20 Best Things to Do in Madhya Pradesh

There is such an extensive range of things to do in Madhya Pradesh that the state guarantees every kind of traveler a memorable experience.  Whether you are a patron of fine architecture or you are planning to embark on a spiritual trip, Madhya Pradesh is the place to be.

Treks that take you to majestic waterfalls through verdant landscapes, historical structures acting as a window into the past, temples that let you enter a world of spirituality, raw nature teeming with exotic wildlife, and streets that teem with hawkers selling delectable street food –  no other place in the entire country can boast the kind of diversity Madhya Pradesh holds within the fold.

If you are looking for an escape from the mundanity of your routine life and plunge into a world full of diverse experiences, plan a trip into the heart of India, that is the state of Madhya Pradesh. The wide spectrum of the activities you can indulge in here carries shades from adventure as well as divinity.

If your family is accompanying you on your visit to Madhya Pradesh, you can visit numerous temples and historic places, and capture their finesse in your camera. But if the plan is to visit with friends or solo, you can experience much more as there are uncountable adventure options in the form of trekking trails and jungle safari.

Check out our list of best things to do in Madhya Pradesh:

01

Go for an Adventurous Wildlife Safari

Go for an Adventurous Wildlife Safari
The most important facet of tourism in Madhya Pradesh is the abundance of wildlife it possesses. There is a total of 25 wildlife sanctuaries, 6 tiger reserves and 9 national parks in Madhya Pradesh. These jungles of Madhya Pradesh are the abode of a wide range of flora and fauna.

There is no better way to explore and experience the exotic wildlife hiding in the core areas of these wildlife parks than to indulge in the adventure of wildlife safari.

Considering the high density of tiger population here, you can expect to catch a glimpse of Royal Bengal Tiger that adds grace to the biota of these places. You also have the option to choose between jeep safari and elephant safari while you are here.

Some of the national parks where you can go on a wildlife safari are:
-Bandhavgarh National Park
-Kanha National Park
-Panna National Park
-Satpura National Park
-Pench National Park
02

Trek to Highest Peak of Madhya Pradesh, Dhoopgarh

Trek to Highest Peak of Madhya Pradesh, Dhoopgarh

Catch the sun setting down the green horizons of the lush greenery, leaving behind a colorful sky to mesmerize your senses at Dhoopgarh. Renowned for being the highest point in the Satpura Range, Dhoopgarh is a popular name among the trekkers in Madhya Pradesh.

The adventure of trekking to this peak takes you to a height of whopping 4,430 feet, offering you vistas you can only imagine in Madhya Pradesh. While trekking, you will pass through dense forests and will come across sites of majestic waterfalls and gurgling water streams.

Climbing up to this peak to capture the magical sunset is one of the best things to do in Madhya Pradesh.

Location: Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh.

Timings: It is advisable to trek before sunset.
03

Sail through the Scenic Marble Rocks in Bhedaghat

Sail through the Scenic Marble Rocks in Bhedaghat

Bhedaghat is one of the most picturesque place to visit in Madhya Pradesh, and the activity of boating here is probably the best way to explore the beautiful nooks and corners of the place in addition to experiencing a sense of adventure.

Almost 100 feet tall marble rocks add to the beauty of this place, and the river Narmada flows, paving way between these giant rocks.

The activity of boating gives you an opportunity to sail close to these rocks, capturing their beauty from a closer distance. For a surreal experience, try boating here at night when the moonlight illuminates these rocks.

Location: Bhedaghat, Jabalpur.

Boating Charges: INR 300.

Timings: 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
04

Indulge into Amazing Water Sports at Hanuwantiya Tapu

Indulge into Amazing Water Sports at Hanuwantiya Tapu

Hanuwantiya Tapu is the most exciting hub of water sports in the entire state, and indulging in the wide array of water sports here is easily one of the most exciting things to do in Madhya Pradesh.

Located in Indira Sagar Dam, this place makes for a perfect weekend getaway destination too. From sailing and speed boating to jet skiing, you can enjoy an impressive range of fun activities on this picture-perfect island.

For the best watersports experience here, visit during Jal Mahotsav when there is a wider range of activities available here.

Location: Hanuwantiya Island, Indira Sagar Dam, Near Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh.

Timing: 8 AM to 8 PM.

05

Take a Spiritual Tour of Temples of Khajuraho

Take a Spiritual Tour of Temples of Khajuraho

Temples of Khajuraho are one of the priceless gems the state of Madhya Pradesh boasts of. Displaying an extremely brilliant level of art through erotic sculptures and carvings, these 1000 years old temples speak volumes about the bygone era which makes them a treat for any history lover visiting the state.

There used to be a total of 85 temples in this complex, out of which around 25 have survived the sands of time.

Visiting these Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain temples and enter a world of spirituality through their impeccable architecture is one of the best things to do in Madhya Pradesh.

Location: Khajuraho, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Entry Fees: Indians – INR 30 and Foreigners – INR 500.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM.

