Top Tourist Places in Madhya Pradesh
When we talk about tourist places in Madhya Pradesh, we talk of some of the most visitied and popular tourist attractions and destinations in India. “Heart of India” is the name given to this central state of the country, Madhya Pradesh. It is a cultural center of the country dotted with spectacular structures like carved temples, forts, palaces and more across the state.
The sacred Stupas at Sanchi, which holds a relic of Lord Buddha is found here and is very significant among the Buddhists. Hinduism too is celebrated in this state, it is home to two of the twelve sacred shrines or the jyotirlingam of Lord Shiva, attracting a large number of pilgrims throughout the year.
Madhya Pradesh – by virtue of its varied landscape and diverse flora and fauna – is an international hotspot when it comes to wildlife safaris in India. This largest Indian state is home to more than 10 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
With multitude of tourist places in Madhya Pradesh that you could cover during your holiday, your trip to MP is going to be an experience of a lifetime with a seamless blend of history, mythology, nature and spirituality.
Khajuraho: Of Sense and Sensibilities
This small town of Khajuraho contributes in promoting the tourism in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the top tourist places in Madhya Pradesh and famous for a group of Hindu and Jain temples, which are considered as a World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. The intricate figurines, carved on the walls have an erotic representation of the Tantric practices,
believed by the Rajput king, Chandela.
This site, however, attracts a wide range of visitors who are eager to explore the exquisite carvings making it the most popular place to visit in Khajuraho. Originally there were 85 temples built, but only 22 remain now. What makes Khajuraho more appealing, is the background of the Vindhya range that beautifies the view.
Khajuraho is a must visit site if you are in Madhya Pradesh, you will be enchanted by the intricate details and the fine architecture of the temples. The best time to visit Khajuraho is during the winter season, from October – March, one can enjoy the artifacts at its best in a calm temperature.
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Kanha National Park: The Jungle Book
One of the largest national parks in the state of Madhya Pradesh is the Kanha located in the Maikal Hills and considered one of the top 10 national parks in India. The park that is said to have inspired Rudyard Kipling to pen down the Jungle Book is one of the most well maintained and the tourists flock in a large number into this wildlife junction. The park is home to several exotic wildlife, like the Barasingha (deer), Cat Tiger and more.
The Sal and bamboo forests and hills of grasslands provides a great view and a sense of tranquility. It is a great pleasure to spot a Tiger moving around with pride. A safari trip into the jungles of Kanha National Park, will be an enthralling experience. The best time to visit the Kanha Tiger Reserve is during the period from mid October to June end.
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Omkareshwar: Immortals of Meluha
The Omkareshwar is a popular Hindu pilgrimage destination as it is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva in India. It is located on the Northern bank of the Narmada River. The river splits into two and forms an island in the center, Interestingly, the island is in the shape of the Hindu symbol of “Om”.
There are many legends behind the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and the culmination of all those makes it a sacred place undeniably.The central Omkareshwar temple is the main tourist attraction in the area, it is built in the North Indian style architecture.
Every day, they have three main prayer services, ‘Puja’. Every Monday, the three headed golden idol is taken out in a procession on the street. The festivals are celebrated in a grand scale, where a large number of pilgrims visit making Omkareshwar one of the popular tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh.
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Gwalior: Legends of Fall
Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is a historically significant city of Gwalior. At one point the capital of the Rajput rulers, has left a predominant mark in the place. The magnificent Fort, is preserved with care and is considered as one of the best in the world. Gwalior is well connected by railway or a roadway.
The legendary Indian musician Tansen is from the city and in his memory a classical music program along with the Gwalior Trade fair is observed every year.
The history of Gwalior goes like this, the king of the region named Suraj Sen was stricken with a grave disease, but later had been cured by a hermit saint named Gwalipa and to show his gratitude, he named the city Gwalior.
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Ujjain: A Drop from the Churning of the Milk of Ocean
In the Malwa region, Madhya Pradesh, along the Banks of the river Kshipre lies the ancient city of Ujjain. The city is an abode to various temples and religious sites, attracting pilgrims in a large scale from all the corners of the country.
It is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus and one of the four sites that host Kumbh Mela. Ujjain is mentioned in the text of the Mahabharata and in Buddhist Literature, thus making it a significant site in the mythologies. Also, historically Ujjain holds a great significance.
