Situated in middle of India the State of Madhya Pradesh or MP is well known for its destinations for tourism. The state offers best opportunity for tiger tourism in reserves and sightseeing in places of historical significance.
Come winter time and a large throng of tourists descends upon the Central India State. The visitors are locals from nearby states as well as foreign tourists. The tourists come to the scenic state of Madhya Pradesh or MP on tiger safari. But along with tiger reserves many visit the world famous Khajuraho Temples. These 10th century temples are famed for sensuous carvings and their exquisite architecture.
Another most visited destination in MP is Pachmarhi. Most of the visitors to Pachmarhi Hill Resort are Indians, very few foreign tourists visit this amazing place. This is one of the untouched hill resorts in Central India and is a part of a biosphere reserve.
The other destinations are Orchha and Mandu which are hill resorts with historical edifices. These are scenic retreats that are home to many ancient temples, palaces and forts. These are romantic places with lot of sightseeing potential and ideal for recreation.
MP has many pilgrimage destinations that are visited by the pious and those on spiritual quest. The most popular destinations are Amarkantak, Sanchi, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Ujjain and Chitrakut.
For boating Marble Rocks in Jabalpur excels incidentally the city is the doorway to famous Pench, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Satpura tiger reserves in Central India. The wild tiger is best seen here along with amazing wild animals and birds.
The other major towns in the state are Bhopal which is the capital city and harbors many ancient monuments worth visiting. Indore is the commercial capital with many places of tourist interest. Gwalior was the seat of the Marathas ruled for ages by the Scindia Dynasty. The temples, palaces, forts and chattris built by the rulers are architectural masterpieces worth a visit.
The scenic splendor and verdant greenery of the state entices many tourists to holiday here. The places offer a salubrious climate in winters and centers of delightful wonders. I regularly visit the enchanting state in order to discover lesser known destinations and what they offer.
The tourism infrastructure is highly developed in MP. Accommodations, travel, food and other facilities are available at the destinations. Many places can be reached by rail but taxi is the best option for traveling to remote locations. Interstate air service is in infancy and connects only major towns and some popular destinations.
The hotels in MP range from budget to five star accommodations in major towns and popular destinations. In remote places basic hotel accommodations are available hence day visit is advised if possible.
Most of the travel takes place in groups. The tour operators offer various types of package tours to MP at affordable rates. Many tourists travel independently, but then the travel arrangements can be burdensome.
The state is also visited by locals who seek the cool confines of Pachmarhi and Amarkantak. But advance reservations have to be made as this is the park season for these hill resorts.Kanha Tiger Reserve is rated as the best. The park with hundred big cats never disappoints and the sightings are fantastic. The reserve is also good for bird watching and ornithologists from across the globe come here on a mixed tour comprising of tiger safaris and bird watching tours.
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