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Madhya Pradesh

Myths, Legends and History

Madhya Pradesh occupies perhaps the oldest part of the subcontinent - called the Gondwana - the home of the Gonds. Close to Bhopal at Bhimbetka are the prehistoric caves that preserve some fascinating paintings dating back to paleolithic times. Experts have concluded that these are at least as old as the specimen at Pyrnees. This was perhaps one of the earliest dwellings of human beings. In fact, the excavations here have revealed a cultural sequence right from the late stone age to the early historical period. Madhya Pradesh is the richest state in the country in respect of painted rock-shelters, the majority of which have been found in the districts of Sehore, Bhopal, Raisen, Hoshangabad and Sagar.  

During the ascendency of the Guptas, the whole region came under the domain of the imperial Guptas and subsequently formed a part of of Harshavardhan's empire. With the decline in imperial power, the province was broken up into small principalities contending forever to establish their supremacy over one another. Chandelas were one such dynasty claiming descent from the moon, who carved out a strong prosperous kingdom for themselves after the decline of the great empire. There was a short spell of inspired construction activity under the Chandela in the 10th to 11th centuries. They are the ones who have left behind the cluster of matchless temples at Khajuraho, now a World Heritage Site.

Chandelas were followed by Pratihara and Gaharwar Rajput dynasties claiming mythical origins relating their scions to the gods or heroes in the epics.
They lived and died by a difficult code of chivalry, wasted away scarce resources in an expensive feudal life style and could not ultimately keep at bay the expanding Muslim Power. Rulers of Malwa fought a running battle with the subedars of Gujarat or the commanders of the Sultan of Delhi throughout the sultanate period.

The grand Moghul Akbar succeeded in subdoing most of them and his sterner grandson Aurangazeb broke through the last pockets of resistance in this region.
Many of the smaller kingdoms trace their origins to the lands granted by the emperor at Delhi to those who had served him well.
Bir Singh Deo of Orchha was for instance installed on his throne by Jehangir who felt obliged to the Bundela chieftain for having removed a painful thorn Abdul Fazal, from his side. Abdul Fazal one of the nine Jewels of Akbar's court was murdered at his behest near Gwalior.

Some other principalities came into being with branching of families, internecine quarrels and the munificence of the Marathas who were indominable with the decline of the Moghuls. Rulers of Ratlam and Sitamau claim close relationship with the ruling house of Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

In course of time, the Marathas were replaced by the British who entered into treaty relationships with these princely states and established paramountey over them. This was the Raj period when the Central Provinces were left for the large part outside developments in British India. The Maharajas were free to indulge in their expensive whims much to the chagrin of their poor populace. This is the world evoked by Kipling in his Jungle Book and chronicled by F.M. Forster in the Hill of Devi. Jhabua, Nagod, Alirajpur, Sarguja Dewas Senior and Junior were quaint names of exotic places where eccentric Englishmen could strive to carve out a career or amass a fortune or simply drop de.

These were the destinations where the Prince of Wales or the Viceroy could be taken out for the treat of his life a tiger shoot, or to savour the extravagant life style of the Maharajas. Most of these blue-blooded gentry were content to be renowned for their prowess with a heavy gun or patronage of arts and crafts.
The stirrings of the national movement were slow in this region as most of the area was not directly ruled by the British. Undaunted freedom fighters carried Mahatma Gandhi's message to the masses and exhorted them to take up the battle against colonialism.

Independence of India in 1947 was followed by the merger of hundreds of princely states into the union and the Indian Republic was born on 26th January 1950. Soon afterwards the boundaries were rationalized with re - organization of the States with Madhya Pradesh becoming the largest one, covering a total area of 4,43,406 sq. kms. until 1st November 2000 when the new State of Chhattisgarh with a total area of 71,35,224 sq. km. was carved out of it.


