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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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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. 
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Omkareshwar

One of the Tweleve Jyotirlinga Omkareshwar is also know as "Omkareshwar- Mandhata' . It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu ॐ symbol. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas"). But as per the sloka on dwadash jyotirligam, Mamleshwar is the jyotirling, which is on other side of Narmada river.Omkareshwar temple is the main attraction of the pilgrims. In fact the town owes its very existence to this temple. As to who constructed the temple and when , is all shrouded in mystry.The sanctum sanctorum containing the Jyotirlinga seems to have been originally a small temple of the old construction style, the dome being made of layers of stone slabs and not of circular cut stones. As this temple is too close to the precipitously deep bank of the Narmada to the south, the great extension is of new construction style. This is the reason why the sanctum sanctorum and the main deity are neither in the front of the main door nor below the higher conspicuous Shikhar or the tower of later construction.The temple stands on a one mile long, half mile wide island formed by the fork of the Narmada. The soft stone of which it was constructed has lent its pliable surface to a   rare degree of detailed work, of which the frieze figures on the upper portion is the most striking. Also intricately carved is the stone roof of the temple. Encircling the shrine are verandahs with columns which are carved in circles, polygons and squares.Attractions of Omkareshwar : Mamleshwar Jyotilinga: The correct name is the Amreshwar temple. It is a protected Ancient Monument with good architectural stone work. Since the time of Maharani Ahilyabai holkar who expired in 1795, 22 Brahims paid by the Holker state, daily performed Lingarchan Puja. Each Brahmin was Provided with a wooden board having 1300 little holes. In each they put very small miniature clay lingam to represent Shiva Lingas and when nearly 14300 lingas were manufacture and worshipped, they used to be submerges in the Narmada. In the early part of the 20th century the number of Brahmins was reduced to 11 and at present the number is only 5. the wall of the temple contains the inscription of Mahims Stotra dated 1063 A.DAnnapurna Mandir: There is an ancient type construction old Markandeya Mandir around which the Annapurna Temple Trust of Indore has raised a great complex containing a Sarva Mangala temple with the three goddesses Laxmi , Parvati and Saraswati . 35 feet tall statue of Lord Krishna depicting the “Virat Swarup” or gigantic shape of Krishna as mentioned in the Bhagwat Geeta .It is center of attraction for the pilgrims. Swami Sacchidanandji Maharaj , a learned saint , guides the Ashram.He has founded the Ashram.
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Inbound Tour Operators India

Indian prospect takes responsibility of organizing an extraordinary wildlife trip to Inbound Tour Operators in India for our customers who give a dreamy and refreshing experience different from the confused normal life. With Indian overview, you can plan a round trip and travel to India to keep yourself away from all tensions as we take charge of your wonderful stay at incredible India.  Inbound Tour operators in India are the only best service providers providing all the services under one roof in the form of all all-round holiday packages. We are providing latest and well planned services including transportation services, accommodation facilities and travel services, so on. We have been came up as dedication for vacationers furnishing all luxurious holiday packages for holiday in India. Usually this kind of package comprises of transportation, tour guide, tickets, wandering and habituation. Inbound Tour Operators in India is the term that itself illustrate each and everything for an entire vacation would be accessible in the package at definite price either per head or per couple. Madhya Pradesh tourism has its high preferences in the state of Buddhist heritage, magnificent forts and palaces, scenic sunrises, exquisitely carved temples, national parks, dense forests, ancient caves&pre historic cave paintings and much more. These are some of the prominent places to be visited in Madhya Pradesh and attract the tourists and travelers from all over the world.
