Experience some of India’s wildlife highlights in the vast state of Madhya Pradesh.

Much of central India is a large plateau consisting of a variety of landscapes from magnificent mountain ranges to meandering rivers and acres of lush green forests. It is also home to several spectacular national parks. The largest of these is the Kanha Tiger Reserve, known as one of the best parks in the country for its wildlife safari. Here you will find a strong tiger population as well as Indian wild dog, leopard, guar and sloth bear amongst others. There are around 300 species of birds found here as well as some more rare creatures including the endangered pangolin, honey badger and striped hyena. Kanha really is a park to explore and as you venture into the forest with your guide you will experience a more authentic and intimate wildlife experience

In the Vindhyan mountain range lies the beautiful Panna National Park. Made up of thick forest, plateaus, gorges and the River Ken, this is an enchanting national park home to a variety of different species. The tiger population here has suffered dramatically over the years but there is currently a programme underway to reintroduce them from other parks in India. Tigers are not the only large cat found here and visitors could be lucky enough to spot leopards as well as wild dogs and hyenas. The best time to visit is just after monsoon season when the landscape is at its most spectacular. The vegetation is at its most verdant, with cascading waterfalls and rivers full of crocodiles.

One of the most popular national parks in India is Bandhavgarh, home to the highest density of Bengal tiger in the world. The tigers are clearly the stars here but it is also possible to spot leopards, Indian wolves, sloth bears, Indian bison and wild dogs as well as over 150 species of birds. The wildlife is not the only attraction in Bandhavgarh thanks to the ancient cave paintings and the ruined fort which gave the park its name and dates back around 2000 years.


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Bedroom, Lalit Temple View, Madhya Pradesh, India

Lalit Temple View – Khajuraho

The delightful Lalit Temple View is situated close to the UNESCO world heritage site of Khajuraho and offers a charming taste of Indian culture in a beautiful location.  A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the service here is excellent and the welcome always warm. The 47 rooms and suites exude old-world elegance but with modern day amenities to enhance your stay. The views are beautiful, either over the hotel gardens or the western group of temples. Facilities include a refreshing outdoor pool, gorgeous spa, limousine service and yoga classes.

Fire pit, The Sarai at Toria, Madhya Pradesh, India

Sarai at Toria – Panna National Park

Located on the banks of the River Ken, this is the perfect place to connect with nature and soak up the beautiful surroundings. Scattered over 9 acres, the 8 cottages are made using locally-sourced materials with mud walls and thatched roofs making them authentic and charming. Inside they are bright and airy with high ceilings and walls decorated in traditional Indian fabrics. Relax on the private verandah and enjoy the sound of silence and uninterrupted views. The dining area is built at the highest point so guests can enjoy their meal with views over Panna National Park.

Overview, Banjaar Tola, Madhya Pradesh, India

Banjaar Tola – Kanha National Park

Sitting on the banks of the Banjaar River and overlooking Kanha National Park, Banjaar Tola is a beautiful luxury safari lodge in the Taj group and offers the top notch service and experience that we expect from the Taj name. The 18 elegant, tented suites are bright and airy with authentic leather and canvas detailing and driftwood furniture. The cuisine combines tribal flavours with classic Indian elements. Guests can enjoy spectacular safaris with expert guides and then return to the refreshing pool, candlelit dinner and beautiful views across the river.