Exquisite sculptures and elaborate carvings adorning the famed Khajuraho Temples are brought to life in the flick of a wrist or tap of a foot. The annual Khajuraho Dance Festival invites veterans and esoteric performers from around the world, infusing vigour into the usually peaceful, nearby village. Through classical dance forms, the artists sweep you up in a whirlwind of emotions.
Street food takes on a whole new dimension when you’re amidst hundreds of people trying to get their hands on the last of the yummy morsels, and all this happens past midnight at Sarafa. Here, delectables include typical Indore cuisine served right from the kitchen and crunchy vegetarian snacks like samosas, chaats and dahiwadas. Besides a mouthful of deliciousness, these makeshift shops also have intriguing histories. A meal and a story? Sign us up!
Those who came thousands of years before us toiled, scavenged, gathered and hunted since the dawn of the Paleolithic period to outrun the big, bad dog-eat-dog world. Through cave paintings and smoothed out floors, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a surprising documentation of man’s own evolution. Paintings of men dancing and riding elephants slowly morph into ones of him riding a chariot, and the invention of the wheel lies somewhere along the way.
A jungle cat strolls casually to a stream, its confidence remarkable. And though she barely looks at you, your heart pounds in your chest. The National Parks are home to numerous species of deer, birds and boars; comprehensive ecology where you can catch a gypsy ride through the wilderness and hop on an elephant for a short safari to where the tigers lounge.
The Narmada River, the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh, cleaves through shimmering boulders that feel like a whole world removed from normalcy. As the oars swish through the water and bounce across the surface in perfect rhythm, the sun moves across the sky turning white marble to pink, green and blue. Don’t forget to pick up a marble souvenir on your way back.
Monumental domes that rise out of the ground, once thought lost to the overgrown jungles of central India, are remnants of what used to be a flourishing cult of Buddhism under the Mauryan Empire. A calmness pervades this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you weave through the morning fog and get a closer look at complex, carved panels and statues. As one of the oldest stupas in the country, the place offers insight into eras past.
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Trace the origins of the Indian Stone Age back to its roots. The rock shelters at Bhimbetka offer a glimpse into the lives of Homo Erectus from at least 100,000 years ago!
Harking great historical importance, the Stupa at Sanchi housing Buddhist relics, was an engineering marvel of its time. Built of bricks, the oldest building in all of India provides a quiet look into her past.
Probably the oldest and most important political center of many centuries ago, this city held special rank in the hearts of those wishing to conquer India. Don’t you want to find out what makes this place tick?
The terrain of this park is what makes it interesting in the home of tiger reserves. With rolling hills and extensive flat lands, simply walking around this park is an exciting adventure!
The largest tiger reserve and national park in India, is home to tigers, leopards, sloth bears and more!
If you’re looking for a rare opportunity to spot a Royal Bengal Tiger as well as a white one, you’re looking in the right place! The varying tropical and grassland ecosystem is also home to a multitude of bird species!
Once recipient of Award of Excellence, the park speaks of a sad state of affairs. Tigers from the area fell victim to poaching and all that remains is a faint whisper of their once majestic kingdom.
Named for the Pench river that flows through this lush reserve, it is believed to have been the stage for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Throw on some shades and head through the forests to discover lazing tigers and beautiful fauna.
The temples at Khajuraho are 22 in number, though it is hard to tell if those who worshiped here could peel their eyes off the intricate carvings on the stone walls. The erotic carvings intertwined with the mythological, draws visitors into a rabbit hole of emotions.
Commonly known as the Hampi of Central India, Mandu offers an exciting sunset experience from the ruins of Rupmati’sPavillion. Other architectural grandeurs that dot the scenery are Nil Kanth Palace, Jahaz Mahal and Hoshang’s Tomb.
The quaint town of Orccha is perfect for those looking for seclusion in their travels. This hamlet retains its old world charm with boutique hotels and palaces reminiscent of the Bundela Era; an attraction for history buffs to say the least.
From the Vedic Age to the time of the Mutiny, Gwalior has remained sought after for its high vantage points and now it is a rich potluck of temples and forts for the history buffs.
An explorer’s paradise, seemingly crowded Indore offers an interesting combination of palaces, temples, parks and waterfalls crashing amidst lush green canopies. One of the most popular temples in the world – Omkareshwar is also just a couple hours from here.
Bhopal’s alleys and streets are a revelation for travellers. The past blends seamlessly with modernization giving the city its own identity, discovered through the Taj-Ul-Masjid, Indira Gandhi Museum of Man, the twin lakes and Gufa Mandir.
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