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Madhya Pradesh now Becomes a State which Presents Awards for Excellence
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 16 October 2017
Over 18 thousand students registered themselves for participation in Tourism Quiz being organized in all the districts of the state on August 19. Quiz competition will be held in all the districts simultaneously. Orientation training was imparted to quiz master being appointed at district level for proper conduction of quiz at Bhopal today. Quiz Masters were apprised mainly about the important points of written test and multi-media quiz. The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan distributed awards instituted in the field of tourism at the inaugural programme of Hanuvantiya Jal Mahotsav yesterday evening. Shri Chouhan presented various awards under 22 categories. He mentioned that several prestigious National awards have been honoured to Madhya Pradesh including ‘Hall of Fame’ national award for receiving national award constantly for 3 years of Best Tourism State. He further said that Madhya Pradesh has become the state which presents awards for excellence. Activity to honour excellence in tourism has been carried out since the last 2 years. The Chief Minister Shri Chouhan honoured the National Award under the ‘Award for Excellence’ of M.P. Tourism jointly to Perfect Travels and Tours Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi and High Tours India of Gurugram. Similarly, the Best Hotel award to ‘The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, Best Heritage award to Hotel Deo Bagh- Gwalior, Best Eco-Friendly Hotel award to River Wood Forest Retreat, Best Eco-Friendly Forest Lodge award to Soulacia Hotel and Resort- Mandla, Best Home award to Salban Kanha Home Stay-District Balaghat, Best Convention Center award to T.G.B. Palace-Indore and Best Road Convenience award to S.O.L. Retreat- Indore-Bhopal Highway were presented. Moreover, Best Restaurant award to Hotel Gopal Mid-Way Morakka, Best Restaurant (Hotel) award to Silver Saloon Taj Usha Kiran Palace-Gwalior, Best Responsible Tourism award to Kanha Village Eco-Resort, Best Civil Management City (Municipal Corporation) award to Dewas Municipal Corporation and award for Municipality was given to Khargone and Hoshangabad municipalities jointly under the M.P. Tourism awards. Similarly, Best Civic Management City (Municipal Council) was given to Omkareshwar and Bhedaghat jointly and Best District Tourism Promotion Council award to Bhopal, Rewa, and Seoni. Most innovative Tourism Project award to community organization of village Janwaar- Panna district, Most Tourist Friendly National Park/Sanctuary award to Kuno Wildlife –Sheopur, Most Friendly Teerth-Sthal award to Shivmandir located in Bhojpur, Best Amusement/Water Park award to Sonic Adventure-Bhopal, Best Travel Agent (Madhya Pradesh) award to M.P. Holiday-Indore and Travel Bureau-Khajuraho, Best Tourist Transport Operator to Radiant Travel-Bhopal, Best Adventure Tour Operator joint award to Junoon Adventure Eco Tours –Bhopal and Outdoor Adventure –Indore, Best Tourist Guide award to Shri A.K. Jain- Khajuraho and Best Friend of M.P. Tourism on Social Media award to Pagdandi Safari were presented. Minister for School Education Kunwar Vijay Shah, Minister for Energy Shri Paras jain, MP Shri Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge) Shri Surendra Patwa, Chairman M.P. Tourism Development Corporation Shri Tapan Bhoumik and Secretary Tourism Shri Hari Ranjan Rao were present on the occasion.
CONVERGENCE OF STATE GOVERNMENTS & CENTRAL MINISTRIES THROUGH PARYATAN PARV
9TH DAY OF PARYATAN PARV CELEBRATED ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Our Correspondent Bhopal, 14 October 2017
Over 18 thousand students registered themselves for participation in Tourism Quiz being organized in all the districts of the state on August 19. Quiz competition will be held in all the districts simultaneously. Orientation training was imparted to quiz master being appointed at district level for proper conduction of quiz at Bhopal today. Quiz Masters were apprised mainly about the important points of written test and multi-media quiz. While delivering his Inaugural Address on 20th January 2017 at the National Conference of Central and State/UT Ministers and Secretaries of Tourism, Culture and Sports at Kutch the Prime Minister stated that the Government Departments, Ministries work in silo and there is need for greater coordination among them. Paryatan Parv is one such attempt to bring together various Central Ministries, State Governments, organizations, associations and the general public. The coming together of all under one umbrella to promote Tourism in the country is unprecedented. The Paryatan Parv organized by Ministry of Tourism has support of the following Central Ministries and all the State Governments who have proactively come forward and to be part of the event. Ministry of Culture has arranged ccultural programmes of dance, music, theatre, storytelling at identified sites, arranged Artists’ Camps at different venues and undertaken illumination of ASI monuments during the Parv. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is extending support for generating awareness about Tourism and the event and Doordarshan is organizing competitions to engage with the public. Ministry of Textiles is holding exhibition of handlooms and handicrafts by artisans at the different sites. Ministry of Rural Development, through its National Rurban Missions is arranging local activities focusing on rural tourism at their identified rural clusters. Ministry of Human Resource Development is organizing quiz, painting and essay competitions at Kendriya Vidyalayas and excursion trips for students to iconic tourist sites. Ministry of Skill Development is partner in workshops on Skill Development in the Tourism Sector and sensitisation of service providers. Ministry of DONER through North East Tourism Development Council is coordinating tourism events, exhibitions, cultural programmes and sensitisation programmes in the North East Region. Ministry of Ayush is organising Yoga demonstrations / sessions and workshops. Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports through NYKS is organising youth camps, adventure activities and a Tribal Youth Exchange programmes during the Parv. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is partnering in the event for public outreach by organizing tourism related quiz / photography / video competitions on MyGov. Ministry of Environment & Forests is conducting sensitization programmes on responsible tourism for stakeholders. Key airports have been given a festive look during the Parv by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and sensitization programmes for staff at the airports will also be organized. Similarly, major railway stations have been given a festive look by the Ministry of Railways who are also conducting sensitization programmes for the railway staff. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is collaborating in launching wayside amenities in identified tourist circuits. Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas is creating tourist wayside amenities at select petrol pumps. Ministry of Finance (Revenue) is conducting sensitization programmes for Customs officials at airports and sea ports. Ministry of Home Affairs is organising sensitization programmes for Immigration and CISF officials and staff. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce is arranging a Tourism Investor Round Table Conference with participation of Indian and Global Investors. Al the State Governments are actively participating in the Paryatan Parv by way of organizing Cultural Events, Sensitization Programmes, Heritage walks, Programmes for Youth and School Students. Some of the States have planned activities for each of the day of the Paryatan Parv.
9th DAY OF PARYATAN PARV
Highlight of day 9th of Paryatan Parv was the launch of Tourism Projects in Mawlangwir Rurban Cluster for Construction of Eco-Park & Childrens’ Park, Construction of Heritage Village, Construction of View Points. South West Khasi Hills (Mawkyrwat) by the Ministry of Rural Development. Ministry of DONER conducted Community Sensitisation Workshop for Homestays and Bed & Breakfast Opportunities Itanagar and Jote Poma. Youth Parliament: Lectures and Discussions on importance of Tourism and youth involvement organized by Ministry of Youth affairs through NYKS in 4 Districts in Jharkhand. Workshop on Rare Traditional (Tribal) Instrument making, Documentation and Preservation of Dhumal Community at Naxalbari, West Bengal was organized by Lalit Kala Academy. The State Government of Uttarakhand has organized Gangotri Mahotsav at Uttarkashi. Painting and Essay Competitions for students has been organized by State Government of Kerala at Kollam & Alleppey Districts. Workshop on “Sustainable Tourism for Inclusive Growth of Rural Areas” was organized by Pondicherry University. India Tourism Offices in association with IHMs has organised various activities like Sensitization programmes, Nukkad Natak , Heritage walks, Workshops for local public and stakeholders at locations across the country
Tourism Fest’ to begin from October 6
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 5 October 2017
