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Madhya Pradesh Tourism


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Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces on hilltops, raise in the visitors mind visions of empires and kingdoms, of the great warriors and builders, poets and musicians, saints and philosophers; of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam makes Madhya Pradesh as one of the Heritage tourists spots in India. Plan to visit MP with

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Madhya Pradesh Tourism

  1. 1. Madhya Pradesh
  2. 2. Area 308,300 sq. km Capital Bhopal Languages Hindi and English Best Time To Visit November to February Population 122.33 Lakh Climate Winter: 10° to 27° C Summer: 29° C to 48° C
  3. 3. history of Madhya Pradesh In 1956, the states of Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh, and Bhopal were merged into Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal became the new capital of the state. In November 2000, as part of the Madhya Pradesh Reorganization Act, the southeastern portion of the state split off to form the new state of Chhattisgarh.
  4. 4. faMous for Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces on hilltops, raise in the visitors mind visions of empires and kingdoms, of the great warriors and builders, poets and musicians, saints and philosophers; of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Three sites in Madhya Pradesh have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: The Khajuraho Group of Monuments (1986) Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989) The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003)
  5. 5. Cities faMous for adventure Bhedaghat Orchha Amarkantak Wildlife Bandhavgarh Kanha roManCe Pachmarhi Bhopal Mandu Indore heritage Khajuraho Bhimbetka Rock Shelters Sanchi Stupa sPirituality Ujjain Omkareshwar Maheshwar Chitrakoot
  6. 6. heritage sites
  7. 7. Khajoraho: Situated in Chatarpur District, Khajuraho refers to a group of monuments and it is one of the most popular tourist places in India. Here you can see Jain and Hindu Temples, which were made during the medieval period and sensuous sculptures that are mainly made with sandstones. There is direct rail route to reach Khajuraho connected by Jhansi, Agra, Delhi. The nearest rail- heads are Harpalpur (94km) and Mahoba (63km). Buses of the MP tourism runs between Khajuraho and all these cities Khajurah o
  8. 8. The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological World Heritage site located in Raisen District in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The Bhimbetka shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India and deliver traces of dance. Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 30,000 years old. Bhimbetka is best reached from Bhopal. Bhimbetka is 46 km from Bhopal on NH 69. Bhimbetka is well connected by road with Bhopal. Bhopal is connected to Mumbai; Ahmedabad; Delhi; Gwalior ; Indore. BhiMBetKa roCK shelters
  9. 9. sanChi Located in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh, Sanchi is a small village. It houses several Buddhist monuments built between 3rd century and 12th century. One of the first stone structures in India is the Great Stupa at Sanchi, which people visit from all over the world. Reaching Sanchi is convenient. Sanchi lies on the Jhansi -Itarsi section of the Central Railways. The most convenient railhead is Vidisha (10km) and Bhopal (46km). Good motorable roads connect Sanchi with Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior.
  10. 10. Romantic spots
  11. 11. indoRe: Indore is known as the city of the Holkars. The city was built by a Holkar Rani Ahilya Bai, one of the famous queens of India. Located in the Narmada River valley in the western part of the state. Some of the attractions worth visiting in Indore. The Rajwada or the Old Palace (a major centre of attraction), Lalbagh palace (another architectural wonder), Kanch Mandir (a marvelous Jain temple), Chattri Bagh (the memorial with some canopies) and The Bada Ganapati (the largest Ganapati statue in the world) The Chanderi and Maheshwari silks of Indore are the other famous attractions of this city.
  12. 12. pachmaRhi: Pachmarhi is a hill station in Hoshangabad district, also known for the Pachmarhi Cantonment It is widely known as Satpura ki Rani ("Queen of Satpura"). It offers absolute tranquility. Bridle paths lead into placid forest groves of wild bamboo, jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets. Must see in pachmarhi: Bee –Fall: The height of this waterfall is about 150 feet. It gives a feel of Milky Way when water comes down. It is one of the most spectacular water falls of Pachmarhi. Apsara Vihar: The water falls continuously upon a small kund creates a magic. Apsara vihar is a bathing pool; here visitors can’t resist them to get away from bathing in this kund. Rajat Fall: Rajat Water fall is around a kilometer away from Apsara Vihar. Here waterfalls down from a height of about 350 feet. Pearl drops generated from water fall appear like shining pearls floating in the air. It becomes more beautiful in rainy season.
