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Introducing Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh

The vast state of Madhya Pradesh (MP) doesn't enjoy the same prominence as its more celebrated neighbouring states, which is why it can reward travellers with unparalled opportunities to take a detour off the tourist trail and delve into India's heartland.

At the top of your list should be Khajuraho’s temples displaying some of the finest stone carvings in India. The famous erotic sculptures are just a portion of this architectural highlight in a region blessed with palaces, forts and stupas. Tigers are the other big attraction here, and your chances of spotting a wild tiger in MP's national parks are as good as anywhere in India.

Laid-back traveller havens such as Orchha and Omkareshwar display the spiritual, scenic, and chill-out flavours for which India is renowned, while the adventurous can foray into tribal Chhattisgarh, which split from Madhya Pradesh in 2000 and remains far removed from mainstream Indian culture.