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Le Madhya Pradesh, ancient kingdoms & temples of love

Madhya Pradesh literally means ‘the state of the centre’. With Bhopal as its capital, this is the second largest state of India.

Khajuraho, and its splendid temples are adorned with ‘sensual’ frescoes, is one of the essential cities of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior, ‘the pearl of the Mughol empire’, with its imposing fortress and also the small city of Orchha, with its sumptuous monuments of the Bundela kings, are worth seeing.

On the mystical side, Madhya Pradesh is not left out either. Around Indore are two of the twelve ‘jyotir lingams’, the most venerated ‘lingams of light’, which are symbols of the god Shiva. Heading east, we come to Sanchi, one of the most remarkable Buddhist sites in India with stupas dating back to King Ashoka. Less known, but equally sacred, Chitrakoot – straddling Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, is a mythical city linked to the Ramayana, the great Indian epic; it is said that its thick forests would have hosted Lord Rama during his exile from the kingdom of Ayodhya.

Inspirations in Madhya Pradesh

Here is a selection of tours in Madhya Pradesh to inspire you, but we can of course 'design' any trip in this state. Contact us to create the trip of your dreams!

Great tour of the most famous sites of Madhya Pradesh: Gwalior, the pearl of the east, Orchha city of the Bundelas kings, Khajuraho and its splendid 'sensual' temples, Sanchi one the oldest Buddhist sites of India and Bhopal, city of the Begums.
11 jours
Immersion in sacred India, from Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) to Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) via Bhopal and its great mosque, Sanchi and its ancient stupas, Khajuraho and its 'sensual' temples and Chitrakoot, city of Lord Rama's exile.
12 days

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