The historical fort cities of Gwalior and Orchha in Madhya Pradesh have been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Cities List. This takes the total number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Madhya Pradesh to 5. Both the cities are essential components of Madhya Pradesh tourism and are always included in any Madhya Pradesh sightseeing tour package.
The inclusion of the historical fort cities of Gwalior and Orchha in Madhya Pradesh by UNESCO in its World Heritage Cities List was done under its urban landscape city programme. The inclusion was a major achievement for Madhya Pradesh tourism.
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Gwalior: A city built by illustrious dynasties!
The city of Gwalior was established in the 9th century by Gurjar Pratihar Rajvansh, Tomar, Baghel Kachvaho and Scindias. Their achievements stand today in the form of memorials, forts, palaces and temples.
The main tourist attractions which you should visit while travelling to Gwalior are:
- Gwalior Fort
- Gujari Mahal
- Jai Vilas Palace
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Orchha: A grand display of Rajput architecture!
The historic town of Orchha, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh, was founded in the 16th century by Rudra Pratap, the Bundela Rajput chief.
The town is dotted with several monuments, including palaces and temples. Some of its famous tourist attractions which you should visit are:
- Ram Raja Temple
- Chaturbhuj Temple
- Laxmi Narayan Temple
- Jehangir Mahal
- Orchha Bird Sanctuary
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Other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Madhya Pradesh
The other three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Madhya Pradesh are:
- The Khajuraho Group of Monuments
- Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
- The Rock Shelters at Bhimbetka
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q.What is the best time to visit Gwalior and Orchha?
The best time to visit Gwalior and Orchha is during winters, between the months of November to March.
Q.What are the main tourist attractions in Gwalior?
Some of the main tourist attractions in Gwalior are Gwalior Fort, Bateshwar, Gurjari Mahal and Jai Vilas Palace.
Q. What are the main tourist attractions in Orchha?
A few of the main tourist attractions in Orchha are Chaturbhuj Temple, Chhatris, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Jehangir Mahal and Orchha Bird Sanctuary.
Q.When were Gwalior and Orchha included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Cities List?
Gwalior and Orchha were included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List on 7th December, 2020.