If you want to escape the hustle & bustle of city life and spend time near glorious waterfalls and hills covered with abundant greenery, the ‘heart of incredible India- Madhya Pradesh’ has it all for you. Exploring the length and breadth of Madhya Pradesh during the rainy weather of monsoon is undoubtedly a lifetime experience when one can witness the true beauty of nature. You will also be able to explore wildlife, spirituality, wellness, adventure, and rural tourism in Madhya Pradesh
This rainy season, you should definitely plan a holiday in Madhya Pradesh instead of staying indoors to have a serene and memorable experience. When monsoon arrives in Madhya Pradesh in the month of July the natural beauty of this place lures travelers. Monsoon remains until the end of September. As the monsoon arrives, the state is all set to welcome tourists with open arms to explore the scenic landscapes and ethereal nature vistas this place has to offer. When the rain washes down on the beautiful towns of Madhya Pradesh, the charm and grandeur become more pleasing than ever and the green veil takes all over the place. In fact, monsoon in Madhya Pradesh is one of the best opportunities to rent a recreational vehicle and tour around the beautiful towns in one of the biggest states in India.
Another reason why should be spending monsoon in Madhya Pradesh 2023 is that while landslides occur in the mountains and beaches are off-limits in the rains, the plains of Madhya Pradesh are your only option (a wonderful one, indeed) to take a vacation in the rainy season. The hot weather of Madhya Pradesh also mellows down and becomes more pleasant for sightseeing and exploration.
Here we are sharing with you some locations where you can work, enjoy and take back a refreshing experience. Read on…
Amarkantak- king of pilgrimages
Lies at the meeting point of the three central India hill ranges- Vindhyas, Satpuras, and Maikal, Amarkantak popularly known as Teerthraj, or the ‘king of pilgrimages’. The largest flowing and holy river of Madhya Pradesh, the Narmada River, and also the Son (Sone) The river originates in Amarkantak, a town that has several ancient temples having a rich history and an amazing architectural display. The town is adorned with two attractive waterfalls – Dugdh Dhara and Kapil Dhara, one of the most popular tourist spots surrounded by dense forest.
Attractions – The pilgrim town Amarkantak is situated at an altitude of 1000 m and has so many attractive destinations for tourists including Narmada Udgam, Trimukhi Temple, Keshav Narayan Temple, ancient temples of the Kalachuri, Mai ki Bagiya, Shri Yantra Temple, Amareshwar Mahadev Temple, Son Udgam Temple, Bhrigu Kamandal, Dugdha Dhara Fall, Kapil Dhara waterfall and others.
Activities in and around Amarkantak – Boat ride, trekking, paragliding, wellness tourism, yoga, and other meditational and spiritual practices
The ‘City of Lakes’ becomes all more inviting when it is drenched rain. Monsoon in Madhya Pradesh is the best time to plan an excursion to the lakes to enjoy the picturesque scenery and balmy weather. There are two main lakes, the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake. On the banks of the Upper Lake is Van Vihar National Park, home to big cat families and other species. The State Museum has fossils, paintings and rare Jain sculptures. Taj-ul-Masjid is one of Asia’s largest mosques, with white domes, minarets and a huge courtyard. Enjoy boating in the lake in the evening or watch the tangerine sunset. The raindrops falling on the lake bed is such a cathartic experience. While you are at it, explore the by-lanes of the city where you will find a glimpse of a bygone era and 19th-century Muslim architecture. Bhopal is one of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh during monsoon, so do plan a visit to this interesting town.
Take an hour’s drive from Bhopal, MPT Halali Retreat offers a much-needed break from the mundane working and you can fulfill your professional commitments more productively in a conducive environment followed by the availability of proper Wi-Fi connection, and sumptuous meals prepared in a hygienic environment. In addition to this, you can also enjoy a speed boat ride or visit the Halali waterfall which is 15 minutes away from MPT Halali Retreat. The destination makes your work and vacation experience all the more exciting when you sit on the lush green lawns and enjoy the peace all around the premises. Do plan a visit and come back with a rejuvenating experience.
Sagaun Retreat, Delawadi
Relax, rejuvenate peacefully at Sagaun Retreat, Delawadi located approx. 55 km from Bhopal. A good attraction for nature and adventure lovers, this location also offers spacious conference halls where you can sit comfortably and attend your Zoom calls and complete your other professional commitments. Keep yourself engaged by exploring several points of interest like view point, Ginnorgarh Fort 7kms from Delawadi, Chor Baoli, Choti Aamkho, Badi Aamkho and more.
Jungle Resort, Udaigiri
Take yourself out of the four walls of your house and work in a place that is contemporary and relaxing. MPT Jungle Resort, Udaigiri is your go-to destination if you are looking forward to working and relaxing peacefully at the same time. Covered in greenery and full of peace, the aura of this place is really positive and refreshing and you are likely to fall in love with this destination if you spend a few days here.
Bagheera Jungle Resort Mocha, Kanha National Park
Need a tranquil, calm and lush green space to work and vacation, head to Bagheera Jungle Resort, Mocha a beautiful accommodation that offers you all this and more. It is a dream work set up for those who wish to escape the city chaos and love to revel in the scintillating beauty of the surroundings. Well equipped with high-speed internet, comfortable rooms you can book a stay here to work in a stress-free environment. Once you are done, you can simply lay down a chair and soak in the picturesque vistas to relax. Also, Kanha National Park attracts tourists for a good number of tiger sightings so you can even opt for a Jungle safari and have a good time spotting the big cats and other species here.
