Winter is perhaps the best time to travel in India. It is when you no longer feel the wrath of summer heat so it is easier to go sight-seeing and explore those hidden corners of all your favorite destinations. Many places in the country become beautiful bounties of nature during winter. Misty landscapes, breathtaking hillocks, marvelous lakes and rivers and stunning beaches are what await you all over India during the winter season. One of the best states to visit during this season is Madhya Pradesh. It is home to some amazing temples, lovely wildlife sanctuaries and historical sites that are perfect to be explored during the winter season. (ALSO SEE Offbeat Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh, The Heart of Incredible India) Here are some of the best winter holiday destinations in Madhya Pradesh for 2017.

Pench National Park

Pench

Pench

Pench National Park is one of the finest places to witness wildlife in its natural habitat in India. Spreading across parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Pench is considered a great place to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also home to other species like wild dogs, sambar, nilgai, wild boar, Indian leopard, striped hyena and the Indian gaur among others.

Khajuraho

Khajuraho

Khajuraho

Known for the Khajuraho group of monuments which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khajuraho is a lovely historical place to visit in MP. The erotic sculptures on the walls of the temples here have drawn a lot of attention. But there is a lot more to Khajuaraho than these sculptures. The winter weather here is perfect for a relaxing vacation.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the country’s best National Parks. It is known for its large population of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger which is a delight to witness in the wild. It is also home to several leopards, deer, sambar, langur, Indian bison and white tigers. Surrounded by beautiful hills, Bandhavgarh makes for a beautiful winter holiday spot.

Gwalior

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort

Known for the humongous and alluring Gwalior Fort, this city is another great winter destination in Madhya Pradesh. Its food, people and historic architecture make Gwalior an amazing place to visit for those who want a sneak peek into the culture of Madhya Pradesh.

Bhimbetka

Bhimbetka

Bhimbetka

Bhimbetka is renowned the world over for its ancient rock shelters and caves. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bhimebetka is believed to be one of the oldest homes to humans. It may have been occupied over 10,000 years ago. The historic cave paintings take you back in time and are a great reason for history buffs to visit this lovely destination.

So, this winter, go slightly offbeat and take your family to Madhya Pradesh. You will be surprised at how much it had to offer.