Places to visit in Madhya Pradesh

Understated and often undermined, Madhya Pradesh is in fact an amazing destinations with astounding potential for tourism. It is a treasure trove of superb cities to visit, sights to behold and activities to perform that will leave you wanting more. From the ancient carvings of Khajuraho temples that are famous the world over to the spectacular wildlife sanctuaries that allow you to reconnect with the nature, the list of things to do in Madhya Pradesh is endless. The state offers a unique blend of historically, religiously, culturally and naturally rich sites that help to make your holiday comprehensible and satisfying to say the least.

Founded in the year 1955, this enchanting forest turned wildlife sanctuary is the inspiration behind the famous Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.  One of the finest animal retreats in the country, Kanha National Park is a famous tiger reserve that is dedicated for inhabiting and protecting the tigers in their natural habitat. Apart from tigers, it is also the home of Royal Bengal Tiger and the rare Swamp Deer. Best visited in the months from November to June, the temperature in the park varies from 23.9 degree at the minimum to 40.6 degree at its maximum. A mixture of serene natural beauty and  equally beautiful and versatile wildlife, Kanha National Park is sure one to the best places to visit when on your tour in this state.

 

Location: SH11, Mangitola Mukki Gate, Mukki

Known For: Tiger Reserve Safari

How to Reach: The park is connected with most major cities of MP, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra by road. You can reach it via state buses or by car as well. The nearest railway heads are located at Gondia (145 km) and Jabalpur (160 km) from where you can reach Kanha via road. The nearest airports are at Jabalpur (160 km), Raipur (250 km) and Nagpur (300 km). 

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 300-500 for Indians & Rs.1,500- 2,500 for foreigners

Operating Hours: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

Type: Animal Sanctuary.

Sanchi Stupa is a famous Buddhist shrine located at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh. This highly popular tourist destination was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd Century B.C. and is well known for its impeccable architecture. One of the few well-preserved ancient stupas, this monument consists of torans that stand for love, courage, trust and peace, and a central hemispherical dome which contains various relics of Lord Buddha. 

During the reign of Shunga dynasty, the stupa was renovated to add some staircases, harmika etc. Adorned with different representations of Buddha, like wheels, or thrones, it also depicts carvings narrating the life story of Buddha along with His incarnations as told in Jataka tales. An archaeological museum located here is a good place to look at some relics of Buddha.

 

Location: Sanchi

Known For: Buddhist shrine

How to Reach: The nearest railway station and airport is located at Bhopal from where you can take a state bus or hire a car to reach Sanchi

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 10-20 for Indians & Rs. 200-300 for foreigners

Operating Hours: 6:30 am to 6:00 pm

Type: Monument.

This 8th Century architectural marvel is perched upon a hill top in Gwalior city of Madhya Pradesh. Having seen many dynasties conquer and get vanquished throughout the history, while it kept standing, the fort has also been subjected to many changes in design and gone through many renovations. The main structure though, chiefly houses two massive palaces along with several temples and water tanks. Teli ka Mandir and Maan Singh Palace are two most notable of its occupants. While the former is built in an attractive Dravidian style architecture of shrine which features intricately sculpted exteriors, the latter was built in the 15th century by king Man Singh and displays a stunning Architecture of Tomar dynasty. With a façade made up of pretty ceramic tiles in blue, the palace looks dazzling. In addition to these, the magnificent Saas-Bahu temple, Gujari Mahal, Karan Palace, Chaturbhuj Temple, Shahjahan Mahal, Jai Vilas Palace and Jahangir Mahal situated in the fort complex are other buildings worthy of your attention.

 

Location: Gwalior

Known For: Exemplary architecture 

How to Reach: Gwalior can be reached easily by air, road or railway. While Gwalior airport is well connected by most major cities of Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, it can be reached by most major cities of the country through rail or roadways (via interstate buses or by personal vehicle).

