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Khajuraho Tourism Circuit Tour package with Gwalior-Shivpuri-Orchha
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Fully Customized and Personalized Tour Program of 9 Nights
Madhya Pradesh Full Spectrum Covered
Heritage Places: Khajuraho, Orchha Shivpuri and Gwalior
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Visit Gwalior fort, Sun Temple, Memorial of Tansen and Jai Vilas Palace Museum
Take pleasure to visit of Orchha Raj Mahal, Ram Raja Temple
Excursion of Phool Bagh, Laxminarayan Temple, Sunder Mahal
Temples of Khajuraho like Visit Lakshmana Temple, Vishwanath Temple
Visit Shivpuri Chhatri, Bhadaiya Kund
Explore Madhav Vilas Palace & Sakhya Sagar Lake
Explore Central Indian style of temple architecture
Meet Traditional way of life of the Hindu society
Enjoy the light & sound show at Kandharia Temple
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4 Nights Luxury Top Range Accommodation for a couple
01 night stay Gwalior
01 night stay Shivpuri
01 night stay Orchha
02 night stay Khajuraho
Daily Breakfast & Dinner
All transfers in Private Luxury Car
All sightseeing in Luxury Private Car
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Covers Best Gems of Madhya Pradesh – India
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Taj Usha Kiran Palace (4* Hotel) TA rating - 4.5 - certified in excellence
Address: Jayendraganj Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474009
Hotel Grace (3* Hotel) TA rating - 4.0 - certified in excellence
Address: Manik Vilas Colony, Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474002
Hotel Golden Square (2* Hotel) TA rating - 4.5 - certified in excellence
Address: Jinsi Nala Road No. 3, Near Navdeep Travels, Roxy Pul, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474002
Hotel Isabel Palace (3* Hotel) TA rating - 4.5 – certified in excellence
Address: AIRPORT ROAD, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 471606
Hotel Clarks Khajuraho (5* Hotel) TA rating - 4.0 – certified in excellence
Address: Bameetha Road, Near Khajuraho Airport, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 471606
Hotel Surya Khajuraho (2* Hotel) TA rating - 4.0 – certified in excellence
Address: Jain Temple Road, Dist Chhatarpur, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 471606
Amar Mahal (4* Hotel) TA rating - 3.5 – certified in excellence
Address: Orachha, Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh 472246
Hotel Fort View Orchha (3* hotel) TA rating - 3.0 – certified in excellence
Address: Main road Orchha, tikamghar, Madhya Pradesh
Betwa Retreat-MPTDC (2* Hotel) TA rating - 4.0 – certified in excellence
Address: Major District Road 30B, Jhansi, 472246
Tourist Village-MPTDC (3* Hotel) TA rating - 4.0 – certified in excellence
Address: Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh 473551 Phone: 07492 233 760
Pickup from Gwalior Airport and transfer to your pre-booked hotel. After some rest you will visit Gwalior fort, Sun Temple, Memorial of Tansen and Jai Vilas Palace Museum.
Overnight stay in Gwalior
Gwalior fort: Perched high at the top of a vast rocky massif, Spread across an area of about 3 sq km, the fort was constructed at a height of 100 meters above the city. Gwalior Fort is an imposing structure dominating the city of Gwalior referred to as 'the pearl amongst fortresses in India' by Mughal Emperor Babur. The place is perfect for history enthusiasts as they can revisit the rich past of India. It is one of the biggest forts in India and historical records state that it was built in the 8th century.
Tansen Tomb: The ‘Tomb of Tansen’, is located in the vicinity of the tomb of Muhammad Ghaus. Surrounded by gardens, the tomb is has a typical Mughal architectural style. The construction of the tomb is simple compared to other architectural wonders of the country. A national level music festival is organized every year during the months of November and December at the tomb. Many emerging musicians and singers perform at the site during festivals and competitions.
Jai Vilas Palace: It is a huge and beautiful palace constructed in the European style. This Palace was built in the 19th century, in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. It was originally built as a palace which is now turned into a museum. Spread over an area of 12,40,771 square feet, the palace has a huge Durbar Hall which is beautifully designed with the world's heaviest chandeliers, intricate gold furnishings, and a large plush carpet. The carpet is one of the biggest carpets in Asia.
