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40 Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is the heart of India. It is one of the most beautiful and regal states of India. Once you visit Madhya Pradesh, a series of fascinating vistas will completely enfold your eyes to fill your soul with eternal joy.

Madhya Pradesh is the poetry of beauty where harmony will be the meditation to your mind if you tune into the rhythm of its history, culture, food and architecture.  Like the heart which pumps the blood into our body, keeping it alive and healthy, Madhya Pradesh is a life-giving factor in our country.

Elegance of ancient temples, exotic wildlife sanctuaries, royal forts and caves of Madhya Pradesh are incredibly famous among world travelers. You will never fall short of places to explore in this beautiful state.  Amalgamation of different cultures, history, food art of different dynasties truly makes Madhya Pradesh, a perfect reflection of India.

Let us help you plan your trip to the heart of India Madhya Pradesh.

List of 40 Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

Orchha Kanha National Park
Khajuraho Panna National Park
Ujjain Sanchi
Bhimbetka Caves Gwalior
Bhopal Bandhavgarh National Park
Maheshwar Mandu
Omkareshwar Bhojpur
Chitrakoot Indore
Jabalpur Katni
Chhatarpur Pachmarhi
Pench National Park Rewa
Vidisha Shivpuri
Deogarh Sheopur
Chanderi Mandsaur
Pali Tikamgarh
Burhanpur Barwani
Amarkantak Itarsi
Panna Satna
Betul Morena
Dhar Kuno National Park

Top Recommended Madhya Pradesh Tour Packages

Orchha- Quaint magical hamlet

Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

Orchha is truly a reminiscence of the Bundela era and a jewel of incredible India which shines bright in the hearts of tourists worldwide. It is a heaven for history buffs. The artistic architecture of monuments is its prime attraction which makes Orchha royal in its own way. It is less populated and obviously less crowded. The regal settings and the quietude in the air make Orchha a perfect getaway in Madhya Pradesh.

Top Tourist Attractions in Orchha

  • Orchha Fort
  • Jahangir Mahal
  • Chaturbhuj Temple
  • Raja Ram Temple
  • Raja Mahal
  • Uth Khana (Camel Shelter)
  • Lakshmi Temple
  • Sawan Bhado Pillars
  • Phool Bagh
  • Palki Mahal
  • Khana Hammam
  • Dinman Hardaul Palace
  • Raj Praveen Mahal

Must Do in Orchha

  • Watch the sunset over the beautiful Betwa River
  • Apart from visiting palaces and fort make sure to walk down the Elephant Stable
  • Attend Aarti at Ram Raja Palace
  • Get the glimpse of rare Indian Vulture
  • Watch the Light and Sound Show at Ram Raja Mahal
  • Buy Hand-made paper items
  • Insist a local to narrate few folklores

Where to Stay in Orchha?

There are a few low-budget hotels available in Orchha. Also, the MP Tourism Department runs a heritage hotel in Sheesh Mahal and there are also a few resorts on the bank of Betwa River. One can also stay at Jhansi as there are a number of hotels available (Jhansi is only 14kms from Orchha).

How to Reach Orchha?

The most convenient way to reach Orchha is to first take a train till Jhansi (14kms from Orchha). From Jhansi a number of buses and cars are available for Orchha.

Best Time to Visit Orchha

January to March and October to December

Also Read: Heritage Tourism in Madhya Pradesh

Kanha National Park – Enchanting Wildlife

Kanha National Park

The rich wildlife reserve, Kanha has been a major tourist attraction in MP. Reflecting a variety of flora and fauna, this national park has been famous ever since Rudyard Kipling wrote his masterpiece called Jungle Book (It is believed that Kipling was inspired from Kanha National Park).

Kanha is expanded in an area of 1,940-sq-kms and is most famous for helping the species of Barasingha (Swamp Deer) to not go extinct in India.

The thick forest mostly comprises Sal, Bamboo and infamous Mahua trees. The Park is also known for frequent sightings of Tiger, Blackbuck and Peacock. A large variety of birds can also be seen in Kanha National Park making it a popular place to visit in MP.

Top Tourist Attractions in Kanha

  • Kanha Museum
  • Tigers
  • Barasingha
  • Sunset Point
  • Jeep Safari

Must do in Kanha National Park

  • Take a Jeep Safari to the Buffer Zone of Kisli
  • Book a Homestay
  • Try Mahua
  • Night Safari (If permission is granted)

Where to Stay at Kanha National Park

There are many hotels and resorts available around this national park. One may book according to their budget. Guesthouses and Homestays are also available but one has to make bookings well in advance.

How to Reach Kanha National Park?

The best way to reach Kanha National Park is to first reach Jabalpur, which is situated about 130kms from Kanha. From Jabalpur, cabs/taxis are available to the national park.

Best Time to Visit Kanha National Park

November to March

Here is a distance chart that can help you decide your route more clearly:

From Approx Distance (Kms) Approx Travel Time (Hrs)

Also Read: Top 12 Places for Wildlife Safari Holidays in India

Khajuraho – Erotic Temples

Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho can rightly be called the epitome of Indian art. A group of 22 temples is all it takes to make Khajuraho famous amongst world travelers. The intricate carvings and the fine erotic sculpture art are enough to make any history lover fall in love with the Indian art.

The temples at Khajuraho are divided into three categories i.e western group, southern group and eastern group among which, the western group of temples has attained maximum fame.

Apart from the temples, Khajuraho also houses two lakes. A small city, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh can be a wonderful getaway for those having keen interest in history.

Vindhya mountain ranges all around this heritage site will definitely overpower your mind with its beauty. Out of 85 original temples, only 22 have survived and are very popular worldwide. It is one of the most beautiful legacies of Chandela Rajputs.

Top Tourist Attractions in Khajuraho

  • Kandariya Mahadev Temple
  • Lakshman Temple
  • Vishwanath Temple
  • Parsvanath Temple
  • Chitragupta
  • Bijamandala Temple
  • Matangsvera
  • Devi Jagdamba
  • Chausath Yogini
  • Vamana Temple
  • Duladeo Temple

Must-Do in Khajuraho

  • Visit the Western Group of Temples
  • Visit the Lakes
  • Take a bike ride in the Old Village
  • Eat South Indian Food at Madras Coffee House
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum
  • Have Breakfast at Raja’s Café

How to Reach Khajuraho?

Khajuraho is well connected by train and bus to many cities of India and thus one can easily make his choice of conveyance to reach here.

Best Time to Visit Khajuraho

November to April and during the Khajuraho Dance Festival (February)

Also Read: Golden Triangle Tour with Khajuraho- Explore the Cultural Diorama of India

Panna National Park – Escape from the city and Embrace Nature

Panna National Park

Situated in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, Panna National Park is amongst the well-maintained wildlife reserves in the state. Panna is also one of the most important shelters for the Royal Bengal Tigers and is amongst the best national parks to visit in MP.

Sprawling in an area of 542.67 sq kms, this national park is also the home to species like leopard, wild dog, wolf, hyena, sloth bear, chital and chousingha.

