The Heart of India!!

Being in the middle of a country as diverse as India, Central India affords the best of all to its guests. Primary spanning across the previously biggest Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Central India is typically the hub of wildlife and there are hundreds of wildlife parks, sanctuaries within this region. Central India tours are also preferred by Buddhist devotees due to the extensive coverage of Buddhist pilgrim destinations in some of the tours.

Agra

Agra is a famous city on the banks of  the river Yamuna in the northern state of  Uttar Pradesh. It ithe perfect sport for a tourist and students of architecture. Even the climate in Agra is very inviting and suitable. The city of Agra is well designed, where even the houses show huge detailing in their design. It is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and one of three World heritage sites in Agra.Taj  MahalThe Taj Mahal is Jewel of Agra. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, In 1631 the emperor shah jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife mumtaz, who died in childbirth. The white marble mausoleum at Agra has become the monument of a man’s love for a woman.In the world all people want to see the grandeur of the Taj Mahal and only a lucky few get to see this amazing in marble. The Taj Mahal glorifies and signifies human love, has withstood of time and still stands in all its glory.Agra FortThe Red Fort, at Agra is a real eye-opener. It is  in Agra is one of the earliest surviving mughal buildings in the city. Agra port also represents the first major building project of Emperor Akbar, though remains of only a few buildings build by him now survive. One of the most significant buildings of Agra Fort is the multi –storied Jahangir Mahal overlooking the river. Built by Akbar for his wife,Jodha Bai ,the Mahal is reached is through an impressive gateway. Fatehpur SikriFatehpur Sikri is a fabulous city and a municipal board in Agra district in the state of Uttar Pradesh India.It an extension of the upper Vindhyan ranges is situated on the bank of a large natural lake, which has now mostly dried up. It is a pre-historic site and with abundant water forest and raw material, it was ideal for primitive man’s habitation. Rock shelters with paintings exist on the periphery of the lake.The name of the place came about after the Mughal Emperor Babar defeated Raaa Sanga in a battle at place called Sikra. It is about 40 km and 25 km from Agra.Akbar's Tomb, SikandraOne of the most important bases of Mughal power, Agra is home to some of the finest examples of Mughal architecture. The tomb, or the mausoleum houses the mortal remains of one of the greatest Mughal Emperors of India, Akbar, and was built by him during his own lifetime. However, Akbar’s son Jahangir got the monument fully completed by constructing its topmost portion in white marble. Swami Bagh SamadhiSoami bagh is 15km from Agra. It is a place which house the Samadhi of the founder of the radha swami;”Swamji Maharaj”.Soami bagh Samadhi is the mausoleum of huzur, who was the initiator of the radhasomi faith.Guru ka TalGuru Ka Tal is a historical Sikh pilgrimage place dedicated to the memory of ninth Guru Tegh Bahudar Ji.Guru ka Tal was originally a reservoir meant to collect and conserve rainwater built in Agra, near Sikandra. Guru ka Tal is a holy place of worship for the Sikhs. Four of the ten Sikh Gurus are said to have paid it a visit. Jama  MasjidThe Mosque was built by Mughal emperor, Shahjahan in 1648 and dedicated to his favorite daughter, Jahanara Begum. There was a spacious, octagonal Tripolia Chowk which existed between the Jama Masjid and the Delhi gate of the Agra Fort. The Gracefully designed mausoleums, the fort and the palaces remainds of the Mughal architectural brilliance.Ram BaghRambagh Garden is also a golden name.The garden has a fabulous look and architecture all belonging to Persian style and tradition. It is serenely located at the bank of river Yamuna again and served water from it.The most beautiful and demanding queen of  Mughal dynasty  Noor Jahan, wife of Jahangir, gave this garden a new and outstanding demanding look and beauty. 

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Jaipur

Jaipur also popularly known as the 'Pink City' is the capital and largest city of the Rajasthan Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. In 1876 Jaipur was colored in terracotta pink to welcome Prince Albert, and thus the name "Pink City" was attached with the city. Jaipur is one of the finest planned cities of India, located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan. Jaipur has some big and famous areas in India like Mansarovar, Vaishali Nagar, Sanganer, Jhotwada,Amba-Bari, Raja Park etc. At present, Jaipur is a major business centre with all requisites of a metropolitan city. In Jaipur there is a colony of 60 monkeys. The town of Jaipur is built in the form of an eight-part Mandala known as the 'Pithapada'. Nine signifies the nine planets of the ancient astrological zodiac. It is well known that Sawai Jai Singh II was a great astronomer and a town planner, and hence the 'Pithapada'. Also, the commercial shops are designed in multiples of nine (27), having one cross street for a planet. Jaipur district is a centre for both traditional and modern industries. It is famous as largest exporter of gold, diamond and stone jewelery in Asia and the only city finishing blue diamond, or tanzanite, in the world. Jaipur has a number of forts and monuments like Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Rambagh Palace, Central Museum, Albert Hall Museum. The city is dotted with beautiful gardens and parks.  Best Time To Visit: October to March. How to reach there:Jaipur International Airport is situated in its satellite town of Sanganer, at a distance of 10 km from city center and offers sporadic service to major domestic and international locations. The Terminal 1 is used for both international and domestic flights, while Terminal 2 is reserved for domestic carriers. Frequently, during winter, many flights for Indira Gandhi International Airport are diverted to Jaipur airport due to heavy fog in Delhi.The city of Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and is centrally located which is connected to all parts of Rajasthan and New delhi, Uttar pradesh, Haryana, Madhya pradesh, Gujarat.Jaipur is connected to Delhi and a number of towns within Rajasthan.

