Madhya Pradesh, with its capital in Bhopal, is seen as the heart of India. The river Narmada, flanked by the Vindhya and Satpura ranges, runs through it. All three of its major cities—Bhopal, Indore, the largest city and Gwalior, the tourist capital—are associated with royalty—the Begums of Bhopal, the Holkars of Indore and the Scindias of Gwalior. At one time the largest Indian state, before the creation of Chattisgarh, this region is associated with several strong female rulers—Rani Durgavati, Ahalyabai Holkar and the Rani of Jhansi, to name a few. Your visit to Madhya Pradesh could include the tranquil beauty of Pachmarhi; the glittering splendor of Marble Rocks; the roar of the Dhuandhar Falls at Bedaghat; Kanha National Park with its unique Barasingha; Bandhavgarh National Park and a visit to prehistoric caves. Visit Maheshwar, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Chitrakoot and Amarkantak for your spiritual well-being and the temples of Khajuraho to marvel at the skill of the medieval Indian sculptor.
Many cities in Madhya Pradesh—Ujjain, Sanchi, and Vidisha, to name a few—were well-known in the ancient world, a fact to which the archaeological treasures in the museums of the state provide mute testimony. Lovers of Indian classical music will want to visit Gwalior, the home of an important Gharana of North Indian music and the site of the Tansen Music Festival, to celebrate the life of Akbar’s much-loved court musician, who is buried here.
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