The rich history and cultural heritage of Madhya Pradesh, make it one of the most loved states in the whole of India. Often referred to as the "Heart" of India, Madhya Pradesh is home to some of the most beautiful examples of Indian architecture as well as some of its most stunning earthly delights. From magnificent heritage sites and archaic temples to wildlife reserves and bustling cities, there are plenty of reasons to visit this incredible land. Whether you're travelling solo through India or looking for a week-long trip with your loved ones, Madhya Pradesh Pradesh has everything you could need and more.
We have compiled the ten best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh this year. Take a look!
Bhopal has a long list of tourist attractions including stunning lakes, fascinating museums, wildlife sanctuaries, and historical palaces. Bhopal aka the city of lakes is one of the most appealing tourist places in Madhya Pradesh.
Key attractions: Upper Lake, Gohar Mahal, Bhimbetka, Lower Lake, BirlaMuseum, Bhojpur, State Museum, and Van Vihar National park
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Indore is one of the most comprehensive cities of Madhya Pradesh and one of the significant names on Madhya Pradesh tourism facet. Located by the bank of River Saraswati, Indore boasts of its magnificent heritage, historic buildings, and intricate yet splendid architecture. Also, Indore is the financial capital of Mandya Pradesh. Thus it rules the roost in the state.
Key attractions: Central Museum, Lal Bagh Palace, Tincha Waterfall, Patalpani Waterfall, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary, and Indore White Church
Showcasing a flawless blend of historical milestones and structural wonders, Gwalior is an integral part of Madhya Pradesh tourism. Rich in art, history, and culture, Gwalior is the most popular tourist attraction in Madhya Pradesh.
Key attractions: Gwalior Fort, Tansen Tomb, Mansingh Palace, Gopachal Parvat, Tiger Dam, Jai Vilas Palace, Sun Temple, Sas Bahu Temples, Madhav National Park and Scindia Museum
A notable highlight of the Madhya Pradesh tourism is its invigorating wildlife sanctuaries, and Pench is unquestionably one of them. Spread across a sprawling 760 sq km, Pench National Park is a rich territory of biodiversity with exotic and endangered species. Also known to be a haven for the Royal Bengal Tigers is believed to be the background for Rudyard Kipling's, The Jungle Book.
Key attractions: Baghvan Jungle Lodge and wild animals like bison, striped hyena, sambar deer, leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger, leopard, & wild cat
Jabalpur, decked with natural bounties, is one of the enthralling places to visit in Madhya Pradesh. Settled by the river Narmada, Jabalpur boasts of a bewitching natural beauty that is encircled by sandstone & granite hillocks. From spectacular cascades and marble outcrops to majestic fortresses and wildlife reserves; Jabalpur has it all to entertain people from all walks of life!
Key attractions: Bhedaghat, Dhuandhar Waterfall, Bargi Dam, Marble Rocks, Dumna Nature Reserve, Madan Mahal Fort, Pisan Hari Jain Temple and Rani Durgavati Memorial & Museum
If you are looking for a scenic hamlet, Mandu is the place to be! Nestled comfortably on a cliff, Mandu - or Mandavgad - is a true history buff's heaven and is known for some incredible architectural brilliance. Traversing the grand temples and witnessing the faultless artwork of antique temples is some of the must-do things here.
Key attractions: Hindola Mahal, Ship Palace, Rupmati's Pavilion, Rewa Kund, Bagh Caves, Nilkanth's Palace, Rupayan Museum and Hoshang Shah's Tomb
Chanderi is one of the popular historical sightseer spots in Madhya Pradesh. The remains of forts & palaces and heritage sites reveal its connection to the Gurjara-Pratihara kingdom.
Key attractions: Koshak Mahal, Kati Ghati Gateway, Shehzadi Ka Rauza, Purana Madrasa, Idgah, Jama Masjid, Bada Mahal Darwaza, and Chandraprabh Temple
Far-famed for the spectacular display of Indian art & architecture, Khajuraho is one of the beautiful and popular tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. Its impeccable sculptures, intricate carvings, and fine art specimens have earned it a spot among the Seven Wonders of India.
Key attractions: Ajaigarh Fort, Panna National Park, Beni Sagar Dam, Archeological Museum, and temples of Kandariya Mahadev, Parsvanath, Visvanath, Devi Jagadamba, Vamana, Duladeo, Chitragupta, and Bijamandala
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Located on the banks Shipra River, Ujjain is one of the exciting towns of Madhya Pradesh. Ujjain, one of the most famous Hindu sacred centre, is aptly recognised as the ‘temple town of India'. It boasts of marvellous temples representing Bundela art and architecture. People mostly explore this place to attain divine peace and quietness. Also notable for hosting the immensely successful Kumbha Mela.
Key attractions: Ram Ghat, Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple, Jantar Mantar, Kal Bhairav Temple, Vikram Kirti Mandir Museum, and Kalideh Palace
The Kanha National Park is abode to exotic and endangered animal species, such as Swamp deer and Barasingha. Kanha is among the best places for the nature lovers, the forest area encompassing of Sal & Mahua trees is associated with spotting tigers, blackbuck, and deer. People who love adventure & thrill can head out for evening safaris, spend a night in homestays, and try the local drink - Mahua.
Key attractions: wildlife resort, Jeep safari, and night safari