Offbeat Alert Hidden Gems In Madhya Pradesh For You

From ancient forts and temples to mesmerizing landscapes and wildlife sanctuaries, these lesser-known destinations provide a unique and enriching travel experience
Offbeat Alert Hidden Gems In Madhya Pradesh For You
Offbeat Alert Hidden Gems In Madhya Pradesh For You

Madhya Pradesh, often referred to as the heart of India, is a state that is known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and natural beauty. While popular destinations like Khajuraho, Gwalior, and Bhopal attract tourists from all over the world, several hidden gems in Madhya Pradesh are waiting to be discovered. These lesser-known places offer a unique travel experience and showcase the state's hidden treasures. If you're a traveller seeking offbeat destinations, here are some hidden gems you should explore in Madhya Pradesh.


Situated on the way from Orchha to Khajuraho, Dhubela makes for a pleasant pit stop where you can appreciate Bundelkhand's natural beauty and historical significance. It was once ruled by Maharaja Chhatrasal, and today, his palace serves as a museum. The town is also known as the home of Mastani, a renowned warrior and the second wife of Bajirao Peshwa. The remnants of her palace can still be seen near the Dhubela Museum. The museum houses a diverse range of exhibits across eight galleries, offering visitors a glimpse of artefacts such as copper plates, sculptures, weapons, and paintings.


Patalkot is a beautiful valley surrounded by dense forests, granite and sandstone rocks. The aerial view of the valley resembles a horseshoe shape. Nature lovers can find solace amidst the Patalkot-Tamia Valley. For those seeking adventure, the town hosts the Satpura Adventure Sports Festival in October, featuring activities like paragliding, rock climbing, birding, and more. It is also an excellent destination for camping, hiking, and trekking, allowing visitors to explore natural attractions like the Zingaria Waterfall.


Often referred to as the "Teerthraj" or king of pilgrimages, Amarkantak is blessed with a beautiful forested landscape and is the meeting point of the Vindhya and Satpura Ranges. The region's forests harbour various medicinal plants, making Amarkantak a vital eco-tourism spot. According to legend, the revered mystic poet Saint Kabir meditated in Amarkantak, and this place is now known as Kabir Chabutra. It is also significant as the source of the Narmada River. Besides, rivers Sone and Johila also originate from this region.


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Bhedaghat is a mesmerizing destination renowned for its majestic marble rocks emerging from the Narmada River. Visitors can enjoy boating amidst these towering white rocks and embark on a thrilling ropeway ride over the river. One of the main attractions is the Dhundhar Falls, known for its smoky appearance. For a spiritual encounter, the 10th-century Chaunsath Yogini Temple is a must-visit, showcasing spectacular architecture. A thrilling boat ride through the Bandar Kund, or Monkey Pond, allows visitors to witness the marble rocks so closely that monkeys could leap between them. Bhedaghat also captivates history and palaeontology enthusiasts, offering a fascinating experience for those intrigued by these subjects.


Burhanpur is a rich cultural heritage featuring mosques, palaces, and tombs. The Shahi Qila, or royal palace, is adorned with beautiful paintings believed to have influenced the artwork at the Taj Mahal. It is said that Mughal emperor Shah Jahan initially considered Burhanpur as the site for the Taj Mahal, but logistical challenges in transporting marble from Rajasthan led to Agra being chosen instead. It was once a flourishing Mughal city known as the Gateway to the Deccan.

Cover photo&nbspMaharani Kamlapati cenotaph, Dhubela/&nbspShutterstock

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