Datia

INTRODUCTION

Datia is a small city in northern Madhya Pradesh, in between Jhansi and Gwalior cities of Central India. It lies in Madhya Pradesh state and is popular for its heritage tourism attractions like fort, palace and monuments. Datia city lies in Datia district which is a small district in the state. It is bounded by Bhind district in north, Gwalior district in north-west and Shivpuri district in south-west. Its eastern border is with Uttar Pradesh. While traveling from Jhansi or Orchha to Gwalior, we will pass through Datia in both modes of transport i.e. by road and train. It is a historical township whose reference comes in Hindu epic book “Mahabharata” by referring to its ruler King Dantavakra. Famous Jain pilgrimage site “Sonagiri” is just 15 kms from Datia. Just like Orchha, Datia was also ruled by Bundela rulers thus we will find similarity in art and culture of Orchha and Datia. This region is mainly rural and backward as land is not so fertile thus agricultural productivity is also average but because of its strategic location on the trade route of Bundelkhand to Malwa which further goes to Gujarat ports, Datia maintained its importance and remained in the preference list of trade communities. Being a small city and surrounded by some large historical cities like Gwalior, Jhansi, Orchha, tourism popularity of Datia is overshadowed by them. As these big names are not so far from each other thus Datia was always treated as just an enroute destination, use for small stopover also which is an injustice with this magnificent historical township.

HISTORY

There are many folds of Datia history. If we go back to Mahabharata period, almost 5000 years back, this region was prominently dominated by Chedi Kingdom under the rule of Shishupala. Chedi Kingdom was spread over large area of Bundelkhand. In the same time, their was a small Karusha Kingdom, adjoining Chedi whose King Dantavakra was a supporter of Chedi Kingdom. Its reference also comes in the Ashokan rock inscription at Gujarra. Information of that period is unavailable thus now a days, Datia history is traced back to year 1626 when it was founded by Rao Bhagwan Rao, son of Bundela king Bir Singh Deo. Before this period, Datia was just a village, used as for stopover. Rao Bhagwan Das ruled from 1626 to 1642. During Bundela rule, Datia was divided into four tehsils i.e. Datia, Seondha, Indragarh and Nadigaon. It was the time when Mughal rule came in the hand of Shahjahan who maintained good relations with Bundela rulers. After Rao Bhagwan Das, Rao Subhkaran (1642-1678) became ruler of Datia and continued to maintain good relations with Mughal emperor. He assisted Aurangzeb in Deccan military expeditions. Later ruled by Rao Dalpat (1678 - 1707). Throughout his life he maintained good relations with Mughals and died in year 1707, while participating in the war of succession for Mughal throne. After death Rao Dalpat, Rao Ramchandra Singh became the new ruler (1707 - 1733). Later rulers ruled of Datia but till this time, its importance has been reduced and British forces were emerged as new power in this region. It came under British rule through Treaty of Bassein, in year 1802. At the end we would like to update you about association of “The Great Gama” wrestler with Datia. During the rule of Maharaja Bhawani Singh, Gama was bought to Datia for training and sponsorship. His training equipments are still available in Datia fort.

SPECIALITY

If you are heritage tourism enthusiast, then Datia is an ideal place to visit. Due to easy access from Gwalior and Jhansi cities, we can comfortably reach Datia to explore its places to visit. Here major tourist attractions are Bundela monuments and Jain religious shrines. Datia fort is centrally located and still in good condition thus it is worth to visit Datia. In addition to this, we can also visit to many Jain temples and shrines, in the city. Some of the prominent places to visit in Datia are Bir Singh Palace, Pitambara Shakti Peeth, Rajgarh Palace, Museum etc.

HOW TO REACH

Nearby Airports = Gwalior Airport (80 kms), Khajuraho Airport (220 kms)
Nearby Railway Stations = Datia Station (2 kms), Jhansi Station (30 kms), Gwalior Station (80 kms)
Nearby Taxi Stands = Jhansi Station (30 kms), Orchha (50 kms), Gwalior Station (80 kms), Agra (200 kms)
Datia is not a remote city. Road and train Connectivity route from Jhans to Gwalior / Agra/Delhi passes through Datia town thus it is directly connected by train and road. If you would like to visit by flight option, then Gwalior airport is the best place to reach as its flight connectivity is best in this region. Khajuraho is the second best option but still its flight connectivity option is limited. Here hotel options are very limited thus large number of tourists visit Datia en-route, while traveling from Orchha to Gwalior or Gwalior to Jhansi.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

As we know that Datia is good for heritage tourism due to Bundela forts, palaces, cenotaphs, temples thus it can be visited in any season. In addition to heritage tourism, famous Jain religious site Sonagiri is just 15 kms from Datia thus often clubbed with Datia sightseeing and preferred by art & culture tourism lovers. Here best time to visit is decided as per climatic conditions and accessibility to surrounding tourist destinations. This region is full of heritage tourism destinations thus climatic condition play important role in deciding its best time to visit. Majority of tourists visits Datis from October to March thus we can say that it is the best time to visit. This region is semi-arid and rocky thus here temperature remains high in daytime of summers. From March end to June end, temperature remain high with heat waves thus tourist avoids this period.

CLIMATE

Datia lies in northern Madhya Pradesh. It is semi arid zone of state with rocky landscapes having dry deciduous vegetation. Here we can experience all 3 climatic conditions. From November to March, we can experience the winter season. Peak winter time is from December to Feb first week. Here summer season prevails from March end to June end. May-June is the peak summer period when temperature rises to 40 Deg.Cel. or more. With be middle of July month, we can expect arrival of monsoon season. Although this region is semi arid but still receives normal rain fall. During monsoon season, it is possible that nearby rivers or streams will get flooded in case of heavy rainfall. 

ACCOMMODATION

Datia is a small town thus here we can expect the budget category of hotels only. Here MPSTDC had its hotel called Tourist Motel, used by tourists. Otherwise, majority of tourists, visits Datia as excursion tour, while staying at Gwalior hotel or Jhansi hotel or even Orchha hotel. We can expect better accommodation option in different categories, at these 3 destinations. While staying at Gwalior or Jhansi or Orchha, we need tourist taxi to visit Datia as excursion tour.

NEXT TO DATIA

Datia is located in northern Madhya Pradesh which is having many popular tourist destinations, surrounding to it. After completing Datia trip, we can plan to visit Gwalior, Jhansi, Orchha, Shivpuri, Chanderi, Agra, Khajuraho, Panna national park etc. As per your interest and travel direction, you can select the next place to visit. These mentioned destinations are easily accessible by taxi cab transfer. Usually Datia sightseeing is of 01 full day so 01 night stay in enough to cover this destination.

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