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 70-80 for Indians & Rs. 200-300 for foreigners

Operating Hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Type: Palace.

Nicknamed as the ‘Queen of Satpura Ranges’, Panchmarhi is the only hill resort of MP. Established in the British era by Captain Forsyth, this saucer shaped hill station is perched at a height of 1,067 ft. Decorated with innumerable attractions, Panchmarhi is a lovely tourist destination flocked by people from near and far for a tranquil vacation in the hills, minus the pestering crowds. From handsome monuments to beguiling ancient caves, this tiny hill station has plenty of places for you to spend a rewarding holiday in peace. 

The biggest point of interest for its visitors are its cave paintings, which are believed to be over 10,000 years old. The panoramic landscape painted by its verdant forests, rolling hills and cascading waterfalls, is something that will linger for a long time in your mind’s eye.

 

Location: Panchmarhi, MP

Known For: Hill resort

How to Reach: Pachmarhi is well-connected through road and can be reached via state buses or car from Pipariya, Bhopal or Chhindwara. Pipariya is the nearest railway station (47 km) which can be reached from major cities of the country like Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, while Bhopal is the nearest airport (194 km), from where it can be reached via road. 

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating Hours: NA

Type: Landmark.

Nestled between the mighty Vindhya ranges, Bandhavgarh National Park showcases a beautiful mix of tropical jungle, grasslands and Sal trees. The park which was declared a National Park in the year 1976, is popular for its large population of Royal Bengal Tigers. Once the hunting ground for Maharaja of Rewa, it boasts of rich biodiversity with 22 species of mammals and around 250 species of both birds and other animals. A jeep safari into the woods can help you spot a variety of animals here, including tigers, foxes, leopards, sloth bears, Asiatic jackals, jungle cats, deer, wild boars, chinkara, gaur, monkeys, striped hyenas, eagles and many more. 

The Bandhavgarh fort situated at 800 m high cliff in the vicinity gives the park its name and also a superb point to soak in the view of the jungle, vastly spread before it.

 

Location: Umariah district, MP

Known For: Being the home to a large number of Royal Bengal Tigers

How to Reach: The nearest airports to Baandhavgarh are at Jabalpur and Khajuraho while the nearest railway station is t Umariah from where you can easily take a cab to reach the park. It has good connectivity from major cities through both road (Khajuraho, Jabalpur, Kanha, Katni and Satna), and railways (Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Varanasi and Kolkata). 

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 150-300 for Indians & Rs. 1,500-3,000 for Foreigners

Operating Hours: 6:00 to 11:00 am & 3:00 to 6:00 pm 

Type: Animal Sanctuary.

Situated in Ujjain on the side of Rudra Sagar Lake, Mahakaleshwar temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Being one of the sacred sites of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, it is also one of the most pious and sought pilgrim spots for the Hindus. It is believed to be the divine abodes of Lord Shiva where He is present in the lingam form and derives His power (Shakti) from within, hence also called as Swayambhu. The temple lies among the top 10 temples of Tantra and the only temple of India where the Bhasma Arti is performed each morning to wake the Lord up. Being such a unique temple with such importance, people from all over the world come down to Ujjain to visit this enlightened site.

 

Location: Ujjain, MP

Known For: Bhasma arti and for being the site for one of the twelve Jyotirlingas

How to Reach: Ujjain is very well connected to various cities of India and can be easily reached via road or rail from Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal etc. Indore airport is the nearest air head. 

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating Hours: 3:00 am to 11:00 pm

Type: Temple.

Situated at the banks of Narmada River, Jabalpur is a predominantly industrial town which has recently been recognized for its tourism worthy offerings. Owing to its pristine ghats, milky waterfalls, and subtle tinsel of historical and cultural legacy, Jabalpur has emerged to be a surprising and truly alluring destination on the map of Madhya Pradesh tourism. Apart from its breath-taking sight of Dhuandar waterfalls and the staggering beauty of the Bedaghat marble cliffs, the city is also rich in manmade wonders such as the temple located near Roonath and Madan Mahal. 