Over 18 thousand students registered themselves for participation in Tourism Quiz being organized in all the districts of the state on August 19. Quiz competition will be held in all the districts simultaneously. Orientation training was imparted to quiz master being appointed at district level for proper conduction of quiz at Bhopal today. Quiz Masters were apprised mainly about the important points of written test and multi-media quiz. A special tourism campaign is being organized from October 6 to October 25 in state. The campaign is being launched as ‘Tourism Fest’ as per Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. All districts have been directed to prepare a work plan and work accordingly. All district collectors have been directed to ensure that District Tourism Promotion Council (D.T.P.C) meetings are organized in their districts. These meetings will be presided over by the District Minister in charge. Any one tourism spot will be focused under the guidance of the district ministers in charge where various activities will be organized. Secretary to Chief Minister and Tourism Shri Hari Ranjan Rao has issued guidelines to all district collectors and secretary District Tourism Promotion Council in connection with the implementation of the work plan for the smooth operation of the special tourism campaign. In this it has been said that District Tourism Promotion Councils have been constituted in all districts under the innovations from the tourism perspective. It aims at taking important initiatives at the local level from tourism point of view to create public awareness besides improving quality of basic facilities available in tourism sites. The D.T.P.C meetings will be presided over by the district minister in charge and the works undertaken and achievements in tourism sector at state and district level will presented through small films and presentations. Tour operators and travel agents will also attend the meetings. Madhya Pradesh Tourism has set goal of construction of Way Side Amenities at every 40-50 km distance on importance roads under the Way Side Amenities policy. For this more than 300 spots have been identified. The work of Way Side Amenities is in progress at various places. During the campaign, the work of documentation, transfer of possession and public dedication of the Way Side Amenities that are ready will be undertaken. D.T.P.C will work with the support of local organizations to maintain cleanliness at various tourism centres under the ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’. Programmes like folk songs, folk dances, kala yatras, food festivals and street plays based on local tourism would be organized at the district level. Best quiz masters of the district playing an important role in the recently concluded tourism quiz contest will be honoured. It may be noted that more than 18,000 students from about 5990 schools took part in the tourism quiz held in all districts of the state. In view of skill enhancement and employment generation different training will be conducted on tourism related topics. Cultural programmes and adventure camps based on tourism would also be organized
Madhya Pradesh Tourism wins Hall of Fame Award
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 27 September 2017
Over 18 thousand students registered themselves for participation in Tourism Quiz being organized in all the districts of the state on August 19. Quiz competition will be held in all the districts simultaneously. Orientation training was imparted to quiz master being appointed at district level for proper conduction of quiz at Bhopal today. Quiz Masters were apprised mainly about the important points of written test and multi-media quiz. Madhya Pradesh has become the first state in the country which has bagged the Best Tourism State National Award since three consecutive years. Madhya Pradesh Tourism was conferred the Hall of Fame Award in New Delhi today. The award was given by the President Shri Ramnath Kovind at a grand ceremony organized at Vigyan Bhavan to Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) Shri Surendra Patwa, Chairman of State Tourism Development Corporation Shri Tapan Bhoumik and Secretary Tourism Shri Hariranjan Rao. The award carries a trophy and a citation. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Information Technology Shri K.J. Alphons was also present on the occasion. Madhya Pradesh has bagged 10 awards simultaneously on the occasion of World Tourism Day today. The State bagged the Most Innovative Tourist Product award for ‘Hanuwantiya Jal Mahotsav’ and Best State for Adventure Tourism. While Chanderi was adjudged the Best Heritage City, the Best Tourist Friendly Railway Station award went to Ujjain Railway Station and Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination of India was awarded to Khargone. The English Coffee Table Book published by M.P Tourism Board won national award for Excellence in Publishing. Similarly Madhya Pradesh also received the national award for Film Promotion Policy in Best Film Promotion Friendly State/Union Territory. The Hindi brochure published by Madhya Pradesh Tourism in Simhastha 2016 has bagged national award for Excellence in Publishing in Hindi. Best Wildlife Guide national award was bagged by Shri Saib Khan of Pachmarhi. Today happens to be the most important day for Madhya Pradesh Tourism as it bagged 10 prestigious awards at a grand ceremony in New Delhi. It may be noted that Madhya Pradesh Tourism has bagged national awards for the third consecutive year in the field of tourism. Madhya Pradesh Tourism was awarded in 5 categories last year and 6 in the year before last. It may be noted that Madhya Pradesh is home to amazing tourist sites, 3 world heritage sites, 2 jyotirlingas, historical and religious heritage sites, eco-tourism, national parks etc. that can mesmerize any tourist. Managing Director of M.P. State Tourism Corporation Smt. Chavi Bharadwaj, Additional Managing Director Dr. Shrikant Pandey, Executive Director Shri O.V. Choudhury and other officers were also present on the occasion.
Students of Bhopal Become Winner of State Level Tourism Quiz
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 27 September 2017
Over 18 thousand students registered themselves for participation in Tourism Quiz being organized in all the districts of the state on August 19. Quiz competition will be held in all the districts simultaneously. Orientation training was imparted to quiz master being appointed at district level for proper conduction of quiz at Bhopal today. Quiz Masters were apprised mainly about the important points of written test and multi-media quiz. Students of DPS Bhopal became winner and group of school students of Satna district became runner up of state level quiz competition organized on the occasion of ‘World Tourism Day’ under the joint aegis of Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation and Bhopal Tourism Promotion Council. Member of Parliament Shri Alok Sanjar and Collector Bhopal Shri Sudam Khade distributed medals and certificates to the winner, runner up teams beside other participants. Besides these two teams, school students’ teams from Sidhi, Damoh, Betul and Ashoknagar districts also took part in the quiz competition. In the multimedia quiz completion held on the lines of Kaun Banega Crorepati, 120 questions based on the places of ancient heritage of archeological importance, tourism and religious places beside their specialties had been asked through pictures. Presentation of quiz master Shri Ravikant Thakur was praised by all. Earlier at the first stage, written completion was held under the state level quiz competition,. School students’ teams of 51 districts of the state took part in the competition. Students participated in the written competition administered pledge to make Bhopal number - 1 in cleanliness. The students came from other districts also administered a pledge for their active participation to make their district especially their city clean.
TAMIL FILM ACTER SARATH KUMAR PARTICIPATES IN CLEANLINESS DRIVE OF M/o TOURISM IN CHENNAI
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 21 September 2017
Over 18 thousand students registered themselves for participation in Tourism Quiz being organized in all the districts of the state on August 19. Quiz competition will be held in all the districts simultaneously. Orientation training was imparted to quiz master being appointed at district level for proper conduction of quiz at Bhopal today. Quiz Masters were apprised mainly about the important points of written test and multi-media quiz. A grand cleanliness drive of Ministry of Tourism was organized in front of Dharmambal Polytechnic College, Taramani, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) today. The renowned Tamil Film Actor, Politician, Journalist, Former Mr. Madras ‘Supreme Star’ Shri Sarath Kumar was the chief guest. The program started with garlanding of the statue of father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi. Shri Sarath Kumar delivered an enthusiastic speech to the public regarding cleanliness and sensitize them for active participation in such cleanliness activities and to maintain the surroundings in a hygienic and litter free manner. The cleanliness activities started after the chief guest administered the Swachhta Pledge. Shri Sarath Kumar took part in the cleanliness activities along with Shri Shreevats Sanjay, Regional Director (South), India tourism, Chennai and Shri S.Rajamohan, Principal, Institute of Hotel Management, Chennai and tourism stakeholders from Hospitality and Travel Trade Industry. Drama Troupes from Song & Drama Division, Regional Centre, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting performed street show demonstrating Clean India activities. About 200 participants including the officials of India tourism, Chennai, students & faculty of Institute of Hotel Management and representatives of Tamilnadu Travel Mart Society. The area was thoroughly cleaned up and the garbage collected was disposed off. The program was welcomed by the local public and the students of the nearby institutions.
