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  • Applauded for the commendable range of flora and fauna that the state is blessed with, wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh are virtually numberless. Home to some of the largest national parks and reserves in India, Madhya Pradesh is the dream of every nature and wildlife enthusiast. Besides that, it is also brushed with rich strokes of heritage, history, and culture for travelers to revel in.

    Harbouring over 20 different wildlife sanctuaries, Madhya Pradesh affords you the luxury of witnessing the most exotic creatures in their natural habitat, undisturbed. From the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and Asiatic Lion to Gharial, Wild Boar, Blue Bull, Chital, Sambar, Civet, and many more, a wonderful experience of sighting these species awaits you amongst the stark wilderness.

    Apart from that, there are mind-boggling views of Madhya Pradesh's natural wonders that are gifted to you!

    Resplendent amidst the soothing blanket of greenery, each sanctuary has something new to offer, something no other place can rival. Whether it is rafting, boating, tiger spotting, or even short hikes or nature trails, these stunning reserves surpass all your expectations. 

    The rustic charm of the wilderness, coupled with religious and historical sites sheltered within the sanctuaries, pulls herds of travelers from over the globe. Sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh are a botanist’s wildest dream and are on the bucket list of every wildlife lover. Here’s a curated list of 25 best wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh


  • 01Bagdara Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bagdara  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Founded in the year 1978, the sanctuary is essentially a dry deciduous forest and abode of countless species of flora and fauna. The most famous attraction is the extremely fascinating rock painting of ‘Goura Hillock’ which is centered here.

    Flora: Teak trees, Tendu, Dhawda, Khjair, Lendia, Creepers, and Orchards.

    Fauna: Tiger, Chinkara, Panther, Sambar, Hyena, Wild Deer, Chital, Nilgai, Blackbuck, and Wild Boar.

    Safari Timings
    : 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM every day, except in the rainy season

    Location
    : Sidhi District, Madhya Pradesh

    Total Area
    : 478 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : October to March

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Khajuraho Airport, sitting about 270 km away, from where taxis are available.

    By Rail
    : From Rewa Railway Station, sitting 110 km away.

    By Road: From other neighboring cities like Rewa (110 km), Satna (165 km), Allahabad (175 km), Varanasi (230 km) and Khajuraho (275 km)

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  • 02Bori Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bori Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, along with Satpura National Park and Pachmarhi Sanctuary, makes up the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. The striking beauty of the park lures in herds of nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts from over the country and is home to some of the finest wildlife species.

    Flora: Teak, Tendu, and Dhaora

    Fauna: Leopard, Tiger, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Rhesus Macaque, Gaur, and Hyena

    Location: Ratibandar, Madhya Pradesh 461881

    Total Area
    : 518.25 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : November to April

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Bhopal Airport (215 km)

    By Rail
    : From Pipariya Railway station, sitting about 52 km away.

    By Road
    : The reserve can be reached by road from major cities like Bhopal (208 km), Khajuraho (198 km) Indore (235 km), Ujjain (262 km), Nagpur (265 km), Jabalpur (271 km).


  • 03Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Gandhi Sagar  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sharing part of its territory with the state of Rajasthan, Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Madhya Pradesh’s lesser-known gems! Carpeted with a mixed terrain of woods, rocky trails, and dry deciduous forest, the sanctuary is ideal for tourists who wish to be shaded away from the mainstream crowd.

    Some of the famous tourists' attractions in its vicinity are Bhanpura Museum, Taxakeshwar Temple, and Bhadkaji Rock Paintings

    Flora: Salai, Palash, Kardhai, Tendu, Kahir, and Dhawda.

    Fauna: Nilgai, Sambar, Deer Otter, Leopard, Peacock, Chinkara, Civet, Wild Dog, Langur, and Mugger Crocodile.

    Location: Northern borders of the Mandsaur and Neemuch district in Madhya Pradesh.

    Total Area: 368.62 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit: April and May

    How to reach:

    By Air: From Kota Airport in Rajasthan, which sits about 100 km away.

    By Rail: From Kota Railway station, which is located at a distance of about 110 km.

    By Road: The sanctuary can be reached by road from Udaipur (227 km), Kota (105 km), and Indore (267 km).


  • 04Ghatigaon Wildlife Sanctuary

    Ghatigaon Wildlife Sanctuary

    One of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, Ghatigaon Wildlife Sanctuary is shaded in the Gwalior District of Madhya Pradesh. It is also known as the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, after the species that it is famous for protecting.

    Flora: Herons, Egrets, Spoonbills, and other residents and migratory birds.

    Fauna: The Great Indian Bustard, Chital, Monkey, Wolf, Blackbuck, Wild Boar, Hyena, Fox, Khair, Seja, Ghote, Palash, Royenja, Salai, Heans, Beweg, Katli, Dhawada, Murjan, Dhaman, Monkey and Wolf.

    Location: Ghatigaon, Madhya Pradesh 475330

    Total Area
    : 511 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit: November to June

    How to reach:

    By Air: Ghatigaon Sanctuary can be reached from Gwalior Airport, which is 47 km away.

