The Aquarium in Bhopal lies close to the Raj Bhavan and the old assembly hall. It was opened for public viewing in 1977 and houses a variety of Indian as well as exotic fishes. The place is a must visit for people with kids.
The aquarium consists of two storeys; the upper storey has 40 glass aquariums that are home to many fishes including the Golden Shark, the Rosy Barb, the Golden Plata, the Golden Gormi, the Paradise blue, the King Kobra, the King Zebra, the Black Moor and the Tiger Barb to name a few.
The lower part of the aquarium has 26 large aquariums that are home to many fishes from other states; some have been brought from lakes while others are from ponds and rivers.
Commonly well known among these are Rohu, Collet, Katla, Padin, Sawal, Ticto, Bam Fish, Mirgal and Pencil-Fira. The aquarium remains open from April to Sept and from October to March, though the timings vary during the two seasons.
Ajaigarh Fort is situated at a distance of about 3 km from Khajuraho. It is located on an isolated hill top belonging to the Vindhya ranges. The fort was constructed by the Chandela rulers to protect their subjects from attacks and sieges. Ajaigarh Fort provides a mesmerizing view of the Ken river that flows below the hilltop.
The fort has two grand ways of entrance: the Darwaza on the northern side and the Tarhaoni on the south-east side of the fort. The fort is rich in sculptures and houses several sculptures of Goddess Astha Shakti.
The fort has a famous lake called Ajay Pal ka Talao within its boundary. Visitors often feel charmed by the beauty of the lake. The fort also houses a Jain temple, which stands in a ruined condition today. But at one point of time it was a well-known temple.
The Bada Mahadev Cave is located almost 10 km away from Pachmarhi. It is a Shrine of Lord Mahadeva or Shiva. It is a 60 ft long cave. It has shrines of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and also of Lord Ganesha inside it.
As per local beliefs, the Bada Mahadev Cave is the place where Lord Vishnu killed Demon Bhasmasura taking the form of Mohini, a celestial beauty. It has water dropping from the cave continuously and it gets collected in a pool. Taking bath in this pool is supposed to cure one of all evils. It is a beautiful place to explore nature and also for worship.
The Ahilyeshwar Temple is yet again a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Maheshwar. This temple lies on the banks of the sacred Narmada river. This temple also enshrines a deity of Lord Rama. The Ahilyeshwar Temple exhibits the characteristics of the temples of Maheswar as well. The excellent workmanship and the architecture of the domes and spires of this temple are an example of this.
The premise of this temple showcases extremely beautiful carvings of Maratha soldiers and elephants that draw attention of any visitors visiting this temple. The Mandap of the temple is adorned with impressive embellishment.
The overall ambience of the temple presents a picture of peace and purity and especially its nearness to the holy river Narmada. The timing of darshan in the Ahilyeshwar Temple is between 7 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening. Moreover, Aratis are performed at 8 am and 6 pm.
Badal Mahal Darwaza is basically a singular structure of a gate that doesn’t lead to any palace or mahal. This historic gate enjoys a central location in Chanderi, near the Jama Masjid. This imposing gate was constructed by Sultan Mehmood Shah Khilji, the King of Malwa, in the 15th century.
It was built to mark a significant victory. Badal Mahal Darwaza has a height of 100 ft. The structure features elaborate carvings and impressive motifs. The top of the gate features an arched design and two tall minarets stand guard on both sides.
The specialty of the structural design is that a gap exists above the arched top of the gate, which is followed by another arch, which brings up the end of the gate. This gate served the purpose of welcoming and honouring the state guests and visiting kings in a grand manner.
Amodagarh is a beautiful place offered by Seoni tourism to its visitors. It is supposed that this picturesque place was the workplace of the little hero Mowgli of author Rudyard Kipling’s famous book “Jungle Book”. This charming place is situated on the Seoni-Mandla state highway.
From Amodagarh tourists can see the remains of the palace of Sona Rani. The place lies at a distance of approximately 10 kilometres from Chhui and about 32 kilometres from Seoni. There are many breathtaking viewpoints in Amodagarh that will fill the mind with awe of the beholder. This place is a must-visit for tourist travelling to Seoni and shutterbugs will love this place.
Ashoka Pillar located at Sanchi is recognised by the government of Madhya Pradesh as one of the most attractive tourist destinations of the state. The pillar consists of a shaft and a crown of four lions. These lions stand back to back and the pillar was erected in the 3rd century BC. It is true that at present one cannot get a glimpse of the whole pillar.
The shaft of the pillar can be seen at the gateways, but the crown is kept in the museum. The architecture of the Ashoka Pillar is said to be of the Greco-Buddhist style. The pillar is undoubtedly very well proportioned in nature.
The Ashoka Pillar at Sanchi has a lot of resemblance with the Pillar at Sarnath.The pillar is very well furnished. The pillar of Sanchi does not possess the Dharmachakra unlike the pillar of Sarnath.
Asirgarh Fort or Asigarh Qila was built by Assa Ahir of the Ahir dynasty. The fort was initially called Asa Ahir Garh, but with time was shortened to the present day name. According to local legends, it is believed that this fort can never be conquered by force.
History tells us that even Akbar the Great wanted to conquer the fort, but couldn’t execute the attack because of the security of the fort and also the way it was constructed. The fort is situated in the Satpura Range, and is 69 km away from Khandwa.
