About Central India

Central India is perhaps the most organised wildlife experience in the country. It is also home to some wonderful lodges and some of the best naturalists in the country today.

It is home to some of India’s most visited destinations. It is a vast and varied region from the lower regions of the flat Gangetic Plain to the animal rich forests of its heartland. The region comprises of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Jhardkhand.

Wildlife Highlights

Some of the popular parks here are: Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Kanha Tiger Reserve, Pench Tiger Reserve and Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. However, some of the lesser visited and often more experiential parks in this region are Panna Tiger Reserve and Satpura Tiger Reserve.

Needless to say, the tiger remains the biggest attraction in the wildlife parks in this region. However, some other key species to look-out for in these parks are leopard, dhole (Asiatic wild dog), rusty spotted cat, gaur (Indian bison), marsh crocodile and about 350 species of birds.

  • The wildlife sanctuaries of Kanha, Bandhavgarha, Pench and Satpura.
  • Tigers sightings galore.
  • Other big game sightings such as Leopard, Dhole and Guar.
  • Over 350 species of birds.

Cultural Highlights

  • The Holy City of Varanasi, also known as Kashi, the City of Light and is situated on the west bank of the Ganges it is India’s holiest Hindu City. There are over 90 Ghats or temples line the river causing the city to reverberate to the sound of the endless cycle of Hindu religious practice.
  • The temples of Khajuraho are a magnificent UNESCO World heritage site which were built between the 9th and 10th centuries. There are over 800 hundred sculptures covering the temple including the erotic schemes for which the Khajuraho Temples are famous for.
  • The medieval fort of Gwalior, which stretches for over 3 km, is one of India’s most impressive. Nearby is Orcha, dramatically positioned on a rocky island and enclosed by a loop of the Betwa River which is an excellent example of Rajput Bundela architecture.
  • Pachmarhi a delightful hill station set in the Satpura Range. The town retains it Raj era ambience as well as having some of the country’s most important rock art sites.

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