Holidays in Madhya Pradesh

The state of Madhya Pradesh is home to the country's greatest 'jungles' - from the Hindi word for forest. With dramatic, undulating hills, winding rivers and beautiful forests with extensive clearings, it is little wonder that Rudyard Kipling was inspired by this remarkable highland area.

Enjoy access and unique insight into the tiger reserves and their forest village communities in the Satpura Hills through our partnership with Madhya Pradesh Forest Department. Experience the simple charms of life amid the untamed forests, with tiny villages nestled below a canopy of teak, sal and bamboo. Follow the footsteps of pioneer James Forsyth and discover the cool haven of Pachmarhi Hillstation, overlooking the Satpura tiger reserve. Visit Pench National Park - true Jungle Book land. Awe-inspiring jungles, colourful villages, delightful walks and thrilling wildlife make this an unforgettable destination.

 

 The wild heart of India

With its central location, Madhya Pradesh has good connections to Delhi and the north, and Mumbai and the south. Enjoy fine forest walks, warm hospitality, charming villages and a tranquil hill station. Explore Satpura - the only tiger reserve in India where guided walking is permitted. Delve into Pench National Park with your own guide who will help you to spot bluebull, jackal, wild boar, gaur, peacock, stork and paradise flycatcher - the state bird of Madhya Pradesh. Look out for signs of sloth bear, leopard and of course tiger; perhaps witnessing for yourself this fearsome, noble beast. Truly a breathtaking experience.

 

The Forsyth Trail, 10 night holiday from £1,308

Kanjighat village, along the Forsyth Trail  

Enjoy fine walking in the teak jungles of the Satpura reserve, staying in comfortable tented accommodation in tiny villages as you follow the route taken by Captain James Forsyth, along winding paths up to the charming hillstation of Pachmarhi. Visit the forest-edge village of Sakata and enjoy a jeep safari deep into the heart of Pench tiger reserve. A thrilling wildlife discovery.

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Walking with Tigers,  5 night holiday from £668

wild boar in Indian jungle  

With two nights in the village of Sakata on the fringe of the South Shivni forest, get to know the community and enjoy local forest walks, spotting signs of the elusive tiger. Move on to the core of Pench National Park - Kipling territory - to search for the wealth of wildlife by jeep. An exciting short-break which can added on to any of our longer holidays.

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Jungles and Dunes,  14 night holiday from £1,565

riding a camel, Thar Desert, India  

Contrast the jungles of Madhya Pradesh with the vast Thar Desert of Rajasthan: two different yet equally charming sides to rural India. A jeep safari into the heart of Pench tiger reserve and a camel trek across the dunes, combined with a visit to the dazzling cities of Agra and Jaipur, makes for an unforgettable discovery.

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