Govindgarh, Madhya Pradesh

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The Govindgarh palace of the Maharaja of Rewa, 1882
The Govindgarh palace of the Maharaja of Rewa, 1882
Govindgarh is located in Madhya Pradesh
Govindgarh is located in India
Location in Madhya Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 24°23′N 81°18′E / 24.38°N 81.3°E / 24.38; 81.3Coordinates: 24°23′N 81°18′E / 24.38°N 81.3°E / 24.38; 81.3
Country  India
State Madhya Pradesh
District Rewa
Elevation 362 m (1,188 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 9,697
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 486 550
ISO 3166 code IN-MP


Govindgarh (Hindi: गोविन्दगढ़), the summer capital of Mahraja Rewa, is about 13 km from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. The Rewa, with an area of about 13,000 mi², was the largest princely state in the Bagelkhand Agency and the second largest in Central India Agency. The British political agent for Bagelkhand resided at Satna, on the East Indian railway. The Bagelkhand Agency was dissolved in 1933 and Rewa was placed under the authority of the Indore Residency.

It was bordered to the north by the United Provinces, to the east by Bengal and to the south by the Central Provinces. On the west, it met other princely states of Bagelkhand, namely Maihar, Nagod, Sohawal, Kothi Baghelan and Panna. The south of the state was crossed by the Bengal-Nagpur railway, (the branch between Bilaspur and Katni) which taps the Umaria coal-field.

The region is also known for its natural beauty and Waterfalls. The main waterfalls of the region are Quonti, Chachai and Bahuti. River Bichiya and Beehar confluences. Khando is famous for its beautiful topography and " Govindgarh Lake", prepared by Baghela Kings. The main attraction of the region is Rewa Fort, City Museum of antique items. In the center part of the city you can visit summer palace of Baghela's, it is having very beautiful architecture. An underground tunnel is also there which was used as a secret path for kings between Govind Garh & Rewa.

The Department of Tourism, Government of Madhya Pradesh State has recently leased out Govind Garh Fort to a Delhi-based Company for converting into a Heritage Hotel & Resorts and developing other tourism related activities on the related lands. It is a small Islands within the lake which is known for its scenic beauty and lush green surroundings. The Sunderja Mangoes of the Govind Garh are famous in the country. The people of the area are decent and have higher human values. The law and order situation of the area is also good. This is being developed as a future tourist destination to attract International Tourists.

The Govind Garh is also known as `Mini Vrindavan` and a large number of famous temples are situated in the region. Major temples are Ram Govind Temple, Panchmukhi Temple, Chowandi Temple, Shiv Temple, Hanuman Temple. All these temples are within the vicinity of the famous Govind Garh Fort. It is also believed that the name Govind Garh was based on the Govind Temple now situated within the Govind Garh Fort Premises.

The main crops of the region are rice, millets and wheat. More than one-third of the area was covered with forests, yielding timber and lac.

Bagheli is local language of Rewa.

White Tiger MOHAN[edit]

The first white tiger, Mohan, was captured in 1951 in the nearby jungles, was kept in this palace till his death.The unusual coloration of white tigers has made them popular in zoos and entertainment showcasing exotic animals. The magicians Siegfried & Roy are famous for breeding and training two white tigers for their performances, referring to them as "royal white tigers", the white tiger's association with the Maharaja of Rewa.

Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh first observed male white tiger Mohan during his visit to Govindgarh jungle at Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India. After hunting for months, he was able to capture the first living white tiger seen in nature. With help from official veterinary experts, he unsuccessfully tried to breed the white tiger with colored female tigers. Eventually, however, he succeeded in creating a second generation of white tigers. In time, it expanded around the world.

Distance by road from other cities[edit]

  • From Allahabad by road 140 km
  • From Khajraho by road 165 km
  • From Satna by road 50 km
  • From Bandhav Garh National Park 120 km
  • From Jabalpur by road 230 km
  • From Rewa by road 22 km
  • From Varanasi by road 245 km
  • From semaria by road 55 km
  • From Chitrakoot by road 150 km

Nearby Air Ports[edit]

  • Khajuraho
  • Jabalpur
  • Allahabad
  • Varanasi (Banaras)


Various cement plants are situated nearby of the Govind Garh town.

Hotel & Resorts[edit]

The Badrika Lake View Resorts is at walking distance of the Historical Govind Garh Fort.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Govindgarh had a population of 9697. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. In Govindgarh, 16% of the population is under 6 years of age.


  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.