Known for its rich cultural heritage, the city of Gwalior has played an integral role in Indian history from ancient times, through the medieval era, and later during the Moghul and British colonial rule. The bustling city atop a hill, is dominated by the Gwalior fort which has been the battleground for many struggles for power. Today Gwalior is an important tourist destination due to its historical and architectural significance. Gwalior according to ancient history was Gopalkash, said to be the same place where Bhima from the epic Mahabharata attained victory. Archeological excavations reveal that the city dates back to the middle Stone ages and Iron Age.
Orchha is located on the banks of the Betwa River and lies 15 km away from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. Orchha’s prime attraction is the Orchha Fort. The fort has many connected buildings which were built during the rule of different ones. Two of the most well known of these are the Jahagir Mahal and Raj Mandir. Two of the well known temples of the town are the Chatur Bhuj temple and the Raj Mandir.
Mentioned in ancient texts as Daityavakra, Datia is a large district which is known for Buglamukhi Devi Temple, Siddhapeeth of Shri Peetambra Devi, Gopeshwar Temple and Sonagiri, a sacred Jain center. These are highly popular pilgrimage spots and on festivals, thousands of devotees come here to worship. You can also visit the fort and state museum here. Another huge attraction is Jahangir Mahal built in 1620 AD and is known to have 400 rooms within the palace. It is a seven storied marvel with a towering height of 130 feet. The unique aspect is that two stories are underground.
Khajuraho is known all over the world for its temples, which belong to the medieval Hindu and Jain period. Temples in Khajuraho are divided into various groups such as the Western group and Southern group. Structures like the Adinath Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Devi Jagdambi Temple, Dulhadev Temple and Kandariya Mahadev Temple are a few of the many renowned temples of this historic city. Other attractions in Khajuraho beyond temples are the Dhubela Museum, Jain Museum, Ajaigarh Fort and the Beni Sagar Dam.
Located at the north of the Narmada River, the place is a rocky area surrounded by low hills and lakes. There are many popular destinations to visit in Jabalpur namely the Rani Durgavati Museum, Madan Mahal Fort and Dumna Nature Reserve among others. The Kanha National Park and the Pench National Park near Jabalpur also major attractions of Jabalpur.
Pachmarhi the saucer shaped hill station is fondly known as the ‘Queen of Satpura Ranges’. The Victorian churches, bungalows and cemeteries render a colonial atmosphere to the town. The pristine hill station is surrounded by forest area. The tribal communities of the Gonds and the Korkus are the native inhabitants of the area. Some of the major attractions of Pachmarhi are Satpura National Park, Jata Shankar cave, Pandav caves, Fairy Pool and Big Falls.
Kanha is very popular for its rich flora and fauna and because of this Kanha is considered as one of the finest national parks in Asia. The national park houses some rare species of swamp deer, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, fox and jackal. The other varieties of wildlife found here include Indian Bison also known as Bos gaurus that are seen here when the winter ends. Other attractions in Kanha is the Kanha Museum.