In the morning after having breakfast we start to drive towards the Shivpuri. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. The day is at leisure & take rest then go to explore the sightseeing includes Shivpuri Chhatri, Bhadaiya Kund, The Madhav Vilas Palace & Sakhya Sagar Lake. Later in the evening back to your accommodation.
Overnight stay in Shivpuri with dinner
Shivpuri Chhatri: The Chhatri of Shivpuri is one of the famous monuments that show a fine blend of both Mughal as well as Hindu culture set in a formal Mughal garden and constructed by under the rule of the Scindias. These tombs are surrounded by huge trees, green orchards and verdant bushes reflecting the Mughal styles of architecture. There is a Mughal garden in the backyard that has the royal tombs of the Scindias.
Bhadaiya Kund: Bhadaiya Kund is a natural spring, known for high mineral content. Several tourists visit this picnic spot near Shivpuri, especially during the monsoon season.
The Madhav Vilas Palace: The Madhav Vilas Palace is just that run-of-the-mill yet immensely sophisticated edifice that every rule once built during his reign to show his wealth and clout. It is yet another magnificent example of the display of a majestic style of architecture. The Palace now serves as a training centre of the Intelligence Bureau of Government of India.
Sakhya Sagar Lake: The Madhav National Park is flanked by the Sakhya Sagar Lake. It was created back in the 1920s on the Manier River in the district of Shivpuri. One can find a large number of reptiles, marsh crocodiles, Indian Pythons and Monitor Lizards in it. This conglomeration of the Sathya Sagar Lake and the Madhav National Park helps maintain an environmental stability in the area. A boat club thrives on this lake which gives you a ride through the resplendent water body.
At early morning after the breakfast you will travel for Orchha. Check in hotel takes rest then proceed for sightseeing visit of Orchha (Raj Mahal, Ram Raja Temple, Phool Bagh, Laxminarayan Temple, Sunder Mahal).
In evening come back to hotel and Night stay in Orchha
Raj Mahal: The Raj Mahal also referred to as ‘Raja Mahal’ is the royal residence of erstwhile kings of Orchha, situated in the Tikamgarh District of Orchha. There is also another segment of ‘Sheesh Mahal’ or palace of mirrors present within the Raj Mahal. The interiors of the Raj Mahal are lined with fragments of mirrors and animated paintings which are plastered all over the walls and ceilings.
Ram Raja Temple: It is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage and receives devotees in large numbers regularly and is also commonly known as Orchha Temple.In India this is the only temple where Lord Ram is worshiped as a king and that too in a palace. It is said that Lord Ram resides in Ayodhya by day and sleeps in Orchha at night. Hence the Ram Raja Temple remains closed throughout the day: the heavy silver doors of the sanctum are flung open only at 7 p.m. when the evening aarti is performed.
Phool Bagh: The Phool Bagh of Orchha in Madhya Pradesh is a beautiful garden of the royal rulers of the Bundelkhand dynasty that reflects their rich aesthetic sense and natural splendor of the place during the ancient times. Surrounded by colorful and attractive flower beds, Phool Bagh was the summer palace of the imperial rulers of Orchha during the traditional times. The structure and premises of Phool Bagh provides a resourceful system for water ventilation and connects the underground palace with Chandan Katora fountain.
Laxminarayan Temple: Laxmi Narayan Temple in Orchha exhibits a unique style of architecture, which is a beautiful mix of a fort and a temple moulds. The walls of this charming shrine are elaborately decorated with fabulous mural paintings, which show pulsating compositions from mythological themes. This temple also houses the very famous post mutiny paintings.
Sunder Mahal: Sunder Mahal is a small palace which is almost in ruins today, the air in this haveli has a quaint serenity. The ruins testify the time that has passed since Dhurjban, the son of Jhujhar resided there. He was a Hindu who converted into Islam after getting married to a Muslim girl in Delhi. He spent latter part of his life living in this haveli, praying and meditating, only to come out as a popularly known and revered saint.
After breakfast you will proceed for Khajuraho check in to the hotel, rest of the day free in your leisure. After that return to the hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at Khajuraho.
After breakfast you will visit local site seeing of khajuraho i.e. the temples of Khajuraho are one the finest examples of the central Indian style of temple architecture. Though these temples have gained popularity because of their erotic carvings, they are reflective of the traditional way of life of the Hindu society in the medieval period. Evening enjoy the light & sound show at Kandharia Temple.