The naturally scintillating landscape mixed with the British architecture dating back to the colonial times, is what makes Jabalpur one of the finest places to visit in Madhya Pradesh, especially given that it is also central to other attractions such as Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park.

 

Location: Jabalpur, MP

Known For: Marble rocks and falls

How to Reach: Jabalpur has its own airport which can be reached from most important airports of the country. It can also be reached via road or rail since it is connected with many important cities and towns of the country. 

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating Hours: NA

Type: Landmark.

Mandu is among the few places which can brag about their flawless and glorious architecture. This MP destination displays not just sublime beauty of the many notable palaces and other buildings in the area but also compels us to acknowledge the admirable artistry of our ancestors. 

You can have an amazing, fun-filled time here revelling in the lovely environment of the city, enhanced with some sheer sterling buildings such as that of Rani Roopmati’s Pavilion, Baz Bahadur’s Palace, Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Champa Baoli and Hammam, and Jain Temple. Mandu lies testament to the profound love between Prince Baz Bahadur and his beloved Rani Roopmati. It is also known for being the site of India’s oldest instituted building.

 

Location: Mandu

Known For: Ancient palaces

How to Reach: The nearest airport is at Indore, while the nearest railway station is at Ratlam. From there you can reach Mandu via road, by state run buses or car. 

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating Hours: NA

Type: Landmark.

Khajuraho is a place in India that doesn’t need any introductions. People visit this place coming from all four corners of the world, to witness its astoundingly rich heritage and an equally entrancing architecture. Dotted with several temples decked with erotic and beautifully sensuous carvings, these unique temples are veritably a masterpiece of the ancient Indian heritage. Located in the Bundelkhand region of the state, Khajuraho is a small town with big fame that finds its roots in the indigenous culture dating back to the medieval period. 

Built around 950 AD to 1050 AD, these temples portray the sheer paradox of the Indian ideologies regarding eroticism as are known today with those in the period, as is evident from these constructions. This is enough to leave anyone who sees them spellbound and perplexed. 

The bold engravings on the walls of these temples while may seem too insolent for some, but are undoubtedly the purest depiction of innocent passion and love, showcased in the most punctilious and aesthetic manner. One way or the other, the place surely deserves your attention for the finesse of cultural and architectural heritage of India.

 

Location: Khajuraho

Known For: Temples with fine architecture and erotic yet gorgeous engravings

How to Reach: The town has direct connectivity via train from Delhi and many other important Indian cities. It can also be reached by air. The road connectivity is also good, making it easy to reach the place from many major cities of India. 

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating Hours: NA

Type: Landmark.

Located in the capital city of MP, Bhopal, Taj-Ul-Masjid is the biggest mosque in India. Its name literally means ‘The Crown of Mosques’ which can be held true given the stunning architecture of this winsome monument. 

Spanning a long period that saw the succession of several Begums of Bhopal, the construction was only completed recently in 1971, owing to the lack of funds which prevented it from getting finished promptly. The grandeur of the mosque is one to behold. 

The façade of this ostentatious mosque is constructed in pink stone, while it houses two colossal towers featuring large white domes looking up to the sky. The three large domes of Taj-Ul-Masjid along with the attractively built hallway look extremely beguiling too, especially with the complementing expanse of flooring made with polished marble, eleven archways and a massive courtyard. The visitors to this place are drawn due to its imposing Islamic architecture and imperious construction.

 

Location: Bhopal

Known For: Beautiful Islamic architecture and monumental construction

How to Reach: Bhopal has a good network or roads and railways and hence can be reached by either mode of transportation. It also has its own airport which has good connectivity with most major cities of India.

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating Hours: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm (Entries on Fridays are only reserved for Muslim community)

Type: Mosque.

