7-Day Madhya Pradesh Itinerary – Best Heritage Sites in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh Itinerary – Best Heritage Sites in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh in India is a region that abounds in historical and cultural landmarks, a Madhya Pradesh itinerary takes visitors on a fascinating journey.

Madhya Pradesh Itinerary – Best Heritage Sites in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh, which is also referred to as the “Heart of India”, is located in the centre of India, and in many ways pulsates with the rich culture and heritage which is the hallmark of the country. The length and breadth of Madhya Pradesh are scattered with gems of heritage that date back right up to the pre-historic times. Travelling across the state is like taking a walk back into the fascinating chapters of Indian history. We present here a Madhya Pradesh itinerary that will take you to some of the best heritage sites in Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh Itinerary – Heritage Sites of Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh Itinerary
Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

The heritage of Madhya Pradesh is not only incredible in terms of its beauty but also in terms of the time period it spans. It is a virtual living museum that ranges from the pre-historic rock caves of Bhimbetka to the contemporary Madhya Pradesh Museum of Tribal Art in Bhopal. This Madhya Pradesh itinerary which is of 7 days in Madhya Pradesh, covers some of the famous historical places in Madhya Pradesh and the places to visit in Madhya Pradesh.

Map of Madhya Pradesh

Map of Madhya Pradesh
Map of Madhya Pradesh  PC: mapsofindia

Day One Bhopal – Taj-ul-Masajid & Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum

It is appropriate to start the 7 day Madhya Pradesh itinerary from Bhopal, the capital of the state. Bhopal is well connected by air, road, and rail to other cities of India. Bhopal is a city of lakes and there are many points of interest, but focusing on our heritage trip in Madhya Pradesh, the first day would be devoted to visiting two of the top places to visit in Bhopal.

Taj-ul-Masajid

Tajul Masajid
Tajul Masajid, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

One monument that is associated with Madhya Pradesh’s history in Bhopal is the Taj-ul-Masajid. The magnificent mosque dates back to the late 19th century and is a beautiful blend of Mughal and Indo-Islamic architectural styles. It combines the best of elements of Jama Masjid in Delhi and the Grand Mosque in Lahore.

The mosque can accommodate more than 175,000 people and is said to be the largest mosque not only in India but in Asia too. The mosque was a dream of the famous begum of Bhopal, Begum Shahjahan, who conceived and ordered it to be built. But she never lived to see it completed. The mosque was finally completed by Sultan Jehan Begum.

Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum

Madhya Pradesh Itinerary
Tribal Museum in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is known for its rich tribal culture and heritage. With about 46 different tribes in Madhya Pradesh, it is a treasure chest of indigenous tribal art and culture. To get a feel of the tribal culture at one single place, an excellent place to visit in Bhopal is the Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum. The state of the art museum showcases the lifestyle and tribal culture of Madhya Pradesh. Seven of the major tribes of Madhya Pradesh, Gond, Bhil, Sahariya, Korku, Baiga, Kol, and Bhariya are showcased here,

Day Two Bhopal -Bhimbetka Rock Shelters & Bhojeshwar Temple

If you are in Bhopal, you cannot miss visiting two of the important places to visit in MP. Both of these places are a must in any heritage tour in Madhya Pradesh. They are not located in Bhopal city, but both can be easily covered in a short day trip from Bhopal.

Bhimbetka

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Madhya Pradesh

Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh is an important place to visit in any Madhya Pradesh tour itinerary. Bhimbetka is located about 45 kilometres from the city of Bhopal. The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are part of a UNESCO World Heritage SIte and consist of rock-cut caves which are evidence of the earliest human settlement in the country and the subcontinent. The caves have paintings that date from the Mesolithic period to the historical period.

Bhojeshwar Temple

Bhojpur Temple
Bhojpur Temple, Madhya Pradesh

One of the lesser-known historical monuments of Madhya Pradesh stands impressively just 28 kilometres from the city of Bhopal. Bhojpur Madhya Pradesh was the seat of Raja Bhoj and the Bhojeshwar temple stands as testimony to the king’s passion for art and architecture. The temple dates back to the year 1010.

