Madhya Pradesh Tourism

Madhya Pradesh Tourism


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Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh, situated in the centre of India, is often called the heart of India. It is surrounded by Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The state has two hill ranges Vindhya and Satpura that have traditionally served as boundary markers between north and south India. It also has a number of rivers, such as Narmada, Tapti, Chambal, Betwa, Ken, which make it agriculturally fertile. Narmada, which runs between the two hill ranges, is the most important river and is worshipped locally as a goddess.

 

These natural features have created a landscape of plateaus, river valleys, hills, and forests, but mostly the state can be seen as plateau land with low hills. The weather is largely warm and dry, and almost unbearably hot during summers. MP is a primarily rural and its largely tribal economy runs on agriculture and forest-produce; but there are also urban centres such as Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior. These cities, in addition to Khajuraho and Jabalpur, have domestic airports.

 

For the visitor, this large state can be understood in four parts: central, with Bhopal town as the base; northern, with Gwalior as base; eastern with Jabalpur as base; and western, with Indore as base. Madhya Pradesh has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the 9th-10th century temples at Khajuraho known for their erotic carvings (reachable from Gwalior); remains of the 3rdcentury BC - 7thcentury AD Buddhist settlement at Sanchi; and cave paintings dating to 8000 BC at Bhimbetka (both reachable from Bhopal).

 

The capital, Bhopal is a former princely state, a small city celebrated for its mosques and palaces, old-town ambience, and refined Urdu language. The hill-citadel of Mandu (near Indore) is renowned for its ruins set in greenery, especially after monsoons. Ujjain is a holy city for the Hindus and hosts the Kumbh Mela, attracting millions of pilgrims, every 12 years.

 

The scenic sanctuaries of Kanha (the setting for Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book) and Bandhavgarh National Parks are mostly savannah grassland terrains that have tigers and elephants as prime attractions. These are reachable from Jabalpur.

 

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Atul Kumar
  • Atul Kumar
  • 1 Review

"A wonderful place in India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2014
I visited Madhya Pradesh in month of March 2011 with my friends and I enjoyed every movement of my life here. You can see true nature and I think it was one of the best place in India. I visit Madhya Pradesh with my friends but you can go with your family and enjoy.
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Saurabh Khanna
  • Saurabh Khanna
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Wonderful places and natural beauty"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 8, 2014
There are nice and wonderful places to visit in Madhya Pradesh like Chhindwara, Patalkot and Pachmani. All these are awesome places to hang out with friends, family and colleagues. The best mode to watch the natural green beauty of nature is ride by bike. You must go once to watch the real beauty of nature. Overall, it was a great place.
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Rajesh Prajapati
  • Rajesh Prajapati
  • Lives in Surat
  • 4 Reviews

"Sports shoes is compulsory"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2013
Sports shoes is compulsory if you are visiting Panchmarhi for all. U can have more place to visit. 2 days sightseeing is enough in Panchmarhi. U can have extension of days if u want & Gypsy is the only option in forest area. Avoid personal vehicle
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Tapas Sen gupta
  • Tapas Sen gupta
  • Forester
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 photos
  • 5 Reviews

"Jabalpur"

  • Posted Jan 20, 2013
For a first timer the marble rocks are AWESOME. The Duadanhar water falls are also good.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Ordinary food. Most shops sell marble and also duplicate ( plaster of paris type) carved objects / statues - Be aware -

Activities & things to do: Visit the Falls and take BOAT RIDE in Marble Rocks. The Day one is much better and safer. Mornings and afternoons are advised.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By Train, Road, Air
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Anjan Biswas
  • Anjan Biswas
  • Critic
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 12 photos
  • 5 Reviews

"Explored east side of MP"

  • Posted Jul 27, 2011
Visited Khajuraho, Bhandavgarh, Panchmari, Bhedaghat and Amarkantak during second week of May 2011

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: All types of food available everywhere. Non-veg food is not allowed in Amarkantak

