Saputara is a haven for art and nature lovers alike. Artist Village, a place only a few kilometers from Saputara, is a benevolent place of artwork by various national and international artists. It displays handicrafts and craftsmanship of various artisans in the area around. There are local traditional stores, and stalls selling Bamboo artifacts that work as thoughtful souvenirs. The Hatgadh Fort is an admirable site of historical significance built by Shivaji during his reign. You can find the statue of Lord Shiva resting on the top of this fort which exudes the aura of sanctity
The different shades of verdant vegetation comprising trees like Bamboo, Sal, Blackberry plantations, shrubs, creepers, and mosses mesmerize the visitors. The terrain’s rugged mountains, deep ravines, streaming waterfalls, tranquil turquoise pools, and exotic rich flora and fauna are a visual delight to a nature lover. Legend states that Pandavas had built the caves and stayed in them during their 14 years of exile.
Distance from Bhopal: The road distance from Bhopal to Pachmarhi is 200 km. The distance between Bhopal to Pachmarhi by flight is 137 km.
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Pachmarhi is during summers. The temperatures, during this period from April to June, hovers between 22oc to 35oc. Moderate and balmy weather conditions make this period ideal for sightseeing and trekking. Winters, especially the month of October is also the best time to visit.
Highlights: The top attractions of the place include Mahadeo hills, Bee fall (Jamuna Prapat), Fairy pool (Apsara Vihar), Dhupgarh, Pandava Caves, and Satpura National Park.
The famous 15th century Jahaz Mahal, situated inside the fort, had served as the living quarters for Ghiyasuddin Khiliji’s Queens. Its reflection in waters resembled a ship. Hence Mandu is also referred to as a “ship that never sailed”. The buildings are a testimony to one of the very few structures that reflect Afghani architecture. The fort was privy to the love story between King Baz Bahadur and his lover Roopmati.
Distance from Bhopal: Mandu is 287 km far from Bhopal by road.
Best Time to visit: Winter season is the ideal time to visit Mandu, one of the hill stations near Bhopal. Monsoon time is also preferred as occasional rainfall keeps mercury under control.
Highlights: Highlights of Mandu are Mandu Fort, Jahaz Mahal, Baz Bahadur Palace, Roopmati Pavilion, Ashrafi Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Jama Masjid, and Hoshang Shah’s tomb.
Distance from Bhopal: Shivpuri is at a distance of 311 km from Bhopal by Road and 359 km by train.
Best Time to visit: Shivapuri experiences hot summers and heavy monsoons. So, the best time to visit Shivpuri is in winter from December – February. The climate remains pleasant and balmy.
Highlights: It is a gateway for adventurists as they get a chance to explore the wilderness. George castle, Madhav National Park, Sakhya Sagar lake, Karera Bird Sanctuary, and Chhatri are some of the tourists’ visitors enjoy.
The two perennial and great rivers Narmada and Sona originate from this place. Several stories are narrated about the significance of Amarkantak. One prominent story that does rounds is that when Lord Shiva burned down Tripura, the ashes fell on Amarkantak and turned into hundreds of Shivalingas. The lush green forest, holy ponds, silvery waterfalls, and mountains bewitch the tourists.
Distance from Bhopal: The distance between Bhopal to Amarkantak is 539 km.
Best Time to visit: The monsoon period brings new life to the flora around and adds beauty to the surroundings. Hence the winter season is the ideal time to visit Amarkantak. The period from October to February experiences pleasant and enjoyable climate.
Highlights: Narmadakund, Kapil Dhara, Pataleshwar Mahadev temple, Dugdh Dhara Waterfalls, Kabir Kothi, and Shri Yantra Temple are the prominent places in Amarkantak.
Several temples are present at the base of the hill, on the 5 km parikrama path. Visitors undertake ritual circumambulation or Parikrama around the hill seeking divine blessings. The chantings, bhajans, and smoke and smell of incense sticks add fervor to the proceedings.
Distance from Bhopal: Kamadgiri is at a distance of 504 km by road and 552 km by rail from Bhopal.
Best Time to visit: Kamadgiri and adjoin Chitrakoot experience harsh summers and are not preferred. Winters from October to March offer pleasant and favorable climate to visitors to enjoy sightseeing and pilgrimage.
Highlights: The Gupt Godavari caves, Hanuman Dhara, Janaki Kund, Bharat Milap temple, Saptahik Shila, Ram Ghat, Sati Anasuya Temple are the most sacred places in Kamadgiri.
Another ancient shrine that exists at this holy place is the Omkareshwar temple. The temple, situated in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, depicts Nagara style architecture featuring a distinguished Shikhara. Apart from the temples, the landscape of the region encompassed by mountains, ponds, rivers, hanging bridges, and greenery lend enchantment to the visitors.
Distance from Bhopal: Omkareshwar is 254 km far from Bhopal.
Best Time to visit: The most favorable time to visit Omkareshwar is during winters from October to March. The climate remains apt for sightseeing and pilgrimage.
Highlights: Gauri SomnathTemple, Siddhanath Temple, Kajal Rani Cave, Kedareshwar Temple, and Mamleshwar Temple are some of the consecrated places frequently visited by tourists.
Distance from Bhopal: 681.2 kilometres
Best Time to visit: September to May
Highlights: Visit the nearby Amala Wildlife Sanctuary to see wild boars, hyenas, jackals, and a large variety of trees and birds. Visit the Deoband Temple that is an ancient Lord Ganesh temple. The nearby village of Khodala is perfect for exploring the serene village life. Enjoy activities like night camping and forest trails, etc.
Distance from Bhopal: 739.7 kilometres.
Best Time to visit: October to March
Highlights: See the majestic Malshej Falls surrounded by dense foliage and wildflower. Visit the 6th-century Harishchandragad Fort that’s popular for its trek, ancient Lord Vishnu and Ganesh temples, and cave systems. Enjoy rock climbing at Ajoba Hill Fort. Visit the scenic Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, which is one of the few places in India where Pink Flamingos migrate to each year. You can also spot unique bird species like Whistling thrush, Green pigeon, Pied-crested cuckoo, etc. Konkan Kada, the hill that’s shaped like a cobra’s head is popular for its hiking trails and camping spots.
Distance from Bhopal: 615.6 kilometres.
Best Time to visit: October to March
Highlights: Visit the 15th-century Ranakpur Jain Temple that is one of five Jain pilgrimage places in the country to see its brilliant architecture, colour-changing columns, and expansive layout. See the Muchhal Mahavir Temple located in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary that houses a Lord Mahavira statue with a moustache. Other beautiful temples include Sadri, Suryanarayana Temple, and Narlai. Enjoy a jungle safari amidst dense forests, streams, and rare flora and fauna. Ranakpur is famous for its colourful puppets, silver jewellery, and pottery sold at the local market.