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Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho Sculpture The state of Madhya Pradesh occupies a central position in the Indian subcontinent. Historically referred to as Malwa, the state was secured enough in the past against foreign invasions due to its geographical isolation. Notwithstanding the reason, it bears the marks of virtually all the phases of Indian history. There are numerous monuments, temples, forts and palaces that are strewn all across the state. Apart from its rich cultural traditions, the state also boasts awe-inspiring mountain ranges, rambling rivers and endless miles of forests.

The state experiences a typical tropical climate, with three distinct seasons – summer, rainy and winter. Summers happen to be hot and humid. Temperature during this period shoots up to a maximum of 44 degrees centigrade. During winters, temperature may drop down to a low of 10 degrees centigrade. The average rainfall in the west measures 1,000 mm while in the east it is 2,000 mm. A trip to Madhya Pradesh can be planned anytime between November and February.

Important Cities & Towns
The state of Madhya Pradesh has been classified into eight divisions consisting of 48 districts in all. The eight divisions of the state include Bhopal Division, Gwalior Division, Chambal Division, Indore Division, Jabalpur Division, Rewa Division, Sagar Division and Ujjain Division. Khajuraho and Sanchi, declared as World Heritage Sites, are the most significant cities of the state. Other important cities are Bhopal (state capital), Gwalior, Indore, Mandu, Orchha, Pachmarhi, Shivpuri, Sonagiri and Ujjain.

People & Culture
The four agro-climatic zones of Madhya Pradesh have given rise to an eclectic amalgamation of people and lifestyles. Around 40% of the state's total population is tribal. Major tribes that inhabit the different parts of the state include the Gonds, Bhils, Oraons etc. This is also to be noted that these tribes have amazingly retained their ethnicity, inviting travellers from all corners of the world. Hindus form a major part of the total population, the minorities being the Muslims, Jains, Christians, Buddhists and Sikhs. Hindi is the main official language whereas the regional dialects are Bundelkhandi, Malwi and Chattisgarhi.

Famous Travel Attractions
Sanchi Stupa, SanchiTalking of ancient architecture, the temples of Khajuraho are the biggest draw for visitors to the state. The Buddhist monuments of Sanchi and the impressive historical landmarks at places like Gwalior, Orchha and Mandu are simply irresistible for travellers. Besides, the Kanha National Park and the Bandhavgarh National Park have the distinction of being among the finest tiger reserves of the country. The Pench Tiger Reserve is no less lure for wildlife lovers. Other places that you must visit while in the state include Ujjain, Chitrakoot, Burhanpur, Bhimbetka, Indore etc.

Air/ Rail/ Road Links
The state has a number of civil airports connecting to the key destinations of India. Gwalior, Khajuraho, Indore, Jabalpur and Bhopal are the important airports in Madhya Pradesh. A good network of state and national highways serve the state. Bhopal, being an important railway station, has regular super-fast and express trains linking the key destinations of the state and the country.

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