    By Rail
    : The nearest railway station to the sanctuary is Gwalior at a distance of about 35 km.

    By Road
    : The sanctuary is well connected to the cities of Gwalior and Ghatigaon by road, and can be reached by buses and private vehicles.

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  • 05Karera Wildlife Sanctuary

    Karera Wildlife Sanctuary

    Karera Wildlife Sanctuary is a stunning natural wonder sitting in the folds of Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh, and was founded for the conservation of the Great Indian Bustard in 1981. It is home to more than 245 bird species.

    Flora: Acacia, Ber bushes within mixed deciduous forests.

    Fauna: Teals, Gadwalls, Indian Robins, Herons, Egrets, Spoonbills, Indian Bustard, Bearded Bustard, Coloured Bustard, Black-bellied River Terns, Indian Gazelles and Blackbuck.

    Location: Karera, Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh 473660

    Total Area: 202 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit: November to March

    How to reach:

    By Air: From Gwalior Airport, which sits 170 km away.

    By Rail: From Pendra Road, the nearest railway station at a distance of 17 km, or from Shivpuri station, located at a distance of 50 km.

    By Road: The sanctuary can be reached via the Shivpuri - Jhansi connecting road, either by public buses or private vehicles. It is also well connected to Gwalior city.

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  • 06Ken Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary

    Ken Gharial  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Shaded in the Panna National Park area, Ken Gharial sanctuary houses the beautiful Ken River which cuts through it to meet the river Ganga. It tempts countless nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts from all over the country, for such is its beauty. It also helps that it sits in touching distance of the Panna Sanctuary.

    Flora & Fauna

    Gharials, Nilgai, Chinkara, Wolf, Jackal, Spotted Deer, Indian Fox, Wild Boar, Hyena, Chital, Peacock and many more. Evening hours may also gift you with a rare glimpse of Leopards or Sloth Bears!

    The floral canvas of the sanctuary is lined by trees of Teak, Salai, Khair, Flame of the Forest, and Seja. 

    Location: Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, 471405

    Total Area: 45.201 square kilometers

    How to reach:

    By Air: From Khajuraho Airport, which sits at a distance of nearly 30 km.

    By Rail: From Satna station, located at a distance of 150 km. Another option is Jhansi Station, located at a distance of 220 km.

    By Road: The sanctuary can be reached by road from nearby cities via buses or private vehicles. Nearest cities and town are Khajuraho. Panna, and Chhatarpur.
  • 07Kheoni Wildlife Sanctuary

    Kheoni  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Nestled in the Kannod region of Dewas, Kheoni is one of the richest wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh. It is also home to an ancient shrine of Lord Shiva, and the mesmerising Bal Ganga River flowing from the village of Kheoni.

    Flora: A deciduous forest lined with trees of Teak and Bamboo.

    Fauna: Palm Civet, Tiger, Blackbuck, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chital, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Sambar, Four-Horned Antelope, Barking Deer, and bird species like Indian Paradise Flycatcher Black Drongo, Common

    Crow, Plum-headed Parakeet, Laughing Dove, Chestnut Shouldered Petronia, and Eurasian Collared Dove.

    Location
    : Kheoni, Kannod Tehsil, Dewas District, Madhya Pradesh, 455332

    Total Area
    : 123 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : April to June

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Bhopal airport, located at a distance of about 93 km, or from Indore Airport, siting 97 km away.

    By Rail
    : From the railway station of Harda, located at a distance of about 53 km.

    By Road
    : From Kheoni Bus Stand, and is connected well to the neighboring cities.

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  • 08Narsinghgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Narsinghgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Founded in 1974, one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, Narsinghgarh is also known as the ‘Kashmir of Malwa Plateau’ for so is its beauty. Bada Mahadev, Chota Mahadev, Narsinghgarh Fort, etc, are some bordering attractions to visit near the sanctuary.

    Flora: Trees of Teak, Sal, Khair, Bhirra, Karghai, Lendia, Arjun, Chandan, Karonda and Saja.

    Fauna: Leopard, Sambar, Nilgai, Blue Bull, Chital, Wild Boar, and over 140 species of resident and migratory birds, mainly peacocks.

    Location: Rajgarh district, Madhya Pradesh, 465661

    Total Area: 57 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit: November to June

    How To Reach:

    By Air: From Bhopal airport, which sits 72 km away.

    By Rail
    : From Biaora, which is the nearest railway station at a distance of about 35 km.

    By Road
    : Regular buses ply from Narsinghgarh Bus stand to the sanctuary, and the road is well connected to neighboring cities.

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  • 09National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

    National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

    Of all the wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, National Chambal is possibly the finest! Straddling the tricky-state area of UP, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, the sanctuary harbors a rich plethora of fauna, endangered and otherwise.

    Flora: Neem, Shisham, Bel, Kadamn, Mahua, Siris, Acacia, and more.

    Fauna: Bengal Florikin, One-horned Rhino, Crocodile, Lion, Tiger, Muggar, Gharial, Turtles, Otter, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Flamingoes, Ruddy Shelduck, and Indian Skimmer.