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Gwalior

  Gwalior is famous for Gwalior Fort. Gwalior is the fourth largest city of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior owes its name to a sage of former times. According to history, the original fort of Gwalior was founded by the Bargujar Kings. Many historical places are found near the Dabra-Bhitarwar Road. Gwalior fort also has the Gurudwara Data Bandi built in the memory of the sixth Sikh Guru Har Gobind. There is a Gurdwara that was converted to a mandir of "kalli devi" and process is on to take it back by sikhs. Gwalior is a well acknowledged place of art, associated with historic as well as contemporary evidence. Culturally Gwalior is the confluence of two rich cultures Bundeli and Braj. also known as city of Music. Tansen, born in Behat, trained in music at Vrindavan, served Raja Ramchandra Waghela of Bandhawgarh, then went to Agra under the patronage of Akbar. The Gwalior Gharana is one of the oldest Khayal Gharanas and one to which most classical Indian musicians can trace the origin of their style.  Gwalior Fort It is one of the biggest forts in India and historical records state that it was built in the 8th century. Known as 'The Pearl in the Necklace of the Forts of Hind' by the Mughal Emperor Babur, the fort attracts thousands of tourists every year. The fort was constructed in two parts; the first part constitutes the main fort that was built during the early rule of the Tomaras. Apart from this, other buildings present in the fort were constructed by Raja Man Singh Tomar for his queen, Mrignayani during the 15th century. Gwalior Fort is situated on an isolated rock, offering views of entire Gwalior town. Full of medieval architecture, the fort houses a number of historic buildings including Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal cum museum, Teli-ka-Mandir Temple and many others. To highlight the importance of this fort, the Indian Postal Service has issued a postage stamp with a picture of the fort. Spread across an area of about 3 sq km, the fort was constructed at a height of 100 metres above the city. Surrounded by walls of sandstone, the fort has three temples, six palaces and number of water tanks.  Phool Bagh Phool Bagh is situated within the vicinity of Gwalior Railway Station. Constructed by late Madho Rao Scindia, Phool Bagh comprises a residential palace and a museum along with other buildings. The garden was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1922 on his visit to Gwalior. Gwalior zoo along with a temple, a mosque and a Gurudwara are situated in the garden. Moreover, there is a Theosophical Lodge and a prayer place within the campus of Phool Bagh.   Suraj Kund Suraj Kund is a tank located in the Gwalior Fort. The kund was constructed in the 15th century though its history dates back to as early as 425 AD. Legend states that during this period a king named Suraj Sen went into the forest for hunting and was missing. The king asked for water from the sage Gwalipa, who lived in the forest. The sage asked him to climb a hill for water. The water of the tank cured his leprosy and as a token of gratitude to the sage, he constructed the Suraj tank and a temple. The local people still believe that the water in the tank has medicinal power. Beautiful surroundings and historical significance of the tank attract many devotees as well tourists every year. Hathi Pool is the main entrance of the Gwalior Fort. Also known as Hathiya Paur, the main gate offers direct entry to Man Mandir Palace, which was constructed by Man Singh. Hathi PoolPossessing a series of seven gates, Hathi Pool is the last gate of the fort. The gate received its name from the statue of a life-sized elephant, which was once made at the entrance to the gate. The huge gate built with stone on the south-east corner of the palace has cylindrical towers that are covered with cupola domes. Another belief behind the name of this gate is its huge size through which even elephants could pass. The gate can only be accessed after passing through six other gates of the fort. Besides Hathi Pool, another prominent gate used by travellers to enter the fort is the Badalgarh Gate.  Sas-Bahu Temple These temples are not dedicated to Sas (mother-in-law) and Bahu (daughter-in-law) but rather the short form of Shashtra Bahu, another name of Lord Vishnu. These temples situated adjacent to each other and the larger one is elaborately decorated with beautiful carvings and sculptures. The roof of the larger temple is adorned with a marvelous lotus carving which is very fascinating. These ancient temples display exceptional architectural brilliance and are a perfect destination for pious people.   Memorial of Tansen The Memorial of Tansen, also known as the 'Tomb of Tansen', is located in the vicinity of the tomb of Muhammad Ghaus. Surrounded by gardens, the tomb is has a typical Mughal architectural style. Buried in the tomb complex of Muhammad Ghaus, Tansen was a follower of the Sufi saint. He also learnt Hindustani classical music and several ragas from Muhammad Ghaus, his music teacher. Tansen was an exponent of the Dhrupad style and developed the Gwalior Gharana style. Apart from being a beautiful monument, the tomb also serves as a part of the living cultural heritage of Gwalior. A national level music festival is organized every year during the months of November and December at the tomb. Many emerging musicians and singers perform at the site during festivals and competitions.  Kala VithikaKala Vithika is one of the prominent museums housing ancient instruments of the great Indian masters of history. The museum also has many paintings and portraits displaying the rich culture and history of the city. Under the guidance of sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, the ancestral house of the legendary Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan has recently been converted into Sarod Ghar. Constructed by Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Memorial Trust, the museum is designed as per traditional Gwalior architecture.  Teli Ka Mandir Teli-ka-Mandir or the Oilman's Temple is situated within the Gwalior Fort. Historical evidence states that the temple was either constructed during the 8th century or 11th century. The temple is referred to as the oldest temple of the fort, which portrays a combination of South Indian and North Indian architectural styles. It is a 100 feet high temple, which has influence from both Buddhist and Hindu architectural styles. The temple was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu but was later converted to the worship of Lord Shiva. The entrance door has a torana or archway accompanied by beautifully decorated sculpted images. These include images of romantic couples, river goddesses, flower decoration and a Garuda. The structure of Garuda is the highest monument in the fort, which can be seen from a distance.  Gujari MahalThe 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his intrepid Gujar Queen, Mrignayani. Gujari Mahal is one of the palaces in Gwalior which has now been transformed into a museum. The palace was converted into a museum in 1922 and is known by the name of Central Archaeological Museum. Housing 28 galleries and around 6,000 artefacts, the museum is known for its collection of sculptures, coins, pottery, terracotta, paintings, inscriptions and weapons. The museum possesses antiques from the 2nd century to at least 300 years ago. It was built on demand of the queen that she needed a separate palace for herself with regular water supply. For fulfilling the same, the structure was constructed near the Rai River. The collection provides evidences that fifteen among the thirty one great singers of the country, including Tansen, learnt classical singing in this mahal. The museum is also popular for a huge collection of photographs including the Bagh Cave paintings and monuments of India.  Man Mandir PalaceMan Mandir Palace was constructed by Man Singh Tomar between the years 1486-1517. The palace was ruled by various rulers such as Kachwaha Rajputs, Qutubiddin Aibawk, the Tomaras, Mughals, Marathas, the British and the Scindias. This palace is also known as Chit Mandir or Painted Palace. It is constructed in four levels, out of which two are underground. The palace is an 80 feet high structure, which has six rounded towers with cupolas. The circular prison within the palace witnessed imprisonment and murder of Murad, who was killed by his brother Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor. Jhulagar, Kesar Kunda and Phansi Ghar are the prominent structural premises, which were used during the Mughal era. Influenced by both Hindu and medieval architecture, the exteriors of the palace are decorated with designed tiles. The chambers are decorated with carved stone walls. The interiors of the palace are designed with coloured paintings of human figures, animals and flowers and glazed tiles. Jauhar Kund Jauhar Kund is one of the prominent attractions, which is built within the Gwalior Fort. Besides palaces and temples, many tanks were built in the Gwalior Fort. The surroundings and the design of the tanks were made as per medieval architecture. For maintaining adequate water supply in the fort, the tanks were constructed near the water sources such as rivers, tributaries, water streams and lakes. Mansarovar Tal, Gangola Tal, KatoraTal, EkKhambha Tal, Rani Tal and Chedi Tal are the various tanks built within the fort. According to history, Jauhar Kund is the tank where Rajput women of the harem committed Jauhar or suicide, when the place was attacked by Iltumash. After the defeat of the King of Gwalior in 1232, the women of the region carried out mass sati or self-immolation around the tank.   Tomb of Ghous Mohammed The tomb of Ghous Mohammed is a prominent sightseeing attraction located in the old town of Hazira. Legend states that the tomb belongs to Ghous Mohammed, the Afghan prince, who later turned into a Sufi saint. According to history, the prince also helped Babur in acquiring the Gwalior Fort. Constructed in the 16th century, the tomb originally belonged to the time of Akbar. An example of Mughal architecture, the screens of the monument have been carved and developed using the pierced stone technique. The tomb has number of chhatris that are covered with blue tiles. Moreover, the walls feature intricate carvings and latticework. The Tomb of Ghous Mohammed is situated near the neighbouring tomb, which belongs to Tansen, a great composer and singer. Apart from being a prominent Sufi Shattari exponent and author, the Mohammed was also the spiritual mentor of Tansen.Dev Kho Dev Kho is located at a distance of around 16 km from Gwalior. Owing to its natural beauty, the place is a habitat of numerous species of birds and wild animals. Dev Kho is also popular for a temple of Lord Shiva, which is situated on a hillock. It can be easily reached by road with the availability of taxis from the city. Chhatris of Scindia DynastyThe Chhatris of Scindia Dynasty are one of the prominent tourist attractions and is located in the Chhatri Bazar. Possessing various chhatris of the Scindia dynasty, these are famous for their architecture and beautiful structure. Apart from others, the Chhatris of Jivaji Rao Scindia, Daulat Rao Scindia and Janko ji Rao Scindia are well known. These chhatris preserve the beauty of the medieval period and are decorated with stone carvings of elephants, horses and tigers.  Jai Vilas Mahal Jai Vilas Mahal is a huge and beautiful palace constructed in the European style. The 25 rooms of the palace have been converted into the museum. The museum is one of the largest in Madhya Pradesh and has the worlds largest chandelier and the complex reflective the mixture of the British as well as Hindu architecture.This standing Italianate structure is a combination of Tuscan and Corinthian architectural styles. Designed by Lt. Col. Sir Michael Filose, the palace was constructed by Maharaja Jivaji Rao Scindia in 1809. The palace also has historic swords, which were once worn by Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan during their ruling period. At present, some parts of the palace are occupied by the Scindia family. Gurudwara Data Bandi ChhodGurudwara Data Bandi Chhod is a memorial constructed in the memory of Guru Hargobind Sahib, the 6th Sikh Guru. History states that Guru Hargobind Sahib was imprisoned in the premises by Jehangir for over two years. During the time of release of the guru, he also wanted 52 Hindu kings, who were his fellow prisoners, to be released. Built inside the Gwalior Fort, the Gurudwara was constructed in 1970. Made up of marble and colourful stained glass exteriors, the Gurudwara is one of the significant Sikh pilgrimage sites.Sun TempleSurya Mandir, also known as Sun Temple, is the replica of the famous Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Dedicated to the Sun god, the temple is situated near the residency at Morar, and is one of the pilgrimage places in the region. The temple was constructed by G.D. Birla, the famous industrialist of India in 1988. Surya Mandir is constructed using red sand stone and white marble. The exterior of the temple is decorated with red sand stone while the interiors present a perfect white marble work. The exteriors of the temple are also decorated with numerous stone carved images depicting various Hindu gods. Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi BaiThe Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bai is located in the complex of Phool Bagh. Virangana Lakshmi Bai is a well known freedom fighter, who fought against the British for the freedom of the princely state, Jhansi. For paying tribute and respect to the Rani, an eight metalled tall statue of Rani Lakshmi Bai has been installed within the garden. In her honour and memory, every year a fair is organised in Gwalior on 18th June. Dargah Khwaja Kanoon Sahib Dargah Khwaja Kanoon Sahib was built in the memory of Khwaja Kanoon Sahib Nagauri. He was a resident of Marwad and arrived in Gwalior during 1481. His full name was Saiyed Saiyeeduddin Kanoon Rehmat Ullah Aleh chishtiya, which is carved on the dome of the Dargah. Known as Khwaja Kanoon, Hazrat Khwaja Kanoon Sahib died in 940 Hijri, the Islamic Calendar. It is believed that visiting the Dargah for regularly 40 days fulfils all the desires.  Best Time To Visit: October to March. How to reach there:Gwalior is connected with regular flights from Delhi & Bhopal.Gwalior is connected by regular bus service with Agra, Mathura, Jaipur, Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bhopal, Chanderi, Indore, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Rewa, Jabalpur, Ujjain and Shivpuri.Gwalior is on the Central Railway's main Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai lines. Among other major trains, the Shatabdi and the Taj Express connect Gwalior with Delhi and Agra daily.+ 

