Formerly known as the ‘tiger state’ of India for large number of big cats that inhabit its territory, Madhya Pradesh on Sunday claimed another feather to its cap after it was conferred upon the status ‘Best Indian Destination for Wildlife’ by the Lonely Planet Magazine.
On behalf of Madhya Pradesh government, the honour was received by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation chairman Mohan Yadav. Actor Tushar Kapoor gave away the award at a ceremony in Mumbai, which also saw the presence of Lonely Planet magazine CEO Tarun Roy, Editor Vardhan Kondvikar and actor John Abraham among others.
The winner is selected by online voting which is open only to readers of Lonely Planet Magazine.
With 25 wildlife sanctuaries and nine National Parks which include tiger hostspots including the Panna and the Bandhavgarh National Parks, the government of the central Indian state has in recent past seen several media campaigns which project it as the ‘The Heart of Incredible India’.
As a result of increased publicity which have made people aware about the ‘natural beauty’ of the state, the number of foreign tourists has also seen as steady rise in last few years.
Source: Daily Bhaskar