Category Archives: Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh tourism related information including its hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, etc.

Ratapani Tiger Reserve, Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary, Indian Tiger

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Ratapani Tiger Reserve is located in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh state in India. The Tiger reserve is part of Ratapani wildlife sanctuary. In-principle approval has been granted in 2013 by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), to make this wildlife sanctuary a Tiger reserve.

Road inside the Ratapani Tiger Reserve
Road inside the Ratapani Tiger Reserve.

Ratapani Tiger Reserve, spread over 823.84 square kilometers, is known for its finest quality teak trees (Tectona grandis). These forests are rich in flora and fauna.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Bhimbetka rock shelters is within this Tiger Reserve. Tiger, panther, jackal, wild dogs, hyena, fox, sambhar, chital, blue bull, four horned antelope, rhesus monkey, languor, wild boar, etc, are some of the animals found in this reserved forests. 150 birds species are found in this wildlife sanctuary. A large species of snakes, lizards and chameleons are among those reptiles found here.

The Ratapani dam is a major tourist attraction on the periphery of the Ratapani reserve forests. It attracts a lot of migratory birds. The resorviors inside the sanctuary attracts a large number of wading birds like painted stork, sarus crane, black-necked stork, and white-necked stork. Ratapani Tiger Reserve is home to Oriental white-backed vulture,red-headed vulture and long-billed vulture.

How Do I Go to Ratapani Tiger Reserve?

Ratapani Tiger Reserve is situated less than 50 kilometers away from Bhopal, the capital of the state.

Panna National Park

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Panna National Park and Tiger reserve is spread over Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Peadesh state, India.
Raneh falls near Panna National Park
Raneh falls near Panna National Park

Spread over an area of 542.67 square kilometers or 209.53 square miles, Panna National Park is one of the best maintained National Parks in India. Even though the Tiger reserve has lost almost all of its Tiger population due to poaching by 2007, two female tigers were moved to this Tiger reserve from Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park in 2009. A male Tiger was brought from Pench Tiger Reserve. However, the male tiger started moving back to its original habitat. It was again brought back to this Tiger Reserve and it has now established its territory and started mating the female tigers here. Presently, there are around 10 cubs and 4 Tigers at the Panna Tiger Reserve.

Panna National Park is famous for the Panna tiger reserve safari package, offered by some of the local tourism operators. The National Park cum Tiger reserve is home to a large species of animals. Raneh falls and Pandav falls are two nearby falls to the National Park.

How Do I Go to Panna National Park?

Panna National Park is accessible from Panna city, the capital of Panna District. Khajuraho, famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Group of Monuments, is at 45 kilometers from Panna city. Khajuraho Airport is the nearest operation airport to the National Park and Tiger Reserve at Panna. Satna railway station is at around 75 kilometers away from Panna city. Bhopal, the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh, is at around 328 kilometers away from the Panna National Park and Panna Tiger Reserve.

Mandu, Jama Masjid, First Marble Structure in India

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Mandu is a city known for its fortress and is a ruined city, located in Dhar district of Western Madhya Pradesh, India.

Facade of the Jahaz Mahal, ManduFacade of the Jahaz Mahal at Mandu

Mandu situated at an altitude of 2079 feet, was prominent during the 10th and 11th centuries under the Paramaras. The fortress is a 13 kilometer long one, overlooking the plateau of Malwa and the Narmada River valley in the Northern and Southern sides, respectively.

Mandu is having rich and ancient history. The walls of the fort spans around 37 kilometers, punctuated by 12 gateways. There are a number of palaces, Jain temples and mosques of 14th century and other buildings. Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, marble tomb of the ruler inside the fort, is the first marble structure in India.

Hindola Mahal, which means Swing palace, is a major palace inside the palace complex. It is believed to be constructed in 14th or 15th century. Jahaz Mahal or Ship Palace is another magnificent palace situated inside the fort between two artificial lakes and it looks like a ship floating in water. Some of the other prominent buildings inside the palace complex are Tawili Mahal and Nahar Jharokha.

Some of the ancient and historical structures inside the fort are listed below, Roopmati’s Pavilion is a Large Sandstone Structure. Baz Bahadur’s Palace is a 16th century palace below Roopmati’s Pavilion. Rewa Kund is a reservoir intended to supply water to Roopmati’s Pavilion.

Jami Masjid inside the Mandu  Fort.Jami Masjid inside the Mandu Fort.

