Madhya Pradesh is a state in central India. Its capital is Bhopal and the largest city is Indore with Gwalior, Jabalpur, and Ujjain being the other major cities. Nicknamed the "heart of India" due to its geographical location in India, Madhya Pradesh is the second-largest state in the country by area. It borders the states of Uttar Pradesh to the northeast, Chhattisgarh to the southeast, Maharashtra to the south, Gujarat to the west, and Rajasthan to the northwest.
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- For many observers, Madhya Pradesh is the true land of the tiger; not only does it have the highest tiger population in India, it also has some of the most exciting habitats anywhere in the tiger's range. These include the steep ledges that look down on the raging Ken River in Panna, the exquisite bamboo forests of Bandhavgarh, the open meadows of Kanha and the rolling highlands of Satpura. Here, in Satpura the river meanders around looming cliffs, creating landscapes of infinite beauty. Barking deer watch you pass, paralysed for a few seconds, before bounding away; sambar seem immense and dark with coats that look like velvet.
- Valmik Thapar (1997). Land of the Tiger: A Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent. University of California Press. p. 244. ISBN 978-0-520-21470-5.