One of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva, the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is located here in this holy city. Other popular tourist places in Ujjain are the Radha Madan Mohan Temple, Pir Matsyendranath, Kal Bhairava, Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir and more. The best time to visit Ujjain is during the winter season.
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Bandhavgarh National Park: Into the Wild
One of the major tourist attractions in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the famous National Parks in India. There was an old Fort in the area, from it comes the name of the park. It is located in the Vindhya ranges. The population of the tiger in this Park is denser than in any other Parks in the country.
The jungle area used to be home for the white tigers but has got no records of it since past 50 years. This forest area of Bandhavgarh National Park lies between the cliffs and wooded Vindhya Range. You can witness a number of birds in the plains region. It is a self sustaining jungle with rich flora and fauna, some of the common animals are Nilgai, wild boar, fox, jack and more. The area was once a hunting ground for the Rewa royal members.
The best time to visit the Bandhavgarh Park is during the cooler months starting from October. Although the warmer month of April and May are considered best time for tiger spotting in Bandhavgarh.
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Orchha: Return to Innocence
Along the banks of the beautiful Betwa river is a town of Orchha, Madhya Pradesh and was founded by the Rajput Chieftain, Rudra Pratap in the 16th century. Orchha has hardly undergone changes, the medieval outlook of the place is still dominant. When you enter the city, it seems like the time just stopped.
The ancient structures are scattered all over the place, you can visit these sites like the old Fort, Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxminarayan Temple, Jahangir Mahal and more, the architectural usage are proofs of different rules that took over. Orchha is vibrant in its nature and dead in its age, but giving us the perfect blend of both.
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Mandu: The Last Song
In the Dhar district in western Madhya Pradesh, lies the ruined city of Mandu or Madhavgad. The location of this region is pleasant, it is placed on a forested plateau and the city is dotted with several structures of ancient architecture. Mandu was once the capital of Northern Muslim state and was popular for its magnificent palaces, mosques, tombs and above all the legend of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur.
These beautiful objects now stand on its own ruins over the course of 400 years, releasing its own antique and exotic aura. The main tourist places in Mandu are the Darwazas, Hindola Mahal, Hathi Mahal, Jami Masjid, Jahaz Mahal which means a floating palace. The Roopmati’s Pavilion, from where you can have a great view of the sunset.
The best time to visit Mandu is from July till September making it one of the popular monsoon holiday destinations in India. Mandu could also be visited during winter seasons from November till February as the temperature remains cool making it suitable for local sightseeing.
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Indore: The Urban Chronicle
The largest city in the state and is located on the Malwar Plateau is Indore is one of the major tourist attractions in Madhya Pradesh. It lies on the banks of the River Khan and Saraswati, and carries the name of a deity. Indore is famous for its architectural glory and the legends behind this city is narrated out loud by the ancient monuments.
The vibrancy of the place is sure to leave you speechless and offers you a thrilling experience altogether. The rich tourist attractions in Indore are mainly the ancient forts, magnificent palaces and the artistic temples. The interesting part about Indore is that it has a different side to it, it is a host to a variety of industries and is very advanced in IT services.
It is home to many institutes and is a business hub of Madhya Pradesh, the telecom automobile and textile industries have a lot of scope here. You can visit the Indore tourist attractions like the Rajdawa, Khajrana Ganesh Mandir , Chattri Bagh, Lalbagh Palace, Indore museum and more. Are you ready to taste the two sides of the city in one go? If Yes, then Indore awaits you.
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Sanchi: Heart of Wisdom
It is a small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India and is a site of great significance among the Buddhists. The location has several ancient Buddhist monuments, thus attracting a big number of pilgrims. However, the famous tourist place in Sanchi is the great stupa which is a UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site. It is the oldest stone structure in India and its foundation was laid down by the king Ashoka in the 3rd century.
The detailing is carved on the gateways and is very noteworthy. Each Toranas that surrounds the Stupa, represents love , peace, courage and trust. The relic of Lord Buddha is honored and sheltered by a symbolic crowning by the Chatra to indicate respect for the high rank. One needs to visit to explore the destination, so holy and beautiful at the same time.
The best time to visit Sanchi would be anytime between October and March. The festival of Chethiyagiri Vihara is celebrated in the month of November and one of the major Buddhist festivals to attend in India.
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