Madhya Pradesh (M.P), the central Indian state has contributed majorly to the Indian tourism. Its cultural, traditional and historical values have influenced people in India and abroad.
Places to Visit in Central India
One of the most celebrated regions of incredible India is its central part which comprises mainly of Madhya Pradesh popularly termed as Heart of India. Travelers would be thrilled to see places full of natural and manmade wonders. With fascinating hill ranges like Kaimur, Vindhya etc, bordered by mighty rivers such as Mahanadi and Narmada, this region will surely bowl you over.
Central India promises a feast stored in for tourists. With great historical monuments, rich wildlife, coastlines, hill stations, pilgrimage sites, adventure sports, cuisines, festivities and different cultures this part offers a true extravagant experience.
The undiscovered and fresh beauty always has the power to attract people from all over and such is the case with this beautiful region. Tours of this Central part of India takes you skating over the eternal monuments, erotic figures carved on the walls and temples of Khajuraho, exquisite lakes in Bhopal, intense climates of cultural capital Gwalior and stupas of Sanchi. This state goes by the sobriquet of tiger state of India. But the excitement for its visitors is has many more facets.
Read on this article to know about the beautiful places to visit in central India which has contributed to its fame at a global level:
Famous Five Places Tourist Destination of Central India
Khajuraho is a small village renowned globally for its magnificent temples which represent the great Indian architecture. These sculptures found their popular theme as Woman. Khajuraho temples were constructed during the reign of Chandel Empire between 950 and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho is a mesmerizing village with a picturesque rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage.
Captiveating temples of Khajuraho, India’s unique gift of love to the world represent expression of a highly developed civilization.
Dhubela Museum, Panna National Park, Pandava Waterfall, Benisagar Lake, Rajgarh Palace and the Ajaygarh Fort are popular sights one should visit during their trip.
Orchha is a beautiful region rising out of the hills located on the banks of river Betwa (approx. 16km from Jhansi). Proudly sheltering the historical monuments which haven’t lost their charm till date; it narrates the eternal tails of war and peace to its visitors. It was discovered by Bundela rajput Rudra Pratap.
Temples of Orchha and Phool Bagh are the famous tourist destinations. One can also visit multi-tiered Jehangir Mahal which was built in 1606 and has gained recognition for its fine murals and the Rai Praveen Mahal.
Historically significant city and has a legendary tale related to the origin of its name. It was one of the major erstwhile routes between north and south India. Till date it is well connected to all the major cities of the country via road.
The glorious Gwalior Fort, which was appreciated by Cunningham as the ‘noblest specimen of Hindu architecture in Northern India.’ Fort dates back to 8th century and was built by the Rajputs. This city also houses the tomb of Mohammed Ghaus II, renowned for its sandstone screen work. It is an exceptional tomb of early Mughal influence that belongs to late 16th Century.
Other tourist attractions are Gujari Mahal, Man Mandir Palace, Ghaus Mohammed’s Tomb, Sun Temple and Sarod Ghar.
Capital of Madhya Pradesh, this city was founded by Raja Bhoj who named it Bhojpal in the 11th century. Here, one would find a perfect blend of picturesque splendor and historicity in perfect sync with contemporary lifestyle.
Popular sites of interest are Taj-ul-Masajid, Jama Masjid, Van Vihar, Bharat Bhawan, Upper Lake, Lower Lake, BHEL Township and Regional Science centre.
Located in the Umaria district of the central Indian state Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is spread over a vast area of 105 sq km (with buffer of 437 sq km). It was declared a national park in the year 1968. Bandhavgarh means ‘Brother’s Fort’. The reserve derives its name from the great Hindu epic of Ramayana. It is believed that this hillock was given by Lord Rama to his younger brother Lakshmana to keep his eyes on Lanka.
The abundant biodiversity of this National park has listed it as one of the most famous wildlife destinations. Known for its dense tiger population the place is in itself a unique feature of the jungle. The wide variety of wildlife, 22 species, seen in the Bandhavgarh National Park is sure to leave its visitors mesmerized.
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