How about taking a break from your regular busy schedule and savouring the beauty of history and nature this weekend? There are numerous places around Bhopal which can certainly make your vacations memorable and interesting, which in turn will spice up your monotonous life.
Shivpuri is one such place around Bhopal which is a popular weekend destination and is visited by hundreds of tourists every year. It is famous amongst tourists for its beautiful national park and ancient marvels, which still stand strong showcasing their glorious past.
How about planning a trip from Bhopal to Shivpuri this weekend and learning in detail about these alluring destinations? Read on to know how to reach Shivpuri and its tourist spots.
Best Time To Visit Shivpuri
The district of Shivpuri experiences an extreme type of climate and hence, it is least-visited during the summer season. However, it remains a preferable destination for history lovers and photographers throughout the year. If you do not want to explore Shivpuri under the hot sun, then the best time to visit is from October until the end of March.
How To Reach Shivpuri From Bhopal
By Air: You can take a flight to Gwalior Airport and then from there you can hire a taxi to Shivpuri. You can also catch a bus from Gwalior to Shivpuri, which will take an approximate time of 3 hr to reach your destination. Gwalior is located at a distance of about 125 km from Shivpuri.
By Rail: You can catch a direct train from Bhopal railway station to Shivpuri Junction.
By Road: As Shivpuri is situated near Bhopal at a distance of about 300 km, it can be easily accessed by road.
Route 1: Bhopal - Guna - Shivpuri
Route 2: Bhopal - Isagarh - Shivpuri
You must take route 1 if you are looking forward to reaching your destination within minimum time. Through route 1, you can reach your destination within 5 hr 30 min, i.e, half an hour less in comparison to route 2. On your way, you can also explore the beauty of Guna district.
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Once a significant part of the Avanti Kingdom, Guna is popular for its ancient temples and age-old buildings today. It is located at a distance of around 200 km from Bhopal and 100 km from Shivpuri and hence, it is a perfect spot to take a break.
From its religious sites to ancient complexes, each and every corner of Guna is set to surprise you with its centuries-old beauty. The major places to visit here include the 16th-century Bajrangarh Fort, Hanuman Mandir, Bees Bhuja Devi Temple and Christ The King Church.
Final Destination – Shivpuri
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Considering its beautiful boundaries and majestic centre, Shivpuri is certainly a place in Madhya Pradesh, which should be visited once in a lifetime, especially if you are a history lover or a traveller. One cannot merely ignore its perennial beauty, spread across the national park, ancient temples and historical monuments.
It was once a summer retreat for the Scindia rulers of the region. Eventually, when you have reached Shivpuri after covering a distance of about 300 km, the following are the places which you must not miss visiting if you are looking to enjoy the beauty of Shivpuri.
Madhav National Park
Madhav National Park is one of the most-visited spots in and around Shivpuri as the land is covered with beautiful meadows, rich dense forests and a few mini lakes and waterfalls. It is home to several endangered species of animals, plants and birds and hence, this beautiful national park is a perfect place to retire amid serenity.
Apart from nature lovers, it also attracts several photographers who are seen here capturing the captivating beauty of its wildlife. The major species found here include sambar, sloth bears, leopards, black buck, Indian pond heron and white-breasted kingfisher.
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Another significant site, which you cannot afford to miss. Narwar Fort is located at a distance of about 40 km from the district centre. It is said to have been constructed by Kachwaha Rajputs in the 10th century; however, it came under the control of several other dynasties later on, including the Mughals and the Scindias. Today, the fort is in ruins and hence, it is least visited by tourists. However, it remains a prime attraction for history lovers throughout the year.
Shivpuri is also popular amongst tourists for its magnificent Chhataris, which were built in the loving memory of the members of the royal families. The most famous amongst these is the Chhatari of Madhav Rao Scindia, which is built out of marble and depicts the beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture. It is certainly a beauty which must be captured on your camera.
Other Places Of Interest
Apart from all the above tourist spots, you can also explore other places, such as Mohineshwar Dham Mandir, Son Chiraiya Bird Sanctuary, Ban Ganga Dham, Bhadaiya Kund, Shanti Nathi Jinalaya and Shiv Temple. So, when there is a lot to witness and explore in and around the region of Shivpuri, why not get yourself at this wonderful town this weekend?