30. The lost roads of PachmarhiThe legendary town of Pachmarhi has attracted tourists from around the country for the misty, green hills that are shrouded in legends and . Many places here are considered to be haunted, but that doesn't deter people for visiting this mysterious hill station in Madhya Pradesh.
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119 Kms from Pipariya
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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 ISROs 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.
290 Kms from Pipariya
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.
277 Kms from Pipariya
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.
185 Kms from Pipariya
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.
196 Kms from Pipariya
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.
106 Kms from Pipariya
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.
130 Kms from Pipariya
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.
252 Kms from Pipariya
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh is located about 60 minutes from Indore. Visited by tourists from across the world, Omkareshwar is perhaps one of the most popular spots around Indore. The small town is home to two temples, Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar, located opposite each other. It is widely believed that Mamleshwar is actually where the Jyotirlinga is situated, though both temples are architecturally brilliant and have a wonderful energy. You can either take the connecting bridge to the temple from the mainland or enjoy a boat ride till the temple. The rates are nominal and the boat drivers serve as knowledgeable tour guides. Once at the temple, be a little careful. Not only is it very crowded but priests bombard you with requests of donating money to the temple. There is a small market adjacent to the market, though you won't find many things to take back home, there are a few souvenirs you can pick up. Avoid the summer months since it's unbearably hot in the region.