The exquisitely carved temples of Khajuraho have long been a celebration of Indian art, but India's fifth largest State has more than striking architecture to offer the traveler. Madhya Pradesh's rich religious heritage is evident in its diverse temples, stupas and masjids and competes with its cultural inheritance - its royal forts and palaces - for attention. Steeped in divinity, diversity and vibrant celebrations, the State's glorious history is reflected in its imposing forts, grand palaces, and sky-skimming temples. There are gushing waterfalls, winding rivers, miles of dense forest and parks that teem with some of the most varied wildlife in the country. The Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks support a stunning variety of flora and fauna, including the nilgai, the four-horned antelope, sambar, gaur, black buck, and the chital. The state is a great destination for those looking to immerse themselves in art and culture, or overdose on nature.