The temple is shrouded in mystery and intrigue as the temple was never completed. It has one of the largest Shivlings in the country, which is worshipped, in spite of the fact that it was damaged during its construction. Evidence suggests that the Bhojpur temple was planned as a massive temple complex. It is interesting to note that the construction of this temple happened around the same time when the famous temple of Thanjavur, the Brihadeshwara temple was built.

Day Three – Sanchi & Udayagiri

Sanchi

The Eastern Gate At Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

Sanchi Madhya Pradesh, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in India is one of the gems of Madhya Pradesh tourism and also probably one of the top tourist places in MP. any tour looking to explore the culture and heritage in Madhya Pradesh would be incomplete without a visit to Sanchi. Sanchi is the site of the famous Stupa that was ordered to be built by Ashoka in the 3rd Century BCE. What can be seen today is of course not the original Stupa, as it has been covered and embellished over successive centuries.

One of the major attractions to look forward to when visiting the Sanchi Stupa are the exquisitely carved Torans or gates at the four cardinal points of the Stupa that date back to the 2nd Century BC. An interesting Sound & Light show enthrals visitors with the history of Sanchi in the evenings. On a 7 day Madhya Pradesh itinerary, the Sanch Stupa can be visited in the morning and visitors can return again in the evening for the Sound & Light show.

Udayagiri

Udayagiri Caves
Udayagiri Caves, Madhya Pradesh

Just within 10 kilometres from Sanchi is located another attraction that brings alive the heritage of Madhya Pradesh. These are the Udayagiri Caves, a site that has stayed in the shadow of the more illustrious Sanch Stupa. On the cultural and heritage Madhya Pradesh itinerary of 7 days, one can visit the Udayagiri Caves after visiting the Sanchi Stupa and before enjoying the Sound & Light show at Sanchi.

The Udayagiri Caves are a series of rock-cut cave temples and sculptures that date back to the Gupta period, between the 4th and 5th centuries. The iconic sculpture not to be missed in Udayagiri Caves is that of a massive Varaha, the boar Avatar of Lord Vishnu holding Ganga on his left shoulder. There are in all about 20 caves that are dedicated to Hindu Gods, Goddesses and symbology as well as to Jain Gods and religious symbology.

Day Four – Chanderi

Badal Mahal Chanderi
Badal Mahal Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh

A lesser-known gem on the Madhya Pradesh tourist map is Chanderi Madhya Pradesh. A place where history serenades visitors at every bend in the road. The small town of Chanderi is known for its iconic sarees by the same name, however not many know about its historical significance.

Badal Mahal Chanderi
Badal Mahal Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh

A visit to Chanderi is an essential part of any culture and heritage tour in Madhya Pradesh. The first place to visit is the Chanderi Museum run by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which gives an orientation of the history of Chanderi and its strategic importance being near to the ancient Silk Route. Other places to visit on the one day trip to Chanderi are the Chanderi Fort, which houses the Jauhar Smarak and the tomb of the legendary singer Baiju Bawra within its ramparts. Below are the landmarks of Chanderi that can be covered in one day.

  • Chanderi Museum
  • Chanderi Fort
  • Jauhar Smarak
  • Baiju Bawra’s Tomb
  • Jama Masjid
  • Badal Mahal
  • Kati Darwaza
  • Chanderi Handlooms

For a more detailed exploration of Chanderi, a couple of days need to be spared exclusively for the place, as there are many places to visit in the vicinity. These include Shezadi Ka Roza, Nizamuddin Auliya Family Tombs, Battisi Bawidi, the archaeological sites of Buddhi Chanderi, Nanon, and many other sites.

Day Five – Orchha

Orchha
Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

If you visit Madhya Pradesh and do not visit Orchha, your visit would remain incomplete. Orchha is a beautiful town located on the banks of the river Betwa. Orchha is one of the hidden gems of Madhya Pradesh and whether you are spending 6 days in Madhya Pradesh or more, Orchha is a place that needs to be on your Madhya Pradesh itinerary.