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Ujjain

Visit vibrant and the holy city of Malwa region situated on the banks of the river Shipra,. Ujjain is the modern name for Ujjayini (one who conquers with pride). Ujjayini was the capital of the Avanti Kingdom and is one of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) of the Hindus, and the Kumbh Mela religious festival is held there every 12 years. It is also home to Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines to the god Shiva and is also the place where Lord Krishna got education with Balarama and Sudama from Maharshi Sandipani. According to the legends river Shipra that flows across Ujjain is regarded to have its originated due to the churning of the gods and goddess. Ujjain was a major centre of mathematical and astronomical research. Chintaman Ganesh Temple:The ancient temple of Chintaman Ganesh has an idol of Ganesh with Siddhi and Riddhi, his two consorts, on either side of the idol. The carved pillars built as support of the assembly hall can be traced back to the Paramara period. The deity here is addressed as Chintaharan Ganesh, which means 'the assurer of freedom from worldly anxieties'. Bhartrihari Caves:The Bhartrihari Caves are situated on the bank of River Shipra, adjacent to the temple of Gadkalika. It is believed to be the place where Bhartrihari, the step brother of Vikramaditya, have lived and meditated after renouncing worldly life. His famous works, Shringarshataka, Vairagyashataka, and Nitishataka, were possibly written here. Named after the famous sage 'Bhatrihari', the caves stand as testimony to the traditional wealth of India. Pir Matsyendranath:Pre-Islamic India held peers and saints with great respect and it is believed that they have attained spiritual awareness through stern atonement. Matsyendra, a peer belonged to the Natha sect of Saivism lived in the outskirts of Ujjain, and Pir Matsyendranath dedicated to the memory of this great leader. The Hindus and the Muslims of Ujjain equally revere an exceptionally attractive shrine on the banks of the Shipra, Pir Matsyendranath. Excavations at this site have revealed some antiques, which date back to the 6th and 7th century BC. Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir:Situated near the tank of the Mahakaleshwar Temple, Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir holds a colossal statue of the elephant-headed God. The elephant head of the deity signifies wisdom, discretion and foresight that the Hindus attribute to divinity. In the center of the Ganeshji temple, there lies an exceptional statue of Hanuman, a deity of devotion and belief. What makes this deity so unique is the fact that Hanuman is depicted here with five faces, which symbolises courage, loyalty, devotion, strength, and righteousness. An important centre for learning, Bade Ganeshji Temple imparts knowledge in the field of astrology and Sanskrit. Kaliadeh Palace:Situated on an island in the river Shipra was built in the year 1458 AD by the Sultans of Mandu. The palace was demolished at the time of the Pindaris and was restored to its former glory by Madhav Rao Scindia in 1920. The central hall, which is surrounded with galleries, presents a classic example of Persian architecture. Once a hall of fame, this majestic monument holds two Persian inscriptions, which states about the visit of Akbar and Jahangir. The river flowing on both sides of the palace, along with some man-made tanks and channels, forms a beautiful backdrop. Veda Shala:Ujjain enjoyed a place of prominence in the field of astronomy in Ancient India. One of the existing examples of the astronomical advancement of the city, during those times, is explicit in the form of the 'Veda Shala'. It was built by the Rajput King, Jai Singh II and is one of the many observatories of India. The place houses ancient astronomical devices that make it a fascinating storehouse of antique relics. This observatory is still in use and is also a major site of various astronomical studies and research. Harsiddhi Temple:An ancient shrine of Ujjain and one of the most famous 'Shaktipeeths' all over India, this temple enshrines a vermilion colored idol of Goddess 'Annapurna', placed between the images of Goddess Laxmi and Goddess Saraswati. According to mythology, this is the place where Goddess Sati's elbow fell while Shiva carried away her burning body from the sacrificial fire. The place today is a famous religious shrine of the Hindus. Apart from its cosmic manifestations, the place also exhibits the finery of Maratha artistry in its architectural style. Gadkalika Temple:Situated about 2 miles from Ujjain, Gadkalika temple is located near the Bhartrihari Caves. This ancient temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kaali. It is believed that the poet Kalidasa worshipped the image of Kaali present in this shrine. The temple was renovated by the Indian emperor Harshavardhana, in the 7 AD, and later by the Parmers. In modern times, the temple has undergone some amount of refurbishing, under the erstwhile Gwalior state. Gopal Mandir:Dedicated to lord Krishna, Gopal Temple in Ujjain presents a classic example of Maratha architecture. Built in the 19th century, by Bayajibai Shinde, this huge temple is placed in the middle of a big market. Its strategic position in the heart of the city attributes the popularity of the temple. This temple is a marble-spired structure and the deity's two feet tall statue is placed on a marble-inlaid altar with silver-plated doors. The door in the inner sanctum is the same door, which had been carried away by Ghazni from the Somnath temple. Mahadji Scindia recovered the door and now it has been installed in this temple. Navagraha Mandir:Located on the Triveni Ghat of the Shipra River, the Navagraha Mandir is a little away from the old site of Ujjaini Town. The temple is dedicated to nine planets, attracting huge crowds on full moon days, especially those which fall on Saturdays. Lately, the religious significance of the place has increased. Gomti Kund:The legendary place where Lord Krishna believed to have summoned the holy rivers from all the pilgrim centres so that his old Guru can peacefully do all the rituals. Gomti Kund is a steeped water tank, which situates near to the Sandipani Ashram. Sandipani ashram bears references in the Vedas and Puranas and excavations held here revealed 3,000 years old painted artifacts, which show that this was a significant place from ancient days. One among the oldest holy spot, Gomati Kund is the perennial source of water supply to the Ashram. Mahakaleshwara Temple:The temple of Mahakaleshwara with its soaring shikhara dominates the skyline and life of Ujjain. Here, the god Shiva reigns eternal and the lingam at Mahakaleshwara, one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India, is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself), deriving its shakti or power, from within itself. Yet another unique feature of this majestic shrine is the idol which faces the south, a positioning upheld by tantric traditions and found only in Mahakaleshwara among the 12 jyotirlingas. The idol of Omkareshwara Shiva is consecrated in the sanctum above the Mahakal shrine and the images of Ganesh, Parvati and Kartikeya are in the west, north and east of the sanctum sanctorum. To the south is Shiva's bull steed, Nandi. Every Mahashivratri, in the month of March, fair held near the temple. Kaliadeh Palace:The Kaliadeh Temple is located on the banks of the River Shipra and is the most visited sites of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is like an isle that is separated by a small stretch of water that makes it look more elegant. Kaliadeh Palace is located in an island-like setting on the Shipra River. The landscape provides a glorious backdrop to this imposing building. Constructed in 1458, the Kaliadeh Palace has 52 tanks that river water is diverted through to create cooling breezes. The central dome of the palace is an excellent example of Persian architecture.Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year How to reach there:Nearest airport is at Indore (55 km) which is connected by flights with Delhi, Bhopal and Mumbai.Regular bus services connect Ujjain with Indore, Bhopal, Ratlam, Gwalior, Mandu, Dhar and Omkareshwar.Ujjain is connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Kolkata, Chennai & Cochin.

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Indore

Indore is one of the major cities in India, the largest city and commercial center of the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. Indore is also known as "Mini Mumbai" due to diverse population of Marathis, Sindhis, South Indians, Punjabi, Marwaris, Rajasthanis along with the local population. Indore reflects lot of similarities of Mumbai, dense crowd, shopping style, food and entertainment that is why Indore is sometimes referred as Mini Mumbai by local people only. It is also the financial centre of the state and serves as the headquarters of both Indore District and Indore Division. It is also called Ahilya nagari. Indore has a wide variety of Namkeens and it is believed that it is the only city in the world who make 100 types of Namkeens, Poha & Jalebi, Chaats (snacks), Kachoris and Samosas, cuisines of various types in different restaurants, and Bengali, Muslim,mugalp,, Rajasthani, continental and confectionery sweets, as well as dishes such as Dal-Bafla. Chokhi DhaniChokhi Dhani and Nakhrali Dhani are Rajasthani heritage resorts on the outskirts of Indore. These resorts are given the appearance of a Rajasthani village in India. The villages provide people the precise atmosphere of the village, along with the modern day facilities and entertainment. Indore MuseumIndore Museum, which is popularly known as Central Museum, is located near the General Post Office in Indore. The artefacts exhibited in the museum range from the prehistoric to the modern era. Museum has two galleries, out of which Gallery I houses all the artefacts from prehistoric period of Madhya Pradesh ranging from 5,000 to 4,000 BC. This gallery also holds exhibits from western Malwa, which includes stone tools, quartz sickles, ornaments and items of domestic use. The Gallery II of this museum contains the exhibit of Hindu mythological carvings. Main highlight of the museum is collection of coins, arms and armour. Exhibit in the museum also contains sculptures, which date back to 11th and 12th century. ChhatrisThe Maratha Rulers were skilled in the field of architecture. An exquisite example of their architectural style comprise of the Chattris of Indore. Chhatri Bagh is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Indore, which is known for its permanent canopies. These canopies are built in the memory of the royal members of the Holkar Dynasty. Each chhatri is built on the burial site of the Holkar king or queen. The chhatri primarily comprises a dome shaped cenotaphs with pyramidal spires on the top. During night, this park draws attention of numerous tourists, as the chhatris are illuminated and the fountain at artificial lake starts operating. Lal Bagh PalaceLal Baag Palace is one of the most spectacular buildings in Indore. It stands on the outskirts of the town, towards the southwest. It is a three storey building on the bank of the River Khan. The palace was built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar during 1886-1921. Spread over an area of 11,3311.98 sq. m, this palace holds exhibit of prehistoric artefacts. The first floor of the palace holds display of coin collection, which dates back to Muslim period. This palace also houses exhibits of contemporary Indian and Italian paintings. The interiors of the palace are similar to that of Versailles Palace and features Italian marble columns, chandeliers, flying nymphs on the ceiling and Belgium stained glass windows. This palace houses a ballroom, which has wooden floor mounted on springs for extra bounce. The entrance gates of this palace are a replica of the gates of Buckingham Palace. These gates carry the emblem of Holkar state, which states 'He who tries will succeed'. Kanch MandirThe Kanch Mandir, as the name suggests, is a temple which is entirely made up of glass and mirrors. It is also known as the Seth Hukamchand Temple, as it was built by the "Cotton King" Sir Hukamchand Seth in the early 20th century. It is primarily a Jain temple and is a wonder in glass. This beautiful temple is a sacred place among people of Jain religious community, as the idol of Lord Mahavira, who was the founder of Jainism, is the presiding deity in the temple. Made from black onyx, the idol of Lord Mahavira is adorned with colourful glass beads. The temple is entirely made of glass including the walls, ceiling, floor, pillars and doors. Along with mirrors, patterned ceramic tiles are also used for decorating the temple. RajwadaRajwada is the historical palace of the Holkars. It was built about two centuries ago and is located near the Chhatris in the main square. It is a seven storied structure, which serves as the living example of the grandeur of the Holkars. ut of the seven floors of this palace, lower three floors are built of stone while the rest four are made of wood. Rajwada stands in the centre of the city. The palace comprises two structures, one of which is located in the centre of the city, while the other lies in the old part of the city. This historic palace was burnt three times in the past and was finally converted into a garden. In 2006, Maharani of Indore, H.H. Usha Devi Holkar, ordered the reconstruction of this palace in the same old style. Efforts have been made to reincarnate the beauty of the palace. Today, the palace is used for holding art exhibitions and classical music concerts. Gandhi Hall - Town HallThe Town Hall or Mahatma Gandhi Hall is one of the prettiest buildings in Indore city of India. Built in 1904, it was originally named King Edward Hall. In 1948, it was renamed as Mahatma Gandhi Hall. It has a remarkable Indo-Gothic structure and is made in Seoni stone. Its splendid domes and steeples are the landmark of the Indore city. It has a clock tower in front and is popularly known as Ghanta Ghar. The central hall can accommodate 2000 people at a time and is the venue of book, painting exhibitions and fairs throughout the year. The building also has a library, children's park and a temple. Nehru ParkIt is the oldest park in Indore, located centrally. Built by the Britons, it was earlier known as Biscow Park and was open only to British before independence. After independence, it was renamed as Nehru Park. The park has a variety of roses and offers facilities like library, swimming pool, children's hobby centre, a mini train and battery operated cars. PatalpaniCascading waterfalls from a height of 200 - 300 feet make for an awesome picnic spot at Patalpani. The picturesque and calm ambience around the waterfalls set amidst lush greenery is worth a visit. The depth of the pool that is formed by the waterfall is considered to be so deep that it goes into the netherworld, thus the name- Patalpani. Ganesh temple/ KhajranaKhajrana Ganesha Temple, which was built by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar, is a pious destination among Hindu devotees. Devotees throng this temple on Wednesdays and Sundays for offering prayers. As per a local belief, all the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled, once they worship in this temple. One of the major festivals celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha is Vinayaka Chaturthi. In August and September every year, a fair is held in the region of Khajrana. The main focus of this fair is the Khajrana Ganesha Temple.Best Time To Visit: October to March. How to reach there:Indore is connected with Bhopal, Delhi and Mumbai.Indore is connected by bus with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Gwalior, Mandu, Maheshwar, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Sanchi and Vidisha.Indore is on the Western railway and is connected with major Indian cities.