PLACES TO VISIT

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Amarkantak
ShivlingamWhere the Narmada is Born

Situated at an altitude of 1065 mt. at the meeting point of the Vindhya and the Satpura mountain ranges amongst sylvan surroundings, Amarkantak is a great pilgrim centre for the Hindus, and is the source of the rivers Narmada and Sone. While the Narmada flows Westwards from Amarkantak, the Sone flows towards the East. Amarkantak is indeed blessed by Nature. Holy ponds, lofty hills, forested surroundings, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and an ever-pervading air of serenity make Amarkantak a much sought-after destination for the religious-minded as well as for the nature-lover.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Bandhavgarh

TigerNational Park with a Rich Historical Past
This is a small National Park; compact, yet full of game. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.
This is also White Tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured by Maharajah Martand Singh in 1951. This White Tiger, Mohan, is now stuffed and on display in the palace of the Maharajahs of Rewa.

Do’s and Don’ts in the Jungle
  • Do’s

    • Dress Right: 
      Try to wear clothes that cover your legs and arms fully as there is no telling what kind of wild plants and insects you may come in contact with, leading to severe allergies. It is also a good idea to wear layers in the jungle instead of relying on one item of clothing.
    • Blend In: 
      It won’t help if you wear polka dots, trinkets and jarring colors in the jungle. The idea is to blend in with the natural environment and avoid attracting undue attention. This also intimidates and keeps the animals away.
    • Composure Helps:
      Be calm at all times in the jungle as this helps to relax the animals as well. Keep your excitement and enthusiasm under wraps.
    • Keep the Right Company: 
      Stick to your jungle guide and group at all times.
    • Travel Light:
      Take only what you need to the jungle. Some jungle expeditions are weary and the extra equipment like tripods, munchies and the like will not only create a ruckus but also tire you out soon.
    • Protective Gear: 
      Sunglasses, sunscreens and sunhats protect you from the harsh rays of the Sun and prevent sunburns. It is also wise to wear comfortable and covered shoes with socks instead of floaters and other footwear that exposes the foot.
    • Extra Protection:
      In case you are allergic to animal fur or dust, please carry your medication with you.
    • Photographer’s Delight: 
      Be prepared with a good camera and stock up on extra film before embarking on the expedition. Also, consult the jungle guide before taking pictures or shooting videos.
    • Must Haves: Insect and mosquito repellant creams, antiseptic creams, band-aids, water bottle, first aid kit, small torch, personal hygiene products, raincoats and the like.

  • Don’ts

    • No Feeding:
      One cannot predict how the animals will behave once you feed them and stop. Also, it changes the eating habits of the creatures of the jungle.
    • No Littering:
      The jungle is home to several wild animals and it is best not to leave any litter behind, especially plastic.
    • Ignorance Hinders: 
      Do not be ignorant or lax if you observe irresponsible behavior on part of the staff or visitors and report the authorities as soon as possible.
    • Too Close for Comfort:
      In an attempt to observe animals better, do not get too close. You will either scare them away or invite retaliation. Also, do not try to make friends with the wild animals in the jungle.
    • Conversations:
      The jungle is not the place for hearty conversations and discussions. Keep conversation restricted to the safari/expedition and avoid talking in a loud tone.
    • No Souvenirs Please:
      Do not prance about collecting samples of stones, leaves and bird feathers in the jungle.
    • Child Menace:
      It is not wise to bring infants and small children in the jungle as they often find it hard to retain calm thereby scaring away the shy animals.
    • Foolish Photography:
      Do not create a ruckus while taking pictures and shooting videos. Keep the flash mode off and you will do everybody a favor.
    • Fire Alert:
      Avoid using and leaving behind any combustible substances in the jungle.
    • Cellphone Hazard:
      Do not carry cellphones in the jungle or keep them switched off during the course of the safari. Sounds such as those of cellphones will only annoy our furry friends.
    • Do not Disturb: 
      Remember that you are in the jungle to explore it and observe the animals in their natural habitat. Do not disturb or aggravate them by throwing stones and trying to grab their attention.

