The biggest state of the Indian mainland, Madhya Pradesh is a cluster of innumerable districts, varied topographic and climatic characteristics. Along with the magnificent Vindhyachal ranges, river valleys and plateau, it is famous for its wonderful art, craft, music and dance. As the name suggests, Madhya Pradesh state lies in the middle (Madhya) of India.
Besides the natural beauty of the wildlife, the state also boasts of splendid structures from the ancient and medieval times. The erotic temples of Khajuraho, gorgeous forts and palaces of Gwalior, unique temples of Ujjain, and extensively engraved buildings of Orchha reveal the rich heritage of Madhya Pradesh that attracts tourists from far and wide.
Best Time to Visit
Madhya Pradesh state is an important tourist destination of India and is visited all around the year. Tourism is an important contributor to the revenue of the state can be segregated into three sections- Cultural tourism, Wildlife tourism and Heritage tourism. The northern region of the state comprises of erstwhile heritage and princely state such as Orchha, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Chanderi, Shivpuri, Datia and more. Between October and April the weather at these places is quite conducive for exploring the region’s attractions including forts, palace, cenotaphs and temples.
A part of Northern region, Southern region and south-east region of the state are home to exotic wildlife. Famous national parks and tiger reserves such as Pench, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Satpura national parks are located in this part and can best be visited from October to June that are the winter and summer months. These wildlife reserves are closed during the rainy season due to water clogging.
South-west region of Madhya Pradesh is home to some of the most important pilgrimage destinations of the country. One of the seven holy rivers of India, River Narmada originates here and flows through a number of pious sites such as Ujjain, Amarkantak, Maheshwar and Omkareshwar. Out of these, Omkareshwar and Ujjain are the sites of Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlingas. Due to their religious significance, these places are visited all around the year. Places like Kanha, Amarkantak and Dhar are best known for their tribal culture.
How to Reach
BY AIR -The main airports in Madhya Pradesh that connect the state with most of the important cities of Indian through regular flights are in Indore (international airport), Khajuraho, Bhopal (international airport), Gwalior and Jabalpur. Most of the important public air carriers ply in and out of Madhya Pradesh state on a weekly basis. The state is connected with key Indian destinations such as Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Srinagar and Vishakhapatnam. Bangkok, Sharjah, Singapore and Dubai are the world destinations connected to the state.
BY RAIL -The chief railway stations of Madhya Pradesh are in Bhopal, Bina, Bilaspur, Gwalior, Itarsi, Indore, Jabalpur, Ratlam Katni, Khandwa, and Ujjain. These railway stations connect the state with important Indian cities through regular trains. Regular trains connect Madhya Pradesh to important destinations like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ranthambore, Bangalore, Mumbai, Puri, Varanasi, Haridwar, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and more.
BY ROAD -Madhya Pradesh state is well-connected to important cities of India through a wide-spread network of State highways and National highways. The state is a part of central region of India and shares its borders with Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra. Important national highways such as NH -12 A, NH-12, NH-7, NH-25, NH-26, NH-27, NH-92, NH-69 and NH-3 traverse through the state, connecting it prime destinations of the state and the country such as Udaipur, Raipur, Ajanta, Ellora, Lucknow, Chittorgarh, Ahmedabad, Mount Abu, Jaipur, Mandu, Sanchi, Tadoba National Park, Agra and so on. State-run buses and private vehicles are two ways to come to Madhya Pradesh, by road.
The state of Madhya Pradesh reveals the charming and captivating combination of the beauty of nature, tradition as well as trend. Madhya Pradesh is renowned for the temples of Khajuraho and the spectacular sculptures there. The World heritage site of the Stupas of Sanchi is thronged not only by the Buddhists but the tourists from across the globe. For the animal lovers Madhya Pradesh offers the Kanha National Park, Karera Bird Sanctuary, Bandhavgarh Park, Panna National Park, Pench National Park and the Shivpuri N. Park to catch up with the Barasingha or Swamp Deer, Bison and the White Tiger (albinotic). The golden triangle comprises of Gwalior-Jhansi-Khajuraho as the major tourist destinations with Shivpuri and Orchha on the route. This triangle is popular with the tourists. The destinations of Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Panchmarhi, Mandu, Chitrakut and Ujjain are not to be missed while in Madhya Pradesh.
You may participate in the celebrations of the Khajuraho dance and music festival and the storehouse of the rich tribal and folk cultural extravaganza Pachmarhi festival in Madhya Pradesh.
The state of Madhya Pradesh is well connected and easily accessible. The airport at the capital city of Bhopal caters to the air transport in Madhya Pradesh. The railhead at Bhopal links the state of Madhya Pradesh with the other places of interest within the state as well as the neighboring states. Similarly the excellent road network caters to the transport between the important destinations in Madhya Pradesh through the state and the national highways.