Madhya Pradesh Information
Madhya Pradesh, the heartland and the largest state of India was created in 1956 hut its cultural history dates back 3,08,144 sq.km. area and population around 6,03,85,118 , this has been the cradle of many a dynasties and faith and abounds in edifices and historical monument of great tourist interest. The great central plateau of Madhya Pradesh, streaked with the ranges of Satpura and Vindhyas, the river systems of the Narmada, Tapti, Chambal, Sone, Betwa and Indravati, and possessed of some of the richest tropical forest, it has a natural setting of great charm. This is the only producer of diamond and tin in India. Madhya Pradesh can proudly boast of thousands of magnificent monuments. Millennia have passed, kings and princes have come and gone, but the monuments are still there, giving a peep into the chequered history and joy to the visitors. Some of the prominent spots of tourist interest city-wise have been described below.
Madhya Pradesh Tourism Information
Gwalior, named after legendary saint Gwalipa of the eight century and its ancient fort are almost synonym. Passing from legendary Suraj Scn, to Tomars in the 14th century, it has been the seat of ruling of the Scindias. It was here that Rani of Jhansi was killed fighting the British forces. The following spots deserve special mention:
The Fort built by Tomar Raja Man Singh symbolizes the grandeur of Gwalior. Built on a 100 metre high hill with a massive wall around, rising to a height of nearly 10 meters, the Fort offers a panoramic view of the town and plains below. Within the fort is the Gujari Mahal, a magnificent palace in stone which was built by Raja Man Singh in 15th century for his favorite Wife Mrignayani .The palace now houses a Museum with fine sculptures and replica of the Bagh Cave murals Nearby is six-towered palace crowned with domes, the Man Mandir with its lattice work windows and vivid colors. Other spots in the fort worth visiting are Chaturbhuj Temple, Sas-Bahu-ka-Mandir and Teli-ka-Mandir. Outside the fort, in the new town Lakshar is Jai Vilas Palace, designed on the plan of an Italian Piazza. This has also the Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum which remains open between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. on working days; Monday being off day. Other monuments outside the fort are Rani of Jhansi Memorial, Tombs of Tansen and Ghaus. Excursion to 125 km. away Narvar Fort is also an exhilirating experience. Gwalior is very well connected with Delhi by air, road and air links, There are scores of good hotels, both of Indian and Western style, for visitors’ stay.
69 km. from Gwalior on Delhi- Chennai main (railway) line, Datia is a medieval historical site. Its main attraction is seven storey Palace atop a hill built by Raja Bir Singh Deo in the 17th century. Datia is well connected with Gwalior by road.
Founded in the 16th century by Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap, on the banks of river Betwa, Orcha is a beautiful historical spot with its palaces, temples, fort, parks, cenotaphs, etc. Of the palaces Rai Praveen Mahal is the best. Rai Praveen was a beautiful paramour for Raja Indramani (1672-76). There are also some palaces of interest and this town is only 19 km. away from Jhansi, a big city.
120 km. from Gwalior on the Agra Bombay Road lies Shivpuri, the Summer Capital of Scindias, amidst lush forests and undulating wooded hills. Apart from palaces, fort, lake and pool and chantries, Shivpuri in noted for its 156 sq.km. National Park rich in wild-life. Regular buses connect Shivpuri with Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal, Jhansi and Ujjain. There are good hotels, Circuit House, Rest House and Indian style hotels.
About 239 km. from Gwalior, Chanderi is famous for its Koshak Mahal built by Mehmud Khilji of Malwa in 1445, Fort atop a 200 meter high hill, and handicrafts. Among its well-known handicrafts are fine muslin, brocade work and saris.
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