Shivpuri - A city with royal reminiscences
Situated close to Gwalior, Shivpuri is a gem of a town. It represents a seamless blend of cultures and is rich in natural beauty. It is this feature that makes the town favourable for a leisure or educational trip for most months of the year. No doubt then that this beautiful town is gaining popularity year on year.
The many authors of Shivpuri’s history
Shivpuri, for ages, has held a special place in religion. Legend says that Lord Shiva spent some time in this scenic town, thereby giving it the name Shivpuri, which means ‘City of Lord Shiva’. But before this name could make its way into the lives of the masses, the town was popular by the name Sipri. Its dense forests served as the hunting ground for the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. The emperor had gathered a herd of elephants in these jungles. After years passed, the royal family of Scindia from Gwalior won the town from Akbar and granted it to one of their Maratha generals named Ingle.
Right from the dense forests to the monuments and temples built in the past, still stand strong even today, displaying times bygone with intricate designs and superlative craftsmanship.
See it all, from cosmic interaction to history and nature.
Shivpuri, being an historic town, is definitely rich with ancient monuments, but it’s also blessed with natural beauty in abundance.
A favourite among nature enthusiasts today, this verdant expanse was a favourite of the royal families who ruled Shivpuri. Madhav National Park is home to a variety of fauna like Indian gazelle, Chital, Nilgai, pond heron, purple sunbird and painted stork to name a few.
Situated extremely close to Madhav National park, this lake was created early in 1920s. Since then, it has been home to reptiles in huge numbers like marsh crocodiles, monitor lizards and Indian pythons and a lot more!
Yet another fascinating place, this bird sanctuary is home to around 245 different species of birds, including migratory and long-time residents. Spoonbill, heron, Indian robin, teal, pintail, egret and black-bellied river tern are just a few of the long list. Also, tigers, leopards, blackbucks and elephants are found here. The flora includes mixed deciduous plants and riverine & swamp vegetation.
One of the most famous monuments, it is the perfect blend of Mughal and Hindu culture and architecture. Set in a formal Mughal garden, the construction was carried and completed under the guidance of Scindia rulers. What is fascinating about this fusion is the fact that the Mughal garden in the backyard has tombs of deceased Scindia rulers. Every evening, Classic music presentations are made at the monument as a part of the prayer session.
The ancient town of Shivpuri has preserved every chapter of history that it has witnessed. And if you wish to read these, experience these, then pay a visit anytime between November and March. From evidence of cosmic activities to royal monuments and history to the exotic flora and fauna; Shivpuri is sure to delight you. Surprising you more than you even imagined.