Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh Travel Guide & Travel Infrmation

Madhya Pradesh is a very large state which lies in Central India. The state of Madhya Pradesh is a completely landlocked state and its name refers to “the central land or region”. Madhya Pradesh, also dubbed as “the heart of India”, is the 2nd largest state of India in terms of area. The capital of the state is Bhopal. Of late, the state has turned into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country with a host of ancient citadels, works of art, tribal customs, and spiritual erotica.

Geographical location of Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh exactly implies “Central Province”, and is situated in the geographical center of the country. The coordinates of Madhya Pradesh are 21.2° North to 26.87° North latitude and 74°02′ East to 82°49′ East longitude. The state shares its boundaries with Gujarat to the west, Maharashtra to the south, Rajasthan to the northwest, Uttar Pradesh to the northeast and Chhattisgarh to the east.

Some interesting facts and figures about Madhya Pradesh

  • Area: 308,252 km2 (119,017 sq miles).
  • Elevation: The mean elevation of the state varies from 90 to 1,200 meters or 300-3900 feet.
  • Climate: The state features a subtropical weather. Similar to the majority of areas lying in Northern India, Madhya Pradesh features a warm and arid summer and summer usually prevails from the month of April to June. The monsoon season starts in July and continues till September. Winter is the ideal period for visiting this huge and diverse state. The highest temperature recorded during summer time is 42.5°C and the lowest is around 25°C. In the winter months, the lowest temperature recorded is 10°C and the maximum is 25°C.
  • Rainfall: Madhya Pradesh witnesses a mean rainfall of 53.9 inches or 1,370 mm.
  • Largest city: Indore
  • Capital city: Bhopal
  • Population: 72,597,565 (2011)
  • Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chauhan
  • Languages spoken: Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, Nimadi, Malvi, Bagheli, Bundeli, Telugu, Gondi, Bhili, Kalto, Korku, and Nihali.
  • Best season to visit: From October to March.

State symbols

  • Animal: Barasingha (swamp deer)
  • Bird: Dudhraj (Asian Paradise Flycatcher)
  • Tree: Banyan
  • Flower: Lily
  • Fish: Mahseer
  • River: Narmada

The major places of interest in the state of Madhya Pradesh

As a result of its spiritual and historical importance, the travel and tourism sector of Madhya Pradesh is growing at a phenomenal rate. The state has also become famous for its wildlife tourism destinations. If you are a fan of tribal traditions, historic citadels, ancient sculpture and works of art, hill stations, national parks and religious sites, then this state will surely attract you. The state is home to a number of Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist and Jain spiritual hubs. There are many rivers in the state including Narmada, Chambal, Tapti, Ken, and Betwa. Among these, Narmada is revered as a goddess. The most visited tourist attractions in Madhya Pradesh are as follows: Read More….

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How to Reach Madhya Pradesh

By Air: The busiest airport in the state of Madhya Pradesh is the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport situated at Indore. Other airports like Jabalpur Airport, Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal, Khajuraho Airport and Gwalior Airport offer planned commercial flight facilities as well. Other than these, there are small airfields situated at places like Khandwa, Ujjain, Satna and Rewa. Read More….

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