Madhya Pradesh is best known for it's incredible natural beauty, revered pilgrimage shrines, historical monuments, lavish palaces, rich culture and gracious hospitality. Madhya Pradesh is also called the Heart of India because of its location in the centre of the country. It has been home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism etc. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts & palaces are dotted all over the state. Madhya Pradesh bagged the Best Tourism State Award in 2012.
Attractive Tourist Places
Pachmarhi the saucer shaped hill station is fondly known as the ‘Queen of Satpura Ranges’. The Victorian churches, bungalows and cemeteries render a colonial atmosphere to the town. The pristine hill station is surrounded by forest area. The tribal communities of the Gonds and the Korkus are the native inhabitants of the area. Some of the major attractions of Pachmarhi are Satpura National Park, Jata Shankar cave, Pandav caves, Fairy Pool and Big Falls.
Situated amidst the Satpura and Vindhya ranges, Bandhavgarh is famous for its wildlife resources and eco-tourism initiatives. Today, Bandhavgarh is synonymous with Bandhavgarh National Park, which is popular for its high density of the Royal Bengal tiger population. Apart from Royal Bengal tigers, sambar, chital, chinkara, barking deer, wild boar, leopard and sloth bears can also be found in this region. Bandhavgarh tourism offers exploration of the National Park by elephant safaris and also by the safaris on vans and open jeeps.
Kanha is very popular for its rich flora and fauna and because of this Kanha is considered as one of the finest national parks in Asia. The national park houses some rare species of swamp deer, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, fox and jackal. The other varieties of wildlife found here include Indian Bison also known as Bos gaurus that are seen here when the winter ends. Other attractions in Kanha is the Kanha Museum.
Indore has a beautiful natural landscape coupled with man-made historical monuments, especially those dating to the Holkar Dynasty. A landmark of Indore is the 200-year-old palace, Rajwada, built in a mix of French, Mughal and Maratha architecture. This monument is a seven storey building with the three lower levels constructed in stone and the remaining floors in wood. Nearby, is a Jain Temple, the Kanch Mandir meaning the temple of mirrors. Visit The Indore Museum, and the Border Security Arms Museum, at Bijasen Tikri, atop a hill, and while you are at it get your blessings from the Goddess Bijasen at the temple built in 1920. Shree Sansthan Bada Rawala, is the original home of the founder of Indore, housing a large library with as many as 28,000 books and artifacts.
Located at the north of the Narmada River, the place is a rocky area surrounded by low hills and lakes. There are many popular destinations to visit in Jabalpur namely the Rani Durgavati Museum, Madan Mahal Fort and Dumna Nature Reserve among others. The Kanha National Park and the Pench National Park near Jabalpur also major attractions of Jabalpur.
Bhopal is the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is often referred to as the ‘city of lakes’ because of the numerous natural, as well as, artificial lakes within its territory. Some of the most popular attractions in this place include religious places like Taj-ul-Masjid, Jama Masjid and Moti Masjid. Some other places of tourist interest include Sadar Manzil, Lower Lake, Upper Lake, Bharat Bhawan, Birla Museum, Archaeological Museum, Gohar Mahal, Shaukat Mahal and Van Vihar National Park.
Ujjain is located on the bank of the river Shipra and is famous for a site for the triennial Kumbh Mela. The most famous temple of Ujjain is Mahakeleshwara temple. Apart from this temple, there are other temples to visit in Ujjain like Bade Ganeshji ka Mandir, Chintaman Ganesh Temple, Mangalnath, Harsiddhi Temple, Siddhavat, Kaal Bhairava, Gopal Temple, Pir Matsyendranath and Navgraha Mandir. There are other places of interest in Ujjain like Vikram University & Kalidasa Academy.
Khajuraho is known all over the world for its temples, which belong to the medieval Hindu and Jain period. Temples in Khajuraho are divided into various groups such as the Western group and Southern group. Structures like the Adinath Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Devi Jagdambi Temple, Dulhadev Temple and Kandariya Mahadev Temple are a few of the many renowned temples of this historic city. Other attractions in Khajuraho beyond temples are the Dhubela Museum, Jain Museum, Ajaigarh Fort and the Beni Sagar Dam.
Known for its rich cultural heritage, the city of Gwalior has played an integral role in Indian history from ancient times, through the medieval era, and later during the Moghul and British colonial rule. The bustling city atop a hill, is dominated by the Gwalior fort which has been the battleground for many struggles for power. Today Gwalior is an important tourist destination due to its historical and architectural significance. Gwalior according to ancient history was Gopalkash, said to be the same place where Bhima from the epic Mahabharata attained victory. Archeological excavations reveal that the city dates back to the middle Stone ages and Iron Age.
Orchha is located on the banks of the Betwa River and lies 15 km away from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. Orchha’s prime attraction is the Orchha Fort. The fort has many connected buildings which were built during the rule of different ones. Two of the most well known of these are the Jahagir Mahal and Raj Mandir. Two of the well known temples of the town are the Chatur Bhuj temple and the Raj Mandir.
Amarkantak is a pilgrim town. It is a meeting place of the Satpuras and Vindhyas, the two huge mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is also the origin of the Narmada River, Johilla River and Son River. There are various holy ponds, Maikal Hills and dense forests in the region. The Kapil Dhara Falls are located near Gaumukh, which is the source of the Narmada River. Through these falls, the Narmada River leaves Anuppur and enters the Dindori District, covering more than 20 metres.
Madhya Pradesh is well endowed with a rich gamut of picturesque and relatively undisturbed landscapes, forest, wild life and cultural diversity.”
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