Best Destinations in Madhya Pradesh

India is a land of incredible destination. Madhya Pradesh is a state in India that has incredible monuments, stupas, palaces, forts, mountains, rivers, forests and many other places that will make your mind wander. If you want to find the heart of India then it is this incredible Madhya Pradesh.

Following are the best destination in Madhya Pradesh to explore.

Orchha

A fort in Orchha
Orchha

Orchha is a beautiful destination to explore in Madhya Pradesh having monuments, temples, and palaces dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Raja Rudra Pratap Singh established Orccha near to the Betwa river.

The major attraction consists of  Shahid Smarak, Rai Parveen Mahal, Jahangir Palace, Raja Ram Temple, Chaturbhuj temple, Laxminarayan temple, Phool Bagh, 14 chhatris of the rules of Orchha, Jugal Kishore, Janki Mandir, Dinman Hardul’s palace, Sunder Mahal, and Hanuman Mandir.

Gwalior

Gwalior Fort
Gwalior Fort

Every part of Gwalior will have a tale to tell of its rulers and musicians. There are many great ancient palaces, memorials, and temples. The major attraction of the Gwalior city is the huge, strong, mesmerizing, and stunning 8th-century old hilltop Gwalior fort.

Other royal attraction of the fort consists of Gujari Mahal, Sarod Ghar, Tansen Memorial, Man Singh Palace, Jai Vilas Palace, Gopachal, Sun Temple, and Tigra Dam.

Malwa Region Golden Triangle: Mandu, Ujjain, Omkareshwar

Jahaz Mahal
Jahaz Mahal, Mandu

The Malwa Region has three epic destinations to visit with each destination having a mesmerizing story to tell about its monuments, palaces, temples, masjid, gardens, rivers, etc.

Mandu is famous for the love story of Sultan Baz Bahadur and a shepherdess- Roopmati for whom he built Rewa Kund. Mandu has attractions like Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Darwaza, Mandu fort, Roopmati-Pavilion, Jami Masjid, and Hoshang Shah’s Tomb.

Ujjain is famous for its spirituality, serene temples, and Kumbh Mela. The temple consists of Harsiddhi Temple, Gopal Mandir, Kal Bhairav Temple, Mahakaleshwar Temple, and Mangalnath Temple. Ved Shala and Ram Ghat are also the places worth visiting.

Omkareshwar temple is situated on an island that is carved by nature in an Om shape. The destination has one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. The major attraction consists of  Shri Omkar Mandhata, Vishnu Temple, Siddhant Temple, Gauri Siddhant Temple, and Kajal Rani Cave.

Bhopal

Moti Masjid, Bhopal
Moti Masjid, Bhopal

Bhopal is a fusion of two parts, One part is old and holds the ancient tradition, culture and antique architectural examples. And the other one is new and holds modern habits and buildings.

In the past from 1819 to 1926, four Begums ruled the Bhopal. The first begum was Qudsia who reigned from 1819-37. Second and third begums were Sikandar (1847-68) and Shahjehan (1868-1901). Furthermore, The last begum was Sultan Jahan who ruled Bhopal from 1901-26.

Bhopal consist of Moti Masjid, Gauhar Mahal, Bhoj Tal, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Bhojtal, Sadar Manjil, Taj-ul-Masajid, Upper Lake, and Van Vihar National Park.

Kanha National Park 

A tiger in Kanha National Park
A Tiger in Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is famous as “Land of the Gonds”. The park consists of 1945 sq.km of land.

Kanha National Park of Madhya Pradesh was an inspirational park for Rudyard Kipling to write the world’s famous ‘Jungle Book’.

An interesting thing about the park is that it looks like an eight.

Kanha National Park is famous for it’s Bengali Tigers and Barasingha. The other wildlife consists of  Barking Deer, Chital, Jungle Cat, Sambar, Indian Tree Shrew, Indian Porcupine, Indian Hare, Chowsingha, Indian Pangolin, Indian Pipistrelle, etc.

Sanchi Stupa

Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa

Sanchi Stupa has gained the status of ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO. It is located in Sanchi Town of  Raisen District of the Madhya Pradesh state.

Samrat Ashoka built the Sanchi Stupa in the 2nd century BC as he was a follower of Lord Buddha.

Furthermore, In 1818, Sir John Marshall renovated the structure of the Stupa. He was a Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India.

The Stupa has a dome that represents earth surrounded by heaven. There is also a structure of Umbrella that symbolizes a high rank.

Satpura National Park

 Indian giant squirrel in Satpura Park
An Indian giant squirrel in Satpura Parak

Satpura National Park is located in Madai, Sarangpur of Madhya Pradesh. The park is full of greenery and a stunning environment.

The park is home to animals like Indian white Bison, the Indian giant squirrel, Tiger, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Leopard, Stag, Four-horned Antelope, etc.

The park is also home to birds like Serpent Eagle, Woolly Neck Stork, Indian Roller, Brown Fish Owl, etc.

The major attraction consists of Dhoopgarh Peak, Bee Falls, Denwa Backwaters, Rock Paintings, Shri Nagdwar Swami Temple, and Pandav Caves.

You can explore the park by three safari rides known as jeep safari rides, elephant safari rides, and boat safari rides.

Maheshwar

Ancient Monument in Maheshwar
Maheshwar

Maheshwar town is set along the banks of the Narmada river and has serene temples, ghats, and palaces. Moreover, the town is also known as Varanashi of Central India.

In the past, The Maheshwar was once a capital of Queen Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar’s realm.

Since the 5th century, the town is famous for Maheshwari saris. In addition, the major attraction of the place consists of Rajwada, Narmada Ghat, Ahilyabai Fort, Chattri of Devi Ahilyabai, Ek Mukhi Datta Temple, and Akhileshwar Temple.

Maheshwar is sure one of the best destinations of Madhya Pradesh that you should not miss visiting.

Bandhavgarh National Park

White Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park
White Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Umaria of the Madhya Pradesh state. This one of the best destinations of Madhya Pradesh is famous for white tigers.

The park has the highest number of tigers and also consists of Asiatic Jackal, Sloth Bear, Dhole, Bengal Fox, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Jungle Cat, Deer, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Gaur, Palm Squirrel, etc.

The park also has birds like White Eyed Buzzard, Black Ibis, Long Tailed Shrike, Pied Starling, Bronze Wing Jacana, White Bellied Drongo, Red Rumped Swallow, Golden Oriole, Brown Fish Owl, etc.

You can explore the park by two safari rides known as jeep safari rides and elephant safari rides.

Khajuraho Erotic Temples

Khajuraho Erotic Temples
Khajuraho Erotic Temples

Khajuraho Temples are famous for their erotic sculptures. Chandela Dynasty in the years between 950 AD and 1050 AD built the temples.

Khajuraho temples are situated in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh and the beautiful destination consists of  Hindu and Jain temples.

The temple carvings represent different human emotions and love.

In February, classical dance programs and historical programs are conducted in the vicinity of the Khajurao.