The Heart of India – Madhya Pradesh

The Heart of India - Madhya Pradesh

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Why Go?

The vast state of Madhya Pradesh (MP) offers the promise of things majestic, beautiful and historic. Tigers, architectural beauties, temples, ruins, forts, Buddhist caves, its all there. Then why not head to the very heart of India?

Cities

Bhopal
Indore
Gwalior
Jabalpur
Ujjain

Heritage & Culture

Khajuraho Temples
Sanchi Stupa
Bhimbetka Caves
Gwalior Fort
Cenotaphs - Orchha
Jahaz Mahal - Mandu

wildlife

Panna National Park
Kanha Tiger Reserve
Bandhavgarh National Park
Pench National Park

nature

Panchmarhi
Bhedaghat Marble Rocks
Dhuandhar Falls
Satpura & Vindhya Hills

Pilgrim centers

Omkareshwar
Maheshwar
Amarantak
Mahakaleshwar Temple - Ujjain
Bawangaja Jain temples
Jama Masjid - Mandu

Possible Trips

  1. Ex. Bhopal
    Ex. Bhopal
  2. Ex. Khajuraho
    Ex. Khajuraho
  3. Ex. Pachmarhi
    Ex. Pachmarhi
  4. Ex. Indore
    Ex. Indore
  5. Ex. Gwalior
    Ex. Gwalior
  6. Ex. Jabalpur
    Ex. Jabalpur

Best Time to Visit

  • Summer for wildlife sightings, Panchmarhi
  • Monsoon for Chitrakoot falls, Hills of Satpura and Vindhya. Also the shoulder season.
  • Winter for UNESCO World Heritage sites, wildlife safaris

Seasons

  • Summer: From April till June
  • Monsoon: from July till September
  • Winters: From October till March

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  • Facts
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  • History
  • Area: 3.08 lakhs sq kms
  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Population: 72 million
  • Primary Language: Hindi

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On account of its central position, all historical currents had apparently passed through Madhya Pradesh, leaving conspicuous marks on it.

The prehistoric period begins with the stone age, which the sites such as Bhimbetka, Adamgarh, Jaora, Raisen, Pachmarhi, etc. stand witness to.
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However the dynastic history begins with the time of Ashoka, the great Buddhist emperor whose Mauryan empire was powerful in Malwa and Avanti. King Ashoka's wife is said to be from Vidisha, a town located north of today's Bhopal. The Maurya Empire declined after death of Ashoka and central India was contested among the Shungas, Kushanas, Satvahanas and local dynasties during 3rd to 1st centuries BC.

In the 1st century BC, Ujjain was the predominant commercial centre. This area became part of northern India during Gupta empire in 4th 6th centuries AD, the era known as classical age. Onslaughts of Huna brought about the collapse of Gupta Empire resulting in its disintegration into smaller states.

However, a king Yasodharman of Malwa defeated the Hunas in 528 AD ending their expansion.

Later Harsa of Thaneshwar reunited northern India till 647 AD before his death. In the medieval period Rajput, clans like Paramaras of Malwa and Chandelas of Bundelkhand dominated the region during 950-1060 AD. The paramara king Raja Bhoj, who gave the name to city of Bhopal, ruled over Indore and Dhar. Gond Kingdoms emerged in Gondwana and Mahakoshal.

In the 13th century, northern Madhya Pradesh was conquered by the Delhi Sultanate which collapsed in 14th century giving emergence to regional kingdoms like Tomars of Gwalior and Muslim Sultanate of Malwa with its capital at Mandu.

Content source: MP Madhyam (http://www.mp.gov.in/web/guest/home-history)

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  • Ex. Bhopal
  • Ex. Gwalior
  • Ex. Indore
  • Ex. Jabalpur
  • Ex. Khajuraho
  • Ex. Pachmarhi

Sanchi

HIGHLIGHTS

- Situated on a hilltop in Sanchi town
- Commissioned by Emporer Asoka in the 3rd century BCE
- Buddhist architectural masterpieces

don't miss

- The Ashoka Pillar
- The ASI Museum
- Gupta Temple
- Nearby Udayagiri caves

TRAVEL TIPS

- Timings: Stupa - 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, Museum - 10 am to 5 pm
(Timings may change on public holidays)
- Suggested duration - 3 hours
- Hire a guide from the ASI

Bhimbetka

HIGHLIGHTS

- Largest group of rock shelters in the World (over 700)
- Paintings depicting the life of prehistoric cave dwellers

TRAVEL TIPS

- Timing - 6.30 am to 5.30 pm (all days of the week)
- Fees - Entry (10 INR), Vehicle parking (50 INR)
- Suggested Duration - 2 to 3 hours
- It is advisable to carry sun protection, water, snacks.

