The State of Madhya Pradesh is, in many ways, an interesting place as far as travelers and the native tourism industry is concerned. For one, it is the place where one can find the curious blend of both Rajput and Maratha cultures – thanks to the existence of former Princely States like Indore and Gwalior, which were ruled by Maratha chieftains and combined Maratha valor with Rajput bravery. The State’s culture is also reflective of myriad influences, from ancient times to the present day. Let us look at six popular destination that Madhya Pradesh has to offer:
- Kandariya Mahadeva Temple: It’s the largest, and arguably, the most ornate Hindu temple located within the medieval temples found within the environs of the Khajuraho complex. In fact, it’s considered to be one of the best-preserved temples from the medieval period. The temple is essentially dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture of the structure is often compared to the three mythological forms of Shiva.
- Khajuraho Complex: Located about 175 kilometers in the southeast of Jhansi, the Khajuraho Complex is actually a group of both Hindu and Jain temples. The entire structure has been constructed between the years 950 and 1050, under the patronage of the Chandela dynasty. The Complex is noted for its distinctive North Indian style of temple architecture (called the Nagara style), which is rich in symbolism and it also contains a ton of erotic sculptures.
- Jahangir Mahal: Originally constructed in honor of the visit of the contemporary Mughal Emperor Jahangir, this beautiful complex of gardens and palaces stands out as a unique testament to the evolution of Mughal architecture, in Central India. Located in present-day Orccha, in the Tikamgarh District of the State, this place is a must if Mughal history and culture interests you.
- Dhurandhar Falls: It’s a waterfall located in the Jabalpur District. Etymologically meaning “the flow of smoke”; this waterfall is a majestic sight to behold for anyone. The falls are located on the course of the Narmada River, near Bhedaghat, and in the immediate vicinity of the world-renowned Marble Rocks. Visitors to the falls can enjoy a cable-car service and take a breathtaking view of the falls themselves.
- Gwalior Fort: This historic hill-fort of Gwalior is an important part that forms the narrative of Indian history. Situated in the city of Gwalior, the forty has existed since the 10th century while archeological evidence suggests that it might have even existed earlier. Visitors to the fort can immerse themselves in the fort’s architecture and the various tales of heroism and valor that make up the aura around this imposing structure.
- Bhimbetka Caves: Perhaps the most exciting place of all on this list, the Bhimbetka caves are located in the Raisen District, about 45 kilometers southeast of Bhopal, the capital of the State. The chief attraction about the Caves is the archeological findings that indicate the earliest traces of human habitation in the Indian subcontinent, which show humans lived in India in the epoch that span from Paleolithic to Mesolithic eras, colorfully illustrated by striking wall paintings made by the ancient dwellers of the Caves.
Madhya Pradesh has a lot to offer, and it’s not easy to hit upon all these six places. This guide will come in handy in letting you visit the places of interest within the State.