A living model of the majestic Bundela heritage, Datia enthralls you at the very first sight with the regal charm of its age-old monuments. As you flit away from the splendor of palaces towards the city’s busy, cloistered locales, you will encounter an allure of different kind
Here, everything from the bustling street markets to the plethora of mud-plastered and painted blue cottages adorning its quaint neighborhoods exudes distinct warmth. With its classic blend of history, tradition, and culture, Datia is sure to disarm you.A major city in the erstwhile Bundelkhand region, Datia is located in the North-Eastern part of Madhya Pradesh. A historic city, it has been linked to several references in Indian mythology. The very name Datia has evolved from that of a demon Dantavakra who is believed to have once ruled the city. Datia rose to prominence during the 16th and 17th centuries, under the rule of the mighty Bundela dynasty.Rich in culture and history, Datia is an ideal destination for a family vacation. The historic city has many delights to offer that lure travelers of all age. Go on a heritage trail of the numerous Bundela monuments scattered about the city. From the artistic and colorful frescoes to the memorial chhatris or pavilions, these aesthetic wonders are bound to captivate you. Climb onto the terrace of the Datia Palace to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the town spread below, decked in varying shades of blue.Datia is equally renowned for its age-old tradition of spirituality. With a number of shrines and religious sites situated in and around the city, it is a haven for devotees and is thronged by pilgrims around the year. Naturally, the religious festivals are grand occasions, celebrated with much fervor. One such festival is annual mela or fair held at the Sonagiri Temples during the auspicious period between Falgun Shukla and Chaitra Krishna.Any visit to Datia is incomplete without enjoying the shopping delights that the city has to offer. Known for its cotton production and handloom industry, fine quality fabrics can be bought here. Sarees, scarves, and cloth bags hand-embroidered with traditional patterns are available in plenty. You can also shop for colorfully decorated earthen pots and ethnic gold jewelry from the local markets such as Bada Bazaar in Datia.There are several easy and accessible means of traveling within Datia. Auto-rickshaws are the most popular means of local transport in the city. You can hire an auto-rickshaw from any part of the city. Buses are available for traveling to the major areas in and around the city. Numerous rental services also offer taxis and private cars for tourists. Exploring the city on foot is also a feasible alternative, as most attractions are located close to each other.Ladies are advised to avoid traveling alone and be alert while traveling in isolated areas as it can be unsafe.It is important to adhere to traditional dressing norms while visiting temples and religious sites
Datia is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Gwalior at a distance of 71kms.
Airports: Gwalior Airport
There is no regular trains to Datia from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Gwalior which is located at a distance of 65kms.
Railway Station(s): Bhadroli