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Bhopal
Best time to visit - N/A
Considered to be one of the greenest cities in the country, Bhopal, is a place that one cannot afford to leave off their tourist trail. Adorned by many natural and as well as manmade lakes and water bodies, Bhopal is often referred to as the ‘City of Lakes.’ The city is home to a number institutions and places that are of great national importance. The city houses ISRO’s Master Control Facility and the famous National Institute of Technical Training and Research (NITTTR), AIIMS and BHEL. The city has a number of attractions that lure many a tourist to tread along its roads. If one does plan a visit to this city, do not forget to pay a visit to the Bhimbetka Rock Caves, the superb artificial Upper Lake, try out the food at the historic Lazeez Hakeem Restaurant and visit the many mosques here. An unfortunate incident in December 1984 propelled Bhopal into the international arena. The case of the Union Carbide India Limited, a plant that manufactured pesticide, saw the leakage of a poisonous mixture of gases, especially methyl isocyanate that lead to the great disaster. Nevertheless, the city is clean now and promises one a great visit.
Indore
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
A rapidly developing city in Madhya Pradesh, Indore is the perfect example of a small town packed with the right kind of holiday experiences. Especially if you are a foodie! The Sarafa Bazaar which is open till the wee hours of morning is a must visit and should not be missed! The market opens only around midnight and this is perhaps what makes it a little more special. The bazaar offers a plethora of street food and it's one of the best foodie experiences you can have in the country. Other than that, you can visit the beautiful Central Museum. The museum houses collections dating back to the pre-historic era and if art and history interest you, do head here. Indore is also at a prime location for tons of tourist spots including Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Patalpani and Maheshwar. If you are in the mood for trekking, you can head to Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary for a bit of adventure. The summer months here are quite harsh, so it's best to go during winter. The people of Indore are warm, welcoming and quite adventurous so if you happen to know an Indori, you will have a chance to explore a different side of the city.
Ujjain
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Located on the banks of the river Shipra, Ujjain is a city famous for its many temples and religious centres. The Ram Mandir Ghat of Ujjain is the site for the world renowned Kumbh Mela, which is one of the largest peace gatherings to take place in the country. The calm and cool waters of this ghat are believed to cleanse those who take a dip of their sins. The most famous temple is the Mahakaleshwar Temple, which is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of India. The intricate construction of the temple is an architectural marvel in itself. Considered to be the most important among the eight Bhairavas of Lord Shiva, the Kal Bhairav temple is also situated here. Perhaps the most important educational destination of ancient Ujjain would be the Ved Shala Observatory, where scholars and astronomers would convene and unravel the many mysteries of their disciplines. Relatively simple in architecture, this spot is a must visit. The cuisine is predominantly Indian with Punjabi cuisine and Rajasthani thalis being a favourite amongst a majority of tourists. Popular restaurants here are New Sudama, Shivam Restaurant and Aarti Restaurant. Hotels are very easily available here, and you can easily find one which suits your budget and taste. The aura of the city is sure to engulf you. Visit Ujjain to delve into and experience the sanctity of India.
Bundi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,August,September,October,November,December
The City of Rajputs, Bundi, maybe not as popular as other cities in Rajasthan, but nevertheless is no less captivating. The city is cloaked by hills on three sides and is home to a number of palaces and forts. It is believed to have got its name from a tribal head Bundi who called it ‘bunda ka nal’, which means narrow way. A monumental prodigy that has stood the test of time is the Garh Palace. The walls with contemporary paintings and manicured gardens make the palace or fort a spectacle in itself. The many stepwells or baoris inside display the strong engineering skills from centuries ago. The riveting wells go very deep and are considered to the primary form of harvesting rainwater. Raniji ki Baori is one of them with elegant tall pillars and beautiful carvings. The Taragarh Fort or the Star Fort is a colossal that has been stunning people with its architecture since the ancient past. Alongside the fort is the Bundi Palace that houses the many murals and frescoes. Hadoti Palace or Nawal Sagar Palace are perfect if you want a royal stay at Bundi. Neither are the streets of Bundi as choked as the other cities nor are the attractions crowded with tourists, making it just the quaint town you want for a relaxing trip. Namaste Cafe, Lakha and Kipling Cafe promise delectable meals to satiate your palate.
Pachmarhi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
We've all heard and seen this beautiful hill station in umpteen Bollywood flicks! Enveloped by the Satpura hills, Panchmari is tucked into a corner of Madhya Pradesh. It is also prominently known as 'Satpura ki Rani'. Pachmarhi has a list of attractions that will make any tourist super happy. As for travellers, you can head to any corner of the hamlet to discover its many treasures. From viewpoints to rock cut caves, from lush green forests to cascading waterfalls, wildlife to extensive water bodies, there is no dearth of places to visit. Sunder Kund, Pandav Caves, Catholic Church and Satpura National Park are to name a few. The cave shelters at Mahadeo Hills are wondrous works that depict love tales and scenes through rock paintings. Cave paintings, as old as 10,000 years, exist in the forests of Pachmarhi. The spectacular Jamuna Prapat works as the water supplier for the hill station and you will see it a number of times while making your way through this hill station. The meandering roads through the groves will effortlessly take you through the picturesque spaces, old cottages, and gardens which have an air of tranquillity and old world essence about it. There are a number of places to stay here, from budget to luxurious hotels. And foodies don't have to worry about their quota of delicious food. There are various restaurants that serve a plethora of cuisines and local delicacies.
Kota
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November
True to Rajasthan's colourful culture and charming people, Kota is a lovely place for a rejuvenating holiday. The people are welcoming and quite helpful so if it's your first visit here, you can trust the locals to show your their proud tourist spots. Among the popular places, Jagmandir Palace, Kishore Sagar, Chambal Gardens and Gaipernath Waterfalls should definitely be part of your itinerary. The Seven Wonders Park is home to all the replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pyramids of Egypt. The lake situated behind the structures simply adds to the charm of the touristy spot and is the perfect way to spend your evening. Do include a foodie tour of the city lest you miss out on some of the yummiest delicacies of Rajasthan. Dal bhatti churma, pyaas ki kachori and Kota kachori are some of the must try dishes and you'll find them in every nook and corner of the city. Homestays and guesthouses are slowly coming up in Kota and you'll be spoilt for choices. You should choose a hotel, which is a little further from the city centre for a quieter vacation.
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