Madhya Pradesh Holidays
Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India
The Sanchi stupa
Madhya Pradesh is called the Heart of India because of its location in the centre of the country. It has been home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism etc. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts & palaces are dotted all over the state. Madhya Pradesh bagged the Best Tourism State Award in 2012.
The natural beauty.
- Forest Eco-system in Madhya Pradesh
- The Giant Water Falls at Jabalpur
- Lakshmana temple at Khajuraho.
- Forests of M.P
Mausolea on the bank of the Betwa River.
The natural beauty of Madhya Pradesh is equally varied. Consisting largely of a plateau streaked with the hill ranges of theVindhyas and the Satpuras, the State has everything. The hills give rise to the main river system - Narmada and the Tapti, running from east to west, and the Chambal, Sone, Betwa, Mahanadi west to east. Spectacular mountain ranges, meandering rivers dotted with hills and lakes and miles and miles of dense forests offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife in sylvan surroundings.
Apsara Falls, Panchmarhi
One third of the state is forested and offers a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife. In the National Parks of Kanha,Bandhavgarh, Shivpuri and many others one has the rare opportunity to see the tiger, the bison and a wide variety of deer and antelope in sylvan surroundings.
World heritage sites
Although the modern state of Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1956, its cultural heritage is ancient and cheered. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces on hilltops, raise in the visitors mind visions of empires and kingdoms, of the great warriors and builders, poets and musicians, saints and philosophers; of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. The famous Sanskrit poet-dramatist Kalidasa and the great musician of the Mughal court, Tansen, were from Madhya Pradesh. They are known all over the world.
Several cities in Madhya Pradesh are extraordinary for their architecture and or scenic beauty.
Three sites in Madhya Pradesh have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO:
· The Khajuraho Group of Monuments (1986)
· Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989)
· The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003)
Madhya Pradesh being very large geographically, and the history being spread over several millennia, a developing a comprehensive picture of heritage and architecture is a monumental task.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Madhya Pradesh is home to several National Parks, including:
· Bandhavgarh National Park
· Kanha National Park
· Satpura National Park
· Sanjay National Park
· Madhav National Park
· Van Vihar National Park
· Mandla Plant Fossils National Park
· Panna National Park
· Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh.
There are also a number of nature preserves, including:
· Bagh Caves
· Bori Wildlife Sanctuary
· Ken Gharial
· Kuno Palpur
· Nora Dehi
· Panpatha, Shikarganj