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Bhopal

Bhopal is the Capital of the India state Madhya Pradesh. Being that important city for the Political & Official Purpose for state residents, It is also emerged as a popular tourist city. M.P. Tourism developed many tourist attractions in & around Bhopal. There are a lot of points to visit in Bhopal. Attractions of Bhopal ;TAJ-UL-MASAJIDThe Taj-ul-Masajid is one of the largest mosques in Asia, built by Nawab Shahjehan Begum around a courtyard with a large tank in the centre and with an imposing double storeyed gate-way with 4 recessed archways and 9 imposing cusped multifoiled openings in the main prayer hall. The Quibla wall in the prayer hall is carved with 11 recessed arches, while the mimber is made of black basalt.The structure is enlivened by the limpid expanse of water in the tank outside the northern wall. The monumentality of this structure was much greater originally when it faced the towering bastions of the Fatehgarh Fort. A three-day Ijtima congregation held here annually draws people from all over the country. JAMA MASJIDGold spikes crown the minarets of this beautiful mosque built in 1837 by Kudsia Begum. MOTI MASJIDArchitecturally akin to Delhi's Jama Masjid, this imposing mosque was built by Sikander Jehan, daughter of Kudsia Begum, in 1860. SHAUKAT MAHAL AND SADAR MANZILSituated at the entrance to the Chowk area in the heart of the walled city, Shaukat Mahal is an architectural curiosity. Its mixture of styles in Occidental idioms sets it apart from the predominantly Islamic architecture of the area. It was designed by a Frenchman, said to be a descendent of an offshoot of the Bourbon Kings of France. Post Renaissance and Gothic styles are combined to charming effect here. Nearby is the elegant once-opulent Sadar Manzil, Hall of Public Audience, of the former rulers of Bhopal. GOHAR MAHALSituated behind Shaukat Mahal on the banks of the Upper Lake is Gohar Mahal, which is an architectural gem dating back to the times of Kudsia Begum, also known as Gohar Begum, who built this sprawling palace in 1820. The Mahal is a magnificent expression of the fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture. BHARAT BHAWANOne of the most unique national institutes in India, Bharat Bhawan is a centre for the performing and visual arts. Designed by renowned architect, Charles Correa, the contours of Bharat Bhawan merge in exquisite harmony with the landscape creating a visual impact of spacious and natural elegance. The centre houses a museum of the arts, an art gallery, a workshop for fine arts, a repertory theater, indoor and outdoor auditoria, a rehearsal room and libraries of Indian poetry, classical and folk music. Open from 2 pm to 8 pm every day except Mondays. INDIRA GANDHI RASHTRIYA MANAV SANGRAHALAYA (A POST COLONIAL MUSEUM)The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind) is a unique Museum, spread over 200 acres of undulating land on the Shamla Hills on the Upper Lake front. It is situated in a prehistoric site and may be the only museum in the world strewn with numerous prehistoric painted rock shelters. It is a post-colonial museum of communities rather than objects, dedicated to in situ revitalisation of local knowledge systems and life enhancing traditions rather than ex situ display of objects. It is engaged in recollection rather than collection. The museum display has been curated directly by the folk and tribal communities, camping at site, to create a miniature presentation of Indian folk ways through display of eco-specific habitations & subsistence practices in the tribal, coastal, desert, and Himalayan habitats. The library, audio-visual archive, computerised documentation and the collection of ethnographic specimens in the Museum, though modest in size are among the best in the world. GOVERNMENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMA fine collection of sculptures are on display here from various parts of Madhya Pradesh. Highlights of the collection are: paintings of various schools, copies of paintings from the Bagh caves near Mandu and the statues of Alakshmi and the Buddha. The museum is closed on Mondays. LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE AND MUSEUMThis beautiful temple on the Arera Hills has a Museum attached to it which houses a collection of sculptures from Raisen, Sehore, Mandsaur and Shahdol districts of Madhya Pradesh. The museum is open from 9am to 5pm every day except Mondays. VAN VIHARThis safari-park is located on a hill adjacent to the Upper Lake, with an area of 445 hectares. In these natural surroundings, wildlife watchers can view a variety of herbivorous and carnivorous species. Open everyday, except Friday, (Timings: 1st April to 30 September, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and 01 October to 31 March, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM) REGIONAL SCIENCE CENTREBasically a science museum, located on the picturesque Shamala Hills, Regional Science Centre houses about 300 participatory exhibits distributed equally in 'Invention' & 'Fun Science' galleries, and a 'taramandal' (Planetarium).The museum remains open from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm on all days except Mondays. UPPER AND LOWER LAKESThe Upper Lake is divided from the Lower Lake by an overbridge. M. P. Tourism's Boat Club on the Upper Lake provides facilities for exciting trips by sail, paddle and motor boats. Best Time To Visit: Whole the year.  How to reach there:Regular flights connect Bhopal with Delhi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore and Mumbai.Regular bus services connect Bhopal with Indore(186 km), Mandu(285 km), Ujjain(188 km), Khajuraho (383 km), Pachmarhi(195 km), Gwalior(423 km), Sanchi(46 km), Jabalpur(295 km) and Shivpuri(311 km).Bhopal is on the Delhi-Chennai main line. Major trains going from Mumbai to Delhi via Itarsi and Jhansi also go through Bhopal.

