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Madhya Pradesh - The heart of Incredible India

Khajuraho Datia Shivpuri Pachmarhi Bhedaghat Bhopal Pench Panna Bandhavgarh Kanha Omkareshwar Maihar Maheshwar Chitrakoot Amarkantak Gwalior Vidisha Bhojpur Sanchi Orchha Mandu Indore Chanderi Bhimbetka Ujjain

Madhya Pradesh occupies perhaps the oldest part of the Indian subcontinent called the Gondwana - the home of the Gonds.The land of the Gonds the rich heart of India is called Madhya Pradesh. To the west and south lies Malwa whose historical roots are traced back to antiquity to the Malwa homeland mentioned in ancient Buddhist literature. Ujjain, Indore and Mandu fall in this region. The present Malwa, particularly its eastern and south-eastern parts became culturally and economically more affluent than the other parts of Madhya Pradesh because of its connection with the north-western main route along which developed historically famous towns of Ahar, Kalibanga and Harrapa. Malwa was also joined with the Arabian Sea coast. Further, Ujjaini, Mahismati and Vidisha had links with Kausambi and Pataliputra through a north-eastern main route. 

To the east is Baghelkhand which merges into the trijunction of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Jabalpur and Rewa are the better known centres of population in this region.

Close to Bhopal the capital at Bhimbetka are the prehistoric caves that preserve some fascinating paintings dating back to paleolithic times. These caves are at least as old as similar  specimen at Pyrnees.These rock shelters could be one of the earliest dwellings of human beings. In fact, the excavations here have revealed a cultural sequence right from the late stone age to the early historical period. 

These early settlers attracted different races with different skills. These again merged with each other to form dynasties such as the Mauryas, the Guptas, the Chandelas, the Nawabs, the Holkars , and the Scindias. Great Dynasties built great cities; Out of great cities civilizations were born. Ujjain, Vidisha, Orchha, Khajuraho, Chitrakoot, Mandu, Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior are centers of great cultural traditions. Madhya Pradesh is a unique mixture of Culture and Nature. This is a land of three world Heritage sites Khajuraho, Sanchi, and Bhimbetka. The Fauna and flora of the great Deccan Plateau today make MP one of the richest wildlife destinations in India. The national Parks of Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, are best examples of synergy of conservation and professional tourism management.