It was way back in 2008, when I visited Bhopal for the very first time for a field trip from the university. I still remember the train journey with my fellow classmates and how we sneaked out for a few hours every day from our hectic schedule to explore Bhopal. The contrasting cityscapes, scenic lakes in the middle of the city, and the pre-dominantly Muslim population make the city a melting pot of cultures. Walking the narrow lanes in the old Bhopal, sampling some of the mouth-watering street food, visiting Taj-ul-Masajid and the boat ride in Upper Lake are some of the fainted memories, which still come alive whenever I talk about Bhopal. So when it comes to Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal is the city that floats in my mind.
I was delighted when I got an invite from Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board to attend the Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart (MPTM)2016,organized by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC). The event will be held from 14-16 October, 2016 at the Hotel Lake View Ashok in Bhopal. The 3rd edition of the mart will primarily focus on the promotion of Madhya Pradesh as one of the promising tourist destinations of India.
The mart will be inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister Shri. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, along with other dignitaries from Madhya Pradesh and special invitees from other states. During this three day Tourism Mart, International buyers from Europe, South East Asia, Eastern Asia, the United States, Canada, Australia, Middle East, South America, and South Africa will be participating along with India. The B2B Exhibition at MPTM will have some of the top exhibitors from Madhya Pradesh’s Wildlife sector, Hotels, Destination Management Companies, Conference venues, Car Rentals, Tour Operators, Heritage Hotels, Wildlife Parks, etc. This is a perfect opportunity for networking and developing the business deals with other countries as well. Apart from this, what interests me the most is the FAM tours for media and the buyers in the most promising tourist places of the state. While initiating this, Madhya Pradesh Tourism is not only introducing its treasure, but also establishing Madhya Pradesh as one of the important tourist destinations in the World map.
Madhya Pradesh flaunts a rich cultural legacy in the country. Travelling to the heart of India will only fascinate you with its splendid secrets. A land, which celebrates cultural magnetism with diverse social fabrics.
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From architectural wonders, scenic surrounding, rich tribal cultures to exotic wildlife, Madhya Pradesh offers diversity at its best. Especially if I talk about wildlife, Madhya Pradesh is home to 9 National Parks and 25 Sanctuaries spread over an area of 10,862 square kilometres.
Madhya Pradesh is known as the ‘Tiger State’ as it covers around 20% of India’s tiger population and 10% of the world’s tiger population. Interestingly the Bandhavgarh was the first place in India where the majestic White Tiger was found. I had a slice of joy, when I experienced wilderness in the jungle of Satpura last year.
Sailing through the Denwa River with the rising Sun, walking in the core zone, spotting the fresh footprints of the Leopard and attuning myself with the alarm calls in the middle of the forest was undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime.
Being a Travel Blogger, I would love to travel to the untrodden territories of the state to explore the exclusivity of the cultural offerings. The old city charm of Bhopal, the magical Mandu, the historic city of Orchha, Marble Mountains in Jabalpur, and the thick foliage of the National Parks, Madhya Pradesh is a land of many wonders. I can’t wait to start my journey to the heart of India to explore this spectacular land and bring back a bundle of stories to share with the world.
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