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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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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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Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is a verdant jewel of the hills in Madhya Pradesh state. It is widely known as"Satpura ki Rani" (Queen of Satpura), situated at a height of 1000 m in a valley of the Satpura Range The highest point in the central India region and the Vindhya and Satpura range; Dhupgarh at 1,350 m is located here. Pachmarhi region was the kingdom of the Gond tribe king Bhawut Singh and it was the capital of this tribal dynasty. The forest around the town is home to many rare varieties of plants. UNESCO added Pachmarhi park to its list of Biosphere Reserves in May 2009. The places worth being seen at and around Pachmarhi area, Priyadarshani point, Hondi khoh, Apsara vihar, Rajat prapat, Raj giri, Lanjee giri, Dutches fall, Sundar kund, Jatashankar, Chhota mahadeo, Mahadeo,Chauragarh, Dhupgarh, Pandav cave, Cave shelters. In Bori sanctuary, Churna, is a base for tourism. Apsara Vihar:Situated nearby to the Pandava caves, Apsara Vihar, well known as Fairy Pool is a natural bathing pool which was formed by a small waterfall. The shallow end of the pool has made it a popular picnic spot among the tourists. During the British reign the British ladies came to this pool and the locals peeped from the bushes. They thought the white ladies were the apsaras or fairies who visited the pool. Thus the pool is named as Apsara Vihar or Fairy Pool. The pool is ideal for diving and swimming too. Located just 13 km away from the Pachmarhi bus stand. Bee Falls:Bee Falls, popularly known as Jamuna Prapat which is nearly 350 ft in height is a beautiful waterfall that provides drinking water to Pachmarhi. It is one of the most scenic waterfalls of the town that flows into the valley, making a tranquillising sound. Tourists frequently visit the bathing pool, which is situated above the falls. Bee Falls is an easily accessible waterfall, located just 10 minutes walk away from Apsara Vihar. Handi Koh:An imposing canyon with a 300 feet high crag amidst a dense forest, Handi Khoh in Panchmarhi is endowed with marvelous scenery. The clinging rock face of this gulch is a haven of large beehives. Bounded by a deep woody forest, this lovely place is closely associated with Lord Shiva. The popular belief is that Handi Khoh was a lake earlier. According to legends, Shiva imprisoned a large snake, which actually was a demon, and buried it in a solid rock in this ravine. It is 300 feet deep ravine in V-shape created by two gigantic hills. It is said that the British officer Handi has committed suicide by Jumping into the ravine. Satpura National Park:Satpura National Park is located in the Satpura ranges of the district of Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh. Located close to Pachmarhi, this national park was established in 1981 and covers an area of around 524 sq. km. This national park consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests. Being part of a unique ecosystem, this park is home to tiger, leopard, sambhar, chital, bhedki, nilgai and four-horned antelope. Tourists can also spot chinkara, bison (gour), wild boar, wild dog, bear, black buck and flying squirrel in this park. Besides rich diversity of fauna, flora like sal, teak, tendu, aonla, mahua, bel, bamboo and medicinal plants can also be seen in the park. Christ Church:Built by the British in 1892, this ancient monument displays a striking blend of French and Irish architecture. The stained glass windows beautify the edifice and add to its magnificence. It also has an old cemetery attached to it. The tombstones here dates back to 1859, World War I and World War II. The glass panes adorning the walls and rear of the altar were imported from Europe. This church has a hemispherical dome on top with its ribs ending in faces of angels. Moreover, the Nave of the church is not supported by any pillar. Priyadarshini Point:This is the point from where Captian Forsyth discovered Panchamarhi in the year 1857. After that the British developed Panchmarhi as a resort. The churches and other structures of this hill station are the clear evidence of the colonial influence. It is also called as Forsyth Point. When Smt. Indira Gandhi visited here in 1964, this was named as Priyadarshini Point. The point gives a breath taking view of scenery of Pachmarhi. Chauragarh:A passage from Bade Mahadeo leads to Chauragarh, where a life style size Idol of lord Shiva has been enshrined. Large numbers of stairs; more than 1000 in number have been constructed to reach the blissful seat of Lord Shiva. To reach Chauragarh, it takes around two to three hours to climb the 1200 stairs. Large number of Shiva Bhakt climbs the stairs with enthusiasm to worship the lord Shiva idol in Chauragarh. Chauragarh Peak presents beautiful scenes of dense forest, valleys and hills. Chauragarh is one of the famous pilgrim centers in Pachmarhi. Mahadeo Hill:This cave is about 60 