‘The Heart of Incredible India’ houses facets of the whole of India into this state. Being located in the center of India, Madhya Pradesh has derived its name from its geographical position. The second-largest state of India houses historical monuments to modern facilities. Madhya Pradesh Tourism packs the taste of the entire nation in a single state. The great Kumbh Mela is organized here every twelve years
Ujjain, a sacred city for the Hindus, is a renowned place in the world as it is one of 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The great Sanchi Stupa build during King Ashoka’s reign is present here. Such great monuments and their history attract a lot of tourists to the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Here is our recommendation for places to visit if you plan to visit Madhya Pradesh.
Places to visit in Madhya Pradesh
The capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal is famous for the pair of artificial lakes. Old mosques, bazaars, and havelis are present on the northern side of the lakes. To its south is the new town with swanky infrastructure, shopping complexes, and wide roads. Do visit the famous upper and Lower Lake on your visit to Bhopal. It is this contrast that makes Bhopal an exquisite blend of the old and the new, the past and the present, the rustic and the classy.
One of the holiest city in India, Ujjain is an ancient city present on the eastern bank of the Shipra River in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Ujjain is one of the four sites for the Kumbh Mela, the largest peace-time gathering on the planet that attracts 100 million people to the festival. it is also home to the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines to the god Shiva. This place is a famous attraction for both Indian and foreign travelers.
Gwalior is a historic city located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is full of palaces and glorious temples giving this city a majestic charm that speaks volumes of its glorious past. It was the residence of India’s most eminent royalty. The hilltop fort of Gwalior and the tomb of the historical musician Tansen are the main attractions of this city.
Indore is the cleanest city of India. This city has been one of the fore-runners in the development of the country in the era of modernization. Indore is also one of the educational hubs of the country having both IIT and IIM. The city of Indore gets its name from Indreshwar Mahadev temple. Do visit Mohadi Falls, Patalpani falls, and Sitlamata Falls that are present in close proximity to the city. Don’t forget to try out some of the great local dishes like Indori poha while you are exploring the markets of Indore.
Bhedaghat is known for the huge cascade of water that falls from a height of 98 feet, The Dhuandhar Falls. This small town has earned a reputation for the massive 100 ft rocks of The Marble Rocks on either side of the Narmada. 64 Yogini Temple and ‘Bandar Kudini’ are also the main attractions of this place.
The Buddhist monuments of Sanchi are one of the oldest stone structures in India. A World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Great Stupa was installed in the 3rd century BC by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. The stupa sits atop a hill in Sanchi, 46 km from the city of Bhopal. With more than 50 ft high with a diameter of more than 30m, Sanchi Stupa was constructed to honor Lord Buddha and houses many important Buddhist relics. Ancient Stupas, monasteries, the Ashoka Pillar, Toranas, or ornate gateways with intricate carvings are some of the main attractions of this place.
Khajuraho is famous around the world for its stunning temples engrave by erotic and sensuous carvings. It is a brilliant example of Indian architecture and its culture back in the medieval period. Due to its architecture and history, Khajuraho is in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Art in this small town has existed for a long time in all of its structures and it is a classic example of India’s cultural and artistic heritage. The number of temples and ancient architecture make this place a must-visit.
Bawangaja is a popular Jain pilgrimage site. This spot is the world’s second-largest megalithic statue of Lord Rishabhadeva which is a carve-out of a mountain. This 84 feet high statue was build in the 12th century. There is also a complex of eleven temples that is present with pilgrims and devotees and even tourists at all times of the year. Due to the beautiful views of the Satpura Range, this place is also visited by nature-lovers. The extremely beautiful Bandhan waterfall is also present here adding up to the beauty of this place and attracting many tourists.
This place is a classic example of Mughal architecture. The domes are build according to Timurid customs and the gates or Iwans are large enough to allow entry of War elephants. Also, the relatively higher position compared to the surrounding area made this palace a very important palace for the Mughals. The magnificent architecture and war history of this place attracts a lot of travelers and also adds this to the must-visits of Madhya Pradesh.
Pachmarhi is the only hill station and is the highest point in Madhya Pradesh. It is referred to as “Queen of Satpura”. Pachmarhi is quite a picturesque location with an altitude of 3500ft. This place is home to leopards and bison and is part of UNESCO’s biosphere reserve. Five sandstone cut caves on the hilltop are the spot where Pandavas stayed in Pachmarhi during their exile. Hence, making it a popular spot among religious tourists.
Madhya Dweep is a group of islands in the Indira Sagar dam including the Sailani islands and Hanuwantiya which is by the bank of the Indira Sagar dam. Along with abundant natural beauty, it offers a wide array of water sports during “Jal Mahotsav”. Hanuwantiya also hosts India’s only water carnival, Jal Mahotsav, every year. This grand event is a paradise for adventure seekers, art enthusiasts, foodies, and people seeking peace of mind.