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Shivpuri is steeped in the royal legacy of its past, when it was the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. And earlier, its dense forests where the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors when great herds of elephants were captured by Emperor Akbar.Much later , it was the Tiger that roamed the wooded ,hills and many a magnificent beast was 'bagged' by royal shikaris .And with its Luxury, the forests and undulating hills, Shivpuri was a natural choice as the summer resort capital of the Scindias. Shivpuri's royal ambience lives on in the exquisite places and hunting ,lodes and graceful, intricately-embellished marble chhatis (cenotaphts) erected by the Scindia princes. A sanctuary for wildlife and avifauna, Shivpuri has transformed a royal past into a vibrant , hopeful present.
Altitude : 350 mts
Climate : Max. Temp. 40 C Min. Temp. 10 C
Rainfall : 200cms annually
Places To See :
Madhav National Park
It is156 sq. km in area , the park is open throughout the year .With a varied terrain of wooded hills the forests being dry mixed and deciduous ,and flat grasslands around the lake , it offers abundant opportunities for sighting a variety of wildlife the predominant species that inhabits the park is the deer, of which the most easily sighted are the graceful little Chinkara ,the Indian Gazelle and the chital .Other species that have their habitat in the park are nilgai, sambar, chausingha or four horned antelope ,blackbuck, sloth bear , leopard and the ubiquitous common langur. The national park is equally rich in avifauna the artificial lake, Chandpata, is winter home of mandatory geese, pochard, pinball, tea, mallard and gadwall. A good site for bird -watching is where the forest track crosses the wide rocky stream t hat flows from the Waste Weir .Species that frequent this spot are red -wattled lapwing large -pied wagtail ,pond heron and white-breasted kingfisher. The avifauna also includes the cormorant, paint stork ,white ,purple sunbird ,paradise flycatcher and golden oriole.
Set in formal Mughal garden, with quiet nooks flowering tress, intersected by pathways with ornamentals balustrades and illuminative by 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 Place
Standing upon a natural eminence, the elongated rose pink summer place of Scindias is built in truly royal proportions .A fine example of colonial architecture, the 'Mahal', as it is called, remarkable for is marble floors, iron columns, graceful terraces and the Ganpati Mandap. From the Turrets, view is a spectacular one of Shivpuri town and the park beyond.
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.
A scenic picnic spot by natural spring . The water here is rich in minerals supposedly of a curative.
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.