Relive the fun, carefree times of childhood in Madhya Pradesh! Shape-shifting marble mountains to ship-like historic monuments and a lot more, will make you too sing MP Mein Dil Hua Bache Sa…
Madhya Pradesh triggers your curiosity, enthusiasm and sense of wonder. From marble crocodiles to monuments from outer space, it has a lot to bring out the child within you!
The film uses customized toys made out of tin and painted in the MP art form (Gondha) to showcase different locations, culture, people, dresses, wildlife, textile, womenfolk, markets, marble mountains, forts, and religion. It uses a cot with a rotating dice on it which includes pictures of different places of the state.
Top Destinations in MP
The ship that never sailed
Floating over it’s own reflection, the Jahaz Mahal in Mandu looks like a ship that’s about to sail. However, for centuries this ship made of stone and mortar never did. Instead, it stood floating over the twin lakes, bearing a silent witness to Mandu’s long, rich and varied history.
The city of Mandu is adorned with spell-binding Afghan architecture surrounded by baobab trees, native to Africa. The grand palaces are still alive with royal romance while the gateways (darwazas) speak of a history of imperial conquests. A walk through Mandu will leave you awe-struck, the way you used to be listening to stories from grandparents.
Funfair of Jabalpur
The spectacle of shape-shifting marbles
Under the brightly lit moon, 100 feet tall mountains of marble change forms as the river Narmada passes through it. This view is so scenic that it stays with you for long. But this is just one of the many gifts that Jabalpur offers.
Here you will enjoy the privilege to experience surreal spectacles of nature romance man’s endeavours to carefully preserve the breath-taking imperial history. No wonder it has been a witness to some of the greatest episodes written by history, folklore and mother nature.
Jabalpur is sure to amaze you, whichever direction you turn to, reminiscent of your trips to fun-fairs as a child.
Travel back in time
The historic town of Orchha, nestled on the banks of river Betwa, was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap. Here, the river Betwa splits into seven channels, also called the Satdhara. Legend goes that this is in honour of the seven erstwhile Chiefs of Orchha.
The ancient town seems frozen in time, with its many monuments continuing to retain their original grandeur even to this day. Here you will find some of the most fascinating temples and palaces that will help you realise a childhood fantasy – travelling back in time!
The Great Sanchi Stupa
Road to enlightenment
The town of Sanchi is synonymous with Buddhist Stupas – hemispherical structures typically containing relics of the Buddha or his followers. The Stupas of Sanchi were constructed on the orders of Emperor Ashoka to preserve and spread the Buddhist philosophy. Sanchi has been protecting these beautiful and sacred architectural wonders, just the way these wonders have been safeguarding ancient history and art of the Mauryan period.
The numerous stupas, temples, monasteries and an Ashokan pillar have been the focus of interest and awe for global audiences as well. In fact, UNESCO has given the status of ‘World Heritage Site’ to the Mahastupa.
A visit to Sanchi will bring alive the awe you felt as a child as you listened to the tales of Ashoka.
The Pench National Park
The real jungle with real Sher Khans
Tigers. Leopards. Jackals. And us humans. The Pench National Park, like it did in the iconic ‘The Jungle Book’, still brings humans in close contact with wildlife. Rudyard Kipling based Mowgli’s adventures, and his battle with the furious Sher Khan, on this very place.
Located in the southern reaches of the Satpura range, it is divided by river Pench into nearly two equal parts. This magnificent expanse shelters over 285 resident and migratory birds.
Pench National Park, with its majestic tigers and several other animals and birds, will bring back the thrill you used to have, when watching Mowgli battle Sher Khan.
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