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Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is a state that lies in the heart of India. The beautiful state is abundantly blessed by nature and is home to a number of ancient architectural marvels that retell the glorious past of our country to the world. It borders the states of Uttar Pradesh to the north-east, Chhattisgarh to the south-east, Maharashtra to the south, Gujarat to the west, and Rajasthan to the northwest.

 

Ruled by Mauryas, Guptas, Vakatakas, Kalchuris, Chandels, Parmars, Gonds, Mughals and Marathas. After 1820 the region was occupied by the British and known as the Central Provinces and Berar. The history of Madhya Pradesh goes back to the time of Ashoka, the great Mauryan ruler. A major portion of central India was a part of the Gupta Empire (300-550 AD). In the first half of the seventh century, the state was a part of the domains of the famous emperor Harsha. The closing part of tenth century was a period of confusion. In the early eleventh century, the Muslims entered central India, Mahmud of Ghazni was first, while Muhammad Ghori who incorporated certain parts with Sultanate of Delhi was second. It also formed a part of the Mughal Empire with the rise of Marathas. Till the death of Madhoji Scindia in 1794, Marathas ruled supreme in central India, but after that independent and smaller states came into being. The disintegrated smaller states paved way for British sovereignty. Some great women rulers of the region like Rani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore, Gond queen Rani Kamla Devi and Rani Durgawati have carved a niche for themselves in history.

 

The visitors can experience the very quintessence of India's natural splendor, and rich artistic and cultural heritage. The state of Madhya Pradesh in the central region of India is an absolutely dream-come-true for traveling enthusiasts. There are a number of fabulous wildlife sanctuaries that house some of the rarest and the most sought after specimens of flora and fauna found in the Indian subcontinent. Madhya Pradesh is also the home to the breathtaking Khajuraho temples and has a number of old and historic cities. The wide range of handicrafts produced by the tribal population of the state make shopping in Madhya Pradesh a highly delightful activity.

 

It has been home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism etc. Innumerable monuments, but exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts & palaces are dotted all over the state. A Land of Legendary Past it has a thick forest cover and the countryside is sparsely populated. M.P with its magnificent pink cliffs, wild waters, architectural ruins and paintings made in rock shelters, illustrates the fact that the history of the state goes back half a million years.

 

Madhya Pradesh has places to visit with adventure where had life, from pre-historic to the rich cultural past, nature with wild life of roaring tigers to the pure, serene and sublime feeling of fresh air.