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Morning on the Ghats, Varanasi, India

Central India

Central India is known for the best tiger parks in India as well as boasting some of the most impressive cultural sights.

Across Central India, you find ancient forts and temples and superb wildlife parks. 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, a sight to behold. Located in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Satpura and Pench are all abundant with wildlife and offer good tiger sightings and excellent accommodation options.


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Track Tigers in Central India

Visit one of India’s wildlife parks – Madhya Pradesh, Kanha, Bandavgarh, Satpura and Pench in search for tigers.

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Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Explore the astonishing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples at Ajanta and Ellora, all carved into hillside rock.

Visit the Sanchi Stupa

Discover Sanchi’s 2,000-year-old stupas, a reflection of the Buddhist influences in this region.

Visit the Holy City of Varanasi

Journey to one of India’s holiest cities, and watch religious rituals being performed daily on the banks of the River Ganges.

Visit the Temples of Khajuraho

Visit Khajuraho and discover some of India’s best-known temples covered with erotic carvings.

Orchha Palace

Watch the sunset over the magnificent palaces and forts of Orchha.


Visit the interesting city of Lucknow which boasts two superb mausoleums and grandiose monuments.


Visit this beautiful deserted 15th-century Islamic city, surrounded by lakes, forests and monuments.

Gwalior Fort

Discover the fascinating Gwalior Fort and a stay at the Usha Kiran Palace.


  • Khajuraho
  • Lucknow
  • Orchha
  • Sanchi
  • Gwalior
  • Varanasi
  • Kanha National Park
  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Pench National Park
  • Ajanta
  • Ellora

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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Everything went smoothly, we were met as arranged by extremely knowledgeable personnel. The guides and drivers came up to and exceeded, our expectations.


All guides, drivers and vehicles were superb and it was such a great way to see everything and know everything. The service was excellent.


Joe was wonderful and very knowledgeable about India. He was patient with us as we made numerous changes to the itinerary and very quick to respond.  


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