SHRI ALPHONS KANNANTHANAM ASSUMES CHARGE OF OFFICE OF MINISTER OF STATE (I/C) FOR TOURISM
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 4 September 2017
Over 18 thousand students registered themselves for participation in Tourism Quiz being organized in all the districts of the state on August 19. Quiz competition will be held in all the districts simultaneously. Orientation training was imparted to quiz master being appointed at district level for proper conduction of quiz at Bhopal today. Quiz Masters were apprised mainly about the important points of written test and multi-media quiz. Shri Alphons Kannanthanam assumes charge the office of Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism here today. He is a retired IAS officer of 1979 batch (Kerala cadre). He was in Time Magazine’s list of 100 Young Global Leaders. He pioneered the literacy movement in India by making Kottayam the first 100% literate town in India in 1989. He worked in the Indian Administration Service until 2006, when he was elected a Member of the Legislative Assembly, from Kanjirappally in Kottayam District of Kerala. He came into prominence when he served as the District Collector of Kottayam in 1988. He drove the literacy movement in the State and helped to make Kottayam town as the first 100% literate town in India in 1989. Shri Alphon’s life is nothing short of a miracle. Having passed his high school with 42% from a non electrified village Malayalam medium school, he became one of the toppers of the 1979 batch of the IAS. For 27 years he was the voice of the helpless citizens running pitched battles against the corrupt system. He was rated to be one of the most competent officers in the history of the civil service. He is an inspirational orator and has spoken to over three million people, mostly students, in the past 35 years. In 2006, he quit IAS, contested as an independent from Kanjirappally constituency and got elected as an MLA with huge majority, spending less than Rs. 10 lakh. He decided that he wanted to be different kind of an MLA. He drove his own car and lived in a tiny room in the rest house and got allocated Rs. 350 crores for the constituency and won the best MLA award.
Registration of 18 Thousand Students in Tourism School Quiz
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 10 Aug 2017
Over 18 thousand students registered themselves for participation in Tourism Quiz being organized in all the districts of the state on August 19. Quiz competition will be held in all the districts simultaneously. Orientation training was imparted to quiz master being appointed at district level for proper conduction of quiz at Bhopal today. Quiz Masters were apprised mainly about the important points of written test and multi-media quiz. It was informed during the training that free coupons will be provided to the successful participants of quiz competition for a visit to the major tourist destinations of the state. The successful students will conduct tour along with the quiz masters this time. After the visit, students will share their views, experiences, photographs, sketches etc. focusing these tourist destinations. Out of this, the selected material will be published at district level in the form of collection. Additional Managing Director of Tourism Board Dr. Shrikant Pandey inaugurated the Quiz Master Orientation training Programme lighting a lamp. He urged the quiz masters to make the quiz competition successful with team spirit and dedication. Moreover, Dr. Pandey said that students should be encouraged by quiz linking them with tourist places and heritages. Furthermore, it was informed that information on second quiz competition being organized by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has been called at national level. Necessary guidelines were provided mainly by Shri Ravikant Thakur and Shri Upendra Yadav of Education department in the training programme. Replies were given to the inquisitive questions of the participants in the questionnaire of the training programme. Deputy Director Tourism Board Shri Parmesh Jalote and Sushri Rashmi Bose besides other officers were present on the occasion.
15 water bodies notified to encourage water tourism
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 14 July 2017
The series of road shows and investors meet to be organised in different places began in Bhopal today with the aim of promoting investment in tourism sector in state. Road Shows and Investors Meets will be organized in seven more places in the next two months to apprise them with possibilities and facilities of investment in tourism and the New Tourism Policy. It was told at the Investors Meet that land is being allotted for 16 types of tourism projects. A Land Bank of nearly 477 hectares has been made. About Rs 24 crore capital funding has been made available to nearly 19 units. 15 water bodies have been notified to encourage water tourism. Land allocation process has been made totally transparent. Inaugurating the first Road Show and Investors Meet in Bhopal State Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Shri Tapan Bhoumik said that state government has implemented investor-friendly tourism policy in state. He has urged investors that they come forward to invest in tourism by taking the benefit of appeasement policy. Talking about the possibilities of tourism in state Shri Bhoumik said that house-boats, cruise and other water sport activities have been started in water-tourism areas. Tourism Secretary and Tourism Board M.D. Shri Hari Ranjan Rao said that the tourism sector is the main medium of employment generation today. Shri Rao said that nearly 78 job are created on an investment of Rs 10 lakhs in the tourism sector which is more than in other sectors. He told that more than a dozen hotels and resort in state’s hill station Pachmarhi are mostly full. It is clear that there are maximum possibilities in the hotel and hospitality sector in state. It has been decided to ensure its participation in private sector. Director Investment Promotion of Tourism Board Shri A.K. Rajoria apprised with the new tourism policy and its main points including water tourism policy, development of heritage hotels, participation of private sector in running of Marg Suvidha Kendras and Home-stay Yojana in his presentation. He told that there is need for more than 19,000 rooms in the state by coming 2020. It is clear that there are better opportunities for private sector in hotel and hospitality. There is possibility of nearly 10 time rise in employment and capital investment in tourism sector in the next one decade. Apart from the objectives of the newly constituted Tourism Board, its working system, Investment Promotion Cell, Land Bank, organizing of third Jal-Mahotsav Hanuvantiya useful information regarding new potential in tourism sector, road-map and future possibilities were also given in the presentation. At the outset, C.I.I Chairman Shri K.S. Nanda, Shri Pradeep and Shri Rajesh Agrawal welcomed the guests. Queries of the participants and investors were also answered during the questiona-answer session.
Tourist influx rises in Panna Tiger Reserve
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 12 July 2017
Around 38 thousand 545 tourists visited Panna Tiger Reserve in the tourism year 2016-17 that ended on June 30. The tourists included 28 thousand 79 Indians and 10 thousand 466 foreign tourists. Field Director Shri Vineet Jain told that there has been a rise in tourist inflow for the second consecutive year due to the hard work of the employees and increase in tourist facilities by the government. Last year 36 thousand 730 tourists and in the year 2014-15, 14 thousand 897 tourists had visited Panna Tiger Reserve to view it botanical and natural beauty besides increasing number of tigers. Taking into account the beginning of rainy season, tourists’ entry to the main reserve has been prohibited from June 30. Along with this, tourist facility has begun in the buffer zone from July 1. Online facility for buffer zone tourism is available. International tourism website ‘Trip Advisor’ has chosen Panna Tiger Reserve for the Award for Excellence for 2017 consecutive second year. This award is given on the basis of satisfaction of tourists after their visit.
Khajuraho Dance Festival Begins with Kathak Dance
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 20 Feb. 2017
Madhya Pradesh has been conferred “Best State for Pilgrimage Tourism Award-2015” for remarkable works of 43rd Khajuraho dance Festival was inaugurated on open sky dais near West Temples Group by the guests by lighting a lamp at Khajuraho. The festival was begun with the Kathak dance of Shri Anuj Mishra of New Delhi followed by Odissi dance presented by Sanchita Bahttacharya, an artist of Kolkata. Group Kathak dance was presented by Jaishree Acharya of Gudgaon in the end. Ten artists of Madhya Pradesh were awraded with Rupankar Kala award carrying a reward of Rs. 21 thousand to each artist.