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Jabalpur

Jabalpur often called as Sanskaardhaani is one of the major cities of india situated in the Mahakaushal region of state of Madhya Pradesh. Jabalpur is the birthplace of snooker, a historic heart of Hindi literature movement and a prominent regional education hub. It is also a major cultural-spiritual center being the birthplace of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Osho Rajneesh. Jabalpur is also famous for an eroded volcanic rock formations called Balancing Rock. These Vaishnav and Shaiva temples in Jabalpur were the first temples in India to be opened to the Harijan. Jabalpur is the major railhead nearest to Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench Tiger Resort. Jabalpur also famous for a 76 feet (23 m) high Lord Shiva statue which houses a cavern with replicas of Shivalingam from 12 important holy shrines of Lord Shiva all over the country. In the city, there is a museum which houses a fine collection of Sculptures, Inscriptions and Prehistoric Relics. Bargi Dam situated on river Narmada in Jabalpur. The Chausath-Yogini temple is situated atop a hill rock and approached by a long flight of steps. Dedicated to Lord Shiva. MADAN MAHAL FORTAn important landmark of Jabalpur, the Madan Mahal Fort was built in 1116 by the famous Gond king Madan Shah. The fort, situated on a hilly terrain to the west of the city, provides a picturesque view of the nearby areas. Madan Mahal Fort offers some enthralling views of the low-lying vistas below. Atypical of ancient forts, this edifice does not display any ornamental artwork or sculptured embellishments. Rani Durgavati Memorial and MuseumBuilt in the year 1964, to commemorate Queen Durgavati, Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum is a storehouse of various treasured relics. The museum is home to precious miscellanies like ancient sculptures and rare manuscripts. Antique idols of Gods and Goddesses that dates back to the 10th century are also preserved in the place. A section of the museum is completely set aside, to store objects and artifacts related to the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Pisan Hari Jain Temples/ Pisan Hari Ka MandirThis cluster of ancient Jain temples, believed to be nearly 150 years old, is set atop a hillock, 7 km from the city of Jabalpur. Located near the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, these temples owe their name to a poor lady. The word 'Pisan' in Hindi means 'to grind'. It is believed that the lady initiated the construction of the temples, with the money earned from milling flour. Today, the temples form a major tourist attraction of Jabalpur, mainly because of their beauty and religious connotation. Sangram Sagar and BajnamathAbout 15 km from Jabalpur are located the medieval constructions of Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath, which were built between 1480 and 1540 by the famous Gond King, Sangram Shah. Their imposing stance is worth a sight. Aquatic birds like red crested pochards, coots and pin-tailed ducks waddle in the nearby Sangram Sagar Lake and add to the attraction of the place. Chausat Yogini TemplePositioned at the top of a hill and approached by a long stairway, Chausat Yogini Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple, with its elevated location, offers some breathtaking views of the Narmada River and the marble-crowned landscape. This 10th century temple has deftly carved stone idols of Hindu deities, belonging to the Kalchuri period. According to legends, it has a secret underground passageway that links to Queen Durgavati's palace. Tilwara GhatIt is here that Mahatma Gandhi/'s ashes are said to have been immersed. It sites on the holy bank of the Narmada and was also the venue of the open session of the Tripuri Congress in 1939. An ancient Mahadev temple (Tilwadeshwar) is located here and draws many visitors to the place. Some of its nearby attractions include Mala Devi Mandir, Pariyat Tank, Bargi Dam, Lamheta Ghat and Roopnath Lingam. MALA DEVI TEMPLEThe Mala Devi Temple was built in the 12th century, and houses a beautiful image of Mala Devi or Laxmi.Best Time To Visit: October to March. How to reach there:Jabalpur is connected with regular flights from Delhi & Bhopal.Jabalpur is connected by regular bus services with Bhopal, Indore, Satna, Raipur and Nagpur among other places.Jabalpur is on the Mumbai-Howrah (via Allahabad) main line. All mail, express and passenger trains halt.

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Amarkantak

Amarkantak is one of the most sacred place in central India region. One of the most sacred River " The Narmada" starts its journey from this place. Amarkantak - The one with the voice of God) is a pilgrim town. Also called "Teerthraj" (the king of pilgrimages). Amarkantak region is a unique natural heritage where the Vindhyas and the Satpuras meet with the Maikal Hills. And where the Narmada River, the Sone River and Johila River emerge. Sone gets its name from gold as gold dust is found in the water of Sone.Sightseeing Places: Narmadakund and templesAt the place of origin of Narmada River there is an open pool known as Narmadakund. Around this kund there are number of temples such as Narmada and Shiva temple, Kartikey temple, Shri Ram Janki temple, Annapurna temple, Guru Gorakhnath temple, Sri Shuryanarayan temple, Vangeshwar Mahadev temple, Durga temple, Shiv Pariwar, Siddheswar Mahadev temple, Sri Radha Krishna temple, Eleven Rudra temple etcDudh Dhara FallsAmarkantak is a place where the glittering streams exhilarate the visitors with its gushing waters. There are several places within the shaded coverage of the woody region where Narmada turns in to brawny surge of water that loosens itself from hectic heights transform into an audacious river.Mai Ki BaghiyaMai ki Bagiya is one of the prettiest locations in Amarkantak. Literally Bagiya means orchards and Mai ki Bagiya is a lovely stretch of trees, which is believed to be the playground of River Narmada. Legend has it that mother Narmada used to pluck flowers from this garden A natural garden with wid. A grove of trees in dense forests situated at a distance of one km from Narmadakund is named "Mai ki Bagiya" in honour of the goddess Narmada. In this natural garden there are Mango, Banana and other fruit trees along with Gulbakavli, roses and other flower plants.Sonemuda Sonemuda is the place of origin of Sone River. It is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from Narmadakund at the very edge of Maikal Mountain. The Sone River cascades from the mountain in a waterfall hundreds of feet long. From the viewing platform facing east, there is a panorama of forested hills and valleys. According to Megasthanes and other Aryan writers the river Sone gets its name from gold as gold dust is found in the water of Sone.Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev (the temple of Shiva)The Jwaleshwar temple and the source of origin of the third river Juhila River is situated at a distance of 8 km from Amarkantak on Shahdol road. According to 'Vindhya Vaibhav' Lord Shiva himself established a Shivling here and also scattered crores of other Shivlings over Maikal Mountain. According to puranic traditions a rectangular area containing crores of Shivlings is known as 'Maha Rudra Meru' and is the abode of lord Shiva himself. There are only two 'Maha Rudra Meru' places Varanasi and Amarkantak. Lord Shiva and Parvati live here because of this special spiritual quality.Kabir chabutra (the platform of saint Kabir)It is an old belief that the great saint Kabir performed austerities here and achieved spiritual powers. It is therefore a holy place for the Kabir panth sect. The local people, the Panikas, consider Kabir Chabutara as one of the holiest places of the Kabirpanthis because Sant Kabir spent many years here in meditation. There is also a Kabir waterfall here.Ancient temples of Kalachuri periodThe ancient temples of Kalachuri period are situated in the south of Narmadakund just behind it. These were built by Kalachuri Maharaja Karnadeva (1042-1072 AD).Shri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain TempleThe world's biggest ashtadathu Jain idol of Bhagawan Adinatha The new temple is being built at Amarkantak is similar to the Aksharadhama temple of Gujarat. The ashtadathu idol of Bhagawan Adinatha measuring about 24 ft (7.3 m) in height and weighing 28,000 kilograms will be installed on the Kamala Simhasan made of ashtadathu weighing around 24,000 kilograms. The temple measuring around 144 feet (44 m) height, 424 feet (129 m) length and 111 feet (34 m) width will be constructed here.  Shree Sarvoday Digamber Jain Mandir, Amarkantak is situated at a hill station of Madhya Pradesh from where the largest river of western India Narmada gets started. Param Pujya Aacharya Shree Vidyasagarji Maharajaji's one of the important "Atishay Kshetra" Temple is gating its shape at Amatkantak. a very huge temple of India designed by Shree C.B.Sompura is made with the use of 225,000 cubic feet (6,400 m3) of Bansipahadpur's pink sand stone.Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year. How to reach there:Nearest airports are Jabalpur (228 km.) and Raipur (230 km).Amarkantak is connected by regular bus service with Shahdol, Umaria, Jabalpur, Rewa, Bilaspur, Anuppur and Pendra Road.The nearest rail head is Pendra Road (42 km) on the Katni - Bilaspur section of the South-Eastern Railway. 

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most famous National Park of India. It is also known for the white tigers long ago. Bandhavgarh is having the highest density of the Bengal Tigers known in the world. The Park comes in Umaria District of Madhya Pradesh state.  Bandhavgarh is also the home of many species like, Gaur, Deer, Beer , Bison, Wild cats, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Nilgai & many more. It is almost sure to have the sighting of the wild animals whenever you drive through the jungle. How to Book a Jungle Safari at Bandhavgarh You are provided a open gypsy for the jungle ride. you should have a valid National Park Entry Ticket to enter into the park. the ticket can be obtain from the gate of the National park or can be booked by the online facility provided by the M.P. Government by the online portal ' www.mponline.gov.in/forest ' . Here one can book the safari ticket easily by making online payment to be sure about the ticket. As now there are very limited tickets offered by the Forest Dept. of M.P. for the conservation of the Wildlife. The Zones:M.P. Forest Dept. distributed the Jungle area on the zones. The Bandhavgarh National Park is segregated by 3 Zones which are, Tala, Magadhi & Khitauli Zones. Tala zone is declared as the premium zone by the forest dept.  Activities in Bandhavgarh Jungle Safari by the Gypsy Elephant Ride.Village Tour.Tribal Dance at resort.Nature Walk with the help of resort management.Places to VisitThe ForestBandhavgarh FortShesh Shaiya ( The Vishnu Idol) Museum Village Around the Park. Best Time to Visit :The Bandhavgarh National Park opens from 15th Oct. to 31st June Every year. The dates may be wary as per the forest dept. guidelines and instructions.  

Bhedaghat

Bhedaghat is a major attraction of Madhya Pradesh.  It is located 25 Kms on west side of the Jabalpur City. Bhedaghat became precious tourist point because of the Smoky waterfall of the River Narmada which is also known as "The Dhua Dhar Jalprapat'. The Marble Rocks adds icing in the cake to this tourist point. Bhedaghat is a major source of quality marble and comes in a very few places for the availability of the Marbles. The River flows between the Marble rocks creates an awesome view and gives a memorable experience of its own kind. For experiencing this beauty the "Boat Ride" Between the marble rocks on River Narmada is most easy way to enjoy the Paradise. Tourist Attractions:Dhuandhar WaterfallMarble RocksChausath Yogini TempleBandar KoodniBest Time To Visit: November to May. How to reach there:Jabalpur (23 km) is the nearest airport connected to Bhopal & Delhi with regular flights.Frequent buses, tempos and taxis are available from Jabalpur.Jabalpur, on the Mumbai-Howrah (via Allahabad) main line, is the main railhead. All mail, express and passenger trains halt here.

