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Culture and Wilderness: Glamping in Central India

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $13,300 PER PERSON
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DURATION

14 days | 13 nights

DESTINATIONS

India

INTERESTS

Wildlife,
Glamping

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the ancient fort complex of Kalinjar
  • Spot big cats and rare wildlife on a game drive through Panna Tiger Reserve
  • Visit Maheshwar, an ancient temple town, featured in the Ramayana
  • Spend your nights in luxury tented camps

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Embark on the journey-of-a-lifetime as you spend two weeks exploring the wonders hidden in India’s heartland. This epic adventure offers the chance to uncover treasures that lie off the country’s well-trodden tourist trail. From Delhi, dive into history at Kalinjar and discover the natural wildlife and wonders of Panna, the architectural gems of Chanderi and Bhopal and the matchless view from the fort at Maheshwar. Spend your days exploring historic towns, citadels, temples and mosques, hiking through jungle and spotting rare wildlife. Spend your nights in total luxury at Kaafila tented camps or unique and stunning hotels, gathering memories that will last forever.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: New Delhi

Touch down in colorful Delhi where you will be met by your guide and whisked directly to the elegant Oberoi Gurgaon to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Refresh and relax for the evening with a little dinner and get a good night’s sleep ahead of your adventure.

DAY 2: Kalinjar

This morning, set off into central India on a flight to Khajuraho via Varanasi and onwards by car through stunning countryside, past the Panna Tiger Reserve and the temple of Baldeoji, to your Kaafila camp at Kalinjar. Take a short walk into the countryside before enjoying sundowners, dinner and a relaxing night’s sleep in your luxury tent.

DAY 3: Kalinjar

Begin your explorations this morning with a visit to Kalinjar Fort. Now crumbling and overgrown with jungle, this strategically-important hill fort was once considered one of India’s greatest. Spend the day discovering this massive complex of temples, mosques, shrines and palaces, embellished and carved with depictions of Hindu deities. Enjoy a picnic lunch and later return to camp for the evening.

DAY 4: Kalinjar

Continue your exploration of the Kalinjar area today as you head out on foot or by car or bike. Discover the rare and exotic flora and fauna of the forests surrounding the Panna Tiger Reserve on a jungle trek or drive and take a walk around the fort of Ajaigarh and the colorful little villages nearby.

DAY 5: Panna National Park

Rise early to continue your adventure and make a stop at the ‘Scottish’ mansion belonging to the scion of the ruling family of Panna, where you will enjoy breakfast and meet the family. Check in at the Sarai at Toria hotel on the Ken River and settle in before an afternoon game drive in Panna Park. Look out for tigers, leopards, striped hyena, crocodiles, deer, gazelle and much more.

DAY 6: Panna National Park

Start the day with an early morning drive in the park before brunch. Later, visit the ancient temple site of Khajuraho – now one of India’s most famous tourist attractions and where you will have a guided tour by an expert historian. After a day of discovery, relax at your hotel.

DAY 7: Chanderi

After breakfast, continue on your scenic journey through the beautiful countryside of Bundelkhand and the busy town of Chhatarpur, making a stop at the palace of Bijawar to see its mirrored rooms. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of Baldeogarh Fort on the edge of a lake. Finally, you will arrive at Chanderi and your luxury Kaafila camp.

DAY 8: Chanderi

Spend the day exploring the walled-town of Chanderi and discover the medieval architecture protected by its hill-top citadel. Visit tombs, mansions and temples, as well as Jama Masjid - the Friday Mosque, and see the skilled weavers in action at their looms. Take a look at the prehistoric rock paintings of Naneun on the banks of the Urvashi River and relax back at camp for the evening

DAY 9: Bhopal

After breakfast, head out on the road to visit the Udaigiri caves, which are carved into imposing sandstone in the distinctive Gupta style. Later, make a stop at the Great Stupa, where a group of Buddhist monuments house the Buddhist remains of Sanchi. This evening, you will check in at Jehan Numah Retreat for a relaxing night’s sleep.

DAY 10: Bhopal

Spend the day exploring the pretty city of Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, which is divided by its two lakes. Take a walk around Bhopal’s old city with its marketplaces, mosques and palaces, as well as the new city with its immaculate parks, gardens and the Bharat Bhavan, designed by renowned Indian architect Charles Correa. This evening, relax back at your luxurious retreat.

DAY 11: Maheshwar

After breakfast, begin your journey onwards to Maheshwar, an ancient temple town on the banks of the river Narmada and featured in the Ramayana. Explore the temples and fort complex, and check in to your suite at the 250-year-old Ahilya Fort, set on a cliff edge. Enjoy the stunning views and a relaxing evening.

DAY 12: Maheshwar

Spend the day exploring Maheswar and its historic and architectural delights, so lovingly preserved over the centuries. Take a traditional wooden boat trip for a leisurely spot of birdwatching on the river and enjoy a stroll on the ghats before another night in luxury at the fort.

DAY 13: Maheshwar

Today, pay a visit to a Rehwa society where you can see hand-weaving craftsmen creating the world-famous gossamer Maheshwari textiles. Just an hour’s drive takes you to Mandu, a beautiful deserted city built in the 15th century. Enjoy one final night at the fort.

DAY 14: Departure

This morning, bid beautiful central India goodbye as you are transferred to your flight home or for your next exciting adventure.

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