Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is a landlocked state located in the heart of India. It is surrounded by the states of Rajasthan to the northwest, Uttar Pradesh to the north, Chhattisgarh to the east, Maharashtra to the south, and Gujarat to the west.

Khajuraho is major attraction of Madhya Pradesh. It is a World Heritage Site and it attracts thousands of tourists every year with its impressive carved temples. Although only a small group of all the temples have erotic carvings, this is the main reason for the popular reputation of Khajuraho.

Besides that, the fort of Gwalior in the north is worth a visit. The capital Bhopal with its parks, big mosque and lakes is also a good place to stay and from which to explore Sanchi. The latter is an important Buddhist site where the stupas and monasteries will keep you occupied for at least a day. Finally, the city of Bijapur deserves a detour as well. It has an impressive mosque and in the surrounding area you can lay your eyes on some of the finest Hindu architecture in Madhya Pradesh, if not India as a whole.

Long before the written word, the magic of Madhya Pradesh was inscribed in colours that have defined time in their permanence. In 600 labyrinthine caves of Bhimbetka. Here, more than 500 prehistoric paintings, in their vivid and panoramic detail, sweep you back to 25,000 B.C. And that is only the beginning of a spell-binding journey.

A monumental splendour

In the light and shadow of stone is writ the history of empires and kingdoms, warriors and builders, saints and philosophers. A giant fort of Gwalior evokes memories of a momentous past.

Orchha .. where a legacy of temples and forts touches life with a medieval wand. Mandu recalls the time when the Afghans marched in and crafted its stone in a ' City of Joy '.At Khajuraho , there is poetry in stone created by warrior race of Chandella Rajputs. The oldest Buddhist shrines at Sanchi reflect the serenity and glory of Ashokan times.

Sanctuary of a hundred Gods

Steeped in divinity, the holy shrines of Madhya Pradesh reflect the triumph of tolerance. Pilgrims come in endless eddies to venerate the gods at Ujjain, Omkareshwar and Maheshwar , the abodes of peace and tranquility and To pay homage at the awe-inspiring mosque at Bhopal . Pilgrims also come to seek solace at Chitrakoot - the legendary birthplace of Brahama, Vishnu and Mahesh, where Ram sought shelter during the long years of exile.

A tryst with adventure

Kipling country. Where the tiger prowls. And the barasingha and the spotted deer, the wild boar and gaur roam free. The bamboo and sal forests of Kanha, Shivpuri, Panna & Bandhavgarh are teeming with all kinds of wildlife and many hundred species of birds.

A colourful tradition

Festival follows festival in a zestful celebration of life. Dusshera at Bastar. Simhastha at Ujjain. Ramnaumi at Chitrakoot . Bhagoriya at Jhabua. And the annual festival of dances at Khajurah o. Craftsmen keep alive a vibrant tradition that goes back many hundred years. Handwoven brocades of Chander i and Maheshwa r, the Kosa silk of Raigarh , leather toys, exquisitely wrought bell-metal...there's a whole treasury of handicrafts.

Come close to nature

Bridal-paths lead to tranquil retreats, sought in the past by poets and saints. Hills and ravines beckon the adventurous. Nestling in the plateau, girdled by hills, are many verdant jewels ... Pachmarhi , Amarkantak , Chitrakoot & Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat . Azure waterfalls, emerald forest glades, rocks and cliffs in a myriad shades. Here is nature in all its splendour, its blissful solitude.

Access to State


Trunk Rail route connecting nothern India passes through Madhya Pradesh. Main junctions in the state are Bhopal, Bilaspur, Bina, Gwalior, Indore, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni, Ratlam, Ujjain & Khandwa.


Major airports linking Delhi, Bombay, Varanasi & Nagpur are Bhopal, Raipur, Indore, Khajuraho & Gwalior. Stations linked by Vayudoot are Bhopal, Khajuraho, Stana, Rewa, Guna, Indore , Bilaspur, Raipur , Jagdalpur & Jabalpur. Bhopal is also connected to Jaipur & Nagpur by Vayudoot.

What to See
Bandhavgarh Bhopal Gwalior Khajuraho Mandu
Pachmarhi Pench Sanchi Ujjain Orchha

Bandhavgarh is situated in Shahdol district among the outlying hills of the Vindhya Range. At the centre of the Park is Bandhavgarh hiss, rising 811 meters above MSL-surrounding it are a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys. These valleys end in small, swampy meadows, locally known as 'bohera.

Bandhavgarh National Park originally formed in 1968 was a small park of only 105 sq. km. In 1986 it was extended. Today there are 32 hills in the central area of the park, which has a large natural fort at its center. The forts cliffs are 800 meters above sea level, 300 meters above the surrounding countryside. Sal forests cover more than half the area.

Bandhavgarh is densely populated with other species: the great gaur, or Indian bison, can be seen with ease, as they come onto the meadows to graze at dusk; sambar and barking deer are a common sight and nigai are to be seen in the more open areas of the park.


By Air - The airports at Khajuraho and Jabalpur cater to the air transportation to Bandhavgarh. The two airports at Khajuraho and Jabalpur are linked with other major cities of India and thus, air link Bandhavgarh.

By Rail - Katni at a distance of 120 km on the South-Eastern Railways is the ideal railway connection for reaching Bandhavgarh.

By Road - Bandhavgarh is located equidistance from the city of Jabalpur and world famous tourist spot of Khajuraho. You can reach Bandhavgarh by using roads from both these places.


Bandhavgarh National Park - Located in the Vindhya mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh. The Bandhavgarh is a tiny National park with a good number of tigers. The main attraction is the white tiger. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The other species found in abundance in Bandhavgarh are the gaur or Indian bison, the Sambar, the barking deer and the Nilgai.

