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Discover Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh occupies perhaps the oldest part of the subcontinent called the Gondwana the home of the Gonds.

travel Updated: Jan 27, 2010 10:57 IST

Some destinations are changeless. They grow on you slowly but their allure is ever-lasting. Welcome to Madhya Pradesh...the land of Khajuraho, Sanchi and Bhimbetka, all world heritage sites. And then there are the equally famous medieval townships of Mandu and Orchhawhich house matchless forts, temples and pavilions. Chanderi, Danti, Dhar, Vidisha and Bhojpur are some other heritage gems.

Madhya Pradesh is also the land of the tiger. This magnificient beast is found abundantly in the primeval forests of Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Penchand many other National Parks along with a wide variety of other mammals and an amazingarray of birds. Shivpuri is a serene heritage and wildlife resort.

The vast plateau of Madhya Pradesh is dotted with the spectacular Satpur and Vindhya mountain ranges, verdant and life-giving rivers like the Narmada, Shipra, Betwa, Chambal, Ken and Sone. Panchmari is easily the most pristine among the hill rsorts in the country. Its wooded landscape is dotted with cascading waterfalls which form natural bathing pools of amazing beauty. No less spectacular are the dazzling marble rocks of Bhedaghat on the banks of the mighty Narmada near Jabalpur. Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, is a fascinating amalgam of natural beauty, a rich heritage, and unique modern edifices that speak eloquently of imaginative urban planning. Indore and Jabalpur, along with Gwalior, are not just vibrant modern urban centres, budtling with commercial activity but they are also a showcase of Madhya Pradesh's unique cultural wealth.

The holy cities of Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Maihar, Chitrakoot and Amarkantak attract millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Ujjain is also the land of the Simhasta, the grand Kumbha Mela, held once in 12 years.

Moments of valour and glory
Etched in stone.
Love, passion, feasting, divinity...
Arrested in the sensitive chisels of master-craftsmen.
Meandering rivers, lush forests
Hills and ravines.
The roar of the tiger.
It's the magic of a many-splendoured land.

Madhya Pradesh
The very heart of Incredible India