Madhya Pradesh, aka M.P., is a large state in central India famous for its history and monuments. Its Hindu and Jain temples at Khajuraho are well known for their carvings of erotic scenes. Kandariya Mahadeva is a temple with more than 800 sculptures. Orchha, a small Betwa River town is the home to numerous medieval buildings of the 17th century. Bhopal, state capital of Madhya pradesh is a gateway to Sanchi. The 3rd-century B.C. Southwest of industrial Indore is Mandu, known as a former Mughal walled city featuring including massive gates, a monumental tomb, and the Jami Masjid Mosque. Popular Hindu pilgrimage sites include island shrine Omkareshwar.
You can plan to visit Kanha Tiger Reserve-a protected habitat for Bengal tigers, Jungle Safari national park with tigers and caves, Bhimbetka rock shelters with Paleolithic wall paintings, a spectacular 8th century hill for ‘Gwalior Fort’, Panna national park which reserves tiger, safari, wildlife, and nature reserve, Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Jhansi, Bhopal, Kanha Tiger Reserve, Jungle Safari, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior, Panchmarhi, Mandu, Maheshwar, Bhedaghat, Shivpuri, Panna National Park, Rewa, Chitrakoot, Sagar, Satna, Chanderi, Burhanpur, Bhojtal, Vidisha, Katni, Khandwa, Ratlam, Bhojpur, Dewas, Sanchi town, Maihar, Dhar, Pipariya in Hoshangabad, Chhindwara, Itarsi, Mandla, Madhav national park, Melghat, Chhatarpur, Shahdol, Hoshangabad, National Chambal sanctuary and many more things to do in Madhya Pradesh.
Best time to visit Madhya Pradesh is October to March which is dry and cooler and peak travel season. April to June is very hot and July to September is the monsoon season in which rains here. The Kumbh Mela held every 12 years in the city Ujjain of M.P. with a massive gathering. Gwalior’s Tansen Music Festival organized in Nov.-Dec. focuses on classical Indian genres.
Top Tourist Attractions of Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho Group of Monuments
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Jain and Hindu temples in Chhatarpur city of Madhya Pradesh. They are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. The temples attract visitors because of their nagara-style architectural symbolism and erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandela dynasty between 950 and 1050. The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple of the various surviving temples is decorated with an abundance of sculptures, symbolism, and expressiveness of ancient Indian art. The Khajuraho group of temples were built together to dedicate to two religions, Hinduism and Jainism.
Kandariya mahadev temple, Chaturbhuj temple, a Western group of temples, Devi jagdambi temple, Duladeo temple etc. are the places to visit here. The best time to visit in the months between October to March.
Bhopal is one of India’s greenest cities and a very famous city in Madhya Pradesh. The Upper Lake and the Lower Lake are the two main lakes in Bhopal. On the banks of the Upper Lake is Van Vihar National Park is situated which is the home to tigers, lions, and leopards. The State’s famous Museum has paintings, fossils, and rare Jain sculptures.
Gohar Mahal palace, which was built by Bhopal’s first female leader in 1820 now houses a handicraft market. Traditional Chowk bazaar is famous for Local crafts and fabrics and Bharat Bhavan is for performing and visual arts. There are many more things to visit in Bhopal. Between December to February is the best time to visit Bhopal. Beginning with India’s republic day the 5-days lokrang festival is the showcase of local and traditional arts.
Visiting Places in Bhopal are Van Vihar National Park, Bhojpur Temple, the national museum of mankind, State archaeological museum, Birla Museum, Taj-ul-Masajid etc.
Kanha Tiger Reserve
Kanha Tiger Reserve is home to populations of tigers, leopards, and sloth bears. Here sweeping meadowlands can be spotted with forests. Here you can enjoy the forest safari, Kanha museum, and Kanha Kisli National Park. Peak time to come here is between dry months of November to May.
Jungle safari is the biodiverse wild life park in India and home for many wild tigers and other wildlife animals, plus caves with the ancient art. Bandhavgarh fort is open till Oct to Jun but if you want to spot tigers then March to May is best time to visit, but these months are hotter also.