Bandhavgarh Fort - This 2000 years old fort is worth visiting if you have interest in History. Various dynasties have ruled the fort: for example, the Maghas from the 1st century A.D., the Vakatakas from the 3rd century; the Sengars from the 5th century and the kalachuris from the 10th century. In the 13 century A.D., the Baghels took over, ruling from Bandhavgarh until 1617, when Maharajah Vikramditya Singh moved his capital to Rewa. The last inhabitants deserted the fort in 1935.


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Bhopal - It is a city in central India . It is the capital of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and the administrative headquarters of Bhopal District and Bhopal Division. Historically, Bhopal was also the name of a Muslim princely state in central India.

Bhopal is said to have been founded by the Parmara King Bhoj (1000-1055), who had his capital at Dhar. The city was originally known as Bhojpal named after Bhoj and the dam ('pal') that he is said to have constructed to form the lakes surrounding Bhopal . During British Raj, Bhopal was ruled by Nawabs and Begums.

It is the city of lakes. The two lakes of Bhopal still dominate the city, and are indeed its nucleus. Bhopal today presents a multi-faceted profile; the old city with its market places and fine old mosques and palaces still bears the aristocratic imprint of its former rulers, among them the succession of powerful Begums who ruled Bhopal from 1819 to 1926. Equally impressive is the new city with its verdant, exquisitely laid out parks and gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices. It is greener and cleaner than most cities in the country.


By Air - Bhopal is connected by regular Alliance Air flights to Mumbai, Indore, Delhi and Gwalior. Sahara Airlines connect Bhopal with Delhi, Guwahati, Goa, Indore and Lucknow. Airport is 15 km from the city center.

By Rail - Bhopal is on one of the two main Delhi to Mumbai railway lines and also on the main line to the southern state capitals of Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Thiruvananthpuram. There are direct trains to Amritsar and Jammu Tawi and also to major towns in Madhya Pradesh.

By Road - There are extensive bus services (private and state) to cities within the region and interstate.


Bhopal Can be traveled Between October - March. As this is the most ideal time for all visitors.


Bhimbetka - Bhimbetka lays 46 Kms. south of Bhopal. The rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs has over 600 shelters belonging to the Neolithic age. They had a vivid, panoramic detail, painting in over 500 caves depicting the lives of pre-historic cave dwellers. You can enjoy the paintings depicting everyday events of our ancestors like scenes of hunting, dancing, horse and elephant riding, household scenes, honey collection, animal fighting scenes etc.

Sanchi - Sanchi is a serene hill crowned by a group of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from 3rd Century BC to the 12th Century AD. The glory that was Sanchi, an ancient seat of Buddhist learning and place of pilgrimage, can still be experienced in its complex structures where many Buddhist legends found expression in the rich sculpture. The Buddha is not represented through figure art Sanchi, but through symbols, as was the tradition in the early period of Buddhism. The lotus represents the Buddha's birth, the tree signifies his enlightenment, the Wheel represents his first sermon and the Stupa represents his nirvana or salvation. The footprints and the throne denote the Buddha's presence.

Bhojpur - The magnificent temple of Bhojpur, which has earned the nomenclature of the Somnath of the East is known as the Bhojeshwar temple. Dating back to the period of Raja Bhoj, The legendary Parmar king of Dhar, the temple is about 1000 years old. This temple to this date attracts devotees of Lord Shiva in huge numbers during the Shivaratri festivities. Just half - an - hour drive from Bhopal , this sanctum has the biggest Shiva Linga carved out of a single stone, rising to an awe-inspiring height of 7.5 feet with a circumference of 17.8 feet. Set upon a massive platform of 21.5 feet, the architectural harmony of lingam and platform creates a superb synthesis of solidity and lightness.

Islam nagar - 11km away on Bhopal-Berasia Road has synthesis of Hindu and Islamic decorative art developed by Afghan ruler Dost Mohammed Khan.

Taj-ul-Masaajid - This is the largest mosque in the country. The building of this mosque was begun by Shah Jehan Begum (1868-1901) but was incomplete on her death and was completed only after 1971. The most impressive features of the mosque are its main hall with inter-arched roof, broad facade, spacious courtyard, and smooth marble flooring.

Bharat Bhawan - It is one of the most unique national institutes in India. This is a centre for the performing and visual arts. Bharat Bhawan is designed by the renowned architect Charles Currier. There are a museum of the arts, an art gallery, a workshop for fine arts, a reparatory theatre, indoor and outdoor auditoria, rehersal room, and libraries of Indian poetry, classical and folk music.

Upper Lake - One thousand years ago, Bhopal lake was built by late parmar king Bhoj known as Upper lake. The Upper lake is divided from the Lower by an over bridge and is six sq. km. in area. There are facilities for exciting trips by sail, paddle, and motor-boats.

Lower Lake - The history of this lake is about two hundred years old. This was built by Chote Khan, A minister in the kingdom of Nabab Hayat Mohd. Khan in the year 1794. Before construction of this lake, there were many wells, which were used to draw water for agricultural and other purposes. But after the construction of the tank all wells merged in this lake. The smaller lake is spread over an area 7.99 square kilometer. A Century and half ago the tank was maximum 11.7 meters and minimum 6.16 meters deep.

Parks - In Bhopal, Main parks are Kamla park, Vardhman park, Kilol park, Karishma Park, Yadgare Shahjahani park, Neelum park, Naunihal park, Ekant park, Chinar park and Nandan park. During evening these parks are visited by by citizen's of the localities.

Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil - Situated at the entrance to the Chowk area in the heart of the walled city, Shaukat Mahal is an architectural curiosity. Its mixture of styles in Occidental idioms sets it apart from the predominantly Islamic architecture of the area. It was designed by a Frenchman, said to be a descendent of an offshoot of the Bourbon Kings of France. Post Renaissance and Gothic styles are combined to charming effect here. Nearby is the elegant once-opulent Sadar Manzil, Hall of Public Audience, of the former rulers of Bhopal

Laxmi Narayan Temple - Also known as Birla Mandir, this beautiful temple on the Arera Hills has a museum attached to it, housing a collection of sculptures from Raisen, Sehore, Mandsour and Shahdol districts of Madhya Pradesh.