Built right at the heart of the valleys, the Asirgarh Fort is connected to the Narmada Valley and Tapti river through a pass via the Satpura Hills. The design of the Asirgarh Fort follows Mughal style which is a blend of Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian styles. One can see balconies, minars and tombs inside the fort.
Adinath Temple is an important temple belonging to the Jain temples in Khajuraho. It is situated to the north of the Parsvanath temple. The temple was built by the rulers of the Chandel dynasty in the 11th century and was dedicated to the Jain saint Adinath.
The construction of the temple is based on the structure of sapta-ratha. The temple is decorated by a single towered shikara, which increases the beauty of the shrine. The walls of the temple have beautiful carvings depicting images and postures of court musicians.
The walls also depict a close view of the dance style of Nilanjana, a famed dancer in the court of Adinath. Several figures of various categories of women like Nayikas, Kaminis and Bhaminis are carved on the walls. Such exquisite carvings on the walls attract tourists even today to the splendid craftsmanship of the workers of that era.
The Archaeological Museum of Khajuraho was initially known as Jardine Museum. It was renamed the Archaeological Museum of Khajuraho in 1952 after the Archaeological Survey of India took it over. It was constructed by Mr. W.A. Jardine in 1910.
The museum is very important as it is a display centre for several architectural and sculptural ruins collected from the temples of Khajuraho. The museum is located near the Matangeshwar Temple. The museum is an open-air structure where the Khajuraho sculptures are displayed.
The present museum was built in 1967. It has five large galleries. The main hall displays ancient sculptures belonging to the Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jaina faiths. The museum has a rich collection of more than 2000 sculptures.
Among the most important sculptures is a figure depicting Buddha in a seated position. Another prized possession of the temple is a four-headed Vishnu, also known as Vaikuntha. It is a must-visit attraction in Khajuraho.
Holkar Fort, built in the 18th century is an amazing tourist attraction in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh. Located on the beautiful banks of river Narmada, Holkar Fort is also famous as Ahilya Fort. The Ahilya Fort was then the residence of the queen of Malwa, Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar.
Tourists, in the fort’s premises, can see various Chhatris and a seat which the queen used to occupy during her stay in the fort. This ancient monument also consists of temples dedicated to several incarnations of lord Shiva. The fort owes its appreciation to Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar who was a powerful ruler and had made efforts to protect her kingdom.
Presently, the fort is a heritage hotel maintained by Prince Shivaji Rao Holkar, the son of the last Maharaja of Indore. The hotel was, however, founded by Prince Richard Holkar. With its splendid architecture of the Maratha period, this fort stands apart as among the prior preferences for tourists.
Apsara Vihar is a small waterfall with a shallow pool below it. It is also known as the Fairy Pool. It is an ideal place for safe swimming, diving and natural open bath. The pool is not so deep. Hence, families with children find this a nice place for fun. This pool is located near the Pandava Caves.
The story behind the name of the pool is interesting. During the British regime the wives of British officers used to come here to take bath. Local people used to peep through the bushes to see them. Seeing the fair skinned ladies they thought that they were celestial women or Apsaras who had descended from heaven to take a bath.
Hence they called it Apsara Vihar or Fairy Pool. For anybody who visits Pachmarhi, taking a bath in Apsara Vihar will be a delightful experience.
APS University Stadium is the biggest ground in the entire Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. Various tournaments are held on the ground premises all over the year and big fairs are also conducted on the ground premises. The stadium is built by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in order to establish inquisitiveness in sports among the youth.
The ground covers a total area of 24,620 acres of land in the north of the main city. Moreover, many political meetings are also undertaken on the ground premises as the ground is almost triple in size compared to all the other grounds present in the city.
Various types of fairs are organized by the local municipal authorities on the ground premises so that the revenues can be increased. A huge amount of money is spent every year in order to maintain the ground in a proper manner.
Annapurna Temple is a magnificent temple situated in Indore. The temple is famous for several reasons. It is one of the oldest temples of Indore. The temple was constructed in the 9th century with a blend of Indo-Aryan and Dravidian architectural styles. It has a height of more than 100 ft. It is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess, Annapurna, who is believed to be the goddess of food.
The wonderful architecture of the temple draws inspiration from the world famous Meenakshi temple of Madurai. The entrance to the temple is a grand sight. Four large elephants support an ornate gate. Inside the temple complex, there are separate temples for Annapurna, Shiva, Hanuman and Kal Bhairav.
The outer walls of the temple exhibit colourful mythological images. A major attraction of the temple is the 14 ½ ft high statue of Lord Kashi Vishwanath in the lotus position.
Bada Ganpati Temple is a famous temple of Indore. The temple is well-known due to the huge size of the idol of Ganpati or Ganesha. Standing tall at 25 ft, this idol of Ganesha is considered to be the largest Ganapathy idol in the world. The temple was constructed in the year 1875.
Legend has it that one of the residents of the city of Avantika (Ujjain), Sri Dadhich dreamt of Lord Ganesha and woke up the next day and decided to build the statue. It is the configuration of the idol that is most interesting.
The idol is made of bricks, limestone, jaggery, soil of the seven mocha puris, mud from the stables of horse, cow and elephant and the powder of Pancharatna (diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby and topaz) and the holy water of all the major pilgrimage sites. The metallic frame is made of gold, silver, brass, copper and iron.