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Bargi Dam

Bargi Dam is one of the first completed Dam out of the chain of 30 major dams to be constructed on Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh. Two major irrigation projects, named Bargi Diversion Project and Rani Avantibai Lodhi Sagar Project, have been developed by Bargi Dam. The Narmada is the largest river in Madhya Pradesh, flowing towards the west and falling in the Arabian Sea. Its total length is 1312 km of which it covers 1072 km in Madhya Pradesh. The dam construction work started in 1974 and was completed in 1990. The height of the dam is 69 m and length 5.4 km. A lake of about 75 km in length and 4.5 km width. Also due to the Dam waters, a number of birds are spotted in and around the Dam area. The main attraction of Bargi Dam and the surrounding area is the calm that the water provides by introducing a soothing feeling in oneself.Considering the tourism potential of this dam, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) has encouraged water sports in Bargi dam. For accommodation, MP Tourism has its hotel and restaurant in Bargi Dam. Here no other restaurant or hotel for accommodation is available.Activities at Bargi Dam :M.P. State Tourism Board developed this area for Tourism & Water sports activity center. One can enjoy the boat rides, Speed boat ride, And Cruise Boat Ride. Cruise Ride at Bargi DamTiming: 10.00 am to 6.00 pmCharges: Rs. 90/-per head (Adult) & Rs.45Cruise Ride - Bargi MandlaTiming: 07.00 Hrs : Leave Kalchuri Residency, Jabalpur by Madhya Pradesh tourism bus for Bargi08.00 Hrs : Leave Bargi by Narmada Queen09.00 Hrs : Breakfast on board13.00 Hrs : Lunch on board15.00 Hrs : Arrive at Tindani (Mandla) at Madhya Pradesh tourist motel15.30 Hrs : Tea and Snacks at Tourist Motel16.00 Hrs : Departure for Kanha (67 km) by road Package : Rs. 1500/- per personMinimum amount Rs. 30,000 (20 persons)DJ Music on BoardAC Restaurant Note – Minimum 7 days notice required/- (child) 

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Bhimbetika

The sprawling caves of Bhimbetka (2405'N and 76045'E) are located about 45 km northeast of Bhopal, Situated along the Bhopal-Hoshangabad highway. The northern fringes of the ancient Vindhyachal ranges are home to the extraordinary rock shelters and paintings. Bhimbetka is a natural art gallery and an archaeological treasure. The rock art of Bhimbetka has been classified into various groups on the basis of the style and subject. The superimposition of paintings shows that the same canvas was used by different people at different times. Bhimbetka CavesThese caves were the dwellings of the aborigines of pre-historic times, which encompass marvelous paintings from Paleolithic to Medieval era. These paintings act as a glittering edifice that showcases the progression of human race in the course of time. Most of the paintings are depicted in white and red colours along with use of yellow and green occasionally. The themes of the paintings are mostly related to dancing, hunting, elephant and horse riding, honey collection, masques and disguises, animal fighting and other household scenes. Bhimbetka Rock SheltersThe Bhimbetaka Rock Shelters are a credible source of information about the pre-historic life of Indian civilization. Formerly found its mention as the Buddhist centers, this rock shelters are recognized as the dwellings of the pre-historic man during the year 1957. Bimbetka Rock shelters are classified as Lakha Juar group and Bhimbetka group, which depict an incessant progression of Stone Age cultures. These shelters are acclaimed as the oldest stone floors and wall in the entire world itself. The outstanding feature of this rock shelters are its downy nature with implausible contour, stunning tinges and feels. The paintings usually have scenes from communal dancing, burials and religious rites, their natural environment and also the process of childbirth.Best Time To Visit: October to May. How to reach there:Bhopal (46 km from Bhimbetka ) is the nearest airport. It is connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Jabalpur, Indore and Gwalior.Bhimbetka is connected by bus with Bhopal.Bhopal, on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai mainline is the most convenient rail-head.

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Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot means the 'Hill of many wonders'. Chitrakuta is a town located in Satna district. It is a town of religious, cultural, historical and archaeological importance, situated in the Bundelkhand region. It borders the Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh, and is known for a number of temples and sites mentioned in Hindu scriptures. Chitrakoot falls in the northern Vindhya range of mountains. Chitrakoot Parvat Mala includes Kamad Giri, Hanumaan Dhara, Janki Kund, Lakshman pahari, and Devangana famous Religious mountains. Chitrakuta as an eminently holy place inhabited by the great sages, abounding in monkeys, bears and various other kinds of fauna and flora. Ram GhatRam Ghat is a long stretch of steps made on the bank of Mandakini River. People believe that the sacred Sarayu River surfaces from its underground source here and then again vanish. It is believed that during exile, Lord Rama, Laxman and Sita took shelter here and appeared before poet Tulsidas. Tulsi Chabutra, a platform in the Ram Ghat, is believed to be a place where Tulsidas wrote the Ram Charit Manas. Hanuman DharaHanuman Dhara is a great shrine dedicated to Lord Hanuman, in one of the wooded hills of Chitrakoot, about 5 km from Ram Ghat. As per legend, Hanuman flew to this hill with his tail on fire, after destroying Lanka. To cool his extreme anger he stood under a stream of icy water flowing out of the rock, which was later named as Hanuman Dhara. Tourists can see his idol under a flow of cold, crystal clear water here. Tourists climb 360 steps to seek blessings of this great warrior. KamadgiriKamadgiri, a forested mountain, is of prime religious importance in Chitrakoot District. As per legends, Lord Brahma performed havan here, with 108 fire pits, before creating the universe. The mountains in this region have several caves. The entire, bow-shaped, mountain of Kamadgiri is believed to be hollow, with a vast lake present inside it. Around this underground lake, tourists can see several sages performing meditation. It is believed that Rishi Bhardwaj advised Lord Rama to spend most of his time during the exile at this beautiful place. The hollow mountain is said to have four doors. The Pramukh Dwar or the main entrance is now a shrine and the other three comprise large gates. The rain water that accumulates, flow out in the form of 360 springs at the same time. Janaki KundJanaki Kund is a stretch of river Mandakini, with a series of steps present on the left bank. This beautiful stretch of river has crystal clear greenish blue water. As per legends, Janaki Kund was Sita's favourite bathing place during the period of her exile. The footprints visible near the kund are believed to be that of Sita. The Rama Janaki Raghuveer Temple located nearby and a statue of Sankat Mochan Hanuman can also be seen here. Sphatik ShilaSphatik Shila is a densely forested area on the banks of Mandakini River, situated few kilometres away from the Janaki Kund. There is a large boulder bearing impressions of Lord Rama's footprints. It is said that Lord Rama did shringar to his wife Sita here. Moreover, it is the same place where Sita was bitten by Jayant, disguised as a crow. Sati Anusuya AshramaSati Anusuya Ashrama is located amidst thick forest, about 16 km away from the town. As per Hindu mythology, it is here that Maharishi Atri along with his wife Anusuya and three sons lived here. It is believed that Lord Rama along with Sita visited this place to meet Atri Muni and his wife Anusuya. It is here where Sita was explained the importance of Satitva by Sati Anusuya. It is the starting point of the dense forests of Dandaka, which was ruled by Ravana. As per the great sage Valmiki, there was no rainfall in Chitrakoot for ten years. As a result, there was drastic famine and nothing was left for the birds and animals to eat or drink. Sati Anusuya performed tapasya and brought River Mandakini down to earth, resulting in the end of sufferings of sages and animals. Gupt GodavariGupt Godavari is a cavern located at a distance of 19 km south of Ram Ghat. As per the legend, the Godavari River emerging as a perennial stream from the rocks deep inside this cave, flows down to another cave below and then disappears. A massive rock is seen protruding out of the ceiling which is believed to be the remains of the Demon Mayank. This demon had the audacity of stealing Sita's clothes when she was bathing and hence was killed by Laxman. It is believed that during their exile, Lord Rama along with his brother Laxmana held a court in this cave. There is also a beautifully carved sculpture of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva at the entrance of the cave. Param KutirParam Kutir is believed to be the cottage built by Laxman for his brother Lord Rama and his sister-in-law Sita. Laxman single-handedly constructed this hut using bamboo and other jungle materials. A temple was constructed on the site of the Param Kutir, which is frequented by tourists year-round. Bharat Milap MandirBharat Milap Mandir is located close to the Param Kutir. It is believed to be the place where Bharat came to meet Lord Rama to persuade him to take his rightful place as the King of Ayodhya. As per legend, Bharat along with his army as well as the royal family and nobility of Ayodhya camped here. Impressions of Lord Rama and Bharat feet are still present here. Bharat KoopBharat Koop is a huge well near Bharatpur village, located around 50 km West of Chitrakoot. It is believed that Bharat brought water from all the holy places to smooth Lord Rama as the King of Ayodhya. Bharat was unsuccessful in persuading Rama to return to his kingdom and take his place as the king. When Rama did not agree, Bharat, as per instructions of Maharishi Atri, poured the holy water in this well. Valmiki AshramaValmiki Ashrama is located 18 km away from the district headquarter, on the Allahabad Road. This Ashram is situated on a lofty hill, on the bank of the Valmiki River. As per Hindu Mythology, Sita gave birth to her two sons Lava and Kush here in this ashram, after she was abandoned by Lord Rama. It is also said that Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman has passed through this Ashram on their way to Chitrakoot. Ram ShaiyyaRam Shaiyya is located near village Bihara, about 3 km West of Pili-Kothi Ashram. It is believed that during exile, Lord Rama with his wife Sita used to sleep on a huge rock here. The imprints of the mattress can still be seen on the rock. Besides the mark of the mattress, another mark of a bow is also visible. Sarbhang AshramaSarbhang Ashrama is situated at a distance of about 20 km south east of Sati Anusuya Ashrama. There is a Ganga Kund and Shiva Temple in this place. Close to the Ashram, tourists can find 108 Yagya Vedikas at the foot of the hill. Here Sage Sarbhang received Darshan of Lord Rama, on his way to the forest. Bathing in this Ganga-Kund has a special religious significance. It is believed that taking a dip in the Ganga-Kund of Sarbhang Ashrama is equal to taking repeated dips in the sacred Ganges. Shabari FallShabari Fall is a beautiful spring at the origin of Mandakini River, near Jamunihai village about 8 km from the south of Markundi village of the district. The unique characteristic of this fall is that one stream flows under the other. The Mandakini Kund is a deep reservoir located just below this fall.Best Time To Visit: July to March. How to reach there:The nearest airport is at Khajuraho (175 km), connected with Delhi & Agra.Regular bus services connect Chitrakoot with Jhansi, Mahoba, Chitrakoot Dham, Harpalpur, Satna and Chhatarpur.The nearest railhead is at Chitrakootdham (Karwi) (11 km) on the Jhansi-Manikpur main line.