The Park is inhabited by 200 species of birds. The location of the national park is an asset as it is situated at a short distance from the famous town of Khajuraho.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Panna National Park

  • Tiger
  • Nilgai
  • Chinkara
  • Boat Ride
  • Elephant Ride

Must-Do in Panna National Park

  • Boat Ride offered by Park Authority
  • Elephant Safari (Timings are 6:30 to 10:30 AM & 2:30 to 5:30 PM)
  • Jeep Safari (Rental Jeeps are available)

How to Reach Panna National Park?

The best way to reach Panna National Park is by first reaching Khajuraho, which is connected by road and railway to several cities of India. Since, Panna National Park is only at a distance of about 47kms; one can hire a cab/taxi.

Best Time to Visit Panna National Park

November to March

Also Read: Panna Biosphere Reserve Included in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves List

Ujjain – Sacred Bliss


A city of amazing maze alleyways, Ujjain is the temple town of MP. An ideal escape for the spiritual souls, the city is undoubtedly a charming place. Find yourself at peace at the majestic temples that are dedicated mostly to the Shaivite and Vaishnavite sect of Hinduism.

The temples at Ujjain are excellent specimens of Bundela art and architecture. The holy embankments of River Kshipra are amongst some places to spend time and feel tranquility at this otherwise chaotic city. Ujjain is also famed for celebrating the largest Hindu fair – Kumbh Mela and makes an ideal destination for religious tourism in Madhya Pradesh.

Top Tourist Attractions in Ujjain

  • Mahakaleshwar Temple
  • Gopal Mandir
  • Chintaman Ganesh Mandir
  • Clock Mandir
  • Indira Gandhi Statue
  • Ram Ghat
  • Harsiddhi Mandir
  • Gomti Kund

Must-Do in Ujjain

  • Visit the Mahakaleshwar Temple
  • Eat at Jharokha Restaurant
  • Attend Magh Mela (Next Magh Mela in April 2016)
  • During Dussehra, it is ideal to visit Harsiddhi Mandir
  • Amazing Boat ride at Ram Ghat.
  • Embrace the holiness of Gomti Kund

How to Reach Ujjain?

The best way to reach Ujjain is by train as the Ujjain Railway Station is connected to all major railheads in India. Apart from trains, flights are also available. The nearest airport is at Indore, which is at a short distance of about 55kms from Ujjain.

Best Time to Visit Ujjain

October to March

Also Read: Popular Shiva Temples in India

Sanchi – City of Ancient wonders

Sanchi Stupa Madhya Pradesh

Known as the Buddhist hub, Sanchi in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh is a must-see. The city is famed for the Ashoka-built Sanchi Stupa. Sanchi boasts about the rich history of the region as this city witnessed different ruling dynasties.

Sanchi was the hotspot for merchants and traders when it was called Vidishagiri. Today’s Sanchi is a paradoxical land with remnants collection from different empires and offers an excellent destination for spiritual tourism in Madhya Pradesh. If you want to witness the legacy of buddhist monuments then visit Sanchi.

Top Tourist Attractions in Sanchi

  • Sanchi Stupa
  • Toranas
  • Monasteries
  • The gupta temple
  • Sanchi Museum
  • Sanchi Bazaar
  • Ashoka Pillar

Must do in Sanchi

  • Visit the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site – Sanchi Stupa
  • Visit Archaeological Museum
  • Witness other Stupas – Stupa 1, Stupa 2, Stupa 3
  • Visit Temple 18
  • Visit Monasteries 45 and 47

How to Reach Sanchi?

The best way to reach Sanchi is by train. The nearest railhead is situated in Vidisha, which is at a short distance of about 10kms from Sanchi. Buses also ply from Bhopal to Sanchi on regular basis but are often crowded, it is better to hire a cab/taxi.

Best Time to Visit Sanchi

October to March

Also Read: Top Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites in India

Bhimbetka Caves – Caves of the ancient past

Bhimbetka Caves

The Bhimbetka Caves in Bhiyanpura in the Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh offer a walkthrough to the prehistoric era of India. The caves are like the natural gallery that treasures wall paintings from prehistoric era ranging from Upper Paleolithic to the medieval period.

The exploration of these caves is no less than an adventure; one tends to time travel while looking at these mesmeric wall paintings. Apart from the art-rich rock shelters, Bhimbetka preserves the relics of citadel and mini stupas that indicate towards Buddhist influence.

Several inscriptions have also been found here that are reckoned to have belonged to Sunga, Kushan and Gupta periods along with an undeciphered era. Bhimbetka is absolutely a perfect place for history buffs and indeed one of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh.

Top Tourist Attractions in Bhimbetka

  • Cave Paintings
  • Bhojpur
  • Hoshangabad

Must-Do in Bhimbetka Caves

  • Witness the huge figures of bison, tigers and rhinoceroses
  • Look out for dancing figure from Mesolithic period
  • Visit Bhojpur and Hoshangabad

How to Reach Bhimbetka?

Bhimbetka Caves are located at a distance of about 46kms from Bhopal. Bhopal is well-connected to other major cities of India by rail, air and road. The best way to reach Bhimbetka Caves would be to reach Bhopal first and then hire a cab/taxi for the caves.

Best Time to Visit Bhimbetka Caves

October to March

Also Read: Popular Big Caves in India

Gwalior – City of musicians and rich cultural heritage

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior has been reckoned as one of the important cities that contributed towards the historic richness of India. Right from the Vedic Age to the time of Mutiny, this city of Madhya Pradesh remained a prominent land. Gwalior is rich in art and architecture, which suggests that it makes a great destination for sightseeing tours in MP.

The most popular and prominent attraction of Gwalior is Gwalior Fort which is also called “The pearl amongst fortresses in India”. The most popular Hockey player Dhayan Chand belongs to this city.  It is also said that a hermit named Gwalipa who lived in 8th century AD cured the local chief Suraj Sen, as a token of gratitude he built the city and named it after a saint.

Top Tourist Attractions in Gwalior

  • Man Singh Palace
  • Gwalior Fort
  • Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum,
  • Saas Bahu Temples
  • Tomb of Tansen
  • Teli ka Mandir

Must-Do in Gwalior

  • Visit the Man Singh Palace
  • Gwalior Fort and Jai Vilas Palace
  • Eat at Moti Mahal Delux
  • Visit the State Archaeological Museum
  • Go for Gwalior Darshan on MP Tourism bus

How to Reach Gwalior?

Reaching Gwalior is quite easy as this city is connected with all the major cities by trains, flights and buses.

Here is a distance chart from major cities in India to Gwalior

From Approx Time Approx Distance
Delhi to Gwalior 4 hours 57 mins 333 km
Indore to Gwalior 10 hours 0 mins 496 km
Kanpur to Gwalior 3 hours 48 mins 265 km
Aligarh to Gwalior 3 hours 36 mins 206 km
Alwar to Gwalior 4 hours 4 mins 255 km
Jaipur to Gwalior 5 hours 10 mins 325 km
Agra to Gwalior 2 hours 3 mins 255 km
Orchha to Gwalior 2 hours 54 mins 119 km
Jhansi to Gwalior 2 hours 35 mins 103 km
Bhind to Gwalior 1 hour 20 mins 78.9 km
Noida to Gwalior 4 hours 20 mins 308 km

Best Time to Visit Gwalior

October to March

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Bandhavgarh National Park – Wilderness Calling

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park in Umaria District of Madhya Pradesh is the best place for tiger tourism in India. This 446 sq km wildlife reserve is famed for being a large biodiversity.

