Madhya Pradesh is often referred as the Heart of India; the region is a state in central India, with Bhopal as its capital city. Madhya Pradesh has some interesting sites and is a popular tourist spot. Some of those sites are:
Maheshwar is a small town, often referred to as the City of Shiva, because it is devoted to Lord Shiva, a Hindu god. The best time to visit is from November to February. Maheshwar has some cultural relics, such as Ahilya Fort and Ek Mukhi Datta Temple (Shiva Datta Dham). Maheshwar also holds two large religious festivals: Maha Shivratri (the great night of Shiva) and Muharram (the first month in the Islamic calendar). On Maha Shivrati, thousands of women spend the night on ghats (steps leading down to the river) singing and bathing in the river. During Muharram, there is a river parade.
- Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best national parks in India, located 200 km from the city of Jabalpur. This National Park is known for its tiger conservation efforts. The park system offers two different tours that leave from Delhi and include getting all the way to the park and taking a safari there. If you choose to go on your own, you can still take a safari. March to June is the best time to visit, as more tigers are out because they want to cool down in the grass.
- Gwalior Fort
Gwalior Fort is the largest fort in India. It became a symbol of triumph for the Indian kingdom. The fort was built from the 8th to the 14th centuries by the Hindu royal dynasty. The fort has several parts, including: Man mandir palace, Hathi Pol, Gujari Mahal museum, Teli ka mandir, Garuda monument, Saas-shoulder temple, Karn mahal, Vikram mahal, and Chhatri of Bhim Singh Rana.
In addition to Hinduism, Buddhism also began in India. Madhya Pradesh has some of the oldest Buddhist relics in the world. Sanchi is home to the Great Stupa, built by Emperor Ashoka in 262 BC. The Great Stupa is located on a hilltop near the little village of Raisen. It is the biggest UNESCO world heritage site in India.
- Satpura National Park
Satpura National Park is a protected forest in India. This national park is located in Hoshangabad, a plateau in Central India. Unlike other national parks which only protect a single species, this one protects everything within the park. October to April is the perfect time to visit, and the park is closed from June 16th to September 30th. For more information, visit: http://www.satpura-national-park.com.
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