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park

Kanha National ParkKanha National Park is situated between the mountain peaks of Majkal and Satpura and is home to a wide variety of animal life Stretched over an area of 2000 sq km. Kanha is known for its towering trees, vast grazing lands, sparkling streams and groves of wild bamboo. This park also has a huge variety of flora that includes some 600 plants. The two streams named Banjar and Halon flow through the park and act as a reservoir. Animals like tiger, gaur, bison, sambar, chital, black buck, barasingha, leopard, barking deer and many more can be spotted here. The park also has endangered species like the swamp deer and is home to a huge variety of birds. Jungle SafariKanha's Jungle Safari gives an opportunity to watch the animals in a friendly setting, without disturbing them. To navigate people throughout the park, there is an open vehicle that takes people through the dense forest, to spot any small animal that might sneak into the meadows. Inside the jungle there is a lodge, which has a library that includes a huge collection of books, magazines and videos about wildlife. The Jungle Safari in Kanha not only involves nature walks but activities like walking through the nearby village, watching the various species of birds and dances performed by the tribal people in this area. To experience the world of the jungle more closely and minutely, one can take a walk through the winding ways inside the forest. The park also provides a guide to visitors to show the way and gather information about the jungle. Kanha MuseumInside the Kanha National Park there is the Kanha Museum. This is a place from where detailed information about the topography of the park and its various aspects can be obtained. Kawardha PalaceFrom the Kanha National Park, Kawardha Palace is a drive of around 3 hours. This resort was constructed by King Dharamraj Singh between 1936 and 1939. Stretched across an area of 11 acres, this resort is made of Italian marble. From Kawardha Palace, some nearby locations which can be visited are the Krishna Temple, Bhoremdeo Temple, Mandawa Mahal and Madan Manjari Mahal. Medicinal PlantationIn the village of Boda Chhapri at a distance of some 2 km from the village of Mocha, a MPCA or Medicinal Plantation Conservation Area is situated. This place is quite remote and located inside the forest, where it becomes denser, so it is better to take someone well-acquainted with the area.  Best Time To Visit: October to June. How to reach there:Nearest airport is at Jabalpur (156 km.), connected with regular flights from Delhi & Bhopal.Daily bus service available for Kisli and Mukki from Jabalpur and back. Taxis are available for hire from Jabalpur, Bilaspur and Raipur. Vehicles are not permitted within the park after dark.Most convenient railheads are at Jabalpur and Bilaspur. 

