Did You Know that Datia Palace was Built to Welcome Mughal Emperor Jahangir?

Datia Palace alias Bir Singh Palace or Bir Singh Dev Palace is a place at Datia city in Madhya Pradesh state, India. It was built by Birsingh Dev to welcome Mughal Emperor Jahangir.
Datia Palace alias Bir Singh PalaceDatia Palace alias Bir Singh Palace

Bir Singh helped Jehangir in ascending to the Mughal Throne, after Emperor Akbar’s death. There was a bitter power struggle between five prominent and legitimate sons of Emperor Akbar, after his demise. Jehangir succeeded in defeating his brothers (with Birsingh Dev and others help), after an eight day power struggle.  In return, Bir Singh was made the ruler of Datia state. It was expected that Emperor Jahangir  will be visiting this palace. But emperor Jahangir never visited Datia Palace (for reasons still unknown).

Datia Palace is known by different names like Satkhanda Palace, Datia Mahal, Purana Mahal meaning “Old palace”, etc.

Satkhanda Palace was built by Maharaj Birsingh Dev, the founder of the Princely state of Datia. In A.D 1614, on a visit to Mathura, Maharaj Birsingh Dev got himself weighed with gold. After this, he started constructing the Bir Singh Dev Palace in 1614.

No royal family members ever stayed in this palace; though it served as office.

Bir Singh Dev Palace is made on an isolated rock, on the western side of Datia city.

Datia Palace in Detail

It cost 35 Lack Indian Rupees (78 thousand US dollars) in the 16th century, to built this magnificent and beautiful palace. It took nine years to build  Datia Mahal.

Datia Mahal is a magnificent seven storey palace. Mahal is the Hindi word for Palace. The southern face of the palace overlooks a large lake. Bir Singh Palace is square shaped. It is approximately 80 meters long and wide.

There are four octagonal towers; one at each corner. Ceilings of the palace is finely carved.  There are 440 rooms and many courtyards.  Interior walls are decorated with Bundela paintings.

There is a 40meter high, five storey tower at the center. The dome atop the tower is lotus petal shaped.

Purana Mahal is a fine example of the fusion of Indian and Islamic architecture. It is a combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture. Arched doorways and dome are examples of Mughal architecture. Sculptures and paintings of birds, animals and flowers is part of Rajput style of architecture.  It was built entirely with brick and stone.

Other Places of Tourist Interest Near Datia Palace

Numerous ancient temples, some of which dates back to pre-historic times, are  the hallmark of this city.  This city is nick-named ‘Laghu Vrindavan’ or ‘Small Vrindavan’.

Maharaj Birsingh Dev build 52 palaces and monuments, all around the state. Datia palace is the most famous among these 52 monuments.

How Do I Go to Datia Palace?

Datia Palace is at a distance of around 75 kilometers from Gwalior city.

Satkhanda Palace alias Datia Mahal is situated in between Gwalior and Jhansi stations. Datia Palace alias Bir Singh Dev Palace is visible from the train.

Dhuandhar falls and Marble Sculptures by Artisans

Dhuandhar Falls is a beautiful waterfalls on River Narmada, with a height of 30 meters (98 feet) at Bhedaghat in Jabalpur district, Madhya Pradesh state, India.

Dhuandhar FallsDhuandhar Falls

This falls thus got its name from the two Hindi words, Dhuan and Dhar. Dhuan mean smoke and Dhar means flow. Dhuandhar Falls looks like smoke flowing out of a large chimney.

The falls and surrounding areas are covered with marble rocks. You can see artisans making different  sculptures with marbles. Among the sculptures  are Marble idols of Lord Shiva. These are on display here and can be bought, if interested.

Boat riding is available on the Narmada river at the Bheda ghat marble rocks boating area. They charge you for a minimum period of half an hour.  You may also hire private boats here. Boat ride though the river with marble rocks and cliffs on the sides, is very scenic. Cable car is also there for those interested in having an Ariel view of the falls.

The falls and surrounding areas were locations for a large number of movies, especially Bollywood movies (Hindi movies).

