Madhya Pradhesh, in central India, draws visitors with well preserved remnants of its compelling history. Its many abandoned cities provide an intriguing window to the past, so different to the congested India of today. In further contrast, the national parks of Madhya Pradesh offer some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities in India.
Here are the top Madhya Pradesh tourist places.
1. Khajuraho Erotic Temples
If you want proof that the Kama Sutra originated in India, Khajuraho is the place to see. There are over 20 temples abounding in erotic sculptures. However, more than that, they show a celebration of love, life and worship. The Khajuraho erotic temples are rated as one of the top historical destinations in India.
2. Bandhavgarh & Kanha National Parks
Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks are among the top national parks in India. Bandhavgarh, while being relatively difficult to reach, is the best place to see tigers in the wild in India. The sprawling Kanha National Park has the honor of providing the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, The Jungle Book. The park is well regarded for its research and conservation programs, and many endangered species have been saved there. Elephant safaris are offered at Bandhavgarh, but not at Kahna. Both parks can also be explored on jeep safari.
The great thing about Gwalior is that it's so accessible -- only two hours drive from Agra and the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from that, the main attraction at regal Gwalior is its massive hilltop fort that towers over the city. Reputed to be one of the most invincible forts in India, its history stretches back over 1,000 years.
Inside the fort walls are a number of palaces and temples, the highlight being the Man Mandir Palace. At the bottom of the fort is the Old Town of Gwalior, brimming with history and fine examples of Mughal architecture such as the Tomb of Tansen. The Tansen Music Festival is held at the tomb every December.
The abandoned city of Mandu was once the lavish home of the Mughals, who indulged themselves by its many lakes and palaces. Mandu's crumbling buildings, encircled by a long 45 kilometer (28 mile) stretch of wall with 12 gateways, still hint of its grandiose past. It's a supurb place to retreat from the everyday chaos of India.