Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. This city combines scenic beauty, historic city 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.
Ujjain is another important city of Madhya Pradesh. This ancient city has great historical importance. This city is mentioned inMahabharata 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.
Indore is an important commercial and trade centre of central India. This city was built by the British East India Company with the help of local rulers. Indore is the only city of India that has both an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
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.
Rewa is a city in the north-eastern part Madhya Pradesh and it is the administrative centre of Rewa District and Rewa Division.
Ratlam was given to Ratan Singh Rathore as a gift by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan loved watching elephant fights and therefore held an event, choosing his favourite war elephants and inviting all the clans of Rajputana to watch.
Datia is an old town in Madhya Pradesh and it is surrounded by a stone wall, encompassing beautiful palaces and gardens.
Guna is a city and a municipality in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh. It is the administrative headquarters of Guna District.
The other important cities of this state are Barela, Deora, Jirapur, Barhi, Chhabra etc.