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Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Bhedaghat

Marble RocksAn Awesome Spectacle of Nature
Soaring in glittering splendour, the Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat rise to a hundred feet on either side of the Narmada. The serene loveliness of the scene is one of cool quiet, the sunlight sparkling on the marble-white pinnacles and casting dappled shadows on the pellucid waters. These white rocks with views of black and dark green volcanic seams are truly majestic, and produce a magical effect on moonlit nights.
The holy river flows by tranquilly flanked by the towering cliffs which reflect in it like a mirror the changing moods of nature. A little distance away, it becomes turbulent as it plunges in a mighty water fall known as Dhuandhar.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Bhimbetka

Cave PaintingsThrough the ages

Surrounded by the northern fringe of the Vindhyan ranges, Bhimbetka lies 46 km South of Bhopal. In this rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs, over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age were recently discovered. Here, in vivid panoramic detail, paintings in over 500 caves depict the life of the pre-historic cave-dwellers making the Bhimbetka group an archaeological treasure, an invaluable chronicle in the history of man.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Bhojpur

Shivlingam from the Bhojeshwar TempleA heritage of great civilisations
Founded by the legendary Parmar King of Dhar, Raja Bhoj (1010-1053), and named after him, Bhojpur, 28 km from Bhopal, is renowned for the remains of its magnificent Shiva temple and Cyclopean dam.
The temple which has earned the nomenclature of the Somnath of the east, is known as the Bhojeshwar Temple. The temple was never completed and the earthen ramp used to raise it to dome-level still stands. Had it been completed, it would have had very few rivals. As it is, even with the ravages of time, it remains one of the best examples of temple architecture of the 11th - 13th centuries.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Chanderi

Chanderi SareeHistory and Handicrafts

Chanderi is famous for its brocades and muslins, specially for its handwoven Chanderi sarees. Here, master weavers use silk and cotton to create dazzling weaves, distinguished by beautiful borders. Usually in subtle hues, the Chanderi sarees have a sophistication hard to match. In the silk Zari sarees, influences of the Varanasi style are visible. They generally have a rich gold border and two gold bands on the pallav. The more exclusive ones have gold checks with lotus roundels all over which are known as butis.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Chitrakoot

A view of the natural beauty of ChitrakootAbode of the Gods

Chitrakoot, 'the hill of many wonders', nestles peacefully in the northern spurs of the Vindhyas, a place of tranquil forest glades and quiet rivers, and streams where calm and repose are all pervading. This loveliest of Nature's gifts is also hallowed ground, blessed by the gods and sanctified by the faith of pilgrims. Sufferers and seekers, poets and visionaries, princes and noblemen have, through the ages, sought and found solace in Chitrakoot, drawn inspiration from its sublime natural beauty, gained spiritual strength from its serene temples and in turn, become part of the hallowed legend that is Chitrakoot..

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Gwalior

Gate of the Gwalior FortA living heritage of heroism
Steeped in the splendour of its past, the ancient capital of Gwalior has yet made a successful transition into a modern Indian city, vibrant and bustling. A multitude of reigning dynasties, of the great Rajput clans of the Pratiharas, Kacchwahas and Tomars have left indelible etchings of their rule in this city of palaces, temples and monuments. Gwalior's tradition as a royal capital continued until the formation of present day India, with the Scindias having their dynastic seat here. The magnificent mementoes of a glorious past have been preserved with care, giving Gwalior an appeal unique and timeless.
This, then, is Gwalior; where a rich cultural tradition has been interwoven into the fabric of modern life. Where a princely past lives on in great palaces and their museums. Where a multitude of images merge and mix to present to the visitor a city of enduring greatness.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Indore

Legacy of the Holkars
Planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai, the brave Holkar queen, Indore lies to the extreme west of Madhya Pradesh on the banks of the rivers Saraswati and Khan which unite at the centre of the city. The bustling and vibrant city, 186 km from Bhopal, derives its name from the 18th century Indreshwar temple.
The history of Indore is inseparable from the history of the Holkar State. The founder of the House of Holkars was Malhar Rao Holkar, born in 1693 AD. His soldierly qualities brought him to the forefront under the Peshwa and he was rewarded with the gift of territories comprising the Indore region. Malhar Rao was succeeded by his grandson, on whose death, without issue, his mother, Maharani Devi Ahilya Bai ascended the throne.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Jabalpur

