Madhya Pradesh is fondly called the 'heart of India'. Geographically located at the heart of India, the state has a lot of unique attractions of tourist interest for which visitors throng in to Madhya Pradesh to have a glimpse of these places. The erotic sculptures of Khajuraho, the quaint hills of Pachmarhi, the wildlife at Bandhavgarh are some of the reasons that make Madhya Pradesh attractive. Here are the 10 famous things in the state that are not to be missed!
1. The sculptures of Khajuraho
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments are known across the world for their sensual sculptures that depict different aspects of life. This UNESCO site has attracted historians and archaeology lovers to these temples in Khajuraho. Here's some more info about Khajuraho temples and the stay options available in the city.
2. The Caves of Bhimbetka
Bhimbetka is a cluster of more than 600 caves that are some of the earliest caves in India. Located amidst the Vindhya mountain range, this UNESCO world heritage site is known for the rock carvings and the human paintings inside the caves. Click here for more info.
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3. Wildlife at Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh is popular as the home of white tigers. This national park at Bandhavgarh was once the hunting ground of the then King of Rewa. Apart from the tigers, the national park is also known for the wide variety of birds, mammals, butterflies and reptiles. Here are some of the attractions in Bandhavgarh.
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4. The Hills of Pachmarhi
The Pachmarhi hills are often referred to as 'Saputara ki Rani' which means 'Queen of Saputara'. This hill station that is located at an altitude of 1110m is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh. The place which was once a remote area inhabited by various tribes, is now a UNESCO world heritage site and has seen a lot of development over the years. Click here for more details.
5. The Ancient Temples at Ujjain
Ujjain, situated on the banks of Shipra river, is a hub of religious activities and temples. Kumbh Mela, Shivratri and Ardha Kumbh mela are some of the festivals celebrated here with fervour. Though Indore is known as the street food capital of the state, the Tower Chowk in Ujjain is popular for some of the best street food like pani puri, ghee, bhel puri and corn snacks amongst the rest.
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6. The Chhatris at Orchha
The famous Chhatris are basically tombs of the rulers of Orchha. It is believed that the era that saw these constructions was known as the Golden Era in Indian history. These monuments are known for their intricate carvings, ornamented pillars and decorated domes. Here's something more about Orchha.
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7. The Historic City of Gwalior
Gwalior is the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh. The historic monuments, forts and museums here take you to the bygone golden times of the place. The Patankar Bazaar here is a shopping hub for items like handicrafts, artificial jewellery, painted wall hangings and dolls.
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8. Mandu – The Land of Happiness
Mandu takes you to the happy times of history where Mughals lived their royal lives and also stands testimony to an ageless love story. The main attractions of this place are the Malwa festival, the traditional Malwa cuisine and its tourist attractions.
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9. The Buddhist Stupas at Sanchi
Though Lord Buddha has never visited Sanchi, the land realised his virtual presence from the peace that was prevalent in the village. The Sanchi Stupa is a popular attraction of Madhya Pradesh.
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10. The Kanha National Park
The Kanha National Park is one of the biggest national parks in Madhya Pradesh. It is also the base of the Kanha Tiger Reserve that was created in 1974, one of the first Tiger reserves created under Project Tiger. The bamboo forests, streams, and the vegetation makes it a place worth exploring. The national park is the only natural habitat of Barasingha, a rare species of deer.
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