A UNESCO world heritage site, this group of temples have been famed for their erotic sculptures which apparently constitute a meagre 10% of the entire profusion of arts in the temples. Comprising of 21 major temples, reasonably well preserved, (of a total of 85) these are older than Hampi dating back to 950 AD. Built by the Chandela dynasty, Khajuraho derives its name from the dense date pam trees which enveloped the town after the decline of the Chandela dynasty into oblivion
Close to Khajuraho and 15 kms from Jhansi lies Orchha, the capital of the Bundela Region in the 15th century. With the scenic Betwa river and the magnificent Orchha Palace housing some of the most well-known monuments in Madhya Pradesh such as the Jahangir Mahal, the Raj Mahal and the romanticized Rai Parveen Mahal, which was apparently built by the king who was smitten by the poetess, Orchha is a photographer’s delight. Don’t miss the sunset at the 14 chattris by the Betwa River.
This would be a tour in itself and strictly shouldn’t be on the list as simply “one of the places to cover in MP”. Very few places offer the experience of sailing in the middle of the river with marble cliffs added in for good measure around you. An excursion down the river on a full moon night with the marble rocks glittering in the moonlight is a very highly recommended “to-do” item on the bucket list here. Bhedaghat is also famous for the Dhuandhar waterfalls.
46 kms off Bhopal, stands the oldest stone structure in the country: the great Stupa at Sanchi. Built by Ashoka, this is all the more famous for the simple reason that this was the place Mahendra, Ashoka’s son left for Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka) to propagate Buddhism. This was the beginning of the Buddhist wave that hit South East Asia and survives to this day.