    Safari Timings: Morning: 07:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Evening: 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM

    Safari Cost:

    River Safari- INR 1,500 per Indian

    Jungle Safari- INR 3,000 per person

    Location
    : Covering Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh

    Total Area
    : 5,400 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : November to March

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Agra Airport, located about 70 km away.

    By Rail
    : The sanctuary can be reached easily from the Agra Cantt Station, the nearest railway station.

    By Road
    : The sanctuary is well connected to Agra and Delhi by road.

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  • 10Noradehi Wildlife Sanctuary

    Noradehi Wildlife Sanctuary

    Noradehi is the largest of all the wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh and spans across four districts of the state, namely Sagar, Damoh, Narsinghpur, and Raisen. The beautiful waters of Narmada and Ganga flow through the area, enhancing the floral canvas and the wildlife.

    Flora: Trees of Teak, Dhaora, Saja, Ber, Bhir ra and Amla

    Fauna: Indian Wolf, Chinkara, Sloth Bear, Golden Jackals, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Blackbuck, Leopard, Asiatic Lion, Four-horned Antelope, Sambar, Nilgai, Langur, Barking Deer, Rhesus Macaque, Grey Fox, and Wild Dogs.
    Safari Timings: Morning: Sunrise to 09:30 AM

    Evening: 04:00 PM to sunset

    Location: Sagar, Damoh, Narsinghpur districts of Madhya Pradesh

    Total Area: 1,197 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit: November to June

    How to reach:

    By Air
    : From Jabalpur Airport, which sits 80 km away, and Bhopal Airport, at a distance of about 210 km.

    By Rail
    : From the railway stations of Sagar (65 km) and Damoh (60 km). Jabalpur Station is also a good option.

    By Road
    : The sanctuary can be reached via National Highway 12, and is well connected to major cities.

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  • 11Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary

    Orchha  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Perched along the banks of the river Betwa, Orchha Sanctuary is possibly the most quaint yet scenic wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. While wildlife spotting might not be very prominent here, activities like rafting, boating, camping, and trekking more than make up for it!

    Flora: Dhawa, Teak, Palash, Kardhai, Khair

    Fauna: Deer, Monkey, Blue Bull. Jackal, Nilgai, Wild Pig, Sloth Bear, Blackbuck, birds like Kingfisher, Owl, Black Swan, Woodpecker, Jungle Bush Quail, and other migratory birds

    Location: Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, 494661 

    Total Area: 46 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit: November to June

    How to reach:

    By Air: From Gwalior Airport (125 km), or Khajuraho Airport (176 km)

    By Rail: From the railway station of Jhansi (16 km) or Orchha.

    By Road: The sanctuary can be reached via State Highway 37 from Gwalior, Jhansi and Agra, Bhopal, Khajuraho, either by buses or private vehicles.

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  • 12Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary

    Pachmarhi  Wildlife Sanctuary

    A beautiful sanctuary lying in the folds of the Satpura Range of Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi earned the designation of a 'biosphere reserve' by UNESCO in 2009. Home of many exquisite species of wildlife, and a herd of tribal folks, the beauty of the reserve is amplified by a line of ancient caves it harbours, rendering it archaeologically significant!

    Flora: Acacia Nilotica, Sterculia Urens, Terminalia Arjuna, Anogeissus Latifolia.

    Fauna: Tiger, Rhesus Macaque, Wild Boar, Otter, Barking Deer, Panther, Chital, Guar, Flying Squirrel, Giant Squirrel, Crocodile Lizard, Honey Buzzard, Crested Serpent Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill & Whistling Thrush.

    Location
    : Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, 461881

    Total Area
    : 461.37 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : October to March

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Bhopal Airport (215 km)

    By Rail
    : From Pipariya Railway station, sitting about 52 km away.

    By Road
    : From major cities like Bhopal (208 km), Khajuraho (198 km) and Jabalpur (251 km).

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  • 13Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary

    Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary

    A dwelling of the endangered Asiatic Lions, which were relocated from the former residence of Gir, Kuno is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh. Spanning over a huge area of land, it shares the rugged terrain of the Vindhya Ranges. The sanctuary is graced by the beautiful Kuno River which flows through it, dividing it into two.

    Flora: Trees of Kahua, Khair, Gurjan and Kardhai.

    Fauna: Asiatic Lion, Tigers, Indian wolf, Blackbuck, Panther, Jackal, Monkey, Leopard, Nilgai, Sambar, Chinkara, Chital, Hyena and Indian Fox.

    Location
    : Vijaypur, Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh 476337 nm

    Total Area
    : 900 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : October to March

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Gwalior Airport, at a distance of 175 km.

    By Rail
    : From Gwalior Railway Station, sitting about 185 km away.

    By Road
    : The sanctuary can be reached easily by road from Gwalior bus stand, located about 180 km away.

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  • 14Panna (Gangau) Wildlife Sanctuary

    Panna (Gangau)  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Flora: Trees of Teak, Tectona Grandis, Anogeissus Latifolia, Anogeissus Pendula, Lannea Coromandelica,Madhuca Indica. Plants like Lantana Camera, Grewia Sp., etc.

