Madhya Pradesh, the heartland of India, is dotted with beautifully carved temples, and heritage structures like mighty palaces and forts. This land resonating with history and romance reminds one of the musicians and poets, kings and emperors, philosophers and saints, builders and warriors of the bygone era. Being the centre of cultural heritage, Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam have their roots in Madhya Pradesh, which is rightly known as the 'heart of India'. Madhya Pradesh travel is a genuinely amazing experience.
Madhya Pradesh is a huge plateau lined by the Satpura and Vindhyas mountains. It presents a unique blend of nature, history and culture that attracts tourists from different parts of the world. Madhya Pradesh is vast with almost every city of the state offering a number of tourist destinations. Travelling to Bhopal, the capital of the state, must include a visit to its parks, lakes and mosques. It is easy to explore Sanchi from here, which is a Buddhist site with its numerous monasteries and stupas.
Madhya Pradesh can also be a fascinating experience for the wildlife enthusiasts. Two of India's famous national parks are found in Madhya Pradesh and must be included in the itinerary of Madhya Pradesh travel. The Kanha National Park extends over an area of 2000 sq km in the eastern Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National Park is considered to be Asia's best national park. The park encompasses the Satpura ranges and is covered with thick foliage of Sal trees and mighty grasslands. The park is a part of the Tiger Project and is famous for its tigers, apart from being home to a variety of wildlife like Indian wolf, wild boar, chital, gaur, the rare Barasingha and many other species. Kanha National Park is also a paradise for bird lovers as more than 300 varieties of birds, both migratory and resident nest here.
Bandhavgarh National Park extends over an area of 448 sq km. in the Umaria region of Madhya Pradesh. The park has a rocky terrain with a hilly fort, which extends to about 811 meters in height. The fort is situated in the middle of the park. Bandhavgarh National Park is known to have the highest density of tigers in India. One can take the elephant safari or jeep safari to spot the tigers and other wildlife in the park like wild boar, sambhar, spotted deer, panther, etc.
Madhya Pradesh travel must include a visit to the sacred towns of Omkareshwar and Ujjain, which are important pilgrimage centers due to the presence of two of the important twelve jyotirlingas - Mandleshwar and Maheshwar.
The Khajuraho temples which represent paeans to joy, love, life and sensuality, showcase India's culture to the world. The architecture and sculpture of the Khajuraho Temples take the tourist on a journey of beauty, elegance, sensuousness and erotica.
Madhya Pradesh travel includes traveling to the top destinations of Madhya Pradesh like Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Jabalpur, Datia, Raipur, Balaghat, Indore, Sirpur, Sohagpur, Khajuraho, Chhindwara and Ujjain. Many trains connecting North India pass through Madhya Pradesh with important junctions being Bhopal, Gwalior, Ujjain, Indore, Jabalpur, Ratlam, Bilaspur, Katni, Bina, Itarsi and Khandwa.
There are major airports at Gwalior, Khajuraho, Indore, Raipur and Bhopal linking Mumbai, Varanasi, Nagpur and Delhi.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/14