The heart of India must indeed be here – in the vast belly of the country. Madhya Pradesh (the erstwhile Central Provinces) is quite literally ‘middle country’ – a great, expansive land of forts, palaces, temples and its magnificent national parks. Madhya Pradesh shares its boundaries with Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh.
The tribal state of Chhattisgarh rewards you with experiences and encounters of an extraordinary and rare kind. Bounded by six states – Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Telangana, Chhattisgarh is one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the country and has some of the densest forests in India (a huge 42% forest cover), rare and diverse wildlife, several species of exotic flora and birdlife, and abundant non-timber forest products. The Gond tribe of Chhattisgarh’s famous Bastar region still live deep in the forests and avoid mingling with outsiders to protect their unique, uncorrupted way of life.
Between them, they hold unspoilt, unexplored natural wealth, ancient cultural and architectural treasures, festivals, rich traditions of art and craft, splendid wildlife reserves, sacred pilgrimage towns, remote and deep forests, rugged mountain ranges, beautiful river valleys, and native tribespeople whose presence predates recorded history – enough to give you memories that will last several lifetimes. Yet, compared with other parts of the country, India’s interior sees few visitors. More reason for you to plan a holiday in India and travel to its very heart – you will come away moved, inspired, and exhilarated.