Central India

Where the Jungle Book comes alive

Most visitors come to Central India for its numerous wildlife reserves. Yet the land is rich in history, and strewn with hidden gems of architecture.

The temples of Khajuraho are perhaps the best example of erotic sculptural art in the world, an enigmatic signpost to the past. The great Buddhist stupa at Sanchi is the centrepiece of the best-preserved group of Buddhist monuments in India, and is amongst the oldest stone structures on the subcontinent. The medieval forts and palaces of Gwalior, Jhansi, Orchha and Mandu, and the royal city of Bhopal with its delectable cuisine and old-world charm deserve to be on your cultural itinerary.

Central India is also home to several tribes whose ancestors drew prehistoric cave art in Bhimbetka, and who continue to live in harmony with the jungles that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

States in this region: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Eastern Maharashtra

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The jungles that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s story of Mowgli, the wolf-child.

From colonial administrators, shikaris and early conservationists to contemporary naturalists and wildlife photographers, the ‘big-game’ fauna of Central India’s stately forests has captivated generations.

Feel the palpable magic of ‘The Jungle Book’ in some of India’s most popular, magnificent and efficiently managed wildlife reserves.

While Bandhavgarh and Kanha have been popular for decades, excellent conservation efforts have resulted in other reserves gaining prominence. Panna, Pench, Satpura, Tadoba-Andheri… the list goes on like a greatest hits album.

With so many to choose between, let us help select the most suitable ones for your visit.

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Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)