Referred to as the "Heart of India" , Madhya Pradesh is located in the central part of the country. Once the largest state in terms of area the state was divided into MP and Chattisgarh in the year 2000. Known for its religious hubs of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam, the beautiful and historical land shares its boundaries with Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The state is famous for its grand forts, exquisitely carved Jain temples, palaces and Khajuraho temples. These monuments are the glorious reminders of erstwhile era of this royal state. Madhya Pradesh is also a nature''s delight famous for its wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, which are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, hill stations and natural landscapes. A paradise for the tourists, the key attractions of Madhya Pradesh are Khajuraho, Panna National Park, Bandhavgarh Park, Kanha National Park, Shivpuri National Park, Karera Bird Sanctuary, Bhopal, Gwalior, Ujjain, Indore, Orchha, Sanchi, Pachmarhi, Mandu, Jabalpur, Chitrakoot, Chanderi, Maheshwari, Amarkantak, Omkareshwar, Mandleshwar, Bhimabetka, and Bhojpur.