Madhya Pradesh means 'Central Region' and is one of the largest states in India, which has remained surprisingly untouched by tourism. Except for the Khajurho erotic sculptures and their global celebrity, places like Orcha, Mandu and Sanchi are not on most tour itineraries and have much to offer.
'Incredible India' tag comes alive here with tribal villages, temple architecture, wildlife, taunting forts and palaces. Catch the Khajuraho Dance Festival that occurs during the months of February or March and the Tansen Music Festival in the month of December every year.
Just 20kms north from Burhanpur is another unexpected wonder. Climb to the plateau of Asirgarh to discover three different forts and enjoy a view across 100 km of plain. A more strategic position it would be hard to imagine.
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Located South of Agra,Gwalior is a historical and major city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The Gwalior city and its fortress have served as the centre of several of historic North Indian kingdoms.
Mandu celebrates in stone, life and love. The city is a tribute to the love of the poet-prince Baz Bahadur and his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. The balladeers of Malwa still sing of their euphoric romance. The city's first name was Shadiabad which means 'city of joy'.
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Be enchanted by this family fort set along the Narmada river with spectacular views of the river from its luxurious indoors. The Fort has river ghats and views of boats going up and down the river, thereby opening the visitor unto unseen rural India and for those incredible photos that could be the cover of travel magazines.
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Brace yourself for the explicit sexual poses of ancient art adorning temple walls. Bizarre and yet beautiful enough to confound the viewer. As exotic and legendary as the Kamasutra, Khajuraho sculptures are to be seen to be believed!
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Discover the legend of the Sage Gwalipa and his pond that curd the leprosy of King Suraj Sen who later built a fort and palace here giving the place its name.
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The disaster at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal in 1984 was one of the industrial accidents ever. Union Carbide is long gone but the for the many surviving victims, life is hard and compensation negligible. This visit to Bhopal provides you with an insight into the event and the continuing crisis afterwards.
Ancient city of five wonders that is lost in the further south of Madhya Pradesh, unvisited by all. Escape the madding crowd to discover and Indian city that even Indians don't know about.
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