Madhya Pradesh Tourism

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Madhya Pradesh is a favorite tourist destination not only in India but across the world because it is renowned for its heritage, culture, and history. In India, Madhya Pradesh tourism is developed by the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.

Traditionally a land of myths and legends, Madhya Pradesh tourism is known worldwide because of its hospitality and the broad variety of tourist spots situated across the length and breadth of the state. Madhya Pradesh is the largest Indian state and came into existence on the 26th January, 1950. After the Indian independence in1947, hundreds of princely states merged and the union of these states resulted in the creation of Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh tourism offers a plethora of tourist attractions ranging from the Vindhyachal Mountains, plateaus, rivers, and the wildlife. The forts and castles of Gwalior, the beautiful temples of Ujjain and the buildings of Orrcha embody the rich heritage of the state and are the top draws as far as Madhya Pradesh tourism is concerned. The state is an enchanting blend of traditionalism and modernity.

Madhya Pradesh is known across the world for its outstanding sculptures which can be seen at the temples of Khuajraho. The Stupas of Sanchi, a World heritage site, are thronged by the tourists globally. Madhya Pradesh Tourism also has a wide array of national parks and sanctuaries for animal lovers. Some of the most famous ones are the Kanha National Park, Karera Bird Sanctuary, and Pench National Park. These are home to some rare species such as the Swamp Deer, Bison, Golden Deer, and the White Tiger.

Another tourist attraction here is the 'Golden Triangle' which consists of Jhansi-Gwalior-Khujaraho as the main tourist destinations along with Orchha and Shivpuri along the way The destinations which should not be missed while touring Madhya Pradesh are:
  • Indore
  • Gwalior
  • Mandu
  • Panchmari
  • Ujjain
  • Chitrakut
  • Bhopal
  • Jabalpur
Madhya Pradesh can be easily reached from other Indian states via air, railways, and roads. The road-network of the state boasts of an excellent transport network amongst the various cities. Moreover, the roads are also very well-connected with the national highways.

The art and craft of the state embodies a vibrant and rich cultural heritage which find manifestation in the richly woven silk and cotton saris, stuffed leather toys, terracotta and metal ornaments, iron-craft, wood-craft, stone-craft, metal-craft, Zari work saris, and block-print fabrics. Above all, Madhya Pradesh is famous for a wide array of folk paintings, bamboo, cane, and jute crafts.

The state also sports a rich and colorful heritage in terms of festivals and fairs .The tribal fairs and festivals are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and bring out the local flavors of the state. Tribal festivals like cock-fighting are very popular. However, the main cultural festivals of the state are Tansen Music Festival at Gwalior, Khajuraho Festival of Dances, and Bhagoria Haat of Jhabua.

Accommodation in Madhya Pradesh is quite affordable with hotels that cater to a broad range of budgets. Madhya Pradesh remains a favorite destination with Indians as well as the foreign tourists. But added initiatives need to be taken by the state/central government to project Madhya Pradesh in a better light and improve its infrastructural facilities as well.

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