The position of Madhya Pradesh attained its status of Heart of India. This glorious state of India gained enormous fame and prosperity during Mughal rule. The scenic beauty increases with the valuable sight of wavy Narmada River flowing in the Vidhya and Satpura ranges, thus Madhya Pradesh thrills the tourists with the attractive locales. The article describes the natural beauty of Madhya Pradesh; forts, pilgrimages, hill stations etc.
Omkareshwar and Amareshwar Temples
Omkareshwar is located on bazinga Shivapuri island in Khandwa District. The 12 jyotirlingas makes it a revered site for Hindus. The place is situated at the meeting point of the Narmada and the Kaveri rivers and is named so because of hindu symbol ‘OM’ shape. There are two temples here, one Sri Omkareshwar Mahadeo temple made from soft stone with intricate detailing on the portico. It is built in the Nagara style and has lofty shikhara.
The other Siddnath or Amareshwar Temple made in Brahminic architectural style. The frieze of huge elephants carved on a stone slab on the outer perimeter of the temple is eye-catching. The beautiful carved roof and pillars intricated on the entire shrine is marvelous. Verandahs with columns carved in circles, polygons and squares are carpeted around the temple.
Pachmarhi is popular as “Satpura ki Rani” for being situated in Satpura mountain ranges. The land wrapped in lush green meadows and many streams and waterfalls strolling there in rhythmic way, is a walker’s paradise. Holidaying amid the natural beauty of Pachmarhi away from the concrete jungle is a great pleasure. Different points offer stunning views of Pachmarhi. Many spectacular water falls, caves and pillars also interests tourists.
Mandu is the perfect honeymoon destination as well as it is a place for adventure loving people. The great love story of Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati even today fills the air of Mandu with romance. Mandu turns all green in monsoons and is thus the City of Joy.
Khajuraho is a popular temple town which has group of Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are famous for their erotic sculpture carved on outer sandstone walls. These monuments are UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are among the “seven wonders” of India. The Khajuraho sculptures look very realistic and are a subject for study. Light and sound show runs for about an hour every evening in the temple complex. The show is presented in two consecutive episodes in English and Hindi as well.
Gwalior Fort is one of the biggest forts in India. Mughal Emperor Babur described it as, “The pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind”.
Kanha National Park
The Kanha National Park has lush Sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and meandering streams. The fantasy land stretching over 940 sq km attracts wildlife lovers.
Numerous man-made caves (35) with inscriptions and carvings glorifies Bandhavgarh. Statues of various incarnations and the 2500 years old Bandhavgarh fort attract every tourist.
It is a simple dome shaped brick structure.The village Sanchihas several Buddhist monuments making it an important place of Buddhist pilgrimage. The world famous stupas built by Ashoka, represents love, peace, trust, and courage.
The Bhimbetka rock shelters in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains display paintings from the Mesolithic Period which depict the lives of the people. The entire area has dense forests and abundant natural resources.
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