Best Places in Madhya Pradesh That Are Must Visit
Madhya Pradesh – known for its regal presence, nicknamed as the “Heart of India” has breathtaking topography, geographical location, exhilarating wildlife, caves, and temples. Frequented by domestic and foreign travellers round the year, the state had vast tourism and topped its place by winning National Tourism Awards in 2010-11. Rich in mineral sources, MP has the largest reserves of diamonds and copper in all over India.
With the growing commercialisation, Madhya Pradesh has not loosened its charm in concern to flora and fauna. It is made of 51 districts that are grouped into ten divisions. Also, MP has some of the premier educational and research institutions of India including IIM and IIT. Apart from all, there are many cities that one can visit while exploring the entire state.
Being as one of the largest cities in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and one of the prominent names in tourism facet. Located on the bank of River Saraswati, this city boasts of its rich heritage, historical monuments, and their incredible architecture. It also happens to be the financial capital of Madhya Pradesh. The major attractions to visit here are Lal Bagh Palace, Central Museum, Patalpani Waterfall, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary, Tincha Waterfall, and Indore White Church.
Bhopal, also known as the city of lakes, is one of the most interesting tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. The long list of numerous lakes, incredible museums, wildlife reserves, and historic palaces, and other locations like Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Bhimbetka, Bhojpur, State Museum, Birla Museum, Gohar Mahal, and Van Vihar National Park make the capital city a must-visit destination.
One of the most famous tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is rich in art, culture, and history. The city is a prominent 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. Also, there are many other destinations involved like Mansingh Palace, Tansen Tomb, Tiger Dam, Gopachal Parvat, Sun Temple, Sas-Bahu Temples, Jai Vilas Palace, Scindia Museum, and Madhav National Park.
A quaint town on the map of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha is the erstwhile capital of the Rajputs of Bundela. It has some amazing forts & temples that reflect the immaculate Rajputana architecture. One can attend a glorious evening worship at Raja Ram Temple or enjoy a photogenic sunset over Betwa. Orchha is known for its major attractions like Orchha Fort, Raja Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary, Palki Mahal, and Dinman Hardaul’s Palace.
Overloaded with natural splendours, Jabalpur is one of the fascinating places to visit in Madhya Pradesh. Located by the river Narmada, the city boasts of a mesmerising natural beauty that is surrounded by granite & sandstone hillocks. From spectacular waterfalls to rocky marble outcrops and from majestic forts to dams the list has it all namely Dhuandhar Waterfall, Bhedaghat, Marble Rocks, Bargi Dam, Madan Mahal Fort, Dumna Nature Reserve, Rani Durgavati Memorial & Museum, and Pisan Hari Jain Temple.
Chanderi is one of the popular historical tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh. The remnants of forts & palaces and historical sites reveal that its connection to the Gurjara-Pratihara kingdom. While travelling in Chanderi, you can make a visit to Kati Ghati Gateway, Koshak Mahal, Purana Madrasa, Shehzadi Ka Rauza, Idgah, Bada Mahal Darwaza, Jama Masjid, and Chandraprabh Temple for a memorable trip.
Sanchi is a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO. The ancient history of the land is evident in the temples, stupas and monasteries found here. The place is considered a major pilgrim centre by followers of Buddhism. Some of the monuments here date back to 3rd century BC. Some of the leading attractions of Sanchi are Sanchi Stupa, Toranas, Monasteries, Ashoka Pillars, Buddhist Vihara, Gupta Temple, and Sanchi Museum.
If you wonder of a small and picturesque town in your mind, Mandu is the place to be. Perched on a cliff, Mandu – or Mandavgad – is a history lover’s paradise and is known for some fantastic architectural splendours. Exploring the majestic temples or discovering the exemplary artwork of ancient temples, places namely Ship Palace, Hindola Mahal, Rupmati’s Pavilion, Nilkanth’s Palace, Rewa Kund, Bagh Caves, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, and Rupayan Museum are must-do things to do over here.
A city of amazing maze alleyways, Ujjain is the temple town of MP. An ideal escape for the spiritual souls, the city is a charming place to find peace at the majestic temples that are dedicated mostly to the Shaivite and Vaishnavite sect of Hinduism. The holy embankments of River Kshipra are amongst some places to spend time and feel tranquillity at this otherwise chaotic city. Ujjain is also famed for celebrating the largest Hindu fair – Kumbh Mela. And, out of all, the other attractions to see are Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ram Ghat, Kal Bhairav Temple, Jantar Mantar, Kalideh Palace, and Vikram Kirti Mandir Museum.
A haven for religious people and history enthusiasts, Omkareshwar is one of the popular destinations in Madhya Pradesh. The place got its name due to its topography that comprises of two hillocks and a valley in between, resembling the Hindu symbol of OM. The ancient temples here reflect serenity and peace. Omkareshwar is a perfect place to spend some alone time and immerses in in-depth sanctity. Taking a glimpse of Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga & Temple, Mamleshwar Temple, Kajal Rani Cave, Siddhant Temple, and idols of 24 Avatars, you can experience the divine sources.
Pachmarhi is one of the favorite places to visit in Madhya Pradesh to admire the natural beauty and the scenic surroundings. The quaint & charming hill station is perfect to hang out away from urban hassles. The mesmerising lake, the alluring waterfalls, and the beautiful cave art are things that attract the tourists here. Other key attractions like Dhupgarh, Panar pani, Chauragarh, Sangam, Jatashankar & Mahadeo Caves, and Apsara Vihar are also places to check out in Pachmarhi.
Bandhavgarh is one of the popular places to visit in Madhya Pradesh, especially for adventure lovers and photography buffs. Spread over 450 sq km, this biodiversity reserve and national park are home to tigers, numerous birds, reptiles, and other mammals. One can stay in Tree House Hideaway resort while seeking the adventure through jeep and elephant safari.
Khajuraho is known for a magnificent display of Indian art & architecture. This is one of the beautiful tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. Its impeccable sculptures, intricate carvings, and fine art specimens have earned it a spot among the Seven Wonders of India. Also, with art and architecture, one can look to the other main attractions namely Ajaigarh Fort, Panna National Park, Beni Sagar Dam, Archeological Museum, and temples of Kandariya Mahadev, Parsvanath, Visvanath, Devi Jagadamba, Vamana, Duladeo, Chitragupta, and Bijamandala.
A major highlight of the Madhya Pradesh state is its exhilarating wildlife reserves, Pench. This is a rich habitat for biodiversity, especially some rare and endangered species, spread over sprawling 758 sq. km. The haven for the Royal Bengal Tigers, it is known to be the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. One can stay here at Baghvan Jungle Lodge and can witness wild animals like bison, sambar deer, striped hyena, striped hyena, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, etc.
The Kanha National Park houses rare and nearly extinct animal species, such as Barasingha and Swamp deer. Among the best tourist places in Madhya Pradesh for the nature lovers, the forest area comprising of Sal & Mahua trees is known for spotting tigers, deer, and blackbuck. People who love thrill & adventure can head out for night safaris, stay in homestays, and try the local liquor – Mahua. One can enjoy the Jeep safari, wildlife resort, and night safari over here.
Often referred as the ‘Varanasi of Central India’, Maheshwar is a small town dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the bank of Narmada River, Maheshwar has a lot of religious importance and a hotspot for those seeking spiritual experience in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from spiritualism, Maheshwar is an excellent hub for those wanting to treat their eyes with some fine Indian architecture as well. And, one can also look here Maheshwar Palace, Banke Bihar, Gobar Ganesh Temple, Baneshwar, Ahilya Mata’s Chhatri’s, etc.