  13. 13. Mandu, the fortress of joy, is in the Vindhya Range . With-in this well-defended plateau is wealth of palaces, pleasure pavilions, mansions, tombs and mosques. The hill range is endowed with a very attractive natural scenery, which is at its best during the rainy season, when on all sides, it is clothed in green. Attractions: Rewa Kund: A reservoir, built by Baz Bahadur with an aqueduct to provide Roopmati's palace with water. Today, the pool is revered as a sacred spot. Jahaz Mehal/Ship Palace: Situated between two artificial lakes, this two storied architectural marvel is so named as it appears as a ship floating in water. Built by Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din-Khilji, it served as a harem for the sultan. The Darwazas/Gates: One of the many gateways punctuating the wall encompassing Mandu. The wall encompassing Mandu has 12 major gates or darwazas. The present road, through which Mandu is reached passes through many of these. Also encountered are smaller gateways built to provide protection to the above-mentioned 12 gates. mandu
  14. 14. BhopaL Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh combines scenic beauty, historicity and modern urban planning. Bhopal today presents a multi-faceted profile; the old city with its teeming market places and fine old mosques and palaces still bear the aristocratic imprint of its former rulers. Places of interest: Upper Lake: The largest artificial lake in Asia. Aquarium Building: Facing the Lower Lake, the fish- shaped aquarium houses a number of fascinating species of fish in all shapes and sizes. Kerwa Dam: It is a scenic dam located in the outskirts of Bhopal. CHOWK: In the heart of the city, the Chowk is lined with old mosques, havelis. The shops in its narrow alleys are treasure troves of traditional Bhopali crafts : silver jewellery, exquisitely fashioned beadwork, embroidered and sequined velvet fashioned purses and cushions. LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE AND MUSEUM : This beautiful temple on the Arera Hills has a Museum attached to it which houses a collection of sculptures from Raisen, Sehore, Mandsaur and Shahdol districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  15. 15. spiRituaLity
  16. 16. ujjain On the bank of Kshipra River, ujjain is an ancient city of Madhya Pradesh. The places to see in Ujjain are Mahakal Temple, Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan Temple, the temple of Chintaman Ganesh. Ujjain is well connected to Bhopal through railways and roadways. Many express trains runs between these two cities daily, taking around 4 hours. Bus services can be opted to reach Ujjain From Bhopal. omkaReshwaR It is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu ॐ symbol. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas").
  17. 17. chitRakoot: Chitrakoot is a town and a nagar panchayatin Satna district in the state. It is a town of religious, cultural, histoical and archaeological importance, situated in the Bundelkhand region. Many people gather here on each Amavasya. Somwati Amavasyas, Deepawali, Sharad-Poornima, Makar Sankranti and Ramanavami are special occasions for such gatherings and celebrations. Places of Interest: Ramghat The ghats that line the Mandakini river are called Ramghat. During the exile period Rama, Lakshmana and Sita took bath here and believed to have appeared before the poet Tulsidas. Janaki Kund Janaki Kund is situated upstream of the Ramghat where it is believed that Sita bathed in the crystal clear waters of Mandakini river during the years of her exile with Rama. Bharat Milap Bharat Milap temple is located here, marking the spot where Bharata is said to have met Rama to persuad him to return to the throne of Ayodhya. Foot prints of Lord Rama and his brothers were imprinted on these rocks and are still present today and seen in Bharat Milap Mandir. Kamadgiri Kamadgiri, the original Chitrakuta, is a place of prime religious significance. A forested hill, it is skirted all along its base by a chain of temples and is venerated today as the holy embodiment of Rama.
  18. 18. maheshwaR is a town in Khargone district of the state. The town lies on the north bank of the Narmada River. It is said that there are more than 100 temples are telling the long history of Maheshwar. Main temples good to visit for visitors are SAHASTARARJUN Temple near the holy river Narmada, Rajrajeshwar Mandir, Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Chaturbhuj Narayan Mandir, Ahilya Mata's Chhatris, Chintamani Ganpati Mandir, Pandharinath Mandir, Bhawani Mata Mandir, Bihari, Anant Narayan Mandir, Khedapati Hanuman. Ram and Krishna Mandir. Baneshwar temple, Kaleshwar, Jwaleshwar and Narsingh Mandir are very good for nature lovers.