Overnight at Khajuraho with dinner
Khajuraho Temples: The Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh are amongst the most beautiful medieval monuments in India. Originally a group of 85, they are the largest group of Hindu and Jain temples in the world. There are lots of temples are located related to Hindu and Jain religious.
Kandariya Mahadev Temple: The name 'Kandariya' means "cave" and 'Mahadeva' is another name for Shiva. The temple is decorated with more than 900 stone carvings and the stones are set without mortar; most of it on the exterior surface of the temple as the interior decoration is sparse. This is the most attractive place in Khajuraho. Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest, tallest and most beautiful Hindu Temple of the Khajuraho Group of Temples.
Sound and Light Show: Sound and Light Show organized in every evening on the sight of western group of temple. This is the lovely show organized for tourist enjoyment.
Morning at leisure, you will be transferred to the Airport for your onward journey. The tour ends.
Best places to visit in Gwalior
Man Mandir Palace
Man mandir palace was built between 1486 and 1516 by the Tomar ruler, Man Singh Tomar located at the North-east end of the fort. The palace has two open courts in between with apartments on two levels. There are underground prison cells as well, built later by Mughals. This was the place where Aurangzeb prisoned his brother Murad and poisoned him slowly to death by using opium. Nearby Jauhar Kund is the place where various Rajput women committed mass suicide to avoid rapes by the forces of Iltutmish who was the king of Delhi in the 13th century AD. The palace is also surrounded by other monuments like Jehangir Mahal, Shah Jahan Mahal and the Gujari Mahal.
Gujari Mahal (Archaeological Museum)
Built by Man Singh in the 15th century for his favorite wife Mrignayani, Gujari Mahal is now in ruins and also an archaeological museum as it showcases various sculptures, statues and other remains dating back to 1st and 2nd century BC.
Families and Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the Gwalior zoo which has a good collection of animals including a white tiger. The zoo is a part of a huge garden known as Phool Bagh which was built by Madhao Rao Scindia and inaugurated by Prince of Wales in 1922. The Phool Bagh campus also includes a gurudwara, a mosque, a theosophical lodge and a prayer hall.
Orchha tourist places
Phool Bagh is situated within the vicinity of Gwalior Railway Station built by late Madho Rao Scindia, comprises a presidential palace and a museum along with other buildings. There is a Theosophical Lodge and a prayer place within the campus of Phool Bagh. The garden was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1922 on his visit to Gwalior. Gwalior zoo along with a temple, a mosque and a Gurudwara are situated in the garden.
Teli Ka Mandir
Teli-ka-Mandir or the Oilman’s Temple is situated within the Gwalior Fort. This temple also dates back to the 9th century and is the highest building in Gwalior. It is a 100 feet high temple, which has influence from both Buddhist and Hindu architectural styles. This temple is famous for its unique architecture as the temple holds a Dravidian look and referred to as the oldest temple of the fort, which portrays a combination of South Indian and North Indian architectural styles.
Also known as Jehangir Mahal, Built in 1598 by Bharath Bhushan after he defeated Vir Deo Singh of Bundela. This place is a classic example of Mughal architecture. The domes are built according to Timurid customs and the gates or Iwans are large enough to allow entry of War elephants, relatively higher position compared to surrounding area made this palace a very important palace for the Mughals.
Chattris is a set of magnificent royal tombs of the Maharajas, Situated on the banks of Betwa river. The charm of Chattris is best experienced when it is viewed from a narrow bridge on the opposite side of the river, from where the entire reflection of the tombs can be seen. The domes are adorned with exquisite paintings, which add to the alluring appeal of Chattris which has attracted tourists since years placed on a platform and supported by the pillars.
The Rani Mahal of Orccha is a beautiful fortification right from the pages of the history Spread over a vast area and surrounded by splendid gardens, the architecture and presence of the Rani Mahal is quite humbling. The entire palace is beautifully decorated with detailed stonework on the outside, while the inside holds mesmerizing illustrations and murals of holy epics like the Ramayana. The palace has now been converted into a museum you can easily access these precious art facts and learn more about the history of the place. The museum has paintings from the ninth and twelfth century and also houses various scripts.
Dauji ki haveli
Dauji ki haveli houses beautiful murals which have been well-preserved over the centuries. It is a stunning example of one such building constructed by the Merchants. It looks like a miniature version of the Royal Palace, the architecture of this mansion as magnificent as the bigger haveli. The centre of trading activities, Orchha gave birth to a new class of people- the Merchants.
