The 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from 8-10 January 2023, which will witness the participation of representatives of the Indian overseas community from all over the world. Besides the great networking opportunities offered by the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention, here is a quick list of 17 reasons why you should not lose the chance to explore Indore and Madhya Pradesh.
Witness the Cleanest City in India
Indore has been awarded as the cleanest city for the 6th consecutive year in the Swachh Survekshan 2022, the annual cleanliness survey under Swachh Bharat Mission. It is also India’s first 7-star garbage free city. The concept of ‘Dustbin on wheels’ is also very famous here where people carry dustbins on their vehicles to throw trash.
Take a Holy Dip in Ujjain
The city of Ujjain is considered to be one such place where you can experience the divinity to calm the soul. A holy dip on the ghats of river Shipra provides a rejuvenating experience which one should not miss while they visit Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Indore.
Connect to the Spiritual Self
You can connect to your spiritual self by visiting devout Chitrakoot, divine Amarkantak, Goddess’ abode Maihar, ancient city Ujjain,Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhod, magnificent Maheshwar, sublime Mandsaur, spiritual Omkareshwar, among others.
Madhya Pradesh is famous for its grandeur heritage, including Bhimbetka caves for the oldest-known rock art, sun temple, Mandu for marvelous monuments, Orchha for temples and palaces, and Jai Vilas Palace among others. Explore these varied forms of architectural heritage and relish the culture of India.
Visit Khajuraho for magnificence and intricate sculptures
Built around thousands of years ago, this scriptural marvel is one of the famous sites among the tourists. The temple portrays different forms of life. Once a group of 85 temples, today only 20 of them are left. This is one of the must-visit places for those who travel to MP. PBD 2023 is a perfect opportunity to explore such splendorous architecture.
Explore the religious marvel at Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa is one of the oldest buddhist stupas and is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. The stupa is also associated with the theme park and Sanchi Museum. Beyond its significance as a religious site, it also depicts the journey towards enlightenment.
Venture into jungles & trek for the famous waterfall
Far from the city, Madhya Pradesh offers you some amazing trekking trails to submerge in the scenic beauty. Ginnorgarh Trek, Forsyth Trail, and Patalpani Trek are some exquisite treks for nature lovers. Do not forget to indulge in the beauty of waterfalls and dense jungles while you trek these beautiful places. Some of these places provide amazing camping facilities too. You may try out the camps near Patalpani Waterfall, Indore; Waterfall View Camp at Bhedaghat, Jabalpur etc.
Madhya Pradesh is home to some of the rare flora and fauna. There are 11 National Parks, 24 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 6 Tiger Reserves in M.P. Experience the true spirit of jungles and witness the majestic tigers among other animals. Recently Kuno National Park has garnered international attention with the introduction of African Cheetah.
Enjoy India’s First Hot Air Balloon Safari
Take the jungle safari experience to another level and explore the wildlife on a hot air balloon. This is India’s first hot air balloon safari which will provide you a unique adventurous journey through the wildlife.
Madhya Pradesh is the heaven for food lovers. From Poha & Jalebi for breakfast to Meetha Samosa, Mawa Bati & Bhutte ki kees for evening snacking, the place is a treat to indulge in food hopping. Do not miss out the range of snacks in Chappan Dukaan for the amazing culinary experience.
Immerse in the Gharana Music and Dance
Madhya Pradesh is proud to be associated with two greatest singers of Indian history – Tansen and Baiju Bawara. Senia Gharana of Tansen and Gwalior Gharana of Natthan Peerbaksh are the two famous Gharanas of music. The rich tribal heritage of Madhya Pradesh also offers some of the best dance forms.
Indulge in Shopping at the local Market
Once in MP, one can indulge in the shopping spree in the local market. These markets are flooded with ethnic collections and handicraft work. Chanderi and Maheshwari saree are among the specialities of MP and among one of the oldest handlooms.
Meet Nandana and Batik Printers
Indore offers a rich cultural heritage when it comes to art and craft. Batik print is as old as 2000 years which makes it one of the oldest art forms. Meet the talented Batik and Nandana printers and learn the art of such printing.
Explore the bamboo craft
Madhya Pradesh is known to provide one of the best bamboo crafts with a unique combination of traditional expertise and modern designs. Beyond being a handicraft, the art of bamboo craft also represents the identities for some of the tribal groups. It is highly recommended to purchase some of these crafts as souvenirs.
Wide variety of Marble and Leather Sculptures
MP offers a wide range of marble and leather sculptures for art lovers. The leather toys of Madhya Pradesh have earned the GI (Geographical Indicator) tag and represent the rich cultural heritage of Madhya Pradesh. The Marble sculptures made from the Marble rocks of Narmada river are yet another masterpiece.
Learn about the Tribal Culture
There are 45 recognised tribes in Madhya Pradesh. Bhils and Gonds are the most prominent tribal group while Baiga tribe is one of the oldest tribes of Madhya Pradesh. Explore more about the tribes and their unique culture through various tribal museums. Don’t forget to try out the Baiga cuisine.
Bhimbetka Prehistoric Art
Unfold the prehistoric era with the Bhimbetka art which dates back to approximately 30000 years. One of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, the place has around 760 rock shelters with beautiful paintings depicting animals and human figures. Interestingly, these rock paintings have a close resemblance to the one found in Kakadu National Park in Australia and those of Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert and Upper Palaeolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France.