Madhya Pradesh The Very Heart of India
Some destinations grow on you slowly but their allure is everlasting. Welcome to Madhya Pradesh...the land of Khajuraho, Sanchi and Bhimbetka, all World Heritage sites. While Bhimbetka's rock- shelter cave paintings go back to the early Stone Age, Sanchi's
stupas, temples and pillars are dated between the 3rd century B.C. and the 12th century A.D. Khajuraho's temples were built between 950 -1050 A.D. And then there are the equally famous medieval townships of Mandu and Orchha which house matchless forts, palaces,
temples and pavilions. Gwalior is known for its Fort, described by the Mughal Emperor Babur as "the pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind".
Madhya Pradesh is also the land of the tiger. This magnificent beast is found abundantly in the primeval forests of Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Pench and many other National Parks along with a wide variety of other mammals and an amazing array of birds.
Being entirely land-locked in the centre of India, Madhya Pradesh is devoid of sea beaches and snow-clad mountains but its vast plateau is dotted with the spectacular Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges, verdant valleys and life-giving rivers like the Narmada,
Betwa, Chambal, Ken and Sone. Pachmarhi is easily the most pristine among the hill-resorts in the country...it is unspoilt and unhurried, and its wooded landscape is dotted with cascading waterfalls which form natural bathing pools of amazing beauty.
The vast water-bodies of Upper Lake (Bhopal), Tigran Dam (Gwalior), Bargi Dam (Jabalpur), Bariyarpur Dam (Panna), Benisagar Dam (Khajuraho), Tawa Dam (Hoshangabad), Indira Sagar (Khandwa) and Gandhi Sagar (Mandsaur) are ideal for developing water and adventure
sports activities. The Upper Lake at Bhopal has already emerged as a major hub of such activities. In the field of ecotourism also, Madhya Pradesh offers unmatched opportunities for nature trails, trekking, rock-climbing & adventure sports.
The holy cities of Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Chitrakkot and Amarkantak attract millions of pilgrims from all over India. Ujjain is also the land of the Simhastha, the grand Kumbha Mela held once in 12 years.Madhya Pradesh State Tourism. Development
Corporation has the onerous task of promoting Madhya Pradesh, and providing quality services to the tourists visiting its unique destinations. Its ever-expanding network of accommodation units comprising hotels, motels and resorts cater to a wide cross-section
of domestic and overseas visitors.
Special packages and itineraries are available, and the emphasis is on not only giving value for money but also on providing a total experience of the State's rich heritage, matchless wildlife and breath-taking scenic beauty.