Madhya Pradesh : The heart of incredible India
Geographically, Madhya Pradesh is the heart of India. Madhya Pradesh is the India’s largest state. The word Madhya Pradesh literally means Central Province. It is the southernmost state of the landlocked states in India. The size of the state is so large that the time is 40 minutes ahead of the local time zone in Ramanujgang, a town on the eastern border of the State and Jabhua, on the western border. In spite of its central position it has all the characteristics of a marginal territory. The western region has been part of the north-south corridor of population movement for over 4,000 years.
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Madhya Pradesh – the heart of incredible India is not called so only because of its location in the center of the country but also because it offers diverse experiences in the art, culture, nature, religion and history. This is the destination for all seasons. If you wish to explore the tourist attraction of the state; this is the time to touch the land.
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Omkareshwar was the sacred island shaped like the holiest of all ‘Hindu’ symbols ‘OM’ has drawn hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the river Narmada and Kaveri, the devout have gathered for centuries kneel before the Jyotirlinga at the temple of shri Omkar Mandhata. Shri Omkar Mandhata is must a see place in Omkareshwar. The temple stands on a mile long, half mile wide island formed by the fork of the Narmada. The soft stone of which it was constructed has lent its pliable surface to a rare degree of detailed work of which the frieze figures on the upper portion are the most striking. Siddnath temple, 24 avatars and Satmatrika temples are destinations to go around.
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Nearest airport indore 77km connected by regular flights with Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata etc.
Nearest railhead is Omakreshwar road 12km on the Ratlam-Khandwa section of the western railway.
Omkareshwar is connected to Indore, Ujjain and Khandwa.
Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati, capital of king Kartivarjun. This temple town on the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Maheshwar’s temples and mighty fort-complex stand in the quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below. Today, Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive handwoven sarees called Maheshwari exquisitely woven ‘Maheshwari’ sarees.
Nearest airport is at Indore (91km) connected with Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal.
Regular buses are available from Barwah, Khandwa, Dhar and Dhamnod.
Nearest railheads are Barwaha (39km), Indore (91km), Khandwa and Mhow on the western railway.
The early history of Ujjain is lost in the midst of antiquity. As early as the time of the Aryan settlers, Ujjain seems to have acquired importance. By the 6th century B.C. Avanti with its capital at Ujjaini, is mentioned in the Buddhist literature as one of the four great powers along with Vatsa, Kosala and Magadha. Ujjain lay on the main trade route between North India and Deccan going from Mathura via Ujjain to Maheshwar on the Narmada, and on to Paithan on the Godavari, western Asia and the West. The northern black polished ware – the NBP as it is often called which is technically the finest pottery of the time, with a brilliantly burnished dressing almost of the quality of a glaze in colour from jet black to a deep grey or metallic blue and iron, found their way to the northern Deccan from the Gangetic plains through Ujjain.
Nearest airport is Devi Ahiliya Bai international airport at Indore (55km).
Ujjain has its own railway station which is well connected to the major cities of India.
Regular bus service connects Ujjain with Indore, Khargaon, Jalgaon and Khandwa.
Pachmarhi is Madhya pradesh’s most green gem. This destination has ability to attract the tourist round the year. A lovely hill resort girdled by the Satpura range offers absolute tranquility. Bridle path lead into placid forest groves of wild bamboo, jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets. Pachmarhi is also an archeological treasure house . in cave shelters in the Mahadeo hills is an astonishing richness in rock paintings. In Pachmarhi, Bagpipes skirled in a flower-bright valley while ancient dancers cavorted on a rock. Roads meander gently groves of trees, open spaces and heritage cottages sitting contentedly in their old gardens.
The town has a quiet gentility about it. The route upstream leads to a cave, through which the stream goes underground and then over a Khud in a series of falls. Jalawataran also known as Duchess falls is magnificent to visit. The descent is steep and the trek strenuous for almost all of the 4km to the base of the fall’s first cascade. Crossing the stream below Duchess falls and following a footpath about 2.5 km in a south west direction, brings one to a huge rocky pool Sunder Kund. The kund is excellent for a refreshing swim.
