Getting there & away
Train is generally a better way to navigate Madhya Pradesh than road. Travelling from north to south on the state’s most significant line, it comes from northwest India via Delhi and Agra, and passes through Jhansi and Bhopal, before forking at Itarsi, from where it heads to Mumbai (Bombay) and to Hyderabad and Chennai (Madras).
Travelling northeast from Mumbai, the state’s other useful line passes through Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni and Satna en route to Allahabad, Varanasi and Howrah. From Katni, lines run into Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand.