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BEYOND THE TAJ - CENTRAL INDIA

Destinations In And Around Central India

In the very heartland of India, is Madhya Pradesh, one of the most diverse states of India and it is this diversity which gives it the potential to fascinate and amaze. Madhya Pradesh is relatively undeveloped which means that infrastructure can be lacking in some areas, but the benefit of this is that it is less explored, the sights are less busy and in many of its destinations one can easily be transported back to the India of old. Culturally rich, one of its towns, the quiet and sleepy Khajuraho was once a great Chandela capital and home to the erotic Hindu temples created between the 10th and 12th centuries. Orchha and Gwalior are ancient towns with mighty forts, temples and palaces, and form a wonderful cultural circuit. Madhya Pradesh is also one of the most forested regions of the country, and Rudyard Kipling’s famous Jungle Books are set in the lush tiger sanctuaries of Pench, in addition are the well-known parks Kanha, Bandhavgarh though not to be missed are the lesser known tiger reserves of Panna and Satpura.

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Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
BEYOND THE TAJ - CENTRAL INDIA

Experiences In And Around Central India

While reasonably remote and far-flung, the treasures of Madhya Pradesh are varied and captivating, whether elusive tigers or erotic temples, unspoiled immaculate villages and pristine forests and a top tip from the team – sunsets on the Narmada River are not to be missed! Ask us about our Central India Experiences.

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Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India
Central India: The Heartland of India - Beyond the Taj, Central India

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In the very heartland of India, is Madhya Pradesh, one of the most diverse states of India and it is this diversity which gives it the potential to fascinate and amaze. Madhya Pradesh is relatively undeveloped which means that infrastructure can be lacking in some areas, but the benefit of this is that it is less explored, the sights are less busy and in many of its destinations one can easily be transported back to the India of old.
Nestled in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, lies a set of Hindu and Jain temples that are famous for their carvings. Explore the temple complex – a set of twenty-five buildings scattered over a large area to understand the architectural and artistic finesse of craftsmen of the Chandela kingdom. Each Chandela ruler built at least one temple in his lifetime, a tradition followed by every king of that dynasty. The kings, who built these fine temples in the tenth and eleventh centuries were ultimately defeated by Muslim invaders. The stories of loot and destruction of these temples were written by Arab travelers like Biruni and Ibn Battutah. Over the centuries, forests swallowed these temples until a British engineer rediscovered it in the early nineteenth century.
Like something straight out of an Indiana Jones film, this sleepy village has much to show of its glorious past. Once a thriving city and the capital of the Bundhela kingdom from 1531 to 1783, Orchha is now a small village located amongst huge crumbling temples and palaces which rise out of the surrounding jungle and overlook the undulating hills and the wide boulder-strewn Betwa River. It really is quite extraordinary.
Situated at the northern tip of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is a busy town which is dominated by a thousand-year-old sandstone fort which sits majestically high on the cliffs above. Within the walls of this magnificent structure are palaces, temples, gateways and water tanks which help to bring alive the stories you will hear of its fascinating and turbulent history. It is easy to spend half a day exploring the fort whilst listening to its stories from ancient times.