Sanchi is one of the best places to visit in monsoon in Madhya Pradesh. Witness the seasonal beauty of the place during this season. The monsoon rain cleanses the entire surrounding area around Stupa. The small lake near the Sanchi Stupa makes it an ideal location for clicking pictures. Learn about the Buddhist culture through the great Stupa which was installed by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty in the 3rd century BC. The rain does add a different aura to these structures.
UNESCO World Heritage Site – Khajuraho
Located in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, the UNESCO site of “Khajuraho Group of Monuments” is famous for its Nagara-Style architecture and graceful sculptures of nayikas and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are India”s unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression. If you are planning to explore Khajuraho then do not forget to visit Panna National Park, situated just 32 km away and a mere 30-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The jungles harbour many species of wildlife. The tiger can be glimpsed here, with other rare species such as the leopard, wolf and gharial.
Attractions – Adivart Museum, Dhubela Museum, Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Chaunsath Yogini Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Matangeswara Temple, Parsvanath Temple, Ghantai Temple, Adhinath Temple, Duladeo Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Panna National Park, Fort of Ajaygarh, Mahamati Prannathji Mandir, Pandav falls, National Museum, Panna Diamond Mines Activities in and around Khajuraho -Camping, Village Tour, E-Bike Tour, Segway Tour, Water Sports, Sound and Light Show near western group of temple, wellness centers, Relinquish Yourself at Raneh Falls Canyon, Pandav Waterfall in Panna, Ruins Of Mastani Mahal, Beni Sagar Dam
Pachmarhi- Queen of Satpura
Situated at the mounting height, Madhya Pradesh’s most verdant charm, Pachmarhi, also known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ (Queen of Satpuras) rules the range of Satpura. Nestled in the hills and filled with scenic beauty all around, Pachmarhi not only has spiritual spots and gushing waterfalls but also has a lot of adventure.
This beautiful place can be visited throughout the year, but the best time to visit Pachmarhi is monsoon as the heavy rainfall turns the mountains, trees, and grass all bright green and gorgeous. Despite the core area of the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are closed during the monsoon months, tourists can also enjoy the wildlife under the BufferMeinSafar campaign of Madhya Pradesh Tourism.
Attractions – Satpura National Park, Apsara Kund, Pandavas and Jata Shankar Caves, Priyadarshini -Forsyth Point, Mahadeo Temple, Chauragarh Temple, Rajat Pratap, Jamuna Prapat (Bee Falls), Jalawataran, Ramaya Kund (Irene Pool), Handi Khoh and Pachmarhi Catholic Church, etc.
Activities in and around Pachmarhi -Jeep Safari, Horse Riding, ATV Ride, Land Parasailing, Ziplining, Waterfall Trekking and Hiking, Cycling, Camping (including Tree and Gypsy) and exploring Tribal Culture and Arts.
Mandu – City of Joy
Mandu, which is known as the city of joy is one of the most visited destinations in the state during monsoon season. A place with countless attractive monuments invites tourists to witness the abandoned palaces of the ancient city along with the puddles of water and lush slopes all around. Abound with historical tales, the city offers its enchanting beauty adorned with greenery all around. You can also experience rural tourism by visiting Malipura village situated near Mandu to enjoy village mud houses, taste the simple yet delicious meals and splendid natural and unpolluted surroundings to soak in the rural culture.
Attractions – Kakrah Khoh waterfall, Jahaz Mahal floating on 2 water bodies- Kapur and Munj Talao (During monsoon, the water level reaches the edge of the monument thereby giving it a ship-like appearance & hence the name Jahaz Mahal), Rani Roopmati Pavilion (a striking view of Narmada river), Hindola Mahal, Baz Bahadur”s Palace, Jami Masjid, Champa Baoli and Hammam, Ashrafi Mahal, Jain Temple, Taveli Mahal and Nilkanth Mahadev Temple.
Activities in and around Mandu – Yoga session, cycling tour, heritage walk, rural excursion and musical concerts by local artists during Mandu Festival, sound and light show and horse riding in the pristine village of Malipura
Orchha- Ayodhya of Bundelkhand
Nestled across the Betwa River, ragged mountains and dense forests, Orchha is a beautiful town to experience the lush greenery of Vindhya hills. Lord Rama is worshiped as a ruler or a divine king in Orchha, which is also known as the “Ayodhya of Bundelkhand”. Every day, the gun salute is given to Lord Rama by policemen during the ‘aarti’ at Raja Ram Temple. One can also witness the captivating architecture of carved temples, the Orchha Fort, striking palaces and other structures in the town. Besides, Orchha is the best place to experience rural tourism. In 2021, the Union Ministry of Tourism nominated Ladpurakhas village of Orchha for the ” Best Tourism Village” category in the United Nations World Tourism Organization Award. Tourists from across the world visit this village to soak into the rural culture in the heart of the country.
Attractions – Ram Raja Temple, Orchha Fort, Chattris on the Betwa River, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Phool Bagh, Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha Nature Reserve, Chandrashekhar AzadMemorial, Rani Mahal
Activities in and around Orchha – River Rafting in Betwa River, jungle safari at Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary, boating and kayaking in Betwa River, nature trail in Orchha Nature Reserve, light and sound show at Orchha fort, experience wellness tourism
There are various modes of transportation that you can take to reach Madhya Pradesh. Depending upon your suitability and budget, you can take the following options:
Indore has direct connectivity from Kolkata. Bhopal, Jabalpur, and all have airports and these have direct connectivity from Delhi and major metro cities in India.
Since Madhya Pradesh is located centrally, it has amazing rail connectivity. You will find Bhopal Express, Bhuj SF Exp, Shipra, Humsafar Exp, Shaktipunja, Mumbai Mail, and Chambal Express running on all major rail routes in Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh also has great connectivity through roads from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, thanks to the national and state highways.