Jai Vilas Palace. Photo by: Atid Kiattisaksiri / Contributor/ LightRocket

In Photos | Madhya Pradesh: The Home of Heritage

Scratching the surface of the state’s diverse heritage with its fascinating monuments, tinsel towns and ancient forts and temples.

Ranging from the famed Khajuraho monuments, with their one of a kind sculptures to the swanky Buddhist development that is Sanchi and Gwalior’s Jai Vilas Palace which is a paradigm of varied European architecture, the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, is a mixed bag of diverse structures.

The smaller towns and cities are keepers of inheritance, legacy and breathtaking views; whether it is Orchha’s quaint temples and palaces or Maheshwar’s panorama view of the Narmada River from its 16th century fort, each make for must visit spots. Ujjain, an important Hindu pilgrimage city, is scattered with temples from the yesteryears, each of which support something unique in their architecture.

The capital city, Bhopal, is the address to some fine pieces of heritage, including the Taj-ul-Masajid, with its distinctive décor and the tribal museum which is a walk into the past.

All of this and more makes Madhya Pradesh top the list of must visit state for art, heritage and culture lovers.

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