Pleasure resort and capital of the Gond Kings during the 12th century, Jabalpur was later the seat of the Kalchuri dynasty. The Marathas held sway over Jabalpur until 1817, when the British wrested it from them and left their impression on the spacious cantonment with its colonial residences and barracks. Today Jabalpur is an important administrative centre, abustle with commercial activity.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Kanha

Wildlife Haven
Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendour which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).
By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a series of stringent conservation programmes for the protection of the park's flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Khajuraho

Erotic Panel from the north wall of the Kandaria Mahadev TempleEternal expressions of love
n the temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, came up on one site, near the village of Khajuraho. The amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950 AD - 1050 AD, saw the completion of all the temples, in an inspired burst of creativity. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time; these remain as a collective paean to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator.

Why did the Chandelas choose Khajuraho or Khajirvahila - garden of dates, as it was known then - as the site for their stupendous creations? Even in those days it was no more than a small village. It is possible given the eclectic patronage of the Chandelas and the wide variety of beliefs represented in the temples, that they had the concept of forming a seat of religion and learning at Khajuraho. It is possible that the Chandelas were also believers in the powers of Tantrism; the cult which believes that the gratification of earthly desires is a step closer to the attainment of the infinite. It is certain however, that the temples represent the expression of a highly matured civilization.

Yet another theory is that the erotica of Khajuraho, and indeed of other temples, had a specific purpose. In those days when boys lived in hermitages, following the Hindu law of being "brahmacharis" until they attained manhood, the only way they could prepare themselves for the worldly role of 'householder' was through the study of these sculptures and the earthly passions they depicted.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Maheshwar

GhatsOn the banks of the Narmada
Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati, capital of king Kartivarjun. This temple town on the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Revived to its ancient position of importance by the Holkar queen Rani Ahilyabai of Indore. Maheshwar's temples and mighty fort-complex stand in quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below.
Today, Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive handwoven sarees called Maheshwari.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Mandu

Jahaz MahalLegends of love in the city of joy
Perched along the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defenses, was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. Towards the end of the 13th century, it came under the sway of the Sultans of Malwa, the first of whom named it Shadiabad - 'city of joy'. And indeed the pervading spirit of Mandu was of gaiety; and its rulers built exquisite palaces like the Jahaz and Hindola Mahals, ornamental canals, baths and pavilions, as graceful and refined as those times of peace and plenty.

Each of Mandu's structures is an architectural gem; some are outstanding like the massive Jami Masjid and Hoshang Shah's tomb, which provided inspiration to the master builders of the Taj Mahal centuries later.
Mandu is a celebration in stone, of life and joy, of the love of the poet-prince Baz Bahadur for his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. The balladeers of Malwa still sing of the romance of these royal lovers, and high up on the crest of a hill, Roopmati's Pavilion still gazes down at Baz Bahadur's Palace, a magnificent expression of Afghan architecture.
Under Mughal rule, Mandu was a pleasure resort, its lakes and palaces the scenes of splendid and extravagant festivities. And the glory of Mandu lives on, in legends and songs, chronicled for posterity.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Omkareshwar

Temples at the ghats of the NarmadaSanctified by faithOmkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, 'Om', has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devout gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of the twelve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many of Madhya Pradesh's sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence.
he island comprises two lofty hills and is divided by a valley in such a way that it appears in the shape of the sacred Hindu symbol 'Om' from above. Between the precipitous hills of the Vindhya on the North and the Satpura on the South, the Narmada forms a deep silent pool which in former times was full of alligators and fish, so tame as to take grain from human hand. This pool is 270 ft below the cantilever type bridge constructed in 1979. The bridge has enhanced the scenic beauty of the place, making it look exceedingly picturesque.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Pachmarhi

Churches and cemetries bring back memories of the colonial past of PachmarhiVerdant jewel of the satpuras
Pachmarhi is Madhya Pradesh's most verdant jewel, a place where nature has found exquisite expression in myriad enchanting ways.Green shades embrace the mountains, and everywhere is heard the gentle murmur of flowing water. Bridle paths lead into tranquil forest glades, groves of wild bamboo and jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets.