This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu built in 875 AD during the reign of Gurjara Pratihara dynasty. This temple has beautiful architecture and it consists of a sanctum with pancharatha Sikhara, a vestibule and a porch. The name literally means the one with four arms, and Lord Vishnu has been referred as Chaturbhuj in various Hindu texts.
Shopping in Khajuraho
In Khajuraho many shopping centers, markets, and shops are available for shop many things like handicrafts, clothing, food, lighting accessories, books shops, jewellery, metallic statue, Ornaments etc. Kuber market is mainly famous for shopping in Khajuraho. There are handmade bamboo crafts and things are also available to decorate home.
Shopping in Orchha
In Orchha, Rajasthan Emporium and Indian art gallery is very famous shop for shopping. You can ship embroidered saris and other clothing materials from this shop. In the local market of orchha you can also buy many things and handicrafts. The village bazaar is the central part of Orchha with ruins lying all around. You will find all kinds of brassware and other metal works, antiques jewellery, metal works of Dokra, articles of wrought iron, and other gift items comprising showpieces, mementos, and souvenirs.
Things to do in Khajuraho
Jungle Safari at Panna National Park: The most interesting thing to do in Khajuraho is Jungle safari at Panna National park by Jeep. You can see lots of birds and animals in this park. Apart from the king of the forest, you can also spot Elephants, Leopards, Boars, Deers, Himalayan Palm Civets, Jungle Cats, Fishing Cats, Indian Gray Mongoose, Monkey, Sloth Bear and Black Bear here. On this wonderful safari, you may need some luck to spot a tiger on your ride but there are loads of other wonderful sights which are equally alluring.
Shilpgram Visit: Usually alive with cultural performances and folk dances, Shilpgram is where you can get a glimpse of the town's rich, ancient heritage and shop for exquisite, incredible tribal handicrafts.
Things to do in Orchha
River Rafting: River-rafting trips start from the boat club, but tickets must be bought through MP Tourism at Hotel Sheesh Mahal or Betwa Retreat.
Swimming: A popular spot is in front of the boat club by the bridge that leads into the Orchha Nature Reserve. Swimming is a water activity which is mostly liked by youngsters.
Trekking: Hikking and Trekking is also the main thing which can do at Orchha place. This is a very attractive location for trekking in the morning.
Festival in Khajuraho
Khajuraho Dance Festival: This is a cultural festival of Khajuraho organized by Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad. This is a one week long term festival organized annually. This cultural festival highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali with performances of some of the best exponents in the field. Modern Indian dance has also been added recently.
Festival in Orchha
Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great fervour all over India with different names and forms. It is considered as the most auspicious day by the Hindus. Makar Sankranti in the central region of India, Madhya Pradesh and Bundelkhand is known as “SUKARAT” or “SAKARAT”.On this day people of Orchha take a holy dip into river Betwa and worship the Sun God of Hindus. The locals also believe that donating food, clothes and monetary fund brings more blessings into life.Special festive delicacies like Jaggery sweets, Til Laddoo, Sweet Chikkis are prepared to enjoy the festivities with friends and family.
Best restaurant in Khajuraho
Raja Cafe and Restaurant: Best restaurant and ambience near western group of temple. The cafe is located in front of the western temples of Khajuraho. Hence it is a definitely good place to have lunch after visiting around. They include both Indian and Chinese food with reasonable prize and delicious taste.
Monalisa Restaurant: It’s situated high on a nice balcony giving you a good overview of khajuraho s busy market place. It’s probably the cheapest restaurant in town. But that doesn’t take away the quality of the food. They provide good quality of food.
Maharaja Cafe & Restaurant: Located at opposite western group or temple. The place has excellent food and very quick service. Food is freshly prepared and Quantity is good in a reasonable prize.
Best restaurant in Orchha
Open Sky Restaurant: A stone's throw away from Ram Raja Temple is a simple, decent eatery on three levels. They provide good food services in reasonable prices. They include Indian, Punjabi, Chinese and continental food.
Ramraja Restaurant: This restaurant is near to the river and the upstairs area has a good view of the fort. Food is best in quality and quantity. This is a best restaurant near to the Betwa River, which provide good services to the customers.
Blue Sky Restaurant: This is a one of the all famous restaurant in Orchha, which provide fresh food with high quality and low prizes. Location is very nice of this restaurant and service is quick.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
Khajuraho dance festival is organized in February or March Every year to explore the rich Indian culture and its marvelous history. This festival is organized by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad. Many world famous artists come and perform here.
The festival continues till one-week. It is held annually with the background of the Khajuraho temples lit behind in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh state. The ambience around is full of art and passion and the background of the magnificent Khajuraho temples enhances the beauty of the festival.
The Temples of khajuraho
Kandariya Mahadev Temple
Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is largest among western group of temples. It was built by Chandela King Vidydhar. The temple derives its name from Kandara meaning cave in English and Mahadev another name for Lord Shiva. Its shikhara (spire) rises about 30m (100 feet) above the platform which it shares with the older Devi Jagadambi temple depicting Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Mahadev in Himalayas and is surrounded by 84 Urushringaras, the smaller spires erected against the Shikhara.
The exterior has over 900 sculptures carved into sandstone stacked without mortar. The carved exterior contrasts with the sanctum that houses a Shiva lingam in the womb of the temple located beneath the main 'shikhara' (spire).
Devi Jagdambi Temple
Believed to be older then Kandariya Mahadev temple, it is built on the same platform as Kandariya Mahadev .Devi Jagdambi temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu originally. But now it enshrines the image of Goddess Parvati in Sanctum painted in black to give appearance of Jagdambi (Kali). At the entrance, there is sculpture of a warrior fighting bare handed with a Lion, the symbol of Chandela Dynasty.
Dedicated to Lord Surya, Chitragupta Temple has 5 ft image of Lord Surya driving a chariot of seven horses. Facing eastwards towards the rising sun, it is the place where most of the dance performances take place during the famous Annual Khajuraho dance festival. There is a Chopra Tank; a deep three-storied stepped well that was built by the Chandelas which is around 200 yards from the temple Chitragupta. It is believed that there was a temple in the middle of the tank. The tank however is now in dilapidated state.
Built by King Yasovarman, Lakshmana temple is the second largest , the most beautiful and is considered to be one of the oldest of all Khajuraho temples. Main temple is built on a high platform surrounded by 4 subsidiary shrines which are intact. It is the only Panchayatan temple which is fully intact. Temple entry has an elegant Makara Torana. The lintel over entrance has a figure of trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Goddess Lakshmi.
There are 3 bands of sculptures on outer walls as well as inner walls. Its sanctum has pradakshina. Sanctum doorway has carvings of lions, Vishnu animal incarnations of fish, tortoise, boar and nava grahas and sagar manthan. Sanctum has 3 headed idol of Vishnu's incarnations including himself, Narsimha and Varaha.
Located outside the premises of Western group of temples, it is the only temple where pooja and other religious ceremonies are performed. The temple has 8 feet long shiva lingam.
The only granite temple in the Khajuraho, the very first temple in Khajuraho, Chausath Yogini Temple is dedicated to the 64 yoginis the temple had 67 shrines (out of those around 35 survive). These shrines were considered to be the many manifestation of the goddess Shakti. Regarded to be a 9th millennium monument; this temple is in a dilapidated situation.
Located in front of Lakshmana temple, it is one of the oldest and smallest temple. Temple has an statue of Standing Varaha (Boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu) which measures 2.6 meters long and 1.7 meter high and is made of sandstone. The temple structure rests on 14 pillars that support pyramidal roof and a Kalash on top.
This temple is dedicated to Nandi bull which serves as Vahna of Lord Shiva.
Eastern Group Temples
Parsavnath temple is the largest Jain temple in India built in the honour of Adinath, the first Jain tirthankar. The temple houses an idol of Parsavnath. One of the surprising characteristic of this Khajuraho temple is that it does not have erotic sculptures as are ubiquitous in other temples in Khajuraho. There are many non erotic sculptures of Surasundaris depicting many postures which visitors watch spellbound.
One of the major Jain temple, Ghantai temple has played a significant role in the development of Jainism in India. The Ghantai temple is locally so called due to chain-and-bell (ghanta) motifs, carved on its pillars. This temple was of the same design as the Parsvanath temple, grandeur in conception and almost twice as large in dimensions. The carvings etched on the main beam, on top of the door include the sixteen auspicious signs seen in a dream by Lord Mahavira's mother and has a multi-armed Jain goddess hovering on a winged Garuda.
