Explore the heart of India by visiting Madhya Pradesh, a state with some of the most incredible tourist places. A one-stop destination, Madhya Pradesh offers something for every kind of traveller. From adventure, history, natural beauty, culture, or wildlife, Madhya Pradesh will charm you in every way. Discover the heritage at places like Gwalior, Khajuraho and Orchha. Indulge in some adventure and wildlife at Kanha National Park, Pench National Park, Panna National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park. If you looking for some peace, take a trip to Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Ujjain, Bhopal, Amarkantak, Sanchi, or Chitrakoot. Bhimbetka Caves is bound to take you back in time.
Top Tourist Destination in Madhya Pradesh
Located in the Niwari district of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha was established in the 16 century by bundela Rajput chief, Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh. The lush town is situated on the banks of river Betwa and is one of the majestic cities of Madhya Pradesh that offers a perfect blend of history, culture and nature. Explore the town as you marvel at the magnificent Jahangir Mahal, soak in the beauty of Raja Mahal at Orchha Fort Complex, and learn about the glorious past of Ram Raja Temple and Rai Praveen Mahal. Take a stroll around the vibrant PhoolBagh and indulge in some adventure as you enjoy boating and rafting in the Betwa River. For those who love nature, don’t forget to take walk through Orchha Nature Reserve. Discover the charm of the wonderful architecture of Chhatris (Cenotaphs), Chaturbhuj Temple, and Laxminarayan Temple.
Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park, also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the largest national parks of Madhya Pradesh. Settled in the Maikal range of Satpuras, the national park forms the central Indian highlands. A nature lover paradise, Kanha has been the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling, a famous writer for his outstanding creation- “The Jungle Book”. One of the best places to spot Royal Bengal Tigers, Kanha National Park is also home to leopards, wild dogs and the Barasingha.
Pench National Park
Established in 1975 with an area of 99.33 sq mi, Pench National Park is named after the river Pence, which flows through the lush park. One of the most popular wildlife reserves in India, Pench is known for the finest wildlife encounter in the country. Royal Bengal Tiger, jackal, peafowl, wild dog, wild boar, sloth bear, Indian leopard, fox, striped hyena, monkey, gaur, barking deer, four-horned antelope, and Indian wolf are just some of the enthralling species that can be spotted here.
Panna National Park
Panna National Park is well-known for the diamond industry and its exclusive wildlife. It is most famous for five species of wild cat, including the Royal Bengal tiger. Once a hunting ground, Panna became a reserve in 1981, then later a protected Tiger Reserve in 1994. A dense lush forest, diverse landscapes around the Ken River, Panna is known to offer you some of the wildlife experiences in India. A bird watcher will simply fall in love with the place. With over 200 species of migratory and resident birds, it is a paradise for bird watchers.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal tigers in the world, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places for a wildlife lover in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh is also well-known to be the place where the first white tiger was spotted and holds a significant place in the history of the region. Once a hunting ground for the maharajas, it also boasts of various archaeological ruins that are as old as 2000 years. A jeep safari is one of the best ways to appreciate the majestic flora and fauna of the park.
A city with some of the most exquisite group of monuments and filled with UNESCO world heritage sites, Khajuraho’snagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures will leave in wonder. Based on their geographical location, the temples are divided into three groups, Eastern, Western and Southern. The Western Group of temples has some of the stunning sculptures that together make up some of the finest temple art in the world. Lakshmana Temple, Raneh Falls, BeniSagara Dam, Brahma Temple, and Chitragupta Temple are some of the must-visit places in Khajuraho.
Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the ancient city of Ujjain is said to be one of the holiest cities of India. Situated on the banks of River Kshipra, Ujjain is the site for the Kumbh Mela and also known as the cultural heritage of the state. Some of the beautiful old temples, heritage sites, wildlife sanctuaries and serene waterfalls are a must-visit in Ujjain. An ideal site for religious tourism in India, Ujjain is a place of worship and known for its religious significance. Visit Harsidhi Temple, one of the Shaktipeeths, Sri Sri Radha Mohan Temple, established by the ISKCON, KalBhairava, PirMatsyendranath Temple, and Bhartrihari Caves.
Well-known as the City of Lakes, Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is an old and intriguing town with rustic mosques, hustling-bustling bazaars, and charming havelis. The exquisite blend of the old and new, Bhopal will leave you in awe with its past and the present, the elegant and the classy environment. Explore its beautiful Mughal architecture, havelis and try your taste buds in Nawabi foods. Visit places like Laxmi Narayan Temple, Taj-ul Masjid, ShaukatMahal, SadarManzil, Moti Masjid, and Upper and Lower Lakes. Bhopal is also known for its UNESCO World Heritage site called Bhimbetka, which is considered to be the former evidence of Stone Age rock paintings.
A UNESCO world heritage site of Buddhist groups of monuments, stupas and monasteries, Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh is a must-visit place! Located around 45 km from the capital city of Bhopal, Sanchi was built by Emperor Ashoka in 262 BC after he started Buddhism and nonviolence, post his horrific invasion of Kalinga (Odisha). The calming peace at Sanchi is one of its kind, take a stroll the complex, discover the beautiful carvings and architecture and get lost in the serenity of the place. Some of the must explore places are Buddhist Vihara, Sanchi Stupa, Four Gates of Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi Museum, Gupta Temple, The Great Bowl, and Ashoka Pillar.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Bhimbetka Caves is filled with exquisite rock-shelters and cave paintings that are some of the best in South Asia. Home to more than 500 rock shelters and cave paintings, the oldest paintings are said to be almost 30,000 years old, but some of the geometric figures date as recently as the medieval period. It is intriguing to see that the colours that were used are vegetable colours and is still preserved the way it was. Located at a distance of 45 km from Bhopal, this place is a must-visit tourist place in Madhya Pradesh.
Gwalior is a must-add city while taking the Golden Triangle Tour in India. Rich in history and culture, Gwalior is well-known for its palaces, old temples and a medieval fort. The city is most famous for its massive fort, Gwalior Fort, a must explore place when on a trip to Madhya Pradesh. It is adored as one of the most majestic looking forts in India. Grab your camera and explore places like Gwalior Fort, Man Mandir Palace, GujariMahal, Pratihara Vishnu Shrine, the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus, and many more. The unique architecture, like a sandstone mosque, rock temples and magnificent statues, the city of Gwalior is bound to leave you in awe.
Vidisha, also known as Bhilsa, is one of the ancient cities of Madhya Pradesh with monuments of historical significance. A quaint town in Madhya Pradesh, Vidisha is well-known for its rich culture and heritage, which is showcased through its majestic monuments, temples and ruins. Some of the must-visit places here are Girdhari Temple, Udayeshwara Temple, Dashavtar Temple, Maladevi Temple, Barjranath Temple, Gadarnal Temple and Sola-Kambi Temple. Udaygiri Caves is one of the most prominent and must-visit places in Vidisha.