Complementing the magnificence of nature are the works of man; Pachmarhi is also an archaeological treasure-house. In cave shelters in the Mahadeo Hills is an astonishing richness in rock paintings. Most of these have been placed in the period 500-800 AD, but the earliest paintings are an estimated 10,000 years old.
he year was 1857 when Captain James Forsyth of the Bengal Lancers was galloping hard up the Satpura ranges. He chanced upon this saucer -shaped valley and recommended its development as a sanatorium. Churches and cemetries bring back memories of the colonial past of Pachmarhi which has managed to escape reckless plunder suffered by other hill stations of India.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Pench


Panna Tiger Reserve is just 25 km from Khajuraho-a mere half an hour drive.
Tiger sighting is always a matter of chance but regular sightings are reported.
Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chowsingha, Langoor, Wildboar and Jackal, are frequently sighted.
Gorges and falls along the course of the Ken river in the Reserve are beholding.
Dynamic dry deciduous forest undergoes dramatic change from lush green in monsoon to dry grey in summer.
Relics of Gondwana period (rule of the tribal people of Central India) are scattered all over the Reserve.
Besides the wildlife watchers (around 12000 annually), Panna gets visitors (around 20000 annually) who exclusively visit the famous Pandav Fall.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Pench

Sher Khan, the villain of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.Kipling Country
Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and a buffer. The Park nestles in the Southern slopes of the Satpura ranges of Central India. The river Pench, which splits the National Park into two, forms the lifeline of the Park.
The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Several natural history books like R. A. Strendale's 'Seonee - Camp life in Satpura Hills,' Forsyth's 'Highlands of Central India' and Dunbar Brander's 'Wild Animals of Central India' explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature's abundance in this tract. Strendale's semi-autobiographical 'Seonee' was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

Land of the 'The Jungle Book'
The Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighbourhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book. Kipling borrowed heavily from Robert Armitage Strendale's books 'Seonee', 'Mammalia of India and Ceylon' and 'Denizens of the Jungle' for the topography, wildlife, and its ways. Mowgli was inspired by Sir William Henry Sleeman's pamphlet, 'An Account of Wolves Nurturing Children in Their Dens' which describes a wolf-boy captured in Seoni district near the village of Sant Baori in 1831. Many of The Jungle Book's locations are actual locations in Seoni District, like the Waingunga river with its gorge where Sherkhan was killed, Kanhiwara villlage and the 'Seeonee hills'.

Topography 
The terrain of the park is undulating with mainly gentle slopes criss-crossed by streams and nullahs. Most of these water courses are seasonal. Many of the hills are flat-topped and allow fine vistas of the forests around. The best known of these is 'Kalapahar' with an altitude of 650 mts. The Pench river flowing through the centre of the Reserve is dry by April but a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found, which serve as waterholes for wild animals. A few perennial springs also exist. Recently a number of earthen ponds and shallow wells have been developed leading to well distributed sources of water all around the reserve.

Conservation History
In the year 1977 an area of 449.39 sq km was declared Pench Sanctuary. Out of this, an area of 292.85 sq km was declared Pench National Park in the year 1983 and 118.31 sq km remained as Pench Sanctuary. In 1992 Government of India declared 757.89 sq km area including the National Park and the sanctuary as the 19th Tiger Reserve of the country. The name of Pench National Park was changed to "Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park" in November 2002 Similarly the name of Pench Sanctuary has been changed to "Mowgli Pench Sanctuary".

