Central India is known for some of the best wildlife parks in India. Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha, Bandavgarh, Satpura and Pench are all abundant with wildlife and offer good tiger sightings and excellent accommodation options.
Central India boasts some of the country’s cultural highlights. Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, is one of India’s holiest cities and religious rituals are performed on a daily basis on the edge of the River Ganges.
Khajuraho, in Madhya Pradesh has some of India’s best known temples covered with erotic carvings.
The interesting city of Lucknow generally falls under the radar for those visiting the area; however, it boasts two superb mausoleums, grandiose monuments, overstated gardens and parks, marble sidewalks and pink sandstone without the tourist hordes.
The magnificent palaces of Orchha are incredible at sunset.
A real delight that is often overlooked and omitted from itineraries is the fascinating Gwalior Fort and a stay at the Usha Kiran Palace.
Maheshwar, on the banks of the Narmada River, is a town renowned for its sari weaving and fascinating life on the Ghats. Stay at Ahilya Fort and from here visit Mandu, the beautiful deserted 15th century Islamic city, surrounded by lakes, forests and monuments.
Sanchi's 2,000 year old stupas are a reflection of the Buddhist influences in this region are of an outstanding quality.
The astonishing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves at Ajanta and Ellora are well worth the journey. Cave temples carved into hillside rock, some of which date back as far as 2 BC.
October through to mid-March is a great time to visit central India; however, the winter months of December and January, lower temperatures are much lower, often freezing. One should be aware that flying in the region during these months may involve some delays due to the fog.