  19. 19. Wildlife
  20. 20. Kanha national ParK Kanha National park is located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh and it extends over an area of over 1,940-sq-kms. Kanha national park has 22 species of mammals. Those most easily spotted are TIGER, Indian hare, Indian wild dog, the Stripped Palm Squirrel, Common langur, Jackal, Wild Pig, Chital or Spotless deer, Barasingha or Swamp deer, Sambar and black Buck. Bandhavgarh national ParK This national park in Madhya Pradesh is the natural habitat of animals like tiger, leopards, rhesus, gaur, chital, dholes and nilgais. White tigers of Rewa can be seen here and one can enjoy an elephant ride here as well. Entrance to Bandhavgarh. Park is from Tala, a small village on the Umaria-Rewa highway. There are State and Private buses to Tala.
  21. 21. adventure
  22. 22. Bhedaghat situated approximately 20 km from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, is known for the cluster of marble rocks which lie on the opposite banks of river Narmada. Boating on a moonlit night, when the whole stretch of water is transformed into a sheet of liquid silver is absolutely magical. orchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of the state. The Betwa and Jamini Rivers and forests nearby make Orchha an adventurer's paradise. The scenic environment make up for an enthralling rafting session down the River. The rapids take through a wonderful journey through downstream of Kanchan Ghat. amarKantaK The Maikal mountain region in amarkantak offers an ideal setting for mountaineering and adventure tourism. Those seeking adventure will not return disappointed from here. Other than personal treks there many scout teams to escort you on a trek through the lofty peaks.
  23. 23. Famous Fairs : The Fair of Nagaji – Porsa in Munera, Tejajee Fair – Bhamawad in Guna, Rajjim Fair – Rajjim in Raipur, Pir Budhan – Shivpuri in Sanwra. Religious Festivals : Dussehra in Bastar, Ramnavmi in Chitrakoot and Orchha. Diwali, Id, Christmas, Jain Festivals. Tribal Festivals : Madai, Bhagoria - Jhabua, Karma in Korba Tribes, The Malwa Festival in Indore. festivals and fairs
  24. 24. Festive Magic : Folk Dances – Sela, Kama and Bhagoriya, Folk Music, Colourful Attires, Funky Ornaments, Tinkling Bells and Ghunghroo. Not To Miss : The Tansen Music Festival in Gwalior where Aura of Classical Music is Recreated Night Long. Timings : Dussehra – September or October, Bhagoria – March, Madai –February, Tansen Music Festival - November or December, Khajuraho Festival – February or March, Karma – August.
  25. 25. loKrang festival - The five day long festival of Lokrang in Bhopal begins every year on 26th January. The main features of the Lokrang are folk and tribal dances, classical dances, performing art form, exhibition and presentation of art and craft and cultural presentations from abroad also are a big draw. tansen sangeet samaroh - This cultural festival is dedicated to the pillar of Indian classical music, the great Tansen. The place where this great musician lies buries, Tansen Tomb, in Gwalior is the venue of a music festival held annually in November - December. Khajuraho festival of dances The Khajuraho Festival of Dances draws the best classical dancers in the country who perform against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit temples every year in February/March. The finest exponents of different classical Indian styles are represented- Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, and many more.
  26. 26. Shopping Attractions: Bamboo Work, Metal and Iron Craft, Tribal Accessories, carpets and Dhurries, Dhokra, Silk, Maheshwari and Chanderi Saris, Pottery, Leathe Items, Beaded Purses and Fabrics. Shopping Destinations : Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Panchmarhi, Sanchi, Orrcha, Jabalpur and Mandu. World Renowned For: Colorful Carpets and Dhurries, Tribal Folk Paintings, Tribal Metal and Iron Artifacts. Must to Pick : Unconventional Tribal Jewellery, Terracotta Artifacts, Silk and Saris. shoPPing in madhya Pradesh
  27. 27. Shop From : Bhopal : Mrignayani Emporium at Hamidia Road and Handicrafts Emporium for carpets and Dhurries, Chowk Bazaar for silver antiques and jewelery, TT Nagar – Traditional Handicrafts. Indore : MT Market for Zari work, Jail Road and the Top Khana for Papier-Mache Articles, Terracotta Pieces and Wood-Carved Objects Ujjain : Outside Mahakaal Temple for lacquer ware, and bead work. Gwalior : Patankar Bazaars near Rajwara and Laskar for Handicrafts, Chowk at Bara for Saris. handicrafts The vivid handicrafts and art works in Madhya Pradesh add to its mystique charm. Papier Mache, an art practiced since times immemorial, is practiced widely in cities like Ratlam, Bhopal, Gwalior and Ujjain. The main centre for this handicraft is Ujjain. Human figures, birds, animals, idols of gods and goddesses, models of famous historical buildings, etc. are made with the aid of this handicraft.
