Madhya Pradesh, also known as the Heart of India due to its central location is one of the most up and coming tourist hotspots in India. It is also quite unexplored and untouched. Be it the wide range of national parks, nature reserves, historical sites and the like, Madhya Pradesh has it all. Let’s see the top tourist places to visit in Madhya Pradesh, the state that holds such prestige in serving its guests.
Khajuraho tends to spellbound you with an amazing display of Indian architecture and art. Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Madhya Pradesh are a must visit for any history buff and art lover. The bliss offered by these UNESCO World Heritage Sites is simply matchless. Intricate carvings and the erotic sculptures will make you fall in the love with the craftsmanship of the bygone era.
The Kanha National Park is abode to exotic and endangered animal species, such as Swamp deer and Barasingha. Kanha is among the best places for the nature lovers, the forest area encompassing of Sal & Mahua trees is associated with spotting tigers, blackbuck, and deer. People who love adventure & thrill can head out for evening safaris, spend a night in homestays, and try the local drink – Mahua.
Showcasing the architectural grandeur and royal splendour of Maratha empire, Rajwada is one of the most important tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. Built by the Holkars, Rajwada boasts of a seven-storied structure with a garden and a palace to mesmerise you with its regal ambience.
Visited by numbers of tourists every day, Rajwada is renowned for its Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and serves as a splendid example of the cultural heritage of Indore.
Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks are among the top national parks in India. Bandhavgarh, while being relatively difficult to reach and costly to visit, is the best place to see tigers in the wild in India. The park features dense green valleys and rocky hill terrain, with an ancient fort. In addition to tigers, the park has a large array of wildlife including sloth bears, deer, leopards, jackals, and birds.
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is called the ‘City of Lakes’ and rightly so. It has an amazing number of natural lakes and artificial lakes. The city is a blend of history, mesmerizing beauty and modernized planning. Here are the leading destinations in Bhopal you need to visit.
One of the most famous tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is rich in art, culture, and history. The city is an eminent part of Madhya Pradesh tourism and showcases a perfect blend of architectural wonders and historical milestones. The most popular tourist attraction of the city – Gwalior Fort – is ranked among the best forts in India.
Situated on the bank of Betwa River, Orchha is a quaint yet royal town that enhances the charm of MP, which is the essential part of incredible India. A small hamlet of beautiful and articulate structures, Orchha is a reminiscence of the Bundela Era. The architecture is the prime attraction that draws history buffs to Orchha. Apart from architecture, Orchha is quite a bliss in terms of being less populated and obviously lesser crowded. The quaint and regal settings and the quietude in the air make Orchha a perfect getaway in Madhya Pradesh.
Chitrakoot is a city located in the Eastern Region of Madhya Pradesh and considered historically relevant as its mention in the Ramayana and its temples suggest. It is composed of natural tranquil beauty including rivers, hills and lush green forest region. It is here that Rama and Sita are believed to have spent 11 years of the 14 years of exile. Yoga and ayurvedic centres can also be found in abundance attracting people for peace and meditation. The majestic ghats, solacing ashrams and historical temples make it a must visit place in Madhya Pradesh.
Mandu or Mandavgad is treasure trove of architectural wonders and history dating back to 6th century BC. The magnificent temples add a majestic charm to the city. Also alluded as the ‘Hampi of ancient India’, the quaint town is one of the must-visit destinations in Madhya Pradesh. Historic Afghan masterpieces adorn the quaint town. With a ship that never sails, Mandu reminds you of the childhood stories you would have probably heard of.
Named after Pench River that divides the park into two halves, Pench was notified as a sanctuary in 1977. Then in 1983, it was declared as a national park and in 1992, a Tiger Reserve. It became the 19th project tiger reserve in India. The total area of the Pench is about 1179 Sq. km, of which the core area is 411 sq. km while the buffer area is about 768 Sq. km. The terrain of the park is undulating, with most of the area covered by small hills and tropical moist deciduous forests.
Laden with rocky trails, wooded hills, glassy rivers, and gushing streams, the beauty of Pench National Park is so enchanting that it has sparked one of the best creations of Rudyard Kipling- The Jungle Book. The area of the present Pench Tiger Reserve has also been described in Ain-i-Akbari, a 16th-century document written by Abu’l-Fazl ibn Mubarak (the Emperor Akbar’s vizier). Renamed as ‘Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park’ in 2002, it was awarded the ‘Best Maintained Park’ in 2011 and attracts tourists from all over the world. by-saurabh gupta fropky