Tighra dam is located just outside the main city and provides a nice getaway from the city. The 1341 m long Tighra dam plays a significant role in supplying water to the entire city.
Blessed with perennial carpeting of the conifers and the squeaky cleanliness in air, this park boasts of some of the most exquisite species like the little Chinkara, the Indian gazelle, and the Chital, Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha or four-horned Antelope, Blackbuck, Sloth Bear, Leopard and the omnipresent common Langur. In terms of aves, this park is host to species like the white-breasted kingfisher, pond heron, purple-sunbird and painted stork.
Rai Praveen Mahal upholds the historical legends of the former princely state of Orchha. It is located in a town called Tikamgarh and thrills the visitors because of its classic folk tales and majestic beauty. The palace is situated alongside the Betwa River and holds its charm because of the nearby greenery and the iconography and intricate artwork on the second floor. The two-storied Rai Praveen Mahal is approximately 80 kilometres from the centre of the Tikamgarh town only at a distance of 18 kilometres from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
With a backstory that is ironic to the infinite calm that they offer, Bateshwar Temples is situated in the ghats of Chambal. It is believed that some of the most infamous and sought after dacoits of the Chambal Region had made it their hiding place. The complex was in a shoddy shape until the Archaeological Survey of India decided to take matters in their own hands and restored it in 2005. The location of the temples is a major landmark for tourists seeking spiritual getaways.
Set in a formal Mughal garden and constructed by under the rule of the Scindias, the Chhatri is one of the famous monuments that shows a fine blend of both Mughal as well as Hindu culture. The Hindu-Islamic fusion is so much that there is a Mughal garden in the backyard that has the royal tombs of the Scindias. These tombs are surrounded by huge trees, green orchards and verdant bushes reflecting the Mughal styles of architecture.
This beautiful Ram temple has an intriguing history behind it. The Idols which were supposed to be installed in the magnificent Chaturbhuj Temple were kept on the ground where this temple now stands. But once kept on the ground, the idols could not be budged. This marked the place holy and a temple was constructed where the idols were kept. Ram Raja Temple has a serene architecture, adorned with a marble courtyard and colourful walls.
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Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. History, architecture, romance all together create the magic of Agra and hence makes for a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting India. Located on the banks of river Yamuna, History fanatics, as well as architecture buffs, can have a ball here with the sheer expanse of the Mughal art and culture on display.
Best Time: October to March
Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary is a hidden gem hiding amidst Vindhyan Hills in the state of Madhya Pradesh. This wildlife sanctuary is a well kept secret and is a safe haven for a large number of flora and fauna. The tranquil wilderness and the serene rivers makes this place look magical. The dense lush green trees hid many treasures amidst them that will surely beckon you to explore. This wildlife sanctuary being an offbeat destination is not visited by a lot of people and hence is quite peaceful.
Built as be a garrison and citadel for the Mughals to allow greater control over the Bundela region, this palace was completed in 1598 by Bharath Bhushan after he defeated Vir Deo Singh of Bundela. This place is a classic example of Mughal architecture. The domes are built according to Timurid customs and the gates or Iwans are large enough to allow entry of War elephants. Also, the relatively higher position compared to surrounding area made this palace a very important palace for the Mughals.
Wrapped in elegance and magnificence that only befits the royalty, the Rani Mahal of Orccha is an enchanting fortification right from the pages of the history bygone. The fort is beautifully embellished with intricate carvings and colourful paintings which make quite the statement about the art and artists of Uttar Pradesh. Translating to 'the queen's palace', this destination once served as the royal quarters for the wife of Raja Madhukar Singh, and its last occupant was Rani Laxmi Bai herself. The palace has now been converted into a museum.
Padmavati or Pawaya Brick Temple is a historical landmark. It is in a village located about 70 km from Gwalior, in the Pawaya region. It is now under the Department of Archaeology. One can primarily find remains of the excavations at this site. It is a brick structure that was a well-known and biggest brick temple back in history. The inscripted bricks suggest it to be a Lord Vishnu temple.
The route to reach here is quite troublesome.
Bir Singh Palace, also known as Datia Palace, Purana Mahal or Satkhanda Palace is a fort palace situated on the Jhansi-Gwalior route. This 7-floor historic marvel took 9 years to build. There are 440 rooms, massive courtyards, attractive entrances, and impressive windows in this palace. The architecture is Indo-Islamic, with hints of Rajput and Mughal styles. It can be easily sighted from a distance, as it is huge and built on top of a hillock.
Timings: 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Bhind or Bhind-Bhanwara is a city in Madhya Pradesh. There are many ancient places and historic temples in Bhind. Various temples of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Devi Goddesses are located at different villages under various Tehsils. There are places like Old Palace, Naya Mahal, Chhatri of Malhar Rao Holkar, Fort of Bhind, Laxaman Talaia and many other astounding architectural structures.
Best time: January to March, October to December.
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