Madhya Pradesh is geographically located right at the center of India. Hence it is lovingly called my many as the ‘heart of India’. The state has many tourist attractions that attract millions of tourists every year. One of the places to see has to be the sculptures of Khajuraho.
For people that love nature, there are the hills of Pachmarhi and the wildlife of Bandhavgarh. However there are many interesting facts about this state that many of us do not know. Here are the ten most interesting facts about Madhya Pradesh.
10. The Heart Of India
Madhya Pradesh is located in Central India. The reason it is often referred to as the heart of India is because it is located to the upper left of India which is where the human heart is located.
9. The sculptures of Khajuraho
Khajuraho is a group of sculptures that are rather sensual. These monuments are also referred to as the Kama sutra monuments. It is a world heritage site which attracts a large number of people to visit it every day. The temples are located in Madhya Pradesh and are one of the top tourist attractions of the state.
8. State Re-organization
Madhya Pradesh was initially created with Nagpur assigned as its capital. This was done soon after independence. At that time, Madhya Pradesh included the southern parts of modern day Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra as well. The state was reorganized in 1956 and many of its part were combined with several states of Madhya Bharat, Bhopal and Vindhya Pradesh. This was created to form the new Madhya Pradesh and Bhopal was assigned as its capital. Until 2000, Madhya Pradesh was the largest state in India by area size. However in 2000 when the Chhattisgarh region was split to create a new state, Rajasthan became the largest state of India.
7. The Caves of Bhimbetka
The Caves of Bhimbetka is a cluster of over 600 caves that are also a world heritage site in India. This collection of caves is considered to be one of the oldest cave collections in India which is a combination of some amazing rock carvings and human paintings. These caves are another hotspot for tourist in Madhya Pradesh.
6. Wildlife at Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh is still home to some exotic wildlife that is tough to spot in other parts of India. There is a huge variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and butterflies that you will see here apart from Tigers which are otherwise rare to see. Madhya Pradesh was a royal state and this area was the hunting ground for the Kings and other members of the royal family. Although hunting in the region has stopped, it is a great place to visit if you love wildlife.
The Madhya Pradesh climate is usually monsoonal and the state receives rainfall from June to September every year. Bhopal alone receives an annual rainfall of a massive 1210 mm during the rainy season. The humidity levels are a lot higher during the monsoons. The summers that fall between March and May is hot and dry with the maximum temperature touching 44 degree Celsius. Winters are a lot more pleasant with minimum temperatures dropping to as low as 10 degrees Celsius.
4. The Hills of Pachmarhi
Madhya Pradesh is one of the richest states in India when it comes to world heritage sites and The Hills of Pachmarhi is yet another example of a beautiful site that you will enjoy witnessing. These hills are located 1110m high and this is the only hill station in the state. The beauty of this hill station is breath taking. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh which is fresh, natural and very unique in comparison to other hill stations in India.
3. Right To Information
Madhya Pradesh is known to be one of the first states to actively try and get the public the right to information. In October 1996, the Bilaspur Division Commissioner, Ms Harsh Mander, had issued orders that gave the people in the districts of Raigarh, Bilaspur and Sarguja every right to scrutinize all government records that were pertaining to the distribution system of the public.
2. The Ancient Temples at Ujjain
Madhya Pradesh is loaded with temples that are scattered all over the state, but the temples at Ujjain are the most popular. These are the oldest temples in this state that happen to be the central point for all religious activities. The large Kumh Mela takes place on the banks of the river Shipra which is where the temples are located and it is celebrated in a grand manner. This is a great time to come visit. If you want to witness some of the best street food in the state then the area surrounding the temples is one of the best picks.
1. Panna National Park
The Panna National Park is known to be the most frequented national parks in India. The reason this national park is so popular is because of its close proximity to the Khajuraho temples. The Ken River also flows across the length of the river and acts as an amazing lifeline for the wildlife in the park. It was also awarded as one of the best managed parks in India.