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Shivpuri

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Shivpuri

 


Shivpuri is an ancient town and a sacred place. It was formerly known as Sipri.[1] It received its current name after independence in honor of the God Shiva. It is steeped in the royal legacy of its past, when it was the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. Earlier to that, Shivpuri's dense forests were the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors. Emperor Akbar captured herds of elephants for his stables while returning from Mandu in year 1564. The thick forests are still there and continue to be a source of forest-produce for domestic and industrial use.


Shivpuri was awarded as Jagir to the Kachwahas of Narwar in the 17th century.Shivpuri king and fort was won by Ranoji Bhoite,a Maratha General of Chhatrapati of Satara on instructions of Jankoji Shinde,Gwalior Chief.[citation needed] In February 1781, the Scindias lost a battle to the British there, which resulted in a mutual-defense treaty the following October.[1] Shivpuri again came under the rule of the Scindias in 1804, who granted it to one of their Maratha generals by name Ingle. Later, it was transferred to the HEIC in 1817 under a treaty, but the Scindias regained it in 1818.


Tantya Tope was awarded death sentence on 17 April 1859 by British Raj for his part in the Revolt of 1857 in nearby Jhansi. He was hanged to death in Shivpuri, at a site near the present collectorate.


Local attractions


Madhav National Park Lake


Shivpuri’s royal ambience lives on in the exquisite palaces and hunting lodges and graceful erected by the Scindia rulers. Intricately embellished marble cenotaphs commemorating the Scindia rulers are a special attraction in Shivpuri.


George Castle was built in 1911 by the Scindia ruler Jiyaji Rao Scindia within the National Park at its highest point, for an overnight halt for tiger shooting by George V. He was to pass that way during his visit to India. It so happened that King could shoot a tiger on the way itself and did not stop at Madhav National Park. View of the lake and downhill surroundings from this point at the sunset is unique.


View of George Castle in Madhav National Park,Shivpuri


Sailing club is one of the famous club for sailing and boating in the area.


Get in


 By train


Well connected to cities like Delhi (400 km), Gwalior (100 km), Bhopal (300 km), Indore (400 km)


 By bus


Well connected to cities like Delhi (400 km), Gwalior (100 km), Bhopal (300 km), Indore (400 km), Jhansi (100 km)


 By air


Shivpuri has a airport with a flying training school, however there are no regular passenger flights. Nearest airport is Gwalior, which is 100 km away.


 Get around


See


Shivpuri is a very exciting place, it was the summer capital of Scindia dynasty. It is famous for its National park, wildlife century, Fort, Chattris and natural springs.


Madhav National Park. Madhav National Park lies between Agra-Bombay road and Jhansi-Shivpuri Road. It is spread over an area of 157.58 Sq. Kms. A drive through the park watching animals is very exhilarating experience. The Park is haven for wildlife and wildlife – buffs. The park remains open throughout the year and boasts of large numbers of chinkara, Indian gazelle and chital. The nilgai, sambar, chausingha, blackbuck, sloth bear, leopard and the common langur are the other inhabitants of the sprawling park. The national park is equally rich in bird life; Chandpata, the artificial lake, is the winter abode of migratory geese, pochard, pintail, teal, mallard and gadwall. Other residents include the cormorant, laggar falcon, paradise flycatcher and golden oriole. Loud cracking notes of whitebrested kingfisher flying past,harsh crocking of grey heron or quacking of spotbill duck and numerous lesser whistling teals resting at the bank of lack with a leg tucked away and head folded back in to the body; and cheetal grazing here or nilgiri browsing there in the forest, add to the charm.The dynamism of the dry deciduous forest at the Park is unbelievable. Soothing lush green, impenetrable vegetation all over during the monsoon wither to desolate brown and Grey in summer, It nevertheless remains full of life Indeed, Madhav National Park is an oasis in the midest of habitation and cultivation.   


Son Chiraiya Bird Century. Famous for Golden Bird.   


Scindhia Chhatris. Shivpuri is famous for graceful,intricately embellishedMarble chhatries (cenotaphs) erected by Scindia Princes. Set in an elaborate Mughal Garden, are the cenotaphs, the royal Chhatries dedicated to Scindias. Facing each other across a water tank are the Chhatries of Madhav Rao Scindia and dowager queen Maharani Sakhya Raje Scindia, in a delighful fusion of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, with their shikhara – type spires and Rajput and Mughal pavilions. Ceremonially attired retainers, with flowers and incense tend to both cenotaph house life-size images of the Scindias, and these religiously, daily.   


Bhura Kho. Natural spring which is a picnic spot.   


Bhadaiya kund. Man-made spring and a picnic spot.   


Narwar Fort. 9th century fort famous for the love story of king Nal and queen Damyanti. 


 

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