feet Long. It is a mythological belief which says that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Mohini Killed the demon King Bhasmasur here. Large idols of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and Lord Ganesha have been enshrined inside the 60 feet long cave. A Serpentine road adorned with stark green trees and shrubs goes to Bade Mahadeo. Water constantly falls upon the shivlinga inside the cave. A kund is situated in the middle of the cave. There is another cave situated near bade Mahadeo, the cave of Goddess Parvati. There is large of pilgrims on the occasion of Nagpanchemi MahaShivratri. Gupt Mahadeo:This cave is about 40 feet long. The path of Gupt Mahadeo goes from inside the Bade Mahadeo. There is a narrow path which leads to Gupt Mahadeo. There is idol of lord Ganesha and Shivlinga enshrined inside the cave. Only eight persons can pass at a time. An idol of lord hanuman has been enshrined at the entrance. Dhoopgarh:Dhoopgarh, which was originally known as Harvatsa Kot, is the highest point in the Satpura mountain ranges. This popular spot is known for viewing sunrise and sunset. It is located at 4429 feet above the mean sea level and offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. Jata Shankar Cave:Jata Shankar Cave is a prominent religious destination, visited by tourists year-round. As per mythological belief, Lord Shiva hid himself inside the cave, due to the fear of demon Bhasmasur. Inside the cave there are naturally formed 108 Shiva lingam. Water in the cave flows from an unknown point as no one has ever seen or reached that starting point. This stream of water is popularly known as 'Gupt Ganga'. It is believed that the Jambu Dwip stream originates from cave. Idols of Lord Shankar, Goddess Parvati and Shiva lingam are enshrined at a platform on the upper part of the cave. Pandav Caves:The Pandav Caves is also has its mythological Belief. The caves were supposed to be constructed around 6th to 7th century. According to the saints, the Pandavas are said to have spent their period of exile in these caves. It is said that Arjuna in the guise of a eunuch taught music to Nagpati and wedded the daughter of Nagraj Vasu, who lived in Nagdwari about 15 Km from Pachmarhi. Nagpanchemi mela is held annually. These caves are now under the archeological survey of India. Caves of All the five brothers Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Nakul, Sahdeo, Bhima and Draupadi are worth visiting. Dutch Fall:Dutch Falls is a beautiful waterfall, which is also known as Jalwataran. Tourists can reach this waterfall by trekking around 4 km from the base. Monsoon season is the ideal time to visit this waterfall, when water flow is high. You can experience the water droplets coming at you when you go close to the waterfall. Echo Point:Here the people can experience the presence of the voice in the nature and can feel the moving spirit in nature.Best Time To Visit: October to June. How to reach there:Nearest airport is at Bhopal (195 km) connected by regular flights with Delhi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore and Mumbai.Pachmarhi is connected by regular bus services with Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Nagpur, Pipariya and Chhindwara. Taxis are available at Pipariya.Pipariya (47 km), on the Mumbai-Howrah mainline via Allahabad, is the most convenient railhead.
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Dongargarh

Dongargarh Dongargarh is a city and a municipality in Rajnandgaon district in the state ofChhattisgarh, India. Bamleshwari Temple on high hills is very picturesque . Dongargarh is one of the prominent pilgrim places in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.Popular of the landmarks is Maa Bamleshwari Devi Temple on a hilltop which is 1,600 ft high. It is of great spiritual importance and a legend is associated with this shrine. Another prominent shrine in the vicinity is Chhoti Bamleshwari Temple. Sirpur Located at just about 50 km from Raipur, Sirpur is an enchanting and historically significant tourists destination of Chhattisgarh on the Kawardha - Kanker road. The ancient city of Sirpur (also called Shirpur) has been mentioned in ancient epigraphic records, dating back to the 5th to the 8th centuries A.D. The city was once the capital of the Sarbhapuriya and Somvanshi Kings of Dakshin (south) Kosala and was an important Buddhist centre. It was even visited by Hiuen Tsang, the great Chinese traveler and scholar, around 635 AD. The small but interesting town of Sirpur has many beautiful temples worth visiting on Sirpur Tour. Bilaspur Bilaspur is a city in Bilaspur District in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, situated 111 km (69 mi) north of the state capital, Raipur. It is the second-largest city (after Raipur) in the state. It is the administrative headquarters of Bilaspur District.
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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. 
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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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