LEISURE TOUR

Bhopal

The vibrant state capital has a long history of which it is justly proud. Bhopal stands on the site of the 11th – century city of Bhojapal, founded by Raja Bhoj. The founder of the existing city was, however, an Afghan soldier of fortune, Dost Mohammed(1708-1740), who carved out his capital here during the chaos that followed Aurangzeb’s death.

The two lakes of Bhopal still dominate the city and are indeed its nucleus. The old city’s teeming markets, mosques and palaces, still bear the aristocratic imprint of its former rulers. Visit the Taj-ul-Masajid one of the largest mosques in India- the jama Masjid, Moti Masjid as well as the Shaukat Mahal, Sardar Manzil and Gohar Mahal in the Chowk area of the walled city.

The new city is equally impressive, with lovely parks and gardens, broad avenues and modern edifices. Don’t miss the famous multi-arts complex Bharat Bhawan, the Museum of Man, and Van Vihar National Park. Enjoy an evening at the Boat Club on the Upper Lake.

SHIVPURI   (112 km from Gwalior)

Steeped in its royal past; Shivpuri’s dense forests were once the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors , where elephants were elephants were captured for the royal stables, and tiger was stalked .

Its luxuriantly forested hills made it the natural summer resort capital endures in the form of exquisite palaces, hunting lodges, and cenotaphs. Check out Madhav National Park, the Scindia Chhatris, Madhav Vilas Palace, George Castle, Bhadaiya Kund, and Sakhya Sagar Boat Club.

Jabalpur

Pleasure resort and 12th century capital of the Gond kings, Jabalpur was later the seat of the Kalachuri dynasty.

The Marathas held sway until 1817, when the British took over and established the spacious cantonment with its elegant colonial residences. Today Jabalpur is an important administrative and commercial centre.

Pachmarhi  ( 195 km from Bhopal)

Now a Biosphere Reserve, Pachmarhi is a lovely hill resort girdled by the Satpuras. Bridle paths lead into placid glades, groves of bamboo, jamun and dense sal forests. Cascading waterfalls flash in silver streaks down the slopes.

Deep azure pools beckon swimmers. Complementing the magnificesnce of the nature are the works of man. The cave shelters of the Mahadeo hills present astonishing rock paintings.

Most of these are thought to date back to 500-800 AD, but the earliest paintings are estimated to be 10,000 years old. Make sure you have times to see the Jamuna Prapat (Bee Falls) and Rajat Prapat(Big Falls), two of the most important majestic waterfalls in the area.

Marble Roacks   ( Bhedaaghat )   (23 km from Jabalpur )

Pleasure resort and 12th century capital of the Gond kings, Jabalpur was later the seat of the Kalachuri dynasty.

The Marathas held sway until 1817, when the British took over and established the spacious cantonment with its elegant colonial residences. Today Jabalpur is an important administrative and commercial centre.