ABOUT MADHYA PRADESH
Madhya Pradesh can be described as the best state of the nation when it comes to the diversity of its tourism destinations. Madhya Pradesh is known as the “Heart of India” because of a lot many things that it has to offer. It has been home to cultural and spiritual heritage of almost all the religions. Innumerable monuments, intricately carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces are dotted all over the State. The natural beauty of the state is equally varied. Consisting largely of a plateau, the State has everything, from mighty mountain ranges to meandering rivers to miles of verdant forests. In fact a large part of Madhya Pradesh is under the forest cover, offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife. In the National Parks of Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench you can spot the tiger, bison and a wide variety of deer and antelope.
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Go for an Adventurous Wildlife Safari: The most important facet of tourism in Madhya Pradesh is the abundance of wildlife it possesses. There is no better way to explore and experience the exotic wildlife hiding in the core areas of these wildlife parks than to indulge in the adventure of wildlife safari.
Trek to Highest Peak of Madhya Pradesh, Dhoopgarh: Catch the sun setting down the green horizons of the lush greenery, leaving behind a colorful sky to mesmerize your senses at Dhoopgarh. Renowned for being the highest point in the Satpura Range, Dhoopgarh is a popular name among the trekkers in Madhya Pradesh.
Take a Spiritual Tour of Temples of Khajuraho: Temples of Khajuraho are one of the priceless gems the state of Madhya Pradesh boasts of. Displaying an extremely brilliant level of art through erotic sculptures and carvings, these 1000 years old temples speak volumes about the bygone era which makes them a treat for any history lover visiting the state.
Explore the Ruins of Afghan Architecture in Mandu: Simply one of the best sites for the patrons of architecture in the entire state, ruins of Mandu displays an impeccable example of Afghan architecture. The site features some beautiful palaces and mosques built during the Afghan rule in the region.
Explore the Gigantic Gwalior Fort: The grandeur of Gwalior Fort located on the top of a hillock in Gwalior is unbeatable. From its palaces to its temples, everything about the fort holds an unparalleled charm, and is sure to woo anybody who is into art, architecture, and history.
Take a Hike to the Most Scenic Patalpani Waterfall: A hike that takes you to an unbelievable sight is totally worth the efforts. Such an example is the hike to Patalpani Waterfall near Indore. Frequented by tourists and families for a picnic, this waterfall allures spectators, draped in greens of the forest that surrounds it.
Enjoy a Day Out at Cruise on Upper Lake, Bhopal: The calm and picturesque water body adds grace to the city of Bhopal, and the best way to experience the tranquility of this lake is to indulge in a cruise ride here.
Go on a Food Trip to Indore: Famous for its street food and many other delicacies, Madhya Pradesh is a paradise for foodies. So, if you are one, a food spree at Chappan Dukan and Sarafa Bazar is a must try thing for you to when you are in Indore.
Explore the Culture with Heritage Tour to Orchha: Stretched across the banks of River Betwa, the townhouses some prominent palaces and Hindu temples displaying the royalness of the Bundela Rajpur Dynasty that once reigned this region.
Witness Exquisite Architecture at Sanchi Stupa: It is essentially a Buddhist Complex, located on a hilltop in Sanchi Town, whose construction dates as back as to the 3rd century BC. The site is an exemplifying example of Buddhist architecture, features stupas, monasteries and a museum.
Marvel at the Beauty of Taj-Ul-Masjid: Being the largest mosque in the country, Taj-Ul-Masjid covers an area of 430,000 sq feet and can accommodate around 175,000 people at a point of time. The magnificent architecture of the mosque reflects the ancient Mughal style.
Ancient Paintings in the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka Caves: Rock shelters, cave paintings, and rich flora and fauna; Bhimbetka caves is certainly a place to treasure. Comprising around 243 rock shelters, these caves feature the paintings which bear a close resemblance to that of Kakadu National Park in Australia.
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Bhopal: The city of Bhopal is often called the ‘City of Lakes’ as it features a pair of artificial lakes – Upper Lake and Lower Lake, Bhopal is a true paradise for history buffs as it boasts numerous historical monuments, religious places, and several museums. The city is also famous for its Nawabi food that is an absolute delight for foodies.
Gwalior: One of the most beautiful cities of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is very famous for its glorious history and rich cultural heritage. Gwalior Fort was described as the pearl amongst fortresses in India. The city and its fortress have been ruled by several historic northern Indian kingdoms. From the Tomars in the 13th century, it was passed on to the Mughal Empire, then to the Maratha in 1754, followed by the Scindias in 18th century AD.