The Pench hydroelectric dam straddles the Maharashtra - Madhya Pradesh boundary. The dam, constructed between 1973 and 1988 has resulted in the submergence of about 74 sq km area out of which 54 km is in the Park, the rest being in Maharashtra.

Forests and Wildlife
The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance.

The area has always been rich in wildlife. It is dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches. The high habitat heterogeneity favours high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has highest density of herbivores in India (90.3 animals per sq km).

The area is especially famous for large herds of Gaur (Indian Bison), Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Dog and Wild Pig. The key predator is the Tiger followed by Leopard, Wild Dog and Wolf. Other animals include Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine etc.
There are over 285 species of resident and migratory birds including the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard, etc. In winter thousands of migratory waterfowl including Brahmini Duck, Pochards, Barheaded Geese, Coots, etc visit the tanks and the Pench reservoir within the Park.
Pench Tiger Reserve is also among the best areas for bird watching. Four species of the now endangered vultures white-rumped, longbilled, white scavenger and king vulture can be seen in good numbers in the Reserve. The other fauna present include 50 species of fishes, 10 amphibians, 30 reptiles, 45 butterflies, 54 moths and numerous other insects.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Sanchi

GateMasterpieces of Buddhist art
Sanchi is known for its Stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. The most famous of these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the then governor of Ujjayini, whose wife Devi was the daughter of a merchant from adjacent Vidisha. Their son Mahindra and daughter Sanghamitra were born in Ujjayini and sent to Sri Lanka, where they converted the King, the Queen and their people to Buddhism.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Shivpuri

Chhatri (cenotaph)Tranquil forests steeped in sanctity
Shivpuri is steeped in the royal legacy of its past, when it was the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. And earlier, its dense forests were the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors when great herds of elephants were captured by emperor Akbar.
Much later, it was the Tiger that roamed the wooded hills and many a magnificent beast was 'bagged' by royal Shikaris. Today Shivpuri is a sanctuary for rare wildlife and avifauna. Its royal past has thus been transformed into a vibrant, hopeful present.

With it's luxuriant forests and undulating hills, Shivpuri was a natural choice as the summer resort capital of the Scindias. Shivpuri's royal ambience lives on in the exquisite palaces and hunting lodges and graceful, intricately embellished marble Chhatris (cenotaphs) erected by the Scindia rulers.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited - Ujjain

Bathing rituals at the Simhastha Festival,  at the banks of the ShipraOn the banks of the holy Shipra

Modern Ujjain is situated on the banks of the river Shipra, regarded since times immemorial as sacred. The belief in the sacredness of Shipra, has its origins in the ancient Hindu mythological tale of churning of the Ocean by the Gods and the Demons, with Vasuki, the serpent as the rope. The ocean bed first yielded fourteen gems, then Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, and finally the coveted vessel of Nectar. Then began the wild scramble for immortality with the demons chasing the Gods across the skies, and in the process, a few drops were spilt, and fell at Hardwar, Nasik, Prayag, and Ujjayini. Hence the sanctity of the waters of the Shipra.

Ujjain is the modern name for Ujjayini. Legend has it that in the hoary past, the God like king Shiva of Avanti commemorated his victory over the demon-ruler of Tripura or Tripuri on the banks of the Narmada by changing the name of his capital, Avantipura to Ujjayini (one who conquers with pride).

The magnificence and awesome spectacle of the bathing ritual at Simhastha defies description. Beginning on the full moon day in Chaitra (April), it continues into Vaishakha (May), until the next full moon day. Ujjain turns, amidst a riot of colours, into an India in miniature.

