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Set out on a custom vacation to explore Central India‘s hidden gems, from Maheswar, a tranquil temple town by the banks of the Narmada River to famous pilgrimage sites such as Omkareshwar. Discover the green city of Bhopal, famous for its manmade lakes, Hindu temples, and Indo-Islamic architecture. Next, take exciting jeep and boat safaris in Satpura, one of the most unspoiled national parks in the country where you can spot a vast diversity of wildlife. Enjoy Pench, next on your tour, which is one of the best-known destinations for tiger safaris. End your tour in vibrant Mumbai, admiring its British architecture and cosmopolitan culture.

You can customize this Central India vacation further to match your interests, choice of hotels, and excursions. Get in touch with us to plan a tailor-made tour with advice from our experts.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3MumbaiGateway of India, Marine Drive or Queen’s Necklace, Dhobi Ghat, Crawford MarketPresident Mumbai, Taj Mahal
3 - 6MaheshwarMaheshwar Temple, Fort, GhatsAhilya Fort
6 - 8BhopalJama Masjid, Moti Masjid, Taj-Ul-Masjid, Birla MandirJehan Numa Palace
8 - 10SatpuraWildlife safaris, Birding, LandscapesDenwa Backwater escape, Reni Pani
10 - 12PenchJungle Safaris, Tiger Reserve, Gond VillagesJamtara Wilderness Camp
12 - 13MumbaiGateway of India, Marine Drive or Queen’s Necklace, Dhobi Ghat, Crawford MarketThe Leela Mumbai

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

We will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel

Mumbai

2 Nights

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.

Included Activities

Half Day Highlights of Mumbai
Venture to the waterfront and witness the historic Gateway of India, built during the British rule. Drive by the world’s most expensive real estate along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, as the streetlights resemble a string of pearls at night. Discover the plethora of colonial architecture including the High Court, Mumbai University, Flora Fountain, Asiatic Library, Prince of Wales Museum, Municipal Corporation Building and the fascinating, fully-functioning Victoria Terminus Railway Station. Whilst the building is closed to the public, you can glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence with its circling vultures. Unwind amidst the topiary of the Hanging Gardens, or in Kamala Nehru Park and Horniman Circle. Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi at Mani Bhavan, a museum and reference library. (Duration 4 hours).

Half Day Visit to Elephanta Caves
Venture to the extraordinary Elephanta Caves, a complex of ancient rock-cut cave temples that sit proudly on Elephanta Island, which is an hour’s ferry ride from Mumbai. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these intricately carved caves date back to 600AD, although there is little history explaining the island. Some locals believe the caves are a natural testament to the Hindu faith. Explore the tranquil and picturesque island, teeming with green foliage and scampering monkey, before visiting the caves. There is much to witness, from the great Trimurti Sadashiva (or Maheshmurti) a cave that depicts the three faces of Shiva, to a hall with 20 pillars, and an enshrined Shivalingam (a phallic symbol of fertility). Kindly note that Elephanta Caves are closed on Mondays. (Duration 4 hours).

Hotel Options
President Mumbai – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Charm Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Taj Mahal – Opt 2
RoomSuperior City View Tower Wing
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 3 - 6

Flight from Mumbai to Indore

Drive from Indore to Maheshwar (98 km, 2 hrs)

Maheshwar

3 Nights

Maheshwar, a temple town on the River Narmada’s banks, takes one back to a bygone era. This town, where time seems to have stood still, finds mention in the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Included Activities

Complimentary Activities at Ahilya Fort
(Only if staying at Ahilya Fort) Located in the temple town of Maheshwar, where time seems to have stood still, Ahilya Fort is a riverside heritage hotel..clinging to the fort complex ramparts..overlooking the Ghats and igneous temples, and mirrored in the winding Narmada river below it. Take a sightseeing trip around the town..visit the Rehwa Society handloom center to see how they weave Maheshwari saris; visit the Ahilya School, several Shiva Temples and local Markets; delight in some trail biking; visit Navdatodi Village and a farm. Sip tea while enjoying a day time boat ride on the Narmada River; alternatively, delight in an evening of sunset boating while relaxing over tea.

Holy Haunts of Omkareshwar
Embark on a spiritual journey to the famous pilgrimage site of Omkareshwar, nestled at the confluence of Narmada and Kaveri rivers in Central India. Enjoy the picturesque location with hills, serene river banks, and a cliff face. Cross over to the scenic Mandhata island through one of the two bridges or by boat. Explore the hilly island steeped in legends, and shaped like the Hindu ‘Om’ symbol, which heightens its importance for believers. One among twelve such temples in the country, visit the revered five-storied Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Shiv temple built in Hindu architectural style with an elaborate spire. See the grand meeting hall supported by 60 intricately carved pillars. Watch pilgrims at prayer ceremonies and rituals that are conducted through the day. Also drop by the beautifully carved Siddhanatha Temple nearby, as well as the Omkareshwar Palace nearby. Walk on the circular pathway around the hill dotted with several shrines, occasionally distracted by playful monkeys! (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Ahilya Fort – