Central India Travel Guide
Central India constitutes majorly two states Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh and is also known as the ‘Heart of India’. At the heart of India, in Madhya Pradesh lies a major river Narmada along with two hills ranges – the Vindhya and the Satpura.
The popular destinations of this zone are the ancient temples of Khajuraho, the rugged forts of Gwalior, majestic Stupas of Sanchi and the archaeological sites in Chattisgarh. People interested in Wildlife can also have a visit as this region houses a number of Wild Life Sanctuaries like Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Satpura National Park, Sanjay National Park, Madhav National Park, Van Vihar National Park, Mandla Plant Fossils National Park, Panna National Park, Pench National Park etc. Central India creates a colourful amalgamation of culture, cuisine, trade and tradition. It certainly gives you a glimpse of rich heritage and culture of India.
Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh
Khajuraho, Orchha, Gwalior, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Panchmarhi, Bhimbetka, Sanchi, Shivpuri, Bhedaghat, Pench, Mandu
36°C to 45°C
(April to June)
Average 18 °C
(July to Sep)
Avg 18 °C
(Oct to Feb)
The Heart of India… Heritage, Wildlife, Pilgrimage and loads more...
Rightly termed as the very heart of India, Central India includes Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh and these are lands of variance. The zone has fascinated travellers from India & abroad with some of the best temple architecture, forts & palaces, heritage, natural extravaganza and wildlife sanctuaries. Madhya Pradesh, with its multi-facet attractions has seen continual tourism footfalls. The state unveils rich heritage, revered pilgrimage points, wonderful wildlife and lots more. Some very popular tourist spots here are the Bhimbetka Caves, Bhartrihari Caves, Khajuraho Temples, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Gwalior Fort and the Buddhist monuments at Sanchi. On the other side, Chhattisgarh is a home to gorgeous landscapes and unique cultural heritage. Unexplored Chhattisgarh is a home to numerous alluring tourist spots such as ancient monuments, enticingly carved temples, ample wildlife, revered Buddhist sites and caves with rock paintings of the bygone era.
Enriched in history & heritage, Central India is a treat to historians or for that matter anyone with interest in history & heritage. Perched on banks of river Betwa, Orchha in Madhya Pradesh is known for Jehangir Mahal, Orchha Fort, Raja Mahal, Ram Raja Temple and other such places that have intricately carved temples and captivating forts. Furthermore, the historic city of Gwalior has attracted visitors to its forts & palaces like the Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace, Man Mandir Palace and others. Beautiful monuments, extraordinary architecture of the palaces and workmanship & carvings of temples, gives this city a charm and brings forth its glorious past. Another world-wide known destination here is Khajuraho. The Khajuraho group of moments and temple are a group of Hindu & Jain temples. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known world over for its nagara-style architectural and erotic sculptures. Other popular destination is Bhimbetka, which is popular for its Rock Caves that are an archaeological site, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life in Stone Age. Mandu’s Jahaz Mahal, Rani Rupmati's Pavilion, Baz Bahadur's Palace are ruins of architectural wonders of the ancient times.
The Pandava Caves are also a place to visit. Not to miss is Panchamari - queen of the Satpura ranges, which is the only hill station in the zone.
Holy to Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist, Central India has many religious spots. Dipped into spirituality, this zone is an escape for someone seeking a soul quenching spiritual journey. Chausath Yogini Temple at Bhedaghat, Siddhanath Temple of Omkareshwar, Narmada Udgam Temple at Amarkantak, One of the 12 Jyotirlingas - Mahakaleshwar Temple at Ujjain are some most visited ones amongst Hindus. The Jama Masjid, Taj-ul-Masjid and Moti Masjid are revered destinations for Muslims, while Sanchi, that houses Sanchi Stupa, The Great Bowl and the Ashoka Pillar, is a must visit for every Buddhist. This place is also an UNESCO World heritage sites. There are a number of Gurudwaras here such as Shri Badi Sangat Patshahi Dasvin Sahib, Shri Data Bandichod Sahib, Gurudwara Shri Charan Kamal Sahib, Shri Gwarighat Sahib and others. Different Jain religion memorials are found at Sirpur, Maheshpur, Malhar and Arang.
Central India’s topography, soil, climate and vegetation have made this zone an abode to variant wildlife. This zone is dotted with sanctuaries and reserves. Kanha National Park, Satpura National Park, Sanjay National Park, Madhav National Park, Van Vihar National Park, Mandla Plant Fossils National Park, Panna National Park and Pench National Park are a few to name. In short, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiast have a lot to explore in Central India. So, not to forget the Marble Rocks Mountains and Dhuandhar Falls at Bhedaghat, worth a visit.
People here are warm and caring. Grounded deep into religious beliefs, lifestyle food & festivals here are religious and heritage & culture oriented. Along with religious festivals of Maha Shivratri Festival, Navratri, Deepawali, Shankrant, Guru Purnima, Buddha Purnima, Eid and others, different cultural festivals are organized here. These draw large number of tourists. Some such fests are Pachmarhi Utsav, Khajuraho Dance Festival, Lokrang Samaroh, Malwa Utsav and Tansen Music Festival.
Popular Tour Packages of Central India