There is much to see in Orchha apart from magical sunrises on the banks of the Betwa river. The town of Orchha is like an illustrated history book with its palaces, temples, and cenotaphs. Orchha is famous for its temple where the deity in the form of Rama is worshipped as a king. The places to visit in Orchha are:

  • Ram Raja Temple
  • Orchha Fort, Jahangir Mahal
  • Orchha Fort, Raja Mahal
  • Cenotaphs or Chhatris
  • Chaturbhuj Temple
  • Lakshminarayan Temple
  • Phoolbagh
  • Rani Mahal

Another ancient temple not to miss is the Jarai Ka Math, a 9th-century temple located about 20 kilometres from Orchha.

Day Six – Khajuraho, On The Heritage Trail in Madhya Pradesh

Jain Temple Khajuraho
Jain Temple Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

The 7 day Madhya Pradesh itinerary culminates befittingly with the last two days devoted to exploring the exquisite temples of Khajuraho. Khajuraho, of course, needs no introduction, as it shines like a jewel on the tourist map of Madhya Pradesh and India. Any Madhya Pradesh travel guide would invariably begin with Khajuraho as its iconic temples are well known throughout the world and many tourists visit India solely for these mesmerizing temples.

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of Jain temples and Hindu temples that were built during the 10th and 11th centuries. About 20 of these grand temples have survived the onslaught of time and nature and stand as a glowing tribute to the master craftsmen who conceived and built them. The temples of Khajuraho are grouped as Eastern Group of temples, Western Group of temples, and Southern Group of temples.

On day 6 of the Madhya Pradesh Itinerary one can visit the Eastern Group and the Southern Group of temples which include the following:

  • Javari Temple
  • Vamana Temple
  • Adinatha Temple
  • Parshvanatha Temple
  • Duladeo Temple
  • Chaturbhuj Temple

Day Seven – Khajuraho, On The Heritage Trail in Madhya Pradesh

Duladeo Temple Khajuraho
Duladeo Temple Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

On the last day of the 7 day Madhya Pradesh Itinerary, the Western Group of temples of Khajuraho are sure to enthral visitors with their exquisite architecture and sculpture. The temples to visit are:

  • Kandariya Mahadev Temple
  • Lakshmana Temple
  • Jagadamba Temple
  • Devi Mandap
  • Varaha Mandap

There are some other places worth visiting in and around Khajuraho which can be visited if on a flexible itinerary, and these are listed below:

  • Archaeological Museum
  • Raneh Waterfalls
  • Kalinjar Fort
  • Ajaigarh Fort

Madhya Pradesh Travel Videos

To get a feel of our Madhya Pradesh itinerary to watch these short videos shot during our 7-day culture and heritage trail of Madhya Pradesh with Times Passion Trails and Madhya Pradesh Tourism.

Other Major Tourist Places In Madhya Pradesh

Pench National Park
Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

There are many places to visit in Madhya Pradesh that echo the beautiful heritage, history, and culture of incredible India.

Gwalior is one of the famous tourist places in Madhya Pradesh which is well known for its ancient and historic fort as well as palace and temples.

Ujjain is a pilgrimage place known for the Jyotirlinga temple of Mahakaleshwar.

Mandu is an enchanting and historic city famous for its picturesque fort and palaces.

Pench is known for its tiger reserve, the Pench National Park.

Pachmarhi Madhya Pradesh is a hill station and is known as the queen of the Satpuras. Pachmarhi is a summer retreat and is the highest point of Madhya Pradesh.

Panna Madhya Pradesh is another place to see tigers in Madhya Pradesh. The Panna National Park is a tiger reserve to visit. Panna is also known for its diamond mines.

Maheshwar Madhya Pradesh is a historic town on the banks of the Narmada. It was once the capital of the Holkars and is known for its temples, fort, and royal palace.

Mandsaur Madhya Pradesh is a town whose history dates back to the 2nd century CE. It is famous for its ancient Pashupatinath temple also known as Mandasor Shiva temple.

Kanha is another place to head to in Madhya Pradesh for tiger sighting at the Kanha Tiger Reserve.

