Significantly enjoying the status of the ‘Heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh is a state renowned for its monuments, daintily carved temples, forts and palaces. Relish the breathtaking natural beauty in the marvelous landscapes that prevails the plateau boasting spectacular mountain ranges, guggling watercourse, wandering slow rivers, and lush woods. The visitors to the state take delight in the rich folk culture and tribal rituals that very much define the exuberant and lively lifestyle of the folks out here.
In the ancient times, Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, who was then the governor of Ujjain, formed Sanchi Stupa, while Khajuraho in Chhattarpur district takes pride in the exceptional temples, constructed by Chandela rulers during 950 to 1050 AD. It is home to country’s major temples as well, such as Ujjain & Omkareshwar, where the two of the twelve Jyotirlingas are found. Wildlife lovers better don’t miss out jaunt to Bandhavgarh as the small national park enjoys flourishing tiger population.
Khajuraho Temples: Khajuraho is a land of uncountable unique temples displaying erotic sculptures, which were intricately carved by the Chandela dynasty with the intention to exhibit jubilation of love, life and worship. This site is counted amongst the finest historical places in the country.
Bandhavgarh National Park: Owing to the panoptic endeavors towards tiger conservation, Bandhavgarh National Park constantly acknowledge the rise in tiger population and beside royal tigers, kinds of wildlife such as swamp deer, spotted deer, chowsingha, nilgai, chinkara, sloth bear, jackal, hyena, langur, and myriad species of avifauna and reptiles, also dwells here.
Sanchi: Famed Buddhist site, Sanchi presents monuments built during 3rd century BCE to the 12th CE. It came into existence when Emperor Ashoka set up the first Great Stupa here and then in the 14th century, this city was deserted, though was later found again by the British Raj in 19th century. Visit Sanchi hill, Sanchi Museum and Udaygiri caves.
Kanha National Park: This park served as the backdrop for Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, The Jungle Book. The forests are loaded with saal and bamboo trees, lagoons, watercourses, as well as wildlife consisting of tigers, swamp deers and many kinds of animals and birds of various species.
Gwalior: Major city of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior takes pride in the enormous hilltop fort dating back 1000 years and it notably predominates the city. The fort flaunts numerous palaces and temples, such as Man Mandir Palace and Old Town of Gwalior that exhibits impressive Mughal architecture such as the Tomb of Tansen. Besides the Gwalior Fort, also visit Jai Vilas Palace.
Orchha: Settled on the banks of Betwa River, Orchha is a calming place endowed with ancient palaces and temples, with most impressive being Jahangir Mahal that poses fascinating panoramic views. Jaunt to Palace Complex, Laxminarayan Temple, Royal Cenotaphs, Chatturbhuj Temple and Betwa River will be memorable.
Other significant destinations:
- Khajuraho Temples
- Madhya Pradesh