Home to a large number of tigers, Bandhavgarh is like a dream destination that enhances wildlife tourism in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from the tigers, the park is the host to about 250 species of birds, 80 species of aquatic animals and 37 species of mammals.

A thrilling place, where you never know what you will spot at the corner of the turn, Bandhavgarh National Park is the highlight of the state of MP.

Top Tourist Attractions in Bandhavgarh

  • Tigers Bandhavgarh Fort
  • Nilgai
  • Gaur
  • Shesh Shaiya
  • Bandhavgarh Market

Must-Do in Bandhavgarh National Park

  • Jeep Safari
  • Elephant Safari
  • Bandhavgarh Fort

How to Reach Bandhavgarh?

The best way to reach Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve would be by train. The nearest railhead is at Umaria and Katni, however, there are quite a few trains that are headed to Umaria or Katni. In this case, the best option would be to travel by train till Jabalpur (Well-connected with several trains from major Indian cities) and then hire a cab/taxi to Bandhavgarh National Park.

Here is the distance chart

Destination Distance from Bandhavgarh Park
Jabalpur 200 Kms / 04 Hrs Drive
Katni 100 Kms / 02 Hrs Drive
Khajuraho 250 Kms / 05 Hrs Drive
Nagpur 490 Kms / 09 Hrs Drive
Umaria 35 Kms / 45 Minutes’ Drive
Varanasi 350 Kms / 07 Hrs Drive
Kanha National Park 250 Kms / 05 Hrs Drive

Important Information

Safari Zone Safari Vehicle Limit (Morning – Evening)
Tala (Gate-1) 16 – 16
Magdhi (Gate-2) 14 – 14
Khitauli (Gate-3) 14 – 14
Park Safari Timing Morning Safari Evening Safari Fort Safari
15 Oct – 15 Feb 07:00 – 10:30 14:00 – 17:30 Sunrise – to – Sunset
16 Feb – 31 Mar 06:00 – 09:30 15:00 – 18:30 Sunrise – to – Sunset
01 Apr – 30 June 06:00 – 09:30 15:30 – 19:00 Sunrise – to – Sunset

Best Time to Visit Bandhavgarh National Park

October to March

Also Read: Hot Air Balloon Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Maheshwar – Abode of the divine

Maheshwar Madhya Pradesh

Often referred to as the ‘Varanasi of Central India’, Maheshwar is a small town dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the bank of Narmada River, Maheshwar has a lot of religious importance and is one of the major popular pilgrimage destinations in Madhya Pradesh.

In fact, it is said that this holy town was once one of the eminent spiritual centers for the Hindu devotees. Today also, Maheshwar is a hotspot for those seeking spiritual experience. Apart from spiritualism, Maheshwar is an excellent hub for those wanting to treat their eyes with some fine Indian architecture as well.

Top Tourist Attractions in Maheshwar

  • Maheshwar Palace
  • Baneshwar Temple
  • Ek Mukhi Datta Temple
  • Sahastar Arjun Temple
  • Rajrajeshwar Mandir
  • Kashi Vishwanath Mandir
  • Chaturbhuj Narayan Mandir
  • Ahilya Mata’s Chhatris
  • Chintamani Ganpati Mandir
  • Pandharinath Mandir
  • Bhawani Mata Mandir
  • Gobar Ganesh Mandir
  • Banke Bihari Palace
  • Anant Narayan Mandir
  • Khedapati Hanuman
  • Ram and Krishna Mandir
  • Baneshwar Temple
  • Kaleshwar
  • Jwaleshwar and Narsingh Mandir

Must-Do in Maheshwar

  • Explore the Ghats
  • Buy Maheshwari Sarees and other Handloom Items

How to Reach Maheshwar?

Maheshwar is quite close to Indore city (2hrs), therefore the best way to reach Maheshwar would be to first reach Indore by train, bus or flight and further on by taking a cab or a local bus.

Best Time to Visit Maheshwar

November to February, Ahilyabai Holkar’s Birthday Celebration (May), Shivratri (February), Nimar Utsav (November), Sacred River Festival (February)

Mandu- City of Grand Palaces

Mandu Rupmati Palace Madhya Pradesh

Mandu is a perfect place for history aficionados. This small town is sometimes referred as Hampi of Central India. Perched on a hilltop, Mandu has history dating back to 10th century AD.

It is situated at an altitude of 2000ft. Like other historic places, Mandu is also replete with the architectural grandeurs that reflect the influence of different ruling eras.

This majestic city is a treasure-trove hidden in the heart of Madhya Pradesh and is indeed a must-visit place in the state. Mandu is also famed for the legendary love story of poet prince Baz Bahadur and his consort Rani Roopmati.

Top Tourist Attractions in Mandu

  • Rupmati’s Pavilion
  • Nil Kanth Palace
  • Hoshang’s Tomb
  • Jahaz Mahal
  • Asharfi Mahal

Must-Do in Mandu

  • Visit the Royal Enclave
  • Visit the Village Group
  • Visit the Rewa Kund Group
  • Watch the sunset from Rupmati’s Pavilion

How to Reach?

Mandu is only 2 hours away from Indore city. So, the ideal way would be to reach Indore by flight or train and then take a cab to Mandu.

Best Time to Visit Mandu

November to February, Ganesh Chaturthi (September)

Omkareshwar – Embrace the divinity

Omkareshwar Madhya Pradesh

Omkareshwar is seen as one of the most revered places in Madhya Pradesh. It is reckoned to be amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, so one can very well estimate the importance of this sacred town.

Soaked in a spiritual feel, Omkareshwar can be your perfect escape from the hectic and bustling crowd of a city and retire to a place that offers nothing but tranquility. In many temples of Omakareshwar, you shall be bound to spend extra time only to imbue yourself into more spirituality.

Top Tourist Attractions in Omkareshwar

  • Siddhanth Temple
  • 24 Avatars
  • Shri Omkar Mandhata Temple
  • Rin Mukteshwar Temple
  • Kajal Rani Cave

Must-Do in Omkareshwar

  • Visit the Omkareshwar Temple
  • Spend time at Gomukh Ghat
  • Visit Mamleshwar Temple

How to Reach Omkareshwar?

The nearest railhead is Omakareshwar thus it is a good idea to board a train. However, not many trains are available for Omkareshwar, so the ideal way to reach here is to first reach either Ujjain or Indore and then take a bus/cab for Omkareshwar.

Best Time to Visit Omkareshwar

September to March

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Bhojpur – Fascinating Historical City

Bhojpur Madhya Pradesh

On the bank of Betwa River, Bhojpur is a historic site in Madhya Pradesh and is said to be a city that could never be completed. The town is believed to have been established by the famous Paramara dynasty ruler Raja Bhoj.

