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Central India Holidays

The multi-faceted nature of Indian culture and religion, landscapes and wildlife is typified by this predominately rural region which is dominated by the commercial centre of Mumbai – a pulsating and vibrant metropolis of grand colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers. The interior receives comparatively few visitors yet some of India’s most captivating religious and historic sites can be found here including the evocative Buddhist complex at Sanchi, the ancient remains at Mandu and the exquisite carvings and frescoes of the Ajanta and Ellora caves. The rugged heart of this region with its forested hills and rolling grassland shelters the national parks of Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench and Satpura – the latter of which can be explored on foot. Arguably the finest nature reserves in the Indian subcontinent, all four parks support a remarkable variety of animal and birdlife with tiger the undisputed draw. For return travellers looking for something a little different, remote and little-visited Chattisgarh is one of India’s true ‘off the beaten track’ destinations.

Holiday Ideas for Central India

When to visit Central-India

Best Times
Good Times

The climate of central India is similar to that of Rajasthan, Gujarat or Uttar Pradesh with the best time to visit the region generally considered to be between October and March. During this period temperatures remain relatively stable although in December, January and February it can occasionally be cooler in the evenings and, in hill stations such as Pachmarhi, even a little chilly during the day. Coastal areas, which includes Mumbai, tend to be warmer the year-round when compared to the interior and are commonly quite muggy and humid. From the end of March daytime temperatures begin to steadily build and in the months prior to the arrival of the monsoon rains, which break in late June, you should expect it to be very hot with temperatures regularly exceeding 40°C. One of the main reasons for visiting central India is the fauna and, due to the heat which ensures foliage is sparse and water in short supply, April and May is the perfect time to visit the region’s wildlife reserves and, particularly, to see tiger and leopard.

What is a Tailor-Made Holiday?

We create a holiday tailored to your specific requirements, including:

  • When you go
  • Duration
  • Time spent in each place
  • How much you want to spend

We offer our experience and knowledge to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary

What to do in Central India

Stretching inland from the Arabian Sea, central India offers everything from cosmopolitan cities, historic monuments and sacred pilgrimage towns to sleepy hill stations, exceptional wildlife reserves and ancient tribal culture. The gateway to central India is Mumbai, a compelling dynamic metropolis of parks and museums, grand architecture, fine restaurants and welcoming cafes. From Mumbai travel inland to Aurangabad and the extraordinary caves at Ajanta and Ellora, Sanchi, one of India’s most important Buddhist sites, and the enigmatic ruins at Mandu. Close to Indore are three significant Hindu pilgrimage centres – Maheshwar is a wonderful place to experience rural life whilst Omkareshwar and Ujjain make for fascinating diversions. Central India is renowned for its wildlife and the national parks of Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench and Satpura are arguably the finest in the subcontinent supporting healthy tiger populations and a rich variety of birdlife. In contrast, little-visited Chhattisgarh is rich with cultural sites with the district of Bastar home to a number of different tribal groups.

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