Top 10 Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

Top 10 Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh – Madhya Pradesh is located in central India, has an area of 119,016 sqm, and itis a delightful spot for every kind of traveler. The state is known for its vibrant culture, such as heritage, wildlife, religious etc.  Madhya Pradesh shares its borders with Uttar Pradesh in the north, Rajasthan in northwest and Maharashtra is to the southwest.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

1.      Khajuraho – Khajuraho is a small town 175 km southeast of Jhansi is located in the Bundelkhand region. The group of monuments here is a group of Hindu temples and Jain temples.  These temples are very popular and well known around the world for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. It was built between 950 to 1050 AD and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2.      Sanchi – Sanchi is situated at Sanchi Town in Raisen District on a hilltop 46 km north-east of Bhopal.  The Sanchi Stupa which is one of the most remarkable Buddhist monuments in the country was built in the reign of the great emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty. The relics of Lord Buddha have been kept in a central vault of this gigantic dome of the stupa.  Sanchi is well known for its Ashoka Pillar and it is one of the most important places for Buddhist pilgrimage and pilgrims from around the world.

3.      Bhimbetka – The Bhimbetka rock shelters are too ancient i.e. prehistoric Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods.  These caves exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent and the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age.  It is one of the popular sites and famed as a UNESCO world heritage site.  Few drawings on this cave are the oldest paintings are 30,000 years old. The word Bhimbetka is derived from Bhimbetka which means “sitting place of Bhima”.

4.      Pandav Caves –Pandav Caves are situated in Pachmarhi. These Caves were the place of lodging for Pandav brothers during the time of their exile.  As per the legend, 5 caves were made for each of the Pandav brothers; Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Nakul, Sahdeo, Bhima and for their wife – Draupadi. Due to these caves, the town was named as “Pachmarhi” means “five caves” or also “five huts”.

5.      Gwalior – Gwalior city is situated about 120 km south of Agra and it is a historic city.  Gwalior takes its name from the historic rock fortress that forms the centre of the city. It has many palaces and glorious temples. This historic city was founded by king Surajesan. India’s great musician Tansen was born here and his tomb is an important place in Gwalior.  The largest carpet (which took 12 years to weave) and 2 most massive chandeliers (weighing 3.5 ton) in the world are in Jai Vilas Palace here.

6.      Orchha Fort – Orchha (literal means ‘a hidden place’) Fort Complex is located on an island on the Betwa River 16 km from Jhansi. It was constructed by the Bundela king Rudra Pratap Singh in 1501. Orchha was the capital of this powerful dynasties to ever rule in India.  In this complex, there are few main palaces Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Rai Parveen Mahal, Phool Bagh and Sheesh Mahal. The other attractions in this fort are; and Laxmi Narayan Temple.

7.      Indore – Indore is the largest city in Madhya Pradesh and 147th largest city in the world.The capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, is situated 190 km from Indore. Because of this fact, Indore is also known as Mini Mumbai. This place is also known as the most populous city in Madhya Pradesh. The name Indore is derived from Indreshwar Mahadev temple. It is said that Swami Indrapuri was led by Lord Indra, who meditated on this land, to establish this temple. Indore is also known for its famous educational institutions like IIT and IIM. It is also well known as the cleanest city in India.

8.      Pachmarhi –Pachmarhi is the only hill station situated at an altitude of 1,067 m and the highest point in Madhya Pradesh.  It is known as “Satpuraki Rani” or the “Queen of the Satpura Range” and is a part of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  It is the home to leopards and bison. 

9.      Maheshwar – Maheshwar town is located on the banks of the River Narmada in Khargone district. This town is referred to as the temple town of Madhya Pradesh. It is very popular for its production of Maheshwari sarees.  Once it was the capital of Holkar which was the Rani Ahilyabai Holkar’s province.

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10.    Vidisha –Vidisha is situated at the confluence of Betwa and Beas rivers, 9 km from Sanchi and near the state capital of Bhopal.  Vidhisha has a rich cultural heritage and many magnificent monuments, temples and ruins.Vidisha was ruled and occupied by the Maurya Dynasty, Guptas, Khilji dynasty, Mughals, Greeks and even the Britishers. Places to visit in Vidisha; Udayagiri Caves, Heliodorus Pillar, Maladevi Temple. HindolaTorana. Bajramath Temple. Udayeshwara Temple, Girdhari Temple, Udayeshwara temple, Dashavtar temple, Maladevi Temple, Bajramath Temple, Gadarmal temple and Sola-Kambi Temple.

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