Bhojpur preserves many heritage attractions that date back to the 11th century. The temples, rock paintings, caves and palaces are all adorned with the work of art, which can definitely woo any history lover. Bhojpur is indeed a right place to learn about the rich history of Madhya Pradesh.

Top Tourist Attractions in Bhojpur

  • Bhojeshwar Temple
  • Bhoja’s Royal Palace
  • Jain Temple
  • Parvati Cave
  • Rock Drawings and Quarries

Must-Do in Bhojpur

  • Witness the Cyclopean Dams
  • Visit Bhimbetka Caves (20kms from Bhojpur)
  • Visit Sethani Ghat and Hoshangabad Fort (51kms from Bhojpur)
  • Try kebabs, bhutte ki kees, mawa-bati, khopra pak, and malpua
  • Buy famed handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh

How to Reach Bhojpur?

The best way to reach Bhojpur is to first reach Bhopal, which is at a distance of about 28kms. There are several trains and buses to Bhopal and even flights from different parts of the country operate regularly.

Best Time to Visit Bhojpur

October to February

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Chitrakoot – Lord Rama’s Abode

Chitrakoot Madhya Pradesh

The Hill of Many Wonders, Chitrakoot stretches in both MP and Uttar Pradesh. Chitrakoot is reckoned to be a sacred town that bears historic significance. The legend has it that it was the forest of Chitrakoot where Lord Rama and Sita stayed for 11 long years of their exile.

Thus, Chitrakoot gained the attention of many Hindu devotees along with those of history lovers. Although a small place, Chitrakoot is not short of any charm and if there has to be a choice to pick a place that you must visit in Madhya Pradesh then this can be it.

Top Tourist Attractions in Chitrakoot

  • Raghav Prayag Ghat
  • Kamadgiri
  • Bharat Milap Temple
  • Sati Anusuya Ashram
  • Janaki Kund
  •  Sphatik Shila
  • Gupta Godavari
  • Hanuman Dhara
  • Ram Shaiya
  •  Lakshman Chowki
  • Bharat Koop
  • Mayurdhwaj Ashram
  • Pramod Van
  • Saryu Dhara
  • Shabari Fall
  • Viradh Kund
  • Kali Barah Fall

Must-Do in Chitrakoot

  • Spend time at Ram Ghat
  • Visit the temples at Kamadgiri
  • Drive to Sati Anusuya
  • See the footprint of Lord Rama at Sphatik Shila
  • Visit Janaki Kund
  • Get the Panoramic view of Chitrakoot from Hanuman Dhara

How to Reach Chitrakoot?

The best way to reach Chitrakoot is to first reach Allahabad, which is situated at a distance of 130kms. From Allahabad buses ply to Chitrakoot on a regular basis. The nearest railhead of Chitrakoot is Karvi (8kms) but few trains are available for this station.

Best Time to Visit Chitrakoot

October to March

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Indore – Legacy of Holkar Kings

Indore - Laalbagh Palace

Located at the southern edge of Malwa plateau and tracing its roots back in the 16th century, Indore is the commercial hub of Madhya Pradesh. Indore got its name from 18th century Indreshwar Temple. Rao Nandlal Choudhary in the 18th century founded the city of Indore, he was the chief of the landlords at that time.

Although the city is infamous for being too crowded, when seen from the eyes of an explorer this city too can be interesting. Right from palaces to the museums and from temples to parks, Indore has it all! So, the modern-day Indore is a blend of a modern and historic world.

Top Tourist Attractions in Indore

  • Muhadi Falls
  • Chokhi Dhani
  • Central Museum
  • Chhatris
  • Lalbagh Palace
  • Kanch Mandir
  • Rajwada
  • Town Hall
  • Nehru Park

Must-Do in Indore

  • Visit MHOW (Military Headquarters of War)
  • Visit Omkareshwar
  • Drive to Patal Pani

How to Reach Indore?

Indore is well-connected to all the major cities of India by air and rail. There are also buses to Indore from many cities of UP and MP.

Best Time to Visit Indore

October to March

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Jabalpur – Serene Lush greenery

Jabalpur - Bhedaghat Jabalpur

Known for unmatched natural beauty and several tourist attractions, Jabalpur is considered amongst the best destinations to visit in MP. It is the land of mythical stories and historical and cultural heritage.

Jabalpur is the gateway to Pench , Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks. It is said that the area of Jabalpur was earlier known as Mahakaushal region and it is also believed that the great saint Jabali Rishi blessed this land.

The city is surrounded by granite and sandstone hills and is most famous for its Marble rocks and the national park in its proximity. Jabalpur is situated on the bank of Narmada River and is a perfect place to spend a holiday in Madhya Pradesh.

Tourist Attractions in Jabalpur

  • Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath
  • Madan Mahal Fort
  • PisanHari Jain Temple
  • Bhedaghat
  • Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum
  • Dhuandhar Falls
  • Marble Rock Formations
  • Madan Mahal Fort
  • Gurudwara Gwari Ghat Saheb
  • Dumna Nature Reserve Park
  • Bargi Dam

Must-Do in Jabalpur

  • Try Gakkad-Bharta and Khoye ki Jalebi
  •    Witness the Dhuandhar Falls
  • Take a boat ride to Marble Rocks
  • Witness the 76m tall Shiva statue
  • See the Balancing Rock
  • Attend Aarti at Gwarighat

How to Reach Jabalpur?

Jabalpur is well-connected to almost all the major cities by train and road in India. The easiest and cheapest way to reach Jabalpur is to board a train.

Best Time to Visit Jabalpur

October to May

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Katni – Land of Courage

Katni Vijaraghavgarh

Katni seems to have an interesting history behind its name. Katni is said to have attained the name as this village was rewarded to brave people who used to behead others.

A similar story comes from British rule era, it is said Katni is a place where they used to cut heads of rebellions and plunderers, and hung them in squares to frighten people.

Today’s Katni is a rich reserve of cultural heritage as one can see relics from Mahakaushal, Bundelkhand, and Baghelkhand here. A great place to learn about the history of Madhya Pradesh, Katni is indeed a destination to cherish.

Top Tourist Attractions in Katni

  • Bahoriband
  • Tigavan
  • Vijayraghavgarh
  • Roopnath
  • Bilhary
  • Jhinjhari

Must-Do in Katni

  • Witness the 12ft tall statue of Jain Tirthankar Shantinath in Bahoriband
  • Visit Vijayraghavgarh Fort
  • Pay Homage to Roopnath

How to Reach Katni?

Katni has a railway station, so the best way to reach here would be by train. Also, Jabalpur, which is a major hub in MP, is only at a distance of about 83kms from Katni. From Jabalpur one can catch a bus to Katni.

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Chhatarpur – Peace and Beauty


Another feather in the hat of Madhya Pradesh, Chhatarpur is a beautiful historical town. The place is famed for its heritage tourist sites. It can be a perfect place for those seeking both peace and beauty. The natural charm shall offer peace of mind whereas the historical sites will render the opportunity to learn more about the cultural richness of MP. Chhatarpur seems ideal as a holiday destination for all.

