Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh, literally meaning the central region is often known as the heart of India. Endowed with rich and diverse forests, Madhya Pradesh is a reservoir of Biodiversity, the home to National parks and Natural Reserves and a watershed of a number of rivers including the Narmada and the Tapti. Madhya Pradeshs Natural Heritage welcomes visitors to nine national parks including Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Waterfalls at Jabalpur, beautiful forest Eco systems and Natural Reserves such as Amarkantak, Bagh Caves and Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve.
The cultural heritage of many religions is well represented in this predominantly Hindi speaking state. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces on hilltops bring to mind visions of empires and kingdoms, of the great warriors and builders, poets and musicians, saints and philosophers; of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Some are the Lakshmana Temple, Devi Jagdambi Temple, The Sanchi Stupa and Masoleum on the banks of the Betwa River. The Khajuraho Group of monuments along with Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi and Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are among declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Madhya Pradesh has an extensive railway network and a good road network connecting almost all parts of the state. The state has two international airports, one in Indore and another in the state capital Bhopal and three domestic airports at Gwalior, Khajuraho and Jabalpur. The climate is characterized by hot and dry summers, a varied rainy season over different parts of the state and pleasant winters.

Bandhavgarh – Where Tigers Rule

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It was 10:00am and our first Jeep Safari was about to end. From 06:00 am till now, we had seen a variety of birds (Night Jar, Serpent eagle, dancing peacocks, Eurasian Thicknee, Jungle Fowl, common Kingfisher, and Indian Roller) and spotted dear, jungle cat and wild boar. The forest blossomed with ever green Sal Trees and echoed with sounds of birds, animals and crushing dry leaves. Its vast meadows produced brilliant sight of Cheetals around a lake with the Bandhavgarh hills at the backdrop.

The best thing about a jungle Safari is that you never know when a tiger could cross your path, and this hope keeps you excited and energetic. But our vigilance hadn’t paid so far.

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उज्जैन यात्रा

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फिर अगले दिन हमने उज्जैन दर्शन किया महाकाल एरिया के पास आपको बहुत से ड्राइवर अपना कार्ड देंगे जिसमे घूमने की जगहों के नाम होंगे आप उसमे खुद अपनी इच्छा से नाम जोड़ और हटा सकते हैं हमारा ड्राइवर जो खुद एक मुस्लिम था पर उसकी भक्ति और ज्ञान देखकर हम बहुत प्रभाभित हुए, उसने हमें एक एक जगह का महत्व बताया और अच्छे से दर्शन करवाये, आप यदि उसका नंबर चाहते हैं तो नोट कर लीजिये नाम : ज़ाकिर ०८३४९८२५२०७ और गाड़ी थी मारुती वैन I

हमने शुरुआत की श्री रामकृष्ण आश्रम उज्जैन से जो की मानव सेवा में लगा हुआ है यहाँ पर एक सुंदर फिजियोथेरेपी क्लिनिक है जो गरीबो की सेवा करती है, हमने आश्रम की सुंदरता निहारते हुए जप किया और मंदिर के दर्शन किये I आश्रम में दान दिया और प्रसाद ग्रहण किया

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पुराने इंदौर की एक शाम – गलियों में खाने का ख़जाना

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और ऐसे ही एक शाम ढल चुकी थी. खजराना स्थित गणेश मंदिर में पूजन के पश्चात मेरे बड़े भाई के परिवार के सभी सदस्यों का मन पुराने इंदौर की इन्ही गलियों का लुत्फ़ उठाने का हुआ. मेरी तो जैसे की मौज हो गयी. संध्या के धुंधुलके से लिपटे हुए इंदौर के ऐतिहासिक राजवाड़े के बगल से होकर हमलोग सराफा की उन गलियों में पहुंचे. वहां की दुकानें बंद तो हो चुकी थीं, पर गलियाँ बड़े-बड़े बिजली के बल्बों की रोशनी से जगमगा रही थीं. खाने की दुकानें सज चुकी थीं और मानों सम्पूर्ण इंदौर के लोग उन गलियों में लगे बेहतरीन खाने का मजा लेने उमड़ पड़े थे.