Khajuraho in India

Khajuraho

Khajuraho "Land of Moon God". The Khajuraho Group of Monuments located in Chhatarpur District. The name Khajuraho, ancient "Kharjurav?haka", is derived from the Sanskrit words kharjura = date palm and v?haka = "one who carries". The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India. It has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures and the temples are made of sandstone. The city was the cultural capital of Chandela Rajputs. Archaeological Museumthe Archaeological Museum was established by government officer WA Jardine in 1910 as a place to house the loose statues and sculptures found lying on the grounds of the ruined ancient temples. Situated near the Matangeshwar Temple, the museum was constructed with an aim to preserve these artefacts. It consists of five galleries, including the main hall, showcase antique sculptures of Brahmanical, Jaina and Buddhist faiths. Housing more than 2,000 sculptures, the most prominent one is a seated Buddha figure, which indicates the existence of Buddhist shrine in the destination. Another prominent piece of collection is a four-headed Vishnu, which is also known as Vaikuntha. The idol depicts that the central head is human, while the other three are of Hayagriva, Narasimha and Varaha. One of the popular sculptures in the collection is the idol of Ambika, the Jain goddess, who was seated under a mango tree laden with fruits. Chaunsath Yogini TempleThe oldest surviving temple in the group (900 A.D.). The name of the temple is derived from the numeral 64, which means Chaunsat in Hindi. Legends state that the temple once had 64 yoginis in its 64 cells, who attended goddess Kali. Only 35 of the original 65 cells remain and no image of Kali has survived not surprisingly, since this is the earliest surviving shrine of the group dated to 900 AD. Another Kali temple, which was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is the Devi Jagdambe temple. Vishwanath TempleVishwanath Temple is located on the north-eastern corner of the western group complex. Housing beautiful marble Shivalinga as a prime deity, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Apart from the main deity, the interiors of the temples are adorned with the idol of Lord Brahma. Adding beauty to the shrine, images of lions and elephants can be seen on the southern as well as northern steps of the temple. Another prime attraction of the temple is a 6 ft high Nandi bull, which is seated on top of a wide platform with a sphinx-like expression. The beautifully carved exteriors of the temple are decorated with images of Apsaras to enhance the charm and beauty of this huge temple. Chitragupta TempleChitragupta Temple is an ancient shrine located eastwards facing the direction of the rising sun. Constructed in 11th century, the temple is dedicated to Sun God, who is also known as Lord Surya. The temple houses a beautiful 5 ft high standing idol of Lord Surya driving a chariot, which is operated by seven horses. Adorned with beautifully carved walls, the temple presents a view of numerous carvings depicting historic events. The stone carvings of full figured surasundaris, image of Lord Vishnu in the 11 headed form and erotic couples are the prime attractions of the temple. Apart from this, intricate carvings of processions, dancing girls, elephant fights and hunting scenes are also done of the interiors of the temple. Apart from this, the temple also houses a three-storeyed stepped tank, which is another prominent attraction. Popularly known as Chopra, the tank was constructed by Chandela rulers. The exteriors of this beautiful temple are decorated with sculptures of Mithunas, Apsaras, Vyalas and numerous other deities. Apart from these, ascetic figures counting more than seventy are beautifully carved on the balcony panels of the temple.The south wall of the temple displays an eleven-headed Vishnu carving, which possesses ten different avatars of Lord Vishnu. The doorways of the temple portray a series of three similar but smaller figures of Lord Surya, which are also depicted in the main sanctum of the temple. Kandariya Mahadev TempleKandariya Mahadev Temple is not only one of the biggest temples of the western group of temples in Khajuraho, but the first to be constricted on the general platform. Depicting the Chandela art, the huge shrine was constructed in 1025-1050. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, as at the centre of the Garbha Griha, a linga is installed. Beautiful architecture of the temple is based on typical five-part design, which consists of Garbha Griha, Ardhamandapa, Pradakshina and Mahamandapa supported with pillars. The tower present in the temple is more than 100 ft high. The temple is decorated with around 800 images, which are mostly 3 ft high. The statues carved around the temple are segmented in three bands, which include images of gods, goddesses, erotic groups, beautiful women and musicians. The borders of the walls are carved with images of elephants and horses, warriors and hunters, acrobats and musicians, dancers and devotees. It is the only local temple, which has preserved two beautifully designed interior 'toranas', both having a delicate design. Ghantai TempleGhantai Temple is among the three famous Jain Temples represented in Khajuraho. Constructed between 950 and 1050 AD, the Ghantai temple is in ruins. The walls of the temple are beautifully decorated with display of 16 dreams of Mahavira's mother. The temple also has a stone carved image of Mahavira's mother, which is represented as a multi-armed Jain goddess hovering on a winged Garuda. The name of the Ghantai temple is derived from the beautifully carved figures of chain-and-bell, also known as ghanta, on its tall and huge pillars. Apart from this, the temple is also famous for its ornamentation, stately form and classical architecture. The eastward facing temple possesses the same design as the Parsvanath temple; however, it is larger in its conception and almost twice in its dimensions. The temple is surrounded by various Jain temples including temples of Parsvanath, Adinath and Shantinath. Adinath TempleAdinath Temple is situated on the north of the Parsvanath Temple and is one of the important temples of the Jain group of temples in Khajuraho. It is believed that this temple was constructed in the 11th century and was dedicated to Adinath, a Jain saint. This temple was constructed by the rulers of Chandel Dynasty during 950-1150 A.D. the temple also possesses a single towered shikhara, which makes the shrine beautiful. The walls of this temple are decorated with beautifully carved images and movements and postures of court musicians. The wall carvings also provide the closer view of the dance style of Nilanjana, a famous dancer in the court of Lord Adinath. Apart from these, figures of Apsaras, Shashan Devis, Yakshines and Vidyadevis add meaning to the carved walls. State Museum of Tribal and Folk ArtState Museum of Tribal and Folk Art is located within Chandela Cultural Complex in Khajuraho. The museum displays Indian tradition and culture, its fusion with foreign cultures, which came into existence through trade and incursion. Housing the rich collection of tribal and folk art and artefacts, the museum offers a brief history of custom and rituals of the tribal people. Galleries of the museum display more that 500 representative items of terracotta, wood crafts, jewellery, tribal and folk paintings, masks, tattoos and metal crafts. Apart from this, the museum also exhibits evolution of various forms, styles and designs that have transformed and evolved over passed centuries. Kalinjar FortKalinjar Fort is known for its vast collection of monuments and sculptures, which reveals many historic events and practices. Housing numerous temples and structures within it, the fortress represents an architectural expertise of the Chandela dynasty. Similar to other forts, this fort was also constructed by the Chandela rulers at the end of 1st and beginning of 2nd century for protecting their kingdom from enemies. The huge fort is located on the top of a holy hill, which is mentioned in many Hindu scriptures. The fortress was known as Kirtinagar in Satyuga, Madhyagarh in Treta, Singhalgarh in Dwapar and Kalinjar in Kalyuga. Other attractions of the fort are the palaces, chhatris, temples and structures, which are constructed in the Hindu style of architecture. Offering an unparalleled artistry and intricate stone carvings, the fort attracts many tourists to the destination round the year. The fort was constructed on 25-30 m wide foundation to provide maximum strength to the fort. It has a height of 30-35 m with 8 m wide summit with length of around 7.5 km over the hillock. The fort is constructed using sand stone and granite pieces, which are placed over each other. The name of the fort was coined by using Kalanjar, which is related to the incident of Lord Shiva consuming the poison. It is strongly believed that the place is a holy abode of Lord Shiva. Evidences for the same can be seen in the temple of Neelkanth Mahadev situated within the fort premises. The stone dug ponds and lakes are other attractions of the fort. Apart from this, the temples of the fort have rare stone images of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Bhairava and Bhairavi, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Shakti. The stone carvings of birds, animals, apsaras, mithuna and other structures are some of the important sculptures engraved on the walls of fort. Ajaigarh FortAt 80kms away, Ajaygarh Fort is some distance from Khajuraho. The fort is believed to have been built around 900 BC by kings of the Chandela Rajpur dynasty; and, like most structures of its nature, it was designed to protect the local population during offensive and sieges. The fort also houses sculptures in a row formation of goddesses called Ashta Shakti. Ajay Pal ka Talao, a famous lake, and the ruins of a Jain Temple are other prominent attractions present within the fort. The fort offers a beautiful view of Ken River, which flows within the beautiful destination. Historians state that the huge structure was provided to the fort for protecting natives from attacks and encounters of enemies and outsiders. Presently, the fort can be accessed by its two gates namely Darwaza, situated on the north and Tarhaoni, situated to the south-east. Beejamandal templeBeejamandal Temple is one of the ruined temples located in Vidisha at Khajuraho. Marked on the top by a white stone, it is believed that the temple was under the stack of earth. The architecture of the temple is influenced by Indonesian or south-east Asian styles. Since ages, the villagers of the destination regularly light the holy oil-lamp each night at this place. The ruins present at this the place depicts that the temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. The exteriors of the temple are decorated with intricately carved stone animals, pillars and walls. Apart from this, the interiors of the temple have beautiful sculptures of human forms describing vivid postures. Hindu TemplesBrahman, Vamana and Javari comprise the three Hindu temples within the eastern group. All three temples feature the same style of erotic carvings as the others; while Braham is known for its four-faced lingam statue, Vamana for its sculptures of nymphs, and Javari for its magnificent gateway. ShilpgramShilpgram is popular for promoting ancient culture of India in the form of various performances of folk arts. The cultural centre sprawls across an area of about ten acres and was established in 1998 by the government to preserve the culture and tradition of the country. The open-air site is thronged by tourists during evening to view the beautiful performances of classical and folk dancers. Vaman templeVaman Temple belonging to the eastern group of temples is dedicated to Lord Vama, the dwarf lord. Being located in the north of Khajuraho, the temple is surrounded by lush green barley fields. The top or the third row of the jangha represents framed niches containing diamonds in the place of sculptures. The architecture of the temple is similar to that of others located in Khajuraho. The temple has a single spire shikhara, a sanctum, a mahamandapa with tangential transepts, an atrium and a porch. In addition to this, the ceilings of the balconied windows are carved with various postures of women. Dulhadev templeDulhadev Temple is the last temple of the Southern Group of Temples located in Khajuraho. Constructed in 1130, the temple features classic representation of Chandela art and architecture eatures the obligatory erotic sculptures; the second is Chaturbhuj Temple, which is notable for its 3m-high image of Lord Vishnu.. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the interiors of the temple are decorated with images of Shiva and his wife, Parvati. The intricately carved jewellery work and the fine finishing of the idols portray the skills and workmanship prevalent during that period. The ceilings of the temple are decorated with stone carvings of the Apsaras and other ornamented sculptures. Shanthinath templeShanthinath Temple is a famous Jain temple dedicated to Lord Shanthinath, the 16th Jain Tirthankara. The Shanthinath Temple belongs to the eastern group of temples in Khajuraho. A famous Jain temple of Digambar sect, the temple is originally dedicated to Adinath, a Jain saint. The temple also has a picture gallery, which displays a vast collection of photos of most significant Jain monuments of India in a chronological order of their establishment. Javari TempleJavari Temple is located near the Brahma Temple and is situated in the east of Khajuraho. Falling under eastern group of Khajuraho, this temple is comparatively smaller and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Constructed between 1075 and 1100, the temple displays the ancient Khajuraho architecture. It is believed that the name of the temple is derived from the name of the owner of the land, as no Hindu deity has this title. Being similar in structure with the Chaturbhuj Temple, the holy place stands alone with dimensions measuring 11.88 m in length and 6.4 m in breadth. Representing the beautiful figures of native maidens, the exteriors of this beautiful temple are decorated with numerous complicated carvings. The elaborated entrance and the huge tower of the temple add to its beauty. Lakshmana TempleLakshmana Temple is a huge stone temple of Khajuraho, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Possessing the same architecture as that of Kandariya Mahadeva and Vishwanath temples, this temple is considered to be one of the oldest existing temples in western group. Constructed in 930-950 AD, the temple is one of the well preserved temple having a full five-part floor plan and four subsidiary shrines. This east facing temple is famous for housing more than 600 images of gods and goddesses of the Hindu mythology. The platform of the temple is beautifully decorated with patterns of elephants and horsemen carrying out parade. Apart from this, scenes of battles, hunting and processions are also engraved on the borders of the platform of the temple. Adorned with images of apsaras, the guardians of directions and other divine creatures, the bands of the temple are divided into 2 instead of 3. The western side of the temple is beautifully decorated with sculptures and the full figures of different forms of women with ornate jewellery. Lakshmi TempleLakshmi Temple and Varaha Temple are the two small shrines located in the ancient city of Khajuraho. These temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu deity of wealth. The interiors of the temple are adorned with huge, solid and intricately carved figure of the boar, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Matangesvara TempleMatangeshvara Temple is one of the oldest temples in Khajuraho, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Constructed using polished sandstone, the temple houses an 8 ft Shivalinga, which is believed to be among the largest in India. The temple has pillars, which are short and rigid in construction. Further, they also carry plain capitals and brackets, which are not accompanied by any sculptures or carvings. The ceilings of the temple display ornaments of cusps and floral cusps, which are not lined by any borders and elaborations. Brahma TempleBrahma Temple is located on the banks of Khajur Sagar or Ninora Tal. Constructed in 900 AD, the temple houses images of Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Possessing simple plan and architectural design, the temple is made with granite stone and the shikharas are built by using sandstone. It is believed that the temple stands on the twelve pillars of granite, situated on a high platform at an average elevation of 11 ft. Enshrined with a four faced picture of Brahma, the temple originally has been devoted to Lord Vishnu. Parsvanath TempleParsvanath Temple is one of the beautiful temples that is under the eastern group of temples of Khajuraho. Dedicated to one of the Jain tirthankaras, the temple is considered to be one of the largest Jain temples present in India. The temple lies in the protected zone of the city and was constructed in around 954 AD. On the basis of sculpture, architecture and inscriptions, it is believed that the temple was dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankara. Furthermore, it is also believed that the temple was built by Pahila, who was honoured by King Dhanga. The interiors of this beautiful shrine are adorned by the idol of Parsvanath. The temple is famous for housing many non-erotic sculptures, out of which images of surasundaris in various postures are prominent. Raneh FallsRaneh Falls is one of the prominent tourist attractions, which is named after King Rane Pratap, the erstwhile ruler of the region. Situated in close vicinity of the destination, the waterfall emerged at the confluence of Ken and Khuddar rivers. Forming 30 m deep and around 5 km long canyon, the falls flow down at the Ken Gharyal Sanctuary. The surroundings of the falls are adorned with crystalline granite, which is present in varying shades ranging from pink, red and grey. Apart from certain large and small falls that are formed at the assemblage, some seasonal falls also appear during monsoon season.Best Time To Visit: October to March. How to reach there:Khajuraho is connected to Delhi & Agra with regular flights.Khajuraho is connected by regular bus services with Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Jabalpur & Bhopal.Khajuraho has its own rail head. Apart from that, the other nearest railheads are Mahoba (64 km) and Harpalpur (94 km). Jhansi (175 km) and Satna (117 km) are convenient railheads for visitors from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Agra & Varanasi.

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