Udaygiri

HIGHLIGHTS

- 29 rock cut caves
- Massive Varaha Avtar of Vishnu
- Mesmerising view of the town
- Sunset

TRAVEL TIPS

- Timing - 9 am to 6 pm (all days of the week)
- No entry fee
- Parking available
- Suggested Duration - 2 hours
- Best time to visit is 9 am to 10 am or 5 pm to 6 pm
- Involves a trek to reach the caves

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Gwalior City

the city

Gwalior is one of the big cities of MP

BEST TIME TO VISIT

November to February would be good

Gateways

Airport
Main Railway Station - Gwalior Junction

ATTRACTIONS

Gwalior Fort

HIGHLIGHTS

- In existence since the 6th century
- Imposing structure dominating city landscape of Gwalior
- Architectural marvels within the fort
- Jain sculptures

TRAVEL TIPS

Timings - 6.30 am to 9.15 pm (all days of the week)
Light and Sound Show (7.30 pm in Hindi and 8.30 pm in English)
Fees - Entry (128 INR)
Time needed to explore - 3 to 4 hours

Bateshwar

HIGHLIGHTS

- 200 sandstone Hindu temples & their ruins
- Bateshwar’s rebirth is the story of labour of love of K. K Muhammad. He was the ASI man during that time.
- Nirbhay Singh Gujjar, one of the last dacoits of the Chambal, and his gang helped the ASI extensively in the restoration of these temples

TRAVEL TIPS

Timings - 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (all days of the week)
Fees - Entry (15 INR)
Time needed to explore - 2 to 3 hours

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Indore

HIGHLIGHTS

- Nagara style architecture
- Erotic Sculptures
- Hindu and Jain temples, the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple being the most famous

TRAVEL TIPS

- Site Timing - 8 am to 6 pm (all days of the week), Fees - INR 10
- Sound and Light Show - Timing: 6.30 pm to 7.25 pm (Oct-Feb), 7.30 pm to 8.25 pm (Mar-Sep), Fees (INR 250)
- Museum Timings - 10 am to 5 om (Closed on Fridays), Fees - INR 10

Rajwada

HIGHLIGHTS

- Mix of European, Maratha and Mughal architecture
- Displays the Royal grandeur of Indian history
- Was damaged during the 1984 riots
- Rebuilt using the 200-year old blue print, using the same materials that were used earlier

TRAVEL TIPS

- Timing - 11 am to 9 pm (closed on Monday), Fees - INR 10
- Suggested duration - 1 hour

Lal Bagh Palace

HIGHLIGHTS

- Built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar in the year 1886-1921
- The main gates, a replica of the Buckingham palace gates, were shipped from England
- Palace exhibits contemporary Indian & Italian paintings and sculptures
- The grand interiors, the furniture, chandeliers, carvings on the columns

DON'T MISS

- The Holkar State Emblem on the Entrance Gates
- The Ballroom
- The rose garden - considered one of the best in the country

TRAVEL TIPS

- Timing - 11 am to 5 pm (closed on Monday), Fees - Free
- Suggested duration - 1 hour
- Photography is strictly prohibited inside the palace

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Khajuraho

HIGHLIGHTS

- Nagara style architecture
- Erotic Sculptures
- Hindu and Jain temples, the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple being the most famous

TRAVEL TIPS

- Site Timing - 8 am to 6 pm (all days of the week), Fees - INR 10
- Sound and Light Show - Timing: 6.30 pm to 7.25 pm (Oct-Feb), 7.30 pm to 8.25 pm (Mar-Sep), Fees (INR 250)
- Museum Timings - 10 am to 5 om (Closed on Fridays), Fees - INR 10

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BROCHURES

Link Description
Explore the destinations of Western MP
A guide for a thoughtful, immersive traveler
Wildlife in MP
Top historic destinations of Madhya Pradesh

Click the above brochure/map links to view them below