Situated on the banks of river Betwa, Orccha is a splendid tourist destination featuring a world of historically and culturally significant places of interest. Adorned with ornate palaces, impregnable forts and intricately designed temples from the medieval era, this little town is every tourist and photographer’s paradise. From grand havelies and Hindu temples to classic mural paintings and breath-taking frescoes, Orccha is a great place to visit on your MP holidays. You can enjoy visiting places such as Chaturbhuj temple, Phool Bagh, Raj Mandir, Jehangir Mahal at Orccha Fort, Lakshmi temple, Ram Raja temple, Dauji ki Haveli, and Chhatris located in this area.

 

Location: Orccha

Known For: Frescoes, mural paintings and beautiful temples

How to Reach: Along with having a good road network, it easy within easy reach via air and rail too. Nearest airport is located at Gwalior and nearest railway station is at Jhansi (18 km).

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating Hours: NA

Type: Landmark.

Also known as ‘Teerthraj’ which means the ‘King of Pilgrimage’, Amarkantak is a beautiful hill resort cum Hindu pilgrimage site of MP. This lovely town is situated among the Vindhya and Satpura ranges and consists of some exquisitely built temples that are hard to find anywhere else. Located at a height of 1,065 m, Amarkantak is the convergence point of three rivers- Narmada, Johila and Sone. This imparts this town a lovely landscape with dense forests, that’s not just pleasing to the eyes but also makes it a superb place for the growth of medicinal plants making it ecologically beneficial too.

 

Location: Amarkantak

Known For: Hindu pilgrimage

How to Reach: Pendra Road and Anuppur are the nearest railheads from where you can easily take a bus or cab to reach Amarkantak.

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating Hours: NA

Type: Landmark.

Bhimbetka, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003, is known for its intriguing rock shelters that show traces of the earliest known life in the Indian continent. It has about 500 caves that feature rock paintings which are estimated to be over 30,000 years old and mark the beginning of the Stone Age of South Asia. Some of the geometric patterns found here are believed to be from the medieval period and the colours used in these paintings is natural and vegetable derived.

 

Location: Near Bhopal

Known For: Rock shelter and cave paintings

How to Reach: Bhopal has a very good network of roads, railways and an airport too. 

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 10-20 for Indians & Rs. 300-500 for foreigners

Operating Hours: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Type: Cave.

Organized by Adivasi Lok Kala Academy in Bhopal city, it is a festival that celebrates the vivid folk music and dance of the central Indian state. You can also find many beautiful tribal handicrafts here that you can purchase as souvenirs.

 

When: January.

Celebrated at Khajuraho in front of the Chitragupta and Vishwantha temples, this festival is a tribute and a means to promote the dance and music of India. In this week-long event, you can enjoy various classical dance forms including Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali etc.

 

When: First week of February.

Kumbh Mela is a grand and important festival for the Hindus which is celebrated once in every twelve years. Ujjain is one of the handful of places where this festival is celebrated, where in sages and devotees from across the world come here to take a dip in the pious Shipra River located here.

 

When: April to May (every 12 years).

One of the biggest festivals of Hindus, Dussehra is marked by grand celebrations which showcase striking display of fireworks along with theatricals featuring Ramayana.

 

When: October or November.

The biggest festival of India, Diwali is celebrated all over India with utmost fervor. In MP too the celebrations are worth witnessing. The whole state is decorated beautifully with dazzling lightings and earthern lamps. People perform puja in the evening’s post which celebrate with fireworks and crackers.

 

When: October or November.

Tansen Samaroh is marked by the celebration of soulful and melodious classical music of India. Organized every year in a small village of Behat in Gwalior, it is a wonderful event to attend for cultural enlightenment.

 

When: December.

Held in the last week of December, this festival is a celebration of art and artists. Attended by numerous famed national and international names from the world of art, this festival organizes demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions too.

 

When: December.

