(Last Updated on : 11/08/2011)
Cities of Madhya Pradesh
are covered with a network of forests which mainly include four types of forests, namely Tropical Moist, Tropical Dry, Tropical Thorn, Subtropical broadleaved Hill forests. The forest region has a plethora of teak, sal and bamboo
trees. Madhya Pradesh, often called the heart of India, lies in the central part of India. The various monuments as well as the natural reserves and national parks enhance the beauty and attractiveness of the cities of this state. Some of these are the Bandhavgarh National Park, the Kanha National Park, the Satpura National Park, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park
, the Madhav National Park
, the Van Vihar National Park, the Bori Natural Reserve, and the Khajuraho Group of Monuments. The predominant language spoken is Hindi language
; others include Bhilodi, Gondi language
, and Kalto, all spoken by tribal groups.
Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. This city combines scenic beauty, historicity and modern urban planning. Presently this city presents a multi-faceted profile; the old city with its teeming marketplaces and fine old mosques and palaces still bears the aristocratic imprint of its former rulers. The new city with its verdant, exquisitely laid out parks and gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices.
is another important city of Madhya Pradesh. This ancient city has great historical importance. This city is mentioned in Mahabharata
as the capital city of Avanti
Kingdom. The Kumbha Mela
is held here every 12 years. This place is a home of various shrines of Lord Shiva
and Lord Krishna
Sanchi is also historically important. The 'Great Stupa' at Sanchi was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka
the Great in the 3rd century BCE. This city is a must-stop for the millions of devout Buddhists who arrive to India, from all corners of the world, each year for pilgrimage.
The city of Indore is an important commercial and trade centre of central India. Indore is the only city of India that has both an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and an Indian Institute of Technology
Gwalior is another city of importance of Madhya Pradesh. The Gwalior Fort
is worthy place to pay a visit. The city has several important educational institutions including the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management, Scindia School, Madhav Institute of Technology and Science and Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education.
The other important cities of this state are Barela
, Deora, Jirapur