30 Famous Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh
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Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India is most famous for its rich architectural history and national reserves. The state Madhya Pradesh also known as Heart of India due to its geographical location in the center of India. Below are the lists of 30 places that must be visited in Madhya Pradesh.
Bhojtal, formerly known as Upper Lake or Bada Talab is located on the western side of the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. It is built by Pramara Raja Bhoj during his tenure as King of Malwa (1005-1055). According to folklore, one interesting fact about this lake is that Raja Bhoj built this lake on the suggestion of a saint to cure his skin disease. A huge statue of Raja Bhoj with his sword is also installed on one side of the lake. The city, also known as the City Of Lakes makes Bhojtal one of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh. The lake is surrounded by many other tourists’ attractions which adds up to the beauty of the lake. The lake serves as a major source of drinking water to its residents.
Gwalior Fort, Gwalior
Rich in History, Gwalior Fort was built by Sakarwar Rajput King named Suraj Sen. Located in the city Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, it is said to be built around 10th century but constant archaeological studies dates it back to early 6th century. The fort has seen many rulers in its history. The fort houses several temples, palaces, and water tanks built by the rulers over their ruling period. There are two gates, Elephant gate also known as Hathi Gate and the other gate is Badalgarh Gate.
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Raisen District
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003, the site was also declared as protected under Indian Laws and managed by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1990. It is located in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh. Spread in 1829 hectares of land, the site has seven hills Vinayaka, Bhonrawali, Bhimbetka, Lakha Juara east, Lakha Juara west, Jhondra, and Muni Babaki Pahari. The site has the world’s oldest stone walls and floors. The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters gives evidence of human life settlement since the Stone Age. What makes the site interesting is the Rock Art and Paintings, which are classified into seven periods giving evidence of life over many centuries.
Bandhavgarh National Park, Umaria Distrcit
Located in the eastern Satpura Hill range of Umaria District of Madhya Pradesh, spread in the area of 1,536 km2 (593 sq mi) the national park houses white tigers, leopards, and deer. It is one of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh as itis most commonly known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers. Bandhavgarh” means (Bandhav = Brother, Garh = Fort). According to folklore, the name was acquired as it was given to Lord Lakshmana by Lord Rama to keep an eye on Lanka. The National Park is also the house of 37 species of mammals, there are more than 250 species of birds, around 80 species of butterflies, and a number of reptiles.
Commissioned by Emperor Ashoka the Great, Sanchez Stupa was built to preserve the Buddhists Philosophy. Located on a hilltop at Sanchez Town in Raisen District of the State of Madhya Pradesh, Sanchez is tagged as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1989. Famous for its Great Stupa or Stupa No.1, Sanchez provides an interesting view of the Buddhist religion.
Kanha Tiger Reserve, Mandala and Balaghat
Kanha National Park or Kisli National Park spreads over the area of two districts Mandala and Balaghat of Madhya Pradesh State. Another famous national park of the state has Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Indian Leopard, Dhole, Barasingha, Blackbuck, and wild dogs.
An interesting fact about this Tiger Reserve is that Rudyard Kipling in his book Jungle Book has depicted this one also. The Tiger Reserve is also the first in India to introduce its own mascot Bhoorsingh the Barasingha. Rich in Flora and Fauna, this place makes on the list of one of the must-visit places in Madhya Pradesh.
Another place in Madhya Pradesh that is UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Chhatarpur district of the state. The site is famous for its erotic sculptures. The Khajuraho group of temples are a mixture of two religions, Hinduism and Jainism. Khajuraho Temple complex organizes evening show known as son et lumière (sound & light).
Also, the best time to visit Khajuraho is during the month of February as the Khajuraho Dance Festival is held during that month. The festival features various classical Indian dances telling the story of the backdrop of the Chitragupta or Vishwanath Temples.
Panchmarhi is a hill station located in Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh. Widely known as Satpura ki Rani, Panchmarhi serves as a heaven for tourists. It is famous for Satpura Tiger Reserve and Satpura National Park. It is rich in flora and fauna as well. Many sites of tourists interest here are Rajat Prapat, Bee fall, Bada Mahadev, Apsara Falls, Dhupgarh, Satpura Tiger Reserve, Chauragarh to name a few. Tourists visit the place throughout the year as this place offers a visual treat to people. One must definitely visit Panchmarhi when visiting Madhya Pradesh.
