In Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is the state’s
northernmost city and a convenient entry point.
Gwalior’s landmark is its hilltop fort which
contains a fine museum and an ancient temple, among,
other monuments. 120 km from Gwalior is the medieval
city of Orchha with exquisite palaces and cenotaphs.
Built by an 11th century king of the Bundela dynasty,
Orchha is now a ghost city containing the remains
of what must have been once spectacularly lovely
monuments, and which combine Hindu and Muslim architectural
Shivpuri, atop a plateau, contains two picturesque
lakes and a national park that abounds in species
of deer and antelope. Khajuraho, an obscure village,
no more than a clearing in the jungle, now captures
world attention for its 22 temples built by rulers
of the Chandela dynasty. Each temple, built of
stone, is distinguished by carved spires and walls,
where the subjects range from aesthetic depictions
of major and minor deities and celestial beings
to a variety of erotic sculptures.