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Madhav National Park

Madhav National Park is situated in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh. Spread over an area of 354.61, the park was set up in the year 1959. Previously, the park was the hunting reserve of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior and the Mughal rulers. It has been recorded that Emperor Akbar captured elephants from here and over the years the elephant numbers had reduced quite drastically by the greed of the overzealous Mughal rulers. Madhav National Park is unique, since it remains open throughout the monsoons unlike other national parks and sanctuaries.


Set in formal Mughal garden, with quiet nooks flowering tress, intersected by pathways with ornamentals balustrades and illuminative by Victoria lamps, is the complex in which the cenotaphs of the Schindias are set. Facing for each other across a water tank are the chhatris of Madho Rao Scindia . And the dowager queen Maharani Sakya Raje Scindia , synthesising the architecture idioms of Hindu and Islamic styles with their shikhar type spires and Rajput and Mughal pavilions. The glittering white marble surface of Madho Rao Scindia's cenotaph is inlaid in the pietradura style ,with lapis lazuli and onyx to create a spectacularly rich effect, heightened by the delicacy of the trellis work on the sides. The dowager queen's cenotaph has a noble dignity of line and superb of harmony. Both memorials contain life-size image of the Scindias and these are tented to with extreme devotion by ceremonial-dressed retainers who performed the rituals of placing, flowers and incense before the statues each day. In the evenings, the hush is broken by the sound of music as artistes of the Gwalior gharana render the classical ragas before the statues white.

Madhav Vilas Palace

One of the prime tourist attractions in the small yet beautiful town of Shivpuri is the magnificent Madhav Vilas Palace. This marvelous palace in itself is highly impressive and coupled with that the turrets of the palace offers great views of the Madhav National Park and the town of Shivpuri.
Visitors can have a panoramic view of Shivpuri town and Madhav National Park from the terrace. Now, this grand palace is a training center of Intelligence Bureau of the Government of India.

George Castle

Deep within forests of park, on its highest point ,is the turreted George Castle built by Jiyaji Rao Scindia. From here the view of the lake is unparalleled and the best time to visit the castle is at sunset when the lakes below mirror the changing hues of the evening sky .When word came to India, in the days of the British Raj, that the King Emperor himself was due to visit the sub-continent, one raja built an entire English castle, out in the jungle, for the single night that George V would spend in his state. He imported English tiles for the floors and stained glass for the windows. He brought in English crockery, cutlery, napery, glassware and the best of European wines. And then, sadly, the King Emperor didn't come. Today the former hunting preserve has been converted into the Madhav National Park.

Sakhya Sagar Boat Club

Edging the forests of the Madhav National Park is the Sakhya Sagar Lake, habitat of variety of reptiles .Species that can be seen here are the marsh crocodiles or mugger, Indian python and the monitor lizard . on the shores of the lake and connected to it by a broad pier is a Boat Club, an airy, delicate structure with glass panels.