Holidays - Madhya Pradesh

Architecturally brilliant forts, exquisitely carved temples, lavish palaces, a rich cultural tradition … virtually all phases of Indian history have left their mark on Madhya Pradesh (MP), the central Indian state historically known as Malwa.

The Guptas, Chandelas, Bundelas, Parmars, Holkars, Scindias … dynasties have come and gone. If stones could talk, what stories those in MP would tell ! Madhya Pradesh is part of what is known as the Hindi belt, a region of northern India inhabited predominantly by Hindus. Bordered by seven states, it is equally close to major tourist destinations in the north, south, east and west.

Madhya Pradesh is called the "heart of India" not only because of its location in the centre of the country, but has been home to the cultural heritage of Hindhuism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces are dotted all over the State. The natural beauty of Madhya Pradesh is equally varied. Consisting largely of a plateau, the State has everything. Spectacular mountain ranges, meandering rivers and miles and miles of dense forests offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife in sylvan surroundings.

The state enjoys both religious and historical significance, with the holy city of Ujjain, one of the oldest in the country, being one of the “seven sacred cities” and the site of the Kumbh Mela. Sanchi, with the finest specimens of almost all Buddhist architectural forms, is in this state, as are 22% of the world's tiger population at various wildlife reserves - Bhandavgarh, Kanha, Pench, etc. The 500+ pre-historic rock-cut caves of Bhimbhetka are a UNESCO World Heritage site, as are the temples at Khajuraho.