“To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim”
This quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. truly justifies the beauty and culture of India. The cultural heritage of India is sure to amaze every visitor. The beauty and designs of Indian temples is a treat to the eyes. Moreover, every visitor gets lost in thoughts and amazement in the cities. If you are planning to visit Madhya Pradesh then here is a list of offbeat temples of Madhya Pradesh that you must visit:-
The Temples of Bateshwar
This city has over 200 Hindu temples that were built over 200 to 300 years before the Khajuraho temples. Most of the temples here are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. It is hard to believe how these old temples still look beautiful and marvelous to behold.
How to reach there: Being approximately 40 km. from Gwalior, you can take a bus or tourist taxi from Gwalior to reach these temples in about an hour.
This is the city that welcomes you with all your heart and you want to visit it again and again. The most famous temple Raja Ram Mandir will depict Bundela architecture. Moreover, Orchha is a treat for the architecture lovers in India.
How to reach there: If you are coming from North India, reach Jhansi and take a taxi or bus to Orchha. It will be a journey of less than half an hour. Also, you can take a 4-hour bus ride from Khajuraho temples to Orchha.
Kal Bhairav Temple
This famous temple is situated in Ujjain on the banks of stream Shipra. Kal Bhairav is believed to be one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva according to Hindu mythology. This beautiful temple of Madhya Pradesh was built by Maharaja in 1760s to celebrate the victory of the Third Battle of Panipat. Not only devotees and tourists from the entire nation, but also various parts of the world are attracted here.
How to reach there: You will take less than half an hour auto or taxi ride from Ujjain Railway station. From Indore airport, you will take approximately 2 hours to reach Ujjain via road.
Jyotirlinga is the holy place according to Hindu mythology which is considered auspicious for visit even once in a lifetime. Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is the proud home of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga.
Best time to visit: If you are nearby, reach Ujjain at Nag Panchmi to witness the grand celebration of the festival at this temple.
How to reach there: Once you are in Ujjain, the temple is a 10-minutes ride or 20-minutes walk from the Ujjain railway station.
Shri Dwarkadhish Gopal Mandir
This temple of Lord Krishna is situated in Ujjain and is built using beautiful marbles. Besides the natural beauty around this temple and the architectural beauty of this temple, you will also be mesmerized by the two feet beautiful silver statue of Lord Krishna.
How to reach there: A 10-15 minutes auto ride can take you to this temple from Ujjain railway station.
The most famous tourist attraction of Madhya Pradesh is Khajuraho temples. Moreover, UNESCO has declared them as one of the World Heritage Sites in India. After visiting the offbeat places, you need to visit these Indian temples to end your trip on a beautiful note. This is the perfect blend of cultural heritage in India because, besides Hindu and Jain temples, you can even find Buddhist Stupas here.
How to reach there: Khajuraho airport is 5km away from the city. Khajuraho is also well connected with the famous tourist cities of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. A few hours of the bus ride will take you to Khajuraho.
If you have not visited Madhya Pradesh yet then plan your trip well. Do not forget to visit these off-beat temples. The cultural heritage of India that you will witness in this state is worth appreciation.
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