The summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior, Shivpuri is a city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Located on NH-3, Shivpuri is 98 km away from Guna and 113 km away from Gwalior. Shivpuri district is surrounded by hill tops covered with forests and vegetation which makes the landscape very pleasing. As per Census 2001, the total population of Shivpuri was 316859 where Males constituted 53% and Females 47%. The average literacy rate has been 66%. Shivpuri is well connected by road, rail and air.
Places to Stay
Shivpuri has a fair number of budget hotels such as Shiv Shakti Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sonchiraiya Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 800 onwards), and Mount Valley Mama Cottage (Tariff – Rs. 990).
The official language of Shivpuri is Hindi. Some of the alternative languages spoken here are Bundeli and Malwi.
Some of the major local festivals of Shivpuri include Holi in February-March, Bhagoria Haat in March, Navaratri in October, Dussehra in October, and Deepavali in November.
Places of Interest
Madhav National Park (13.2 km), Surwaya (21 km), Narwar (41 km), Karera Bird Sanctuary (45 km), Picchore (78 km), and Kadwaha (100 km) are some good tourist spots situated near Shivpuri.
How to Get There
Gwalior Airport (112 km) is the nearest airport to Shivpuri.
Shivpuri has a station of its own. However, the nearest major stations to Shivpuri are Jhansi (101 km) and Gwalior (115 km).
Regular bus services ply from Shivpuri to places such as Indore, Gwalior, Bhopal, Ujjain, and Jhansi. Gagan Tourist, Sanjay Travels, and Hans Travels India Pvt. Ltd. are a few good bus operators connecting to Shivpuri at affordable bus tariffs. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh located in the centre of India is a rare combination of picturesque beauty, royal history and urban town planning. Bhopal derives its name from the city Bhojapal founded by raja Bhoj. Bhopal is a versatile city teeming with historical monuments, market places, mosques and palaces which leave a print of the emperors who once upon a time ruled here. The city is well designed with luxuriant and delicately laid out gardens, statues and wide streets.
Places to Stay
Manjeet Hotel (Tariff- RS 300 ) Hotel Sonali Regency (Tariff- Rs 1286 ) Situated at a distance of 1 km from station and 250 mt from bus stand, Hotel Surya- (Tariff- Rs 1100 and up) is situated at a distance of 1 km from railway station and 250 m from bus stand are some of the popular budget hotels.
Places to Visit
There are various forts and mosques which you can visit in Bhopal. Some of the noteworthy places are the Jama Masjid, The Laxmi Narayan Temple, The Government Archaeological Museum and the beautiful aquarium. The main bus stand in Bhopal is the Nadra bus stand and one can take bus to visit all these places.
The Khajuraho dance festival around the month of February and March is a must watch on your visit to Bhopal. Along with that some of the most loved events are the Gwalior Light and Sound show where the history of the fort is enacted with music, lights, dances and sound effects. These are treats which should not be missed at all.
The official language of Bhopal is Hindi. English is also spoken.
How to Get There
There are regular flights which connect Bhopal with Jabalpur, Delhi, Mumbai and Gwalior.
Bhopal is situated in the main line of Delhi to Chennai. All the major trains going to Mumbai via Delhi and vice versa have a terminus in Bhopal station.
Bus services connect Bhopal with Mandu (285 km), Khajuraho (383 km), Gwalior (423 km), Jabalpur (295 km) and Ujjain (188 km). Avail of bus ticket offers from Ticketgoose.com when you book your tickets online