Madhya Pradesh • state of central India

Given India's vast diversity, akin to a subcontinent in scale, we've opted to categorize our travel films by state to accurately capture the unique essence of each region. Starting with Madhya Pradesh, at the heart of India, our series begins. Captured during the 2016 Kumbh Mela, our videos provide an intimate glimpse into Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Goa. Click on the globe for a comprehensive exploration of all our videos on India.

Madhya Pradesh, India • Akhileshwar temple, Maheshwar ( India, Madhya Pradesh )

Madhya Pradesh, India • Akhileshwar temple, Maheshwar

Madhya Pradesh, India • Mausoleum of Hoshang Shah, Mandu ( India, Madhya Pradesh )

Madhya Pradesh, India • Mausoleum of Hoshang Shah, Mandu

Madhya Pradesh, India • sadhus during the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain ( India, Madhya Pradesh )

Madhya Pradesh, India • sadhus during the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain

Madhya Pradesh, nestled in the heart of India, is a state rich in history, cultural diversity, and natural beauty. This article embarks on a narrative journey through Madhya Pradesh, exploring its historical dynasties, geographical uniqueness, economic landscape, population diversity, religious practices, and key cultural and tourist attractions.



Before Independence


Madhya Pradesh has been a cradle of significant dynasties that have left a lasting legacy on its landscape. The Mauryan Empire, under Ashoka, spread Buddhism in the region. The Gupta dynasty heralded a golden age of art and literature. The region was later dominated by the Mughals, under whom it flourished artistically and commercially. Notably, the Gondwana kingdom, established by the Gond tribes, and the Malwa Sultanate were prominent pre-colonial states that contributed to the region's rich historical tapestry.


After Independence


Following India's independence in 1947, Madhya Pradesh underwent significant territorial reorganizations, most notably in 1956 and again in 2000 with the creation of Chhattisgarh from its eastern districts. These changes reflected the diverse makeup of the state and aimed at better governance. Independence brought about significant socio-economic development, with efforts to improve literacy, health care, and infrastructure, shaping Madhya Pradesh into a modern state within the Indian Union.



Spanning an area of approximately 308,252 square kilometers, Madhya Pradesh is the second-largest state in India by area. It boasts a diverse terrain from the Vindhya and Satpura ranges to the fertile plains of the Narmada River. This geographical diversity supports a rich flora and fauna, making it home to several national parks, including Kanha, Bandhavgarh, and Pench, known for their tiger populations.



Madhya Pradesh's economy is multifaceted, with agriculture being the backbone, supported by industries such as textiles, cement, and steel. It is one of India's leading states in terms of farm output, with major crops including soybeans, wheat, and pulses. In recent years, the state has also seen growth in the services sector, including IT and tourism, contributing significantly to its GDP.


The state's population, as per the 2011 Census, stands at over 72 million, making it the fifth most populous state 

in India. It is a melting pot of cultures, home to a significant number of tribal communities, including the Gonds and Bhils, alongside a majority of Hindu population. This diversity is reflected in its languages, traditions, and festivals.

Video gallery • India, Madhya Pradesh



Madhya Pradesh is a land of religious harmony, with Hinduism being the predominant faith, followed by Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, and Christianity. The state is dotted with temples, mosques, stupas, and churches, reflecting its pluralistic society. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments and the Sanchi Stupa are notable religious sites that also attract tourists from across the globe.


Cultural and Tourist Attractions

Madhya Pradesh is renowned for its historical monuments, architectural wonders, and natural beauty. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Khajuraho and Sanchi, the majestic forts of Gwalior and Mandu, and the scenic beauty of Pachmarhi are key attractions. The state's rich cultural heritage is also celebrated through its vibrant festivals, arts, and crafts, making it a captivating destination for visitors.


Madhya Pradesh, with its blend of historical richness, geographical diversity, economic development, and cultural vibrancy, stands as a testament to India's composite heritage. It invites explorers and travelers alike to delve into its past, marvel at its natural beauty, and experience its warm hospitality, making it a microcosm of India itself