Top Tourist Attractions in Chhatarpur

  • Khajuraho
  • Hanuman Tauria
  • Jatashankar
  • Pandav Falls
  • Bambar Baini
  • Kalinjar Fort
  • Adinath Temple

Must-Do in Chhatarpur

  • Visit the temples of Khajuraho
  • Witness the beautiful Pandav Falls
  • Visit the majestic Kalinjar Fort

How to Reach Chhatarpur?

From Khajuraho it is a 45 minutes’ drive to Chhatarpur. It is ideal if one can take a train till Khajuraho and then a bus to Chhatarpur.

Best Time to Visit Chhatarpur

October to March

Pachmarhi – Delightful hill station

Pachmarhi Lake

Pachmarhi is a popular travel destination in Madhya Pradesh. In order to get relief from the scorching summer heat many seek shelter in Pachmarhi. This beautiful hill station is famous for cave paintings in the forest, viewpoints, waterfalls and a lake.

The beauty of Pachmarhi has also been shown in Bollywood flicks like Asoka and Chakravyuh. It is a touristy place, so one can see the availability of all those things that are necessary for the tourists.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Pachmarhi

  • Dhupgarh
  • Chauragarh
  • Panar Pani
  • Sangam
  • Jatashankar and Mahadeo Caves
  • Silver Falls
  • Apsara Vihar

Must-Do in Pachmarhi

  • Sit beside the lake in Pachmarhi
  • Listen to the Orchestra in Cantonment
  • Visit the beautiful Catholic Church
  • Visit the Pandav Caves
  • Watch the sun go down from Sunset Point

How to Reach Pachmarhi?

The best way to reach Pachmarhi is to first reach Piparaiya (52kms from Pachmarhi) by train. From here, one can take a cab/bus to Pachmarhi.

Best Time to Visit Pachmarhi

October to June

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Pench National Park

Pench National Park

Here is one destination that is an absolute pride for Madhya Pradesh tourism; Pench National Park is a rich reservoir of flora and fauna. The Park, which is partially in MP and partially in Maharashtra, is a safe shelter for many endangered species.

Spread in an area of 758 sq kms, Pench is home to species like Bison, Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai and leopards. A large variety of birds and reptiles can also be found in this park and that is why it is a perfect destination for wildlife tours in Madhya Pradesh.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Pench National Park

  • Indian Bison
  • Sambar
  • Jungle Cat

Must-Do in Pench National Park

  • Take a Jeep Safari

Winter Safari Timings in Pench National Park

Entry Exit
Morning Safari: 07:30 AM Morning Safari: 10:30 AM
Evening Safari: 03:00 PM Evening Safari: 05:30 PM

Summer Safari Timings in Pench National Park

Entry Exit
Morning Safari: 06:30 AM Morning Safari: 09:30 AM
Evening Safari: 04:00 PM Evening Safari: 06:30 PM

How to Reach Pench National Park?

The best way to reach Pench is by first arriving at Jabalpur, which is at a distance of about 192kms by train. From Jabalpur, one can easily get a cab/taxi to Pench National Park.

Best Time to Visit Pench National Park

October to June

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Rewa – Be one with the nature

Rewa Fort Madhya Pradesh

Rewa is a small yet significant place in MP. Mostly known for its museum, waterfalls and historical villages, Rewa has become popular amongst many backpackers as a perfect destination for nature tourism in Madhya Pradesh.

The forts and palaces make this place even more attractive to the tourists. A laid back yet informational trip is what can be guaranteed here as the town runs at its own pace yet in no time takes one back in history.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Rewa

  • Baghel Museum
  • Rewa Fort
  • Pili Kothi
  • Gobindgarh Fort
  •  Govindgarh Palace
  • Venkat Bhavan
  • Rani Talab
  • APS University Stadium
  • Bhairo Baba Statue
  • Ranipur Karchulian
  • Keonti Waterfalls
  • Purva Waterfalls

Must-Do in Rewa

  •  Visit the beautiful Keonti Waterfalls
  • Visit Rewa and Gobindgarh Fort
  • Explore Venkat Bhavan

How to Reach Rewa?

Rewa is well-connected by rail and road with several cities of India. The best way to reach Rewa is to board a train from New Delhi, Jabalpur and Bhopal.

Best Time to Visit Rewa

October to March

Vidisha – Wonderful Historical Gem

Vidisha - Dashavtar Temple

Known for architectural grandeurs, Vidisha has a charm like no other. A resplendent historical site of Madhya Pradesh, Vidisha endures a lot of appeal to the history buffs.  Historical wonders like Udayagiri caves and Heliodorus which was built in 110 BC (Khamba Baba) are some of the major tourist attractions.

One might also get a clear picture of the rich past of Madhya Pradesh from the relics found in Vidisha. Truly an out and out historical destination in Madhya Pradesh, Vidisha is worth investing your time upon.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Vidisha

  • Sola-Kambi Temple
  • Dashavatara Temple
  • Khamba Baba
  • Girdhari Temple
  • Gadarmal Temple

Must-Do in Vidisha

  • Visit Bija Mandal
  • Visit temple made by Late Parmara Rulers
  • Witness the Sanchi Stupa
  • Spend time near the Betwa River

How to Reach Vidisha

Train is the best way to reach Vidisha. There are a number of trains from several major cities in India that connect to Vidisha.

Best Time to Visit Vidisha

October to March

Shivpuri – Abode of Greenery

Shivpuri Madhya Pradesh - Chhatri of Madhav Rao Scindia

An ancient town, Shivpuri boasts about the rich history of Madhya Pradesh. The town was once the summer capital of Scindia rulers of Gwalior. There are a number of ancient buildings including forts, palaces and chhatris (cenotaphs), the town is also famous for national parks, wildlife sanctuary and waterfalls, which makes Shivpuri a complete holiday destination in MP.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Shivpuri

  • Madhav National Park
  • Son Chiraiya Bird Sanctuary
  • Chhatris, Bhura Kho
  • Bhadaiya Kund
  •  Narwar Fort

Must-Do in Shivpuri

  • Picnic at Bhura Kho and Bhadaiya Kund
  • Safari in Madhav National Park
  • Bird Watching in Son Chiraiya Bird Sanctuary

How to Reach Shivpuri?

Shivpuri is well-connected by rail and road to several cities of India. The best way to reach here would be by train if comfort is the factor.

Best Time to Visit Shivpuri

October to March

Deogarh – Beauty in Ruins

Deogarh Madhya Pradesh

Situated in the Lalitpur range of hills, Deogarh is a village in Madhya Pradesh. River Betwa that flows through this lovely little place enhances the beauty of this village.

Deogarh was once a fortified city and was an important place to see the Jain architecture. Although now mostly in ruins; Deogarh is still a majestic travel destination in MP.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Deogarh

  • Deogarh Fort
  • Chanderi
  • Talbehat
  • Matatila Dam

Must-Do in Deogarh

  • Visit the Dashavatara Temple and Shantinath Temple
  • Buy Chanderi Sarees
  • Picnic at Matatila Dam
  • Visit Baransingh Temple in Talbehat

How to Reach Deogarh?

The most convenient way to reach Deogarh is to first arrive at Lalitpur by train. Lalitpur is at a distance of only 23kms from Deogarh. One can take a cab/bus from Lalitpur.

Best Time to Visit Deogarh

September to May, Jain Mela and Gajrath Mahotasav.

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Sheopur – Small yet Sublime

Sheopur Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary

Sheopur district in Madhya Pradesh is known for its rich skill of wood carving. Sheopur in other words can be called the centre for craft in Madhya Pradesh.

The main attraction of Sheopur apart from wood work is Palpur (kuno) wildlife sanctuary. Though a small place, Sheopur is truly attractive and offers an insight of the lifestyle of the people of MP.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Sheopur

  • Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaketa Reservoir

Must-Do in Sheopur

  • Buy crafted wood item
  • Visit Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary

How to Reach Sheopur?

One can reach Sheopur by taking a train till Shivpuri, which is at a distance of 120kms. From Shivpuri regular buses ply to Sheopur.

Best Time to Visit Sheopur

October to March

Chanderi – Beauty and Joy Forever

Chanderi Fort- Madhya Pradesh

Chanderi is yet another historical town of Madhya Pradesh, where each meandering road makes you meet history. The history of Chanderi is extracted from myths and folklore as no written evidence could be found here. Today, Chanderi is a reminiscence of the ancient MP, where Gurjara-Pratihara used to rule. From Bundela Rajputs to malwa Sultans Chanderi has been the central point for many dynasties. Surrounded by lakes, hills and forests, Chanderi is not less than a heaven. Also, the world famous Chanderi sarees need no introduction.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Chanderi

  • Koshak Mahal
  • Shehzadi Ka Rauza
  • Ramnagar Palace and Museum
  • Purana Madarsa
  • Kati Ghati Gateway
  • Behti Math
  • Nanuan Rock Paintings
  • Idgah
  • Khandagiri Temple
  • Bada Mahal Darwaza
  • Singhpur Palace
  • Kirti Durg
  • Jama Masjid
  • Jageshwari Temple
  • Nizamuddin Family Tombs
  • Chandraprabh Temple

Must-Do in Chanderi

  • Visit Koshak Mahal
  • Witness Nanuan Rock Paintings,
  • Visit Ramnagar Palace and Museum

How to Reach Chanderi?

The best way to reach Chanderi is via Lalitpur. Lalitpur is at a distance of about 36kms from Chanderi and has a well-connected railway station. From Lalitpur, one can get a cab or bus to Chanderi.

Best Time to Visit Chanderi

October to March

Mandsaur – Embrace the spirituality

Mandsaur Pashupati Nath Temple

A rich archaeological site, Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh adds to the historical treasure of the state. What makes Mandsaur famous is its Lord Pashupatinath temple, which is located on a river’s bank.

The idol of Pashupatinath is similar to that of the highly famed Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal. What more, Mandsaur is also popular for producing high quality opium.

A blend of history and modernization has made Mandsaur quite a place to visit. Infact witnessing the Pashupatinath Temple here is one of the things you must do in Madhya Pradesh.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Mandsaur

  • Lord Pashupatinath Temple
  • Nalcha Mata Mandir
  • Gandhi Sagar Dam

Must-Do in Mandsaur

  • Visit Lord Pashupatinath Temple
  • Visit Gandhi Sagar Dam

How to Reach?

Buses and trains are available to Mandsaur. The best way would be to board a train.

Best Time to Visit

October to March

Pali – Ancient and blissful City

Pali Birasinidevi Temple

Pali is situated in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. This small town is also famed for its archaeological heritage that dates back to the flourishing era of Jain religion. One can find several Hindu and Jain temples in Pali and can enjoy the utter quietness of this slow-paced town. One also has the good opportunity to get an insight on the small-city lifestyle of people in MP.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Pali: Birasinidevi Temple

How to Reach Pali?

One can visit Jabalpur by bus/train and then can take a cab/bus to Pali.

Best Time to Visit Pali

October to March

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Tikamgarh – City of Havelis and forts

Tikamgarh Madhya Pradesh

Tikamgarh was once a part of the kingdom of Orchha and is believed to have been founded by Bundela ruler Rudra Pratap Singh. This small yet significant town is situated to the south of Orchha and is famed for its majestic fort. Boasting of rich architecture, Tikamgarh can be a great destination for a day-trip from Orchha and Jhansi.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Tikamgarh

  • Laxmi Narayan Temple
  • Rani Mahal
  • Sunder Mahal
  •  Dauji Ki Haveli
  • Janki Mandir Temple
  • Rai Praveen Mahal
  • Garhkundar Fort
  • Mahendra Sagar

Must-Do in Tikamgarh

  • Visit Garh Kundar Fort
  • Watch the sunset from Laxmi Narayan Temple
  • Visit Janki Mandir
  • Spend time near Mahendra Sagar

How to Reach Tikamgarh?

Lalitpur is the nearest railhead from Tikamgarh, situated at a distance of about 46kms. The best way to reach Tikamgarh would be to first travel to Lalitpur and then take a bus.

Best Time to Visit Tikamgarh

October to March

Kuno National Park – Home to African Cheetahs

Located in Sheopur and Morena Districts in Madhya Pradesh, Kuno National Park is the newest addition to the list of top tourist destinations in the state.

Though the park was established in 1981 as a wildlife sanctuary, the park has recently got highlighted as it is now home to eight African Cheetahs. The cheetahs were brought to the park from Namibia in September 2022 under the ‘Cheetah reintroduction programme’.

Initially spread across an area of 345 square kilometres and an additional area of 924 square kilometres (buffer zone), the park was declared a national park in 2018. Similar to the other national parks in Madhya Pradesh, it is also a part of the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forest.

A jungle safari in this park will let you take a glimpse of the Indian leopard, Indian wolf, Bengal fox, sloth bear and many more species apart from the African cheetahs.

Top Tourist Attractions near Kuno National Park

  • Kanha Museum
  • Mandla
  • Amarkantak
  • Bamni Dadar
  • Kawardha Palace

Must-Do in Kuno National Park

  • Jungle safari
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching
  • Village Walks
  • Nature Walks

How to Reach Kuno National Park?

The nearest railheads are Gwalior, Kota and Jhansi and the nearest airport is at Gwalior, from where you have to take a cab or bus to reach the park.

Best Places to Stay near Kuno National Park?

  • Rest Houses at KNP
  • Jungle Resort Kuno
  • Hotel Kuno Palace

Here is a distance chart from major cities in India to Kuno National Park

From Approx Time Approx Distance
Bhopal to KNP 7 hours 38 mins 414 km
Jabalpur to KNP 11 hours 38 mins 560 km
Indore to KNP 9 hours 6 mins 490 km
Gwalior to KNP 4 hours 10 mins 196 km
Jhansi to KNP 4 hours 28 mins 200 km
Ratlam to KNP 10 hours 8 mins 463 km
Kota to KNP 4 hours 17 mins 209 km
Sawai Madhopur to KNP 3 hours 1 min 124 km
Udaipur to KNP 8 hours 26 mins 490 km

Important Information on Safari Timings in Kuno National Park

Morning Afternoon
6 AM to 1 PM 3 PM to 6 PM

Best Time to Visit Kuno National Park

October to February

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Hanuwantiya – The Happiness Island

Hanuwantiya Madhya Pradesh

One of the popular tourist destinations for adventure-seekers, Hanuwantiya island is located in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. The island is referred to as Happiness Island where the famous Jal Mahotsav is held every year.

