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Madhya Pradesh has its very rich culture, history but it is still under rated in tourism department, it has its own charisma and charm when it comes to sight seeing. I am going to tell u about the 7 places which are most iconic and stand apart, you may or may not agree with me but you will definitely fall for exploring M.P.BhedaGhat (Jabalpur)
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Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
These caves lie 45 kilometers away from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and are a famous tourist destination on the Bhopal- Hoshangabad Highway. It is believed that these were the very caves where the Pandavas sought shelter when they were exiled. Dr. Vishnu Wakankar, a professor at the Vikram University in Ujjain discovered these caves while on an excavation during 1957-58. He strayed far from the site and stumbled upon these caves. One cannot afford to miss this place when one visits Madhya Pradesh.
Even though the place was burnt down thrice, Rajwada stands to testify about a city that was super rich during its times. This structure is so grand in its construction and is highlights the influence made by the Holkar Dynasty. The place is filled with gardens and flowing fountains and even an artificial waterfall that lures both local and as well as foreign tourists. This palace is around 200 years old and is a sight that one is sure to remember for a long time.
The light and sound show at the Orchha Fort at night became our introduction to the unique history of this weird little town. This show is an important recommendation. It takes you on a journey through history through anecdotes about the lives of the Bundela kings and how the architectural marvel in this small town were raised one after another. Timings: English, 6:30 PM, Hindi, 7:30.
Madan Mahal Fort
The last place on my itinerary was the Madan Mahal Fort. Located a stone's throw away from the balancing rock, it is also known as Rani Durgavati Fort. Built by the Gond rulers in the 11th century, it is mostly in ruins. Nevertheless, in its heyday it was used as a military outpost. Its strategic location atop a hill provides a commanding view of the city and its surroundings. A reservoir and stables adjoin the main fort structure.
The Sanchi Stupa is the oldest rock structure in India, which dates back to 3rd century BCE. Commissioned by emperor Ashoka, this architectural brilliance is built over the relics of Buddha himself. Across centuries, more kingdoms and Buddhist rulers were built around the original Sanchi Stupa adding ornamental gateways and monasteries. The complex now is beautiful and spiritual for anyone looking for a peaceful retreat, whereas for Buddhists it is a major pilgrimage.
Kandariya Mahadev Temple
The largest and the grandest of all temples in this complex, this temple was dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. The design and architecture is similar to that of the Lakshmana Temple but there is also a lot of difference. This is adjacent to the Devi Jagadambi temple which is much smaller than this. As you stand in front of this temple you are bound to think about the people with such expert hands in art and carving. It is said that no other man had the guts or talent to build something so grand and thus, the Kandariya Mahadev Temple became the largest of all time here. The form of Shiva worshipped here was the Lord Virbhadra and the temple theme is the destruction of evil forces. The main carvings on the temple walls are of snakes, serpents and serpent kings and queens. Like most of the other temples in this temple complex, you will also find smaller idols of other Hindu gods and goddesses here.
The Lakshmana Temple is one of the three biggest temples of the whole temple complex of Khajuraho and belongs to the western group of temples. This temple stands like a mountain among all other over here and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is mainly known for its grandeur and the variety of carvings on it. If you take a clockwise round around the temple, the carvings will seem to be opening like a scroll of awesome stories. The temple dates back to the reign of the Chandela King Varahavarmana and it faces the Varaha and the Devi Temples. The scenes from court life, romance between men and women, motifs of plants and animals and carvings of erotic rituals are common when you see the temple walls closely. There is a flight of stairs which you will have tp climb up to reach the main mandap of the temple.
The birthplace of Tansen who happened to be one of the nine gems or navaratnas in Baburs Court, Gwalior is a place that has seen the rule of the Rajputs and as well as the British and the Scindia Clan. Ibn Batuta in the 14th century termed this place as a fine town of white stone, and the British Governor General Warren Hastings called it the key to Indostan in the year 1780. There are many sights to pay a visit to in Gwalior and one is sure to be mesmerized by the beauty of this place. The old city of Gwalior is best explored on foot and one should go through the bylanes to experience what life was like in the years gone by.