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Gwalior City is a District in Madhya Pradesh State near Agra. The new section of the city called Lashkar. Lashkar is few miles south from the old city. It is the site of factories producing cotton, yarn, paint, ceramics, chemicals, and leather products. The nucleus of Gwalior is a citadel crowning an isolated rock about 91 m (300 ft) high, 3.2 km (2 mi) long, and 823 m (2700 ft) wide. The rock is said to have been a strong hold for more than Ten Centuries and Old city is located in the Eastern base of the rock. The old city is covered with white sandstone Mosque, Palaces, rock temples and statues of archaeological and architectural interest. The Jiwaji University was built in Gwalior in the year 1964. Gwalior City was the Capital of the princely State of Gwalior until 1948 and the summer Capital of Madhya Bharat State from 1948 to 1956.

Gwalior's history is traced back to a legend in 8th century AD when a chief-tain known as Suraj Sen was struck by a deadly disease and cured by a hermit-saint Gwalipa. As a gratitude for that incidence, he founded this city by his name. The new city of Gwalior became existence over the centuries. With different Dynasty, the city gained a new dimension from the warrior kings, poets, musicians, and saints who contributed to making it renowned throughout the country. The city is also the setting for the memorials of freedom fighters such as Tatya Tope and the indomitable Rani of Jhansi. Today the old settings stand side by side with the trappings of modernity.


By Air - Gwalior has its own airport that is situated 8 km. from the main city. Gwalior is connected by Indian Airlines to Mumbai, Bhopal, Indore, and Delhi. The services are operational three days a week.

By Rail - The Gwalior Railway Station lies within the city area. It is on the main Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai rail link. Among major trains, the Taj and Shatabdi Express connect Gwalior with Delhi and Agra .

By Road - Gwalior is very well connected by a network of roads and road transport to all major towns of Madhya Pradesh and surrounding areas. Gwalior is well linked with Agra (118 km), Mathura, Jaipur (350 km), Delhi (321 km), Lucknow, Bhopal (423 km), Chanderi (239 km), Indore (486 km), Jhansi (101 km), Khajuraho (275 km), Ujjain (455 km), and Shivpuri (114 km).

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A historic event known as Gwalior Mela (Hindi), takes place every year in winter and was started by Maharaja Scindia in 1905.Tansen Music Festival is held every winter in the months of November/December. The festival is a major cultural event, drawing prominent performers and music lovers from all parts of the country.

The climate of Gwalior is extreme with hot summers and cold winters. Monsoon starts from the first week of June and remains there till August/September.


Sun Temple - Sun Temple was Constructed in 1988. It is inspired by architecture of the famous Konark Temple in Orissa. Red stone has been used on exteriors and white marble on interior. There is a beautiful sculpture of Lord Surya in the temple.

Sas Bahu Ka Madir - This is a 9th century temple. The Sas-Bahu temple was probably called the Shashtra Bahu (another name for Vishnu) temple. "The smaller one close to it was perhaps a Shiva temple, but over the years this pair of temples whose carvings can be compared to any of the great temples of India came to be known as the "Sas-Bahu temples". In local language Hindi sas means mother-in-law and bahu means daughter-in-law.

Mausoleum of Ghous Mohammed - The great, Ghous Mohammed, whose mausoleum is laid near tomb of Tansen, was an Afghan Prince turned sufi saint who had helped Babur to win the Gwalior fort. His mausoleum is a typical Mughal architecture. Particularly interesting are the hexagonal pillars and screens using pierced stone technique.

Man Mandir Palace - This marvelous palace was built between 1486 and 1517 by Raja Man Singh of Tomar dynasty of Gwalior. The palace has two underground floors. It consists of two open courts surrounded by apartments with carved stones, pillars and brackets. It is further complimented by blue ceramic mosaic and petite trellis work. Former Emperor Aurangzeb had imprisoned his brother here. Aurangzeb ordered that his brother be killed by being put in to a big vessel containing boiling oil. A magnificent 'Son-et-Lumiere' brings back all this alive in the evening. Light and sound show or 'Son-et-Lumiere' in English is from 8:30 pm to 9:15 pm.

Gujri Mahal - The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh for his Gujar queen, Mrignayani. Today Gujari Mahal has one of the finest museums of sculptures dating back to 1st century AD even though many of them have been defaced by the Mughals, their perfection of form has survived the ravage of time. Timing of this museum is from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm daily except Monday.

Teli Ka Madir - This is an 11th century 70 feet high temple. The temple was probably known as the Telengana temple. It has a South Indian influence on its architecture especially on the roof, which is Dravadian, though its facade remains Indo-Ayran.

Archeological Museum - It has sculptures found in Naresar, Batesar, Kherat, Ater, Ranod, Surwaya, Terahi and Padhawali. Sculptures are of Gurjar Pratihar period (7th century AD to 10th century AD). These sculptures show the later development of Gupta art. 17th century AD sculptures, from Ater are of Bhadoria rulers, showing Hindu and Mughal art.

Jai Vilas Palace - This beautiful pure white edifice patterned on the style of the 'Palais de Versailles' in France combines Tuscan, Italian and Corinthian styles of architecture. The palace has been partly converted into a museum for Royal memorabilia. The rest of the part is the residence of Madhav Rao Scindia. The royal Durbar Hall is a magnificent structure and taking support only from columns on four sides. It also has the largest single piece carpet woven right there in the hall by 12 weavers who took 13 years to complete it. The ceiling of the Hall has a pair of the largest crystal chandeliers in the world which were built in Belgium and bought in Paris each weigh 3.5 tones. The banquet hall below has the famous Royal Gwalior silver train, which is infact, a liquor serving trolley.