It is a globally recognised vacation spot in India for providing the huge event of several kinds of adventurous activities. Tourists from different parts of the world come here to experience hot air ballooning, jet skiing, zip lining, ATV rides, jeep safaris and many more.

The archipelago on the Indira Sagar Dam is the one-stop spot for families as there is no dearth of fun opportunities for kids. They can opt for toy helicopter rides, jungle safari and many indoor games under a skilled guide. Moreover, you can also spend the weekend here, as the place boasts many tents and resorts to stay in.

Top Tourist Attractions near Hanuwantiya

  • Boat Club
  • Tent City
  • Boriyamal Island
  • The nearby villages
  • Indira Sagar Dam
  • Shri Dadaji Darbar
  • Sant Singaji Dam

Must-Do in Hanuwantiya


  • Jet Ski
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Water Parasailing
  • Water Surfing
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Cruising
  • Visit nearby dams
  • Visit the nearby villages
  • Island visits

How to Reach Hanuwantiya?

The nearest airport to Hanuwantiya Island is Indore, 150 kilometres away. You can also reach the place by train. Khandwa Railway Station, 50 kilometres away is the closest railhead to the island.

Best Places to Stay in Hanuwantiya

  • MPT Hanuwantiya Resort
  • Hanuwantiya Tent City
  • Hanuwantiya Tapu

Best Time to Visit Hanuwantiya

November to January

Here is a distance chart from major cities in India to Hanuwantiya

From Approx Time Approx Distance
Indore to Hanuwantiya 3 hours 53 mins 137 km
Gwalior to Hanuwantiya 11 hours 15 mins 587 km
Bhopal to Hanuwantiya 4 hours 56 mins 233 km
Jabalpur to Hanuwantiya 10 hours 36 mins 502 km

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Burhanpur – Witness the Mughal Splendour

Burhanpur Madhya Pradesh

Situated at the bank of Tapti River, Burhanpur is known for its rich past in Madhya Pradesh. This mid-sized city is named after Sheikh Burhan-ud-Din and is famed as a pilgrimage for Bohra Muslims as well as for Sikhs.

Burhanpur is also popular as a place where the body of Queen Mumtaz was kept before shifting it to the majestic Taj Mahal. Since Burhanpur was an integral part of Mughal kingdom, it has a large number of big and small monuments which must be seen.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Burhanpur

  • Badshahi Quila
  • Dargah-e-Hakimi
  • Asirgarh Fort

Must-Do in Burhanpur

  • Visit Badhshahi Quila
  • Spend time on the bank of Tapti River
  • Visit Dargah-e-Hakimi Garden
  • Visit the local markets for Kalabattu Jari (Gold-silver thread work) on clothes.

How to Reach Burhanpur?

Burhanpur has its own railway station, so the best and most convenient way to reach here is by train.

Best Time to Visit Burhanpur

October to February

Barwani – Landscape for Artists

Barwani Madhya Pradesh

Set up on the left bank of River Narmada, Barwani is yet another spectacular place to see in Madhya Pradesh. The town is surrounded by the forest of Satpura and Vindhyachal, thus Barwani can be a good destination for a nature escape. Barwani is also famous for its Jain temples.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Barwani

  • Chool Giri (Bawangaja)
  • Beejasan

Must-Do in Barwani

  • Witness world’s tallest Adinath Ji statue in Chool Giri
  • Visit the temple of Beejasani (Durga)

How to Reach Barwani?

The best possible way to reach Barwani would be to board a train till Indore, which is at a distance of about 155kms. From Indore, regular buses ply to Barwani.

Best Time to Visit Barwani

October to February

Amarkantak – Sacred Hindu Pilgrimage

Amarkantak Madhya Pradesh

Situated at the meeting point of Vindhya and Satpura forests, Amarkantak is a beautiful destination in Madhya Pradesh. Two rivers i.e Narmada and Sone flows through Amarkantak in two different directions making this place look more pleasing to the eyes. Amarkantak is a famed Hindu pilgrimage also. Blessed with a holy pond, waterfalls and lofty hills, this small town is a perfect place for family vacations in Madhya Pradesh.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Amarkantak

  • Narmada Udgam
  • Sonmuda
  • Bhrigu Kamandal
  • Dhuni Pani
  • Dudh Dhara
  • Mai ki Bagiya

Must-Do in Amarkantak

  •   Attend Aartis like Narmada Aarti and Kund ki Aarti
  • Visit hot spring at Dhuni Pani
  • Visit Sonmuda, the prime source of River Sone

How to Reach Amarkantak?

There are trains available till Pendra Road (17kms from Amarkantak) and Anuppur (48kms from Amarkantak). From both these places regular buses are available for Amarkantak.

Best Time to Visit Amarkantak

October to March

Itarsi – City of biggest Railway Junction

Itarsi- Bori Wildlife Sanctuary

Famed for its Railway Junction that is reckoned to be the central crossing for west to east routes and north to east routes, Itarsi is a trading hub in Madhya Pradesh.

This town is significant for the handloom clothing and art & craft industry. At Itarsi one has the opportunity to witness vivid attractions like churches, temples and a wildlife reserve.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Itarsi

  • Tawa Reservoir
  • Bori Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Boodhi Mata Mandir
  • Hussaini Masjid

Must-Do in Itarsi

  • Visit Bori Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visit the Tawa Dam
  • Explore Hushang Fort

How to Reach Itarsi?

The most convenient way to reach Itarsi is by train. The railway station of Itarsi is well-connected to almost all the major cities of India.

Best Time to Visit Itarsi

October to March

Panna – Diamond City

Panna - Mahamati Prannath ji Temple

Panna is famed as the city of diamonds; it is the only city in Madhya Pradesh with diamond reserves. Not only Panna is popular for its world heritage site – Panna National Park but also for its ancient temples. Temples in Panna are a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The city holds a lot of historical and religious significance. It is in the city of Panna where Mahamati Prannath preached the message of self-awakening and took samadhi after spending eleven years with his disciples.

Top Tourist Attractions in Panna

  • Pandava Falls and Caves
  • Diamond Mines
  • Panna National Park
  • Jugal Kishoreji Temple
  • Mahamati Prannath ji Temple
  • Raneh Falls and Ken Crocodile Sanctuary

Must Do in Panna

  • Exotic wildlife of Panna National Park
  • Enjoy the lush greenery, waterfalls and lakes around Pandava falls and caves.
  • Diamond mines is a must visit place as it is the only active diamond mine in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Enchanting canyons of Rewa Plateau and Raneh Falls will blow your heart away.
  • Spiritual bliss at the temples of Panna is a must.

How to Reach Panna?

By air you have to take a flight to Khajuraho Airport to reach Panna and by train Khajuraho Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station.

Where to Stay at Panna?

Some of the best places to stay at Panna are Hotel Shanvi Landmark, Pashan Garh and Panna Heritage boutique hotel. However, budget hotels are also available for a comfortable stay.

