Best time to visit Madhya Pradesh

INTRODUCTION

Here in India, tourism season is mainly counted from October to April month. Now question arises why this period is considered as tourism season and not other months ? So answer is that it is the period when monsoon was just finished from major part of India, which includes North India, Central India, Western India, North-East India. Even in South India region, majority of places remains unaffected from monsoon till this period. After completion of monsoon, winter season begins which is believed to be best for all sort of tourism activities. Travel routes become open and most of the destinations becomes easily accessible. So climatic condition is one prominent reason. Similarly, majority of European countries have their holidays in December-January month so they prefer this time. At the same time, in order to enjoy the festivals of India, this period is best as after completion, crops were harvested in majority of Indian agricultural states and thus, by tradition, all major festivals were celebrated in months of October - November - December months. Same is the case with Madhya Pradesh state which lies in Central India.

TOURISM

Madhya Pradesh, as its name implies, lies in the heart of India, whose topography ranges from plateau with the Vindhya & the Satpura mountain ranges, the plains in the east, meandering rivers, rocky hills & ravines to lush green forests. State offers all important pillars of Indian tourism like pilgrim tourism, wildlife tourism, heritage tourism, Buddhism, adventure sports etc.

The state boasts of a wide variety of attractions to suit all tourist tastes, from ancient temples to national parks & sanctuaries, stupas, forts & palaces, a host of cultural & tourist festivals to splendid venues for international conference & conventions of global standards. The best known tourism products of Madhya Pradesh in global & national tourism market are its heritage & archeological sites, wildlife territories, pilgrimage centers, leisure & business centers & the rich classical, folk & tribal culture. The principal destinations are Khajuraho, Kanha, Sanchi, Mandu, Gwalior – Shivpuri, Pachmarhi, Bandhavgarh, Satpura National Park, Pench, Amarkantak, Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Bhedaghat, Orchha & Chitrakoot & the dynamic business centers of Bhopal & Indore.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Being a important tourism region, Madhya Pradesh state is visited by tourist through out the year. Broadly we can divide Madhya Pradesh tourism in three categories: Heritage tourism, Wildlife Tourism & Cultural Tourism. Heritage tourism is active in Northern part of state which is more rocky and destinations comes under this region are Gwalior, Shivpuri, Orchha, Khajuraho, Panna, Chanderi, Datia etc. These regions still have marks of princely India. All these destination encompasses popular palaces, forts, temples, cenotaphs of state. Best time to visit this region is from October to April as during this time climate remain pleasant and good.

Southern part, south-east region and some of the Northern region of Madhya Pradesh are rich in Wildlife which includes Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Hard-ground Barasingha, Indian Gaur, Wild Dog (Dholes) and at least more than 300 bird species. Popular national parks & tiger reserves of state like Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura national park are located in this part of state. They have worldwide popularity. They can be visited from October to June which means their best time to visit is during winter & summer season. In monsoon season, these reserves remain closed.

South-west region of state is called sacred Madhya Pradesh due to some important pilgrimage destinations located here. Lifeline river of Madhya Pradesh state passes through this region. Narmada is a holy river in Central India and its origin is in Madhya Pradesh. It is believed to be among oldest rivers of India, present since far before origin of Himalaya & Ganges. Most of the sacred regions like Amarkantak, Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar are on the way of Narmada river. Among them Ujjain & Omkareshwar have jyotirlinga temples. They are open for visitors throughout the year and are the best place to see the Hindu cultural activities, religious believes, rituals, festival celebrations. During monsoon, power or river remains at its peak and natural beauty were in its best stage. In Dhar, Amarkantak, Kanha are also the places to see the tribal cultural and their lifestyle.

Best time for Wildlife

Madhya Pradesh forests are natural home of tigers of India. Here main wildlife population takes shelter on two important hill ranges i.e. Satpura-Maikal hills and Vindhyachal hills. They goes parallel to each other and all major national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, reserve forests are located on these hill ranges. Majority of nature tourism lovers, wildlife photographers are visiting these wildlife destinations from November to June. It is believed to be the best time for wildlife tourism in Madhya Pradesh. It comprises winter and summer season.

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