Luxury holidays in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh in central India is liberally dotted with carved temples, stupas, forts and hilltop palaces. This large state is home to a trio Unesco World Heritage sites and over half of it’s covered in lush forest; Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks, on the state’s eastern end, are noted Bengal tiger sanctuaries, so hop on a safari tour for a chance to spy big cats of the stripey variety. After an adrenaline-charged day in nature, meander around riverside town Maheshwar – this popular pilgrimage site is prime temple territory and is packed with places of worship, including the impressive Kaleshwara and Rajarajeshwara temples.

Areas in Madhya Pradesh

When to go

If you visit between May and October, you’ll need water-resistant gear: July and September are the rainiest months of the lot. Temperatures peak above 40°C in April; in December and January, days tend to reach a manageably hot 27°C.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Long-haul flights land in Mumbai and New Delhi; from either of those, you’ll be able to catch an hour-long flight to Indore airport (AKA Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar).
  • Trains

    Trains arrive at Indore Junction from all over India, including Mumbai, Jaipur, New Delhi and Calcutta; rail isn't the quickest or most comfortable way to travel, though.
  • Automobiles

    For travellers unaccustomed to driving in India, your visit will be much more relaxing if you skip the driving; our Smith24 team can arrange reliable drivers for you.