Jain Sculptures - There are many impressively big Jain sculptures, which were originally cut into the cliff faces in the 15th century. They were defaced by Babur's forces and renovated later. The images are in five main groups.

North-East Entrance - This is an entire sequence of gates, the sixth gate- the Hawa Gate, the fifth gate- the Hathiya Paur, the fourth gate-named after Lord Ganesha, the third gate-Badal garh, the second gate-Bansur or Archer's Gate and the first gate- Alamgiri Gate.


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Khajuraho situated in the heart of northern part of the state Madhya Pradesh in India. It is famous for its splendid temples, exquisitely carved temples in stones. Apart from the temples, Khajuraho is a small village but a thousand years ago it was a large city. These temples were built during the reign of the Chandela dynasty. Khajuraho is also famous for its legendary Khajuraho dance festival.

The temples of Khajuraho are dedicated to Gods and Goddesses like Shiva, Jagadamba and Vishnu. These temples are example of exemplary sculptural art and architecture. The city is known to the world for its erotic sculptures. These temples are thousand years old. Close to Khajuraho is a small village populated by no more than 3,000 residents. Khajuraho is visited every year by tourists from all over the world.

Discovered by chance, India's second biggest single tourist attraction, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval temples that are adorned with numerous sculptures of extraordinary grace and delicacy celebrating the stylized and refined courtly accomplishments of beauty, love and creative arts. Once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, the temples of the city date from 950-1050 AD. A wall with eight gates encloses the entire area and two golden palm trees flank each of them. Originally, there were over 80 temples, of which only 22 now can be said remarkably preserved.

The set of temples at Khajuraho celebrating Hindu religious thought in its mystifying variety of scope and inclusion stands distinguished from rest of the Hindu temples. The temples highlight the existential ethos in religion that venerates 'Yoga' and 'Bhoga'. 'Yoga' is union of the self with the Almighty, while 'Bhoga' is the path to God through physical pleasure. The temples at Khajuraho, dedicated to physical love and pleasure are a testimony to this philosophy.

Khajuraho derives its name from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which can be found in abundance in the area. These temples are considered the high point of Indian architectural genius in the medieval period.


By Air - The airport is 5km away from the village centre. Indian Airlines flies daily from Delhi to Khajuraho via Agra . Keep in mind that it is a very popular flight, and is usually booked days in advance

By Rail - The nearest railheads are Mahoba and Harpalpur. Jhansi is a convenient railhead for those travelling from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai and Varanasi the railhead is Satna, on the Mumbai-Allahabad section of the Central Railway is ideal. Delhi , Mumbai, Calcutta , Chennai, Agra by train to the railheads.

By Road - Khajuraho is connected by regular and direct bus services with Chhatarpur, Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, panna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Sagar, Jabalpur, indore, Bhopal, Varanasi and Allahabad


Khajuraho Can be traveled Between October - April. As this is the most ideal time for all visitors.

Khajuraho is mostly famous for its temples. Originally there were 85 temples, of which only 22 still exist. Despite the fact that they were dedicated to different Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu and Jain saints, they followed the same architectural style.


Kandariya Mahadeo Temple - The largest, most typical Khajuraho temple, it soars 31 m high. Dedicated to shiva, the sanctum sanctorum enshrines a lingam. The main shrine is exquisitely carved and features, in delicate detail, gods, goddesses, celestial maidens and lovers. Particularly noteworthy are the entrance arch, the ceilings and pillars of the interior compartments.

Vishwanath Temple - The temple enshrines a three-headed image of Lord Brahma. Lions guard the northern entrance to the structure, while elephants flank the southern flight of steps that lead up to it. The exteriors are profusely carved, and facing the shrine is a Nandi Temple with a massive, 6 ft high Nandi bull.

State Museum of Tribal & Folk Arts - A fine collection of masterpieces of tribal and folk art and artifacts from all over Madhya Pradesh is on display at the Chandela Cultural Complex. The tradition of tribal and folk arts and crafts has evolved over centuries. It represents the best of Indian culture and tradition and its synthesis with foreign cultures that came through trade and invasions.

Chitragupta Temple - A three- headed image of Brahma is enshrined in this temple. The approach is equally impressive, with lions flanking the northern and elephants the southern steps that lead up to it. A Nandi bull faces the shrine. Dedicated to the sun-god, Surya, this temple faces eastwards to the rising sun. The inner sanctum boasts of an impressive image of the presiding deity - the majestic sun-god looming 5 feet high, and driving a chariot.

Lakshamana Temple - The lintel over the entrance of this beautiful Vaishnavite temple shows the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Lakshmi, Vishnu's idol of Vishnu's incarnations, Narasimha and Varaha. This boar incarnation also appears in a nine-foot high statue at the Varaha Temple .

Chaunsat Yogini - The only granite temple and the earliest surviving shrine of the group (900 A.D.), it is dedicated to Kali. Only 35 of the orginal 65 shrines remain. Another Kali temple (originally dedicated to Vishnu) is the Devi Jagdambe Temple .

Matangeswara Temple - Still a living place of worship, the temple is dedicated to shiva, has an eight feet high lingam, and is outside the precincts of the Western Group. It is still a place of worship. South of this temple is the open air Archaeological Museum, which has a beautiful displayed collection of statues and friezes collected from the area : the remains of long vanished temples

Ghantai - Mostly in ruins now, the temple of Ghantai has fine columns and chains and bells, with a figure of a Jain goddess on a garuda. This Jain temple has a frieze depicting the 16 dreams of Mahavira's mother, and a multi-armed Jain goddess perched on a winged Garuda.