As every year the festival will be organised from February 20 to 26. On the second day of the festival, Odissi dance will be presented by Sagun Bhutani of Gurgaon followed by Kathak duet dance by Yasmin Singh of Raipur and Odissi group dance by Daksha Mashruwala of Mumbai. On February 22, Bharatnatyam by Lavanya Shankar of Coimbatore, Kathak group dance by Rachna Yadav of Gurgaon, Mayurbhanj Chhau dance by Sadashiv Pradhan of Bhubaneshwar and Kathak dance by Shinjini Kulkarni will be presented. Moreover on February 23 Kathak dance by Sandeep Malik of Kolkata and Shikha Khare of New Delhi, Mohiniattam group dance by Pallavi Krishnan of Trichur and Kathak group dance by Rita Mitra Mustafi with Kathak dance theatre of U.S.A. will be showcased.

On February 24 Kathak dance by manjiri Kiran of Jaipur and Rasmani of Bhopal, Bharatnatyam by Rukmani Vijay Kumar of Bengaluru, Kuchipudi group dance by Vanshri Rao of Delhi. Similarly on February 25 Odissi dance by Somya Bose of Bhubaneshwar, Kathak by Nilakshi Roy of New Delhi, Maniupuri duet dance by Mansi Thiyam of Imphal and Suchitra Harmalkar of Indore will be presented.

