Madhya Pradesh is famous throughout the world for the temples of Khajuraho built in the 10th and 11th centuries, whose internal and external walls are embellished with exquisite stone carvings which portray every facet and mood of life, from the erotic to the divine, the commonplace to the sublime. A week-long Festival of Classical Dances is held at Khajuraho in February/March every year in which India’s foremost exponents of dance perform against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit temples.
However, the State has much more than just khajuraho. With almost a third of its area covered with forests, it has as many as 11 National Parks and 31 Wildlife Sanctuaries (including the Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Parks, Asia’s largest wildlife sanctuary and tiger reserve). Apart from panthers, gaur (Indian bison) and a variety of deer, these Parks between them are home to one-sixth of the world’s tiger population. Little wonder then that Madhya Pradesh wears the mantle of “Tiger State”.
Maheshwari sarees renowed for their novel weave, colour, patterns and reversible border; Chanderi sarees and brocades; finely ornamented Dhokra metal castings of animal figures, votive lamps etc; gold & silver work and leather toys are the specialities of the State.