RURAL CHARMS IN MP
Highlights : Monuments and Temples
Location : Interior Regions of Madhy Pradesh
Rural Destination : Orcha, Mandu
Experience : Cultural Rural Heritage of Madhya Pradesh
|Rural Destinations :||Orcha, Mandu, Dhar, Datia.|
|Rural Attractions :||Art and Crafts, Village Lifestyle, Monumental Heritage, Pilgrimage Destinations.|
|Must Visit :||The Phool Bagh at Orcha Has a Beautiful Fountain and Houses Badgir Sawan Bhadon Towers.|
|Famous Monuments :||Chhatris of Orchha, Rewa Kund, Roopmati's Pavilion - Mandu, Dhar Fort Dhar.|
|Must Try :||Shouting Your Lungs Out on the Echo Point and Lohani Caves in Mandu.|
|Most Famous Temples :||Ram Raja temple Orcha, Kalica Mata Mandir (Temple), Bada Ganpati Mandir Dhar.|
|Pay Homage :||Rama Raja Temple in Orcha Only Temple Where Rama is Worshipped as King.|
|Famous Tombs :||Darya Khan's Tomb and Hoshang's Tomb Mandu.|
|Don't Miss :||Visiting the Dhar Fort A Mix of Indian, Afghan and Mughal Culture.|
|Most Famous Mosque :||Jami Masjid Mandu, Bhojshala Mosque - Dhar.|
|Famous Palaces :||Dinman Hardaul's Palace Orcha, Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal and Baz Bahadur's Palace Mandu.|
Watching the people in their natural habitat is the dream of every traveler. Visit the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh to have a real feel of the culture that is colorfully extant and even decorated on the walls of the houses. Rural tourism is the most upcoming destination in Madhya Pradesh. These are the places that have preserved themselves against the newfangled contraption effect. Tourist today are much more interested in visiting the calm and serene villages rather than strolling with the hustle and bustle of a city. They want to reach the roots of India and discover the culture of the people that live there. The roads to reach might be scabrous and bumpy, but their intentions to corroborate these store houses of culture and heritage, are rigid. Rich traditions, art and crafts are the tools that have made the villages of Madhya Pradesh the most emerging tourist attraction. The tourist who are gluttony in the matter of culture and traditions, the villages of Madhya Pradesh is an inevitable destination. The primitive way of living and the display of their beliefs on the walls, their hospitable attitude towards the tourists, will surely make you an aficionado for these places. There is uniqueness in every village thought they are only a few miles apart. However, some of the most popular rural destinations are Orcha, Datia and Mandu.
In the Tikamgarh District of Madhya Pradesh, lies a
miniscule village of Orcha that has recently grown large not is terms of
distance, but in terms of admiration and appreciation. Though the word
Orrcha means 'hidden place', this treasured land has now been exposed to
tourist for veneration. Major attarction of Orcha comprise the various
forts, temples and Chhatris. This village is exclusively famous for its
The Chhatris of Orchha are the most daunting remains of history. Grouped along the Kanchana ghat of river Betwa, these 14 Chhatris were built to commemorate the Orcha rulers. The boulders nearby or the narrow road bridge are the perfect stations from where oner can have a picturesque look of these Chhatris.
Dinman Hardaul's Palace, too stands on the banks on river Betwa, but has turned into a cadaverous remains. Legends have it that Dinman Hardaul, the second son of the king gave up his life to prove his chastity towards his brother. Since then he was hallowed and worship as a god. The platform like shrines in Bundelkhand are still worshipped in reverence of his martyrdom. The Phool Bagh in Orcha was also built to pay him respect and was used as a summer retreat for the kings.
Ram Raja temple here is also a very important tourist attraction. As far as the mythological fabrication is concerned, this palace was converted into a temple when Madhukar Shah, the then king saw Lord Rama in his dreams and followed his instructions, as per the dream. This temple is of the only kind, where Lord Rama is worshipped as a king.
Gwalior, which is 120 kms from Orcha is the nearest airport. However, Jhansi, the nearest railway halt is just 6 kms away.
This fort capital of the Malwa rulers, is at an altitude
of 2000 feet. This hilltop fortress is a finest example of the Afghan
architecture. Though there are many palaces and temples and ghats that
made this town earn the title of being a 'town on stone'. The 45 km long
buttress of the walls allow entering the fort through 12 gateways, each
impeccable in their architecture.
The Jahaz Mahal, also called as the 'ship palce' is 120 m long and is built medially, the two artificial lakes of Kapur Talao and Munj Talao. The stiletto shaped domes and the terrace lounge provide the best scenery on full moon nights. The Hindola Mahal in the palace are the ornamental frontage that are evident of the innovative techniques and modern concepts that were employed in its construction. The Jami Masjid, that was inspired by the great mosque of Damascus is also a very important tourist destination. Some of the important tombs of the town are Darya Khan's Tomb and Hoshang's Tomb. Baz Bahadur's Palace built in 16th century is famous for its spacious courtyards and splendor view of the countryside. Rewa Kund is a reservoir and the lake surrounding it is regarded as a pious spot. Roopmati's Pavilion was a special retreat for the queen to view th Narmada and the king's palace. Some of the other monuments are the Hathi Mahal, Dai ka Mahal, Dai ki Chhotti Behan Ka Mahal, Malik Mughit's Mosque and Jali Mahal.
Reaching Mandu is not a tedious process. Indore is the nearest air head and is connected to the major cities of the country. Ratlam and Indore are the nearest railhead. Buses services are available from Mandu, Indore, Dhar, Mhow, Ratlam, Ujjain and Bhopal.
Dhar is a small town on the way to Mandu. Make sure you stopover to enjoy the monumental heritage and scenic beauty of the village. The main attraction perhaps is the place 3 km away where Kalidas is believed to have meditated. In this small medieval time is the Bhojshala Mosque. Believed to have been constructed by Raja Bhoj, this mosque primarily was temple. A large number of motifs, hindi symbols and Sanskrit verses are evident of the fact. The architectural structure of the temple cum mosque is worth watching. Dhar Fort too is a main attraction which is 3 km form the main town. Built in red sandstone it stands on a hill and is a mix of Hindu, Afghan and Mughal style of architecture. This fort is also extolled to have been under the possession of the Indian freedon fighters for a period of four months, during the first mutiny in 1857. Kalica Mata Mandir (Temple), Bada Ganpati Mandir, Man-Tung-Giri (Jain Tirtha) and Ladh Masjid are other attractions. Maheshwar is 33 kms away while Mandu is 35 kms and Indore is 64 kms away. Nearest airport is Indore, and it also serves as the nearest rail junction.
One should come to these rural areas that provide an option to excavate the treasures of real Madhya Pradesh. Besides glancing at the heritage and architectural marvels, one can get a fair chance of experiencing the rural life of the people. These amiable people practice art and crafts at their own home and the chance of witnessing them work is a very uncommon experience. Explore these gems of Madhya Pradesh will sweeten your mouth and minds.
Top 5 Reasons to See Rural Charms
Cumulative Rural Culture
Rama The Lord, The King
The Mahals of Mandu
Be at Ease Under the Orcha Chhatris
Perambulate through the Villages
of Madhya Pradesh
Rajasthan Tour With Splendorous Taj
Glorious Golden Triangles (I & II)
Mahal - Agra