254 Kms from Mandla
Best time to visit - November- March
This is a town in the Chhattarpur District of Madhya Pradesh. Mainly known for the ancient Khajuraho Temple Complex, this is the main attraction of this place apart from other small temples and old monuments. The temples in this complex are not just beautiful and grand, but each one of them are different from one another. The temples here represent royalty, culture, taste of the early kings and their devotion towards gods and goddesses. Most of the temples and monuments you will see here were built by the Chandela Dynasty rulers and their religious secularism is evident from the presence of Buddhist and Jain temples in which they had supported along with the famous Hindu Temples. The main temples of this temple complex are the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Brahma Temple, Varaha Temple, Lakshmana Temple and others.
217 Kms from Mandla
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.
80 Kms from Mandla
Best time to visit - January,February,March,August,September,October,November,December
If you like history, culture and nature, then you will love Jabalpur. Located in Madhya Pradesh, the city has a lot to offer travellers – from temples to forts and nature to wildlife. The most famous tourist spot is the Dhuandhar Falls in Bhedaghat that flows with immense power. The water makes its way through the well-known marble rocks that cast myriad-coloured shadows all across the landscape. For those interested in history, the Chauragarh Fort and Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum make for an interesting tour. The Dumna Nature Reserve Park is a great place for birdwatching, though the only animals you'll find here are crocodiles. End your tour by offering prayers at the Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir, which was constructed in the 17th century. Jabalpur has its own airport and frequent flights are available from all major cities of India. Jabalpur also has a railway station that lies on very prominent rail routes.
207 Kms from Mandla
Raipur - BilaspurTo reach Bilaspur, I took a flight to Raipur - the nearest airport. I waited at the airportarrivals as one by one my girl gang members arrived at the airport from different Indian cities. Raipur airport arrival section was clean and well organized. The food options here are very limited but you will find many options for shopping. The one that caught my eye was a government shop - Chhattisgarh herbal products.
214 Kms from Mandla
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Though it's a small city making its way towards commercialisation, Nagpur is a delight to discover. It also offers all its visitors a delicious variety of oranges. More importantly, Nagpur is the gateway to many national parks and reserves including Pench National Park and Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. Among places to see in Nagpur, Shree Ganesh Mandir Tekdi, Deeksha Bhoomi and Nagpur Ramtek temple are great options to include in your itinerary. The high quality mandarin oranges grown here are souvenirs to carry back home in case you are here for a day. Though, it's best not to expect too much from the city as a tourist since you might be disappointed.
229 Kms from Mandla
By 10:35 AM, I reached Sagar and here comes the pain. I was relying on Google Navigation for the whole trip. The route was through Sagar city. Now my overconfidence kicked in and after reaching Sagar and looking at the route on Navigation once, I took few turns on my own and got lost. I somehow reached to the other side of the city and took a different road which was going back to Jabalpur (yeah, LOL!). I realized my mistake when I saw markings for Jabalpur on the milestone. I stopped, created a new route to join the original route and started again.Man, the roads inside the city are so narrow.... And the festive season.... I was stopping after every 200 or 300m just to check whether I was on the right track or not. On the other hand, there is one perk of taking this route. You get to drive by the beautiful Lakha Banjara Lake inside the city. Finally, I crossed the Sagar city and was on my way to Bhopal on NH146.After riding for 30 Kms, I reached Ratangarh. I decided to take a 10 minutes tea-break at the Ratangarh junction. This was my first stop till now. I ordered a tea and asked the Dhaba owner about the route for Bhopal. So, from this point, there are two routes possible for Bhopal - via Vidisha (169 Kms) and via Raisen (207 Kms). Also, for the first time on this route, I saw directions and distance for Indore written on the Hoarding and milestone. It was exact 12:00 PM and decided to leave. The Dhaba owner told me that the road conditions are very bad near Raisen and I should go via Vidisha. But, Google was suggesting me to go via Raisen. But Desi took over Videsi and I took the straight road to Vidisha.The greenery and the pleasant roads were not leaving me and they were still giving me company. I also started to see the markings for Sanchi on the milestones. So, I decided that I will take a short break at Sanchi before finally starting for Bhopal. From Ratangarh, Sanchi is 85 Kms. I again had to go through the city of Vidisha as there was no alternate route. I also started facing a lot of traffic because Sanchi is very famous Tourist spot in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
310 Kms from Mandla
Best time to visit - Avoid the summers and visit this place any time between October through March.
Sanchi happens to be the best of all discoveries made by Alexander Cunningham in 1851. He then went on to establish the Archeological Survey of India. This place is extremely important to the Buddhist community it was during Cunninghams excavations that this site threw up stupas, including the famous Sanchi Stupa. Believed to hold the bones and beads of some of Buddhas closest disciples. It is believed that Emperor Ashoka had turned this place into an important Buddhist site during the 3rd century BCE, this making Sanchi the oldest Buddhist site to have ever existed. The structures here date back to the 1st century BCE.
291 Kms from Mandla
Chitrakoot is extremely instrumental to Hindu mythology. It is mentioned throughout the Ramayana and also in the works of poets Kalidas and Tulsidas. This is the forest where Lord Ram spent his days in exile with Sita and Laxman. Now part of a national park, Chitrakoot is known as a reserve of bears and unique flora and fauna.Where to stay: Bagh Sarai Resort (Rs 2,532 per night) is less than three hours away from Chitrakoot and is great choice if you are in the mood for camping.