Madhya Pradesh, known as “Heart of India" is a state located in the Central India. This historical land shares its boundaries with Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh is known for its religious hubs of Hinduism, Jainism and Islam, Buddhism, Khajuraho temples, impregnable forts, exquisitely carved Jain temples, palaces, which are the glorious reminders of erstwhile golden era of the royal Kings and Maharajahs. Endowed with immense natural beauty and splendour. The history of the royal state goes back to the time of Ashoka, the great Mauryan ruler. To the Chandelas, however, goes the credit of building the splendid monuments of Eros, Khajuraho, in the Northern part of the state. Between 12th and 16th centuries, the region saw continuing struggles between Hindu and Muslim kings and invaders. The fortified city of Mandu in the southwest, was the scene of frequent battles.
The cultural lineage is ancient and checkered. Madhya Pradesh occupies a special position in the history of music. The Gwalior royal family is among the most prominent arbiters of style. The rivalry of Tansen and Baiju Bawra is remembered in fantastic detail to this day. In modern times, the revival of north Indian classical music was accomplished by the legendary Ustad Allaudin Khan, guru of famous sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar and sarod player Ali Akbar Khan. Madhya Pradesh also has a rich tribal culture: the bison-horn dance of the Muria tribe in Madhya Pradesh is a dynamic interpretation of nature's mating season.
Madhya Pradesh possesses exquisitely carved temples, fortresses and variety of wildlife. Most of the state is a high plateau, historically known as the Malwa region. The place of many pre-Aryan tribes such as the Gonds and Bhils, the states is still overwhelmingly Indo-Aryan.
Besides, Indore and Gwalior, other attractions are: Udaygiri, an excursion from Bhopal, with notable cave sculptures of religious themes, the medieval city of Orchha with exquisite palaces and cenotaphs, the Khajuraho ancient erotic temples, cave paintings at Bhimbetka, Sanchi, unmatched repository of Buddhist art and architecture, the city of love, Mandu
Madhya Pradesh is heavenly place for tourists. With its incredible natural beauty, pilgrimage shrines, historical monuments, lavish forts and palaces, rich culture and glorious hospitality, the state succeeds to allure a large number of domestic as well as international tourists every year. Madhya Pradesh is not only known for its architectural and living heritage but is also counted for natural attractions like wildlife parks and sanctuaries, national reserve park, pilgrimage, hill stations and beautiful landscape. During few years the state has shown a phenomenal growth and has succeeded in carving a special place for itself as the must visit tourist state of India.