Far-famed as the 'Heart of India', Madhya Pradesh, has a lot in store for nature lovers and thrill-seekers, alike! The popular hotspots in Madhya Pradesh showcase a mini-India with a vibrant heritage, diverse cultures, quiet pilgrimages, fascinating wildlife and much more. Madhya Pradesh, one of the most populous states in India, is bestowed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, two of the famous twelve Jyotirlingas, and a hotspot that hosts Kumbh Mela every twelve years. From adrenaline junkies to history geeks, this exalted state offers an unparalleled experience of multitudinous stories and uncountable mysteries.
Lined up for you are some very popular hotspots and destinations to enjoy this January in Madhya Pradesh. Have a look!
Holding the epithet of the 'Queen of Satpura', Pachmarhi is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh. A myriad of history and several attractions, the hill station is the perfect option to spend memorable vacations. Listed in UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the place is so irresistible that even the Pandava brothers from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, spent a few days here during their exile.
The pious land of Ujjain is the holy abode of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas at Mahakaleshwar Temple. Reckoned as one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, Ujjain is thus one of the must-visit places in Madhya Pradesh. Positioned along the bank of River Shipra, the ancient city is thronged by devotees during the Kumbh Mela which is held here after every 12 years.
Housing some of the splendid constructions, Orchha is nestled on the banks of Betwa River. The unique medieval charm of this popular historic destination in Madhya Pradesh cast a spell on the visitors. The frescos, classical mural paintings, grandeur of temples and Havelis account for the immense popularity, Orchha enjoys worldwide. Enjoy time travel in history and spend your evening watching a spectacular sunset over the river.
Mandu or Mandavgad is a treasure trove of architectural wonders and history dating back to 6th century BC. The magnificent temples add a majestic charm to the city. Also alluded as the 'Hampi of ancient India', the quaint town is one of the must-visit destinations in Madhya Pradesh. Historic Afghan masterpieces adorn the quaint town. With a ship that never sails, Mandu reminds you of the childhood stories you would have probably heard of.
The royalty and chivalry of the glorious past of the state is better experienced at Gwalior. Dominated by a massive fort perched on a hill, the city is dotted by many other historical monuments of Madhya Pradesh. Artists, musicians, holidaymakers and poets automatically get lured to the land of Scindia Dynasty. Legendary musicians belonged to Gwalior helping it to enjoy a matchless reputation in Music.
Imbued in tranquillity, Sanchi is home to very famous Sanchi Stupa - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Great Mughal Emperor Ashoka installed the Great Stupa in 3rd century BC. Countless temples, monasteries, an Ashokan pillar and Buddhist monuments at Sanchi Madhya Pradesh are the head-turners here. Regarded as one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage, the quaint town of Sanchi greets Buddhist pilgrims, avid tourists and history buffs alike.
Khajuraho manages to fascinate all with a wondrous display of Indian art and architecture. Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Madhya Pradesh in October are a must-visit for any history geek and art enthusiast. The ecstasy offered by these UNESCO World Heritage Sites is simply incomparable. Complex carvings and the erogenous sculptures will make you fall in the love with the craftsmanship of the past era.
The sublime beauty of Chitrakoot brings lots of tourists to the popular tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh. The majestic city finds mention in the Hindu epic Ramayana as the dwelling place of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita during their exile. It is due to this reason that many people consider it to be a sacred town. Holding the title of the 'Place of Many Wonders', the city got its name from the presence of Cheetal (Deer) in the area.
9. Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park is so enticing that it spurred the renowned novelist Rudyard Kipling to pen down his best-seller 'The Jungle Book'. Nearly rare and extinct animal species like Barasingha and Swamp dear dwell at this national park in their natural environment. People swarm this famous wildlife holiday destination in Madhya Pradesh in January to spot royal Bengal tigers which inhabit here in good numbers. Over 400 species of birds, including rare and exotic, are found here.
10. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
As you visit the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, you will be delighted to get the flashes of the bygone era of historic India. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this popular hotspots in Madhya Pradesh scrupulously showcase the start of the South Asian Stone Age. The name of the place translates into the 'Sitting Place of Bhima', one of the pre-eminent characters in Mahabharata. Artistic and distinctive 25,000 years old murals adorn the 500 caverns out of the total 750 caves available.