Known For : The Rock Caves Hoshangabad Bhojpur
The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and thus the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age.
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Vidisha, a quaint town in Madhya Pradesh is one of the few, less heard of, unconventional places of historic importance. Located near Bhopal, it has a rich cultural heritage a number of magnificent monuments, temples, and ruins. This place is a huge tourist spot in MP and if you are a history enthusiast or intrigued by archaeology, this is one place you cannot miss out on! The town is located at the confluence (sangam) of Betwa and Beas rivers, 9 km from Sanchi and to the east of the Betwa river. About 3 km to its west lies Besnagar, which was once a significant medieval trade center and is now known for its remains like the Udayagiri Caves and Heliodorus Pillar. Vidisha is a place straight out of our history textbooks and can be enjoyable for someone who wants to imbibe the beauty, relax and click gorgeous pictures. Vidisha has evolved historically being occupied by the Maurya Dynasty, then the Guptas, followed by the Khilji dynasty, Mughals, Greeks, and even the Britishers! This is quite evident from its resplendent diversity of architecture and culture.
The enigmatic temple of Bhojpur is an incomplete Hindu temple situated in the Bhojpur Village near Bhopal. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it houses a 7.5 feet high lingam in its sanctum and is believed to have been constructed in the 11th century during the reign of King Bhoja. The temple's construction was left abandoned for reasons that are still unknown. Construction material can still be found at the site, with architectural plans engraved on the surrounding rocks. Historians speculate that it could be due to a sudden natural disaster, war or lack of resources. The temple has been designated as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
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Lying along the quaint bank of river Narmada in Madhya Pradesh, the district of Hoshangabad is a charming tourist destination which has a number of tourist attractions in its confines. This attraction is blessed with a soothing mix of natural sightseeing and historical monuments which includes picturesque cascades of water and ancient shrines. In addition to being a beautiful location in itself, Hoshangabad is also a gateway to a number of other popular destinations. A notable fact about Hoshangabad is that it trades in some exquisite pieces of handicraft, silk, leather, and pulses, which make it shopping delight as well.
Raisen Fort is a substantial historical edifice placed atop a hill enthralling a vast water reservoir, palaces and a few temples within the fort. Located approximately 44 km away from the city of Bhopal, the 800-year-old fort has nine gateways, fortifications, domes and the remains of several buildings from the early medieval period. It's now an abode to hundreds of bats, however, the history of the place never fails to enchant its visitors. It is also rich with rock shelters that are adorned with paintings created by the cave dwellers.
Halali Dam is a lakeside reservoir built on the Halali River in Raisen. Formerly known as Thal River, the pristine lake is 42 km from Bhopal to Sanchi is Halali the tributary of Betwa river. The catchment area of this project is around 699 sq km. The colossal dam is quite popular among locals of Bhopal as an excellent spot for picnic and boat rides. Apart from this, the reservoir is home to aquatic life forms such as catla, mrigal, mystus, rohu, and chitala. Moreover, as the reservoir swells up in the rainy season, one can also witness a spectacular waterfall, which is known as the Halali Waterfall.
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