10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh

There is something for everyone in the heart of India. The central state of Madhya Pradesh is a lesson in history, a visual treat for lovers of ancient art and architecture, and it abounds in nature’s glory. If you needed a reason to visit the state, we give you 10! There are 10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh.

1# BANDHAVGARH & KANHA 

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
Royal Bengal Tiger at Bandhavgarh National Park

With over 30 percent of the state under forest cover, Madhya Pradesh boasts of nine national parks, prime among them being Bandhavgarh and Kanha. While Bandhavgarh is home to one of the largest populations of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world, Kanha is home to over 350 species of birds as well as 22 species of animals, besides a significant population of tigers. Kanha is also known globally for saving the Barasingha from near extinction.

Best time to visit October to April.

2# GWALIOR 

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
Gwalior Fort

One of the most important heritage cities in Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior has been the cradle of several dynasties in the past. Scores of regal monuments dominate the cityscape here, the imposing hilltop Gwalior Fort being the most impressive among them. The Vishnu Temple at the fort has the first ever written zero. The city has also been a fount of Indian musical traditions and the Gwalior Gharana is one of the oldest gharanas to which most Indian musicians trace their origins. After all, legendary musicians such as Tansen and Baiju Bawara hailed from this magnificent city.

Best time to visit September to February.

3# BHEDAGHAT 

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
Marble rocks alongside Narmada River, Bhedaghat

The towering marble rocks that accompany the calm Narmada river and border it on either side present a sight worth visiting Bhedaghat for. These tall marble rocks magically change shape as you cruise down the river, while on a moonlit night they are a sight to behold. If this isn’t awe-inspiring enough, the tranquil Narmada cascading into the massive 98-foot Dhuandhar Falls is absolutely spectacular.

Best time to visit Throughout the year.

4# JAL MAHOTSAV

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
Air Paramotoring during Jal Mahotsav

Now in its third edition, the Jal Mahotsav has become the most important event in the state’s tourism calendar. Held on the island of Hanuwantiya surrounded by the waters of the Indira Sagar Dam, it is India’s first and only water carnival. From paramotoring, hot air ballooning and parasailing to zorbing, cruises and banana boat rides, you can do it all here.

To be held Until January 2018.

5# ORCHHA 

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
View of Royal cenotaphs of Orchha over Betwa river

An erstwhile princely state, Orchha today is dotted with numerous grand, old monuments, prominent among them being the Chaturbhuj Temple, the Jahangir Mahal, the Raj Mandir and the Fort of Orchha. But it’s the chattris or cenotaphs of Orchha that are unique—a row of 14 domed chattris are laid out in a beautiful setting along the bank of the Betwa river, as a memorial to the Bundela kings who once ruled Orchha.

Best time to visit September to February.

6# KHAJURAHO 

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho

The sculptures of the temples of Khajuraho are a catalogue of desire. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this group of Hindu and Jain temples was built by the Chandela dynasty between 950 and 1050 CE. They feature an extensive array of intricately carved sculptures; of whom about 10 percent are erotic in nature and denote the Hindu tradition of treating kama as an essential part of human life.

Best time to visit September to February.

7# SANCHI 

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
Great Stupa – ancient Buddhist monument

This town is famous the world over for its numerous Buddhist stupas or hemispherical domes containing relics of the Buddha or his followers. They were commissioned by Emperor Ashoka during the Mauryan period. Of these, the Great Stupa or the Mahastupa was enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an excellent representation of the evolution of Buddhist art and architecture.

Best time to visit July to April.

8# PACHMARHI 

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
Sunset in Pachmarhi

Famously known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ or the Queen of Satpura, Pachmarhi sits pretty at 3,600 feet amongst the lush Satpura hills. The most popular hill station in the state, Pachmarhi has several places of interest, including churches, temples and the Rajat Pratap waterfall that has a single drop of 351 feet and is among the highest waterfalls in India. Legend has it that the Pandava brothers visited this serene hill town during their exile and stayed at the Pandava caves here.

Best time to visit Throughout the year.

9# MANDU

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
Mandu India, Afghan ruins of Islam kingdom

It was once a pleasure resort and the venue for much extravagant fanfare under the Mughal rule. Today, Mandu houses a variety of structures that stand testament to its grand and varied history. There are numerous ancient Afghan architectural marvels. Hoshang Shah’s tomb was India’s first marble monument that served as a template for the Taj Mahal. The Mandu fort is the biggest fort in the country, while the Jahaz Mahal floats in its own reflection over the twin lakes.

Best time to visit July to March.

10# BHIMBETKA 

10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh
Bhimbetka

Tread carefully here, keep a watch for, among the massive black boulders of Bhimbetka, hides India’s oldest art gallery. Around 243 rock shelters that were home to our earliest ancestors millennia ago dot the dense, lush forests of Bhimbetka. These are adorned with cave paintings that date back 30,000 years. An absolute archaeological wonder, the rock shelters of Bhimbetka, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were discovered only as recently as 1957, that too by sheer accident, by Indian archaeologist V.S. Wakankar.

Best time to visit July to April.

Let’s wrap up 10 Reasons To Travel To Madhya Pradesh article. Read also: Nature and Wildlife Beauty of Madhya Pradesh, India

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