Activities & things to do: Don't miss boating on River Narmada at Bhedaghat.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: During the month of March of 2011 we ( myself, my wife and my kids of age 9 years and 18months ) visited few places of Madhya Pradesh. This was wonderful trip and most importantly the entire tour happened as per plan.
We started from Howrah on 11th March evening and reached Satna at around 4.00 PM next day. We un boarded along with all our luggage and was thinking what to do. Within one minute suddenly a mid-aged man appeared and asked politely if we need any taxi. My plan was to go Khajuraho and I asked him whether he is interested. He offered me a rate, which is fairly low than what I heard and I agreed immediately.
Our journey started in a place where we have never been before. Within 15 minutes all the traffic and buildings are gone and it is only farm land and trees alongside the road. We took 2-3 brakes in between and it was evening when we were crossing the Panna belt. The taxi driver stopped the car at a roadside temple and asked me whether we will mind if he takes 5 minutes to perform puja. I also came down and went to the temple. This was Kal Vairabi temple, the tantric, black coloured idol,and darkness of the surroundings made this little temple very thrilling. We reached Hotel Payal safely and had a nice sleep that night.
The taxi driver later on helped me a lot, very nice person and Ďnever say noí kind of guy he is. He is very religious minded and offers puje to most of temples which fall on his route. His name is Bachan Sing. If you want to hire a taxi for transportation in Satna-Khajuraho-Mayher-Bandhavgarh region, you can contact him. Lowest rate is guaranteed.
We spent 3 nights in Khajuraho. Visited all the temples and we visited the western group of temples ( this is the main group) twice. You will surely enjoy light and sound show in the evening. Please remember to keep some warm clothes. We didnít have any, left the hotel around 1.00 Pm and that time it was pretty hot outside. But during the end part of the show the wind started and we were feeling very cold.
Do not miss to explore Panna, which is very close (30-40Km) to Khajuraho. You will get all the information in the website of MP tourism. But let me tell you what is not there. If you want to see the crocodile sanctuary, please leave early morning ( we missed that for wrong timing). Donít miss Pandav Falls. You need to walk 150+ stair cases , definitely all with uneven elevation. Once you reach there is a cave, known as Pandav Cave and a deep pond surrounded by rocks. You will forget the external world. Carry as many packets of biscuit as possible. Big fishes are there, throw the biscuits in the water and just watch the show. You will find natural water ( God knows the source!!) falling through the routes and trunks of the tress, which are on the wall of the mountain on top of you. Do not miss to carry an empty bottle and taste the water. This is jari-buti pani and much better than mineral water.
From Khajuraho we moved to Bandhavgarh. Bachan Sing came to help us. He took a route which goes via Mayher. I was not aware of this temple and thanked God for sending this man to me. He encouraged me to have a darshan for Sarda Devi temple. This is on top of a mountain. It will take approximately 1 hour to reach there from the base. Donít worry, there is ropeway too, which will take less than 10 minutes.
On the way we stopped few places and reached White Tiger Forest Lodge in the evening. Forgot to mention that the entire road was very nice for driving. It was mostly greenery but few places were barren land and no trees at all there.
Next day morning we went in the forest. Please book the permit in advance. It is Tala Gate 1 where probability of tiger viewing is maximum and chances are remote for other gates. There is some restriction of number of cars per day. Maruti Gypsy is used for the safari. With lots of enthusiasm we entered the jungle. 3 hours passed and no tiger at all. Suddenly the news came of tiger viewing. Our driver immediately rushed to that spot. We had to ride an elephant there to see the tigers. It was awesome!! We saw 3 tigers at one go. For this trip also Bachan Sing arranged the car with lesser rate which is offered by hotel.
Next day morning we left for Katni. From there we caught the train for Pipariya. It takes around 4.5 hours. Hired a car and went to Panchmarhi. It is a nice place and does not fit for a visit like what we did. You need to spend at least a week to get the charm of this place.
We took a car and started our journey towards Bhedaghat, Jabalpur. There are few hotels in Bhedaghat, but the best option is Motel Marble Rock. This is on the river Narmada. A journey by boat there is worth seeing. You will be mesmerized by the different colour of the stones/rocks. If you are a good photographer, take 2 trip, one in the morning and other in the afternoon. We took a holy dip in the river as well.
Dhuadhar waterfall is 2 Km away from there. Try to go in the second half. I went in the morning, could not take good picture due to backlight problem. Nice place .. you can easily spend 3 hours ... you can see rainbow, not on the sky but on the river
From Jabalpur we moved towards Amarkantak, one of the holiest place for Hindus. The road is excellent. This is very small town, on top of mountain. This is source of river Narmada. The environment is very nice. Please remember that non-veg foods are not allowed here and rule is strictly followed. Spent the evening in the temple and watch the prayer and puja. It is guaranteed that your mind will be refreshed.
Our journey ends here, we moved to Bilaspur by car and caught train for Kolkata.
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Jyoti Rajeev
  • Jyoti Rajeev
  • 1 Review

