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10 Lucky Travellers Get to Explore Uncharted Territories of Magical Madhya Pradesh!

10 Lucky Travellers Get to Explore Uncharted Territories of Magical Madhya Pradesh! wikimedia

Madhya Pradesh is a potpourri of everything a tourist could ask for. From national parks with staggering biodiversity to historic cities with glorious ancient architecture and religious and cultural significance, you can find them all. HolidayIQ has chosen 10 lucky reviewers under the #ChaloMPwithHolidayIQ campaign to fulfill their dreams of visiting this relatively unexplored land. 

10 Lucky Travellers Get to Explore Uncharted Territories of Magical Madhya Pradesh!:

  1. Chanderi
  2. Orchha (Madhya Pradesh)
  3. Datia (Madhya Pradesh)
  4. Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)
  5. Parsuli (Parsili) (Madhya Pradesh)
  6. Rewa (Madhya Pradesh)
  7. Panna (Madhya Pradesh)
  8. Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)

Day 1. Chanderi - the land of Malwas and Bundelas

Chanderi - the land of Malwas and Bundelas
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Sandwiched between hills and lakes and punctuated with forests and ancient monuments of Malwa and Bundela kings, Chanderi is a quaint little town of immense historic significance. One of the pivotal centers of Jain heritage, it has some important Jain temples like Shri Choubeesee Bara Mandir and Shri Khandargiri Jain temple.

Chanderi is also known for it's noteworthy handloom industry that is centuries-old. This weaving specialty gives birth to finely textured fabrics of silk and cotton embroidered with Zari work. 

Day 2. Orchha - a forgotten gem!

Orchha - a forgotten gem!
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Situated on the banks of river Betwa, Orchha is the perfect blend of heritage, culture and natural beauty. The Jahangir Mahal is a stunning example of Mughal architecture and the chattris or cenotaphs are an absolute delight to capture during sunrise and sunset. Relieved by projecting windows and a line of delicate domes along the summit, lies the Ram Raja Temple. The only temple in India where Lord Ram is worshiped as a king and that too in a palace.

HolidayIQ tourist Umesh says, “Orchha is a great narrative of the magnificent architecture of the Bundela Rajput rulers.” He adds, “The ones who have a liking for historical places and history will find their trip to be of optimum usefulness and enjoyment.”

Day 3. Datia - the adobe of Maa Peetambara

Datia - the adobe of Maa Peetambara
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Mentioned as Daityavakra in the Mahabharata, this ancient city is well known among devotees for the Pitambara Peeth, a shaktipeeth which has the shivlingam of shree Vankhandeshwar Shiva, believed to be as old as the Mahabharata itself. Apart from this, Datia also has the Veer Singh Palace, which is a brilliant showcase for Hindu architecture in the early 17th century. 

Day 4. Gwalior - of Khayal and true blue royalty!

Gwalior - of Khayal and true blue royalty!
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One of the counter-magnet cities of India, Gwalior is a testimony to centuries of rule by various north Indian kings and has seen the two very different cultures of Mughals and Marathas. The bustling city atop a hill is dominated by the Gwalior fort which has been the battleground for many struggles for power. World's largest idol of Lord Parshvanath is perched on the slopes of Gwalior fort.

HolidayIQ connoisseur Sulav says, “A small but beautiful city of MP. The city is cleaner than most of the places in the state. The best attraction is the Scindia Palace while is still one of its kind.”

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Day 5. Parsuli - home of the the elusive leopard

Parsuli - home of the the elusive leopard
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Tourists flock to this place for the Sanjay Dubri National Park. Parsuli is surrounded by thick Sal forests and you can spot a wide variety of animals like the spotted deer, sambhar, tiger, civet and birds like racket-tailed drongos, Indian Pitta, rufus-treepie.

Day 6. Rewa - playground of the majestic white tiger

Rewa - playground of the majestic white tiger
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Apart from being known for white tigers (the first one was caught here), Rewa is a treasure-trove of rich history. You can hike through the tiger reserve or just explore other places like Rewa Fort, Baghael Museum, Royal Museum, Pili Kothi and Govindgarh Palace.

HolidayIQ traveller Scout Aditya says, “People can visit Rewa fort here it is a small fort with the river flowing behind it. There is a famous Mahamritunjay Temple dedicated to Lord Shiv in the fort.”

Day 7. Panna - the diamond city

Panna - the diamond city
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Being the birthplace of the white tiger species of Royal Bengal tiger, it’s only fitting that the world’s first white tiger safari is situated here. It’s also believed that Pandavas stayed here during their exile. Apart from tigers, the deciduous forests of Panna National Park are abode to various endangered species including Indian wolf, four-horned antelope, sloth bear pangolin and gharial.

HolidayIQ tourist Husain says, “Panna is a beautiful forest located in Madhya Pradesh. Its hilly terrain makes it even more splendid with beautiful flora and an enchanting fauna.” 

Day 8. Khajuraho - a lesson in culture and history

Khajuraho - a lesson in culture and history
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Surely a place whose reputation doesn’t warrant any explanation, Khajuraho is famous for the exotic temples from medieval Hindu and Jain period. Constructed using sandstone and famed for their nagara-style architecture and eroticism worldwide, the Khajuraho Group of Monuments is one of the most visited World Heritage Sites in India. Adorned with crystalline granite in varying shades ranging from pink, red and grey, the Raneh Falls is also one of the prominent attraction of Khajuraho.

HolidayIQ tourist Keshav says, “Perfect example of our rich cultural heritage and world-class architecture. Every artefact represents a story and the guide here is awesome. If visiting Khajuraho, do not forget to visit the nearby lake.”

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