Top 10 Places To Visit In Madhya Pradesh

Famously referred to as the ‘Heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state in India. It is considered to be occupying the most ancient land in the Indian subcontinent known as Gondwana. The rich history of the state is evident from the stunning architecture of the bygone era. To have an insight into the history and marvel at the skills of the artisans of the past, you need to travel the length and breadth of Madhya Pradesh. Given below are the top 10 places to visit in Madhya Pradesh.

1. Bhopal


Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is called the ‘City of Lakes’ and rightly so. It has an amazing number of natural lakes and artificial lakes. The city is a blend of history, mesmerizing beauty and modernized planning. Here are the leading destinations in Bhopal you need to visit.

  • Bhimbekta
  • Upper Lake
  • Lower Lake
  • Van Vihar National Park
  • Bhojpur
  • National Museum of Mankind
  • State Museum of Madhya Pradesh
  • Birla Museum
  • Gohar Mahal
  • Minto Hall
  • Taj ul Masajid
  • Bhadbhada Dam

2. Indore


Situated on the banks of Rivers Khan and Sarawati, Indore, the largest city in Madhya Pradesh, is famous for its spectacular architecture. The land is update with the modern world but a visit to Indore will make you feel that you are in a different part of the world and an ancient one too. Given below are some of the top attractions in Indore.

  • Central Museum
  • Lal Baag Palace
  • Patalpani Waterfall
  • Pipliyapala Regional Park
  • Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tincha Fall
  • Indore White Church
  • Krishnapura Chhatris
  • Town Hall
  • Nehru Park

3. Gwalior


A blend of bravery and architecture is not uncommon in the ancient history. However, in Gwalior, you will find that the blend is unique. The glorious architecture stands proof of the expertise of the land in war and arts. Here are the leading attractions of Gwalior.

  • Gwalior Fort
  • Sun Temple
  • Jai Vilas Palace Museum
  • Gopachal Parvat
  • Gujari Mahal Archaeological Museum
  • Teli Ka Mandir
  • Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum
  • Madhav National Park
  • Tigra Dam

4. Khajuraho


One cannot help but think of Khajuraho sculptures the moment the name of the place is heard. The exquisite carvings are proof of the immortal architecture of the land. A perfect example of Indo-Aryan architecture, the sculptures stand the test of time. Here are the leading destinations in Khajuraho.

  • Khajuraho Temples
  • Ajaigarh Fort
  • Panna National Park
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Dhubela Museum
  • Kalinjar Fort
  • Beni Sagar Dam

5. Ujjain


Ujjain is considered one among the seven important Hindi pilgrim centers to attain mukthi. Located on Shipra River banks, the city attracts pilgrims in great numbers. This ancient city was once the center of learning. Given below are some of the leading destinations here.

  • Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple
  • Kal Bhairav Temple
  • Chintaman Ganesh Temple
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Kalideh Palace
  • Vikram Kirti Mandir Museum

6. Mandu


Mandu, as Mandavgarh is called, is situated at an altitude of 2000 feet. The architectural beauty in the land fight with the scenic landscape to draw your attention. Whichever way you go, you stand benefited. However, you may not want to miss out on any of the star attractions here.

  • Hindola Mahal
  • Ship Palace
  • Rewa Kund
  • Bagh Caves
  • Rupayan Museum
  • Chhappan Mahal Museum
  • Hoshang Shah’s Tomb
  • Rupmati Pavilion
  • Echo Point

7. Jabalpur


If you love nature, you need to be in Jabalpur on your tour to Madhya Pradesh. Considered the most favored destinations in the land, Jabalpur has plenty to offer. Its rich natural beauty and historic monuments will make your stay worthwhile. Here are the leading destinations in Jabalpur.

  • Dhuandhar Waterfalls
  • Bhedaghaat
  • Madan Mahal Fort
  • Balancing Rocks
  • Bargi Dam
  • Narmada Valley
  • Dumna Nature Reserve
  • Rani Durgavati Museum

8. Sanchi


is a World Heritage Site. The ancient history of the land is evident in the temples, stupas and monasteries found here. The place is considered a major pilgrim center by followers of Buddhism. Some of the monuments here date back to 3rd century BC. Given below are the leading attractions of Sanchi.

  • Stupas
  • Udaygiri Caves
  • Ashoka Pillar
  • Eastern Gateway
  • Buddhist Vihara
  • The Great Bowl
  • Gupta Temple
  • Sanchi Museum

9. Omkareshwar


Omkareshwar, the island that is considered sacred by followers of Hinduism, is a fine example of natural beauty and architectural excellence. Two lofty hills and a valley which divides the island resemble the shape of ‘Om’, the sacred symbol of Hinduism. Here are the leading destinations in Omkareshwar.

  • Omkareshwar Temple
  • Shri Omkareshwar Jyotiling
  • Mamleshwar Temple

10. Orchha


Orchha can never be underestimated as a tourist destination as it is named as the last in the list. The capital of Bundela Rajput kings, Orchha, has some of the magnificent constructions. You are in for a surprise if you had intended clubbing your visit to Orchha with any other tourist destination nearby. Here are the top attractions of Orchha.

  • Orchha Fort
  • Chattris Cenotaphs
  • Jehangir Mahal
  • Raja Mahal
  • Chaturbhuj Temple
  • Dinman Hardaul’s Palace
  • Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary

A tour to Madhya Pradesh makes you feel that you had visited the past. The influence of the past is still evident and you cannot help but marvel at the land that is a combination you look to have in a tour. The places I have mentioned are the ones that I could cover on my tour to Madhya Pradesh. I am sure another visit is due to know the state better. In the meanwhile, suggestions are welcome.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Places To Visit In Madhya Pradesh”

  1. I want to visit Khajuraho,,please guide me,,,,how to reach from new delhi and how many days required to visit khajuraho,,,also guide cost of budget hotel rates and luxary bus ticket cost from Bhupal,,,

  2. Hi I am planning to visit Panchmarhi and Jabalpur in Mid of June , please guide me if two two-ywo days are sufficient for visiting them as a tourist also advice if my selection is right .

  3. Educational tour for 50 students from bhilwara rajasthan to visit historical places near ujjain /indore. please guide accorrdingly.


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