"Madai-Tiger reserve"

  • Posted Apr 5, 2011
Awesome landscape of god's garden.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Resort-homely, mouth watering dishes..

Activities & things to do: Boating, enjoyment in nature walk & photography.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Bhopal to Madai via road in 4 hours.
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Aniruddha Das
  • Aniruddha Das
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 149 photos
  • 21 Reviews

"Holy tour Amarkantak"

  • Posted Jan 8, 2009
Amarkantak is the source of river narmada.It is a holy place with lots of forest and hills. It is 120 kms away from Bilaspur(Chattisgarh) ,254 kms from Jabalpur. To enter Amarkantak you have to cross a Reserve forest called 'Achankar Marg' Reseve forest.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Only vegeterian food is allowed in Amarkantak. Good food is available in Hotel Holiday Home ( M.P. Tourism). Besides ,ganga rewa Restaurant and other few eating places are there. Major sightseen is Kapil Dhara ,a water fall where Pt. J.L. Nehru's creamation ashes were put. Dudh dhara ,another water falls ,2 kms from Kapildhara where u have to treak. Ma ki bagiya, Narmada Temple, Durga Dhara these are important places. and u can do the Jungle Safari by Jeep.

Activities & things to do: Trekking and forest Safari.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: If u are coming from North India. Pls reach Jabalpur First then move to Amarkantak.Bus service is there. If u go by train reach Pendra Road
station.From there Amarkantal is around 45 kms. Take bus or taxi. From Kolkata first go to Bilaspur. From there take a bus or Taxi to go to Amarkantak or Take a train to Pendra Road and then go to Amarkantak.
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Hemant Sant
  • Hemant Sant
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 48 photos
  • 10 Reviews

"Mandu magic in rains in MP"

  • Posted Feb 18, 2007
Go in rains when every thing else bores you and you cannot get yourself to go to another Goa in rains holiday. Go with your romance or a group of friends who allow you to be you- your own. Stay amidst the ruins of love and legend of Baaj Bahadur and Rani Rupmati and trek around the green forests which has engulfed the once rich town fort away from civilisation- it seems yet so close to ones heart.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Fill your eyes with scenes sharing them with one who is your own..get those love poems out or gazal sangrah etc or a rafi filmy song book and recite or chant as you move..with a guide who retells the story of unfulfilled love..maheshwari sarees are nearby for those who want to end this tour by giving his wife a memorable art work of a fine saree at its best.

Activities & things to do: Trek, rest, write, see, bird watch, read recite ..all the facilites one can choose it has them at MPTDC cottages.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reach Indore and get a taxi for Mandavgardh.
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Hemant Sant
  • Hemant Sant
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Baroda
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"Mandu-MP in rains"

  • Posted Jan 12, 2007
Go to mandu with select romantic group of couples only once in your life. take your children again after 10 years . Both the time you will have your fill of a isolated romantic fantastically green heritage city lost in the plateau of malwa. The Rani roopmati, if you have heard the famous song 'aaja ree..' song anyway is alive here with the Baaj Bahadur riding on a white horse as you see the dawn and dusk around the palaces in ruins here.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Solitude, a group when we want company, a great place to stay, rains and greenery eating away the real and sights of decaying but resplendent palaces ..see this to believe in romance.

Activities & things to do: read, sit, write, see, trek do your own thing. Visit maheshwar nearby for great sarees.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reach Indore or dhaar and take a taxi.Stay in MP tourism cottages.
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