On the concluding day of festival i.e. February 26, Bharatnatyam by Amit Chowdhary and kalpatru of Bangladesh, Kathak duet by Vidha Lal and Abhimanyu Lal, Odissi dance by Gori Diwedi and Bharatnatyam by Jyotsana Jagannath of Chennai will be presented.
In the seven day festival the Madhya Pardesh State Rupankar Art Awards and exhibition (Alankaran), art journey of Indian dance style Chhau (Nepathya), fair of Fine Arts (Art mart) fair of indigineous art tradition (Hunar), deliberation of artists and art critics(kala varta), films focussing artists and art traditions (Chal Chitra) and kala gatha of Bangladesh (Atithi Devo Bhava) will become centers of attraction.
MLAs Shri Pushpendra Pathak, Shri R.D. Tripathi, President Nagar parishad Khajuraho Smt. Kavita Singh and Commissioner Culture and Secretary Shri Rajesh Mishra were present on the occasion.


State Level Quiz
Bhopal:MMNN: Sept. 28, 2016
The final round of State level School Audio-Visual Quiz Contest concluded today on World Tourism Day, was interesting and knowledgeable. Contestants and audience present in the contest, made it successful by participating in the quiz. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation presented awards on the spot to participants.
Total 18 participants of six teams, selected from the state, for the final round of the state level school audio-visual quiz contest of Madhya Pradesh tourism, participated in it. The teams were named as Delawari, Maheshwar, Madhai, Hanuvantia, Orcha and Sanchi places.
Six rounds of the contests were Jhat Pat Bol, Soch Samajhkar Bol, Jo Bola Vahi Sikandar, Pradesh Ki Pahchan, Ab Batao To Jane, Parakhi Nazar, Dekho Suno Dhyan Se and Cinema Aur Madhya Pradesh Paryatan. On the line of KBC, teams participating in final rounds were given optional life line like - Guru Ki Sharan Main, Dost Ki Madad and Ek Nahi Do Jawab.
Questions were asked related with Bhopal, Mandu, Orchha, Pachmarhi, Bheembaithka, Khajuraho, Sanchi, Udaigiri, Bhojpur, Maheshwar, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Govindgarh, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panch and Panna National Park. Questions were also asked on television advertisements related with Madhya Pradesh tourism.
Students participating in the quiz said they found the rare opportunities to know the state tourism, forests and wildlife, history, culture and great heritage through the quiz. They also realized that they must visit tourism places of the state first so that they can better understand state, districts, surrounding places and nature.
Secretary, tourism and MD Tourism Development Corporation Shri Hari Ranjan Rao and additional managing director Sushri Tanvi Sundriyal encouraged the participants in the final round. Corporation officials and teachers-students of different districts were present on the occasion.



BRICS convention on Tourism at Khajuraho
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 2 Sept. 2016










World's fourth largest newspaper creating OOH delight in Simhastha
Bhopal:MMNN: May 9, 2016
Thousands of saints("sadhus") clad in saffron robes with ashes smeared on their body and dreadlocked hair , few of them called 'Naga Sadhus' may not wear even any cloth –considered as a sign of separation from the materialistic world, the heavy smell of burning butter lamps, camphor and incense sticks have started adding religious fervor to the much awaited month-long congregation Kumbh.
After 12 years, Ujjain, one of the most sacred places in India located on the banks of the holy Kshipra river in the western region of Madhya Pradesh is again gearing up for the largest spiritual gathering on earth-Kumbh. Kumbh Mela is held at each of the four places namely Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain once in every 12 years. Kumbh in Ujjain is held when a rare configuration of planets takes place i.e. when the Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter in the zodiac Leo. The position of th e Sun, Moon and Jupiter in different zodiac signs determines the location of the Kumbh in each of these places. This year Kumbh is scheduled from 22nd Arpil-21st May 2016 in Ujjain. Simhastha Kumbh-the largest spiritual gathering on earth is expected to attract more than 50 million people from across the globe.
According to Hindu mythology, the churning of ocean by the Gods and demons yielded a jar (Kumbh) full of nectar (Amrit). Gods did not wish to share it with demons. At the instance of Lord Indra(the King of Gods), his son Jayanta tried to run away with the jar, but he was followed by some of the demons. During the struggle for its possession, few nectar drops dropped at the holy rivers of these four places-Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Ujjain and Nasik on earth.
Unique opportunity to reach out to more than 50 million people
As India's largest and world's fourth largest circulated daily (44 million readers) and a direct reach of more than 3,000 towns, Dainik Bhaskar decided to capitalize on this once in 12 years opportunity. Planning for the same started more than a year back. After several rounds of discussions with the external stakeholders like the municipal corporation, mela authorities and the local population, the plan was frozen and divided into three legs to ensure optimal reach:
1) Build-up to Kumbh(Oct'15- Jan'16) Hoardings on all the four major roads to the city, Banners, Beautification drive with colorful wall paintings and overhead water tank paintings, T-Gates, Community Connect meetings and release of special cover.
2) Activation Support to Local administration(Feb'16-Mar ' 16) 'Maha Arti, Installation of RO plant at the Mahakal Complex and a Kavi Sammelan on and dedicated to sacred shipra river.
3) During the Kumbh(Apr'16-May'16) Changing Room for the ladies at bathing ghats, information booklets and brochures for the pilgrims, newspaper stands at major hotels and garden umbrellas Mr. Vikas Singh, Associate Vice President-Brand Marketing-Dainik Bhaskar says "While Madhya Pradesh Government is leaving no stone unturned to deliver a great experience for the devotees, we are happy to have partnered with Govt. on this".
As part of this partnership, we organized a 'Maha Yatra' and a 'Maha Arti' on 20th March 2016. 'Maha Yatra' started from Shirsagar, one of the seven sacred lakes of Ujjain and ended up at R amghat, the main Ghat. During the Maha Yatra,people saw glimpses of the popular tra dition of Nagar praveshi of major akhadas.More than 10,000 people participated in this four kilometer long yatra.The Yatra, then culminated at Ram Ghat where Grand Arti at Shipra river by more than 200 priests was performed.Free bells and cymbals were distributed to more than 20,000 people at the ghat.The local administration also pitched in with OOH creatives that asked people to come out and witness the spectacular turnaround of the city.
The enthusiasm and participation shown by the locals of Ujjain during Maha-Aarti organized by Dainik Bhaskar culminated into Golden Book of World Records comprising most people participating in this auspicious event.
To provide clean and cold drinking water in the scorching hot months of Apr-May, Dainik Bhaskar has installed drinking-cum-RO plant at the main Mahakal complex. A large LED screen too has been installed inside the complex where people can see live visuals of the Mahakal Garbha Griha.
Dainik Bhaskar is also coming up with a 500 pager Coffee table book- lavishly interspersed with pictures some of which will be in public domain for the first time. This will basically be a rich visual depiction of all facets of Ujjain with reference to Kumbh. The book will borrow references from various religious texts like Skanda Purana and Bhag-wat Purana, classical literature like Kalidas's Meghdoot and Raguvansham, historical documents like Govt gazettes and various others contemporary publications.
Talking about this build up, Mr. Vinay Maheshwari, Senior Vice President-Sales and Market Development and Brand Marketing, Dainik Bhaskar Group said "Being India's largest and World's fourth largest newspaper, we are driven by one of the core values of being connected with our stakeholders. Kumbh is an incredible platform to demonstrate that we care and hence, concentrated our efforts towards achieving this"
This Simhastha Kumbh offers a great opportunity for brand activation . With more than 50 million expected in a month, it offers any brand low cost per contact. Brands like Dainik Bhaskar are leveraging this opportunity to the fullest.

