Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state in India and is often called the ‘Heart of India’ due to its central location. The state is rich in its culture, tradition and history and the origins of the state can be traced back to 500,000 years back. There are various avenues to explore in Madhya Pradesh for every type of traveller, be it for art, history lovers or adventure seekers.
We start our 7 nights 8 days Tour of Bhopal with Panchmarhi & Kanha National Park from the city of Bhopal. Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh which was founded back in 1707. Bhopal has so much to offer to a traveller looking to explore its soul, sights, and sounds. The historic areas perfectly amalgamate with the modern well-planned urban developments. There are two main lakes – the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake, which form the nucleus of the city.
Panchmarhi is a hill station located in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. It is also known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ or the ‘Queen of Satpura’. It is located at an average altitude of 1,067 mts and its highest point goes up to 1,352mts, known as Dhupgarh. It is known for its lush green beauty and scenic landscapes all around which has a certain charm to attract the visitors. It is also recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and has many waterfalls in it.
Satpura Tiger Reserve, popularly known as STR, is a national park which covers an area of 524km². This national park is really unique as the terrain is extremely rugged with sandstone peaks, narrow gorges ravines and dense forests which encompass the national park. There are large varieties of animals which can be found in the national park are Indian Tiger, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Stag, Antelopes and much more.
Kanha Tiger Reserve or Kanha National Park is one of the largest national parks in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is spread over 940km² in area. It has a significant population of royal Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears, barasinghas and Indian wild dogs. The forest depicted in The Jungle Book, a novel by Rudyard Kipling is based on jungles including this reserve. It is also the first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot, Bhoorsingh the Barasingha (a swamp deer).
Jabalpur is one of the most important cities of Madhya Pradesh and is also known as the ‘City of Rocks’ due to granite boulders and other huge boulders which are common throughout the city. There are some famous trekking sites and national parks which are accessible from the city of Jabalpur. While you are in Jabalpur, don’t miss out on the local markets and delicacies while you go out for a stroll in the evening.