Nearest airport is Bhopal (195km) connected by regular flights with Delhi, Indore and Mumbai.
Most convenient rail head is Pipariya (47km) on the Mumbai-Howrah mainline via Allahabad.
Well connected by regular bus services with Bhopal , Hoshangabad and Nagpur.
Shivpuri is steeped in the royal legacy of its past, when it was the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. Earlier its dense forests were the hunting grounds of the Mughal Emperors when great herds of elephants were captured by Emperor Akbar. Wished to see the wild life Madhav National Park is ideal destination which remains open throughout the year. With a varied terrain of wooded hills, the forest being dry, mixed and deciduous and flat grassland around the lake offers abundant opportunities for sighting a variety of wildlife.
Nearest airport is Gwalior 112km.
Nearest railhead are Jhansi and Gwalior.
Well connected by regular bus service with Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal and Jhansi.
Bhopal, capital city of Madhya Pradesh combines scenic beauty, historicity and modern urban planning. It is situated on the site of an 11th century city, Bhojpal, founder by Raja Bhoj. The founder of the existing city, was an Afghan soldier of fortune. The two lakes of Bhopal still dominate the city and are indeed its nucleus. Bhopal today presents a multifaceted profile; the old city with its teeming market places and fine old mosques and palaces. Bhopal is rich in its heritage and natural view points. The local sightseeing including Bharat Bhavan, Sair sapata, Van vihar wildlife, Laxminarayan temple and museum, Bheembetka tribal museum, Gohar Mahal, Sadar Manzil, Lakeview Point, Taj-ul-masjid, Jama masjid, regional science center and many more.
Nearest airport Raja Bhoj Airport, connected flights with Delhi, Indore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad Raipur.
Nearest railway head is Bhopal main junction connects to the major trains through main cities like Delhi, Mumbai via Itarsi and Jhansi.
Regular bus service connects Bhopal with Indore 186km, Mandu 210km, Ujjain 188km and Gwalior 423kms.
Indore is the largest city in Madhya Pradesh, and together with its satellite towns of Pithampur and Dewas, is one of the fastest growing economic regions in India. Its proximity to the Gujrat – Mumbai grid is a major factor behind its huge economic potential. Indore is also one of the foremost centres of education in central India and produces over 50,000 graduates every year. The Indore museum houses the finest collection of Parmar sculptures from Hinglajgarh. The Parmar style originated here, and is characterized by proportioned figures, carefully and ornately depicted in stone. The museum is also known for its collection of coins, arms and armor.
Indore is connected with Bhopal, Delhi and Mumbai.
Indore is connected by bus with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Gwalior, Mandu, Ujjain , Sanchi and Vidisha.
Indore is on the western railway and is connected with major Indian cities.
Orchha is a weekend destination for river rafting and local sightseeing. Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra pratap, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. River rafting at Betwa River and local sightseeing including Ramraja temple, Jehangir mahal, hotwater spring Taptapani and light and sound show would be nice experience.
Nearest airport is Gwalior 119km, connected with regular flights from Delhi and Bhopal.
Nearest railhead is Jhansi 16km on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi- Chennai main lines.
Orchha lies on a diversion from the Jhansi- Khajoraho road.
Mandu is a celeberation in stone of life and joy, a tribute to the love shared between the poet- prince Baz Bahadur and his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. The balladeers of Malwa still sing of their euphoric romance. Perched along the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defenses was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. Each of Mandu’s structures is an architectural gem, some are outstanding like the massive Jami Masjid and Hoshang shah’s tomb, which provided inspiration to the master builders of Taj Mahal. Must see places in Mandu are The Darwazas, Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Bahadur’s Palace, and Roopmati’s pavilion etc.
Nearest airport is Indore 99km, connected with Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal.
Convenient railheads are Ratlam 124 km, on the Mumbai-Delhi main line and Indore.
Regular bus services connect ,Mandu with Indore, Dhar, Mhow, Ratlam, Ujjain and Bhopal.
Language: The languages of state administration are Hindi.
Religion: Most of the Madhya Pradesh population follows Hinduism where as Islamic population is also larger part of MP population.
Best time to visit: October to June
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