The exotic land with an intoxicating mixture of prosperous history, vibrant sights, awe-inspiring art and pious shrines, Madhya Pradesh is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in India. It got its name because of its geographical position, being located in the centre of India, and MP is also referred as the 'heart of India'.
From thrilling wild forests to spiritual lands for worship, and everything in between, every spot of Madhya Pradesh presents experiences as vast and diverse as the state itself. Overall, Madhya Pradesh is a complete package of attractions that are spotted in various part of India. Embark on a trip to the state and experience the diverse side of India.
The origin story of Madhya Pradesh starts from the Paleolithic age, when human being used to life in caves. The Bhimbetka cave paintings of the state prove this fact. When it comes to chronicling, its history regresses Ashoka's time. The grandfather of Askhoka, Chandra Gupta Maurya took the foundation of Mauryan Empire in Northern India. After Ashoka's death, Mauryan Empire got a setback and subsequently ebbed away into oblivion.
After the culmination of the Mauryan Empire, there were many contestations in Central India for imperial victory amongst the Kushans, Sakas and other local dynasties, from 3rd to 1st BC. In the 4th and 5th centuries, the state attained glory when it came under the Gupta dynasty. But, the Guptas collapsed with the attack of the White Huns, who were later defeated by Yashodharman, the kind of Malwa in 528. In the medieval period, the state came under the Rajputs and great rulers like Paramaras and Chandeals ascended it to new heights of prosperity.
Late, in regions of Gondwana and Mahakoshal, Gond kingdoms emerged and the Northern part of the state came under the Muslim Delhi Sultanate in the 13th century. After the decline of power of Delhi Sultanate, Madhya Pradesh saw the burgeoning of different independent regional kingdom. After some times, the entire state became the imperial seat of the Mughal Kingdom except Gondwana and Mahakoshal. In 1707, when Aurngzab died, Marathas gained total command over the state, until their expansion impeded with the Third Battle of Panipat in 1761.
With the fall of Marathas, British dominion extended and most part of the state become princely states of British India. After India's independence, in 1956 Madhya Pradesh got the true structure of state.
CULTURE AND CUISINE
Madhya Pradesh is said to have the highest flavours of culture and tradition. Here, the culture is a harmonious blend of Buddhits, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Muslims and Sikhs along with different tribal Group. The most prominent forms of dance of the state of Lota and Phag.
Apart from its handicraft uniqueness, the state reflects painstaking craftsmanship, and Chanderi and Maheshwari silk saris are some noteworthy crafts of the state.
Besides, its historical and natural beauty, Madhya Pradesh holds different variety of cuisines like poha , the super light and super healthy dish; one of the most savoured non-vegetarian dishes of MP, Seekh Kababs; Bhopali Gosht Korma, the famous nawabi cuisine. There is no end to the list of amazing delicacies; kusli, lavang lata, jalebi, pilaf with peas, indroi puri palak ki, daal bafla, malpua, and kababs are among the few others dishes. All these dishes are the perfect combination of exquisite taste and essence.
TOP TOURIST PLACES IN MADHYA PRADESH
Khajuraho Erotic Temples
One of the top historical destinations of India, Khajuraho Erotic Temples presents the celebration of love, life and worship. There are more than 20 temples abounding in erotic sculptures.
Places to Visit- Beni Sagar Dam, Archeological Museum, Ajaigarh Fort, Panna National Park, and temples of Kandariya Mahadev, Parsvanath, Visvanath, Devi Jagadamba, Vamana and more
The city of lakes, Bhopal is among the most interesting places to visit in MP. It has various lakes, incredible museums, wildlife reserves and historical palaces.
Places to visit- Bhimbetka, Bhojpur, State Museum, Birla Museum, Upper Lake, Lower Lake, and Gohar Mahal
Located by the bank of River Saraswati, Indore is one of the largest cities of the state. It is known as the financial capital of MP. There are different historical monuments, rich heritage and other tourist spots.
Places to Visit- Lal Bagh Palace, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary, Indore White Church, Central Museum, and Patalpani Waterfall
Gwalior is famous for its rich art, culture and history, Gwalior Fort is the most popular tourist attraction of the city; this fort is ranked among the best forts of India.
Places to Visit- Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace, Man Mandir Palace, Gujari Mahal, Tombof Tansen, Teli Ka Mandir
Sanchi Stupa is a popular historical and spiritual place in the state; it was an educational and Buddhist pilgrimage center in ancient days. This place is also a UNESCO-listed Word Heritage Site.
Places to Visit- Sanchi Stupa, Buddhist Vihara, Ashoka Pillars, Gupta Temple, Sanchi Museum Toranas, and Monasteries
Some other famous tourist destinations of the state include Orchha, Kanha National Park,Bandhavgarh National Park, Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Pachmarhi, Pench, Raneh Falls and many more that worth exploring and experiencing.
HOW TO REACH
Madhya Pradesh alias the Heart of India can be reached all modes of transport railways, airways and roadways. For railways, the states is connected with major cities of Indore; for airways, there are two international airports in Bhopal and Indore besides some domestics and small airports in different cities; for roadways, national and state highways connect it with all neighbouring states including UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and more.
From food to culture heritage to traditional values, Madhya Pradesh is one of the unique lands that house the best of India. So plan a visit to the state if you wish to witness the majestic heritage and rich cultural traditions of India. The most relevant time to visit the state is from October till March as the climate remains cool.