Indore is a city of Madhya Pradesh state in west-central India. It’s popular for the Lal Baag Palace and the 7-story Rajwada Palace. The Holkar rulers ruled here and they are honored at Chhatri Baag by a cluster of tombs and cenotaphs. Street food can be found in the night market Sarafa Bazar. The Jain temple is Kanch Mandir attracts tourists for its unique mirrored mosaic interior.
Bada Ganpati temple inside the city is an immense i.e. brightly painted statue of Ganesh. A decorative gateway of Annapurna Temple is decorated with 4 life-size elephant statues in the city’s southwest. Farther southwest is a waterfall Patal Pani that roars down from a huge height. Must see attractions in the short period of time are Rajwada Palace, Lal Bagh palace, Indore Museum, and Annapurna Temple in the winter season of October to March.
Ujjain is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is an ancient city beside the Kshipra River. It’s well-known for the centuries-old Mahakaleshwar Temple, an important Hindu pilgrimage destination. A pair of tall dark pillars studded with lamps is the main attraction of Harsiddhi Temple.
A Ganesh idol is in the large Chintaman Ganesh Temple, that features carved pillars in its assembly hall. Ram Ghat is an ancient bathing place for devotees who visit during the Kumbh Mela festival. In the North of the town, worshippers leave offerings of alcohol in Kal Bhairav Temple, which has trails of Malwa-style miniature paintings. The Ved Shala observatory is the other place to visit, that was built in the 18th century used for astronomical calculations. One of the famous ISKCON Temples with a huge marble complex surrounded by landscaped gardens is also situated in Ujjain.
To visit Ujjain you must plan in the common times that are Dec–Jan, when temperatures are slightly cooler, and Apr-Jun.
A central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh also known as Satpura ki Rani, ‘Pachmarhi’ is a famous hill station. It has many waterfalls include Apsara Vihar with its calm pool and soaring, single-drop Silver Fall, the Bee Fall tumbles over a jagged rock to the northwest. Leopards and Indian bison can be seen live in Satpura National Park. The must visit places also include ancient Pandav Caves, a group of 5 dwellings cut out of sandstone on a hill. After that the Jata Shankar cave houses a Hindu shrine, while Harper’s Cave contains beautiful wall paintings. A vast, tree-covered valley and its peaks are the best views from Priyadarshini Point, which is also known as Forsyth Point.
To visit and spend a good time at Panchmarhi is between May-Jun and Oct-Dec popular times to visit the hill station.
Shivpuri is known as Shimla of Madhya Pradesh and first tourist village of India. It is a municipality in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh. It is in the Gwalior Division and is the administrative headquarters of Shivpuri District. The one thing to notice about Shivpuri district is it shares a border with Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan towards the west. Nine tehsils are included in Shivpuri that are Karera, Badarwas, Kolaras, Pichhore, Narwar, Pohri, Shivpuri, Baird, and Khaniyadhan. Its lush greenery and thick dense forests attract visitors here and also as being formerly the summer capital of the Scindia family who at one time ruled Gwalior.
October to December is the peak time to visit here also the city is a popular tourist attraction in the monsoon season for its number of minor waterfalls and lakes.
Panna National Park
Panna National Park is a national park located in Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh in the area of 542.67 km². Ministry of Tourism of India awarded Panna with the Award of Excellence in 2007 for the best maintained national park of India. Prior to this Panna National Park was declared in 1994 as the twenty-second Tiger reserve of India and the 5th in Madhya Pradesh. It is in records that by 2009, the entire tiger population had been eliminated because of poaching with the collusion of forest department officials. Then on 25 August 2011, it was designated as Biosphere Reserve. Arjun, Sal, Jamun, Crocodile bark etc. are the trees present here.
Tourist visits here in the month of September to December as it is the best months to plan to come here.
Narmadapuram is also a popular name for Hoshangabad. This Ageless City serves as the headquarters of both Hoshangabad district and Narmadapuram division. It is counted in some popular cities in Madhya Pradesh. The city is covered with Satpura Tiger Reserve and Tawa reservoir also with Vindhyachal mountain range from the north. With Pachmarhi and Sethani ghat on the south bank of Narmada River, Hoshangabad is the most beautiful city.
If you are planning to visit this place, October to December is the peak season to come here.