Madhya Pradesh, rightly acknowledged as the Heart of Incredible India, is one of the naturally blessed states. It offers a perfect blend of wildlife, nature, heritage and culture. It’s beauty is beyond the concepts of mountains and oceans for this place will make you fall in love with its freshness and diversity, especially during monsoon when every land grows into a lush green scenery!
Needless to say, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism has made immense contribution in maintaining and reviving its natural glory and has successfully become one of the leading State Tourism of the country. Let me convince you why you should book your tickets to Madhya Pradesh this monsoon.
Pachmarhi is one of the most popular tourist places of Madhya Pradesh. This little hill station, also known as Satpura Ki Rani, is a retreat during monsoon when forests around bloom in green and waterfalls become gush heavy. Some of the famous places to visit are Bee fall, Pandav Caves, etc. One can book a stay in beautiful MP Tourism resort and relax amidst wildlife and nature.
Pachmarhi connects to some lesser towns which are immensely beautiful – Tamia and Patalkot. These places are for the ones who simply enjoy serene views and silence.
Patalkot is a small habitation situated in a deep valley. Tribes are said to reside there and have their own culture and lifestyle – distinctively separated from the world outside. The atmosphere is filled with fresh breeze of hills, valleys and river Doodhi. Lately, it is being promoted as an Eco-tourism destination.
Tamia is a gem within a gem. Neighbored with Patalkot, Tamia is home to diverse flora and fauna. This place has unique set of colonial constructions and a very few resorts which provides comfort stay in this disconnected land. The hill top forest destination offers complete view of Patalkot valley, and don’t be surprised if a deer walks by you on the road!
Bhedaghat is a mesmerizing and picturesque town just 20kms away from Jabalpur! Not only this place offers a tremendous view to Dhuandhar Falls, one can also take unique boat ride in the river Narmada which flows between two tall marble rocks.
There are four major national parks in Madhya Pradesh
- Kanha National Park
- Bandhavgarh National Park
- Pench National Park
- Panna National Park
With dense and diverse wildlife, these national parks have become favourite tourist destinations. Nothing is more adventurous than staying amidst wildlife and taking a wildlife safari! There are various resorts and stays which also offer rides into the national parks but one to recommend would be Pugdundee Safaris who are famous for their exclusive wildlife safari (https://www.pugdundeesafaris.com/)
While Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks are easily accessible from Jabalpur, Pench National Park can be reached from Seoni and Panna National Park can be reached from Khajuraho.
Bhopal, the capital city, offers more than just lakes and greenery. One can find the perfect blend of literature, arts, culture and heritage here. With best connectivity of road, rail and airways, its easier to travel in and around the city without any hassle.
- Taj-ul-masajid – The largest mosque of India and one of the largest mosques of Asia is situated in the old Bhopal City.
- Bhojpur Mandir – Situated 40kms away from Bhopal, Bhojpur Temple is one of the largest Shivlings in India.
- Gohar Mahal – Historic palace situated at the banks of Upper Lake, which now hosts various fares and exhibitions.
- Bhimbetka Caves – Rock shelters from Indian Stone Age reflecting history of mankind and mysteries of Mahabharata.
Sanchi, known for its famous Great Stupa, is one of the oldest and most important religious shrine in Buddhism.
Gwalior is a unique city which exhibits heritage and history of Indian kingdoms. Well connected from Delhi and other major cities, Gwalior is coming up as prominent tourist place
- Gwalior Fort – Built in 8th century, this hill fort is a beautiful structure with unique blue murals. While you admire its beauty in day, don’t forget to witness amazing light and sound show which narrates the history of Gwalior.
- Jai Vilas Palace – Established by Maharaja Jayajirao Scindia in 19th century, this palace defines wealth and prosperity of Scindia dynasty.
- Sun Temple – The concept is inspired by the Sun Temple of Konark, Orissa. Indian industrialist, G.D. Birla initiated its construction in 1984 and now this temple is equally revered.
- Mausoleums of Mohammed Ghaus & Tansen – India’s greatest musician from Mughal era – Tansen was buried in Gwalior near his Guru Mohammed Ghaus. In his honour, annual music festival is held in the city where musicians from all over India participate.
Khajuraho has a group of temples dedicated to Hinduism and Jainism, especially known for its erotic sculptures. Originally, 85 temples have said to be built, out of which only 25 have sustained. This place has been awarded as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique set of temples and history.
Orchha is a historic city, situated at the banks of river Betwa. Founded by Bundelkhand dynasty King Rudra Pratap Singh, Orchha is home to multiple heritage sites.
- Orchha Fort – This fort complex is built in Tikamgarh district and is surrounds four famous monuments – Raja Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Jehangir Mahal, and Phool Bagh.
- Chhatris Cenotaphs – A group of fourteen beautiful ‘Chhatris’ (memorials) are built in the honor of the rulers alongside river Betwa.
- Ram Raja Temple – This temple is popular for its interesting story on how idol of Lord Ram found its place in the palace. To this day, it is one of the most visited shrines in India.
Madhya Pradesh is a culturally rich state. Most of the handicrafts and handlooms are designed and made by tribal artisans. Government and various private organisations have put in effort to promote and sustain such small and large businesses. While you celebrate monsoon vacation in the heart of India, do remember to buy exclusive handmade souvenirs. Madhya Pradesh is famous for its cotton and silk variety in Maheshwari and Chanderi handloom. Mrignayanee and Tribes India are two famous government stores which offer large variety of handloom and stone and brass handicrafts made by local tribes and artisans.
To know more about travel and stay in Madhya Pradesh, visit MP Tourism’s webite: http://www.mptourism.com/