- Amarkantak is well frequented Hindu pilgrimage center that is popularly known as Teerthraj– the king of pilgrimages.
- It is the meeting point of Vindhya and Satpura Ranges, with the Maikal Hills being the fulcrum.
- The forests surrounding Amarkantak have a rich variety of plants with medicinal properties.
- Amarkantak is draped with lush mango trees and hence it is believed that the great Sanskrit poet Kalidasa visited Amarkantak and called it Amrakoot.
- Three Rivers- the holy Narmada, the Sone and the Johila emerge from here.
- The Narmada Udgam Temple which is the most visited place in Amarkantak.
- The group of ancient temples of the Kalachuri period suchas Machhendranath, Pataleshwar and Kailash Narayan, Shri Yantra Mandir, Mritunjay Ashram, Bhrigu Kamandal are some more places to see in Amarkantak.
- At short distance from Amarkantak is the Kabir Chabutra, where the mystic poet Sant Kabir is said to have meditated and achieved salvation.
- The raw wilderness and absolute tranquility of Tawa dam and Madai reserve.
- Located in Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh.
- The western boundary of Satpura National Park and Bori Wildlife Sanctuary is formed by Tawa dam & reservoir.
- Madai is a reserved forest and an integral part of Satpura Biosphere Project.
- Believed to be in existence since the time of Mahabharata, Mandsaur has connection with Ramayana as well.
- It is believed to be the home town of Mandodari, wife of Ravana.
- Mandsaur is the result of the merger of two villages- Marh and Saur.
- A remarkable place to see in Mandsaur is the Pashupatinath Temple. On the bank of river Shivna, sits this grand Shiva temple which is famous for the 8 faced Pashupati Shiva idol.
- Situated in the outskirts of Mandsaur, the remains of Laduna Palace, Sitamau Place, Dashapura Fort, Sondhni pillars in the village of Sondhni, Dharamarajeshwar, Brahmanical rock cut temple, Buddhist caves, Yashodharman Pillar, and prehistoric painted rock shelters narrates the tales of glorious history.
Orchha (UNESCO World Heritage City)
- The historic town of Orchha, nestled on the banks of river Betwa, was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap.
- Here, the river Betwa splits into seven channels, also called the Satdhara.
- Legend goes that this is in honour of the seven erstwhile Chiefs of Orchha.
- Amongst the most prominent pilgrimage sites, Orchha has gained this title because ofthe several magnificent temples, palaces and forts that date back to many decades.
- These structures are standing proud boasting of all the glory that this place has achieved by the mere existence in Madhya Pradesh.
Gwalior (UNESCO World Heritage City)
- Gwalior, the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh is famous for its many ancient palaces and beautiful monuments that transport visitors to the bygone era of the kings.
- It is a paradise for travellers as they get a peek back in time at the grandeur of the city. Though much of it lies in ruins and is in need of care, the monuments still hold a charm of their own.
- Gwalior state in Madhya Pradesh established in the 9th century is known for its palacesand temples, which include the intricately carved Sas Bahu ka Mandir Temple.
- It was ruled by Tomars, Gurjar Pratihar Rajvansh, Baghel Kachvaho, and Scindias. The work of art left by these dynasties can be found in abundance in forts, memorials, and palaces in the area.
- Situated on the bank of River Narmada and Omkareshwar Dam in Khandwa district.
- Sailani Island near Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga shrine offers a tranquil breakto visitors with accommodations at the Sailani Island Resort.
- The place is spread over 5-acres of land and is surrounded by the holy Narmada water on three sides.
- Known as the ‘Place of Many Wonders’, Chitrakoot nestles in the northern Vindhya range of mountains
- Chitrakoot mountain range includes Kamad Giri, Hanuman Dhara, Janki Kund, Lakshman pahari, and Devangana which are famous religious mountains. It is believed to have got its name owing to the presence of ‘Cheetal’ (deer) in the region.
- The city is known to be of great religious and connection with Ramayanya.
- According to folklore, Lord Ram and Sita spent eleven of their fourteen years of exile in the deep jungles of Chitrakoot.
- The hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh are believed to have taken their incarnation in this city.
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