Road Trip – Madhya Pradesh, India: Tigers, Erotica, History, Tribes, Religion – All Happens on This Route

A Leopard Cub in Satpura National Park
A Leopard Cub in Satpura National Park

Tigers. And many more exotic and rare animal and bird species residing in rich forests. Temples with erotic sculptures on their walls. And then some more history and religion. Tribes claiming to be the first human inhabitants of the planet. Pristine rivers and lakes criss-crossing hilly landscapes. Some of the best hotels in the world to check in to. All waiting on a road trip on some of the finest highways in India.

That’s what the state of Madhya Pradesh (MP), located in the centre of India, has is store for you. Providing an apt setting for The Jungle Book, MP may not be busting the travel popularity charts – but that’s what makes it a must-visit destination. It’s not overrun by tourists – yet; as awareness grows, it may match or even exceed Rajasthan and Kerala in demand. Till then, go for a ride to a lesser known wonder.

COVERED IN THIS JOURNEY

* Orchha for its famed temples along the Betwa river.
* Khajuraho known for temples with erotic sculptures on the walls from the Kama Sutra.
* Panna National Park: Located along the Ken river and teeming with wildlife including tigers that have been successfully rehabilitated there.
* Bandavgarh National Park: One of the best known reserves for tigers in India.
* Kanha and Pench National Parks: This is where The Jungle Book was set.
* Satpura National Park: Home to the Sloth Bear, Leopard and Tiger besides other wildlife. One of the best parks in India known for safaris in 4-wheels, elephants, boats and on foot. The only park where you can go for night camping safari.
* Bhimbetka: Location for pre-historic rock art.
* Bhopal: Infamous for the gas tragedy that killed thousands in the early 1980s, it is a surprisingly beautiful city of lakes.
* Sanchi, Vidhisha and Gyaraspur: Known for Buddhist stupas, cave temples and other ancient monuments.

CHECK OUT

* Video – Have a Wild Time in Madhya Pradesh
* e-Book – Kunzum Route K17 Madhya Pradesh

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Temples in Orchha
Temples in Orchha
Erotic sculptures on the walls of the temples in Khajuraho
Erotic sculptures on the walls of the temples in Khajuraho
A part of Ajaygarh (Fort) near Panna
A part of Ajaygarh (Fort) near Panna
It’s a hot summer day for the tigress in Bandhavgarh National Park
It’s a hot summer day for the tigress in Bandhavgarh National Park
The ‘Day of the Jackal’ in Kanha National Park
The ‘Day of the Jackal’ in Kanha National Park
A Crested Serpent Eagle out for a drink in the summer in Kanha National Park
A Crested Serpent Eagle out for a drink in the summer in Kanha National Park
Why are the Indian Gaurs fighting in Kanha National Park?
Why are the Indian Gaurs fighting in Kanha National Park?
A Barking Deer in Kanha National Park
A Barking Deer in Kanha National Park
Langurs striking a pose in Kanha National Park
Langurs striking a pose in Kanha National Park
A Spotted Deer reaching out for food in Pench National Park
A Spotted Deer reaching out for food in Pench National Park
A White-Eyed Buzzard in Pench National Park
A White-Eyed Buzzard in Pench National Park
Don’t miss a canoe safari in Satpura National Park
Don’t miss a canoe safari in Satpura National Park
A Jungle Cat in Satpura National Park
A Jungle Cat in Satpura National Park
A Sloth Bear in Satpura National Park
A Sloth Bear in Satpura National Park
Rock Art at the Pre-Historic Shelters at Bhimbetka
Rock Art at the Pre-Historic Shelters at Bhimbetka
The Buddhist Stupas of Sanchi
The Buddhist Stupas of Sanchi
Mala Devi Temple at Gyaraspur near Bhopal
Mala Devi Temple at Gyaraspur near Bhopal
Hindola Toran at Gyaraspur near Bhopal
Hindola Toran at Gyaraspur near Bhopal
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