Mukundpur White Tiger Safari to be best in world
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 5 April 2016
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Mukundpur White Tiger Safari would be developed as the best in the world. Its identity would be carved at global level. No fund crunch would be allowed in it. Shri Chouhan was dedicating world's first White Tiger Safari at village Mukundpur in Satna district today.
Remembering Maharaja Martand Singh Judeo, the Chief Minister lauded his love and kindness towards wildlife. CM Shri Chouhan announced to name the Safari after Maharaja Martand Singh Judeo. Shri Chouhan said that dream of translocating heritage of Vindhya to the region has been fulfilled. For this, he lauded efforts of Union Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of State Shri Prakash Javadekar, Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar and Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla.
The Chief Minister said that commencement of the Safari will promote tourism in the region. New vistas of livelihood will be open up resulting in prosperity of the area. He also called for entry of local people to the Safari free of cost for one day every week. He announced to upgrade Mukundpur high school to higher secondary school and Rewa's airstrip to airport. He said that Satna airstrip will also be improved further.
Presiding over the function, Union MoS for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javedekar said that 75 percent of total population of tigers is in our country. He said that Mukundpur White Tiger Safari is indeed unique. It is a conducive region for tigers. He said that proper measures will be taken to develop the Safari and Centre would provide adequate funds for it. Efforts will be made to accord the Safari given 7-Star status.
Union Minister for Steel and Mines Shri Tomar said that Mukundpur White Tiger Safari is a matter of happiness and good fortune for Vindhya region. White Tigers were identity of Rewa. With their translocation, Rewa has regained its glory. Lauding concerted efforts by the Central and Union Governments for Safari's establishment, he described it as best example of commitment towards people's sentiments.
Forest Minister Dr. Shejwar said that wait of Vindhya region's people has ended with translocation of white tigers. For this, Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla chose Mukundpur. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan extended maximum cooperation in removing all hurdles in it. Similarly, Central Zoo Authority, Union Ministers Shri Tomar and Shri Javadekar also extended maximum cooperation.
Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla said that it was cherished dream of people of Vindhya region that white tiger should be translocated to the area. Keeping this in view, this initiative was taken and Vindhya region regained its pride. Shri Shukla urged to name the safari after Maharaja Martand Singh
Deputy Speaker of Vidhan Sabha Shri Rajendra Kumar Singh said that roars of white tigers have reverberated in the area after a gap of 40 years. Mohan was world-famous. Honour of this area has been enhanced by translocating white tigers at Mukundpur.
Former Minister Shri Pushpraj Singh lauded efforts of Shri Rajendra Shukla. Shri Singh said that he has given motivational contribution in establishment of White Tiger Safari. After Khajuraho, tourists will visit Mukundpur due to which income of the area will increase and unemployment will be reduced.
Satna MP Shri Ganesh Singh said that the district has got a novel gift. Rewa MP Shri Janardan Mishra said that the state government has undertaken remarkable works during last 10 years directly benefiting the people.
Tribal Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, MP Sushri Reeti Pathak, Zila Panchayat President Shri Abhay Mishra, local MLAs, other public representatives and common people were present on the occasion.

Tiger Tourism to Boost Tourist inflow
Our Correspondent 27 Feb. 2016
Tiger tourism in Madhya Pradesh will get a boost this year.
To spread awareness about national animal, Indian Railways will offer complete packages including train journey, safaris and accommodation to cover the wildlife circuit comprising Kanha, Pench and Bandhavgarh tiger reserves.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu while presenting the Railway Budget 2016-17 in Parliament on Thursday said tourism holds great potential for economic development and job creation.
Indian Railways will be partnering with the state governments for operating tourist circuit trains and explore the possibility of a revenue sharing model.
"Promotion of tourism through Railway museums and UNESCO world heritage Railways will be our special focus." he said.
Railway minister also said that India's rich bio diversity and wildlife is one of the mainstays of Incredible India campaign.
However, wildlife activist Ajay Dubey expressed apprehension in introducing a dedicated tiger circuit. "Such a tiger track will pose a threat to the big cats who move around freely in the reserves and chances of animals being hit by trains could increase.
Already, 4 big cats in the state have died this year. It is important that the Union and state government endeavour to save wildlife and work towards their protection rather than investing in such tourism activities."
Last year, Madhya Pradesh recorded country's third highest tiger mortality with 11 tiger deaths, according to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
The first big cat death in the country this year was also reported from MP's Pench Tiger Reserve on January 2.


Madhya Pradesh gets 6 national awards in tourism sector
Our Correspondent 21 Sept. 2015
The Eco-Tourism Board is launching one-day tour package “Jungle Madhya Pradesh has been conferred 6 national awards in tourism sector. The prestigious awards were given away by President Dr. Pranab Mukherjee to Minister of State for Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa in New Delhi on Friday. Union Minister of State for Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma was also present on the occasion.
Madhya Pradesh has been conferred second prize for overall tourism development and Gwalior Best Heritage City Award. Maheshwar town of Khargone district has been conferred first prize for best public amenity management at B Category tourist destinations, Habibganj Tourist Friendly Railway Station Award, Bhojpur’s Shiv Mandir Best Maintained Disabled Friendly Monument Award and Tourism Development Corporation’s unit Sair-Sapata, Bhopal has been conferred Most Innovative and Unique Tourism Project Award.
Criteria for awards
Madhya Pradesh got second prize for all-round tourism development for making available air taxi facility by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation for tourists. The state also carved out its identity as pioneer in case of bus facility between major cities. Due to air taxi facility, tourists from major cities of the country Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Raipur etc. For basic tourism amenities, 70 hotels are being operated in the state. Of these, 12 hotels have got ISO Certificate.
State’s achievement of providing 3-star hotels, heritage hotels and other facilities have been adjudged outstanding. Making available high level computerization facility, adventure tourism, water sports, eco tourism, film tourism, international level publicity, communication and security arrangements at tourism centres, skill development programme and Hunar Se Rozgar have been effectively implemented in the state.
Gwalior has been adjudged Best Heritage due to presence of Mausoleum of Shan Mohammad Ghauas, Gawalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace, Tansen’s Mausoleum, Gujri Mahal, Chaturbhuj Mandir etc. Gwalior was founded by Scindia and earlier dynasties as heritage city. The city has famous temples, Samadhi Sthals and archaeological remains in Jai Vilas Palace and Gujri Mahal Museum.
Maheshwar is famous as city of Holkar dynasty’s queen Maharani Ahilya Bai. Special attention has been paid there to Swachh Maheshwar, bio-toilet facility, cleaning of Narmada ghats and tourist facilities. Besides, efforts of self-help groups regarding Maheshwar saris have also been laudaed. The town has global identity for its Maheshwar saris, cloth, dopattas and dress materials.
Speciality of Best Tourist Friendly Railway Station Habibganj is that it has ultramodern facilities including air-conditioned rooms, bio-toilets and retiring room for tourists. It has also round-the-clock food plaza, pre-paid taxi facility, high level security, CC TV cameras and hoardings and signages to guide tourists at several places.
Best Maintained and Disabled Friendly Shiv Mandir at Bhojpur was built by Parmar King Raja Bhoj. It is famous as one of the major tourist destinations. It has benches in gardens, other public amenities, cultural signages and notice boards, interpretation centre, ramps and wheelchairs for disabled tourists etc.
Speciality of Sair-Sapata of Bhopal adjudged Most Innovative and Unique Tourism Project is that it is regarded as best sight-seeing spot for tourists. Spread over 24.56 acres, Sair-Sapata has musical fountains, sports facilities for children, toy train and 183.20 by 3.50 meter suspension bridge, which is famous for its architecture.

