Destinations Covered under Madhya Pradesh Heritage Tour:
Delhi, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho
- Delhi: Delhi, the capital city of India, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with a long history and diverse heritage. Delhi is home to three of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and numerous other significant historical heritage sites within its small geographical area. The history of Delhi goes back to the second millennium BC, while she has been continuously inhabited since at least 6th century BC. The three World Heritage Sites in Delhi are the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, and Kutub Minar, and they are major tourist attractions in the city along with other monuments like Akshardham temple, India Gate, Lotus temple, Purana Quila, and many others. Delhi is also famous for her street foods and a plethora of shopping opportunities across the city.
- Gwalior: Gwalior is a fortified city of central India founded in the 8th The landscape of the city is dominated by the magnificent Gwalior Fort built on an outcrop of Vindhya hills, on the hill called Gopachal. The Gwalior fort has existed for at least since the 10th century and is home to two main palaces, Man Mahal and Gujari Mahal built in the 15th century. Throughout its history, it has changed hands several times between Hindu rulers and invading Muslim rulers. By the early 18th century the fort was captured by the Scindia rulers and it remained with them as a princely state under the colonial British Empire. Gwalior is home to Chaturbhuj temple which has the first-ever written Zero in the world. Gwalior is also home to a long tradition of music, through Gwalior Gharana of classical music. Tansen and Baiju Bawra, two of the famous medieval singers belonged to Gwalior. The major tourist attractions in Gwalior are Gwalior Fort, Man Mandir Palace, Gujari Mahal, Hathi Pol, Karn Mahal, Vikram Mahal, Teli Ka Mandir, and Gopachal hill.
- Orchha: Orchha is a medieval town established by King Rudra Pratap in 1531 AD, on a seasonal island on the confluence of Betwa and Jamni River. Kind Rudra Pratap is also credited for building the Orchha Fort, while the Chaturbhuj Temple was built by Ganesh Kunwar, the Queen of Orchha. The most notable monument in the fort complex is the Raj Mandir, built-in the 16th century by King Madhukar Shah. Other major tourist attractions in Orchha are the Ram Raja Temple, The Jahangir Mahal, the Uth Khana (Royal Camel Shelter), and the numerous cenotaphs by the Betwa River.
- Khajuraho: Khajuraho is one of the most famous tourist destinations in central India, known across the world for its ancient temples with intricate sculptures. The temples were built between 950-1050 AD by different rulers of the Chandel dynasty. Out of the original 85 temples, hardly 20 survived the Muslim invasions and time. Some of the temples survived because of remoteness and inaccessibility, and with time were lost to the world because of the growth of vegetation around them, to be rediscovered only in the 1830s by British surveyor T S Burt, guided by local Hindus. Khajuraho group of temples are UNESCO World Heritage Site and depict sculptures in different forms including meditation, teaching, wrestling, daily activities, and most significantly the erotic art. However, the erotic statues comprise only 10% of all the sculptures. The intricate sexual postures depicted on the temple walls show the liberal mind and social norms of Chandel rulers. The temple complex houses both Hindu and Jain temples and are broadly divided into three groups, i.e., Eastern, Western and Southern groups of the temple, depicting some finest sculpture art in the world. Out of the surviving 20 temples, the Kandariya Mahadeva Temples is the most decorated with more than 870 sculptures, with intricate details and expressiveness of the traditional ancient art form of India. Khajuraho Dance Festival is organized during the month of February, which is a major cultural event and tourist attraction. Besides fascinating light and sound show is organized every evening, at the western group of temples, evoking the life and times of great Chandel Kings and tells the story of the most mesmerizing temples of Khajuraho built during the 10th to 11th century. Khajuraho is one of the major destinations for any Madhya Pradesh Heritage Tour because of its ancient intricate artwork.
The Madhya Pradesh Heritage Tour takes you to a journey through some of the most fascinating monuments of central India. The monuments covered under Madhya Pradesh Heritage Tour were built during the 10th century to 18th century depicting different architecture forms of the bygone era. You will also visit four UNESCO World Heritage Site including Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb, Kutub Minar, and Khajuraho group of temples. The Gwalior fort is one of the largest forts in India and home to several palaces and temples including the Chaturbhuj temple which has the first-ever written Zero. Orchha is famous for its medieval forts and cenotaphs. Khajuraho is most famous for its erotic sculptures depicting different forms and postures of lovemaking and sculptures depicting in intricate details, the daily lives of folks of a bygone era.
Highlights of the Tour
- Delhi, the capital city of India
- Gwalior, home to Gwalior fort- one of the largest forts in India.
- Kajuraho, famous for temples decorated with intricate sculptures depicting erotic art. .
- Orchha, the fortified city famous for its medieval forts, temples and cenotaphs
- Chaturbhuj temple in Gwalior, which has the first ever written Zero in the world
- 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites (Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Kutab Minar, and Khajuraho Group of temples)