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06

Get into a Thrilling Cable Car Ride over the Dhuandhar Falls

Get into a Thrilling Cable Car Ride over the Dhuandhar Falls

A cable car ride over the gushing waters of Narmada River is one of the most relaxing things to do in Madhya Pradesh because the scenic vistas you will get to witness during the ride will take your breath away.

The cable car ride here lets you see the majestic Marble Rocks and the cascading falls from a height, adding a new perspective to your image of this beautiful place.

If you are into landscape photography, this ride is a must for you as it gives you ample opportunities to click vivid pictures of Bhedaghat.

Location: Bhedaghat, Jabalpur.

Price: INR 85 per person.

Timings: 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
07

Explore the Ruins of Afghan Architecture in Mandu

Explore the Ruins of Afghan Architecture in Mandu

Simply one of the best sites for the patrons of architecture in the entire state, ruins of Mandu displays an impeccable example of Afghan architecture. The site features some beautiful palaces and mosques built during the Afghan rule in the region.

Located roughly at a distance of 90 km from Indore, this ancient fort city is definitely worth a visit due to the numerous surprises it holds for explorers.

The most prominent sites to explore here are Hoshang Shah Tomb, Jama Masjid, Hoshang Shah Tomb, and Rani Roopmati Mahal.

Location: Mandav, Dhar District.

Entry Fees: Varies from monument to monument.

Timings: 8 AM to 7 PM.

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08

Go for Pandav Cave Exploration in Pachmarhi

Go for Pandav Cave Exploration in Pachmarhi

Caves hold a sense of mystery and stillness within them, and if you are interested to experience it, more than 1,000 years old Pandav Caves in Pachmarhi are your best bet. Located atop a hilltop, it is a series of 5 caves carved out of sandstone which also gave the hill station its name.

These caves share a strong association with Pandav brothers from Mahabharata and are believed to be sacred by the followers of Hinduism.

Exploring these caves located in the pretty hill station of Pachmarhi is easily of the best things to do in Madhya Pradesh to add a different flavour to your vacation experience.

Location: Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh.

Price: There are no entry charges to explore the caves.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM.

09

Rafting Down the Betwa River at Orchha

Rafting Down the Betwa River at Orchha

If you decide to add some adrenaline pumping experiences on your trip to Madhya Pradesh, one of the most thrilling adventurous activities you can try is rafting in the volatile waters of Betwa River.

The tickets can be booked from Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department and the action starts from the boat club in the historical town of Orchha.

The river bordered by thick vegetation on both sides will give you an ultimate rafting experience as you swift through its path. Adding a thrill to your experience here are Grade I and Grade II rapids.

Location: Boat Club, Orchha

Rafting Charges: Starts at INR 800 per person.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM.

Other then Ghats & River of Orchha, there are other very scenic places to visit in Orchha which you should not miss.

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10

Go for Adventurous Camping at Sailani Tapu

Sailani Tapu is located on the backwaters of Indira Sagar Dam and is one of the most scenic sites in the entire state. Camping on this island surrounded by an unending stretch of water is an activity that will enhance your experience of visiting the state of Madhya Pradesh twofold.

You can also indulge in various adventure activities that are available on Sailani Tapu. It is also a great spot for photography enthusiasts.

Location: Sailani Tapu, Indira Sagar Dam Backwaters, Madhya Pradesh.
11

Explore the Gigantic Gwalior Fort

Explore the Gigantic Gwalior Fort

The grandeur of Gwalior Fort located on the top of a hillock in Gwalior is unbeatable. From its palaces to its temples, everything about the fort holds an unparalleled charm, and is sure to woo anybody who is into art, architecture, and history.

The fort is believed to have been constructed around the 10th century but there is no concrete evidence proving the period of its construction precisely.

Visit this site to explore the heritage preserved in the form of Gujari Mahal, Man Mandir Mahal, Karan Mahal, Jahangir Mahal and Shah Jahan Mahal.

Location: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Entry Fees: INR 75 per person.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM.

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12

Go on a Food Trip to Indore

Go on a Food Trip to Indore

Famous for its street food and many other delicacies, Madhya Pradesh is a paradise for foodies. So, if you are one, a food spree at Chappan Dukan and Sarafa Bazar is a must try thing for you to when you are in Indore.

These market areas come alive after the sun sets, and are crowded with locals and tourists on the hunt for delicious food items that are available here at very reasonable rates.

The variety of food items here will only confuse you since you will want to try as many dishes as you can try when you are here.

Location: Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Timings: Open till midnight.
13

Explore the Culture with Heritage Tour to Orchha

Explore the Culture with Heritage Tour to Orchha

The historical town of Orchha has cradled the cultural heritage of the region gracefully. An amazing option for culture vultures and history aficionados, this town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh somewhere around 1501.

Stretched across the banks of River Betwa, the townhouses some prominent palaces and Hindu temples displaying the royalness of the Bundela Rajpur Dynasty that once reigned this region.

Explore Orchha to get familiar with the cultural heritage of this royal land.

