A Journey through Madhya Pradesh
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : A Journey through Madhya Pradesh

Take some time to explore this lesser-visited state of India and be wowed by incredible history, architecture, national parks before relaxing on the sacred Naramada river at Maheshwar. On this journey you’ll travel overland by trains as well as with your driver to maximise the on-the-ground experience. You'll really get away from the tourist trail with this itinerary.  


  • Explore alternative Delhi with a walk of the old town led by a former street kid turned expert guide
  • Take the train to Gwalior and stay in a former palace
  • Get up close and personal to the wildlife in Satpura National Park on foot, by jeep and even on a boat
  • Discover the tale of the Begums of Bhopal with a local historian and discover how this Islamic city was ruled by women for three glorious generations
  • Relax in one India’s finest and most off-the-beaten track fort hotels in Maheshwar, one of the most magical towns in India

As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive ‘Journey Planner’ here.  

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this itinerary is £3953 per person for the hotels mentioned, inclusive of all experiences, entrance fees, guides, transport, international & domestic flights and many meals. 

Note that this price is an estimate only and will vary according to the time of year. 

We are happy to tailor make the holiday to suit. We can make savings by adjusting the hotels or alternatively upgrade hotels where needed. 

For more on our pricing policy read here.

As every holiday is unique - Call our experts on 1-888-577-8452 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates or use the quote request form below...


Privately guided tours and experiences

Hotels on minimum B&B basis

Private vehicle and driver

Domestic flights

International flights from the UK

Day-to-Day Itinerary : A Journey through Madhya Pradesh

DAY 1 departure

Depart and fly to Delhi

DAY 2 Delhi

On arrival you will be picked up by your driver and taken to your hotel in the heart of the city. In the late afternoon you will do a short tour of New Delhi to get your bearings and see some of the classic sites such as the India gate and the President's house.

DAY 3 Delhi

An interesting experience this morning as you explore locally with a former street kid, turned guide, from the Salaam Baalak Trust; they'll give you a brilliant, fun tour of the streets where they grew up, tell you eye-popping stories and give a fantastic insight into another side of Delhi. The cost of this tour goes directly to the trust for their work helping other street kids

DAY 4 – 5 Train to Gwalior

This morning your driver will take you to the train station and see you aboard the Shatabdi Express, to begin your four hour journey to Gwalior. Travelling by train is an integral part of Indian life and no holiday in India is complete without one. On arrival you will be transferred to a former palace for your overnight stay. The driver will meet you with your luggage a bit later.

On day 5 you will explore the remote fort city of Gwalior, getting your first introduction to the way of life/history and idiosyncracies of the Madhya Pradesh people. The Gwalior Fort is a renowned landmark with a story going back 1000 years.

DAY 6 Orchha

Today you will drive towards Orchha which takes around 4 hours. En-route you will stop at the historic city of Jhansi with has a stunning fort on the banks of the Pahuj River. On arrival at Orchha you can explore this city with your guide, or by yourself, as your hotel - a lovely boutique heritage hotel with lovely views of majestic cenotaphs -is centrally located.

DAY 7 To Satpura via Bhopal

Step back aboard the Shatabdi Express this morning, after driving 30 minutes to Jhansi railway station for the three hour train to Bhopal. On arrival you will be driven three hours towards Satpura National Park, one of the most stunning national parks in India and one which still only receives few visitors.

DAY 8 – 9  Satpura national park

During the next few days you will get to experience the many wonders of this remote national park by various means, be it a traditional jeep safari, an early morning lake canoe trip, a walk in the core of the park or a night drive in the buffer zone.

DAY 10 Bhopal

This morning you will make the three hour journey back to Bhopal. On the way you stop at Bhimbetka caves, a famous site which shows some of the early signs of civilisation with 5000 year old cave paintings.

Your accommodation in Bhopal is a converted old palace with lovely views over the lake.

DAY 11 Bhopal

Bhopal has a fascinating and eclectic history and is famous for been ruled by females. Today you’ll have a rare opportunity to explore the city with a guide we are proud to be working with: a historian who knows the city inside out and will open your eyes to a history not known by many.

DAY 12- 15 Maheshwar

Rise early this morning for your six hour drive to Maheshwar. Don’t be put off by the long transfer as the reward at the end is one of most stunning hotels in all of India, Ahilya Fort. Here you’ll stay in an old fort on the banks of the Narmada River. It’s enchanting. Take some time out to relax over the next few days. Take a sunset river cruise, visit the ruined city of Mandu or just explore the small ghats on the riverside. This is a once-in-a-lifetime hotel that is not to be missed.

On Day 15 you’ll take the two hour drive towards Indore for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival check into your hotel for the next two nights to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai.

DAY 16 Mumbai

Today you’ll experience a city tour of Mumbai. Visit the main sites like the Gateway of India, take a boat cruise on the harbour and get lost in the Prince of Wales Museum. Your guide will help you get local street food if you are feeling adventurous! 

DAY 17 Fly home (or Stay!)

Today you will fly back home. 

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