Shantinath Temple - Shantinath is the youngest of all the temples in Khajuraho. It is just a century old and has a big statue of Adinath.

The Temple of Brahma and Hanuman - The temple of Brahma and Hanuman is one of the oldest temples in Khajuraho. It is built mostly of granite and sandstone and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Parsvanath Jain Temples - The temple of Parsvanath is the largest of the Jain temples in Khajuraho. It was originally dedicated to Adinath and later to Parsvanath.

Duladeo Temple - Of the Southern group, Duladeo, dedicated to Shiva, dates back to AD 1100-50. It is overburdened with ornamentation and lacks depth.

Chaturbhuj Temple - Three kilometres from the main town is the Chaturbhuj temple, dedicated to Vishnu, a plain temple amidst all the carved and decorated ones.

Khajuraho Dance Festival - To mark the true spirit of Khajuraho, a dance festival is held here in March, every year, wherein, ace artistes of various dance forms participate.


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Mandu is a celebration in stone, of life and joy, of the love of the poet-prince Baz Bahadur for his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. The balladeers of Malwa still sing of the romance of these royal lovers, and high up on the crest of a hill, Roopmati's Pavilion still gazes down at Baz Bahadur's Palace, a magnificent expression of Afghan architecture. Under Mughal rule, Mandu was a pleasure resort, its lakes and palaces the scenes of splendid and extravagant festivities and the glory of Mandu lives on, in legends and songs, chronicled for posterity.

Perched along the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defenses, was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. Towards the end of the 13th century, it came under the sway of the Sultans of Malwa, the first of whom named it Shadiabad - 'city of joy'. And indeed the pervading spirit of Mandu was of gaiety; and its rulers built exquisite palaces like the Jahaz and Hindola Mahals, ornamental canals, baths and pavilions, as graceful and refined as those times of peace and plenty. Each of Mandu's structures is an architectural gem; some are outstanding like the massive Jami Masjid and Hoshang Shah's tomb, which provided inspiration to the master builders of the Taj Mahal centuries later.


By Air - The nearest airport is at Indore, 99 km away, connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Gwalior and Bhopal.

By Rail - Convenient railheads are Ratlam (124 km ) on the Mumbai-Delhi main line and Indore (99km).

By Road - Regular bus services connect Mandu with Indore, Dhar, Mhow, Ratlam, Ujjain and Bhopal.


Mandu enjoys an extreme climate. The best season to visit this place is during the monsoon, that is, from July to September. While other places in Madhya Pradesh and most of the north and peninsular India are closed for tourism during monsoon, Mandu is more of a monsoon resort than anything else. The natural surroundings are in full bloom during this time.


Jahaz Mahal - This 120 mt long "ship palace" built between the two artificial lakes, Munj Talao and Kapur Talao is an elegant two storeyed palace. Probably it was built by Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din-Khilji for his large harem. With its open pavilions, balconies overhanging the water and open terrace, Jahaz Mahal are an imaginative recreation in stone of a royal pleasure craft. Viewed on moonlit nights from the adjoining Taveli Mahal, the silhouette of the building, with the tiny domes and turrets of the pavilion gracefully perched on the terrace, presents an unforgettable spectacle.

Hindola Mahal - The church like Hindola mahal or the Swinging palace derives its name from the sloping sidewalks. Due to the slopes the walls of this palace seems to be swinging. Hindola mahal essentially was a meeting place during Ghiyas-ud-din-Khilji's time. The architecture of this building is unique and very innovative. Probably the slopes were built to take the rulers upstairs on elephant. The decorated facades and delicate trellis on the molded columns add to the beauty of this sandstone structure. On the western side of this structure there are many building and structures which narrate a saga of past grandeur and glory. One interesting structure is the Champ Baoli or pond which has a underground arrangement of vaulted rooms for hot and cold water.

Hoshang Shah's Tomb - India 's first marble edifice, it is one of the most refined examples of Afghan architecture. Its unique features are the magnificently proportioned dome, marble lattice work of remarkable delicacy and porticoes courts and towers to mark the four corners of the rectangle. Shah Jehan sent four of his great architects to study the design of and draw inspiration from the Tomb. Among them was Ustad Hamid, who was also associated with the construction of Taj Mahal.

Jami Masjid - The Jami Masjid was conceived on a grand scale, with a high plinth and a huge domed porch projecting in the centre, the background dominated by similar imposing domes with the intervening space filled up by innumerable domes. One is struck by the huge proportions and the stern simplicity of its construction. The great court of the mosque is enclosed on all sides by huge colonnades with a rich and pleasing variety in the arrangement of arches, pillars, number of bays, and in the rows of domes above.

Rewa Kund - A reservoir, built by Baz Bahadur with an aqueduct to provide Roopmati's palace with water. Today, the pool is revered as a sacred spot.

Baz Bahadur's Palace - It was Built by Baz Bahadur in the early 16th century, the palace's unique features are its spacious courtyards surrounded by halls and high terraces which afford a superb view of the surrounding countryside.

Roopmati's Pavilion - The pavilion was originally built as an army observation post. From its hilltop perch, this graceful structure with its two pavilions was a retreat of the lovely queen, from where she could see Baz Bahadur's palace and the Narmada flowing through the Nimar plains far below.

Ashrafi Mahal - This was essentially built as a Madrassa, a place for Islamic teaching. Even today the rooms and cells tell a story of teaching and studying. The name means palace of gold and was build by Mahmud Shah Khilji.

Champa Baoli - Champa Baoli is an interesting step-well on the north edge of the tank situated there. It was a popular hot-weather retreat and featured cool wells and bathrooms.


There are so many good restaurants with different delicacies, and all the major hotels has their own specialty restaurant and bar.


Pachmarhi is a hill station in Madhya Pradesh state of central India. It's widely known as "Satpura ki Rani", situated at a height of 3500 ft. in a valley of the Satpura Range.

