Monday, November 30, 2009

Glimpses of Central Province

Madhya Pradesh (MP), the center of India is a land of natural beauty along with rich heritage. The state has two hill ranges Vindhya and Satpura and several small and big rivers running across the state. These natural features have created a landscape of plateaus, river valleys, hills, and forests. (Click on all the images for bigger picture)

It has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the 9th - 10th century temples at Khajuraho, remains of the 3rd - 7th century BC Buddhist settlement at Sanchi; and cave paintings dating to 8000 BC at Bhimbetka. Apart from this There are plenty of rich cultural heritage sites. Gwalior is famous for the forts and palaces. Shivpuri is known for wild life and cenotaphs, Orchha and Datia is known for the palaces, Jabalpur well known for its natural water resource and marbles. The capital, Bhopal is a former princely state, a small city celebrated for its mosques and palaces, old-town ambiance. The hill-citadel of Mandu (near Indore) is renowned for its ruins set in greenery, especially after monsoons. Ujjain is a holy city for the Hindus. Other less known sites like Padavali, Mitavali, Suryavahi also have rich cultural heritage. The scenic sanctuaries of Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks are mostly savanna grassland terrains that have tigers and elephants as prime attractions.
The itinerary that we followed for my trip is as follows. We reached Bhopal overnight and started my trip next day early morning. During our journey we also covered Jhansi which falls in the different state and that is Utter Pradesh.
My family comprising of 4 adults and 2 kids enjoyed our experience owing to the good road network in the state. The travel and sight seeing was done by train and SUV. We had booked the accommodation and vehicle at all the places before the start of journey.

Friends, it was a pleasant experience and let me share the details with you in the subsequent posts.
From Bhopal, we traveled to Bhojpur.

Distance:
Bhopal ---> Bhojpur 28 kms

41 comments:

Arun said...

which place did you like the most?

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Your post brings back fond memories of a childhood visit to my mashi's home in Bhopal.

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Wow Rajesh. That must have been a great trip... Awaiting eagerly for the upcoming detailed posts...

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Sylvia K said...

What marvelous shots of such beautiful places in your world, Rajesh! Always enjoy your posts as they are like a miniature vacation and I always learn something new!

Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Photo Cache said...

The entire country of India should be a Unesco Heritage Site in my opionion. I really would love to visit your country someday.

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eileeninmd said...

Thanks for sharing your view of Bhopal. Wonderful photos and mosaic.

SandyCarlson said...

Your give these place names a shape and a spirit. Thanks.

Carver said...

That sounds like a wonderful trip. Great shots and information.

Indrani said...

Great post!
May be I will plan one soon. :)

Japa said...

India is rich in culture and architectural designs. Always informative and great post of your world. And beautiful photos, too.

LadyFi said...

What a fabulous country you live in!

Wolynski said...

India is an amazing place, between the forts, temples, palaces - what an astonishing cultural heritage. Great photos.

Gattina said...

Must be wonderful to see all these beautiful buildings, what an architecture !

Maia said...

Beautiful, informative post with so many wonderful photos.
Your India is a beautiful part of the world indeed.
Have a nice week!

sandeep said...

thats an interesting list of places. in this list, i've gone only to gwalior. waiting for the detailed travelogues :)

George said...

It certainly sounds as if you had a wonderful trip. I really like the mosaic you created.

Snap said...

Rajesh -- how wonderful! Did you have a favorite?

Wren said...

That looks - and sounds - like a great trip. Looking forward to seeing more of your travels.

Anya said...

It looks like a wonderful trip :-)

exposemaximum said...

you are back with a bang :)the images are excellent.

fufu said...

wow india huh... a country i always wanted to visit =p

Protege said...

Ah, great pictures, so much info and even an itinerary! I wish I would be able to travel and see all that you post about, it is so fascinating and so stunning.
xo
Zuzana

magiceye said...

wow! would love to visit mp! looking forward to more posts with details

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful sculptures and scenic locations. Looking forward to learning more about your trip.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Great. It'll be very nice to view your experience in the beautiful Madhya Pradesh!

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Kirigalpoththa said...

I want to visit all three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Madhya Pradesh oneday...

Kirigalpoththa said...

I have heard about Khajuraho and sanchi but never heard about Bhimbetka. Thanks for that information!

Hey its me ss! said...

I am a first time visitor to your blog. Enjoyed reading it. Very well written and captured :)

Johnny Nutcase said...

Hi there, thanks for checking out my blog . Your trip looks fantastic, what a beautiful spot to visit!

Pooch Morning Glory said...

i enjoy learning about your country. there is so much !
~laura

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: What a neat tour of the area.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for this trip! I can well understand that these buildings on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Pietro said...

Great collage of interesting and amazing buildings. Thanks for sharing this nice trip!

Robin said...

Those sites are amazing, what an incredible trip it must have been.

GMG said...

Hi Rajesh! It seems an exciting trip! Beautiful pictures; look forward to seeing more photos in the near future!!

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SandyCarlson said...

I am glad your family got to enjoy that beautiful place. Thanks for introducing it to me.

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Phivos Nicolaides said...

What a fascinating place and beautiful pictures!

Asta said...

Hi Rajesh,

What a fantastick trip! I look forward to see much more from you on that.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Best regards
Asta

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rajesh:)

Very informative and useful post. Since I worked in MP for 4 years with headquarters in Bhopal I have visited most of these places and even stayed in Shivpuri forest guest house. Pholan Devi,the famous woman decoit, was jailed in Gwalior jail at that time. I used to drive to places like Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Satna, Rewa and Singrauli. I even drove up to the borders of Rajastan where you wlll find camels.

Very interesting post.

Best wishes:)
Joseph

Rajesh said...

Arun, Snap: I liked all the places. I loved Orchha, Khajuraho.

Sucharita, Sylvia, Carver, LadyFi, Japa, Wolynski, Gattina, Maia: Thanks for the appreciation.

Bhushavali, Sandeep, Wren, Magiceye, Diane, Bhavesh, GMG: Thanks, detail posts will follow soon.

Photo: Thanks, you are most welcome to this part of the world.

George, Anya, Deepak, Jhonny, Laura, Fishing Guy, Wil Pietro, Robin: Thanks for the appreciation.

elieeninmd, Protege, fufu, Kirigalpoththa: Thanks, the snaps are from overall MP not Bhopla alone.

Hey: Thanks, I welcome you to my blog. Looking forwad to more of your views.

Sandy, songs, Phivos: Thanks for the appreciation.

Indrani: Thanks, nice place to tour around.

Asta, Joseph: Thanks, detail posts will follow soon.