    Fauna: Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Wild dog, Hyena, Chinkara, Chital, Deer, Nilgai, Chousingha, and Sambar. Birds like white-necked Stork, Bar Headed Goose, Paradise Flycatcher, King Vulture, Honey Buzzard, and Blossom-Headed Parakeet
    Safari Timings

    Morning: 06:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Afternoon: 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM

    Location
    : Panna National Park, NH 75, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh 471405

    Total Area
    : 542 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : December to March

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Khajuraho airport, sitting merely 25 km away.

    By Rail
    : From railheads of Satna(90 km), Katni (150 km), and Jhansi (180 km).

    By Road
    : From Khajuraho bus stand located at a distance of 92 km.

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  • 15Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary

    Panpatha  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cradled gracefully between the stunning ranges of Vindhya and Satpura, Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary sits within touching distance of the famous Bandhavgarh National Park. Replete with lush, dense forest, the sanctuary fosters an array of fascinating wildlife and avian species.

    Fauna: Tiger, Jackal, Fox, Panther, Wild Dog, Chital, Nilgai, Chousingha, Bear, Porcupine, Sambar, and Hyena.

    Location
    : Madhya Pradesh SH 10, Panpatha, Madhya Pradesh 484661

    Total Area
    : 245 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : October to June

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Khajuraho Airport, sitting about 73 km away.

    By Rail
    : From Rewa Station (186 km), Umaria (193 km), and Katni (117 km).

    By Road
    : The sanctuary can be reached by road from Umaria (32 km), Rewa (160 km), Katni (90 km), Khajuraho (320 km), and Jabalpur (200 km).
  • 16Pench Wildlife Sanctuary

    Pench Wildlife Sanctuary

    The area of Pench National Park is vast enough to span across two states, and arguably the best wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh! It also inspired the classic ‘The Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling.  Home to over 300 different types of flora and fauna, there are various luxury accommodations shelters within the park.

    Flora: Teak, Bel, Saja, Lendia, Sal, Mahua, Neem, Bamboo, Bija, Palas,

    Fauna: Tiger, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Leopard, Panther, Hyena, Fox, Chinkara, Civet, and Langur.

    Safari Timings:

    Summer

    Morning: 06:30 AM to 9:30 PM

    Evening: 4:00 PM to 06:30 PM

    Winter

    Morning: 07:30 AM to 10:30

    Evening: 03:00 PM to 05:30 PM

    Safari Cost: INR 1,500 per vehicle

    Location
    : Seoni and Chhindwara District, Madhya Pradesh

    Total Area: 758 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : February to April

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Nagpur Airport, which sits 110 km away.

    By Rail
    : From where a 3 hours' drive will get you to the park.

    By Road: The National Park is well connected by road to major cities like Nagpur (102 km), Bhopal (420 km), Indore (520 km) and Delhi (970 km).
  • 17Phen Wildlife Sanctuary

    Phen Wildlife Sanctuary

    One of the many buffer zones in Kanha National Park, Phen Zone is stationed near the Mukki entrance of the Park. Though a popular part of Kanha, Phen remains less explored than the other zones. 

    Flora: Teak, Bel, Saja, Lendia, Sal, Mahua, Aonla, Achar, Bamboo, Bija, Palas, and Tendu.

    Fauna: Tiger, Barasingha, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Leopard, Panther, Hyena, Fox, Chinkara, Civet, and Langur.

    Location
    : November to June

    Total Area
    : 111 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : October to March is the best time to visit Phen Wildlife Sanctuary.

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Jabalpur Airport (160 km), Raipur Airport (250 km) & Nagpur Airport (300 kms).

    By Rail
    : From railway stations of Gondia (145 km) and Jabalpur (160 km).

    By Road
    : The sanctuary can be reached by road from Nagpur (330 km), Jabalpur (160 km), Pench National Park (200 km), and Bandhavgarh National Park (250 km).
  • 18Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary

    Ralamandal  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Replete with a range of fascinating flora and fauna, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is a true paradise. It gives you an unmatched experience to cherish, especially with the famous camelback rides it offers. There are many accommodations housed within the sanctuary for visitors to stay at.

    Flora: Eucalyptus, Bamboo, Saja, Babool, Chandan, and Teak.

    Fauna: Rabbit, Deer, Camel, Sambar, Blue Bull, and Leopard.

    Location
    : Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary, Mirzapur, Madhya Pradesh 452020

    Total Area
    : About 5 km

    Best time to Visit
    : October to February

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Indore airport, which sits about 20 km away.

    By Rail
    : From Indore railway station, which is nearest to it, about 9 km away.

    By Road
    : The sanctuary is well connected to major cities, but the most convenient route is through Indore.

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  • 19Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary

    Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary

    Widely known for its fine teak trees and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhimbetka Rock Caves, Ratapani is one of the most exciting wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh!

    In the year 2013, the NTCA upgraded Ratapani’s status to ‘Tiger Reserve’. In addition to being an important natural reserve, it is also of great cultural significance, owing to the rock paintings that grace its interiors.

    Flora: Trees of teak and bamboo.