Jami Masjid is the finest structure inside the fort. Jama Masjid, the oldest mosque inside Mandu fort, dates back to 1405.

How Do I Go to Mandu alias Mandavgad ?

Mandu is located at around at 35 kilometers from Dhar city. Indore, the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is at a distance of around 100 kilometers.

Chausath Yogini Temple

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Chausath Yogini Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple believed to be constructed in 1323 AD, situated at Morena district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. This temple is also known as Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple.

Chausath Yogini Temple
Chausath Yogini Temple alias Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple.

Chausath Yogini temple was built by the Kachchhapaghata king Devapala (1055-1075 CE). The temple has 64 chambers and an open mandapam (hall) in the center. The chambers and the hall are separated by a circular courtyard. 100 steps leads to the entrance of the temple. The central hall or shrine has slab coverings with perforations, so that rain water drains to a large underground storage area. the pipe lines from the roof top are also connected to this area.

Chausath Yogini Temple is situated on top of a small hill, which is around 100 feet in height.

Its believed that the Indian Parliament’s architecture is inspired from the Chausath Yogini Temple.

Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple is believed to be used for providing education in the fields of astrology and mathematics; based on the movement of Sun.

How Do I Go to Chausath Yogini Temple alias Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple?

The temple situated at Mitaoli village (also spelled as Mitawali or Mitavali) and is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Morena railway station is the nearest railway station to Chausath Yogini Temple. The nearest airport, Gwalior airport, is at around 40 kilometers distance from this historic Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple..

Sanchi Stupa

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Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Buddhist Stupa at Raisen district, in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa

Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi contains the relics of Gautham Buddha. This stupa was constructed by Great Maurya Dynasty emperor Asoka, in 3rd century B.C. This town was the venue of Emperor Ashoka’s wedding to Queen Devi and is also the birthplace of the queen.

Four Toranas (gateways) were added during the 1st century BCE. These four gateways represents the four emotions; love, peace, courage & trust.

The great stupa of Sanchi is 16 meters in height and measures 37 meters in diameter. This stupa is the oldest structure made of stone bricks in India.

There are remains of Pillar of Ashoka near the stupa.

Remains of Pillar of Ashoka
Remains of Pillar of Ashoka at Sanchi .

How Do I Go to Stupa of Sanchi?

The great stupa at Sanchi is located at Sanchi Town, which is at a distance of around 46 kilometers north east of Bhopal, in central India. The town is well connected by roads to all parts of India.

Bhopal Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station. Raja Bhoj Airport at Bhopal is the nearest airport.

War Memorial, Bhopal Shaurya Smarak, Underground Veterans Memorial

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War memorial called Shaurya Smarak at Bhopal is India’s first underground war memorial. This veterans memorial in Madhya Pradesh state was inaugurated on 14th October 2016, by the honorable Prime Minter of India, Narendra Modi. ‘Shaurya Smarak’ is a Hindi word, which means ‘Bravery Memorial’ in English.

This military memorial or war memorial is spread over an area of 12 acres. The memorial pillar has the names of 280 soldiers who have laid down their lives for the India from the state of Madhya Pradesh. There is a light and sound show. There is a beautiful garden above the underground war memorial.

There is an art gallery inside the war memorial. There are medals, memorials, paintings, etc. Aircraft and weapons are also on display. There is a souvenir shop inside this Museum Gallery.

The national war museum or national war memorial is divided into four zones: Jeevan, Yudh ka Rangmanch, Mrityu and Mrityu par Vijay. Each of this depicts the four stages of life. Yudh ka Rangmanch is a spider’s web like circular structure depicting wars made using rough stones. Mrityu is designed as in such a way that an earthen lamp amidst the darkness will make the visitor feel the silence of death. Mrityu par Vijay zone has lights representing souls of soldiers, coming out of a water floor.

The beautiful garden above the underground war memorial has an amphitheater and a holographic flame. The red structure at the entrance looks like ‘Namaskar’ . There is also a drop of blood from the exit; to mark the sacrifice of soldiers.

The war memorial at Bopal is one of its kind in India and is a must see war monuments in India. Visitors can light lamps here to pay their respects to those who have scarified their life for their mother country.

How Do I Go to Bhopal War Memorial, Shaurya Smarak?

Shaurya Smarak at Bhopal, the National war memorial, is situated close to the State Secretariat. Bhopal is well connected by all modes of transport to other parts of the country. There is an airport and railway station at Bhopal.