Landlocked in the central part of India, Madhya Pradesh is bounded by the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The state, in its present form, came into being on November 1, 2000, after a new state of Chhattisgarh was carved out of it.
Madhya Pradesh, the land of the world famous temples of Khajuraho, has been home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Numerous monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces dot the whole State. The natural beauty of Madhya Pradesh is quite awesome. Majestic mountain ranges, meandering rivers and a large area under forests offer a beautiful panorama of wildlife in sylvan surroundings. A tour to Madhya Pradesh includes many places such as Gwalior, Indore, Ujjain, Bhapal and Khajuraho.
Places of Interest
With a glorious past, Gwalior has transformed into a modern city. It was ruled by some of the great Rajput dynasties such as Pratiharas, Kacchwahas and Tomars who have left their mark on the every aspect of the place. It was also the capital of the Scindias. Teli Ka Mandir, Sas Bahu Ka Mandir, the Gwalior Fort, Gujari Mahal, Man Mandir Palace, Suraj Kund, Gurudwara Data Bandhi Chhod, Tansen's Tomb and Jai Vilas Palace and Museum are some of the places of interest in this cultural city.
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Planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai of the Holkar dynsty, Indore, a bustling and vibrant city, is situated on the banks of the rivers Saraswati and Khan. Deriving its name from the 18th century Indreshwar Temple, the city is the place of several palaces and institutions of higher learning.
Lal Baag Palace, Chhattri Bagh, Kanch Mandir, Rajwada, Geeta Bhavan, Nehru Park are the places of prime attraction.
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Ujjain, a place of antiquity, is situated on the banks of the Shipra River. One of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, Mahakaleshwar, Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir, Chintaman Ganesh, Pir Matsyendranath, Bhartrihari Caves, Kaliadeh Palace, Durgadas Ki Chhatri, Harsiddhi Temple, the Vedha Shala (Observatory) are the places of attraction for the tourists.
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Bhopal, a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, is the capital of Madhya Pradesh. A fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and modern planning, it is situated on the site of an 11th century city, Bhojapal, founded by Raja Bhoja.
Taj-Ul-Masjid, Chowk-Shopping Place, Jama Masjid, Moti Masjid, Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil, Gohar Mahal, Bharat Bhawan, Laxminarayan Temple & Museum are some of the interesting places to visit in the city of Bhopal.
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Now a quiet village Khajuraho was the principal seat of government of the Rajput rulers of Chandella dynasty who adorned it with many tanks, several lofty temples of sculptural grace and architectural splendor. Tradition has it that there were eighty-five temples but now only twenty-five are intact. But for Chausath-Yogini, Brahma and Mahadeva which are of granite, all the other temples are of fine grained sandstone, buff, pink or pale yellow in color.
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