Days 1 - 2: Delhi
You will fly from London to Delhi and you will be driven to a beautiful Lutyen’s style home outside of the city, in exquisite farm land. You can simply relax after your flight, or there are ample opportunities for stretching the legs around the farm with walks along the valley or scramble up the nearby knoll to see and enjoy the countryside.
Days 3 - 5: Pench National Park
Fly from Delhi to Nagpur then continue by car to Pench National Park, located in the undulating Satpura Hills. Stay at a gorgeous luxury tented camp located at the edge of wildlife rich buffer zone. Go on Jeep safaris in the morning and afternoon for a chance to spot tigers. At night, be adventurous and sleep on the star bed to see the sky and the nocturnal wildlife!
Days 6 – 8: Kanha National Park
You drive from Pench to Kanha which will take around 5 hours, driving in air-conditioned comfort. Rural India is full of colour as it passes you by. Situated in the heart of Central India and spread across rugged hills and wide valleys in the beautiful Maikal Hills, Kanha is one of India's finest wildlife parks with a healthy tiger population and superb birdlife. Here you again have the opportunity to go on Jeep safaris in the morning and afternoon.
Day 9: Bhoramdeo Sanctuary
Take an amazing cycling ride through the Maikal Hills and the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh. This takes you towards the eastern spur of Kanha Tiger Reserve arriving at the market town of Chilpi, an important gathering place for both Gond and Baiga tribes. You will be met by your driver and transferred down the Chilpighat to Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the night at a beautiful local farmhouse retreat nestled at the foot of the hills.
Days 10 – 12: Kanker
You are driven to the rambling bougainvillea Kanker Palace in the heart of Chhattisgarh. The colonial bungalow, now a family home of the erstwhile ruling family, is an ideal base in this least-explored part of the country. You can explore the local area and have privileged access to hidden tribal villages. You will stumble across forest shrines, visit temples, wander among weekly rural markets, and maybe see incredible cultural festivals!
Days 13 – 15: Maheshwar
Fly to Indore and continue by car to Maheshwar, a fairytale town set by the banks of River Narmada. Visit Ahilya Fort sitting high on the ramparts, wander down to the river to visit the most beautiful temple-palace complexes or drift on a boat at sunset. You can also enjoy some of the finest food in India whilst sipping a drink and watching the sun set over the kilometre-wide Narmada. The following day you will visit the picturesque ruins of Mandu.
Day 16: Delhi
A final day in luxury. You will depart Indore on an internal flight to reach Delhi where we suggest a top hotel located next to the airport, which means that you are in place for the early morning return flight to London.
Prices from GBP £6370 or USD $8640 per person.
(Prices subject to currency exchange rates and exclude international flights)
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Why Central India?
Away from the big cities you will find there are often few visitors, due to relative inaccessibility. Those willing to travel the road less frequented will often enjoy a wonderfully quiet ‘off-the-beaten-track’ atmosphere.
Some of the best places to stay in Central India are hidden! Then there is the jungle…whether first time safari-goer or total wildlife enthusiast, the choice of National Parks to explore is huge.
Combining them with cultural experiences and even a beach stay will make for a wonderfully fulfilling and relaxing holiday. Our luxury holidays to Central India are for those seeking unique cultures – these are fascinating people living in a land of great beauty. The vast weekly markets are a swirl of colour; the handicrafts of amazing beauty and the hospitality and friendliness of the people infectious.
Where should I go?
Since you will most likely fly into or out of Mumbai (still known to most as Bombay), why not enjoy a brief stay in this cosmopolitan city before moving on? Not far from Aurangabad, just a short hop from Bombay, you will find the ancient rock-cut Ajanta and Ellora Caves.
Then Bhopal, Jabalpur, Raipur and Nagpur hold the keys to our favourite tiger and wildlife reserves of Madhya Pradesh - Kanha, Pench and Satpura. Each of these reserves offers a unique experience, varying vegetation and wildlife – from tiger to leopard and sloth bear to dhole (wild dog) as well as being rich in birdlife.
Pench is the setting for Kipling’s Jungle Book and a wonderful place for families to experience an Indian wildlife safari.
Not only does central India offer superb unspoilt countryside, but it also has Muslim and Hindu architectural delights such as Orchha, Khajuraho and Mandu.
In the Chattisgarh region, experience the fascinating tribal cultures of the Gond people. Through much of the world these aboriginal cultures are crumbling. This region is also home to some of India’s finest handloom fabric traditions.
Then we have the fascinating region of Bastar and Kanker, with its extraordinary beauty and the renowned and magnificent Chitrakoot waterfalls for you to enjoy.
This is India as very few people will experience it. We urge you to see this area before the crowds discover it!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.
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