Bandhavgarh is another tiger sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. The Bandhavgarh National Park is the place to head to for wildlife enthusiasts.

Rajgarh Madhya Pradesh is known for its famous Jalpamata temple.

Best Time To Visit Madhya Pradesh

The best time to visit Madhya Pradesh would be during the winter months which is from October to March. However, summers are good for wildlife sightings at the tiger reserves.

How To Reach Madhya Pradesh

Orchha

  • Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh and is serviced by the Raja Bhoj International Airport
  • Other major airports are at Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, and Khajuraho
  • Bhopal and other cities are well connected by road and rail

If you are planning a trip to Madhya Pradesh, you can book your flight to Bhopal, Gwalior, or Khajuraho through any of the below options, at the location of your choice here – TripAdvisor or Cleartrip or  makemytrip or  goibibo or  Booking.com or  HotelsCombined or  Agoda and save a lot by getting the best deals on booking your stay.  If you are thinking of a road trip from anywhere in India check out the rental car and bus options.

Where To Stay When In Madhya Pradesh

Best place to stay in Khajuraho

There are plenty of options for staying in the various tourist places of Madhya Pradesh on your Madhya Pradesh Itinerary. Some of our recommended places to stay are Jehan Numa Retreat and Jehan Numa Palace in Bhopal. The Lalit Temple View in Khajuraho. Madhya Pradesh Tourism also has its hotels and resorts at different tourist places and these include the Kutni Island Resort in Khajuraho and the Gateway Retreat in Sanchi.

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Madhya Pradesh Tourism

Khajuraho Jain Temples

Tourism in Madhya Pradesh offers a rich range of heritage, culture, history, and wildlife destinations. These include UNESCO World Heritage sites like Khajuraho, Bhimbetka, and Sanchi as well as lesser-known gems like Chanderi.

For visiting Madhya Pradesh you can also avail of package tours that will cover other must-visit places of Madhya Pradesh. You can plan your trip and book online different places to visit in Madhya Pradesh right here.

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Madhya Pradesh Itinerary – FAQ

Which are the main cities of Madhya Pradesh?

The main cities of Madhya Pradesh are Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, and Jabalpur.

Which are the famous monuments of Madhya Pradesh?

Sanchi Stupa and the Khajuraho temples are the most renowned of the monuments of Khajuraho.

Is 1 week in Madhya Pradesh enough to see all important places?

Madhya Pradesh has so much to offer, it is not possible to seel all the important places to visit in Madhya Pradesh in one week. One needs to plan for at least a couple of weeks.

Which are the main Madhya Pradesh destinations for wildlife?

The main wildlife destinations in Madhya Pradesh are Pench, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Panna.

Which are the World Heritage Sites in Madhya Pradesh?

There are 38  UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India out of which 3 are Heritage Tourism Destinations in Madhya Pradesh. These are the most popular places to visit in Madhya Pradesh.

We hope you liked our Madhya Pradesh travel blog post about a cultural and heritage Madhya Pradesh itinerary that can be done in 7 days. We hope this post helps you plan your week long tour itinerary for Madhya Pradesh.

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7-Day Madhya Pradesh Itinerary - Best Heritage Sites in Madhya Pradesh

27 thoughts on “7-Day Madhya Pradesh Itinerary – Best Heritage Sites in Madhya Pradesh”

  1. Wow, this trip looks amazing. You have really filled the 7 days and the photos are stunning.
    We have always wanted to do a tour of India, hopefully in the next few years, so will be saving some of these temples to add to our list.

  2. Wow all of these sites look incredible to visit! I have never been to this part of the world, but I love all things heritage. You’ve added a few things to my bucket list!

  3. Wow that is incredible that the Taj-ul-Masajid can accommodate 175 000 people – that is huge! It is so sad that the person that started it never lived to see it completed, what a pity. It is truly majestic and beautiful.
    It is so interesting looking at those cave paintings at Bhimbetka – we also have lots of cave paintings here in South Africa.

  4. These are stunning! And 175,000 people, that’s incredible. This looks like a lovely area, rich with culture and history, an excellent place to visit!

