Madhya Pradesh tops the list of favorite tourist destinations of compulsive trippers out there. There are plenty of places that are instantly identifiable with the state, with one such example being the Sanchi Stupa. However, there are some lesser known tourist destinations in the state as well. Panna, also known as the diamond city, is one such location. It has some marvelous temples. The best among these is easily the Baldeo Temple. It was built in three years – from 1933 to 1936 – under the supervision of Mr. Manly and was commissioned by a local monarch named Rudrapratap. It looks just like St. Paul’s Cathedral of London.
Burhanpur is a historic town and gets its name from Shaikh Burhanuddin. It is located on the northern part of River Tapti. A Muslim prince established the city in 1400 AD but Akbar annexed it in 1601. It soon became the centre of Mughal supremacy in the Deccan region. When these dynasties ruled here several magnificent buildings had been created. Several forts, mosques, and gardens were built by the Farukhi kings. The most prominent among them are Shahi Jama Masjid, Asirgarh Fort, which is an imposing structure itself, and Shahi Qila. Akbar also built Lal Kila over here.
Shivpuri used to be the summer capital of Scindias. The landscape of this historic location is lush and charming as well. This town is also the gateway to Madhav National Park. Shivpuri bears all the marks of what was once an abode for royals. The summer palace of Scindias known as Madhav Vilas Palace is a magnificent structure indeed! The highlights of this palace are its iron columns and the terrace. However, from a historic point of view the chhatris – cenotaphs – of Maharani Sakhya Raje Scindia and Madho Rao Scindia are more important. These structures have been set up in a Mughal-style garden.
Shiva Temple, Bhojpur
Bhojpur is a small town and rather unremarkable in that sense. However, the Bhojeshwar Temple over here is one of the finest Shiva temples in the country. Both the temple and the town have been named after King Bhoja, a monarch from the Parmar dynasty who ruled during the eleventh century. As far as incomplete works among Hindu temples – built in the early medieval age – are concerned the Shiva Temple over here easily takes the cake. The dome of the temple – though incomplete – is really magnificent and is richly carved.
Madan Mahal Fort
Madan Mahal Fort is a remnant of the Gonds, a tribe which once called the shots in central India, and even resisted the mighty Mughals. It is located in Jabalpur, which once used to be the capital of the Gond kingdom. The fort is a simple structure and during Rani Durgawati’s reign it was used as a watch tower. However, her son Madan Singh transformed it into a palace where he could enjoy the pleasures of life. The exact date of construction of this fort is not known. However, some historians say it may have been built during the twelfth century AD.
Some other popular destinations in this regard are as follows:
- Ken Gharial Sanctuary
- Palaces of Indore
- Fossil Park