FOR THE DEVOUT & LOVERS OF ART, MUSIC AND WILD LIFE

Ichol is two hours midway of the Khajuraho temples and the Panna & Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves. It is also only eight kms from Maihar, where the revered Sharda Devi temple is considered a Shakti-peeth. Tranquil in its surroundings, the beauty of nature & art relax the body, revitalize the soul and inspire creativity.

Apart from the interesting Royal Palace, Maihar is also the home of famous Sarod player and court musician Baba Allauddin Khan who trained the trinity of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Annapurna Devi, among many other musicians. He set up the Senia-Maihar Gharana now in its 5th generation, India's only classical music orchestra.

Not only this, but there are many secrets waiting to be discovered around here ~ abandoned palaces, ruined temples, lonesome plateaus, forested views, a musical heritage and interesting mines and brass smelting factories.

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    UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hindu and Jain temples are famous for their Nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures.

  • The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India along with the wide range of biodiversity found here.

  • The forests of Panna National Park along with Ken Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary are home to the Tiger (making its come back here) along with Chital, Chinkara, Nilgai, Sambhar, Sloth Bear and diverse birdlife.

  • A view from a Cable car while ascending, the temple is highly revered as a Shakti-peeth since legend has it Maa Parvati's necklace fell here.

  • Currently under restoration, the palace is an exploratory adventure into the past.

  • Baba's home has also been converted into an intimate museum with his possessions in the exact places as they were when he was alive.

  • An hour from Maihar is the abandoned Rewa Palace, other treasures can be explored at places around like Manora, Govindgarh and Rampur plateau.

  • Ruins of a lonely and semi~plundered ancient temple at Madhai village, just outside of Maihar.

  • Madhai lake, village and temple make a serene half~day excursion.

  • Village scapes, walks and interactive tours.

  • Offerings and carved idols on a temple's exterior wall.

  • Be surprised by a visit to the mines at Maihar where the unique landscape creates outlandish vistas. Alternatively you could find a trip to the brick~making cottage industry interesting.

  • A traditional Hada or Brass Pot is made after an ardous process of melting and merging old antique Copper ware and Zinc. The Hada is traditionally given to a newly wed bride to take with her to her new home.

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