Shivpuri is steeped in the royal legacy of its past, when it was the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. And earlier, its dense forests were the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors when great herds of elephants were captured by emperor Akbar. Much later, it was the Tiger that roamed the wooded hills and many a magnificent beast was ‘bagged’ by royal Shikaris. Today Shivpuri is a sanctuary for rare wildlife and avifauna. Its royal past has thus been transformed into a vibrant, hopefull present.
With its luxuriant forests and undulating hills, Shivpuri was a natural choice as the summer resort capital of the Scindias. Shivpuri’s royal ambience lives on in the exquisite palaces and hunting lodges and graceful, intricately embellished marble Chhatris (cenotaphs) erected by the Scindia rulers.
Madhav National Park, Madhav Vilas Palace, Sakhya Sagar Boat Club, Bhadaiya Kund and Chhatris are a must see at Shivpuri.
Madhav National Park was setup when the state of Madhya Pradesh was formed in 1958. It lies between Agra-Bombay and Jhansi-Shivpuri Road. The park remains open throughout the year. The George Castle, built by Maharaj Jiyaji Rao Scindia, is at its highest point in the park. The park has abundance of wildlife. Leopards, wild boar, sloth bears, hyenas, crocodiles and many species of deer including chitals, nilgai,gazelles, antlopes and sambar are the other animals found at the park. Jeeps are the best way to travel around the Madhav National Park, as they are readily available.
Shivpuri is also famous for Chhatris (cenotaphs) erected by Scindia Princess.
The best time to visit Shivpuri is between Sept to March.
How to Reach Shivpuri
Nearest airport is at Gwalior (112 km), which is connected with regular flights from Delhi & Bhopal.
Nearest railheads are at Jhansi (101 km) and Gwalior which are on the Delhi- Chennai main lines.
Shivpuri is connected by regular bus services with Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal, Jhansi and Ujjain.
Tour Packages for Shivpuri
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