Madhya Pradesh India - Holiday Guide - Travel to Madhya Pradesh, India.
Located in central India, Madhya Pradesh is landlocked between Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharastra. Its Hindi translation is ‘Central Province’ seeing as it is in the heart of India. However its diverse forests more than make up for its lack of sea views!
More than anything, it is its extraordinary architecture that brings people to Madhya Pradesh. Three sites have been given the status of World Heritage Site including the Khajuraho Group of Monuments. Aside from its rich architecture, unfortunately the economy and welfare of the state is in disarray. With a population over 60million, low growth rates and high malnutrition, Madhya Pradesh has a long way to go.
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What many fail to recognise is that there is more to explore than the exquisite temple art and architecture in this state. Take a leisurely elephant ride in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Park where it is deemed unlucky not to see a tiger. Visit the Ujjain ghats, which is in fact one of the four locations for the famous Kumbha Mela festival (the world’s largest festival). This Hindu pilgrimage only comes about four times in every twelve years and is attended by millions. If an action packed adventure is what you are seeking, then make sure you go river rafting around Orchha or go trekking in the numerous national parks.
For those who really came for the magnificent architecture and art, you will be far from disappointed. With more than the Khajuraho temples, there are impressive monuments at the Mandu hilltop city and incredible palaces which tower over Orchha. For a slice of history, visit Bhimbetka to see the 12,000 year-old rock paintings and for some incredible views, climb up the eastern side to Gwalior Fort which is nestled on a plateau overlooking Gwalior. Make sure you make it to their sound and light show on every night at 8.30pm.
Travelling to Madhya Pradesh is easily done with both air and land transport readily available. Khajuraho Airport is just 5km from the city while other airports in the state include Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore and Jabalpur. Transport is also available via train connections however you will need to purchase tickets at the bus station, unless you are willing to pay much higher prices from your hotel.
Madhya Pradesh, similar to many northern Indian areas, has a subtropical climate. This means that travelling here in the summer can be almost unbearable with hot, dry weather at its peak April through June. The monsoon rains appear shortly after and usually last through to September. Therefore, the winter months from October to March are the best times to visit.