Madhya Pradesh Tourism
From Khajuraho monuments to Bandhavgarh tigers and everything in between
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About Madhya Pradesh Tourism
Madhya Pradesh tourism is highlighted by sprawling forests teeming with wildlife, exquisite temples symbolizing Indian culture, thriving cities with endless potential, and unpretentious folks with unique traditions. From Ratlam to Jabalpur and Gwalior to Bhopal, there’s always something that catches the attention of traveller on an MP map. Between offbeat hill stations and popular pilgrimages, travellers have a plenty of options for a Madhya Pradesh tour plan.
Historical Places in Madhya Pradesh:
The elaborately carved monuments of Khajuraho shine a bright light on MP tourism. Listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Khajuraho’s medieval temples and stunning secular sculptures are the specimen of the finest temple architecture in India. Beyond Khajuraho, Mahoba and Eran are other major sites to take a glimpse into Madhya Pradesh’s rich history. The city of Gwalior and Bundelkhand region are exceedingly well endowed with forts, temples, mosques, and more.
National Parks in Madhya Pradesh:
Tigers in Madhya Pradesh are the other big attraction, and the chances of spotting a Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat are as good as anywhere else in India. The woodlands Kanha and Pench national parks are home to a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Bandhavgarh National Park is famous for jungle safaris, bird watching and exploring grasslands teeming with wild animals.
Famous hill stations in Madhya Pradesh:
Known as the queen of the Satpura ranges, Pachmarhi is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, with Dhupgarh, Chauragarh, Duchess Fall, and Pandav Caves as its main attractions.
Other attractions in Madhya Pradesh:
One a Madhya Pradesh trip, travellers must visit places such as Ujjain, Jabalpur, Satna, Rewa, and Katni to learn about local lifestyle. Rajwada, Lal Bagh Palace, Chhatri Bagh, and Gandhi Hall are main attractions in Indore. One of the greenest cities in India, Bhopal is famous for lakes, State Museum, Van Vihar National Park, and Taj-ul-Masjid. Dhuandhar Falls near Bhedaghat remains a popular destination in MP to visit in the monsoon season.
Food in Madhya Pradesh:
One of the most surprising things about Madhya Pradesh is its strong culinary heritage. Food in MP is often overlooked by travellers. While the city of Indore is renowned for its street food appeal, the capital city of Bhopal offers a delicious range of Mughlai cuisine.
Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation is the official body that helps both domestic and international travellers visiting the state. Find more details about MP tourism Bhopal and Pachmarhi here. From a traveller’s perspective, Sanchi and Bhimbetka hold a great significance on a Madhya Pradesh map in India. The 2,300-year-old Great Stupa of Sanchi is the one of the holiest Buddhist shrines and the most ancient stone structure in India. The prehistoric paintings at the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka offer travellers in MP a unique experience of life in the Stone Age. Cities such as Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, and Gwalior enjoy a great connectivity by road and by air. Major tourist destinations in MP are easily accessible from these cities. For the culturally-minded travellers, shopping for Gond tribal art and indigenous textiles is a great opportunity. The best time to visit Madhya Pradesh remains October through March when the weather is ideal for sightseeing, wildlife safaris, and to attend a few festivals.
From a traveller’s perspective, Sanchi and Bhimbetka hold a great significance on a Madhya Pradesh map in India. The 2,300-year-old Great Stupa of Sanchi is the one of the holiest Buddhist shrines and the most ancient stone structure in India. The prehistoric paintings at the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka offer travellers in MP a unique experience of life in the Stone Age.
Cities such as Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, and Gwalior enjoy a great connectivity by road and by air. Major tourist destinations in MP are easily accessible from these cities. For the culturally-minded travellers, shopping for Gond tribal art and indigenous textiles is a great opportunity. The best time to visit Madhya Pradesh remains October through March when the weather is ideal for sightseeing, wildlife safaris, and to attend a few festivals.
Cities in Madhya Pradesh
Travel to Madhya Pradesh
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The state has five main airports with good connectivity. The Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport (IDR), located 8 km west of Indore, is the largest airport in Madhya Pradesh. It is served by direct flights from Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Goa. Airlines such as Jet Airways and IndiGo offer regular flights to and from Indore Airport to various Indian cities. Additionally, Raja Bhoj International Airport (BHO) in Bhopal, Dumna Airport (JLR) in Jabalpur, Gwalior Airport (GWL), and Khajuraho Airport (HJR) also have scheduled flights to major cities in India. Due to its location, it’s better to take a flight from Bangalore to Madhya Pradesh.
Most of the major trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi, and Garib Rath expresses pass through MP due to its central location. The state has over 4,948-km long rail network, with Jabalpur serving as the headquarters for the West Central Railway Zone. The Central Railway and the Western Railway zones also cover parts of the state. The state has a total of 20 major railway junctions including stations at Ratlam, Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, and Khajuraho. Direct trains from Delhi, Mumbai, or Bangalore take about 12 hours to visit Madhya Pradesh.
The 99,043-km long road network of the state also has 20 national highways including NH-7, NH-12A, NH-25, NH-26, NH-27, NH-69, NH-3, NH-92, and NH-12. Both interstate and intrastate bus services cover the length and breadth of Madhya Pradesh. The major interstate bus terminals are at Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur. The distance from Mumbai to Madhya Pradesh can be covered either by road or by train. The distances within the state’s major cities are huge for example it may take an overnight journey by car to reach Bhopal from Gwalior and Ratlam from Jabalpur.
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FAQ's of Madhya Pradesh
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The summers are extremely hot from March to June. Ideal weather to visit Madhya Pradesh is between October and early March. Monsoon is a good time to visit Pachmarhi and waterfalls.
Bandhavgarh National Park is home to Royal Bengal tigers. Kanha National Park, Panna National Park, and Pench National Park are also home to a variety of wild animals and bird species.
Poha and Bhutte ki Kees are popular street food in MP. Bhopal is especially known for its Mughlai cuisine. Malpua and Mawa Bati are also popular desserts in MP.
The state is famous for national parks, ancient monuments, religious sites, royal forts, tribal art, and street food.
Indore Airport in the busiest one in Madhya Pradesh. It is well connected by regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai and other Indian cities. Bhopal, Jabalpur, and Gwalior are also served by domestic flights.
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