    Fauna: Tiger, Dhole, Jackal, Leopard, Fox, Gerbil, Porcupine, Chital, Nilgai, Sambar, Indian Langur, Four Horned Antelope, Rhesus Macaque, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python, Viper, Krait, Bee-eater, Cuckoo Bird, Kingfisher, Bengal Vulture, Jungle Crow, Parakeet, Quail, Black Drongo, Flycatcher and more.

    Location: Ratapani, Madhya Pradesh 464990

    Total Area: 823.84 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit: November to April

    How to reach:

    By Air: The Tiger Reserve can be reached from Bhopal Airport, at a distance of about 77 km.

    By Rail: The Tiger Reserve can also be reached from the nearest railheads, namely Obedullaganj (20 km), Itarsi (55 km), Bhopal (52 km).

    By Road: The Tiger Reserve can be reached easily by road from Bhopal and Itarsi. You can choose to travel by buses, or private vehicle.

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  • 20Sailana Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sailana Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sheltered in Ratlam District of Madhya Pradesh, Sailana is smaller than other wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, but no less beautiful! Housing a plethora of flora and fauna, the place is most celebrated for its luscious cactus garden that. The sanctuary remains open from 06:00 AM to 10:30 AM in the morning, and 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM in the evening.

    Flora: Khamour, Bulb cactus, peacock cactus, snake cactus, and feather cactus.

    Location
    : Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, 457550

    Total Area
    : 13 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : July to September

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Indore Airport, located 160 km away, or Udaipur Airport, located around 251 km away.

    By Rail
    : From Ratlam Junction, sitting about 20 km away, or Nagda Railway station at a distance of 64 km.

    By Road
    : From the town of Ratlam, which is well connected to other major cities like Bhopal (315 km), Indore (160 km).

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  • 21Sanjay Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sanjay Dubri  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Comprising the Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve, the sanctuary is located in the dry deciduous forests of the Narmada Valley. It is the abode of several exquisite avian species and wildlife. 

    Flora: Sal, Bamboo, Palas, Salai, Mahua, Harra, Tendu, Ber, Gurajan, Semal, and Dhawada, Sakhua.

    Fauna: Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Wild Deer, Chinkara, Nilgai, Civet, Porcupine, Wild Dog, Monitor Lizard, Python, Bulbul, Peacock, Wagtails, Blue Kingfisher, Red-headed Vulture, Golden Hooded Oriole and Egyptian Vulture.
    Safari Timings: Morning: 06:00 A.M to 10.00 AM

    Evenings: 02:30 PM to 07:00 PM

    Location
    : Sidhi District, Madhya Pradesh

    Total Area
    : 831 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : November to June

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : The National Park can be reached from Varanasi airport, located at a distance of 235 km.

    By Rail
    : The National Park can be reached from Rewa Railway station, sitting about 110 km away.

    By Road
    : The National Park can be reached from Rewa (98 km), Varanasi (231 km), and Jabalpur (294 km)

    With a plentiful of places to visit in Rewa, expand your search to witness the best tourist attraction.
  • 22Sardarpur Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sardarpur Wildlife Sanctuary

    Notified in the year 1983, Sardarpur Sanctuary is probably amongst the most shaded, unexplored wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh. Although it harbours a decent range of wildlife, but is devoid of large predators. 

    Flora: Teak, Palash, Gunradi, and Khjda.

    Fauna: Kharmour, Jungle Cat, Cobra, Porcupine, Python, Kala and Bhura Teetar, Drongo, Leopard, Golden Jackal, Indian Langur, and Indian Fox.

    Location
    : Dhar District, Madhya Pradesh, 454111

    Total Area
    : 348 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : July to October

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Indore Airport, sitting about 92 km away.

    By Rail
    : From Indore railway station, located at a distance of 91 km, or Ratlam station, sitting 120 km away.

    By Road
    : From Dhar bus stand (35 km), Rajgarh (306 km), and Sardarpur (30 km).

    Madhya Pradesh is very well-known for the many spectacular waterfalls it houses. If visiting during the right season, they are a sight to behold. Click here to witness the best waterfall of Madhya Pradesh.
  • 23Singhori Wildlife Sanctuary

    Singhori  Wildlife Sanctuary

    One of the most stunning wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, the one in Singhori is home to a broad spectrum of wildlife. On every Shivratri, the place is witness to the splendour of a great fair! The neighbouring Shiva Temple, Choukigarh Fort, Jamgarh Caves and Bhandariya Temple are some exciting places to visit in the the vicinity of the park.

    Flora: Teak, Bamboo, Chair, Baja, Daora, Tendu, and Salai. Tropical deciduous forest.

    Fauna: Royal Bengal Tiger, Sambar, Leopard, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Jackal, and fox.

    Location
    : Bari Tehsil, Raisen District, Madhya Pradesh

    Total Area
    : 288 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : October to March

    How to reach
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    By Air
    : From Bhopal Airport, located at a distance of 120 km.

    By Rail
    : From Bhopal Railway Station, sitting 98 km away.

