How To Reach Madhya Pradesh
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport is located around 8 km away from Indore. It is the busiest airport in central India and services most of the travellers flying into Madhya Pradesh. The airport was set up by the erstwhile Holkar administration in 1935. It received an international designation in May 2019.
Domestic airlines such as Vistara, Air Asia India, Air India, Alliance Air, Deccan Charters, IndiGo, Star Air and Trujet have regular flights servicing Madhya Pradesh. The airport enjoys good connectivity with following cities around India: Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. It also services Air India’s international flight to and from Dubai.
Once you land, you can hire a taxi to take you into the city. If Indore is not on your travel list, you can directly go to Indore Bus Stand (13 km) or Indore Railway station (11 km) to continue on to your ultimate destination. There are taxis and private buses available from the airport to take you to the bus stand or railway station.
In addition to Indore’s airport, Madhya Pradesh has 4 more airports which connect it with the rest of the country:
Owing to its central location, most of the major trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Garib Rath pass through Madhya Pradesh. The entire state is covered by an extensive railway network and has 20 major railway junctions such as Ratlam, Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior. You can get a direct train from Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.
Bhopal - Bhopal railway station sits 9 km north of the city centre. You can take a prepaid taxi or auto to get into the city. There’s a bus stand nearby where you can get local as well as an intracity buses. The station itself is well-equipped with a post office, waiting room, restaurant, cloak room and toilets.
Indore - Located merely 1 km away from the city centre, it is easy to get in and around the city from Indore Railway Station. Handling traffic from neighbouring as well as far-off states, it is one of the busiest stations in the state. You can get autorickshaws for short distances or taxis and buses for longer journeys.
After railways, the road is the best way to get around Madhya Pradesh. It has over a 99,000 km-long road network. You can easily drive into the state from any of its neighbouring states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and more. The roads are reasonably well-maintained and clearly marked with relevant signs. For an unhurried journey, you can hop onto one of the interstate buses to travel into Madhya Pradesh.
NH 3, NH 7, NH 12A, NH 25, NH 26, NH 27, NH 69 and NH 92 are some of the national highways in Madhya Pradesh. The entire state is covered by an extensive network of intrastate buses that run regularly between cities. While taxis will take you short distances, some overnight journeys like Bhopal to Gwalior and Jabalpur to Ratlam will be costlier than a bus journey. You can rent a car in some of the bigger cities, but the facility is not available in smaller towns.
The Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (MPSRTC) is the state-run bus service that covers the entire state. With a choice between Super Volvo, Super Fast, Express, AC, Non-AC and Deluxe, there is a bus ticket for every pocket. Along with a superior-frequency over railways, buses offer better point-to-point connectivity.
Taxis offer you a better option if you’re going sight-seeing. Engage a taxi for the full day and go around at your own pace. Though taxis also run between cities, the long distances between some make it an expensive choice. Within cities like Indore, Ujjain and Gwalior you can find radio taxis as well as cab aggregators.
You can take your car around for explorations with guidance from your smartphone’s navigation service. The locals will also help you if you ask your way around. Even though your own car is highly convenient, parking might be an issue, especially in the crowded parts of cities. But you can always park your car at your hotel and use the city’s local transport systems to get around.
You will find autorickshaws in almost every major city in Madhya Pradesh. They make for a quick way to get around. The ones on the bigger cities are now equipped with digital meters. But not all of them charge you by the meter. So, you’ll have to confirm before getting in. Be ready to haggle for fare wherever they don’t use the meter.
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