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Historically known as Malwa Madhya Pradesh, second largest centrally located state in India is called the very heart of India.�

Bounded by Uttar Pradesh in the north, Jharkhand in the north-east, Orissa in the east, and Maharashtra in the south-west and south, Gujarat in the west, Rajasthan in the north-west and Chhattisgarh in the east, Madhya Pradesh with an area of 3,08,000 square kilometers is now the second largest state in India after Rajasthan. It occupies 9.38 % of the Country areas and is rich in its mineral and agricultural resources as well as wild life.�

Madhya Pradesh, in its present form,came into existence on November 1,2000 following its bifurcation to create a new state of Chhattisgarh. The undivided Madhya Pradesh was founded on November 1,1956.�

The population of Madhya Pradesh is about 60.38 million (2001 census), with the population density of 196 people per square kilometer. More than 75% of state population resides in village, mainly dependent, while the rest of the population lives in towns. Indore district is the most populated one. The majority population is Hindu with Muslims making up the largest minority community.�

The tribes of Madhya Pradesh population constitute over 20% of the state population. Gond is the best known tribe and forms the largest group in Madhya Pradesh. They mainly inhabit areas on both side of the Narmada in Mandla, Chhindwara, Betul and Seoni regions and the hilly terrains of the Vindhya and the Satpura region. The other tribes are Bhils, Sahariyas, Bharia, Baigas, Korku, Santia and Kols.�

Based on the features related to land, climate, soil crop, Madhya Pradesh can be classified into three major physiographic regions-The Central Plateau, Satpura Range and West and the East Satpura range.�

For Governance and developmental programmes State is divided into 50 districts and 313 developmental blocks. It has about 55,393 villages.�

Climate The climate of Madhya Pradesh is monsoonal. It gets warmer after March as the tropic of Cancer passes through the northern part of the state. Like other part of India, Madhya Pradesh also has three major seasons summer (March-June) during this period the temperature in the entire state ranges above 29.4�C. In general the eastern parts of Madhya Pradesh are hotter than the western parts. The regions like Gwalior, Morena and Datia record temperature of over 42�C in the month of May. The humidity is relatively very low and the region usually experiences frequent yet mild dust storms.�

Hindi is official language of Madhya Pradesh. Though State has one official language but has regional languages and dialects within the state.

Latitude 22.42� N
Logitude 72.54� E

Must See

Kuno Palpur
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Pench Tiger Reserve
Kanha National Park
Bee Falls, Pachmarhi
Pandav Falls, Panna
Raneh Falls, Panna
Patal Pani Fall, Indore
Rajat Prapat, Pachmarhi
Jalawataran Fall, Pachmarhi
Jamuna Prapat, Pachmarhi
Dhuandhar Falls, Bhedaghat
Upper and Lower Lakes, Bhopal
Madhav Park Lake, Shivpuri
Kerwa Dam
Halali Dam
Rajghat Dam
Tawa Dam
Kolar Dam
Gandhi Sagar Dam
Bhdbhada Dam
Bargi Dam
Bansagar Dam
Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior
Baz Bahadur's Palace, Mandu
Rajwada Palace, Indore
Jahaj Mahal, Mandu
Dinman Hardol's Palace, Orchha
Gauhar Mahal, Bhopal
Gujari Mahal, Gwalior
Hindola Mahal, Mandu
Jai Mahal, Mandu
Jehangir Mahal, Orchha
Kharbuja Mahal, Dhar
Koshak Mahal, Chanderi
Lalbagh Palace, Indore
Nilakantha Palace, Mandu
Rai Praveen Mahal, Orchha
Sheesh Mahal, Orcha
Vir Mahal, Datia
Gwalior Fort, Gwalior
Chauragarh For, Jabalpur
Dhar Fort, Indore
Ater Fort, Bhind
Asigarh Fort, Burhanpur
Chauragarh Fort, Jabalpur
The Folk & Art Museum, Khajuraho
The Site Museum, Sanchi
Omkar Mandhata Temple, Omkareshwar

Popular Food

Bhutte ki Kees
Chakki ki shaak
Spicy Rogan Josh
Seekh Kabbab�
Shami Kabbab
Poha jalebi
Dal Bafla

Things to Buy

Chanderi and Maheshwari Saris
Zari Work
Red chilly
Dried Mahuwa
Khadi Items
Handicrafts Items

How To reach

By Road: Madhya Pradesh has extensive road networks. Jabalpur, Indore and Bhopal have inter-state bus terminal. All the cities of Madhya pradesh is well connected by each other and rest of india.

By Train: An extensive rail network criss-crosses the state, with Jabalpur serving as headquarters for the West Central Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. The state has a total of 20 major railway junctions.

By Air: The state's five domestic airports are Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport-Indore, Raja Bhoj Airport-Bhopal, Jabalpur- Jabalpur Airport, Gwalior Airport, Khajuraho Airport. Samller Air strips are located at Ujjain, Khandwa, Satna and Rewa.