MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF MADHYA PRADESH
Forts telling the tales of dynasties, temples coming alive with intricate carvings and mosques echoing with the prayer to the almighty; jungles coming alive with tigers roaming freely, water falls gushing down majestically and the Rivers going in a smooth pace; all this and more is Madhya Pradesh. The tigers of Kanha, the temples of Khajuraho and the marbles of Bedaghat offer everlasting memories. The snacks of Indore are equally famous that of the sarees of Chanderi; the Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi carries equal importance as a major pilgrimage site for the Buddhists as that of the Amarkantak and Omkareshwar temples for Hindus. With strong influence over the Hindustani music Madhya Pradesh has produced no less than Tansen the famous singer. Madhya Pradesh is a mystic country full of magic and spirituality; land with natural splendours and ancient legacy, a land full temples and forts and jungles and tribes; Madhya Pradesh is land full of life.
46 kms down south of Bhopal are the rocky terrains surrounded by the northern fringe of the Vindhya mountain ranges is Bhimbetka, famous for the cave paintings of the pre historic era. The cliffs which have over 600 rocky shelters belong to the Neolithic age It is an archaeological treasure cove with over 500 caves those have very precise paintings depicting the day to day life of the people then. The paintings are done mainly using red and white colour with occasional use of green and yellow. The scenes painted depict everyday life of our ancestors who lived eons ago. The scenes of hunting, dancing, riding, household scenes along with animal figures such as Lions, Tigers, Bison, Elephants, Crocodiles are shown in the paintings. Some paintings also depict popular religious rituals as well.
Pachmarhi is a tiny hill resort placed near the capital of the city Bhopal. It is a hill station, different from the norms that any other hill resorts carry. Neither does it have high views nor extreme lush greenery. But what it offers is far more. Pachmarhi is a longing away from the heat and dust of the state. It is serene, calm and clean. Inhabited by the tribal people such as Gonds, it is a virgin land which is not overdeveloped like the rest of the hill stations in the country. It is a place for walks, where you can come across surprises in abundance. Along with the natural charm, the local tribal life is also that attracts people to come here. The rock shelters of Mahadeo hill covered with paintings depicting warfare, food gathering and hunting, dating as far back as 1000 B.C. is one such example.
Jabalpur is most known for the marble rocks of Bedaghat, an awesome spectacle of nature. Hardly 20 kms from the city, stand the majestic huge stones forming a valley where the River Narmada silently makes its way through. The rocks rise to about hundred feet height on either sides of the River Narmada. These cliffs made of pure white limestone shine so bright in the sun that they seem to be that of Marble. The colours change according to the fall of Sun rays. It is a splendid sight on the night of full moon.
The scene at Bedaghat, however is an unforgettable experience. The serene calmness of the River Narmada, the soaring marble-white pinnacles, with shadows of them towering over you under the clear blue skies and the placid waters, all create an enchanting experience.
Indore, the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh had a prominent place in the history of Madhya Pradesh. A city with reputed past, it still retains its royal charm of the pre independence era blending with the modernization of the new India. This largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh is known as Mini Mumbai as it is the commercial capital of the state.
Apart from the history of the Holkars, Indore is famous as the birth place of the living legend and singer, Lata Mangeshkar. Another thing Indore is famous for is its snacks. The Bada Sarafa is a culinary delight and is open till late in the night serving all kinds of foods, sweets and snacks. The sarees of Indore are also famous and are bought world around
A testimony to the past grandeur of the Holkars is the Rajwada or the HolkarPalace, situated right in the heart of the city. Built with a perfect blend of three architectural styles, the Maratha, the Mughal and the French, this palace is more than 200 years old. Today noting but the faade of the palace is only that remains as it has been engulfed by fire three times in history. The seven storied palace was a combination of stone and wooden floors. It is also the only seven storied palace in India.
Mandu around 100 kms form the city of Indore till date sings the lore of the romantic Afghan King Baz Bahadur and the his love for Rupamati. It is a love in stone reminding you of the glorious past of the place. Originally founded by the Raja Bhoj of Parmar in the 10th century it eventually went to the Afghan rulers and then to the Mughals. Everyone added a building or two to the fort only to enhance the beauty of the place. Emperor Jehangir, a diehard lover of Kashmir, once proclaimed that no other palace in India looked so beautiful after the rains. Such is the beauty of this ancient land. The Jahaz Mahal and the Hindola Palace are the two most beautiful monuments inside the fort that are to be seen.
Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger sanctuaries
Some of the best tiger sanctuaries of India are situated in Madhya Pradesh. The Kanha and the Bandhav Tiger Sanctuaries, once the hunting grounds of the royalty, boast to have the maximum number of tigers present in their natural habitat.