Turnaround Man Ashwani Lohani to takeover as Air India CMD
Our Correspondent Bhopal, 21 Aug. 2015
Ashwini Lohani - a well known Tourism Professional who provided new identity Nationally and Internationally to the Madhya Pradesh Tourism. and turned the MPTDC into profit making unit appointed as the sick Air India's CMD.
FIF chairman Dr. Anoop Swarup while congratulating him for the coveted position and confidence shown by the tourism Ministry in Sh. Lohani.
Mr. Shiv Harsh Suhalka, secretary General and Editor in chief, MetroMirror.com wished Mr. Lohani a very fruitful tenure at Air India.
Mr. Suhalka said that Mr. Ashwini Lohani is a person with Right skills, Right Attitude, and Right integrity. He is known as the turnaround man with caliber & confidence who is always ready to take up new challenges.
The appointment committee of the union cabinet gave the approval for a tenure of three years, or until further orders, whichever is earlier, sources told" Lohani is a perfect choice for the airline in view of his long experience with public sector undertaking and operational experience as Divisional Railway Manager in Delhi," the source added.
An Indian Railway Service officer of 1980 batch , Lohani's experience of running PSUs dates back to 2002, when he was the CMD of Indian Tourism Development Corporation, where he was credited for turning around Ashoka Hotel in Delhi by turning it profitable after years of losses.
A qualified mechanical engineer, Lohani is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and transport. Current Air India CMD Rohit Nandan's one-year extension ends on Thursday.

Grand stall of MP Tourism in Malaysia

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation put up a grand stall at the Exchange. At the stall, Tourism Minister Shri Puar accorded a warm welcome to Malaysian Tourism Minister Shri N.G. Yen Yen and informed him about the tourism in the state. Folders on various tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh, maps, CDs etc were displayed at the stall. The material was specially made available to travel agents of Malaysia and other foreign countries. Besides Malaysian people, citizens of other countries also evinced keen interest in information about Sanchi, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Bhopal and other tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh.


By Metro Mirror Team

...An Invitation to Discover Modern Madhya Pradesh

n invitation to visit and explore the glory and majesty that is- Madhya Pradesh, in all its natural splendour. Bandhavagarh: this is a small National Park; compact, yet full of game. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. This is also White Tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured by Maharajah Martand Singh in 1951. This white tiger, Mohan, is now stuffed and on display in the Place of the Maharajahs of Rewa. Bandhavagarh is densely populated with other species: the great gaur, or Indian bison, can be seen with ease, as they come onto the meadows to graze at dusk; sambar and barking deer are a common sight, and nilgai are to be seen in the more open areas of the park.

The terrain is of great rocky hills rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley bottoms. The finest of these hills is Bandhavgarh, sided with great cliffs and eroded rocks and on its highest point stands Bandhavgarh fort, thought to be some 2,000 years old. Scattered throughout the park, and particularly around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines and ancient Sanskrit inscriptions.

Covering 448 sq km, Bandhavgarh is situated in Shahdol district among the outlying hills of the Vindhya Range. At the center of the Park is Bandhavgarh hill; rising 811 meters above MSL- surrounding it are a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys. These valleys end in small, swampy meadows, locally known as, bohera. The lowest point in the park is at Tala (440 meters above MSL).

The vegetation is chiefly of Sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes, gradually changing to mixed deciduous forest on the hills and in the hotter, drier areas of the park in the south and west. Bamboo is found throughout. There are three well-defined seasons- the cool (from middle of October to end of February), the hot (from March to middle of June) and the wet (from middle of June to middle of October). The mean annual rainfall is 1, 173 mm, coming mostly in the rainy season. The temperature ranges from a maximum of 42 D Celsius in May and June, to around 4 D Celsius in winter.

Prior to becoming a National Park, the forest around Bandhavgarh has long been maintained as a Shikargarh, or game preserve of the Maharajahs of Rewa. The Maharajahs and their guests carried out hunting - otherwise the wildlife was relatively well protected. It was considered a good omen for Rewa to shoot 109 tigers -His Highness Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh shot 111 tigers by 1914. In 1947 Rewa State was merged with Madhya Pradesh; Bandhavgarh came under the regulation of Madhya Pradesh. The Maharajah of Rewa still retained the hunting rights of Bandhavgarh and no special conservation measures were taken until 1968, when the areas were constituted as a National Park. Since then, numerous steps have been taken to retain Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt natural habitat.

What to see

The fort : No records remain to show when Bandhavgarh fort was constructed. It is thought, however, to be some 2000 years old, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Naradpanch Ratra and the Siva Purana. Various dynasties have ruled the fort; for example, the Maghas from the 1st century AD, the Vakatakas from the 3rd century, the Sengars from the 5th century and the Kalachuris from the 10th century. In the 13th century AD. The Baghels took over, ruling from Bandhavgarh until 1617, when Maharajah Vikarmditya Singh moved his capital to Rewa. The last inhabitants deserted the fort in 1935.

Flora and fauna : The forest of Bandhavgarh can be classified as moist deciduous, and the National Park holds all those animal species, which are typical of this habitat in Central India. Certain areas of the Park (particularly the south and west) are drier in character, and hold such species as the nilgai and the chinkara. Sal forest occurs throughout the valleys, giving way to mixed forest, which occurs where the soil is of relatively poor quality on the upper hill slopes, on rocky outcrops and in the south and west. Grassy meadow patches occur in the valley and along the nalas.

Wildlife : There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Common langurs and rhesus macaque represent the primate group. Carnivores include the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal fox, sloth bear, ratel, grey mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard and tiger. The artiodactyls frequently sighted are wild pig, spotted deer, sambar, chausingha, nilgai, chinkara and gaur. Mammals such as dhole, the small Indian civet, palm squirrel and lesser bandicoot rat are seen occasionally. Among the herbivores, gaur is the only coarse feeder. The vegetation along streams and marshes is rich in bird-life. The common ones are little grebe, egret, lesser adjutant, sarus crane, black ibis, lesser whistling teal, white-eyed buzzard, black kite, crested serpent eagle, black vulture, Egyptian vulture, common peafowl, red jungle fowl, dove, parakeet, kingfisher and Indian roller. Reptilian fauna include cobra, krait, viper, ratsnake, python, turtle and a number of lizard varieties, including varanus.