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Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh- Central India’s only hill Station

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It was raining heavinly so we moved quickly and covered the place from different angles. To avoid rains I devised a trick and used my cowboy and raincoat hats as one person would hold the cap while second will hold the device right under it and click photos. The trick worked really nice and we managed to get good shots even in heavy downpour without any damage to our cameras.

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गंगऊ बाँध और रनगवां बाँध – सौ साल पुराना छुपा खजाना

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एल टाइप सी अजीब सी शेप लिए हुए विसाल डैम आपने आप में एक सुरंग सा था आर पार जो उसके मेंटेनेंस के लिए होगी शायद। जिसमे सैकड़ो खिड़किया थी जिनसे रोशनी ऐसे आ रही थी मानो हम कई शीशो में एक के गहराते  से माहोल में अपने अक्ष देख रहे हों।   वहां जगह जगह विदेशो से लायी गयी मशीने और उपकरण आज भी ज्यों के त्यों

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A day at Mahakal Nagri Ujjain

A day at Mahakal Nagri Ujjain

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Our work got over at 1800 hrs and we were ready to go back to Indore. While returning from Kothi we got down at Freeganj Tower just to roam around the city. First we went to Chote Gopal mandir which was just in the vicinity of Freeganj Tower. The freeganj which was a busy town circle in the afternoon has transformed into a superb eatery zone. Right from Paani puri to Chaat to Chhole tikki to Vada pav to Hot dog to Chinese to South Indian to Juice corner to fruit zone to Icecream corner.

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Morena Magic – The Temples of Bateshwar, Padawali and Mitawali

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And then Morena springs the third association – unknown and full of surprises. A friend has just stumbled upon the most incredible circuit of obscure temples, 25 km deep inside Morena; of course by walking in the glorious tradition of baghis of yore. The opportunity to see the temples soon presents itself and you grab it; of course a city slicker like you will need a four wheel ride.

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Hindustan Ka Dil Dekho (M.P. Trip) – Part 3

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I would suggest taking the upper deck ticket (which is cheaper) instead of lower one, as it gives you a better view with open space. It was approx. one hour ride, which was full of fun and masti, people started dancing on the floor, and kids were enjoying the cruise experience. The view around was extraordinary, and we felt like lost in the sea. Total paisa vasool, one should not miss this in Jabalpur for sure.

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Wild and Historical Bundelkhand – Raneh Fall & Khajuraho

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The Khajuraho Group of Temples are reportedly constructed during 10th& 11th century by the Chandelas and dedicated to the Hindus & Jains. Most of the temples are constructed by hard sedimentary rocks and erected in an advanced geometrical technology avoiding cementing mortars. A few are constructed by granites too. This was perhaps to enhance the longevity and religious faiths. The architecture is “Nagara-Style” and rock cut sculptures are similar to wooden carvings during the earlier ages. The intricately expressive figures and designs are profusely available in all the structures. It is believed that there was originally 85 temples constructed around 25 km out of which only 25 survived within 6 km now. They are divided in three zones viz. Western Group, Eastern Group & Southern Group. A brief of these exquisite temples are compiled herewith for reader’s delight.

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Wild and Historical Bundelkhand – Ajaigarh Fort, The forbidden Kingdom

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The landscape around the lake is astounding but heartening simultaneously. Hundreds of very well sculpted rocks, some of which still in better shapes were lying scattered at the lake side and around. A huge round sculpted “Amalaka” (the stone disk/rim fitted atop a temple) is an eye catcher, depicting pathetic demise of its glorious past. The invaluable chiselled rocks and the sculpted remains of a temple were once an integral part of an exotic masterpiece, perhaps as good as the marvels in Khajuraho. Can it be restored now! Sadly, no or not to its original shape.
Descending through the broken stepsand balancing cautiously we reached at an open balcony. An alley of beautiful rock carvings and finely chiselled rock figures of different deities and symbolic, made the sweating effort worth.

Our next hunt was the hidden gems in the jungle at Ajaigarh. Our prime reason to visit the fort was to see those exclusive Khajuraho style Jain Temples in the forest. After some rest&normalising the respiration, we again started our stroll & soon reached a fenced arena. Our guide gestured to say, here is the Jain Temples. Where! In the woods we could havea glimpse of the structures only on reaching close enough.

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