Mahadev pani is located in Gopisur, Satkunda in Madhya Pradesh which lies on the road connecting Bhopal and Vidisha. The place is a major picnic spot, it attracts tourists because of its waterfall and small pools all over the area. The spot lies 70ft deep in the forest. The waterfall is made by the water coming through forests and lakes nearby. The place also has small idols of Lord Shiva all over the place. The best time to visit the place is during the monsoon season.
Bhadawana Waterfall, Gwalior
The waterfall is located in the city of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. The waterfalls from the mountain and in the middle of the forest. The ponds in the area serve as a chilling spot for the tourists. A small temple is also located at the top of the waterfall. The place is a good picnic spot for tourists during the rainy season.
Sarafa Bazar, Indore
Sarafa Bazaar is one of the best tourist places and is the sole place for foodies. Contributing to the food culture, the city is located in the Indore city of Madhya Pradesh. The place constitutes of many food stalls rich in food from different parts of the state and the country. It’s a heavenly place for tourists to spend during the evening.
Moti Masjid, Bhopal
With a striking resemblance to Delhi’s Moti Masjid, this mosque was built in the year 1860. It is also known as the Pearl Mosque due to the shinning white façade. Moti Masjid is one of the top places to visit in Madhya Pradesh because of its rich history. Relatively smaller than other mosques in the city, these mosques hold a significant place in the hearts of the residents as it was built by one of the strongest and progressive Muslim women of that time.
Satpura Tiger Reserve, Hoshangabad
Madhya Pradesh hosts many National Parks among which Satpura Tiger Reserve is located in the Hoshangabad district of the state. It was established in 1981 and is spread over the area of 524km square. Home to various rare tigers and other species of flora and fauna the reserve also has other attractions, Pandav Caves, Dhoopgarh Peak, Bee Falls to name a few.
It is rich in biodiversity and dense forests, Ravines, narrow gorges, sandstone peaks make the most of the beauty of the Tiger Reserve.
Man Singh Palace, Gwalior
Gwalior, one such prominent rich history city also homes Man Singh Palace built by Raja Mansingh. An example of amazing Hindu architecture has 2 floors, courtyards, apartments, and large rooms. Underground basement floors with circular cells were used as a prison. An evening show of sound and light is organized every evening for the tourists.
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Ujjain
Mahakaleshwar temple located in the city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh is famous for its Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the side of the river Kshipra, the temple welcomes people from all over the world. A huge fair is held on the day of Shivratri. The holy city has a religious aura that gives an amazing experience to the tourists.
Bhojeshwar Temple, Bhojpur
Bhojeshwar temple is also a home for Lord Shiva. It is located in the Bhojpur Village of Raisen city. Bhojeshwar temple houses a 2.3m high lingam in its sanctum. The temple is said to be unfinished and its construction plans engraved on the surrounding rocks have contributed to understanding the construction techniques of the 11th century. Once surrounded by 3 dams and a reservoir and the engraved architectural plans suggest that the temple could have made Bhojpur one of the largest temple complexes of India.
Lal Baagh Palace, Indore
The palace is situated on the outskirts of the Indore city, MP. Built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao in the year 1186-1921 it is located on the banks of the River Khan. The palace is known for exhibiting the lifestyle of the Maratha Rulers. It also displays a coin collection from the Muslim period. The palace has a huge rose garden which attracts a large number of audiences. Along with the rose garden, the main attraction for the tourists has furnished rooms with cravings on the floors and ceilings of the palace, Italian marble columns, Persian carpets, grand chandelier. The entrance gate is said to be imported from London and resembles the gates of Buckingham Palace, London.
Van Vihar, Bhopal
Van Vihar is located in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It is the most admired national park and zoo of the country. It is a home for Tigers, Leopards, Hyena, Sloth bears. The animals of this park are said to have adopted or are transferred from one zoo to another. Special care is given to the animals and is protected from poachers. One special feature of the park that makes it must-see for tourists is that it promotes cycling. You can take the tour of Van Vihar either on foot or by bicycle.