Pachmarhi is still a popular tourist retreat; its elevation offers some relief from the summer heat, and the lush forests of the Satpuras, with their streams and waterfalls, are picturesque and home to much wildlife. Pachmarhi lies within the Pachmarhi Biosphere Preserve, created in 1999 to link two forest reserves and Satpura National Park into a larger wildlife conservation area. It also has Dhupgarh- the highest point in Central India

Pachmarhi is Madhya Pradesh's most verdant jewel, a place where nature has found exquisite expression in myriad enchanting ways. Green shades embrace the mountains, and everywhere is heard the gentle murmur of flowing water. Bridle paths lead into tranquil forest glades, groves of wild bamboo and jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets. Complementing the magnificence of nature are the works of man; Pachmarhi is also an archaeological treasure-house. In cave shelters in the Mahadeo Hills is an astonishing richness in rock paintings. Most of these have been placed in the period 500-800 AD, but the earliest paintings are an estimated 10,000 years old


By Air - The nearest Airport is Bhopal (195km by road). Bhopal is connected from Delhi, Gwalior, Indore, Bombay, Raipur and Jabalpur.

By Rail - The nearest Railhead is Pipariya (54km ) on Mumbai- Howrah rail route via Itarsi. Itarsi is 60km away from Pachmarhi.

By Road - Pachmarhi is connected by regular bus services with Bhopal, Indore, Nagpur, Hoshangabad, Chhindwara and Pipariya. The hill station lies on the Piparia-Matkuli- Pachamrhi road, 123 kms. from district head-quarter. M.P Tourism also operators regular coach services between Bhopal and Pachmarchi. Taxis are available at Pipariya.


The best time to visit Pachmarhi is April-July, however Pachmarhi can be visited throughout the year except during the rains.


Pandav Caves - Five ancient dwellings excavated in the sandstone rock in a low hill. Pachmarhi derives its name from these caves which, as the legend goes, once provided sanctuary to the five Pandav brothers. These caves are now protected monuments.

Handi Khoh - Pachmarhi's most impressive ravine has a 300 feet high precipice and dramatically steep sides.

Catholic Church - It was built in 1892 by the British, the Catholic Church is a blend of the French and Irish architecture. Its Belgium stained-glass windows add rare attraction and beauty to the building. The church has a cemetery attached to it and graves date from 1859, World War I & II.

Satpura National Park - Set up in 1981, Satpura National Park is 524 sq km in area. It spreads through dense forest of evergreen sal, teak and bamboo. The high peaks of Dhoopgarh and Mahadeo, Bori's legendary teak and bamboo forests, Pachmarhi's fascinating natural beauty of deep valleys, high mountains, rivulets, waterfalls and Tawa's vast reservoir combine to give this park unique beauty and a breathtaking variety of attractions. The park is home to the bison, tiger, Leopard, bear, four-horned deer, blue-bull and a rich variety of birds.

Priyadarshini (Forsyth Point) - This vantage viewing point marks the place from where Pachmarhi was discovered by Captain Forsyth in 1857. The British developed Pachmarhi as a resort and their influence is embodied in its churches and colonial architecture.


There are so many good restaurants with different delicacies, and all the major hotels has their own specialty restaurant and bar.


Pench National Park is located in northwestern Maharastra in India about 70 km from the city of Nagpur. It extends into the neighboring state of Madhya Pradesh. The total area under the Pench Tiger Reserve comes to about 758 km, out of which a core area of 299 sq km is the National Park and 464 km the buffer area.

Pench is named after the river that flows nearby. Pench was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983, though it had been declared a notified area in 1972. Today, the park is the 19th Tiger Reserve in the country and takes pride in its tigers and other wildlife.

Pench National Park has been known through the ages for its rich flora and fauna. Many writers like Captain Forsyth, A.A.D. Brander, R.A. Strendale and Rudyard Kipling have all mentioned Pench in their books as the place with rich and beautiful flora and fauna.

The vegetation here is typical of the southern tropical deciduous forest. Other important natural forests in Maharashtra like the Nagzira Sanctuary and the Navegaon National Park are also comparatively close to Pench.

The park is also rich in bird life with over 200. The Pench River and water streams that weave through the area along with nallahs and ravines provide the perfect habitat for the water birds of this region. This is also the hunting ground for crocodiles and turtles.


By Air - Sonegaon Airport , Nagpur is 92 kms from the pench. Nagpur is the nearest airport connected to Delhi & Mumbai and other places by regular flights. Jabalpur is 192 kms from pench and also serves as a convenient airhead with regular flights from Delhi.

By Rail - The nearest railhead is Seoni which is only 30 kms away from Pench National Park.

By Road - The nearest bus stand is at Seoni from where one can take buses or jeeps to the Pench National Park . Seoni is connected to almost all the places in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra by good road and rail networks.


The Pench National Park is open to visitors from early November to end June each year and closed during the rainy season (July- October).


Flora - Pench is blessed with forests spread in all the direction. As per general physiognomy, the forest type here is southern tropical dry deciduous teak and southern tropical mixed deciduous forest with other species of shrubs, trees, and climbers. There are many rare varieties of herbs and grasses in this region that are known to be of medicinal use

Fauna - Pench is very rich in fauna and a number of endangered species have made it their habitat. There is high density of the wild pig, nilgai, chital, muntjac, gaur and four horned antelope. Sighting a tiger is as difficult here as in the other national parks in the country and it needs a lot of patience and luck to sight one.

