The central land of Madhya Pradesh, the land of Kings and primitive people, of rugged mountains , myth and romance, is the largest state in the Indian Union, with its capital at Bhopal.
M.P. is a vast plateau surrounded by the Vindhya and Satpura mountains that make a rugged descent into the valleys of the Narmada and Tapti rivers which have long served as a passageway connecting east and west India.
The people are proud of their culture. The men here are of the marital type, the women proud and graceful; those married recognizable by their vermilion and green glass bangles. The state is home to a large number of aboriginal tribes like the Bhils, the Baigas, Maria and the Murias. 40% of India's aboriginal population-the Adivasis live here. Apart from Hindi, the locally spoken dialects include Malwi, Bhojpuri, Bundelkhandi etc.
Hand spun cotton saris studded with jewel-colored embroideries are specially woven in Chanderi, with each sari's border displaying a traditional tale. Bhopal is the center for filigreed silver jewelry, inlaid leather, bead handbags and embroidered slippers. Jabalpur is famous for its lacquer work and Gwalior far its carpet industry.
Bhopal is a city planned beautifully and aesthetically. It has the Bharat Bhavan, one of the greatest centers of art and culture in the country. Culturally, it is one of the most happening places- a new play, a dance festival or a poetry recital ,something always keeps on happening. The Jama Masjid, the Sardar Manzil Palace are worth visiting.
The Great Stupa at Sanchi, built by Ashoka stands magnificently here. Located nearby is Vidisha, another town prosperous during the reign of Ashoka. Indore is one of the growing commercial cities where the Kanch Mandir, temple of mirrors is situated. Chattri Bagh is a place dotted with carved umbrella shaped mountains. At Ujjain, the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years which is a major attraction for the Hindus. It also has the famous observatory built by Raja Man Singh - the Jantar Mantar. At Bagh are many Buddhist monastries in the style of Ajanta . At Gwalior is the the sacred lake Surajkund where Indians of every religious denomination come to find benediction.
In MadhyaPradesh, Khajuraho is rarely missed by any visitor. Temples at Khajuraho are a celebration of love, where human emotion and physical love transcend the merely earthy to become, spiritual, cosmic and closer to God.Built by the Chandellas. These temples are said to be a celebration of womankind, her myriad moods and facets. Khajuraho celebrates love, and men and women couple in incredible positions to present a veritable Kamasutra in stone.
The weather is typical continental type of climatewith summers being hot and winters cold. The best season to visit is between th e months of October and April.