Popularly known as the ‘Heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh is a beautiful place to visit and explore in India. The history of Madhya Pradesh dates back to the 6th century. The State Madhya Pradesh was created in 1950.
Most attractive tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal: The tourist attractions here are popular for their historical importance and glory. The city of Bhopal serves as the capital of Madhya Pradesh. The magnificent city of the former Nawabs, Bhopal is a confluence of the rich forms of art, tradition, and culture. Though the city is modernizing at an increasing speed, it still has managed to keep its past glory. The city is nestled over seven hills along the banks of two beautiful lakes.
The notable places to see in Bhopal are — Gohar Mahal (built in the memory of Gohar Begum, the first female ruler of Bhopal), Museum of Mankind (a tribute to the tribal community of the country), Archaeological Museum (collections of sculptures, paintings and artifacts), Bharat Bhavan (a multi art autonomous museum), Sadan Manzil (marked with magnificent wonders of architecture), Shaukat Mahal (an amalgamation of Islamic and Hindu architecture), Laxmi Narayan Temple (on the top of the Arena Hills), Taj-ul Masjid (an Islamic mosque with pink bricks and elegant architecture), Moti Masjid (an important landmark as a shrine), Jama Masjid (an exquisite architecture built in the era of Qudisiya Begum), Sanchi Stupa (a well-known monument not only in India but across the globe, having a historical connection with King Ashoka as well as Lord Gautam Buddha, and one of the oldest stone structures of Buddhist remnants, and the Bhimbetka Caves (a site of historical, cultural and archaeological relevance as a World Heritage Site).
Gwalior: Gwalior is a city with a perfect blend of Orientalism and Occidentalism. There are numerous tourist attractions in Gwalior. The history of this place is enshrouded in the mystery of legend. The main tourist attractions in Gwalior are — Gwalior Fort (35 feet high and extending for two miles, constructed by Raja Man Singh Tomar during the 15th century), Man Singh Palace (constructed by Raja Man Singh), Jas Vilas Palace (a kind of citadel with magnificence and grandeur), Sas Bahu Temples (consisting of two different sized temples side by side), State Archaeological Museum (enclosing numerous architectural specimens as well as the possessions of the kings of Gwalior) and Suraj Kund (the building that dates back to the 15th century, including the walled forts worth-seeing by its age and grandeur).
Indore is a worth-mentioning site with two sparkling rivers flowing across the city — Khan and Saraswati, and Lal Baag Palace, Nehru Park, Mahatma Gandhi Hall, and Rajwada.
Jabalpur is one of the major cities of Madhya Pradesh and the gateway to important wildlife sanctuaries around it. It is situated beside the river Narmada, and it has a historical connection that dates back to the epic times of Mahabharata.
Ujjain is a major attraction of tourists all over the world. It stands on the banks of Kshipra River and bears a historic relationship with the Maurya emperor Chandragupta II who adopted the title of Vikramaditya and had nine geniuses in his court, called Navaratna or nine gems including the great poet Kalidas. The place has some of the most artistic temples such as Mahakalishwara, one of the 12 important Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
Bhojpur is a town of great historical and religious significance in Madhya Pradesh. It is popular for the Shiva temple and the Cyclopean Dam.
Orchha is located on the banks of the Betwa River and has become a major tourist attraction of Madhya Pradesh because of the number of beautifully built palaces, temples, and cenotaphs built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, and the Ram Raja temple are among the best attractions to visit.
Chitrakoot which has earned for itself the prestigious title of ‘Hill of Many Wonders’ is referred to in many legends and mythological stories. The town nestled by the northern spurs of the Vindhyas is surely going to impress you with its calm and serene atmosphere enriched by the streams and rivers. It is believed that it was visited by Lord Rama and Sita during their exile of 14 years Some of the attractions to visit in this pious destination are Hanuman Dhara, Janki Kund, Bharat Lap Temple, and Sage Atri Shrines.
Mandu was once the lavish home of the Mughals who indulged themselves by its many lakes and palaces encircles by a long 45 kilometer stretch of wall with 12 gateways.
Khajuraho is famous for temple architecture and erotic sculpture. There were once about 83 temples which were built in a span of 100 years (950- 1050 AD).
However, only 22 temples have survived the tests of time. Now it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bhimbetka Caves are among the most fabled destinations in Madhya Pradesh. The caves were home to prehistoric man during the Paleolithic era. There are abundant stone paintings in the caves which exhibit the development of the human race from the Stone Age which dates back over 9,000 years. There are about six hundred caves framed with exquisite prehistoric paintings. Presently out of 600 caves only 12 are open to visitors. The sheer historical and cultural relevance of the caves coupled with genuine archaeological importance of the site earned Bhimbetka Caves the acclaimed World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Bhimbetka region is covered by thick forests and dense vegetation.
Panchmarhi is a beautiful holiday destination which attracts tourists from all over the country and abroad, It is believed that Panchmari has derived its name from the five caves which provided shelter to the Pandavas — the five brothers of the Indian epic Mahabharata.
Amarkantak is known as the storehouse of surprises for the tourists. It is located at the meeting point of the Vindhya and Satpura Hills and beside the blessed river Narmada. Besides its religious and mythical background, the scenic beauty of the place catches the eyes of the nature lovers.
Shivpuri is a very memorable visiting destination not only because of its pleasant landscape but also because there are several tourist attractions. The place derives its name from Lord Shiva. The history of Shivpuri dates back to the Mughal period as the dense forests of Shivpuri were the royal hunting grounds. Emperor Akbar is credited with capturing elephants from these forests. The place is now the Madhav National Park. Here you will get to see varied wildlife and an amazing variety of fauna.
Sanchi is famous for its Buddhist monasteries, stupas, magnificent pillars, and ancient temples. The monuments belong from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. Sanchi Stupa is the most famous monument here. This was built under the reign of Emperor Ashoka. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Pench Tiger Reserve has a breathtaking landscape with small hills, naked forests, and the imposing Satpura Ranges. It is popular as the Land of Kipling’ as this place inspired Rudyard Kipling to pen the world-renowned The Jungle Book. Kipling was awarded Nobel Prize for the same.
Bandhavgarh National Park attracts nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts to visit it. It has the highest collection of tigers in the country. It is also renowned for its wonderful white tigers.
So a tourist can feel very happy in visiting the tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh — in the heart of India.