    By Road
    : From major cities of Bhopal (98 km) Delhi (790 km), Gwalior (440 km), Jabalpur (220 km).
  • 24Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary

    Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary

    One of the rare places in India where the spectacular gharials can be observed in their true glory, Son Gharial is amongst the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh. It is dedicated to the conservation of Gharials. The place owes its name to the mesmerising river Son that crosses the sanctuary, and is the main water source for the resident animals.

    Flora: Teak, Sal, Saja.

    Fauna: Gharials, Chital, Bison, Sambar, Nilgai, Fox, and exotic species of alligators, crocodiles and turtles

    Location: 50 km away from Amarkantak.

    Best time to Visit: November to June is the best time to visit the Son Sanctuary.

    How to reach:

    By Air: From Jabalpur Airport, sitting almost 250 km from Amarkantak.

    By Rail:

    From Pendra Road Railway station (20 km), or Anuppur station (50 km).

    By Road:

    The sanctuary can be reached by road from neighboring cities of Jabalpur (245 km), Rewa (261 km) and Shahdol (67 km)

    Are you looking for famous Hindu temples in Madhya Pradesh? Have a look to this list that consists of all holy such places spread across the state.

  • 25Veerangana Durgavati Wildlife Sanctuary

    Veerangana Durgavati  Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cradled in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh, the beautiful sanctuary is named after Queen Durgavati. It is relatively smaller in expanse, yet has garnered fame for its stunning beauty and wildlife. The Forest Rest House in Damoh offers decent accommodations within the park!

    Flora: Teak trees, Terminalia Alata, Anogeissus Latifolia, Butea Monosperma, and Pterocarpus Marsupium.

    Fauna: Leopard, Fox, Hyena, Sloth Bear, Wolf, Jackal, Tiger, Panther, Wild Boar, Four horned Antelope, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, and Blue Bull. Birds like Peacock, Bar-headed Goose, Dotted Snake Bird, Spur Fowl, and Pintail Snake Bird.

    Location
    : Damoh District, Madhya Pradesh

    Total Area
    : 25 square kilometers

    Best time to Visit
    : November to June

    How to reach
    :

    By Air
    : From Jabalpur Airport, sitting about 120 km away.

    By Rail
    : From Jabalpur Station, located at a distance of 105 km.

    By Road
    : The sanctuary sits between the towns of Jabalpur and Damoh, along the State Highway 36, and is well connected by buses and private vehicles.

    Madhya Pradesh offers a wide variety of accommodation choices to suit your taste and budget. No matter where you travel in the state, you will find a warm and welcoming resort in Madhya Pradesh managed by the state tourism authority.

Attractions

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Kandariya Mahadeva Temple

Decidedly the grandest Hindu temple among the Khajuraho Group of Temples, the origin of Kandariya Mahadev Temple traces back to 1050 BC. The temple was built as a tribute to the Hindu Lord Shiva and houses a magnificent Shiva Linga crafted with pure marble. 

Adorned with intricate carvings and great sculptures, countless statues and spires grace the temples interiors, the most remarkable of which is the main spire that replicates Mount Kailash in miniature!

Timings: The temple is open from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is INR 10 per person.

Location: Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Sevagram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Distance from Khajuraho Bus Stand: The temples sits nearly 1 km away from Khajuraho Bus Stand.

Discover the best of things to do and activities in Khajuraho

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Lakshmana Temple

One of the oldest structures amongst the temple groups of Khajuraho, Lakshmana Temple was built by the Chandela kings. The divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva graces the entrance of the temple, though the temple is really dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu, and harbours a portrayal of Vaikuntha-Vishnu as its sanctum. 

The exceptional architecture is enhanced by over 600 deities whose images are aesthetically showcased on the exteriors of the temple.

Timings: The temple is open 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM every day.

Entry Fee: The entry fees is INR 10 per head.

Location: Lakshmana Temple, Sevagram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Distance from Khajuraho Bus Stand: The temple is located at a distance of 900 m from Khajuraho Bus Stand.

Madhya Pradesh is famous for holy places, check out ancient temples in Madhya Pradesh.


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Matangeshwar Temple

Established by Chandra Dev of the Chandela dynasty in the ninth century, the temple was built as a shrine of Lord Shiva, housing an eight feet tall Shiva Lingam crafted with yellow limestone. The morning aarti is a delightful experience.

Unlike its neighbouring temples, the pillars are quite plain, while the roof is beautifully blanketed with figures. It is truly one of the best places to visit in Khajuraho.

Timings: The temple allows visitors in from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM every day.

Location: Matangeshwar Temple, Rajnagar Road, Sevagram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Distance from Khajuraho Bus Stand: The temple is built at a distance of 900 m from Khajuraho Bus Stand.

Experience the rich heritage of forts in Madhya Pradesh for time travelling into ancient India.


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Adinath Temple

Forming a part of the famous Jain Group of Temples, the aesthetically appealing Adinath Temple was built in the 11th century. It was designed as a memorial to the famous Jain Saint Adinath.

A long-standing reflection of the Indo-Aryan architectural style, the temple is embellished with gorgeous ancient sculptures and images of Yakshis. Though partly in ruins now, the feeling of awe that one feels here is gripping.

