The central part of Indian continent is the home of innumerable monuments, magnificent forts, exquisitely carved temples, stupas and a number of rivers, which collectively pronounce only one, name, i.e. Madhya Pradesh. The state witnesses countless numbers of tourist traffic in every year from every category whether they are domestic or international. It is the cultural importance and the spellbinding attractions of the state that magnetizes the tour enthusiasts to spend the best holiday in their life in this virgin landscape. The weather of the state is unbearably hot during summers. Therefore, tourist prefers to travel India especially Madhya Pradesh in winter, from October to March.
Tour destinations of the state which you should not miss out:
Khajuraho, the World Heritage Site is also one of the seven wonders of India. The temple is located in the Chhatarpur district, which is very close to the Khajuraho domestic airport. The temples were built by Chandel Kings during medieval Hindu and Jain period. Among all Khajuraho temples Lalgun Mahadev, Lakshmana, Kandariya Mahadev, Chausath Yogini, Devi Jagadambi, etc. are famous. These sandstone temples are known for its erotic sculptures that are beautifully carved on the periphery of the temples. Holiday packages to Khajuraho covers all the major attractions of the city that travelers can choose from the mass. It also includes sightseeing of Jain Museum, Dhubela Museum and Ajaigarh Fort.
If you want to know the cultural heritage of Madhya Pradesh, then come to Gwalior city. Here, you can find numbers of forts, museum, palaces and temples, which never fails to entice the tourist towards it by its cultural significance.
The massive Gwalior Fort; situated on the top hills of the city, once was the battleground of many rulers, but now it has become a wonderful tourist attraction spot. Apart from that, there are also fascinating attractions such as Man Mandir Palace, Saas-Bahu Temple, Suraj Kund, etc. which are worth watching. This is the city where the great musician Tansen had taken birth. Presently, the Gwalior has become an important tourist destination due to its architectural and historical significance.
Orchha, a small town of Madhya Pradesh; is situated in the Tikamgarh district, which is very well connected to Jhansi. The city is boarded by Betwa River. The prime attraction of the town is the massive Orchha Fort; was built by Rudra Pratap Singh. The Fort complex has two famous buildings named as Jahagir Mahal and Raj Mandir, those once was the residency of Royal families. Here, you can also find some 16th and 17th century’s temple like Chatur Bhuj temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and the Raj Mandir, which have a great religious importance.
Bandhavgarh National Park –
Bandhavgarh National Park has two major tourist attractions, one is its wildlife and another one is Bandhavgarh Fort. The National Park is situated in the Umaria district, where tourist can discover highest numbers of tigers. The wide dense forest is the home of many endangered wildlife species like Indian bison, langurs, chital, tigers, nilgais, chinkara, chausingha, wild boars, Jakals, etc. Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari are some unique conveyance, which you can experience during your Bandhavgarh wildlife excursion. Bandhavgarh Fort is considered as the best place for bird watching, where you can find some rare species of birds.
Kanha National Park –
Kanha National Park is one another important attraction of the state; situated in the Mandla and Balaghat districts. This is the largest National Park in Central India, which has a significant population of leopards, sloth dear, wild dog, Barasingha and Royal Bengal Tiger. The dark green forest of Kanha National Park is the home of 1000 species of floral plants, which have a great significance.
Jabalpur is situated on the bank of holy river Narmada. The city is loaded with unmatchable natural beauty, which has no comparison with any other cities. Jabalpur is surrounded by rocky hills of granite stones and its mountains are always covered by green grassland. There are numbers of sightseeing options around the city such as Bilhari, famous for ancient sculptors; Roopnath, popular for Shiva Lingam, placed in the cleft of a rock; and Ramnagar Fort which attracts tourists from all over world.
Omkareshwar is a sacred temple city of Madhya Pradesh; situated on an island of Narmada River, which is called Shivpuri. Omkareshwar is one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. A continuous flow of Hindu devotees always can be seen in this heavenly place. Boating on the holy river Narmada always attracts tourist to pamper their valuable time. There are also a number of tourist attractions in Omkareshwar that are worth mentioning such as Siddhnath Temple, 24 Avtars, cluster of Jain and Hindu temple; and Kajal Rani Cave.
The ruined town Mandu tells a love story of a Muslim prince whose love story with a poor shepherd girl is still memorized. This historical town is renowned for its ancient history and rocky outcrop. The attractions of the place are Jahaz Mahal, which is situated between two artificial lakes and Baz Bahadur’s Palace, which is famous for its large courtyards encompassed by large halls and high terraces. People also consider Mandu as a perfect honeymoon destination as it is the city of love and delight.
Panna National Park –
Panna National Park is the habitat of a number of endangered animals such as tiger, chinkara, sambhar, chital and sloth bear and bird species like Bar-headed Goose, King Vulture, Honey Buzzard and Blossom-headed Parakeet. The park was declared Tiger Reserve in India in 1994 so as to eliminate poaching.
First time visitors to Panna can see the famous diamond mining industry, Rajgarh Palace and Pandav fall, which are some worth visiting attractions of the city.
Bhimbetka Caves –
Bhimbetka rock shelters once were the dwellings of human beings. An ideal observation on the walls of these caves will take you back to the late Stone Age period where you can find some fascinating paintings of Paleolithic times. It makes easy to differentiate the shape and size of animals of past in comparison to present. Bhimbetka Caves are an archeological heritage site located in Raisen district and are surrounded by the forests of Sal and teak.
Snachi Stupa –
The old city of Madhya Pradesh, Sanchi is very popular for its well-preserved stupas, which was built by Ashoka in so many years ago. In the large hemispherical domes of Sanchi Stupa, the relics of Lord Buddha are found. This 3rd Century’s Stupa is surrounded by a railing with four carved gateways facing all the four directions. In this city you tourist can also find some wonderful temples, monasteries and pillars, which boost up the beauty of Sanchi.
Maheshwar is a holy temple city situated on the bank of Narmada River that comes under Khargone District. Maheshwar is one another name of Lord Shiva as Hindu devotees suggest and it is the place where the Almighty inhabited. There are some popular Narmada Ghats, where saint’s worship can be watched early in the morning. Some popular destinations of the place are Rajarajeshwara Temple, Omkareshwar Temple and Ahilyeshwar Temple. Months from July to March is considered the best time to visit Maheshwar because the weather becomes ideal during this time.
The beautiful city of MP shows a great amalgamation of religious sites, historical places and some enchanting gardens, which will never disappoint the tourists. During your sightseeing of the city you can visit Rajwada Palace. The palace is a perfect blend of French, Mughal and Maratha architectural style. Chhatri Bagh is one another popular tourist attractions due to its beautiful canopies. Tourist can also visit some religious places of Indore like Bada Ganpati, Seth Hukamchand Temple and Kanch Mandir which have a great religious importance. If you wish you can spend couple of times in the most popular zoological park, Kamala Nehru Park to watch some animals, amphibians, carnivores, omnivores and birds.