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Madhya Pradesh Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Madhya Pradesh, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Indian
Time Difference 5 hours
Currency Rupee
Voltage 220V

Considered the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh’s central location brings an interior awash with natural splendour. From dense jungle forests and tumbling waterfalls, to grassland meadows and rocky plateaus, the area offers a blissful encounter with seldom-seen wildlife and blossoming vegetation. Boasting an impressive nine national parks, Madhya Pradesh has become a pioneer state in the conservation of flora and fauna, imposing strict hunting regulations and forming ‘Project Tiger’, a successful tiger rehabilitation programme that’s brought these splendid big cats back from the brink of extinction.

The magnificent Royal Bengal Tigers are, undoubtedly, the main attraction and the chances of spotting one of them is considerably good. The region is also home to a plethora of other mammals, reptiles and birdlife, including migratory species, leopards, Sloth Bears and wild dogs. Best visited between the months of October and April, Madhya Pradesh sets the benchmark for incredible wildlife encounters.

Highlights+
Pench National Park

Pench’s tropical forests were the inspiration behind Kipling’s masterpiece, ‘The Jungle Book’, and you can imagine Mowgli swinging through the trees as you scour the land for tigers. Other sightings might include sambhar, wild boar, jackal, jungle cats, Striped Hyenas and Barking Deer, as well as all manner of birdlife – peafowl, pheasant, Magpie Robin, heron, egret, Lesser Whistling Teal – the list goes on.

Panna National Park

Panna is famous for flora and fauna, with various big cats, antelope, deer, wolf, chinkara, Sloth Bear, rare vultures, a variety of snakes such as King Cobras, pythons and much more. Photographic opportunities for capturing Sloth Bears and leopard are good. Another highlight is a boat trip along Ken River, where Eurasion Eagle Owls, with their delightful ear tufts, nest on islands and highly nimble Indian crocs (gharial) devour slippery fish. The park is also home to dizzying waterfalls and sparkling diamonds, though special permission to visit one of the mines is obligatory.

History & Culture

Close to Panna National Park, the Khajuraho Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring intricately carved sandstone Jain and Hindu temples with unique, erotic detailing. The small settlement of Orchha is a very scenic spot oozing history, with palaces, forts, temples and cenotaphs from the Bundela Dynasty. Another historic hot spot is Chanderi, where you’ll find many ancient monuments and learn about the handloom industry that makes exquisite Chanderi Sarees. Nestled amid tranquil woods and serene rivers, the holy town of Chitrakoot is an important Hindu centre, attracting hordes of devotees and visitors to its religious sites and colourful festivals.

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is the biggest in Madhya Pradesh and home to some 300 species of birds, including the Indian Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Red Jungle Fowl and Racquet-tailed Drongo. The forests are mostly sal and bamboo, a backdrop ideal to glimpse leopards, Sloth Bears, wild dogs and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Another delight is the Swamp Deer, unique to the park. Optional activities include nature walks and tours of local villages.

Climate+

The region has a subtropical climate and follows a similar pattern to much of northern India. Expect hot, dry summers from April to June, monsoon rains from July to September and cooler, mostly dry, winter months between October and the end of March.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Madhya Pradesh.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January184
February203
March251
April303
May3211
June30136
July27279
August25360
September26185
October2552
November2221
December197

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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