Khajuraho: The marvelous architecture and erotic carvings are the best and most notable aspects of Khajuraho temples. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 25 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 8 square miles. The temples also have numerous other sculptures depicting the life of a common man in that era. Khajuraho.
Bandhavgarh National Park: Situated in Vindhya Hills, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the renowned places of wildlife in India, and among the best tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh is known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world and the frequent sightings of royal tigers make this national park a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts. One can spot more than 22 species of mammals.
Sanchi: Famous worldwide for its Buddhist monuments, Sanchi is one of the popular places of heritage in Madhya Pradesh. A renowned UNESCO World Heritage site, the Great Stupa is one of the oldest stone structures in India and was installed by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty in the 3rd century BC. This Greco-Buddhist-style monument is believed to hold the bones and beads of some of the closest disciples of Buddha.
Pachmarhi: Pachmarhi is a stunning hill station located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, India. Treasured with ancient caves of the Buddhist era, and bewitching forests of the Satpuras with the streams and waterfalls, Pachmarhi is a perfect places to visit.
Kanha National Park: Kanha National Park is one of the most well managed, tourist-friendly & popular tiger reserves of India. Kanha has the highest density of tiger population in the state with around 80 big cats wandering aimlessly in the forest area. Besides its rich tiger population, there are also around 100 leopards, a huge population of deer and antelopes, including some 400 southern swamp deer (barasingha) which exist nowhere else in the world. One can also see plenty of langurs, Indian bison, wild boar and jackal along with 260 bird species here.
Bhimbetka: The archaeological site of Bhimbetka is one of the popular places of heritage in Madhya Pradesh, The site consists of around 750 rock shelters distributed over 10 km. The Bhimbetka group contains 243 of these, while the Lakha Juar group nearby has 178 shelters. The Bhimbetka site has the oldest-known rock art in India.
Mandu: Mandu is an ancient fort city located in the present-day Mandav area of the Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh. Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Mandu or Mandavgad, the epitome of architectural excellence, the city sits over a plateau and is surrounded by walls of stones and dotted with 12 gateways. The beauty of Mandu is visible in its palaces, monuments, and widespread lawns.
Ujjain: Ujjain is an ancient city situated in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Kshipra River, the ancient city is known as the temple city for its numerous temples from different eras including one of the 12 Jyotirlingas the Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain is one of the four sacred sites in India, where the famous ‘Kumbh Mela’, one of the largest religious festivals in the world.
Orchha: Orchha is a historical town located on the banks of river Betwa in Madhya Pradesh, known for its grand palaces, and intricately carved temples. Famously known as the city of palaces, it is world-renowned for the classic mural paintings.
Forts and Palaces: Madhya Pradesh is well known for its mighty forts and enthralling history preserved in the walls of these grandeurs. Have a look at some of the stunning masterpieces which are now the symbol of a bygone era and are part of India’s rich historical & cultural treasures.
Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks: Madhya Pradesh has 9 National Parks and 25 Sanctuaries spread over an area of 10,862 square km constituting 11.40% of the total forest area and 3.52% of the geographical area of the state. At present, the state has 5 Project Tiger areas in the state namely – Kanha, Panna, Bandhavgarh, Pench and Satpura. It is also known as the ‘Tiger State’ as it occupies around 19% of India’s Tiger Population and 10% of the world’s tiger population.
Temples: Temples in Madhya Pradesh have been noted for their distinct art and architecture along with the ability to soothe minds of the visitors by offering a religious escape into the abode of Gods. If you are feeling the pressure of work or mundanity or looking for a new direction, a visit to these temples is the best way to relax and unwind on a vacation in Madhya Pradesh.
Tradition and culture: No other state in India, but Madhya Pradesh, enmeshes so many different flavours of tradition and culture. The culture of Madhya Pradesh is a harmonious amalgamation of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and Sikhs. Moreover, the tribal communities of the state comprises of different tribes like Bhils, Gonds, Oraons, Kols, Bhilalas, Murias and Korkens, to name a few. These people belonging to numerous religions and ethnic backgrounds reflect the concept of Indian secularism and contribute to the animated cultural effervescence of the state.
Suggested daily budget – 50-60 EUR / 52-62 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)
October to March (Winter): as the climate remains cool and befit for sightseeing and indulging in activities.
Temperature: 5°C – 27°C
This is the time to enjoy the tourist destinations and attractions in Madhya Pradesh. During winters, mercury level drops to as low as 5 degrees. During the day, the sun is milder and the weather remains pleasant, making it the best time for local sightseeing tours.
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