Recently developed by Madhya Pradesh tourism department as a tourist spot near Khandwa, Hanumantiya Tapu is popular for the wide range of land, air and water adventure activities that it offers. The place itself looks resplendent making the experience of engaging in such activities a pleasure. Apart from water sports like, jet skiing, cruising, water zorbing, banana boat ride, snorkelling, scuba diving etc., you can also enjoy here a plethora of thrilling activities including zip lining, paint ball, archery, kite flying, Segway, para motors, hot air balloon and much more.

 

Location: Hanumantiya Tapu

For: Family, Group of Friends

Difficulty Level: Varies on the basis of activity chosen

Approximate Cost: Varies on the basis of activity chosen

Why You Should Do It: For the thrill they offer.

One of the easiest adventure activities but also one of the most exciting and enjoyable, hot air ballooning is one that you must surely engage in, when on a tour of MP. Offered in Pench National Park, it is a superb experience to fly high above the dense forests of the park. Taking a look at the lush foliage and fauna of Pench directly below you, is simply ecstatic. Unless you or any of your family member on this escapade isn’t acrophobic, a ride in the colourful hot air balloon here is going to be among the best of your adventures when holidaying in MP.

 

Location: Pench National Park

For: Family, Couples

Difficulty Level: Low

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 6,000- 8,000 per person & Rs. 22,000- 26,000 for a romantic getaway for couples

Why You Should Do It: For the excellent view of Pench forests and wildlife from sky.

Boasting of the longest twin zip line in all of South Asia, it is as thrilling as it gets to go zipping here at Kerwa dam. The lovely backdrop of wilderness and softly flowing water just adds to the charm of the adventure activity, which is best done in the early monsoons when the weather is at its pleasant most, letting you enjoy the activity to the fullest.

 

Location: Kerwa Dam, Bhopal

For: Family, Individual, Groups of Friends

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 1500-2500

Why You Should Do It: For the thrill of weaving through the wild 

Tips: Wear comfortable set of clothes and shoes.

Lapping in the rapids of River Betwa, river rafting is a wonderful adventure activity that you must definitely give a try when in the heritage town of Orccha. It is simply a treat for the adventure seeking soul to raft against the fast rushing waters of the river, overlooking the beautiful Kanchana Ghat. You can choose a particular stretch of the river for the activity, depending upon your strength.

 

Location: Orccha

For: Couples, Group of Friends, Individual

Difficulty Level: Moderate to High

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 800- 2,000

Why You Should Do It: For rafting in a river bordered by ornately built temples and ghats

Tips: Take the help of a trainer and wear life jacket at all times.

A boat ride in either the upper lake of Bhopal or in Jabalpur up to Bedaghat is the most leisurely and pleasant activity to engage in. While Upper Lake offer the splendid view of the lazing city spread around it, with a small island in the centre of the lake becoming the centre of attraction, It is an altogether different kind of bliss. The latter gives you the opportunity to paddle across the waters surrounded by tall and grandiose cliffs made of glistening marble.

 

Location: Upper Lake, Bhopal & Jabalpur

For: Senior Citizens, Couples, Family

Difficulty Level: Low

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 80- 150

Why You Should Do It: For a leisurely break on your vacation and the pleasant view of the area around.

A game of endurance and strength, rock climbing in Pachmarhi is quintessentially a heady mix of breath-taking vistas of the surrounding hills and verdure, and the difficult terrain that needs to be overpowered. The many camps organized here can be your initiating source for climbing these rugged sedimentary rocks which are of myriad shapes and sizes, and offer good grip for holding. Post coming victorious, you may be rewarded with the enchanting view of the sunset in the hills.

 

Location: Pachmarhi

For: Individuals

Difficulty Level: High

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 1,500- 3,000

Why You Should Do It: For the stunning view of sunset as the end reward

Tips: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and carry quality equipment.