Timings: The temple is open to visitors every day from 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM.

Entry Fee: The temple charges no entry fees to visitors.

Location: Adinath Temple,  Eastern Group of Temples, Sevagram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Distance from Khajuraho Bus Stand: The temple is located at a distance of 1.5 km from Khajuraho Bus Stand.

Here are some of the best historical places in Madhya Pradesh known for its ancient heritage.

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Javari Temple

Forming part of the Eastern Group of Temples, Javari Temple is distinguished for its remarkable architecture and fine interior carvings. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple walls exhibit exquisite images of various men and women in different postures.

The beauty and splendour of the temples never fail to leave you spellbound, making it one of the most inspiring Khajuraho tourist places.

Timings: The temple is open to visitors from 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM every day.

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee for visitors.

Location: Javari Temple, Eastern Group of Temples, Sevagram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Distance from Khajuraho Bus Stand: The temple is seated at a distance of about 1.3 km from Khajuraho Bus Stand.

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Jahaz Mahal

Built under the reign of Mandu Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din Khilji who had a vast harem of about 15000 women. In order to accommodate the ladies in a proper building, this monumental palace was constructed. Jahaz Mahal is located in the Mandu Fort near Munj Talab along Gada Shah Mahal and Hindola Mahal.

This double-storeyed palace is encircled by twin ponds that give an impression to the spectators that it is a floating structure. If you are visiting Mandu fort, this can be one of the places to visit in Madhya Pradesh that will intrigue you with its phenomenal architecture.

Location: Jahaz Mahal Internal Rd, Sulibardi, Madhya Pradesh 454010

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Entry Fee: INR 5 per Indian adult.

Suggested time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Distance from Mandu Bus Stand: Approximately 1 KM.

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Bee Falls

Imagine volumes of water plummeting from a height in the lap of a scenic jungle. Bee Falls is one of the popular places to visit in Pachmarhi and the moment you trek down the hundreds of steps and arrive at the fall, you can't help but admire it in awe. You will find small vendors sending snacks and tea around the fall.

Not only that you can eat and admire the beauty but you can also take a leap into the natural freshwater pool for a dip.


Height: 35 meters.

Location: Bee Fall Road, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh 461881, India

Entry fee: INR 15 per Indian adult.

Best Season to Visit: Throughout the year, go in the monsoon for enjoying a large volume and in summers for bathing in the pool.

Distance from the Pachmarhi Bus Stand: Around 3 KM.

When temperatures soar, jump in a pool and beat the heat, Water Parks in Bhopal offer you an escape from the heat in the most fun way.

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Dhuandhar Falls

The incredible sight of smoke coming out of a gushing waterfalls makes Dhuandhar Falls one of the best Jabalpur tourist places and attracts a huge rush of tourists to come to witness this extraordinary spectacle of nature. The word ‘Dhuandhar’ literally translates to ‘smoke + flow’ which can be interpreted as a ‘smoky cascade’.

Created by Narmada River, these 30 feet tall falls are located in Bhedaghat of Jabalpur district. The roaring sounds of the waterfalls are powerfully soothing. These waterfalls add grace to the scenic beauty of Bhedaghat and make it a must visit place in Madhya Pradesh for nature lovers and photographers.

Cable car service is also available at Bhedaghat which can be availed to witness the beauty of these spectacular waterfalls from a different perspective.

Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM

Location: Bhedaghat, Jabalpur

Distance from Jabalpur Bus Stand: 27 km

If you wish to explore the state beyond what it is generally known for, add some waterfalls in Madhya Pradesh to your bucket list.

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Panna National Park

Founded in the year 1981, Panna Reserve is the fifth Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh and the twenty-second in India. Home to several species of wildlife like Jackal, Nilgai, Chinkara, Sambar, and Wild Boar, Panna National Park is an absolutely perfect respite for trekkers and nature lovers.

Another treat in the form of the beautiful cascading Pandav Falls awaits you in the park!

Timings: The park is open from 06:00 AM to 05:00 PM every day.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is INR 15 per head.

Location: Panna National Park, NH 75, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Distance from Khajuraho Bus Stand: Located at a distance of nearly 92 km from Khajuraho Bus Stand.

Where to Stay in Panna National Park: Best resorts & places to stay in Panna National Park.

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Hathi Mahal

The massive disappropriate dome and the thick pillars give an impression of a standing Elephant to the spectators. Originally built as a pleasure resort, Hathi Mahal today looks like an abandoned landmark in Madhya Pradesh where traces of decorative tile-work and the planned external architectural nuances still leave an impressive mark on the minds of the visitors. 

The masonry moldings, the humongous dome. The octagonal high base and the three arched-opening on all sides look as if it was planned like a Baradari. Places like this are hard to miss and this is among such places to visit in Mandu.

Location: Elephant Palace, Mandav, Madhya Pradesh, India

Timings: 24 hours. Best to go between sunrise to sunset hours.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

Suggested time required: An hour and a half.

Distance from Mandu Bus Stand: Around 2 KM.

