Khajuraho Tour Package


Overview

State: Madhya Pradesh
Distance: 625 Km SE of Delhi
By Road: 6hrs 30min
Location: Next to the ancient town of Panna, 50km from Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh

Fast Fact

  • When to go Panna

    November to May is the best time to visit Panna, Madhya Pradesh

Panna is a city, a municipality, the main administrative centre, and a very popular tourist spot in Panna district in the state of Madhya Pradesh. This place is extremely famous for its diamond mines. For this reason it is also called 'The only Diamond City' in entire Asia.

An extremely beautiful, calm and serene city for solace, Panna offers you the best 'Green experience' you can ever encounter. With lush green meadows, evergreen forests, surging foliage and numerous hills and rocks, give your camera a chance to gasp.

Panna is very famous for its temples which strike a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It is the most sacred pilgrimage for the followers of the Pranami sect world over. With a sanctuary for rare wild life and avifauna & a diamond mine, Panna has transformed a royal past into a vibrant and lively present.

History of Panna:
Panna was a Gond settlement until the 13th century. When the Gondi were defeated by the Chandelas they migrated to other parts of Madhya Pradesh. Adorned with divine luster Padmavatipuri Dham is a town in Panna at the centre of Vindhyachal in Madhya Pradesh. Moving around in different places along with his disciples Mahamati Prannath reached Panna with a divine message of awakening one's soul. Noticing a desert island he decided to unfurl the flag of Jagani there. He helped the brave king Chhatrasal and adorned him by the title of Maharaja. He remained there for elevan years, and after dying, took his samadhi inside the dome itself. The place, therefore, is known as the seat of salvation [Muktipitha] or Padmavatipuri Dham.

  • Places to visit in Panna

    Apart from the Diamond tour at the Diamond mines in Panna that are offered by the state government, here's a list of amazing places to watch out for while in Panna:

    Panna National Park is a national park and a world heritage site located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh in India. It has an area of 542.67 km2 (209.53 sq mi). Panna was given the Award of Excellence in 2007 as the 'Best Maintained National Park of India' by the Ministry of Tourism of India. Panna National park was established from the hunting forests of erstwhile royal kingdoms of Bijawar, Panna and Chhatarpur. Also, relics of Gondwana period (rule of the tribal people of Central India) are scattered all over the Reserve.

    Here's a list of the animals you can spot in this National Park:
    Mammals - Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wolf, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Hyena, Samber, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chausingha, Porcupine, Jungle Cat, Rusty Spotted Cat, Hare, Rattle, Tree Shrew, Gerbil, etc. Avifauna (Birds) - About 200 species have been identified which include host of winter migratory birds. Aquatic Animals - Both maggar and gharial are found in Ken river besides host of fish species, turtles, etc.

    This Park hosts a variety of Endangered Species as well. Some of them include- Tiger, Leopard, Carcal, Four-horned antelope, Indian Wolf, Pangolin, Rusty Spotted Cat, Sloth Bear and Gharial.
  • Water Falls & Rivers in Panna

    Panna is extremely rich in waterfalls and picturesque landscapes. The main reason for this inherited beauty is its location, on Vindhyachal Ranges. According to a legend, the Pandavas spent quite a long time in the jungles of Panna during their exile. In fact the forest was once a game reserve for the royalty of Panna.

    Pandav Fall:
    Pandav Fall, the most exquisite waterfall in Panna, is situated inside the Panna National Park, very close to the national highway. It is a perennial fall funded by local springs and is easily accessible even during monsoon season. At the foot of fall there are some ancient caves overlooking a large pool of water. About 100 ft high, the fall has a beautiful picnic spot. Rippling forest with a long line of water separating it in the middle and creating wonderful sounds while at it makes your visit a truly memorable experience.

    Gatha Fall:
    Gatha fall is situated on the other side of the highway. About 300 ft high, the fall is very impressive and presents a very pleasant sight from the road itself.

