Thursday, March 19, 2009

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is also referred as the “Heart of India” because of the location in center of the country. It is home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. State is known for its tribal population and is home to a number of tribes like Gonds, Bhils, Baigas, Murias and Maria. Madhya Pradesh offers everything for the visitors, magnificent historical buildings, tribal lifestyle, grand temples and varied wildlife, all of which makes it a perfect holiday destination.
Treasures of Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh offers plethora of tourist attractions which includes forts and palaces which echo the past glories, dense forests with varied wildlife, exquisitely carved temples and caves that dates back to the pre-historic period.

Temples & Monuments
Khajuraho is a world famous destination for its temples and the erotic sculptures. The temple town of Khajuraho has been declared world heritage site. There were about 80 temples out of which only 22 exist at present. Temples of Ujjain, Omkareshwar and Maheshwar are famous among Hindus. Large number of pilgrims visit the place to worship at these ancient temples. Sanchi Stupa, Gwalior Fort and historical buildings of Orchha are some of the must visit destinations of Madhya Pradesh which are thronged by tourists globally.
Madhya Pradesh offers wide array of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries for wildlife and nature lovers. Some of the most famous wildlife destinations of Madhya Pradesh are Kanha national park, Bandhavgarh national park, Pench national park, Panna wildlife sanctuary and Karera wildlife sanctuary. Kanha and Bandhavgarh are known for their tiger population and many wildlife lovers visit these to see the rare white tigers. These wildlife sanctuaries are also home to some of the rare species such as Swamp deer, Bison, Golden Deer and neel gai.

Bhimbetka Caves
The caves of Bhimbetka were found only in 1958 and in very short span of time it has become one of the most visited attractions of Madhya Pradesh. The caves were used for shelter since prehistoric periods, paintings of Paleolithic era to medieval era can be seen on the walls of the caves. There are about 600 caves but only 12 are open for tourists. Bhimbetka caves has been recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage site.

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