The heart of India

Few regions in India are as fascinating as Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India. Intersected by rivers and dotted with hills and lakes, the state has varied landscapes, each more beautiful than the other.

To the state's north are the famous Khajuraho temples, while eastern Madhya Pradesh has two of India's finest game sanctuaries, Bandhavgarh and Kanha. The scenic Malwa plateau in the southwest has the great Buddhist stupa of Sanchi and the romantic ghost-town of Mandu.


Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is a sprawling and historic city. It is also a convenient base for visiting the stupas and abandoned monasteries of Sanchi, one of the most important Buddhist sites in India. Other places of interest are the cave shrines of Udaigiri and the prehistoric cave paintings of Bhimbetka.

The other major city of Madhya Pradesh is Indore, situated a few hours drive south of Bhopal. There are some old palaces worth visiting in Indore but the city is more important as a gateway to the fascinating hill city of Mandu and the nearby temple towns of Omkareshwar and Maheshwar.

Northern Madhya Pradesh also has a wide variety of diverse attractions. Foremost among them is the hill-fort at Gwalior. In addition to the immaculately restored palaces and ancient Hindu temples within the fort itself, the old town of Gwalior also boasts of the kitsch 19th century Jai Vilas Palace belonging to the local ruling family, the Scindias.

En route from Agra to Khajuraho, is the tiny village of Orchha. During the 16th and 17th centuries this was the capital of the Bundela dynasty who built a fort palace on a small island on a bend in the river, later followed by other magnificent fortifications, palaces and temples. The deserted medieval town is an architectural gem not to be missed.

Khajuraho, a tiny village in the north of Madhya Pradesh, is world renowned for its temples representing the finest art and architecture of medieval India. These temples were built in a short span of a hundred years between 950 to 1050 A.D. They have achieved most of their fame for the erotic sculptures.

In addition to its historic sites, Madhya Pradesh boasts the finest wildlife reserves on the subcontinent. The Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places in India to spot a tiger but it also has a wide range of other game such as nilgai, jungle cat, wild boar, hyenas and many species of birdlife.

Kanha National Park is another reserve where you have a good chance of sighting tigers. Amongst the other wildlife you may see leopards, Indian bison, sambhar, blackbuck and wild dogs. Kanha has also a rich variety of bird life with 230 species recorded. You can explore this fabulous sanctuary by jeep and on elephant back.

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Orchha & Khajuraho Orchha & Khajuraho

A short train ride from Agra is Jhansi, gateway for visiting nearby Orchha. Situated on a river, Orchha is a peaceful place, full of well preserved palaces and temples, with a distinctly medieval charm. Four hours' drive from Orchha is Khajuraho, world renowned for the intricately carved temples full of erotic sculptures. No where else will you find such unique temples with meticulously detaile

7 Days

EUR 229

Bandhavgarh & Kanha Tiger country

This tour visits two outstanding sanctuaries of Bandhavgarh and Kanha in central India. Bandhavgarh is famous for its tigers but it also has a wide range of other game including nilgai (blue bull), jungle cats, wild boar and hyenas. Kanha also offers good chances of spotting the majestic Indian tiger. Other wildlife includes leopards, Indian bison, deer and blackbuck.

6 Days

EUR 1,180

Sanchi, Mandu & Maheshwar Treasures of central India

Few regions in India are more interesting than Madhya Pradesh, in the heart of India. Intersected by rivers and dotted by hills and lakes, the state has a varied setting of great beauty. This tour visits the great Buddhist stupa of Sanchi and the romantic ghost-town of Mandu. There are also the interesting temple towns at Maheshwar and Omkareshwar.

7 Days

EUR 561

Classic India Timeless traditions and fantastic sites

A classic adventure in northern India. The journey includes the palaces of Jaipur, the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal, the medieval temple town of Orchha, the erotic statues of Khajuraho and sunrise over the sacred Ganges. A boat ride on the Ganges at dawn, when it is full of pilgrims making their sin-cleansing dip in the holy river is an amazing experience.

12 Days

EUR 913