Hotels in Madhya Pradesh

Hotels in Bhopal
Five Star Hotels
  • Jehan Numa Palace
  • Noor Us Sabah Palace
Four Star Hotels
  • Hotel Residency
Three Star Hotels
  • Amer Palace
  • Hotel Arch Manor
  • Hotel Nisarga
  • Lake View Ashok
Budget Hotels
  • Hotel Mayur
  • Hotel Palash Bhopal
  • Hotel Shrimaya
  • Ranjeet

Hotels in Gwalior
Heritage Hotels
  • Usha Kiran Palace
First Class Hotels
  • The Central Park
Economy Hotels in Gwalior
  • Gwalior Regency
  • Hotel Landmark
Budget Hotels in Gwalior
  • Hotel Shelter
  • Hotel Tansen Gwalior
  • The Regency Square

Hotels in Indore
Heritage Hotels
  • Central Apartment & Hotel
First Class Hotels in Indore
  • Hotel President
  • Hotel Crown Palace
Economy Hotels
  • Amaltas International
  • Hotel Kalinga

Hotels in Khajuraho
Deluxe Hotels
  • Hotel Taj Chandela
  • Ramada Hotel Khajuraho
  • Radisson Jass Hotel
Budget Hotels
  • Hotel Grand Temple View
  • Hotel Jhankar
  • Hotel Payal
Tourist Class Hotels
  • Clarks Khajuraho
  • Greenwood Khajuraho
  • Hotel Usha Bundela

Hotels in Pachmarhi
  • Amaltas Bungalow
  • Evelyns Own Cottage
  • Glen View Pachmarhi
  • Hilltop Bungalow
  • Hotel Club View
  • Hotel Giri Shringar
  • Hotel Highlands
  • Hotel Indraprastha
  • Hotel Pachmarhi
  • Pachmarhi Regency
  • Panchwati Cottages
  • Rock End Manor
  • Satpura Retreat
  • Siva Palace
  • The Golf View Resort

Hotels in Ujjain
Heritage Hotels
  • Fort Amla
Economy Hotels
  • Hotel Ashray
  • Hotel Panchavati Elite
  • Hotel Shipra

Wildlife Resorts in Kanha
Tuli Tiger Resort Mogli Resort
Wild Chalet Royal Tiger Resort
Kipling Camp Kanha Jungle Lodge
Krishna Jungle Resort Shergarh Tented Camp
Tiger Land Resort Dyna Resort
Haiwatha Resort Tiger Corridor
Tall Tiger Retreat Baghira Log Huts
Shri Maheshwar Celebration Van Vilas
Chitvan Lodge  
 
Wildlife Resorts in Bandhavgarh
Camp Mewar Taj Mahua Kothi
Nature Heritage Resort Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge
Tiger Den Maharaja's Royal Retreat
Tiger Trails Royal Tiger Resort
White Tiger Lodge Anantvan Wildlife Resort
Mogli Jungle Resort Jungle Mantra
Tiger Corridor  
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People Speak
Albert & family
Mark Allen
U.K.
Rajasthan tour was marvelous, I shut fotos, Carel dined well, sons had good time roaming around with company tour guide. This people know how to service clients needs, Good Job !

Thompson & Kelly
Mark Allen
Australia
You people made our love tour more romantic, our best wishes

Samantha & family
Mark Allen
U.S.A
good experience touring India with your company, really comfortable & exciting, call us again ! haha

Japanese Group
Mark Allen
Japan
We look forward to come again, good services, thanks

Julian
Mark Allen
Nederland
cordial staff, well managed tour, will join again, thanks for all good services

Olga & Natasha
Mark Allen
Russia
Goa tour with Yoga is an enchanting feeling, with good food and beaches, thanks to you.

Chinese Piligrims
Mark Allen
China
Group piligrimage tour , Buddha Holidays in Sarnath Gaya India.

Md. Hamil Ul Ansari
Mark Allen
Saudi Arabia
This people are super in providing anything you need. Hope to see them again.

Angel Nunez
Mark Allen
Spain
Really enjoyed touring Rajasthan, this people helped me with good itinerary and comfortable tour. Visiting inside villages were awesome !

Laura
Mark Allen
Italy
nice holidaying, will join again

Anca Nicolae
Mark Allen
Romania
Good friendly and professional staff, economical price, comfortable stay, good standard hotels, overall very good experience in India Tour, my Best wishes to team RTDC

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