CITIES OF MADHYA PRADESH
The land of Buddhist Stupa, Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sanchi Stupa is an example of ancient Indian architecture and is among the oldest structures preserved to date. When the Mauryan emperor Ashoka embraced Buddhism, he ordered to build the stupa in the 3rd century BCE in honor of Lord Buddha and to preserve his relics. The giant stupa is a structure similar to a parasol. He chose Sanchi as the site since his wife’s birthplace and was also their wedding venue. One of the most prominent historic structures of ancient India, the stupa reflects Buddhist culture, art and architecture.
PLACE TO VISIT
Sanchi Stupa, Udaygiri Caves, Sanchi Museum, Ashoka Pillar, Southern Gate, Great Bowl, Gupta Temple, Buddhist Vihara
The city of Khajuraho is famed for it’s perhaps the most intriguing temples of India. These 21 temples are divided into different groups where the Western Group of Temple is the major, other groups are Southern Group and Western Group. Themed around eroticism, the Khajuraho Groups of Monuments were constructed by Chandela Kings in a long period from 950AD to 1050AD. As per the facts, by the 12th century a total of 85 temples were present and today only 25 temples can be seen. These temples have wonderful carvings which show the fundamentals of life including kama, artha, dharma and moksha which overwhelms the visitor. Khajuraho Group of Monuments holds great significance for Hindu and Jain religions.
PLACE TO VISIT
Western Group of Temples, Southern Group of Temple, Eastern Group of Temples, Raneh Falls, Ken Gharial Sanctuary, Ajaigarh Fort, Archaeological Museum of Khajuraho, Khajuraho Sound and Light Show, Beni Sagar Dam
KANHA TIGER RESERVE
Kanha Tiger Reserve or Kanha National Park is among the country’s major tiger reserve parks. Divided into Hallon & Banjar sanctuary, the park sprawls in a massive 940km square area. The forest is the main theme of the famous story collection book The Jungle Book authored by Rudyard Kipling where Mowgli is the main character. Safari deep in the forest gives you chances of spotting a tiger in the open. A large population of wild animals including tigers, leopards, antelopes, deer, swamp deer, wild dogs, foxes, wild cats, jackals, etc. has found natural shelter in the reserve area. The almost extinct species of Barasingha have been protected here.