Madhya Pradesh is large, remote, still highly forested and remains relatively undisturbed by encroaching civilisation. Because of this it is estimated that the state is home to 40 percent of the country's remaining tribal populations. You can see many farming communities which have probably not changed for hundreds of years but are full of welcoming people as interested in strange western people as we are in them!
Many of these tribes people live close to the wildlife parks and have to contend with wild animals living close to their villages. However, many of the tourist lodges employ people from these traditional communities helping them economically and making use of their animal tracking skills.