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Raneh Falls

Forming a 30 feet deep canyon with pure, beautiful crystalline granite adorned with a multitude of colours, Raneh Falls is undoubtedly one of the most dumbfounding Khajuraho Tourist Places! Mother nature has endowed it generously, luring travellers and nature lovers into its enchanting realms every year. 

The area is replete with an array of small and large waterfalls at nearly every turn. Its lush green forested surroundings give it a truly surreal feel and captivate the mind, body and soul of all who wander there.

Timings: The falls is open for visitors from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM.

Entry Fee: The entry fee per person is INR 15.

Location: Raneh falls, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Distance from Khajuraho Bus Stand: The waterfall is located at a distance of around 21 km from Khajuraho Bus Stand.

If you are a nature lover, there are various other beautiful waterfalls of Madhya Pradesh which you should not miss. Click to know about them.

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Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat

Bhedaghat is a prominent spot for tourists and picnic-goers in Madhya Pradesh owing to the natural wonders it holds and the exciting activities it offers. Bhedaghat proudly houses a gorge of 100 feet high rocks, letting Narmada River flow through them, as one of the most wonderful gifts of nature Madhya Pradesh is blessed with.

The river water has carved a 3 km long gorge out of these rocks which is a sight to behold. In order to witness the glory of this gorge up-close, you can either row boats through it or take a cable car ride to go across it. The site welcomes huge rush of tourists all round the year, but the popularity of this site is at its best during monsoon.

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM; 8 PM to Midnight only on Full moon Nights

Location: Bhedaghat, Jabalpur

Distance from Jabalpur Bus Stand: 27 km

If you want to see something that is way beyond usual, there is a range of natural wonders for you to explore in Madhya Pradesh.

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Rani Roopmati's Pavilion

This vintage place bestows you with an unparalleled view of the river Narmada. The Pavilion has a backstory of a medieval romance that started between King Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. Earlier this hilltop structure was used as an army ground to keep a watch around and guard the kingdom. 

The pavilion has two watchtowers and beautiful courtyards as well, making it one of Mandu tourist places which are mandatory parts of every itinerary. It is said that Rani Roopmati was an accomplished classical singer and the pavilion was made acoustically so it served her better. It is one of the most exceptional places you should visit in Madhya Pradesh.

Location: Mandu, Mandav, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh 454010

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Entry Fee: INR 5 per Indian and SAARC countries adults.

Suggested time required: Over 2 hours.

Distance from Mandu Bus Stand: Around 5.5 KM.

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Satpura National Park

Spread over the Satpura Hills, this national park covers a large part of the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Satpura is a Sanskrit word for saying “seven-hills,” which was named after the series of hills in the highlands of central India.  As a part of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve, it covers an area of 524 sq. km.

On your safari ride in Satpura National Park, you will come across deep gorges, untrodden forests, wriggling rivulets accommodating a wide array of animals such as Water Buffaloes, Leopards, Elephants, Barasingha, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Honey Buzzard, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Paradise Fly-catcher, and the endemic  Rhesus monkeys.


Timing: 7 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week.

Entry Fee: Permit can be availed by paying INR 1250 and Gypsy can be availed at INR 2100.

Location: Satpura National Park, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh, 461001, India.

Suggested time required: around 6 hours or half a day, if going on a safari.

Distance from Pachmarhi Bus Stand: Approximately 210 KM.

if you wish to take a closer look at the vivid wildlife, and adventure sites of the city, there can be no better way than staying at jungle resorts near Bhopal.

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Mahadeo Hills

The basin of Narmada is separated from Wardha and Wainganga rivers on the North by Mahadeo Hills. The hills follow a general trail of East to Northeast where the north slope is gentle but the southern is steep and drops abruptly.

The plateaus of the hills and the slopes were formed during the Carboniferous period, millions of years ago. Mahadeo peak is one of the three highest points in Pachmarhi where you can visit the holy shrine of Lord Shiva in the cave temple Gupt Mahadev. Apart from Gupt Mahadev, this temple houses another sanctum dedicated to Lord Shiva which is Bade Mahadev. Both of these temples are revered and largely worshipped. The pristine clear view of nature and the greenery will calm your senses.


Timing: 24 hours.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

Location: Satpura Range, Pachmarhi, India

Suggested time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Distance from Pachmarhi Bus Stand: Around 10 KM.

An adventurer or a nature lover or just someone who is looking for an escape, treks near Bhopal serve everyone great.

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Lord Shiva Statue at Kachnar City

Attracting local devotees and tourists alike in huge numbers, this 76 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva is a sight that will leave you spellbound. This huge idol of Lord Shiva, situated in the ancient city of Kachnar, is considered as one of the most popular religious sites in Madhya Pradesh.

The statue has been built over a cavern that houses replicas of 12 Shivalingams from the major Shiva Temples in the country. The site holds a calming blend of serenity and spirituality in its air, so a visit to this site is sure to soothe you inside out. This is, indeed, a great site to visit with family.

Cave Timings: 5 PM to 8 PM

Location: Vijay Nagar, Kachnar City

Distance from Jabalpur Bus Stand: 11 km

Madhya Pradesh temples are a must go for every traveller, you feel rejuvenated in the company of God.

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