  28. 28. TexTile The textiles of Madhya Pradesh are a part of the rich heritage of India. The weaving, printing and colouring of textiles of Madhya Pradesh have been influenced by the bordering States of Orissa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Maheshwari Saree is one of India’s finest cotton-silk handloom fabrics which originated in Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh. It is characterized by a delicate weave. The unique feature of a Maheshwari saree is its reversible border. The border is designed in such a way that both sides of the saree can be worn. This is locally known as ‘Bugdi’. Chanderi Saree is one of the famous handloom clusters in India, particularly known for its Sarees, made with mix of silk and cotton. The lightweight,sheer texture, glossy transparency and luxurious feel of its fine, hand spun weft explains why Chanderi saris were the choice of royalty for generations.
  29. 29. M.P Speciality : Poha (Rice Flakes Cooked with Spices), Roghan Josh (Lamb Curry), Saboodana ( Pearl Sago) Khichdi. Non Veg Dishes : Rogan Josh, Korma, Seekh Kebab, Achari Gosht and Shami kebab. Veg Dishes : 'Bhutte ki Kees' that is made of corn and milk and Chakki ki Shaak made from heated dough that is steamed and is used with curd. Most Famous Drink : Local Liquor Distilled from Flowers of the Mahua Tree Called Sulfi and Date Palm Toddy, Condensed Hot Almond Milk. Cuisine
  30. 30. Not To Be Missed : The famous Bhopali Paan of Bhopal, Mildly Intoxicating and a good Digestive. Crunchy Delights : Chhola Burger, Chaat and Panipuri (spiced nibbles), Tikkis (Potato Patties), Garoda Chat, Sabudana Khichdi. Sweet Dishes : Mawa-bati', 'Shreekhand', 'Khoprapak' and 'Malpua'. Kulfi ( Pistachio flavored ice cream), Gulab Jamuns, Jalebis. Where to Eat : Bhopal – Hotel Lake Princess (M P Nagar), Angathi Restaurant (Shaml Rd), Amarpali Restaurant (New Market), Fantast Restaurant (New Market). Indore – Mathurwala, Lakshminarayan Doodhwala, Vijay Chaat. Gwalior – Indian Coffee House , Kwality Restaurant, Banjara Volga Restaurant.
  31. 31. Do’s anD Don'Ts • Pack suitable clothes depending upon the weather in Madhya Pradesh at the time of your trip. • It is always safe to check out anything you want to, during the day. Late night strolls better be avoided, especially when you are alone. • Don’t miss street named "Chatori Gali" in old Bhopal where one can find traditional Muslim non-veg food like Paya Soup, Bun Kabab, Nalli-Nihari as some of the specialties.. • Have wonderful experience of shopping there. Textile products (Chanderi and Maheshwari), Zardozi embroidery on sarees and lehengas, beaded purses (batuas), folk paintings, durries and carpets, zari work, silver and brassware, cane, bamboo and wood works, jute crafts, stuffed velvet and leather toys, and metal crafts.
  32. 32. By air: Important towns of India are well-connected by the air transport and you can reach any city of Madhya Pradesh as there are airports located in the towns of Gwalior, Khajuraho, Indore and Bhopal. By rail: Access to Madhya Pradesh by rail transport is also quite efficient and you can reach this place from the various corners of India. Bhopal is the major railway station of Madhya Pradesh that makes the travel to and from the major towns possible. By roaD: Madhya Pradesh has a fine network of roads including both the national and state highways that interconnect the important destinations located nearby and the principal cities of India with the various cities of Bhopal. reaChing MaDhya PraDesh
  33. 33. here To sTay in MaDhya PraDes Tourist Home Stay Indraprasth A traditional homestay in Ranapur town of Madhya Pradesh, INDRAPRASTH TOURIST HOME is built in the traditional architecture and does makes it one of the most attractive residential property location’s in the region. The home stay has 7 beautifully decorated and lavishly furnished deluxe rooms. The home stay will provide you the best facilities and services. Sanjay Tiger Resort Sanjay Tiger Resort compliments the magnificent splendor of Kanha landscape. A fully contained, well equipped, wildlife resort, sanjay provides the finest luxury accommodation in the National Park. The resort adds the touch of luxury and fineness to the wild. To know about varieties properties on MP visit:
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