Location: Orchha, Tikamgarh District, Madhya Pradesh.
14

Witness Exquisite Architecture at Sanchi Stupa

Witness Exquisite Architecture at Sanchi Stupa

One of the most ancient sites to be found in Madhya Pradesh, Sanchi Stupa is an architectural marvel. If you are someone who enjoys visiting historical places and learn about the bygone eras, a visit to Sanchi Stupa is an activity you must not skip.

It is essentially a Buddhist Complex, located on a hilltop in Sanchi Town, whose construction dates as back as to the 3rd century BC. The site is an exemplifying example of Buddhist architecture, features stupas, monasteries and a museum.

Location: Sanchi Town, Raisen District, Madhya Pradesh.

Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Entry Fees: INR 30.
15

Take a Hike to the Most Scenic Patalpani Waterfall

Take a Hike to the Most Scenic Patalpani Waterfall

A hike that takes you to an unbelievable sight is totally worth the efforts. Such an example is the hike to Patalpani Waterfall near Indore. Frequented by tourists and families for a picnic, this waterfall allures spectators, draped in greens of the forest that surrounds it.

However, if you are a thrill-seeker, hiking through verdant forests to reach this scenic site is the adventure you will remember.

A favourite among the local adventurers, this hike is definitely one of the most thrilling things to do in Madhya Pradesh.

Location: Patalpani Waterfall, Kekariya Dabri, Madhya Pradesh.

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16

Enjoy History and Weather at Amarkantak

Enjoy History and Weather at Amarkantak

An important religious hub for the followers of Hinduism, Amarkantak holds a special place among the historical places in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is also popularly known as ‘Teerthraj’ which means the king of pilgrimages.

The meeting point of Satpura, Maikal and Vindhya ranges, Amarakantak, located at an elevation of 1,000 meters, enjoys a pleasant climate.

The town houses a number of ancient temples. With excellent sites like Kalachuri Temples, Narmada Temple, and Narmada Kund, exploration of this pilgrimage is among the most rejuvenating things to do in Madhya Pradesh.

Location: Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh.

17

Go for Adventurous Jungle Camping

Go for Adventurous Jungle Camping

Since there is no dearth of jungles in Madhya Pradesh, there are plenty of options for the adventure of jungle camping here. Nothing compares to the fun and thrill of camping in the middle of raw nature in the forests of Madhya Pradesh teeming with a wide range of flora and fauna.

There are a number of wildlife resorts that offer jungle camping experience.

You also get to choose whether you want to camp in the basic fashion or you want to add the luxuries to the affair.

Some of the best jungle camps of Madhya Pradesh are:

-Samardha Jungle Camp
-Bagh Villas Jungle Camp, Kanha
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Shergarh Tented Camp, Kanha
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Bagh Tola, Bandhavgarh
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Pench Jungle Camp

18

Enjoy Romantic Candle Light Bush Dinner

Enjoy Romantic Candle Light Bush Dinner
Wildlife is an important facet of Madhya Pradesh, and it is fun when to add romance to a jungle rendezvous. Imagine you and your partner indulging in a candlelight dinner, under a sky full of stars, surrounded by nothing but pure wilderness.

You can easily find a jungle resort where you can add romance to your jungle adventure by opting for a candlelight bush dinner with your lover.

Bandhavgarh Meadows, Pench Jungle Camp, and Bagh Sarai Resorts are some of the finest options you can rely on for the experience.
19

Enjoy a Day Out at Cruise on Upper lake, Bhopal

Enjoy a Day Out at Cruise on Upper lake, Bhopal

The capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal is popular as ‘City of Lakes’, and the spot that delivers the most exquisite lake experience is the serene Upper Lake.

The calm and picturesque water body adds grace to the city of Bhopal, and the best way to experience the tranquility of this lake is to indulge in a cruise ride here.

Take your family, friends, or partner along and enjoy some quiet moments as the cruise sails smoothly on the serene waters of Upper Lake. This day-outing idea is the among the must-try things to do in Madhya Pradesh.

Location: Upper Lake, Bhopal.

Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM.

Cruise Charges: INR 100 per person.

20

Go on an Adventurous & Wild Kalakund Night Trek

Go on an Adventurous & Wild Kalakund Night Trek

If the idea of trekking in a dense forest does not thrill you enough, maybe a night trek in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh is what you need to get adrenaline surging through your body.

Kalakund Night Trek is a great choice for any adventure enthusiast in Madhya Pradesh as this activity gives you an exciting opportunity to trek through forested valleys and river in the dark of night.

The trek does not involve a lot of steep terrains, so it is ideal for anybody up for some nocturnal adventure irrespective of their experience in trekking.

Location: Gunjara Village, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.

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27 October 2018
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21 December 2019
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Looking for a complete tour of Madhya Pradesh , this tour is perfect as it takes you through the most enchanting towns of Madhya Pradesh like l Orchha, Khajuraho, Chitrakoot, Amarkantak, Kanha National Park, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Ujjain. And What makes this tour special is that you can see one of the seven wonders Taj Mahal seeing which is immensely pleasing to the eye.
09 December 2019
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