Dhuandhar waterfalls, Bhhedaghat
The waterfall is located in the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The names derives from ‘Dhuan’ meaning smoke and ‘Dhar’ meaning flow as the waterfall gives a smoke-flow like feeling. The river water from the river Narmada flows through the bed of white and grey marble rocks which lifts up the beauty of the fall. The place calls for a large number of tourists throughout the year.
Manuabhan Tekri, Bhopal
Giving the 3600 view of the city Bhopal, Manuabhan Tekri lies on the hill top of Lalghati. On the tekri, A jain temple is also situated and Shri Man Bhadarji’s idol has also been installed. The hill top gives a scenic view of the whole city. The hilltop also gives a clear view of Bhopal airport. Watching the landing and take-off of the flights from a hilltop is a treat to the eyes.
Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Khandwa
Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple of Lord Shiva. It is located near the Narmada River in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. One of the interesting facts about this place is that the island where it is located is said to be like the Devnagri Om symbol. It homes one of the 12 shrines of Lord Shiva in the country. This place is also a must-visit place of Madhya Pradesh.
Patalpani Falls, Indore
Located in Mhow Tehsil, near Indore the waterfall is an exquisite beauty. The place is known famously as a trekking spot near Indore. The place is crowded by tourists during the rainy season as it gives a treat to the eyes. The 300m high waterfall is said to have its depth unknown and goes as deep as ‘pataal’.
Lotus Lake, Indore
Lotus Lake also is known as Gulawat Talab is located in Gulawat, Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The scenic beauty of this place is enhanced by the calm water of lake swarming with lotus. The lotus lake also has bamboo plantation, exotic birds, and home to a variety of lotus that makes it one of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh.
Taj Ul Masjid situated in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh is the largest mosque in India. The name Taj-Ul-Masjid meaning ‘Crown of the Mosques’ is also one of the largest mosques in Asia. The construction of the mosque started during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar by Nawab Shah Jahan Begum and continued till 1985. Rich in its construction history, the famous mosques call for tourists from all over the world.
Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum, Bhopal
The rich in tribal culture, the state tribal museum is located in the Shymala Hills of Bhopal. The museum exhibits tribal culture, lifestyle and their works. The museum provides an outlook for tribal culture through their artworks and crafts. The place is also next to another museum known as Manav Sanghralay.
Raisen Fort, Raisen
The 8800-year-old fort is located in Raisen city of Madhya Pradesh. The fort is famous for its history and is a good place for history buffs. The place also known as Bhopal Fort has a water reservoir, a few palaces, and a temple within a fort. The fort has four palaces named Badal Mahal, Rohini Mahal, Itradaan Mahal, and Hawa Mahal. The fort has a mosque and a temple.
Orchha Fort, Orchha
Located in the Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, it is the most popular fort in the Orchha. The fort complex houses ancient monuments like forts, palaces, and other temples. The fort is notable for its projected balconies, open flat areas, and decorated latticed windows. A fort is a must-visit place in Madhya Pradesh, it is also an amazing example of Mughal- influenced Rajput architecture.
Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha
The temple is located in Orchha in Madhya Pradesh. The unique feature of thie temple is that it is one of the hindu temple with tallest Viamana(structure over the sanctum of temples). The temple was build to worship Lord Rama but at present an image of Radha Krishna is worshipped in the temple.
Ken Gharial Sanctuary, Khajuraho
Ken Gharial Sanctuary is the famous tourist spot of Khajuraho. Surrounded by deep gorges, waterfalls and greenery adds to the beauty of the sanctuary. The sanctuary helps in regeneration of Gharial ecosystem. The place attracts huge number of audience as it is also located near Panna National park and the Khajuraho Group of Monuments.
Raneh Falls, Chhatarpur
Raneh falls in located in Chhaturpur district and is a place that must be visited in Madhya Pradesh. The waterfall derives its name from the ruler of the region King Rana Pratap. The waterfall is an escape from the reality and passes through the oldest rocks on the earth.
Balancing Rocks, Jabalpur
Known for its unique topography, Balancing rocks is a famous tourist spot in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. The rocks are formed due to volcanic eruption. What makes this place an awestruck place to visit is that the local’s belief nothing can disturb the balance of these rocks.