District Lalitpur - Places of Interest

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    Deogarh - Ancient Temple Town

    133 km from Jhansi, Deogarh, in district Lalitpur, is of great antiquarian, epigraphical and archaeological importance and has figured in the history of Guptas, the Gurjara - Pratiharas, the Gondas, the Muslim rulers of Delhi & Kalpi, the Marathas and the British. It is situated on the right bank of the river Betwa, at the western end of the Lalitpur range. The cliffs everhanging the bank rise to a height of 300 feet and form a long steep ridge of red sandstone. The river takes a deep curve to the west at this juncture and passes though an extremely picturesque country side.

    • What to See in Deogarh

      Dashavatar Temple : This Gupta period Vishnu temple is the earliest known Panchayatan temple of north India. The terraced basement above the high temple plinth is adorned with a continuous row of sculptured panels. A highly carved doorway with Ganga_Yamuna figures lead to sanctum sanctorum or the garbhagriha. Three big Rathika Panels - Gajendra Moksha, Nara-Narayan tapasya and the Anantshai Vishnu - set in the side walls depict Vaishnava mythological scenes carved in high relief. The temple is noted for being the first north Indian temple with a spire or shikhara. Erotic panels are an added attraction.

      Jain Shrines: A later-era group of 31 Jain temples located here also worth seeing. Once a jain centre, from the  post Gupta times till the 17th century ,these temples have panels depicting scenes from jain mythology including Tirthankara images , a Manastambha(votive pillar),Ayagpatta(votive tablet)  Sarvatobhadra Pratima (jain images visible from all sides) and Sahastrakuta(pillar carved with a thousand Jain figures). At one particular place, more than 2000 sculptures can be seen.

      Varah Temple : This temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s Varah incarnation, is now in ruins.it is situated in the forest on the banks of Betwa River.

      Archaeological Museum: The museum has a fine collection of sculptures. Other attractions are Nahar Ghati, Raj Ghati, Siddha Gufa on Betwa River bank within the forest.

      Jain Museum: A new jain museum on the entry of the jain complex has come up recently. It has got very good collection of sand stone jain sculptures and paintings related to Jainism.

    • Places Around Deogarh

      Pali: : 25 km. from Deogarh , Pali has an ASI protected Neelkantheshwar Mahadev Temple that houses a Unique three headed Shiva sculpture, each depicting a different aspect of Lord Shiva

      Chanderi  (M.P.) : A town famous for its gossamer Chanderi saris also has some of the finest examples Of Bundela , Rajput and Malwa sultanate architectures. A magnificent Mughal fort dominates the skyline. Among the worthy sites here are the Koshak  Mahal, an old palace the Badal Mahal Gate, Jama Masjid, the Shahzadi ka Rouza, Parmeshwar Tal and a number of ancient Jain Temples.

      Dhaujari : 25 km. from Deogarh , and reachable via village Dhaurra , this place has the ASI protected Ranchhoreji  Temple on the bank of Betwa river.

      Muchkund Cave : 5 km. from of Dhaujari , 30 km. from Deogarh and approachable by a forest road , these  natural caves situated in a valley are believed to have sheltered Saint Muchkund who lived and Meditated here. Lord Krishna is also said to have visited these caves during the Mahabharat era.

      Dudhai: 40 km. from Deogarh , Dudhai has a magnificent 56 feet high rock cut sculpture of Narsimha Avatar carved on a hillock in the forest area.

      Rajghat Dam : 55 km. from Deogarh, it is a huge water reservoir on Betwa River.

      • Fort of Talbehat

        The Fort is situated on Jhansi-Lalitpur four lane road. Raja Mardan Singh ruled here from this fort & he fought alongwith Rani Laxmi Bai against the Britishers in 1957. The Fort has got three temples inside, dedicated to Angad, Hanumanji & Narsingh Bhagwan . The Fort have massive structures and is situated on the bank of massive Mansarovar Lake. This lake is suitable for various water sports activities. At present the facility of boat club with paddle boats is available, there is Ghat Jetty & Restaurant also. In the premises there is Hazaria Mahadev Temple on the banks of Lake.

    Temples at Deogarh

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    Talbehat Fort

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    Talbehat Fort Entrance

     

    Talbehat Fort

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    Talbehat Boat Club

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    Talbehat Boat Club

     

    Tourist Information

    U.P. Govt. Tourist Office,

    Hotel Veerangana Campus, Jhansi

    Ph. 0510-2441267/2442402

    How to Reach Deogarh

    ACCESSIBILITY

    Air

    Nearest airport is at Gwalior (M.P) : 235 km.

    Rail

    The nearest railway station is Jakhlaun 13 km, which can be reached by Jhansi-Babina Passenger train, whereas Lalitpur is the most convenient railhead, (23 km).

    Road

    Deogarh is connected by bus to all important centres in the region. Some of the major road distances are : Lalitpur-23 km, Matatila Dam-93 km, Jhansi 123 km...

     

    Excursion

    Chanderi

    This town in M.P. is famous for its gossamer - like saris, also has fine examples of Rajput and Sultanate architecture. A magnificent Mughal fort dominates the skyline. Among the interesting sites are the Koshak Mahal, the Badal Mahal Victory arch, the Jama Masjid and ancient Jain temples.