From the Royal Chattri’s to spectacular edifices and ancient temples and forts, Shivpuri has loads to offer to the offbeat traveler.
Shivpuri was the summer capital of the Scindia Rulers of Gwalior and was also popular hunting ground for the royal family. Distanced at just 116 kms from Gwalior, Shivpuri makes for an interesting weekend trip from New Delhi and Jaipur.
Places to See In & Around Shivpuri
Sakhya Sagar Lake & Madhav Sagar Lake: Both the lakes were created in year 1918 on the Manier River and are inhabited by a large number of wildlife including Marsh Crocodiles, Indian Pythons and Monitor Lizards.
The lakes comes under the range of Madhav National Park and are a popular picnic spot. The lake waters look stunning with the backdrop of Vindhyachal Hills.
I remember seeing my first biggest crocodile here as a child and the memory is still fresh and as exciting as it was then. There used to be boat rides years back but now only the boat club remains.
Bhadaiya Kund: is a is natural spring that offers a mesmerizing sight during monsoons. The water has a high mineral content and has therapeutic powers to heal ailments.
Bhadaiya Kund is a scenic spot and has a temple too. The water falls from the spring onto a temple roof below before collecting in a pool and flowing into the Chandpatha (known as Sakhya Sagar) Lake, which is a man-made lake that receives water from Jadhav Sagar and Bhadaiya Kund.
Bhadaiya Kund, Shivpuri Image Flickr@Abhinav Saxena
Bhadaiya Kund is located near the MP tourism operated Tourist Village, Shivpuri. It is a sprawling property with lush greenery and eco-friendly cottages and rooms.
George Castle (14 Kms): Steeped in the royal legacy, Shivpuri has also been quite a popular hunting destination during the rule of Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1564.
George Castle is indeed a grand castle that was built by Jiwaji Rao Scindia for King George V who was interested to come here in 1911 for tiger shooting. However, he shot a tiger much before he reached and never got an opportunity to visit the place.
Today the turrets of Grand Castle offers visitors a chance to view the interesting architecture. Perched on a hill top, the George Castle faces the beautiful Sakhya Sagar Lake and reflects the changing colors of the day making this place truly unique and a must visit for all.
Cenotaphs of the Scindia Royal Family: Set in a beautifully designed and elaborate Mughal garden, the Royal cenotaphs or Chattri’s belong to the Scindia Rulers and Princes.
The architecture uses a great mix of Hindu and Islamic styles and has typical Rajput and Mughal Pavilions and Shikhara’s.
Facing each other across a water tank, the Chattri (Cenotaph) of Madhav Rao Scindia and Dowager Queen Maharani Sakhya Raje Scindia offer a mesmerizing sight. Made using marbles and intricate carvings, both are impressive yet distinctive in its style.
Places of Interest Located Near Shivpuri
Temple Ruins at Sesai: Sesai is situated 12 kms from Shivpuri on A.B. road. At Sesai, there are two temples – a Sun Temple and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Both the temples belong to the Pratihara period and today, only a few remarkable ruins remain.
The west facing temple is raised on a plat form built a Panchrath plan and it has Garbhagraha, Antaral & Mukhmandapa based on two pillars.
The lintel is occupied by Sun (Surya) image seated on a chariot drawn by the seven horses. Besides Narvagrahas are also carved on the temple. On the basis of architecture and the iconography, the temple can be ascribed to 10 century AD. Read Details on the Temples HERE
Sesai was a famous Jain pilgrimage site and one may view some of the interesting Jain statues at a museum located within the Jaina Complex.
Bhura Kho Waterfall: Bhura Kho is located 20 kms from Shivpuri is known for its beautiful waterfall that falls from a height of 25 metres before merging with the Madhav Sagar Lake. There is also an ancient Shiva Temple here that is visited by the locals.
Surwaya Garhi (Fort): located 20 kms from Shivpuri, the Surwaya Garhi is an ancient site that was once a monastery where knowledge was shared and meditation & yoga were practiced. Although the site is over 500 years old, the Surwaya Fort is supposedly newer. The fort is quite small but a charming place to visit. It was built by Kachhawahas Rulers of Narwar and an inscription of Samvat 1341 seen in the step-well inside the fortress mentions it as ‘Saraswati Pattan’.
Surwaya was once a major center of the Mattamayura sect of the Shaiva tradition and has been identified with ancient Sarasvati-pattana and Shankhamathika. Read details on Surwaya- A Monastry Fortified HERE
Jal Mandir, Pohari: located 35 kms from Shivpuri, Pohari is famous for a temple site that was constructed in the year 1811 and adapts a similar architecture like the Golden Temple,Amritsar.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha, the temple is 3 stories and it is interesting to note that the ground floor of the temple remains submerged in water no matter how dry the season.
Gwalior to Shivpuri: 116 Kms
New Delhi to Shivpuri: 442 Kms
By Railways: From Hazrat Nizzammudin, Delhi, reaching Shivpuri is quite a convenient 6-7 hour train journey.
Train No: 19326 – Amritsar-Indore BVi-Weekly Express
Train No: 14318 – Dehradun-Indore Express
Train No: 19308 – Chandigarh-Indore Weekly Express