Madhya Pradesh – The Heart of the Indian Peninsular
Madhya Pradesh is a state situated in the central part of India and is named so. The state is a notable blend of mesmerizing history, picturesque natural beauty and planned urban cities. This state has various geographical features that vary from swelling mount ranges to gushing rivers. One can also find numerous heritage sites stuffed with historical memorials illuminating the affluent times of yore. The major tourist retreats of Madhya Pradesh are Bandhavgarh Park, Khajuraho, Kanha National Park, Karera Bird Sanctuary, Mandu, Orcha, Panchmarhi, Panna National Park, Sanchi, Shivpuri National Park, Ujjain, Chitrakut and many others.
Khajuraho - situated in Chatarpur District, Khajuraho quoted as a cluster of monuments and it is one of the most admired tourist places in India. One can get to see Jain and Hindu Temples, which were constructed during the medieval period and sumptuous figurines that are principally made with sandstones. Tenon joints were used alongside with the strength of magnitude to erect the entire headstone. The statuette used in the shrines of Khajuraho has a pragmatic look. The area in the vicinity of Khajuraho has been refurbished with rose beds, parks, scythed grass and trees adding more charm to the place. The dance carnival in February and March comprises classical dance with Chitragupta and Vishwanath Temples in the milieu.
The Sanchi stupa situated in Raisen region of Madhya Pradesh, Sanchi is a small village. It houses numerous Buddhist monuments erected in between 3rd century and 12th century. One of the first sandstone structures in the country is the Great Stupa at Sanchi, where people stopover from all over the world. On the remnants of Buddha a crescent block has been used and adorned by a chatra. It was constructed to respect and protect the leftovers. The legendary Monarch Ashoka –the great laid the groundwork of Sanchi and declared it a sacred hub. The complex carvings on the doorways grasp the utmost charm for visitors. Gateways, the four decorated (torans) built at the prime points in front of the doorway were constructed roughly around 3.5 BC by the Satvahana sovereign Satkarni. Each torans comprises of two straight struts nearly 34 feet high. The two luxuriantly engraved pillars mount to be coroneted by imprinted lions-the celebrated Ashoka Lions, Elephants and Dwarfs, currently the official seal of India.
The eastern entry of this stupa portray Buddha’s voyage of enlightenment. It depicts the young prince Siddhartha Gautama, parting his father’s fortress and ignition on his journey to enlightenment. The western entrance shows the seven incarnation of the Lord Buddha. The northern opening, ennobled by a wheel of law, exemplifies the marvels of the Buddha as told in the Jatakas. The southern doorway is the oldest and discloses the birth of Gautama in sequence of vividly rich carvings. It also describes the wheel of forward, the first oration given by the Buddha at Sarnath. Ashokan Pillar immediately to the right of the southern doorway lie the remnants of Ashokan pillar built by Ashoka in the 3rd century, exhibiting all the uniqueness of such monoliths – beautiful proportion, luminous sparkle, concise directives. Centuries of exposure to weather has not diminished its metallic glow.
The magnificence royal city of Gwalior can be dated back to sixth century. Soaring 100 meters over the town in grand seclusion on rock-hard stonework, the fortress is surmised the most impressive castle in India and the Palace houses a precious collection of unusual artifacts and relics. The other noteworthy places of Madhya Pradesh include Jabalpur, Kanha National Park, Bhopal, Orchha, Jami Masjid and Indore.