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Heart of India

Private Travel | General interest 15 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £4475

Madhya Pradesh in central India contains a number of hidden jewels including the silent Buddhist ruins at Sanchi, the abandoned citadel at Mandu and temple ghats that line the Narmada river at Maheshwar and Omkareshwar.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore colonial Mumbai
  • Spend 3-nights at Ahliya Fort, the former home of Queen Ahilyabai
  • Search for tigers in Kanha National Park
  • See the Buddhist temples at Sanchi
  • Spend 3-nights in Satpura National Park
  • Guided safaris by resident expert naturalists
  • Marvel at the stunning Gwalior fort
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Mumbai

On arrival transfer to the Trident Nariman Point for a 2-night stay. (N)

Day 2: Mumbai

Explore colonial Mumbai and visit some of Mumbai’s most celebrated sites, including the Gateway to India, the Victoria Terminus, Rajabai clock tower, the High Court and the Dhobi Ghat, a large open-air Laundromat. Finish the tour by visiting the bustling Chor Bazaar. (B)

Day 3: Maheshwar

Travel to Maheshwar, a historic fort-city on the banks of the River Narmada. Stay for 3 nights at the stunning Ahilya Fort. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Maheshwar

Day at leisure to explore the historic fort-city. Maheshwar has been a pilgrim centre since medieval times and first came to prominence in the 18th century. The Maheshwar Fort was strengthened and a number of Temples and Ghats were built along the banks of the River. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Mandu

Visit the ghost city of Mandu perched in the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 600m. With this superb strategic position, Mandu became the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa and each of the structures is an architectural gem providing fine examples of Islamic architecture. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Bhopal

Travel to Bhopal visiting Omkareshwar, a sacred Hindu island, en route. Omkareshwar is home to one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ of Lord Shivawhich, and it is believed that the spiritually enlightened can see the Lingams as columns of fire. Spend 2 nights at Jehan Numa Palace. (B)

Day 7: Sanchi

Today visit the stupas at Sanchi, first created by the Great Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. You will also be able to see monasteries, temples and pillars dating over a period of 1,500 years. (B)

Day 8: Satpura National Park

En-route to Satpura, visit the Bhimbetka cave paintings set amid dense forest. Discovered as late as 1957 around a thousand shelters were discovered containing what are thought of as South Asia’s richest collection of prehistoric paintings. Stay 3 nights at Forsyth’s Lodge. (B, D)

Days 9-10: Satpura National Park

Explore Satpura by jeep, on foot and by boat. The most common way of seeing the park is via a jeep safari where you will be escorted by highly trained and expert naturalists in pursuit of tigers, sloth bears, leopards and many more species that live within the park. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Orchha

Travel to Orchha by train and car to visit the beautiful palaces and shrines. Chatrabhuj, Lakshmi Narayan and Jehangir Mahal Palace are all still in fairly good condition and you can find fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. Overnight at the Amar Mahal. (B)

Day 12: Gwalior

Travel to Gwalior, stopping en route at the stunning fort at Jhansi. Jhansi fort served as a stronghold of the Chandela kings in Balwant Nagar from the 11th through to the 17th century. Stay 2 nights at the Taj Usha Kiran Palace. (B)

Day 13: Gwalior

Visit what is perhaps the biggest fort in India, the magnificent Gwalior fort. It stands on a sandstone hillock about 3 kilometres long and contains sculptures, temples and the charming sandstone Man Mandir palace. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 14: Delhi

Take the train to Delhi. Overnight at The Claridges. (B)

Day 15: Fly home (B) Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour:

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Trident Nariman Point
    Trident Nariman Point

    Towering above the skyline and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Trident Nariman Point is located in the heart of Mumbai's central business district with the city's main shopping area only a short distance away. It offers 575 well appointed guest rooms, many offering ocean views and broadband and internet access. Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, two fitness centres, five restaurants, two bars and the largest indoor shopping arcade in India.

  • The Claridges, New Dehli
    The Claridges, New Dehli

    The Claridges Hotel is centrally located in New Delhi, close to historical landmarks, shopping centres and the business centre of the city. The property dates from the 1950s and offers guests an old-world ambience that has been sensitively redefined with new age grandeur and hospitality. Accommodation is in 132 elegantly decorated rooms and suites that combine classic understated decor with contemporary facilities. Hotel facilities include a choice of dining outlets, a bar, swimming pool, health club and tennis court.

  • Taj Usha Kiran Palace
    Taj Usha Kiran Palace

    The Usha Kiran Palace was originally built as a palace for the royal visit of the King and Queen of England, and the building is still resplendent with stone carvings, filigree work and mosaic floors. The hotel has 30 air-conditioned rooms and suites, and the restaurant has a selection of Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. Facilities include a swimming pool, snooker table and a tennis court

  • Amar Mahal
    Amar Mahal

    The Amar Mahal is a simply converted palace property, which retains much of its original charm and character. With only 24 rooms, the hotel provides plenty of space for relaxation in its public areas and the restaurant offers a choice of cuisines.

  • Ahilya Fort
    Ahilya Fort

    Ahilya Fort is an 18th century fortress converted into an award-winning hotel which has what is possibly the most dramatic setting of any Indian hotel. Perched on the edge of a cliff, enclosed within the massive walls of the fort, there are staggering views over the sacred Narmada River and the ghats immediately below. Built in 1766 AD, the fort is a charming property that has retained its regal elegance. It has 8 double bedrooms, 1 suite and 2 tents, each with their own private bathroom. Within the fort there are pretty courtyards and verandahs on different levels, linked by stone walkways. There is a large garden, plenty of hidden terraces and turrets, and a swimming pool. The chef produces delicious continental and Indian food. There is no formal dining room as breakfast tends to be a buffet served on the ramparts of the fort, overlooking the river; lunch is served in ...

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4475 per person

High season from £4695 per person


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  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Mumbai (Bombay)

    Rudyard Kipling described Mumbai as 'the Mother of Cities' and the city’s history is...

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  • Maheshwar

    Maheshwar is a historic fort-city on the banks of the River Narmada. The town has been a...

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  • Orchha

    Straddling the Betwa River, Orchha is perhaps one of the most picturesque places...

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  • Gwalior

    In 1780, Sir Warren Hastings wrote that Gwalior was the key to central India. It was a...

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  • Delhi

    The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...

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  • Satpura National Park

    One of the best kept secrets of central India, the Satpura National Park characterised b...

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