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Madhya Pradesh: Heart of India
Madhya Pradesh State lies in the center of the country and is also known as Central India. Popularly it is called the Heart of India. The second largest Indian state covers an area of about 3,08,000 sq. km. The magic land is well known for its tigers, dense forests and meandering rivers that enchant the visitors. The famed KhajurahoTemples lies to the North within the confines of the MP state. This is an ancient land once inhabited only by the tribal communities and wild animals.

Bhopal is the capital city besides other major cities being Jabalpur, Indore and Gwalior. MP comprises of 50 districts of which many are popular for sightseeing and wildlife safari. The land is yet a less discovered place and promises to uncover many destinations for enthralling holidays.

Important Destinations:


Bhopal

The capital of the state was built by Raja Bhoj is cultural rich with lots of historical monuments for sightseeing.Kown as city of lakes it is well known for its verdant greenery. The mughal architecture came into picture whence Dost Mohhamad Khan established his rule here. It is also known for the rule of Begums one of whom was the wife of Nawab of Pataudi. There are a large number of educational institutes in the city pertaining to all fields. The industrial area is home to many industries as well a public sector undertakings.
Highlights: Van Vihar National Park, Moti Masjid, Upper Lake, Kalika Mandir, Taj Ul Masjid, Boat Club, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Chatori Gali, Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya, Manuabhan ki Tekri, Bharat Bhavan, Kerwa Dam and Shaukat Mahal

Ujjain
A major religious pilgrimage center of Hindus as Kumbh Mela is held here at River Shipra. Another major temple is one of the 12th Jyotirlinga at Mahakaleshwar.
Highlights: Jai Singh Observatory, Sandipani Ashram, Chintamani Ganesh Temple, Maa Wageshvari Temple, Harsiddhi Durga Temple, Kothi Palace, Prashanti Dham, Kaal Bhairav temple and Kalideh Palace in Ujjain

Gwalior
Scindia were the last rulers of this town before Independance. Gwalior is associated well with art and culture. Famed Indian musician Tansen was born here. Baiju Bawar a classical singer of repute lived here. It is an education hub of importance with six universities.
Highlights: Gwalior Fort, Maharaj Bada, Vivswaan Mandir, Scindia Chattri, Man Mandir and the temples

Shivpuri: I s an important trading center. It has lots of hunting lodges and palaces built by the Ascidians. It is better known for Mazda National Park and George Castle built inside the park. The Cantata Lake is a serine spectacle which enchants the visitors.
Highlights: Madhav National Park, Marble Cenotaphs, Madhav Villas Palace, Sailing club, George Castle, Sakhaya Sagar Lake.

Jabalpur
Well known for Dhuandhar Falls and Marble Rock, the city is an important education center and has large number of public sector defense industries and HQ of army, MPEB and Central Railway Zone. Tourism abounds as the tiger reserves, Pachamarhi, and Amarkantak are all equidistant.
Highlight: Bar gi Dam, Dumna Nature Reserve, Madan Mahal Fort, Parity Lake, Rain Dramatic Museum, Shoos ashram and Tilwara Ghat on River Narmada.

Indore
The largest industrial town in the state of Mandy Perdesh, Indore is a major educational center as well. This is the only town in the country that has an IIM and IIT institutes. It was once ruled by the Holkar Dynasty before independence.
Highlights: Rajwada, 56 market, Lal Bagh Palace, Radha Kisan Temple, Kanch Mandir, Krishanapura Chhattri, Chattri Bagh, Temple of Bada Ganpati and Omkareshwar.

Amarkantak
The source of River Narmada it is an important Hindu pilgrimage center. The desne tropical forests accord it a status of a hill retreat. The Amarkantak Achanakmar Biosphere Reserve encompases Amarkantak and Achanakmar Forests.
Highlights: Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Somemuda, Narmadakund, Kapildhara, Dudh Dhara, Mai ki Bagiya and Jwaleshwar Mahadev temple

Khajuraho: A Temple town is the district of Chhatarpur it is a World Heritage Site and Internationally popular. The erotic art on the outer walls of some temples are a major source of attraction and intrigue. The Temples were built during the Kalchuri period in 10th/11th century. Panna National Park and Ken Gharial Sanctuary are nearby destinations.
Highlights: Hanuman Temple, Kandariya Mahadev, Chuasath Yogini, Brahma Temple, Lalgun Mahadev, Chitragupta Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Matangeswara Temple and Chattarbhuj Temple,

Pachmarhi Hill Retreat: is a popular tourist destination known for its natural places and Shiva Temples. It contains the finest tropical forests in India and is also classified as Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve with Pachmari WLS, Bori and Satpura Nationapark as its eco units.

Sanchi - Well known for its Stupas that contain Buddhist Relics it is an important center for pilgrimage for followers or Lord Bhuddha. The monuments date back to 3rd BCE up to 12 CE. .

Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Destination
The state contains large forest tracts that encompass popular tiger reserves Kanha National Park, Satpura, Bandhavgarh and PenchNational Park are the popular one. There are many wildlife sanctuary and protected areas in the state for conservation of tigers and other life forms. The protected areas have become important tourist destinations for tiger safaris and birding.

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