5 Historical Destinations to Explore in Madhya Pradesh

Stupa of Sanchi

Stupa of Sanchi is one of the most famous historical sites in Madhya Pradesh. Eminent historians have stated that it was constructed sometime between the 1st and 2nd century BC.

The Stupa of Sanchi details the early beginnings of Buddhism and features monasteries, temples and carvings that exhibit the life of Gautama Buddha. This structure was built by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka and stands as a testament to Buddhist architecture. It is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and should be on your itinerary during your visit to Madhya Pradesh.

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Gwalior Fort

A visit to Gwalior Fort, a stunning structure set atop a hill in Gwalior, will charm the history buff in you. It has a variety of inscriptions, monuments and unique architectural elements that are alluring in their own right. This fort was built by the Tomars during the 9th century overlooking the city. Mughal Emperor Babur referred to this fort as “the pearl amongst fortresses in India”. Back in its day, it was known to be an impenetrable fortress that could stop armies in their tracks.

Khajuraho Temple

Khajuraho Temple is one of the most famous temples in all of India. It is located amidst the Khajuraho Complex of Temples and is definitely one of the places that you should visit when exploring Madhya Pradesh. These temples were built in the 9th century by the Chandela Rajput Dynasty and have stood the test of time ever since. The Khajuraho Temple Complex features many sculptures and carvings which make it a prominent location from a cultural and historical perspective. It is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is truly a unique architectural masterpiece.

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Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters is one of the most intriguing archaeological sites in all of Madhya Pradesh. These shelters house paintings that are nearly 30,000 years old, depicting human life from early days. In addition, there are also traces of human life that date back to 100,000 years.

There are over 700 rock shelters from the palaeolithic, mesolithic and chalcolithic periods. These shelters were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 and provide rare insight into the pre-historic era.

Bir Singh Palace

Bir Singh Palace is a magnificent seven-story structure that is perched atop a small hill, located near Datia Lake. This palace is said to have been built during the year 1614 and showcases the erstwhile Bundela architecture. This palace was distinctly constructed without the use of any wood or iron, using only bricks and stones, to form this imposing structure.

The interior of the palace showcases intricate artwork, paintings and artefacts that travellers and history buffs will enjoy. Visit this enchanting palace that displays the glory of the Bundela kingdom.

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Visit these major attractions and enjoy a marvellous stay at Reni Pani Jungle Lodge to embrace the true essence of Madhya Pradesh. With comfortable rooms and various other amenities that will make your trip enjoyable, a trip to these historical destinations makes for a wonderful getaway.