Madhya Pradesh is verdant green, with large wildlife reserves that is shared by MP’s Tribal people. An eco-tourists dream, Tribals represent 20% of the states population.
So it is no surprise to find the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya Museum of Mankind in the capital city Bhopal. A beautiful laid back 200 acre open air anthropology exhibit over looking Bhopals Upper Lake. It is the largest museum of its type in India. It includes life size huts life reconstruct tribal life from all of India scattered over a wide area and. the indoor Museum of Mankind, exhibiting human evolution, culture and India’s Tribal people.
A small cafeteria offers you chai to seep into tranquillity.
Themed ‘Diversities of India’s cultural patterns and the underlying unity’, the museum celebrates the ‘simultaneous validity’ of various valuable cultural patterns evolved over thousands of years. A gallery of tribal history from the four corners of India, it is appropriately located in Bhopal, as twenty percent of Madhya Pradesh population is Tribal.
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is not only a living working model of tribal life, but hosts cultural performance and dance, exhibitions, artist workshops and educational programs. It is ideal for families, and students. More like a park than a museum it’s a beautiful spot for a picnic.
In my frequent to Bhopal I have enjoyed spectacular performances of Tribal and Kathak dance. In 2012 hosted Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya a workshop for traditional and herbal therapies used by Tribal people, a three day Tribal dance Festival and a Festival of traditional Indian dance.
Sadly this beautiful centre is missed by most tourists .The regular cultural evenings are poorly advertised meaning that tourists do realise that Bhopal is a cultural centre. Close to the State Museum of Madhya Pradesh, off Science Centre Road, in Shymala Hills, TT Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
Also annoying spelling errors mar the indoormuseum – common even in Government buildings and document. It has the feel of a work in progress. Still, on the whole, it is beautiful and engaging.
Hours are from March to August 11.00 to 18.30 and September to Feb 10.00 to 17.30. Open every day except Mondays and National Holidays.
10 rupee for adults
5 rupee for children to 12 years or students with an identity card.
Foreigners pay 100 rupees.
Group discounts may apply for recognised educational organisations.
Festivals and cultural evenings are usually free.
Close to the Museum of Madhya Pradesh, off Science Centre Road, in Shymala Hills, TT Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.o the Sta
Slightly out of the way, in this very rural of cities, a car or auto-rickshaw is probably a best choice from the Bittan Market, or 12 Number, from Main Road, cross TT Nagar Road, and continue into Science Centre Road.
There are a number of benefits of tourism for both the tourist and the host destination. On a large scale, it offers a good alternative to some more destructive industries for generating income both on nationally and privately.
The tourism industry encompasses many different areas, so it also creates jobs in many different areas. With tourism come hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies, tour companies, service stations, souvenir shops, sports equipment rentals, and much more. All of this creates many different levels of employment for people in a given community.
In many places the introduction and development of tourism allows local people an opportunity for economic and educational growth that would not otherwise be available. In addition, it allows both the tourist and the local community a chance to experience other cultures, which broadens understanding.
If properly used, tourism generated income can be tremendously beneficial to the host country and its local communities. Tourism generated income can be used on a national and local level to better education, improve infrastructure, to fund conservation efforts, and to promote more responsible tourism.
The heart of Incredible India is Madhya Pradesh, gateway to ancient civilizations, a dignified fusion of the old and the new. A pamiset of tribal culture and heritage, flourishing in verdant forests Madhya Pradesh offers you adventure and serenity.
Its capital, Bhopal, with its broad tree-lined roads, fashionable markets and cultural centres and museums, radiates from two medieval lakes and the old city’s bustling crowds, winding alleys and to Asia’s largest mosque, the Taj-ul-Masajid.
Bhopal is in easy reach of two World Heritage listed sites: The serene calm of Sanchi, built by Mauryan Emperor Asoka to house the Buddha’s remains and the prehistoric rock shelters of Bhimbetka.
For good reason, Madhya Pradesh was the heart of Indian civilization: skeletal remains suggest Homo-erectus roamed the Narmada Valley 500,000 years ago.
Palaces and temples reveal a rich history of great heroes. Cenotaphs and Chhatris poised on the Betwa river commemorate the 15th century rulers of Orccha. The ruined remains of Islamnagar, built by Pushtan conquer Dost Mohammad Khan lay 11 kilometres from Bhopal. Gwalior showcases masterpieces of Indian architecture.