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Profitable and delightful days in India during Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart 2015.

Profitable and delightful days in India during Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart 2015.
Motaz Othman
Bhopal - Madhya Pradesh, India
India is a wonderful and marvelous destination, wherever you go you will be amazed by everything you see. My trip this time to India was to Madhya Pradesh State to participate at Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart that took place in Bhopal city between 16-22 October 2015.
India is so close to Middle East in different meanings, In distance, It\'s only few hours flying with huge connections, Indians and Middle East people have a long history in the past and meantime, being in India you feel that you are between your friends.
From Amman connecting through Abu Dhabi to Mumbai Airport (New and huge Airport) and to Bhopal City (City of Lakes), capital of Madhya Pradesh State, organisers were welcoming us. Through clean streets, good weather, good car and polite driver we reached our Hotel Noor us Sabah Palace.
The event program strated with Welcoming Inaugural Dinner for delegates at Courtyard Marriott, where wonderful local folklore and dances reflecting parts of Madhya Pradesh rich culture follwed by dinner with delicous Indian food.
The official opening took place on 17th October at Hotel Lake View Ashok, with the presence of several dignitaries from the Indian travel and tourism industry, together with over 200 Hosted Buyers and Media from 20 countries. Honourable Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan ji, said with 2015 being the Visit MP Year, the Government has initiated several projects to increase visitors to the State to see some of the country’s best kept world heritage sites, amazing landscapes. The State also offers a safe and secure environment. With the Simhastha 2016 taking place from 22nd of April to the 21st of May, we will see one of the biggest gatherings of pilgrims in the country and we would like to invite the travel agents to promote this event in a big way. 
Shri Surendra Patwa ji, Honourable Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh mentioned about the various proposals and schemes by the Madhya Pradesh Government to give a fillip to the industry in the state. Smt. Veera Rana, IAS, Secretary Tourism, gave details of the second edition of Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart. Mr. Subhash Goyal, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators mentioned about the various facets of the tourism industry and how Madhya Pradesh has been in the forefront of tourism marketing.
The event showcased over 100 different products of Madhya Pradesh from diverse profiles such as Pilgrimage, Heritage, Adventure, Corporate Hotels, Wildlife Resorts, Travel Agents and Tour operators, handicrafts, culture pursuits of Madhya Pradesh, etc. Late at the evening Hosted Dinner took place at Jehan Numa Palace Hotel.
The organisers and Madhya Pradesh Tourism where eager and careful to show us the huge culture attractions in Madhya Pradesh, our first place to visit was a World Heritage Site, A Buddist Monument at Sanchi, situated at a distance of 45km to the north of Bhopal, a wonderful place to visit mainly the largest Stupas having a ground railing, four entrances and flights of steps leading to upper terraced railing. Sanchi is a must visited site in Bhopal. 
An early morning culture tour starts at 06:00am with big number of participants aims to show us few mosques and culture places inside Bhopal.
A Magical Splendour Famtrip with friends and warm hospitality from the Organisers and Madhya Pradesh started the next day to the East of Bhopal, visiting Ujjain, Maheshwar, Mandu and Indore.  
In Ujjain, we were lucky to watch a ceremony of Ujjain\'s tradition of greatness, huge people were celebrating with flowers with their hands asking for greatness.
In Maheshwar, which situated on the banks of the river Marmada, we enjoyed seeing and visiting many temples, bathing ghats and the exquisitely woven - Maheshwari - sarees, introduced more than 250 years ago. The sarees are renowned throughout India for their unique weave.
The glory of Mandu lives on, in its palaces and mosques, in legends and songs, chronicled for postretity. This is Mandu a magical place, a celebration in stone pf life and joy and a tribute to the love shared between the poet-prince Baz Bahadur and his beautiful concort, Rani Roopmati. Perched along the Vindhya Ranges at an altitude of 2000 feet. Each of Mandus structures is an architectural gem, baths and pavilions. The place was so clean, you can breath history and feel love, it was wonderful visit.
Beside the wonders and world heritage places that we visit, the beautiful thing was the company in this tour, all friends from India and abroad were like friends even they met only in the bus and that is what makes India special, is the Indian people whom became very close to your heart very quickly.
Madhya Pradesh is not called the heart of India only because of its location in the center of the country. It has been home to the culture heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam.
As i mentioned above, the days that i spent in Madhya Pradesh was profitable and delightful, I learned a lot about the region and met friends whom will do mutual benefits together, i,m planning as well to organise an Agri tourism trip from Middle East to Madhya Pradesh and Vice versa. As for delightful, the few days were full of good memories mainly because of the nice people that i met and the grand hospitality from the organisers and Madhya Pradesh Tourism.
Looking for future visits to explore Madhya Pradesh more and more and to see other wonderful places such as Panna, Amarkantak, Pench, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Bhedaghat, Pachmarhi and other interested places.

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