Apart from mammals and other land-based wildlife, the park is also rich in bird life. According to an estimation of the wildlife authorities, the bird population in the park stands at over 125 species like barbets, bulbuls, minivets orioles, wagtails, munias, mynas, waterfowls, and blue kingfishers. The Pench River , water streams, and nallahs provide the best playground for the water birds of this region. They are also the habitat for crocodiles and fresh water turtles


The sources of food are the restaurants at the resorts. Visitors own resort will definitely provide catering facilities. It is however possible to utilize the restaurant at the MPTDC resort even if they are not staying there.


Sanchi is a serene hill crowned by a group of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from 3rd Century BC to the 12th Century AD. The glory that was Sanchi, an ancient seat of Buddhist learning and place of pilgrimage, can still be experienced in its complex structures where many Buddhist legends found expression in the rich sculpture. The Buddha is not represented through figure art Sanchi, but through symbols, as was the tradition in the early period of Buddhism. The lotus represents the Buddha's birth, the tree signifies his enlightenment, the Wheel represents his first sermon and the Stupa represents his nirvana or salvation. The footprints and the throne denote the Buddha's presence.

Sanchi was virtually forgotten after the 13th Century until 1818, when General Taylor, a British Officer rediscovered it, half buried and well preserved. Later in 1912, Sir John Marshal, Director General of Archaeology ordered the restoration work at the site.


By Air - At a distance of 46 kilometers at Bhopal is the nearest airport of Bhopal that connects Sanchi with the other major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Gwalior and Indore.

By Rail - The railway station of Vidisha is at a distance of 10 kilometers from Sanchi and caters to the tourists who travel by trains.

By Road - The road network links Sanchi with Indore, Sagar, Gwalior, Vidisha and Raisen. From Bhopal the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, several buses and taxis ply to and from Sanchi.


Best time to visit Sanchi is December & January.


Great Stupa - The oldest stone structure in India . 36.5 mt in diameter and 16.4 mt high, with a massive hemispherical dome, the stupa stands in eternal majesty, the paved procession path around it worn smooth by centuries of pilgrims

The Eastern Gateway - It Depicts the young prince, Gautama leaving his father's palace on his journey towards enlightenment and the dream his mother had before his birth.

The Ashoka Pillar - It Lies close to the Southern gateway of the Great Stupa, and is one of the finest examples of the Ashokan pillar and is known for its aesthetic proportions and exquisite structural balance.

The Gupta Temple - In ruins now, this 5th century AD temple is one of the earliest known examples of temple architecture in India .

The Museum - The Archaeological Survey of India maintains a site museum at Sanchi. Noteworthy antiquities on display include the lion capital of the Ashokan pillar and metal objects used by the monks, discovered during excavations at Sanchi.

Udaygiri Caves - It is situated 13 km from Sanchi and 4 km from Vidisha has a group of rock-cut caves. An inscription in one of these states that it was produced during the reign of Chandragupta II (382-401 A.D.), thus dating these caves to 4-5 A.D.

Gyraspur - It is 41 km north-east of Sanchi represent ruins from 9-10 century A.D. in the form of Athakhambe (eight pillars) and Chaukhambe (four pillars), the remains of the columned halls of two temples.


There are so many good restaurants with different delicacies, and all the major hotels has their own specialty restaurant and bar.


Ujjain is an ancient city of central India in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh on the eastern bank of the Kshipra River. It is the administrative centre of Ujjain District and Ujjain Division. In ancient times the city was called Ujjayini and is referred to as Ozene by Ptolemy. It has been the first meridian of longitude for Hindu geographers since the 4th century BCE. It is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus and the Kumbh Mela religious festival is held there every twelve years. It is also home to Mahakal one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines to the god Shiva.

Ujjain is a holy city for Hindus and has many places to visit for the religiously inclined.

Ujjain being an ancient city is home to many monuments that have survived from the ancient period. The Bharthari Gufa is an ancient cave which has some interesting legends associated with it. The Observatory built by a Rajput king, Raja Jai Singh II, is one of four such observatories in India and features ancient astronomical devices.

Geography - Ujjain is situated on the Malwa Plateau in Central India. The soil is black and stony. The vegetation is the typical of arid regions with thorny trees like babul and acacia dominating the landscape. Soybean, wheat, jowar and bajra are the main crops grown.

Climate - Ujjain experiences typical climate conditions of the interior Indian subcontinent. The summer months are harsh with temperatures reaching up to 45°C. The winter months are pleasant and cool. The monsoon typically arrives in late June and the months of June till September receive moderate to heavy rainfall. The month of October generally is very warm and with high humidity.


By Air - The nearest airport is at Indore, 55 km away, is connected by air to Bhopal, Bombay, Delhi and Gwalior.

By Rail - Ujjain is an important railway station on the Western Railway network and connected with most of the major cities in India.

By Road - Good motorable roads connect Ujjain with Ahmedabad (402 km), Bhopal (183 km), Bombay (655 km), Delhi (774 km), Gwalior (451 km), Indore (53 km), Khajuraho (570 km), Mandu (158 km).


Best time to visit is between October and March.


Mahakaleshwar - The Mahakaleshwar temple at Ujjain is located near a lake. It has five levels one of which is underground. The temple itself is located in a spacious courtyard surrounded by massive walls. It is believed that prasada offered here to the deity can be re-offered unlike all other shrines. The temple of Mahakaleshwar , its shikhara soaring into the skies, evokes primordial awe and reverence with its majesty. The Mahakal dominates the life of the city and its people.

Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir - This temple situated above the tank near the Mahakaleshwar temple, enshrines a huge artistic sculpture of Ganesh, the son of Shiva. An idol of this size and beauty is rarely to be found. The middle of the temple is adorned by an idol of the pancha-mukhi (five faced) Hanuman. There is provision for learning of Sanskrit and Astrology in the temple.