Situated in the Ratapani forest reserve, Delawadi is a quaint clearing of sorts in the woods which provides a wonderful place to spend a splendid time acquainting with the mesmerizing nature. Delawadi Jungle Camp, run and maintained by MPTDC, provides an amazing opportunity to engage in multiple adventure activities like trekking, bird watching, wildlife tracking and jungle camping.

 

Location: Delawadi

For: Groups of Friends, Couples, and Families

Difficulty Level: Low to Moderate

Approximate Cost: Approx. Rs. 3,000- 8,000

Why You Should Do It: For multiple jungle camp activities at one spot.

Amarkantak is a heritage town with many holy temples and lovely ghats that are worth visiting. But offering still more are its serene natural surroundings and lush greenery that makes for a splendid location for a satisfying nature walk. Since the place acts as the meeting point of the mighty Vindhyas and the Satpuras, the jungle here is quite dense and also rich with foliage of medicianal plants. You can spend hours here walking amidst nature, listening to birds chirping or exploring different flora and fauna.

 

Location: Amarkantak

For: Couples, Individuals and Senior Citizens

Difficulty Level: Low

Approximate Cost: NA

Why You Should Do It: For a relaxing experience on your holiday.

The multitudes of animal sanctuaries located in MP, offer a great chance to explore the forests through the exciting means or jungle safaris. These are a brilliant way to spot the many rare and native flora and fauna of the parks, while traversing the length and breadth of the spectacular jungles. Through a safari, you can spot a variety of animals and birds in these regions, including tigers, leopards, chinkara, hyneas, spotted deer, eagles and many more, giving you wonderful memories to take back home.

 

Location: Kanha National Park & Tiger Reserve, Bandhavgarh National Park & Tiger Reserve, Pench National Park & Tiger Reserve, Panna National Park & Tiger Reserve, Satpura Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park

For: Families, Groups of Friends and Senior Citizens

Difficulty Level: Low

Approximate Cost: Varies from park to park

Why You Should Do It: To let yourself get familiar with the majestic wildlife of MP

Tips: Carry a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and plenty of water.

Bharat Bhawa in Bhopal is the cultural hub for a variety of things- fine art, sculptures, music, folk art and drama. You will never run out of options measuring the walls of this amazing establishment that constantly offers something new and unique, with some classics gracing its interiors permanently. The various sections in this centre The Repertory, Museum of Fine Arts, A Library of Classical & Folk Music and so on, offers something for every inclination.

 

Location: Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal

For: Family, Senior Citizens

Difficulty Level: Low

Approximate Cost: Free (entry to some sections may require a fee depending upon the current offering)

Why You Should Do It: For a rendezvous with art and culture.

Indore has perhaps the finest street food scene in all of MP. With the major influence of Malwa culture on the city, you can enjoy some truly delectable foods here. From amazing daal baffle and multi-flavored pani-puris, to flaky kachoris and tempting sev, you are in for an appetizing treat. 

 

Must Eat: Chaat, Pani puri, garadu, bhutte ka kees etc.

Approximate Cost for Two: Varies depending upon stalls

Address: Sarafa Bazaar & Chappan Dukaan

Opening Hours: 9:00 am until past Midnight.

A part of the heritage restaurant of Jehan Numa Palace, Under the Mango Tree is known for its laid-back ambience and scrumptious tandoori dishes and barbecued kebabs. While most of the menu is tempting, the kebab platter truly stands out the rest.

 

Must Eat: Kebabs

Approximate Cost for Two: Approx. Rs. 1,000- 1,800

Address: Jehan Numa Palace, 157 Shyamla Hills, Bhopal

Opening Hours: 7:00- 11:00 pm.

Mediterra is a popular restaurant in Indore which is known for its romantic ambience set on a roof-top. This lovely restaurant caters to you amazing food starting from risotto to melt-in-the-mouth rack of lamb, beginning right from delicious starters such as that of paneer satay and coconut prawns.

