlight, flowing through the breathtakingly beautiful Marble Rocks on both sides famous for many Bollywood movie climaxes to near the Dhuandhar falls are available. In the 45-minute ride the boatman describes the various spots in a singsong hilarious manner. He also tells the story of Bhura, the crocodiles and many that lurk downsream.
Rani Durgawati Museum. Lamheta Ghaat, Kosam Ghaat, Tilwara Ghaat is Famous Ghaat Of Narmada River.
Kachnar City known for a 76-foot (23 m)-high Shiva statue housing a cavern with replicas of Shiva lingas from 12 shrines nationwide.
Tilwara Ghat location of the Tilwadeshwar temple and where Gandhi’s ashes were immersed.