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Tourism of Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh has a number of exciting tourism options to offer, which can cater to the interests of a variety of wide-eyed tourists and as well as the 'been there seen all' type of travelers. Temples, forts, wildlife reserves, forests…you name it Madhya Pradesh has it. It has everything to see except the sea. Overall, Madhya Pradesh tours can enrich your self and extend your horizons.

Of course, no account of tourism in Madhya Pradesh can ignore the Khajuraho Temples. The Khajuraho Temples, with their passionate erotica carved in stone, for the centuries to get spellbound in awe and wonder, is of course an eternal masterpiece; as are the Sanchi Stupas commissioned by the Emperor Ashoka. The hemispherical domes of Sanchi Stupas are also one of the finest examples of Buddhist architecture. The Khajuraho Temples and Sanchi Stupas have been declared as the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and the former is also famous for hosting of the annual dance festival, which attracts renowned dancers and danseuse from within India and outside. However, the tourism potential of Madhya Pradesh goes much beyond Khajuraho Temples and Sanchi Stupas.

Many of the cities of Madhya Pradesh, like Mandu, Gwalior and Bhopal resonate with the romance of bygone era. The Gwalior Fort is a must visit site, but when at Gwalior, also purchase some of the fascinating handicrafts of city, which, if not anything else, can serve as wonderful mementos. Bhopal- the capital city of Madhya Pradesh- offers an exciting amalgamation of yesterdays and todays. Bharat Bhawan, Gohar Mahal, Moti Masjid, Van Vihar, the Upper and the Lower Lake are must visit attractions of this city.However, quaint shops selling exquisite handicrafts, and delectable Nawabi cuisine are no less attractions of Bhopal.

The ruined city of Mandu is another historical experience; in fact the city itself is a historical attraction of sorts. What's more, legends and folklore about Baz Bahadur and his pining for his lover Rani Roopmati, have coloured its history with an exuberant shade. When at Mandu, don't miss out on Jami Masjid and Hoshang Shah's tomb. Jahaz and Hindola Mahals also inspire awe and admiration.

Amarkantak and Omakareshwar are the Hindu pilgrimage centers of Madhya Pradesh. For the Hindus, Ujjain is another pilgrimage destination in Madhya Pradesh. The holy city is also famous for its wide range of handicrafts. The Kanha National Park in Kanha is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, where you can spot the big cat in all its wild glory. There are many other national parks in the state, which include Bandhavgarh National Park, Satpura National Park, Panna National Park, Sanjay National Park, Pench National Park among others. Together, they promise a wild date with nature in your Madhya Pradesh sojourn.

If you are traveling in Madhya Pradesh during summers, you may feel like taking a much needed breather in the cool, hilly climes of Pachmarhi. Yes along with timeless history, Madhya Pradesh also presents serenity of nature at its best in Pachmarhi. Here placid forest glades and dense sal forests will help you to lose yourself…only to discover a new you.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/14

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