Chintaman Ganesh - The temple is built across the Shipra on the Fatehabad railway line. The Ganesh idol enshrined here is supposed to be swayambhu born of itself. The temple itself is believed to be of considerable antiquity. Riddhi and Siddhi, the consorts of Ganesha, are seated on either side of Ganesha. The artistically carved pillars in the assembly hall date back to the Paramara period. Worshippers throng to this temple because the deity here is traditionally known as Chintaharan Ganesh meaning "the assurer of freedom from worldly anxieties".

Bhartrihari Caves - These caves are situated just above the bank of the Shipra near the temple of Gadkalika . According to popular tradition, this is the spot where Bhartrihari, who is said to have been the step brother of Vikramaditya, lived and meditated after renouncing worldly life. He is believed to have been a great scholar and poet. His famous works, Shringarshatak, Vairagyashatak, and Nitishatak, are known for the exquisite use of the Sanskrit meter.

Kaliadeh Palace - Its is situated on the banks of the Shipra, the island-like site immediately conjures up the natural beauty of ancient Ujjain which poets down the ages have waxed lyrical. The glorious landscape of the flowing river on both sides of the palace and the man-made tanks and channels with water gurgling through them provide a spectacular backdrop to the imposing building.

Harsiddhi Temple - This temple occupies a special place in the galaxy of ancient sacred spots of Ujjain. Seated between the idols of Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati, the idol of Annapurna is painted in dark vermilion color. The Sri Yantra, the symbol of power or shakti, is also enshrined in the temple. The temple was reconstructed during the Maratha period and the two pillars adorned with lamps are special features of Maratha art. These lamps lit during Navaratri. There is an ancient well on the premises and an artistic pillar adorns the top of it.

Vikram Kirti Mandir - It is established on the occasion of the second millennium of the Vikram era as the cultural centre to perpetuate the memory of Vikramaditya, the Vikram Kirti Mandir houses the Scindia Oriental Research Institute, an archaeological museum, an art gallery and an auditorium. The Scindia Oriental Research Institute has an invaluable collection of 18,000 manuscripts on various subjects and runs a reference library of important oriental publications.

Sandipani Ashram - The fact that ancient Ujjain apart from its political and religious importance, enjoyed the reputation of being a great seat of learning as early as the Mahabharata period is borne out by the fact that, Lord Krishna and Sudama received regular instruction in the ashram of Guru Sandipani. The area near the ashram is known as Ankapata popularly believed to have been the place used by Lord Krishna for washing his writing tablet. The followers of Vallabha sect regard this place as the 73rd seat of the 84 seats of Vallabhacharya where he delivered his discourses throughout India.


There are so many good restaurants with different delicacies, and all the major hotels has their own specialty restaurant and bar.


Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela chief Rudra Pratap, who became the first Raja of Orchha. In the early 17th century, Raja Jujhar Singh rebelled against the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, whose armies devastated the state and occupied Orchha from 1635 to 1641. Orchha was the only Bundela state not subjugated by the Marathas in the 18th century. The town of Tehri , presently Tikamgarh, about 40 miles south of Orchha, became the capital of Orchha state in 1783, and is presently the district town. Tehri was the site of the fort of Tikamgarh, and the town eventually took the name of the fort.

In 1901, the state had an area of 2080 sq. mi, and population of 321,634. It was the oldest and highest in rank of all the Bundela states, with a 15-gun salute, and its Maharajas bore the hereditary title of First of the Princes of Bundelkhand. Vir Singh, Pratap Singh's successor, merged his state with the Union of India on January 1, 1950. The district became part of Vindhya Pradesh state, which was merged into Madhya Pradesh state in 1956.


By Air - The nearest airport is Gwalior (119 km), which is connected to Delhi , Bhopal , Indore and Bombay . Khajuraho, which is 170 km from Orchha, is connected to Delhi , Agra and Varanasi .

By Rail - The nearest railway station to Orchha is Jhansi which is 16 km from Orchha. It is on the Bombay-Delhi and Delhi-Madras main lines. All major mail and express trains stop at Jhansi .

By Road - Orchha is on the Jhansi-Khajuraho road. There are regular buses and tempos from the Jhansi bus stand for the 18 km journey to Orchha.


The best time to visit Orchha is during the rains from July to September, or in winter from November to early March.


Jehangir Mahal - It was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. Its strong lines are counterbalanced by delicate chhatris and trellis work, the whole conveying an effect of extraordinary richness.

Raj Mahal - It is situated to the right of the quadrangle, this palace was built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, the deeply religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. The plain exteriors, crowned by chhatris, give way to interiors with exquisite murals, boldly colourful on a variety of religious themes.

Chaturbhuj Temple - It was built upon a massive stone platform and reached by a steep flight of steps, the temple was specially constructed to enshrine the image of Rama that remained in the Ram Raja Temple . Lotus emblems and other symbols of religious significance provide the delicate exterior ornamentation. Within, the sanctum is chastely plain with high, vaulted walls emphasizing its deep sanctity.

Laxminarayan Temple - A flagstone path links this temple with the Ram Raja Temple . The style is an interesting synthesis of fort and temple moulds. The interiors contain the most exquisite of Orchha's wall paintings. Covering the walls and ceiling of three halls, these murals are vibrant compositions and cover a variety of spiritual and secular subjects. They are in excellent state of preservation, with the colours retaining their vivid quality.

Rai Parveen Mahal - Rai Parveen was the beautiful paramour of Raja Indramani (1672- 76) and was sent to Delhi on the orders of the Emperor Akbar, who was captivated by her. She so impressed the Great Mughal with the purity of her love for Indramani that he sent her back to Orchha. The palace built for her is a low, two-storeyed brick structure designed to match the height of the trees in the surrounding, beautifully landscaped gardens of Anand Mahal, with its octagonal flower beds and elaborate water supply system. Skillfully carved niches allow light into the Mahal which has a main hall and smaller chambers.


There are so many good restaurants with different delicacies, and all the major hotels has their own specialty restaurant and bar.

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