The heart of India is big, quite literally. Located at the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is one of the biggest states in India. With numerous historical forts, awe-inspiring temples and ancient cities, Madhya Pradesh is the dream destination of history buffs in India and all over the world. It’s no wonder why tourists from all over the world come to explore the many historical places in Madhya Pradesh. Bursting with history, culture and colour, Madhya Pradesh is one of the top places you must visit in India. And while you are at it, travel back in time as you visit these amazing Historical places in Madhya Pradesh.
1. Khajuraho temples
Known for their erotic carvings and sculptures, the Khajuraho group of temples are considered to be one of the top Historical places in Madhya Pradesh. An assortment of 22 Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples, the Khajuraho temples are some of the most beautiful medieval architecture masterpieces. A place that even non-history buffs will enjoy, these temples and their elaborate carvings will keep you enthralled throughout the visit.
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM
Where: Khajuraho, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh
2. Orcha fort
Hidden away in Madhya Pradesh is a historical treasure that is missed by most of the tourists. Orcha was once the seat of power for the rulers of Bundelkhand. Now it’s a small town sitting by the river Betwa that is home to yet another mesmerizing historical sites. The Orcha fort complex may not be popularly known places among tourists, but it’s one of the most famous forts in Madhya Pradesh amongst the History enthusiasts. The fort complex consists of 3 palaces, gardens and pavilions. The most elaborate of these palaces is the Jahangir palace, which you shouldn’t miss.
Timing: 8 AM to 6 PM
Where: Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
3. Omkareshwar temples
Over a thousand years old, the Omkareshwar temple is not only one of the best historical places in Madhya Pradesh, it’s also one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Shiva in India. Situated on an island called Shivpuri, a trip to Omkareshwar temple also lets you enjoy the natural beauty of the island. Shivpuri is known for it’s Madhav national park and the Madhav villas Palace, which as known to be some of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh.
Timing: 5 AM to 9 PM
Where: Shivpuri, Mandhata, Madhya Pradesh
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4. Sanchi Stupa
When on the hunt for top Historical places in Madhya Pradesh, Sanchi Stupa is one of the first places you should visit. Dating back to the 1st century BC, the great stupa of Sanchi is one of the most extraordinary places to visit in Madhya Pradesh. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage sites, the place takes you as back as the Palaeolithic period. With interesting artefacts and intricate carvings, the place captures the minds of even those who don’t consider themselves to be History enthusiasts.
Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Where: Sanchi Town, Raisen, Madhya Pradesh
5. Gwalior Fort
Sitting atop a hill, the majestic Gwalior Fort is a sight to behold. It’s intricate inscriptions and captivating monuments and sheer grandeur make it one of the most famous forts in Madhya Pradesh. The fort is home to sculptures of Jain Tirthankaras, interesting temples like Sas Bahu temple, the magnificent Man Singh Palace and a few Mahals. With numerous things to keep one engaged, this Fort is a must visit historical place in Madya Pradesh.
Timing: 8 AM to 6 PM
Where: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Taj-ul-Masjid, a 19th-century mosque is India’s biggest mosque and one of the most visited historical places in Madhya Pradesh. This mosque has an interior area of 430,000 square feet and about 17,000 people capacity. The meaning of Taj-ul-Masjid means ‘The Crown of Mosques,’ and the magnificent architecture reflects just that. The construction began during the reign of Shah Jehan Begum (who ruled Bhopal princely state from 1868 to 1901) and who embarked on a building spree that resulted in not just mosques and palaces but also far-sighted infrastructural initiatives like a postal system, new schools, dams, lakes, and a railway service between Hoshangabad and Bhopal.
Timing: 6 AM to 7 PM
Where: Bhojpur, Madhya Pradesh
7. Bhimbetka rock shelters
Bhimbetka rock shelters are a series of natural rock shelters in the foothills of the Vindhya Range and one of the most visited historical places in Madhya Pradesh. They are situated about 45 km south of Bhopal, in west-central Madhya Pradesh state. Discovered in 1957 the Bhimbetka rock shelters consists of some 700 shelters and is one of the largest repositories of prehistoric art in India. No wonder the shelters are designated as UNESCO World Heritage site. Furthermore, the complex is surrounded by the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary which give you the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Madhya Pradesh.
Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM
Where: Amchha Khurd, Raisen, Madhya Pradesh