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Leisure tourism in Madhya Pradesh

Historical sites are scattered in the state of Madhya Pradesh. From forts to ancient centres of learning to monuments, these places are intrically related to the historyof the state.

travel Updated: Jan 27, 2010 11:44 IST
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Historical sites are scattered in the state of Madhya Pradesh. From forts to ancient centres of learning to monuments, these places are intrically related to the historyof the state. One of the places that the travelers must visit is Gwalior. It was established in the 8th century AD and namedafter Saint Gwalipa. The city is dominated by its hill-top fort, of the mostimpressive in the world. Rajput valour and chivalry are redolent in the very stones of 15th century palace of Raja Mansingh, located in the citadel. The fort also houses the teliu-ka-Mandir, and ancient temple. Gujri Mahal located at the foothill of the fort has one of the finest meusems of sculpture in the country. Other two impressive places in Madhya Pradesh are Orchha and Shivpuri. Tourists from all over the world make it a point to visit these places. Orchha lies at distance of hundred and twenty kilometers from Gwalior. It is a medieval city frozen in time and space, existing even today as it must have in the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was built. It was fiounde3d in the 126th centuryby the Bundela king, Rudra Pratap. The landscape of Orchha is dotted with palaces and fortress, ruling temple and cenotaph. The architecteure is a synthesis Indian and saracenic and ornate Mughal styles. Shivpuri is the former summer capital of the Scindias of Gwalior. In Bhopal the Shaukat Mahal, situated at the entrance to the Chowk area is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The Madhya Pradesh Sate Archaelogical Museum, situated near Banganga road in Bhopal has a fine assortment of 12th century Jain bronzes. It has also a series of stone sculptures mostly from the 6th to the 10th centuries. Bharat Bhavan at the capital Bhopal has a museum of tribal art which gives a representative picture of the crafts of these woodmen. The Rajwada palace in Indore is a majour tourist attraction. The seven-storeyed palacebelonged to Holkars is nearly two hundred years old. A tour of Madhya Pradesh could appropriately end at Khajuraho. Tourists who take a glimpse of the spectacular architecture of Khajuraho aare filled with awe and reverence. Truly the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh offers the ideal tourist package.