Journey through the Heart of India – Madhya Pradesh

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We start this tour with the tourist highlight of India: the visit of the Taj Mahal. Then we go to Madya Pradesh, to the heart of India. It is the second largeststate of India and has 75 million inhabitants. The state is home to some tribes that developed independently. It is one of the most backward   areas of India. Here, people live from agriculture, which they are still doing with their hands in hard work. 30% of the area is covered with forest and offers space for several large national parks, including the Bandavagarh National Park, which is home even to tigers.

Madya Pradesh also has a lot to offer culturally: we will visit the old Fort in Gwalior, the Palace in Orchha (which was built for years only for a single visit of the Maharaja) and the thousand-year-old temple complex in Kajuharo, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Then we head to Varanasi, the holy Hindu town on the Ganges.


Day 1 Arrival in Delhi

We welcome you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. (Overnight stay in the hotel) -/-/-

Day 2 Delhi Sightseeing

This morning we visit Old Delhi with its narrow streets, the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort in the form of a guided bike tour. In the afternoon we visit New Delhi with the rickshaw and the metro – the best way to get to know Delhi. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 3 Delhi-Agra-Gwalior

We start in the morning for the three-hour drive to Agra to visit the famous Taj Mahal. After that we continue for 2 hours to Gwalior. In the evening we watch the light show at the fort. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 4 Visit to the fort of Gwalior, then continue to Orchha ( 5 hours)

Today we have a guided tour of the fortress of Gwalior. Inside the fort there are also some interesting Hindu and Jain temples from the 11th and 12th centuries. Then we set off on a tranquil trip to the small village of Orchha. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 5 Visiting Orchha

With a guide we walk through medieval Orchha and look at the fort and the temples from the 16. and 17th century. The town of 8000 inhabitants was once the capital of one of the largest and most important kingdoms in central India. In the afternoon we go on a rafting tour on the Betwa river. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 6 Drive to Khajuraho

In the morning we set off for the four-hour drive to Khajuraho and enjoy the view of passing villages and fields. The afternoon is free. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 7 Sightseeing Tour

Today we visit the temple complex of Khajuraho with its erotic representations from the 10th to the 12th century. The afternoon is free. If you like, you can rent bicycles to explore the surrounding area. In the evening we watch a traditional dance performance. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 8 Drive to Bandhavagarh National Park.

We drive to the national park for about five hours. On the waywe stop briefly to visit a waterfall. (Overnight stay at the resort) B/-/D

Day 9 Jeepsafari

Today we do two jeep safaris, one at dawn and the other in the evening. For 3 hours we go by jeep through the national park and we try to spot the famous tigers. During the day we rest in our resort and enjoy the freshly prepared meals. (Overnight stay at the resort) B/L/D

Day 10 Jeep safari and drive to Varanasi

In the morning we take a jeep safari before we continue to Varanasi for about 8 hours. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 11 Varanasi Sightseeing

We use the morning to see the Ghats, then we visit the Durga Temple and the Bharat Mata Temple. Continue to one of The Best Educational Institutions in India: Benares Hindu University. Later we enjoy a trip to Sarnath, a few kilometers from Varanasi. The place has a great significance for Buddhism: here the Buddha gave his first sermon before he attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya. A tombstone was erected on this site. The ruler Ashok was a great follower of Buddha and had many stupas and chaityas built, the most famous being the Damekh Stupa. If you like, you can visit the Sarnath Museum. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 12 Boat trip and train ride to Delhi.

In the morning we float on a boat across the Ganges and let the meditative atmosphere affect us, while the believing Hindus perform their morning prayer and take a ritual bath. In the afternoon we take the train to Delhi (13 hours overnight on the train). B/-/-

Day 13 Arrival in Delhi

The day is free. We drive to the hotel in the morning. Depending on the plan, we will go to the airport today or we will stay another night at the hotel. B/-/-


  • 12 nights, 9 times in the hotel, 2 times in the resort, 1 x in an air-conditioned train
  • Bicycle Sightseeing Tour Old Delhi
  • air-conditioned Innova or similar vehicle from Delhi to Varanasi with private driver
  • Air-conditioned train journey from Varanasi to Delhi
  • Light show in Gwalior
  • Guided tour in Orchha
  • Boat tour in Varanasi
  • 3-4 x Jeepsafari in Bandhavgarh National Park
  • always breakfast, at the resort in Bandhavgarh National Park full board
  • International Flight
  • Visa
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips
  • English-speaking travel companion possible at an extra cost


Prices and Dates

The best time to visit is from October to March

from 1350 € per person for 2 participants

Price decreases as the number of participants increases

Tour Info


An easy tour by car. At certain times of the year, it can be quite warm.

Further Information

There is still a lot of poverty in central India. The mostly rural regions are connected by bad roads, so that the daily stages by car can also be very long and strenuous, because you often do not travel faster than 40 km/h. At the same time, it is possible to observe the rural life of the Indian population from the car.

Otherwise, these regions are very hot and dry. Only in the winter months between November and March is the climate sustainable. One is well dressed in light, covering fabrics.

A headgear is recommended.

Varanasi and Agra are some of the most popular places for tourists, so many people have become dependent on tourism and tourists can sometimes be a bit distressed.

Our accommodations are nice, clean accommodations in the 3-star category with air conditioning. In the national park, we stay in a wildlife resort.

Journey through the Heart of India – Madhya Pradesh

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