One can walk about completely undisturbed. Untrammelled by the remorselessly frenetic pace of 21st century development, these places retain a wonderfully quiet ‘off-the-beaten-track’ atmosphere, providing an intimate sense of personal discovery that is a treasure in itself. Much of the region is still very rural and several of the villages have haats or markets which are interesting to visit. This region is perfect for those travellers seeking an equal mix of wildlife and culture.
Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of tigers and tiger reserves. Our favourites tend to be Kanha, Pench and Satpura. For the India wildlife safari enthusiast, one can combine several of the reserves which each offer their own fascinating experiences, varying vegetation and wildlife – from tigers to leopards, sloth bears and dhole (wild dog). Not only does central India offer superb unspoilt countryside, but it also has Muslim and Hindu architectural treasures like Orchha, Khajuraho and Mandu. Experience the fascinating tribal cultures of the Gond people in the Chattisgarh region. Through much of the world these aboriginal cultures are crumbling. Our holidays here are for the true travellers seeking unique cultures, colour and a fascinating people living in a land of great beauty. The vast weekly markets are a swirl of colour; the handcrafts of amazing beauty, and the friendliness and hospitality of the people infectious. We use a mix of small converted palaces of the old feudal rulers and a ‘modern’ house built by a well-known Gond. Perhaps end off at a beautiful palace, such as Ahilya Fort, considered to be one of the world’s top 100 hotels, where the owner is passionate about cooking and has a superb vegetable and herb garden. The cuisine is superb! This region is also home to some of India’s finest handloom fabric traditions. Then we have the fascinating region of Bastar and Kanker, with its extraordinary beauty and the renowned and magnificent Chitrakoot waterfalls. This is India as very few people will experience it. We urge you to see this area before the crowds discover it!
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