Madhya Pradesh Tourism
From Khajuraho monuments to Bandhavgarh tigers and everything in between
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About Madhya Pradesh Tourism
Madhya Pradesh, which alludes to “Central Province,'' is located in the central part of India. Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh while Indore is the largest city here. Madhya Pradesh is also known as the “Heart of India” because of its geographical location on the Indian Map. In terms of area, Madhya Pradesh is the second largest Indian state, and the fifth largest in population. Madhya Pradesh is bordered by Uttar Pradesh to its northeast, Chattisgarh to its southeast, Maharashtra to its south, Gujarat to its west, and Rajasthan to its northwest. Madhya Pradesh is blessed with ten national parks which are a major tourist attraction here. Madhya Pradesh also has a rich cultural and historical heritage that has also been an integral part of the country. Some of the famous places in Madhya Pradesh are Ujjain, Khajuraho, Orchha, Nagpur, Jabalpur and Gwalior. All of these have contributed immensely to Madhya Pradesh tourism all this while.
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. Some of the famous historical places in Madhya Pradesh are -
Khajuraho: It is famous for being the home to magnificent Hindu-Jain temples which was built during the rule of the Chandellas. The temples stand as the timeless representation of the Hindu architecture of India.
Mahoba: It is a town in the district of Mahoba in the Bundelkhand region. The 9th century granite Sun Temple which is redolent of the Pratihara style in well-known here. Also, the 24 rock-cut Jain tirthankara image on Gokhar hill is a famous tourist attraction here.
Bundelkhand: It is that region of India which comprises of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, both. It had the historical capitals of Khajuraho, Mahoba, Orchha, Garh Kundar. Jhansi is the largest city in Bundelkhand and is a popular hub of culture, educational, transport and economy.
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. Some of the famous national parks here are:
Kanha National Park is famous for its stunning landscapes. Experience a thrill as you witness the Royal Bengal tigers idle along the forest path along with leopards and barasingha.
Bandhavgarh National Park is well known for housing the maximum number of tigers in India. It is also famous as one of the best tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh if you wish to hold a sight of this majestic animal.
Panna National Park is one of the most stunning national parks in the entire state of Madhya Pradesh. A wide variety of flora and fauna is found in Panna National Park which is again a delight to witness.
Satpura National Park offers an enticing world of glorious nature and interesting wildlife in Madhya Pradesh. It is also home to several archaeological artifacts and paintings.
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.
Pachmarhi - it is one of the most attractive hill stations in Madhya Pradesh. It is famously called as the ‘Queen of Satpura Range.’ The varied landscape of Pachmarhi include forests, waterfalls, streams, scenic spots and more.
Shivpuri Hill Station- it is a charming hill station which is blessed with historical monuments placed against the backdrop of hills. Once a hunting ground of Mughal Emperors, it is now a tourist attraction which also offers you a glimpse of the state’s Royal heritage.
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. Some of the must-try dishes in Madhya Pradesh are -
Poha: it is made up of flattened rice, cooked along with the onions, tomatoes, green chillies, curry leaves and a bit of lemon. Tangy and sweet, Poha is a regular breakfast dish in Madhya Pradesh.
Dal Bafla: Bafla is a famous food treat in Madhya Pradesh which is actually wheat balls well cooked in ghee. Enjoy Bafla with a bowl of Dal and coriander chutney for a complete taste.
Bhutte ka Kees: It is a common household breakfast as well as popular street food in Madhya Pradesh. Bhutte ka Kees is made up of grated corn which are well-cooked with spices and skimmed milk, imparting a slightly sweet taste to the dish.
A tour of Madhya Pradesh is definitely going to be an interesting one, especially if you are interested in exploring the culture, heritage, tourist places, food and more about this India state. Before you plan a trip here, make sure to have a look at the best time to visit and best ways to reach for an easier journey.
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.
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Bhojpur Temple In Bhopal
Bhojpur Temple is a large heritage temple of Lord Shiva in Raisen District in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Shiva Temple has earned the title of the Somnath of the East and is called Bhojeshwar Temple.
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Bhimbetka Rock Shelters In Bhopal
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Van Vihar National Park In Bhopal
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Museum Hopping In Bhopal
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Boat Club In Bhopal
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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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What are major airports in MP?
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.
What is the famous food in MP?
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.
What are famous national parks in MP?
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.
How is the MP weather overall?
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.
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