As we know that every name is having some historical or geographical significance. About Madhya Pradesh, the state received this name as it is situated in the centre (Madhya) of India. It is often called the heart of India which is surrounded by Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The state has two hill ranges Vindhya and Satpura that have traditionally served as boundary markers between north and south India. It also has a number of rivers, such as Narmada, Tapti, Chambal, Betwa, Ken, which make it agriculturally fertile. Narmada which runs between the two hills ranges is the most important river and is worshipped locally as a goddess. These natural features have created a landscape of plateaus, river valleys, hills, and forests, but mostly the state can be seen as plateau land with low hills. The weather is largely warm and dry, and almost unbearably hot during summers. Madhya Pradesh is a primarily rural and its largely tribal economy runs on agriculture and forest-produce but there are also urban centers such as Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior. These cities, in addition to Khajuraho and Jabalpur, have domestic airports. For the visitor, this large state can be understood in four parts central, with Bhopal town as the base, northern with Gwalior as base, eastern with Jabalpur as base, and western with Indore as base. Madhya Pradesh has UNESCO World Heritage sites that are the 9th - 10th century temples at Khajuraho known for their erotic carvings, which can be reached from Gwalior. Madhya Pradesh tourism is glorified with incredible dense forests and a wide variety of wild life.
Madhya Pradesh has the largest population of Scheduled Tribes of all states and a high proportion of Scheduled castes of the total 45 districts, 23 are predominantly tribal. The major tribes of Madhya Pradesh are Gonds, Bhils, Oraons, Korkens, and Kols. The state presents in all a varied anticipation of tribal culture ranging from animists and fowlers to advanced cultivators and factory workers. Away from the tribal stock of Madhya Pradesh the rest of the population consists of Hindu communities. The industries and factories in the urban areas have drawn labor from all the classes. A small percentage of Parsis, Muslims and Jains also add to the racial mosaic of Madhya Pradesh. By its geographical position, Madhya Pradesh has remained exposed to cultural influences. The central region of the state was directly under the Indo-Aryan culture. The Vindhyas sheltered primitive tribes since the early dawn of history. No communication was possible with the south from the north because their existence was an effective barrier until the Marathas entered Malwa and its nearby territories. Madhya Pradesh Holidays offer exposure to flora and fauna as well as the distinct tribal life of the state. Don’t miss the opportunity of visiting the world renowned wild life sanctuaries of this state during your tour of Madhya Pradesh.