The ‘heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh (MP) – known in ancient times as Malwa comprising the Malwa Plateau, green countryside, the Vindhyachal Hills, reserve forests and the Narmada bisecting the state where travellers arrive for architectural heritage, wildlife, temples and its offbeat character. MP is renowned for the (10th-11th century) temples of Khajuraho (UNESCO heritage site) whose carved walls depict every aspect of life – from the erotic to the divine, the ordinary to the glorious.
The seat of the erstwhile Scindia royal family, Gwalior is dominated by the colossal hilltop Gwalior Fort which is an excellent stopover on the Agra – Orchha – Khajuraho route. MP’s clean and green capital Bhopal is a lovely blend of modern capital and old city with lakeside character. 40 km south of Bhopal, lies the archaeological treasure Bhimbetka – the world’s largest group of rock shelters having pre-historic paintings by cave-dwellers. Sanchi (UNESCO heritage site), the 3rd century BCE Buddhist centre established by Emperor Ashoka, the oldest Buddhist archaeological site in existence. Orchha, the capital city of the Bundela kings (16th and 17th centuries) dazzles with its fabulous temples, palaces, and royal cenotaphs. Mandu Ruins, Riverside heritage of Maheshwar, heritage of Dhar are some of the major transit points for travellers connecting Madhya Pradesh with Ajanta – Ellora.
The pilgrim town of Ujjain is one of the four cities in India to hold the spectacular Kumbh Mela and home to one of the 12 most significant Lord Shiva temples. MP is renowned for its parks that offer experience of a Tiger sighting. Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Satpura, Panna, and Pench are the best known and most organised with safari infrastructure and lodges. Pachmarhi is a beautiful hill-station with a colonial character where one arrives for an experience of an offbeat hill station with quiet character.
Holxo Tours in Madhya Pradesh