Madhya Pradesh, the land of diversity, is set in the very heart of India. It envelopes you with the sense of a great past, as it bears the testimony of all phases of the Indian history. You can trace the glorious past through the majestic monuments that tell stories of empires and kingdoms, of warriors and builders, of poets and musicians, of saints and philosophers. The colourful history of the State is studded with the exploits of Emperor Ashoka, the Sungas, Chandragupta Vikramaditya, King Harsha, the Chandela warriors, the Delhi Sultans and the great Mughals. Madhya Pradesh is steeped in divinity and has been an eminent center of learning too. Over the years there has been a blending of diverse religions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam, giving rise to vibrant art and architectural forms.
Madhya Pradesh is a state with a natural grandeur. Its vast plateau is broken up by the mighty Vindhya and Satpura mountains and is streaked by numerous rivers inclusive of majestic Narmada, Chambal, Betwa and Shipra rivers. This combination of plateau, hills and rivers have given rise to spectacular geography. Madhya Pradesh has some of the finest Wildlife Sanctuaries with largest variety of wildlife in the country, ranging from big cats to exotic birds. It is also the land for the pleasure seekers, for those who are looking for solitude and serenity. Its retreats are delightful for quiet walks, trekking and rock climbing. Here one can discover rich history and heritage, divinity, art and architecture, wonderful handicrafts and much more.
Main languages: Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, English
When to go: October to March
Getting There & Away: How to reach Madhya Pradesh
Road: Madhya Pradesh is home to 99,043 kms long extensive road network including 20 National Highways (Total length 3,714 kms). NH-44 is the longest running North-South National Highway that connects the State with Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. NH-3 connects Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. NH-45 starts from Obedullahgunj and ends at Jabalpur, covering entire Madhya Pradesh. NH-25 links Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. NH-30 connects Telangana and Uttar Pradesh with Madhya Pradesh. State Highways also play a crucial role in the State.
Rail: Having Jabalpur as the Head quarter of West Central Railway zone, Madhya Pradesh is having 4,948 kms long Railway network. Balaghat, Bhopal, Dewas, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur and Ratlam are few significant Rail junctions.
Air: Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport at Indore is the busiest airport. Bhopal Airport, Jabalpur Airport, Gwalior Airport and Khajuraho Airport are other important ones.