Located to the north of the Parsvanath temple, Adinath temple is dedicated to Jain saint Adinath. The temple is constructed in the form of 'sapta-ratha' .The walls are adorned with beautifully carved figures including that of Yakshis and court dancer Nilanjana, a famous dancer in the court of Lord Adinath. Other famous temples of Eastern group includemple, Brahma te Vamana Temple, Hanuman Temple and Javari Temple.
Western group of temples
Light and Sound Show
There is a Sound and Light show organized by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Board every evening, History of Great Chandela Kings and of Khajuraho temples is narrated in the baritone of Bollywood Amitabh Bhachchan. Entry ticket Rs. 120/- for Indians and Rs. 300/- for foreigners. Two shows are held daily, provided it isn’t raining, there’s a minimum of ten people for the show. The first show, in English, is at 7.30 PM; the second show, in Hindi, is at 8.30 PM. There is an entry charges of $US 5 for the western group of temples for foreigners and INR 10 for Indians.
Places to visit near khajuraho
Benisagar Lake is situated near a dam on the Khuda River. It is a quick bfor tourists visiting Khajuraho, which is located at a distance of only 7 km from the lake. Benisagar Lake is a tourist spot and perfect venue for a picnic. There is a dam on Khudar River and is an ideal place for boating and angling. The place poses some good views of the surrounding landscape and also has boating facilities for tourists.
Lake Ranguan is 20 km from Khajuraho. This delightful lake has boating facilities and are perfect venue for a short picnic especially for local travelers. Rangaun Lake, located at the confluence of Ken and Simri rivers. This scenic lake is sited at a short distance from Khajuraho and is a hot spot amongst tourists visiting the town.
Ranch Water Falls
Ranch Water Falls, 20 km from Khajuraho are famous for the rock formations in the nearby area. These waterfalls empty in to a lake and are a beautiful place to visit and Picnic. Rane fall is named after King Rane Pratap, the erstwhile ruler of the place, and is located in the Ken Gharyal Sanctuary, 34 km from the town of Khajuraho. At this spot, Ken River plummets to a 30 m deep and almost 5 km long ravine and gives birth to this majestic waterfall. The varicolored granite rocks and the bracing environs lend an added beauty to the fall. Moreover, every year Khajuraho Dance Festival is held in the place during the months of February-March and contributes to the beauty and popularity of the place.
25 km from Khajuraho, just 50-year old Rajgarh Palace is situated at the foot of Maniyagarh hills. The 150 years old Rajgarh Place built by King Shatrujit Bundela is located 25 km from Khajuraho. Perched at the foothills of the Maniyagarh hills, it gives some interesting glimpse of the Bundela architectural style. Today, the fort has been converted into a Heritage Hotel. The hotel houses a museum that acts as a repository of various antique relics and specimens. Another important historical site is the Dhubela Museum, located 64 km from Khajuraho. It also has a rare collection of sculptures of the Shakti cult and other ancient murals and artifacts.
Pandava waterfalls, 30 km from Khajuraho, are so called because it is believed that Pandavas spent most of their time in exile here. Pandava falls are on the Ken Rive. According to legends, this paradisiacal spot is the place where the five Pandava brothers camped for about one and a half months, during the last year of their exile. It is encompassed by lush surroundings and is a preferred dwelling place of bears and wild cats. Near the place is a small cave that is consecrated with five sculptures of the Pandava brothers. The placidity of the Pandav falls and the overwhelming serenity that envelops it makes the place a favorite hangout amongst the tourists
Ken Gharial Sanctuary
Ken Gharial sanctuary, 24 km from Khajuraho, is famous among tourists for the crocodiles with long-snouts living in their natural home.
Panna National Park
Panna National Park is well known among tourists for its rich wildlife. Panna national park’s prime traveller attraction is that it is a pleasant excursion away from the monuments of Khajuraho. Panna National Park Sheltered in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Panna National Park is at a distance of around 57 km from the nearby temple-town of Khajuraho. Panna city is especially famous for its diamond industry. Nevertheless, what adds to the popularity of the place is Panna Wildlife Sanctuary.
Bandhavgarh National Park
A thick-forested land encompassed by bamboo and sal trees and wooded cliffs of the Vindhyas; Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most exotic wildlife destinations in India. An erstwhile game reserve of the royal family of Rewa, Bandhavgarh got recognition as a wildlife park in 1968.