  5. Bhojeshwar Temple is surely on our bucket list for long & your post helped to add few more places making it a 3 days trip to bhopal in 2021

  6. Shreemayee Chattopadhyay

    Madhya Pradesh trip is in my wishlist since long time, especially I am excited to visit Bhimbetka, Khajuraho and Pachmarhi. We’ll sure plan a trip once. Your post will help then a lot.

  7. I only visited MP during our Bank training and that time we dint had so much time to roam around. Will refer this blog once i will visit MP again after this lockdown. Thanks for writing, its worth sharing 🙂

  8. I am from MP but unfortunately I havent explored it much. I would love to visit Bhimbetka, Sanch Stupa and Khajuraho some day soon.

  9. It’s amazing how some of these ancient sites have stood the test of time. I’d love to visit The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters it’s incredible to think that humans left their mark there from around 12 thousand – 1 million years ago. One day I hope to explore India.

  10. So many things to see in a short time in Madhya Pradesh. I think you would really be hurrying to see it all. I would love to see the drawings at Bhimbetka Rock Shelters. I bet they are so interesting. I would also love to visit any of the tiger preserves. How amazing they would be to see in the wild.

  11. Fantastic list of heritage sites in Madhya Pradesh. I would especially love to see the pre-historic rock caves of Bhimbetka…so incredible to think how long ago the artwork was created. It also surprised me to see the erotic nature of many of the sculptures. (*blushing*) The tiger preserve sounds pretty cool, too. Thank you for sharing this rich collection of historic attractions. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about them and will keep them in mind when planning a visit to India.

  12. The history in India is overwelming. I’m a caver lover so I would definitely want to visit the caves. Seeing the writing on the walls can’t help but bring your imagination back to that period in time. They are so beautiful!

  13. Wow, this area of the country is so full of history and some unexpected and really ancient history too. I can’t wait to get to India in the next year or so and it’s these types of places we really are looking forward to seeing. Great guide.

  14. Okay so I gave up writing notes of all the places I wanted to visit in Madhya Pradesh because the list was pretty much every single heritage site listed here in your Madhya Pradesh itinerary. So I am just bookmarking it.
    I think if I only could choose three though I would first want to discover the ancient man by first seeing the petroglyphs and other cave art at Bhimbetka Rock Shelters. There’s something about how ancient man told stories and communicated that intrigues me. I would also like to see the Sanchi not only for the gates but perhaps to learn more about the prehistoric humans at that time.
    With regards to beauty, no doubt I would want to see and explore Taj-ul-Masajid if they let me.

  15. The heart of India indeed. I had my itinerary sorted. Pench, Orchha, Panchmari Bhimbetka and Sanchi were my top targets. I thought of two weeks. In future, I would be needing a more compact itinerary. 7days itinerary is good enough for me. And you have my favourite places included. 😇🌸 I am totally following it in the near future!!!

  16. While Madhya Pradesh has some of the most historic sites, I generally associate it more with rustic landscape and forests. In my opinion, it has some of the India’s best forest land. My favorite pick of sites are Sanchi, Khajuraho, and Orchha. The Bhimbetka caves are certainly the most historic among all places in India. Thanks for such a detailed guide.

  17. I have been to Madhya Pradesh several times for several reasons – once to explore its heritage past, other time to get upclose to its wildlife and definitely food has been the highlight of every trip. Sanchi and Bhimbetka Caves were really peaceful experiences for me. I can’t wait to go back.

  18. WOW. The architecture of these structures are just incredible. They are designed so intricately. When I make it to India one day I certainly would like to see and photograph some of these. Thank you for sharing!

  19. There is so much diversity in every part of india, isn’t it? What strikes me most about MP is the abundance of its natural landscape. Orchha is an offbeat and unusual destination and every heritage fan will love it.

  20. Somehow the architecture of Bhojeshwar Temple reminded me of The Game of Throne. I think because of its size also. There are so much history in this part of the country only. A mix of Moslem and Hinduism. I wonder which one came to the land first.

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