Land of the Tiger and Temples
Madhya Pradesh, after being neglected as a tourist destination for many years, surprised everyone by winning the Best Tourism State Award in 2012. The state is located in the center of India and has rich heritage in the form of forts, monuments, temples and many World Heritage Sites. In addition, the state also arranges the opportunities to explore tigers and many other species through its world-renowned national parks.
The historic city of Gwalior is dominated by its grand Gwalior Fort, which stands on an isolated cliff and has a postage stamp to its credit. Apart from the attractions like Teli ka Mandir and Gujari Mahal inside the fort, there are other popular tourist places in the city, including Jal Vilas Mahal and Shyam Vatika. Sanchi is a popular town in the state, known for its Buddhist Stupa listed among the World Heritage Sites. The Great Stupa was built by one of the most powerful rulers of India named Ashoka.
Located on the bank of River Betwa is Orchha, which served as the capital of the immensely powerful Bundela rulers. The town is well-known for its huge fort complex which houses many beautiful buildings. In addition, there are temples like Ram Raja Temple and Chaturbhuj Temple that are truly admirable. Any trip to Madhya Pradesh is incomplete without visiting the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The group consists of exquisitely carved Hindu and Jain Temples, many of which features erotic sculptures. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, showcasing the earliest signs of the human existence, are also among the most visited destinations in the state.
The state is also the host to many famous national parks, the most popular ones being Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park. Kanha is the central India’s largest wildlife protected area and features animals like Bengal tigers, sloth bear and leopards. Hard Ground Barasingha is also the commonly spotted specie found at this park. Bandhavgarh claims to have the highest population of tigers in India and is also the home to many species of birds. Other national parks in the state include Satpura National Park, Van Vihar National Park, Panna National Park and Pench National Park.
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