Madhya Pradesh, as the name suggests, lies in the middle (Madhya) of the country sharing its border with six neighboring states. It is a versatile cluster of innumerable districts of varied topographic and climatic characteristics. A fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, history and modern urban planning Madhya Pradesh is famous for its wonderful art, craft, music and dance. Infact, not only is it full of natural beauty, but is also home to some of the best-known structures the ancient and medieval world has produced.
Some of the important centers of tourist interest are listed below:
The erotic temples of Khajuraho are an enigma for art historians. Despite being places of worship they are adorned with explicit erotic sculptures. According to a legend, the Moon God fell for the charms of a Brahmin woman, which heralded the beginning of the Chandela dynasty. The first Chandela ruler, to atone for his motherís sin, built these temples. These temples mark the resurrection of Hinduism for all the walls, windows, pillars and ceilings are carved with figures of mythical and historical origin.
The city of Gwalior is steeped in history, royalty, legend, and tradition. It has some of the most magnificent forts and palaces in the country. The mighty Gwalior Fort was built on a hilltop by Raja Mansingh Tomar in the 15th century, overlooks the city. Its outer wall stands 35 m high and is two miles long. The Man Mandir, Teli-ka-Mandir, Sas-Bahu temples and Gujari Mahal, all lie within the fort and are well worth a visit. The Gujari Mahal has now been converted into a museum and houses very good collection of Jain and Hindu artifacts. The tombs of Mohammad Ghaus and famed musician Tansen are also located in Gwalior.
The city of Ujjain is better known for being one of the four centres of the legendary Kumbha Mela, when about three million pilgrims visit it to bathe in the river Shipra and worship at its innumerable temples. The Mahakaleshwar Temple is the most revered pilgrimage centre in Ujjain.
The extensively engraved buildings of Orcha, Buddhist stupas at Sanchi, and cities of Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur are some of the other places of tourist interest.
Other legendary tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh are the Bandhavgarh Park, Kanha National Park, Karera Bird Sanctuary, Mandu, Panna and Pench National Park, Shivpuri National Park and Chitrakut.
Panchmarhi is a delightful little hill station that must be visited for its wonderful climate. If you have any queries regarding hotel and tour bookings, cab and car hire services, holiday package tours, etc. to Madhya Pradesh, please fill the form given at the end of the page and send it to us. Our travel planners will contact you with the choicest of travel and tour options.