Famed as the heart of the country, Central India displays cultural brilliance of India at every corner. The region comprises two states – Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh that are home to wonderful cities consisting of incredible historical wonders, mesmerising cultural delights and world-class architectural beauty.
Take a look below at top five cities and towns of Central India we’ve lined up for you:
A popular heritage site in India owning a group of monuments, and Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho draws thousands of travellers from all around every year. The delightful nagara styled architecture here is a treat for history enthusiasts. This place is world renowned for its annual dance festival attracting culture lovers with a number of Indian classical and international dance forms. Koshak Mahal, Badal Mahal Gate, Kati Ghati, Chanderi Fort and Archaeological Museum are some major attractions to discover in the city.
Counted among the Counter-magnet cities, Gwalior is an ideal place to explore royal sculptures, structures and temples in India. Thrived under many emperors, this ancient city is home to The Gwalior Fort occupying a sandstone plateau overlooking the city. While there’s a lot to discover architectural beauty, adventure seekers can explore Gandhi Zoological Park to spot a variety of bisons, white tigers, hyena, serpents and others. Besides, boating at Swarna Rekha River and Tighra Dam, and bird watching at Chambal River are some other interesting things to experience in the city.
A prominent Hindu pilgrimage destination in Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain draws thousands of pilgrims every year from all over the world. Sitting beside the Kshipra River, it is the fifth largest city in the state where you can have a perfect family time. There is an incredible centuries-old Mahakaleshwar Temple featuring a towering structure with a unique ornate roof one should not miss to explore. Besides, Kumbh Mela and Maha Shivratri are the two major festivals celebrated in the city and attended by huge crowds of tourists.
Popular for its medieval architecture and mural temples, Orchha is a royal town in Madhya Pradesh lying on the banks of River Betwa. Comprising several remains reflecting the traditions of the Bundela Era, this place attracts history and architecture lovers from different parts of the world. The Orchha Fort Complex, Lakshminarayan Temple, Phool Bagh and Chaturbhuj Temple are some major draws of the city. You cannot miss to enjoy wonderful rafting and boating opportunities here. The evening aarti at Ram Raja Temple is another prominent thing to be a part of in the city.
Renowned as “Varanasi of Central India”, Maheshwar is a popular spiritual place in India that is mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata, the epic literatures of India under its old name, Mahishmati. Situated on the bank of River Narmada, the city is home to many ancient temples, Ghats and monuments. The Ahilyabai Temple, Maheshwar Fort and Narmada Ghat are some of the major must-visits here. Besides its religious importance, this place is known for the production of exquisite cotton sarees which are popular as Maheshwari sarees all over the world.