Best Time to Visit Panna

November to May

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Satna – Sacred Sanctuary of Gods

Satna Madhya Pradesh

Satna is very popular for its cement as it is the store house of plenty of limestone and dolomite deposits. Satna got its name from the river of the same name originating in Panna district. Satna holds a great religious importance. In mythology, some parts of Chitrakoot where Lord Rama used to stay during Ramayana era are located at the outskirts of Satna.

There are various religious sites and shopping sites in Satna to make your day blissful. Satna is a unique blend of history, spirituality and spectacular views. From forts, temples, museums to natural landscapes, it is a place of unequalled loveliness.

Top Tourist Attractions in Satna

  • Madhavgarh Fort
  • Maihar, Chitrakoot
  • Tulsi Museum
  • Shri Bihari Mandir
  • Bharhut Stupa
  • Ramvan
  • Jagatdev Talab
  • Shradha Devi Temple
  • Venkatesh Temple

Must Do in Satna

  • Enjoy the local food of Satna- Moth Dal, Dahi Bhalla, Mango Pickle, Almond Milk and Litti etc.
  • Travel back in time to see the historical charm of Bharhut Stupa.
  • Land your spiritual boat at Ramvan and Venkatesh Temple.
  • Revel in the 400 years old architectural wonder of Madhavgarh Fort.

How to Reach Satna?

Khajuraho Airport is the nearest airport to reach Satna. You can also reach through Jabalpur Airport; it is 215 km from Satna. One can also reach Satna by train route, the nearest route would be Bombay- Howrah Train Route and National Highway No.7 through Maihar-Amarpatan.

Where to Stay at Satna?

Budget hotels are easily available at Satna. MP tourism also provides a comfortable stay to the tourists. Some of the best Government owned stays are Sainik Rest House, Circuit House and Barut Hotel.

Best Time to visit Satna

October to March

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Betul – Serene nature’s lap

Betul- Balajipuram Madhya Pradesh

If you want to treat your eyes with beautiful and picturesque landscapes then Betul is the best place to visit in Madhya Pradesh. Lush greenery, rolling hills, breathtaking rivers, awesome weather throughout the year and serenity all around with soul soothing solitude makes Betul a perfect getaway from chaotic city life. There are a lot of scenic temples in Betul to delight your soul.

Top Tourist Attractions in Betul

  • Salbardi
  • Balajipuram
  • Muktagiri
  • Tapti Udgam
  • Kukru Khamla
  • Kherla Fort

Must Do in Betul

  • Temple trails to seek eternal peace is a must. Some of the most visited temples are Muktagiri and Balajipuram
  • Sunrise and sunset at the highest peak in Betul district – Kukru Khamla
  • Take blessings of lord Shiva at Salbardi
  • Dive deep into the holiness of Tapti River at Tapti Udgam.
  • Ruins of Kherla fort and the history of the Gond dynasty are waiting for you.

How to Reach Betul?

Nagpur Airport is the nearest airport to reach Betul. You can also reach Betul via Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal. By train Betul Railway Station under the west central railway zone is the best way to reach Betul. Bhopal National Highway is also a suitable option for those travelling by road.

Where to Stay at Betul?

Some of the best hotels to stay at Betul are Hotel Sambhavi, Hotel IC inn, Hotel Ramakrishna and Hotel Abhashree. Budget and deluxe hotels are also available according to traveller’s needs with all the facilities for a comfortable stay.

Best Time to Visit Betul

Any period of the Year

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Morena – Peacock City

Morena got its name from mor (peacock) and raina means a place. Morena can be called the ‘City of Peacocks’ as they are found in large numbers. It is said that the town of Morena was named after the village of Muraina which is 8km away from the present town.  It is the most popular town in the city of Madhya Pradesh.

Many dynasties ruled Morena like Nagas, Guptas, Hunas, Gurjaras and Chandellas etc which makes this town historically and culturally very rich.

From 30,000-year-old paintings to unique style temples, every corner of Morena reveals a story of its rich cultural heritage.

Top Tourist Attractions in Morena

  • Pahargarh Cave Paintings
  • Kotwal Reservoir
  • Shani Dev Temple
  • Sihoniya
  • Sabalgarh Fort
  • Ashan River
  • National Chambal Sanctuary
  • Bateshwar Temples
  • Chausath Yogini Temple

Must Do in Morena

  • Don’t forget to visit the centuries old group of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu – Bateshwar Temples.
  • Chausath Yogini Temple – Rare, mysterious circular shaped temple dedicated to the tantric sect of 64 yogini.
  • National Chambal Sanctuary – Abode of exotic aquatic animals
  • Sihoniya Village- It houses the most unique khajuraho style temple.
  • Witness the true beauty of Rajput architecture at Sabalgarh Fort.

How to Reach Morena?

Gwalior Airport is the nearest Airport to reach Morena and Morena Railway Station is the main railway station to reach Morena. One can also reach Morena via NH3 highway on NH3 Agra Bombay Road.

Where to Stay at Morena?

Morena has a plethora of places to stay for tourists. From budget hotels to luxury hotels, it caters to the needs of tourists of all kinds. Make your bookings well in advance.

Best Time to Visit Morena

October to March

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Dhar – Sublime and fascinating

Dhar is one of the most popular places to visit in Madhya Pradesh. From majestic forts, temples and mosques to amazing waterfalls and ancient structures, you will never get bored of Dhar. Dhar was once the capital of Malwa before Mandu became the prominent center.

There are a lot of barren hills, historical buildings, temples, and architectural masterpieces that will delight your senses once you visit its shores. Ruled by many dynasties Dhar has been the hotbed of many cultures but King Bhuj of Paramara Dynasty is the most popular ruler of Dhar.

Top Tourist Attractions in Dhar

  • Bhojshala
  • Dhar Fort
  • Pillar Mosque
  • Bagh Caves
  • Dhar Museum
  • Shaykh Changal
  • Jhira Bagh Palace
  • Cenotaphs

Must Do in Dhar

  • Cultural heritage of Dhar can be best explored at Bhoj Shala, it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Dhar.
  • Dilawar Khan’s Pillar Mosque is an architectural wonder. It is a must visit place in Dhar.
  • Beautiful rock cut architecture and pictorial art of Bagh Caves will delight your soul.
  • Revel in the history of Dhar at Dhar Museum.

How to Reach Dhar?

Devi Ahilyabai Holkar National Airport in Indore, is the nearest airport to Dhar and Ratlam and Indore are the nearest railway stations to reach Dhar. You will also get regular buses from cities like Jabalpur, Gwalior, Bilaspur to reach Dhar.

Where to Stay at Dhar?

Dhar provides comfortable stay to the tourists of all kinds. From luxury to budget hotels, Dhar caters to the needs of tourists with all the basic facilities and amenities. Some of the best places to stay at Dhar are Malwa Resorts, Hotel Yashika Palace, Hotel Monarch and Hotel Bee Town etc.

Best Time to Visit Dhar

October to March

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This magical land of Madhya Pradesh is truly inspirational and if you are a history buff or simply a traveler who loves to see a different India, this central state is your perfect choice.

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Published: 16 Dec, 2022

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.