There is so much that India has to offer especially when it is rains because India is basically an agricultural country and if you are tired of the same boring life in the concrete jungle all you need to do is just pick some spot around the disappear into the rustic rural settings that can break the monotony of your life. During the monsoons, the Western Ghats are very much in demand but very few know that the heartland of the country also offers some really good monsoon experience. Yes, the most central state of India, Madhya Pradesh has emerged as the new monsoon destination in the country offering amazing landscapes and travel experience that can leave you speechless. Here we take a quick look at the must visit monsoon destinations in Madhya Pradesh.
This place is surely taking the top spot in terms of attracting tourists. Panchmarhi is nationally known as the Queen of Satpura as it is located in the Satpura Range almost 1100 meters above the sea level. If you are looking for some escape from your regular lifestyle you can come down here amidst dense sal forest that also have jamun (black plum) and delicate bamboo thickets. You can also explore the Mahadeo Hills that have rock paintings that date back almost 10,000 years ago, quite exciting, isn’t it?
You can also find some old Victorian houses here which is quite surprising that in the heartland of India you feel as if you are in the middle of Scotland. You must also visit Dhupgarh that also serves as the sunrise and sunset point here locally. There are many waterfalls here like B-Falls, Silver Falls, Little Falls and Duchess Falls that will keep you occupied with the local fauna and flora. Adventure lovers are going to enjoy mountain climbs, trekking and parasailing here.
Panchmarhi is well connected with network of roads and railway so you can pick any state transport bus or trains that can get you here. Panchmarhi is almost 200 kilometers from Bhopal (one of the popular city in MP) so it should take you around less than four hours to reach here.
Located in the Dhar district, Mandu is also locally known as Mandavgad and it is a ruined city and also one of the oldest cities in India that dates back to 6th Century B.C. Earlier known as Shadiabad which locally means city of happiness, it was one of the main cities in the region. Mandu is a great location during the rainy season as one can explore some of the historic locations surrounded by lush green landscape.
Jahaz Mahal which literally means Ship Palace is a major tourist attraction here that was built by Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din-Khilji. Hindola Mahal is another architectural wonder here that has sloping walls. When you are here do visit, Jama Masjid and Hoshang Shah’s Tomb that bears similarities with the ever popular Taj Mahal in Agra. It is believed that Shahjahan used Hoshang Shah’s Tomb as a template for the design of Taj Mahal. Quite surprising that Taj Mahal got its inspiration from here.
Roopmati’s Pavillion is another sandstone structure that attracts lot of visitors here along with Baz Bahadur Mahal. Mandu is around 125 kilometers from Ratlam and well connected through road and railway, so it takes around less than three hours from Ratlam to Mandu.
Tired of the same old hill stations in the Western Ghats? Orchha also known as Urccha locally is a place that can take you back in time and make you feel nostalgic about the old times. Located in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh it is just 15 kilometers from Jhansi this place is loaded with some great architecture which is often missed out, but deserves the right to be among the top tourist destinations.
You can take a look at the Chaturbhuj Temple which means One who has four arms and it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu with some great architecture on the exterior of the temple. You should also look out for Jahangir Mahal that displays the greatness of Mughal architecture. Orccha is well connected through road and railways and therefore you can pick state road transport buses or trains from any city in Madhya Pradesh.