Dhubela Museum is 64 km away from Khajuraho, located on the bank of a lake in an old fort on the Jhansi-Khajuraho road. Dhulbela museum has a wide variety of sculpture of the Shakti cult and a rare collection of Bundelkhandi artifacts. There are different sections on garments, weapons, and paintings in this museum.
Kalinjar Fort & Ajaygarh Fort
100 km from Khajuraho, Kalinjar fort is situated on Vindhya Ranges. It was built during the Gupta period and was won over by the Chandela ruler Shri Yashovarman in the 10th century. Where Ajaygarh is an old fort, built at a height of 688 meters; it was the capital of the Chandelas during their decline.
Summer (March to June): The highest temperature recoded is about 47°C. Gwalior always experiences scorching summers & the day time is very hot and people generally tend to stay indoors.
Monsoon (July to September): The temperature at the place is about 25°C to 32°C. The nights of the monsoon season are cool. The temperature comes down with the rainfall which is quite relaxing and enjoyable but humidity gets higher at the same time.
Winter (October to January): The highest temperature at the place in winters is about 27°C. The winter season at the place can be very chilling as the temperature can get down to zero levels. The chilling winters is the best time in Gwalior to explore the major attractions.
History of Gwalior
The History of Gwalior Madhya Pradesh mentions that in the 5th century the Gwalior Fort came into being during the rule of Suraj Sen, the Kachhwaha Rajput prince. The old name of Gwalior was Gopadri or Gopagiri according to some historians. In the late period of 2nd century this city came under the influence of the Nagvans Clan.
In the 10th century, Vrajdaman of the Kachapghat Rajvans took over Gwalior. In 1021 AD Mahmud of Gazni attacked Gwalior and Malik Bahauddin Tughluq, one of his lieutenants won it after an intense battle.
Around the 11th century Sallachan was given the charge of Gwalior fort. Later on Iltutmish was given the charge to man the fort by Qutbuddin Aibak. During later periods, various rulers of Slave and Tughlaq dynasty ruled in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.
According to the History of Gwalior Madhya Pradesh, the 14th century saw the Tomar clan coming into power taking advantage of the weak Islamic rulers. The most illustrious ruler of this dynasty was Man Singh who was instrumental in rebuilding the fort of Gwalior.
During the Third battle of Panipat Gowalior came under the rule of Jat ruler Lokandra Singh. In 1761 Mahadji Scindia an able Scindia ruler regained Gwalior. In April 1948 Madhya Bharat State was formed after merging Indore, Gwalior, Malwa and other small states.
Shivpuri India points of interest
Madhav National Park
This park is spread over a sprawling area of 157 sq km in the district of Shivpuri. It is one of the major wildlife parks in the district. The Madhav National Park emanates pristine beauty during the summer months and is surrounded by verdant environs from all the sides. This park is host to species like the white-breasted kingfisher, pond heron, purple-sunbird and painted stork. It was a famous hunting spot for the Gwalior royal family as well as the British.
Mahua Shiva Temple
The Mahua Shiva temple is one of the famous temples in the region that has ornate door frames and pillars, dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. This 7th century temple resembles the Gupta temples at Sanchi and Tigawa.
Karera Bird Sanctuary
The Karera Bird Sanctuary is situated about 55 km from the city of Shivpuri and is renowned as the natural habitat of the Indian bustard. The sanctuary is known to have more than 245 species of birds, including spoonbill, heron, Indian robin, teal, pintail, egret and black-bellied river tern. Animals like tiger, leopard, elephant, monkey and wild cat also inhabit the sanctuary. There is a Dihaila Jheel in the sanctuary which is the main source of water for both native and migratory birds. The blackbuck and Indian gazelle are two of the rarest animals living in the Karera Bird Sanctuary. The ideal time to visit this sanctuary is between the months of November and March.
Bhoora Khon Waterfall
The Bhoora Khon Waterfall is situated very close to the Madhav Sagar Lake which is suitable for swimming and the Boat Club. It is a very small waterfall in the district which has an idol of Lord Shiva. This waterfall comes down from a height of 25 m and falls into the nearby river.
Legend says that this is exactly the place where Arjuna (Mahabharata) shot an arrow in the ground to get water for quenching the thirst of Bhishma which is why it has earned the name Ban means Arrow & Ganga means holiest water body in India. Banganga is an old temple in Shivpuri, which is renowned for its 52 holy kunds.