The "tiger's" state of India Madhya Pradesh takes part on MITT to attract Russian travelers
Madhya Pradesh - The Land of The Jungle Book
At the heart of a vast and ancient land called India is Madhya Pradesh, a state that has earned the title: "The Heart of Amazing India." It's not just for its geographical location, but more because it's a microcosm that India has to offer - from ancient protected forests that abound with wildlife to the many forts and stately palaces of its ancient kingdoms, cliffs from marble shining in the moonlight to ancient caves and cave paintings, temples and stupas with intricate carvings. Madhya Pradesh is full of history, heritage, religion, Indian cuisine and textiles, culture and natural beauty.
The biggest attraction of Madhya Pradesh is its forests and wildlife. Its rich protected forests cover one-fourth of the state. The vast expanses of woodlands are home to more than 20% of the Indian tiger population with 6 popular tiger reserves (Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panna, Satpura, Pench and Sanjay Dhubri). These vast forests also offer refuge to leopards, spotted deer, wild boars, blackbucks and crocodiles. Barasingha is a swamp deer, the official animal of Madhya Pradesh.
The Pench Tiger Reserve and surrounding area inspired Rudyard Kipling's novel, The Jungle Book. Mowgli was inspired by a true story told by Sir William Henry.
The state has 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temples of Khajuraho are a sparkling show of architectural skill and exquisite sculptural art. The fine sculptures that date back 1000 years represent various themes such as meditation, spiritual teachings and above all, erotic art. Some of India's oldest Buddhist relics can be found in Sanchi, northeast of the capital, Bhopal. Bhimbetka is known for its caves and rock shelters, some of which contain ancient rock paintings, housing one of the earliest settlements dating back to the Paleolithic era.
Madhya Pradesh has something to offer to every traveler. Gwalior is of great interest to music lovers (it also boats of a magnificent old fort), Orchha and Mandu are a must visit for those interested in exploring the palaces of ancient India. Places of natural beauty (Bhedaghat, Tawa) abound, as well as sites of religious interest (Ujjain, Amarkantak). The state is also known for its varied culinary delights that range from Mughal-inspired meat dishes to unique local street food.