Chausath Yogini Temple

Chausath Yogini temple is a nearby famous temple on a hill top, with around 150 steps.  It is one among the four Chausath Yogini temples in India.

There are 95 shrines in this temple.  Godess Durga and her consort Lord Shiva along with 64 female attendants of Godess Durga are the main deities here. 64 shrines  for the 64 attendants are there inside the temple in circular fashion. (Chausath is a Hindi word, which means 64. Yogini  means female attendant).

Chausath  temple here was built in the 10th century AD by Kalachuri kings and resembles to the medieval Khajuraho temples in structure.

How  Do I Go to Dhuandhar falls?

Dhuandhar falls is easily accessible by bus services from Jabalpur. You may also hire a cab or auto-rickshaw to go to this magnificent falls. Jabalpur is at around 30 kilometers from the falls at Bheda ghat.

Jabalpur Junction railway station is a major railway station in India, which is well connected to all major metro cities of India. Jabalpur Airport (JLR) which is also known as Dumna Airport is at around 20 kilometers ditance from the city center.

Jabalpur is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. NH 7 and NH 12 are the main national highways connecting this city with the rest of India.


Reasons Why You Should Visit Amarkantak Temple For Your Next Vacation

Amarkantak temple is a 11th century temple at the confluence of the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh state, India. Its poplar Hindu pilgrimage center. This temple architecture exhibits a unique style of architecture, prevalent in those times. This temple is situated at an altitude of around 3500 feet in the Maikal Hills.
Amarkantak temple
Amarkantak temple on the Madhya Pradesh – Chhattisgarh state border

This region is a heritage center and ancient temples of Kalachuri period can be seen here. Many of the temples here are known for the temple carvings.  Sri Yantra Maha Meru Temple or Shri Yantra Mandir is one among such places to visit in Amarkantak. It has a four-face facade with superb carvings.

Narmada kund temples
One Ancient Temple at Narmada Udgam or Narmadama Kund

The dense forests here is the source of the many rivers. Holy Narmada River originates from Narmada Kund at Mai Ki Bagiya here at  Amarkantak.  As per Hindu mythology,  holy river Narmada descended from heaven at Narmada Udgam or Narmadama Kund. There are around 12 temples near Narmada Kund.

This region is  part of Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary. This area is also famous for medicinal pants and herbs. Sonmuda is the place where  Son River originates. It is at a distance of around 2 kilometers from Narmada Kund. Johila River also originate in this region.

How Do I Go to Amarkantak Temple?

Pendra Railway station is the nearest railway station to this temple, at around 38 kilometers distance. Anuppur is a nearby railway station at around 79 kilometers away. Bilaspur is the major nearby railway station at around 118 kilometers distance. Rewa is at around 270 kilometers distance. There are buses to Amarkantak from nearby major cities like Jabalpur, Rewa, etc.

Jabalpur airport or Dumna Airport is a nearest airport at around 217 kilometers away. Raipur airport is also a nearby airport, at almost the same distance.

Tourist Places Near Amarkantak Temple

Kapildhara is a 100 feet high beautiful falls at a distance of around 8 kilometers from Narmada Kund. It is believed that the Rishi (Saint) Kapil used to mediate here. There is a beautiful garden situated very close to this falls. (Dhara means constant flow)

Dudh dhara is a small fall at a distance of 1 kilometers from Kapiladhara. Dugdha Dhara and Shambu Dhara are two nearby falls.

Duni Pani is a hot water spring here, which is believed to have powers to cure fatal diseases!

15th century poet Kabir is believed to have meditated at Kabir Chabutra, also known as the platform of Kabir. It is also situated in this historic town of Amarkantak.

Bhrigum Mandal is situated deep inside the forests, where Rishi (saint) Bhrigum is believed to have meditated. You need to trek a very difficult terrain to reach BhrigumMandal.

Ratapani Tiger Reserve & Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary

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.

This 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.

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 Reserve forests are 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 of Madhya Pradesh.

Panna National Park

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.