Madhya Pradesh, the 'Heart of India' has been home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces are dotted all over the State. It is richly endowed with spectacular mountains, rivers and dense forests offering an exciting panorama of wildlife in sylvan surroundings.
Bhopal represents a harmonic symphony of old and new. The old city is a maze of narrow streets, crumbling palaces, colourful markets and beautiful mosques, whilst the new city is amongst the greenest cities of India. Major attractions include the Taj-ul-Masjid, Bharat Bhawan, the Tribal Habitat Museum and Van Vihar - a safari park. Sanchi is known for its Stupas, monasteries and pillars.
Pachmarhi is a lovely hill resort surrounded by low lying rugged hills, ravines, beautiful forests, breathtaking waterfalls, serene pools and quiet glades. The places to visit include Jata Shankar - a sacred cave dedicated to Lord Shiva; Pandava Caves, splendorous big falls and a fairy pool and finally the Priyadarshini or the Dhupgarh Point known for its spectacular view of sunset.
KANHA NATIONAL PARK
The Kanha National Park covers an area of 940 sq.kms and it is one of the most well known tiger reserves worldwide. There are herds of spotted deer, beautiful antelopes, the black buck, the barking deer and the rare barasingha, the Swamp Deer. There are 175 varieties of birds in Kanha. The park remains open between 1st November to 30th June.
The capital city of the Gond Kings, Jabalpur offers the prime attractions such as Madam Mahal Fort, the Rani Durgavati Memorial and a museum. The marble rocks at Bhedaghat rise to a hundred feet on either side of the river Narmada. These white rocks with views of black and dark green volcanic seams are truly majestic and have quite a magical effect on moonlight nights.
Gwalior a historical city, is rich in cultural heritage and architectural marvels. The massive fort overlooking the city is a testimony to its glory and grandeur. Gwalior changed hand from the Tomars to the Lodhis of Delhi and after the Moghuls, it was finally ruled by the Marathas. Each era and rulers left their impression on this city but what remained unchanged was the imposing fort that has withstood the assault of time.
The Khajuraho group of temples is noted for their lofty terraces and functionally effective plans. The sculptural embellishments include besides the cult images; marinara, pasha, ovarian devotes, impalas, the asperses and sura-sundaris which win universal admiration for their delicate, youthful female forms of ravishing beauty.
Orchha has the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries. Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatries. In the Laxminarayan Temple, vibrant murals encompassing a variety of religious and secular themes, bring the walls and ceiling to life.