Mandsaur - The land of archaeological landscapes
Once a part of Gwalior state before independence, the township of Mandsaur has one of the richest archaeological landscapes for tourists to discover. Town’s rich black soil is the reason behind the blooming of golden wheat and poppy flowers. Apart from lush land, the place is also famed for its largest production of opium and natural slate pencils across the country.
The enchanted city of Mandsaur which comes under the Malwa region embraces the popular temple of Lord Pashupatinath lying on the bank of Shivna River. Moreover, the city is very diverse culturally and linguistically, the locals here speak Malwi which is a mix of Rajasthani and Hindi languages.
There have been many great emperors who ruled the town in the ancient as well as the recent history such as the Mauryas, Guptas, Sakas, Shungas, Satavahanas, Mughals, Marathas and lastly the British. To explore and experience some of the earliest historical shreds of evidence, one can travel to Sondhni Pillars which were made to commemorate the triumph of Malwa ruler and Yahsodharman Archaeological Museum which accommodates large sculptures from the Gupta Dynasty. The Natanagar Shodh Sansthan is another treasure that consists of a huge library comprising over 35,000 books, 6,500 manuscripts and 17 lakh letters inscribed in English, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Marathi and Persian.
Ratlam was one of the princely states back in the day. And it has still preserved its charm. The city has many facets. Different people are attracted to it for different reasons, and each one is as amazing as the other.
Ujjain’s spiritual charm is undeniable. The famous poet, Kalidas, described it as ‘The town fallen from Heaven to bring Heaven to Earth’. The many temples give you glimpses of a glorious past.