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Top 5 Must See Tourist Places in Madhya Pradesh, India

Updated on May 3, 2010

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh located in the heart of India has diverse features including scenic natural beauty, undulating hill ranges, gorgeous rivers, remarkable heritage sites, time-honored monuments, enchanting palaces and forts, exquisite architecture, rare wild lives and a lot more. The prominent tourist destinations that no visitor to Madhya Pradesh should miss are - Bandhavgarh Park, Khajuraho, Kanha National Park, Karera Bird Sanctuary, Mandu, Orcha, Panchmarhi, Panna National Park, Sanchi, Shivpuri National Park, Ujjain and Chitrakut. Madhya Pradesh is surrounded by the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh

Madhya Pradesh Tiger

Tiger strolling in Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Tiger strolling in Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho temple sculptures

Khajuraho

Located in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is a small town and yet one of the biggest tourist attractions in Madhya Pradesh as it is home to a range of awesome Hindu and Jain temples. The walls of the temple are carved with sensual and erotic designs reflecting human sexuality. Erotic fantasies are sculpted in stone in the temple facades and there is obviously a curious blend of religion with eroticism. The temple carvings of Khajuraho are no doubt aesthetic and Khajuraho is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Gwalior - the Land of Grandiose Living

Gwalior

The city of Gwalior, though soaked in the splendor of its past, has still made a remarkable transition into a modern Indian city pulsating with life. The magnificent relics of a glorious past have been meticulously preserved endowing Gwalior with an irresistible charm. The stupendous structure of the Gwalior Fort must be seen to be believed. Equally significant is Suraj Kund that has walled forts and is hailed for its age and grandeur. Jas Vilas Palace is another tourist attraction that is a kind of citadel that compels attention because of its sheer magnificence. The Gwalior State Archeological Museum is one of the main sources of tourist attraction because it encloses numerous architectural specimens as well as the possessions of the erstwhile royalty of Gwalior.

Beautiful Pachmarhi

Panchmarhi

Panchmarhi or Pachmarhi is an enchanting holiday destination and the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh which attracts tourists from all over India and beyond. There are scores of tourist destinations in Panchmarhi – each vying with the other in demanding the tourist attention. To derive a sense of complete fulfillment, the tourist must see at Panchmarhi all the age-old monuments, the well-preserved museums, the ancient Pandava caves, the Chauragarh shrine and the famous Jata Shankar temple. Panchmarhi is a delightful site for the nature lovers – full of soaring peaks, deep gorges, lush green forests and wondrous sunsets. It is a hill station not to be missed out if you are traveling to Madhya Pradesh particularly during the summer months.

Ujjain

Ujjain

Ujjain is arguably one of the holiest cities of India and is the traditional venue for the Kumbh Mela, the most significant religious carnival held in India once in twelve years. Some of the prominent temples located here that a tourist must visit are Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir, Mahakaleshwar Temple, Kaliadeh Palace and Gadkalika Temple. Miss not the Bhimbetka Caves where you will come across awe-inspiring paintings on the walls that date back to the prehistoric period.

Sanchi Stupa

Sanchi

No tour of Madhya Pradesh can be deemed complete without a visit to Sanchi that is one of the most venerated Buddhist places in India. Sanchi features a number of stately stupas and ancient monasteries. The most prominent attractions are the ‘Great Stupa’ that houses the relics of Lord Buddha and the oldest stone structure in India, Ashoka Pillar, Gateways of Sanchi, Buddhist Vihara, Gupta Temple and Sanchi Museum. Sanchi is located in a small isolated hill in the state of Madhya Pradesh and presents to the visitor a glimpse of India's glorious history. Sanchi is one of the most evocative sites in India and a good place for interesting bicycle excursions.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism

Other attractions of Madhya Pradesh

The cosmopolitan city of Jabalpur, located in the Mahakaushal region of Madhya Pradesh, has many places of interest for the tourists. Jabalpur is considered home to some important wildlife sanctuaries and the city is encircled with a string of lakes, which are shaded off by dense trees and surrounded by amazing cliffs. Bhopal, situated around two artificial lakes, is the state capital of Madhya Pradesh. Most visitors are stunned by the regal beauty of the city of Bhopal. It consists of numerous temples and museums, and archeological structures of historical significance.

The Kanha National Park is renowned for the numerous wild animals that live there and the park is reported to be the best governed in entire Asia. The Bandhavgarh National Park occupies a pride of place among the Madhya Pradesh tourist attractions and is the natural habitat of a diverse range of exquisite flora and fauna. Many wild creatures - such as tiger, leopards, rhesus, gaur, chital, dholes, nilgais, wild boars as also a range of magnificent birds – can be spotted there. Chitrakoot is one of the most important centers of Hindu faith and culture and known for its serene beauty and its religious significance.

Visit Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is indeed a land of diverse culture and offers a host of attractions, whether you are a nature lover, a pilgrimage traveler, a holidaymaker, a historian or an archaeologist. With its time-honored temples, lofty mosques, rugged fortresses, verdant forests, rich wildlife, heritage monuments and architectural relics, Madhya Pradesh weaves a magical web for everyone who sojourns the State.

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