    Ken River:
    The river is an excellent place to view aquatic predators, especially maggar and gharial, which can be spotted lazing around in the sun on the river banks.
  • Panna Ancient Temples

    The dominant architectural schemes of most of the temples are uniformly homogenous. After the declination of Mughal Empire, Muslim architectural wisdom appears in these temples. Marvels of Hindu and Islamic styles can be seen shared in the temples located here. Like the domes of these temples are both plain and onion shaped. Temples have 'kalasha' on top. Most of the tallest domes have lotus form.

    Mahamati Prannathji Temple:
    This is the most important temple of pranamies, which reflects their social and religious life, and it was completed in 1692 AD. It is believed that Prannathji lived here and will dwell here forever, and thus this highest Pranami tirtha became Mahamati's Punyasthali.

    he Rang Mahal has eight pahals and each pahal has 201 domes. The spherical central dome is as per Muslim architecture and the lotus form on this dome is according to Hindu tradition. The glistering divine golden 'kalasha' is accompanied by the divine panja which denotes Mahamati's blessing and signifies the Aksharatita Purna Brahman. The main entrance of central dome is called Kaman Darwaza, made of silver. On Sharada Purnima every year, thousands of pilgrims and followers gather here to celebrate the Mahotsava.

    Padmavati Devi or Badi Devi Temple:
    It is located on the North West corner near Kilkila River and is said to be a very old temple. It is believed that Goddess Padmavati still lives here and protects the prosperity and happiness of the people of Panna. This temple therefore holds extremely religious and historical importance in their lives. For that reason, during Nav-Durgotsava thousands of devotees gather here to worship her.

    Baldeoji Temple:
    The architecture of this temple is in Paladian style, inspired from St. Paul's Cathedral in London under supervision of Mr. Manly, an Italian expert. The temple's structure recuperates upon the Romanesque and Gothic styles prevalent in Britain in the eighteenth century.

    The temple consists of a large hall called maha mandapa with massive pillars and is built on a raised platform so that one may obtain darshan even from outside the main gate. The attractive image of Shri Baldeoji is built in black shaligrami stone.

    Jugal Kishoreji Temple:
    This is the main Hindu temple in Panna and was built in Bundela temple style. Nat mandapa, Bhog mandapa, Garbh grih and Pradkshana path are present in the temple. The attire of the Lord is not Brij but Bundelkhandi. It is said that the idol came to Panna from Vrindavan via Orchha. It is also believed that a pilgrimage of the four Dhams would render itself useless, if it does not conclude with a visit of the Jugal Kishoreji Temple. This temple hence, holds great importance for Hindu pilgrims and is visited by its followers in the world over.

    Other Temples:
    Ram-Janki Temple, Swamiji Temple, Sarang Temple, Baiji Temple and Govindji Temple are some of the notable temples in Panna, famous for their religious significance as well as their splendid architecture. All the above temples are located within Panna itself except the Sarang Temple, which is about 20kms from the town.
  • Excursions from Panna

    Madla: 20kms from Panna, Madla is a picturesque village on the banks of the Ken River. The Jugal Kishore temple and the Pran nath Temple are the attractions a visitor should not miss out on.

    Ajaygarh Fort: 36 km from Panna, Ajaygarh fort is an old fort, built at a height of 688 metres. It was the capital of the Chandelas during their decline. Chhatrasal gave this fort it to his son Shri Jagat Raj in 1731.

    Nachna: 40 km from Panna, Nachna was a famous city of the Nagvakataka and Gupta Empire. It is known for the Chaturmukha Mahadev temple named after the massive four faced 'lingam' which is still enshrined inside.
  • Travel in Panna

    Panna Airport is currently non-operational. So, the nearest functional airport is Khajuraho Airport, 30km from Panna. Nearest rail head is in Satna, 75 km away and another in Khajuraho, 45 km away. Sleeper/luxury/AC buses are available to all parts of Madhya Pradesh including Panna.

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