Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums

Government of Madhya Pradesh

Must See

1. Lal Bag, Indore
The Lal Bag palace is one of highly attractive creations of Holker rulers of Indore. The grand palace was constructed and decorated in western style. Its huge entrance is magnificent and attractive. This gate is similar to the Buckingham Palace of Britain in architectural style. The work of Italian marbles is remarkable and the golden embellished carvings on the roofs and walls of the Darbar hall and royal insignia shows its beauty. The surrounding of the palace is also attracting visitors by their planned gardens and fountains.


2. Dhar Fort, Dhar
A massive fort of Dharanagari (present Dhar) is a marvellous structure of later Parmara rulers. The hill fort was a permanent learning seat of Raja Bhojdev Parmara. Its gates were constructed during the Muslim period and a magnificent palace was built for Sultan Muhammed-Bin-Tughlaq, for halt during his journey from Delhi to Daultabad, named Sheesmahal. It is also notable that Peshwa Bajirao II was born in this fort.


3. Cenotaph of Krishna Bai Holkar, Indore
Located in the heart of city near Rajbada, this cenotaph is a unique blend of Holker architecture.


4. Karna Mahal, Gwalior Fort, Gwalior
The earliest palace of Tomar dynasty located behind the Man Mandir (Man Mahal) is a unique instance of Rajput architecture.


5. Cenotaph of Malhar Rao Holkar, Bhind
This beautiful cenotaph is located at Alampur, district Bhind, where Subedar Malhar Rao Holkar was died in 1766. He was the founder of Holkar Dynasty of Indore.


6. Fort of Gohad, Bhind
The very attractive and grandeur fort of Gohad was constructed by the Jat rulers. A jagir of Gohad was given to Singhan Dev Jat by Man Singh Tomar of Gwalior. The fort is famous for their architectural beauty. Rana Chhatrapati palace is highly impressive among the palatial complex.


7. Cenotaph of Raja Parikshat, Datia
The cenotaph of Maharaja Parikshat was built by Raja Vijay Bahadur, located along the bank of Krana Sagar, having a beautiful campus. The interior has been decorated with beautiful paintings depicting Shrimad Bhagwad Gita, rulers of Datia with their names, Shiva-Parvati, Raslila etc.


8. Garh Kundar, Tikamgarh
A famous fort of Bundelkhand came in to the existence after 1182 A.D., when Prithaviraj Chauhan defeated Parmardev Chandel and occupied the western half of Chandel Empire. Later on, Khet Singh and other Khangar ruler were constructed this fort. Subsequently, older structures were modified and new palatial buildings were added in this complex.


9. Jehangir Mahal, Orchha, Niwari
The famous palatial building of Orchha, Jehangir Mahal located in the citadel area. It was dedicated to Mughal emperor Jehangir by Birsingh Dev Bundela. The palace shows a regional architectural style which is culminating point of the evolution of Indo-Islamic architecture known as Budeli style.


10. Raja Mahal, Orchha, Niwari
Raja Mahal, a majestic palace of 16th century is one of the prime attractions at Orchha. The palace is ornamented with the paintings reflecting the life and deeds of lord Ram and Krishna, Vishnu incarnation, Nayak-Nayikas, Rag-Raginies and Royal amusements.


11. Cenotaphs of Bundela Ruler, Orchha, Niwari
The royal cenotaphs are showing the developed Bundeli architectural style. These cenotaphs look like a temple that attracts visitor by their magnificence architectural beauty. The beauty of Orchha monuments has reached at its parlance when waves of Betwa River act as a mirror.


13. Dhubela Mahal, Chhatrapur
A famous palace of Maharaja Chhatrasal is located at Mahu-Sahania village also known as Dhubela Mahal. It is situated in the bank of water reservoir created by Bundela ruler. Presently, it housed an archaeological museum of remarkable antiquities of Bundelkhand and Baghelkhand regions.


14. Group of Monuments at Islamnagar, Bhopal
The famous destination Islamnagar near Bhopal is located about 16 kms north to the City. The group of monuments of Islamnagar have unique style of architecture and rich history.


15. Monuments of Ramnagar, District Mandla
The capital city of later Gond Empire Ramnagar is located on the left bank of Narmada river, about 20 kms from district headquarter Mandla. There are beautiful and attractive palatial buildings showing Gond architecture. An inscription located in the palace provides the genealogy of Gond rulers. The temples and palaces in the vicinity are also attracts the gesture of visitors.


16. Cenotaphs of Rani Laxmi Bai, Gwalior
This is the place where Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi took her last breath in the hut of a saint named Ganga Das, fighting against the British army. The saint was performed the last rituals by firing his hut, to save the body of Laxmi Bai from the clutches of British army. Later on, a cenotaph was built at the funeral place.


17. Mastani Mahal, Dhubela, Chhatrapur
Mastani Bai, beloved of Peshwa Bajirao-I was resided here in this palace during the period of Maharaja Chhatrasal Bundela.


18. Cenotaph of Kamlapati, Mau Sahania, Chhatrapur
Queen Kamlapati was cremated here when Maharaja Chhatrasal shifted his capital to Panna. Earlier, she resided in Dhubela Mahal. The cenotaph of Maharani Kamlapati is an octagonal structure built on a high platform is unique instance of Bundela architecture.


19. Cenotaph of Chhatrasal, Maheba, Chhatrapur
The cenotaph of Maharaj Chhatarsal is a towering octagonal structure located behind Dhubela palace along the bank of lake. It is undoubtedly the finest monument in the Dhubela-Mau Sahania-Maheba complex.


20. Laxmi Temple, Orchha, Niwari
A beautiful triangular-shaped temple is one of the rarest structures built by Raja Bir Singh Dev Bundela. The walls and ceiling of temple depicting various episodes of Ramayana, Srimadbhagwat Gita, scenes of battle between Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi and British army.