 

Must Eat: Mezze and Paella

Approximate Cost for Two: Approx. Rs. 600- 2,000

Address: Hotel Sayaji, Indore

Contact: 0731- 4006666

Opening Hours: 7:30- 11:30 pm.

Silver Saloon is a marvelous heritage hotel in Gwalior with a beautiful ambience divided into two parts- an air-conditioned indoor restaurant and an outdoor dining area in a verandah, shaded by palm trees. The restaurant offers a wide menu with dishes from various cuisines such as Thai, Indian, continental, Maharashtrian, and Nepali.

 

Must Eat: Maharashtrian dishes

Approximate Cost for Two: Approx. Rs. 600- 1,500

Address: Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior

Contact: 0751- 2444000

Opening Hours: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.

A humble restaurant serving outstanding meals and both Indian & western snacks, Malaya Café is surely a great place to dine. From filling breakfsst serving lentil crepes, mashed potatoes, porridge, lemonade, authentic filter coffee and more to hearty brunches, you will find their pure vegetarian fare extremely satisfying. Apart from this, you can also choose to pick some great artisan items as souvenirs from their gift shop.

 

Must Eat: Filter coffee and lentil pancakes

Approximate Cost for Two: Breakfast starting at approx. Rs. 400 & individual dishes approx. Rs. 80- 150

Address: Main Rd, Bandhavgarh National Park 

Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (Oct- Jun).

Not just a place to please you from its aesthetic appeal, but Gwalior is also a terrific destination for shopping in MP. The place is perfect to purchase items such as hand woven carpets, jewellery, dolls, lacquer ware, wall hangings and sarees which make great souvenirs.

 

Location: Laskar market for handicrafts, Patanker Bazaar and Bara Chowk for sarees

Known For: Sarees and handicrafts

Bargaining: Definitely.

Jabalpur is a fabulous shopping destination known for a variety of knick- knacks that make for lovely souvenirs and gifts. It has many bustling market streets and chowks which offer an assortment of articles like jute crafts, silver ware, sarees, dress materials with intricate zardosi work, brassware, stuffed toys and much more.

 

Location: Ganjipura for dress materials with zardosi handiwork, Adhartal for dainty crockery, Kotwali Bazaar for beautiful jewellery etc.

Known For: Dress materials & Chanderi sarees

Bargaining: Definitely.

One of a kind arts and crafts centre in Khajuraho, Kandariya is a plush emporium that sells replicas of the deities and temple carvings found in the region. Some of them being life size versions of the original carvings, they are tagged with enormous prices ranging from Rs. 10,000 going up to Rs 10,00,000 approximately. However, they even have smaller and much more affordable replicas and items such as woodworks, brassware, textiles etc. selling in the premises. You can also enjoy the nightly folk dance performances in the indoor theatre located here.

 

Location: Airport Rd., Khajuraho

Timing: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Known For: Replicas of Khajuraho temple carvings

Bargaining: A little.

Located adjacent to Malwa Resort, Roopayan is a small textile shop in Mandu which is known for its quality products such as scarves, beadsheets, clothes etc. These are mostly made of pure cotton material and are adorned with natural dyes or hand-block prints.

 

Location: Main Rd., Mandu

Timing: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

Known For: Textile with natural dyes and block prints

Bargaining: Definitely.

Shabri is a government owned emporium that sells a variety of locally made handicraft items at a fixed price. From tribal spindly metal figurines to heavier and costlier statues made out of bell metal, you can find many interesting Tribal articles in this shop.

 

Location: Jagdalpur

Timing: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm (Mon to Sat)

Known For: Tribal metal figures

Bargaining: No.

Apart from the palatable food, Indore is also known for its bustling markets and a staggering array of fascinating merchandise. You can buy many wonderful souvenirs from here with the like of zari work, wooden articles, terracotta articles and other remarkable trinkets.

 

Location: Top Khana for Papier Mache items, MT market for dress materials with zari work etc.

Known For: Zari work, wooden items etc.

Bargaining: Definitely.

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