Wildlife Viewing : There are two main ways of getting about in the park - in a motor vehicle or on elephant back. Many of the animals are accustomed to both; even so, it is best to talk quietly and not make rapid movements. Jeep safaris are best undertaken from dawn until about 10 a.m. and from about 4 p.m. until dusk, as the animals are most active during these periods. A Forest Department guide must always accompany you. This guide will be able to direct you and point out wildlife.

Elephants are used every morning by the Forest Department for tiger tracking. If a tiger is found, then the elephant will take you directly to the tiger either from the Lodge or from a nearby point reached by jeep/car.

How to Get There

By Air : The most convenient route to Bandhavgarh is by air to Khajuraho from where it is a five-hour drive (237km). Though long, the drive is interesting; the road crosses the Ken river, some stretches of which have been declared a crocodile sanctuary famous for the ghariyal, a rare fish-eating crocodile; and goes past Panna town, famous for its diamond mines, to Satna, the midway point, from where it branches off on a subsidiary road across ridges of the Vindhyachal to Bandhavgarh.

By Rail : The nearest railway stations near Bandhavgarh are Jabalpur (164 km), Katni (102 km), and Satna (120 km), on the Central Railway and Umaria (35 km) on the South Eastern Railway.

By Road : State/private transport buses ply between Katni & Umaria and from Satna A Rewa to Tala (Bandhavgarh). Taxis are available at Satna Jabalpur, Katni, Umaria, Bilaspur (300 km) and Khajuraho.

BHIMBETKA/BHOJPUR : Surrounded by the northern fringe of the Vindhyan ranges, Bhimbetka lies 46 km south of Bhopal. In this rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs, over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age were recently discovered Here, in vivid panoramic detail, paintings in over 500 caves depict the life of the prehistoric cave-dwellers, making the Bhimbetka group an archaeological treasure, an invaluable chronicle in the history of man. Executed mainly in red and white with the occasional use of green and yellow, with themes taken from the everyday events of aeons ago, the scenes usually depict hunting, dancing, music, horse and elephant riders, animals fighting, honey collection, decoration of bodies, disguises, masking and household scenes. Animals such as bisons, tigers, lions, wild boar, elephants, antelopes, dogs, lizards, crocodiles etc. have been abundantly depicted in some caves. Popular religious and ritual symbols also occur frequently. The superimposition of paintings shows that different people used the same canvas at different times. The drawings and paintings can be classified under seven different periods:

Period I - (Upper Paleolithic): These are linear representations, in green and dark red, of huge figures of animals such as bisons, tigers, and rhinoceroses.

Period II - (Mesolithic): Comparatively small in size, the stylized figures in this group show linear decoration on the body. In addition to animals, there are human figures and hunting scenes, giving a clear picture of the weapons they used: barbed spears, pointed sticks, bows and arrows. The depiction of communal dances, birds, musical instruments, mother and child, pregnant women, men carrying dead animals, drinking and burials appear in rhythmic movement.

Period III - (Chaleolithic): Similar to the paintings of Chaleolithic pottery, these drawings reveal that during the period the cave dwellers of this area had come in contact with the agricultural communities of the Malwa plains and started an exchange of their requirements with each other.

Period IV & V - (Early Historic): The figures of this group have a schematic and decorative style, and are painted mainly in red, white and yellow. The association is of riders, depiction of religious symbols, tunic-like dresses and the existence of scripts of different periods. The religious beliefs are represented by figures of yakshas, tree gods and magical sky chariots.

Period VI &VII - (Medieval): These paintings are geometric, linear and more schematic, but they show degeneration and crudeness in their artistic style. The colours used by the cave dwellers were prepared combining manganese, haematite soft red stone and wooden coal. Sometimes the fat of animals and extracts of leaves were also used in the mixture. The colours have remained intact for many centuries due to the chemical reaction resulting from their oxide present on the surface of the rocks.

BHOJPUR

Founded by the legendary Parmar King of Dhar, Raja Bhoj (1010-'53), and named after him, Bhojpur, 28 km from Bhopal, is renowned for the remains of its magnificent Shiva Temple and Cyclopean dam.

The Temple, which has earned the nomenclature of the Somnath of the East, is known as the Bhojeshwar Temple. In plan a simple square, with an exterior dimension of 66 feet, it is devoid of the re-entrant angles usual in such buildings. The richly carved dome, though incomplete, has a magnificent, soaring strength of line and is supported by four pillars. These, like the dome, have been conceived on a massive scale; yet retain a remarkable elegance because of their tapering form. Divided into three sections, the lowest is an octagon with facets of 2.12 feet, from which springs a 24-faced section. Richly carved above, the doorway is plain below, throwing into sharp relief the two exquisitely sculpted figures that stand on either side. On the other three sides of the structure are balconies, each supported by massive brackets and four intricately carved pillars. The lingam in the sanctum rises to an awe-inspiring height of 7.5 feet with a circumference of 17.8 feet Set upon a massive platform 21.5 feet square, and composed of three superimposed limestone blocks, the architectural harmony of lingam and platform creates a superb synthesis of solidity and lightness. The temple was never completed, and the earthen ramp used to raise it to dome-level still stands. Had it been completed, it would have had very few rivals. As it is, even with the ravages of time, it remains one of the best examples of temple architecture of the 12th and 13th centuries. Also incomplete, and with a similar stone-raising ramp, is a Jain shrine that stands close to the Bhojeshwar temple. Three figures of the Tirthankaras are contained within, one being a colossal statue of Mahavira 20 feet high, and the other two of parashvanath. Rectangular in plan, this temple probably belongs to the same period as the Bhojeshwar. West of Bhojpur once lay a vast lake, but nothing remains except the ruins of the magnificent old dams by which its waters were contained. The site was chosen with great skill, as a natural wall of hills enclosed the whole area except for two gaps, 100 yards and 500 yards in width respectively. These were closed by gigantic earthen dams, faced on both sides with enormous blocks of sandstones, many being 4 feet long, 3 feet broad and 2.5 feet thick, set without mortar. The smaller dam is 44 feet high and 300 feet thick at the base, the larger dam 24 feet high with a flat top 100 feet broad. These embankments held up an expanse of water of about 250 square miles.
This great work is ascribed to Raja Bhoj, but it may possibly be of an earlier date. The lake was destroyed by Hoshang Shah of Malwa (1405-34), who cut through the lesser dam.

 
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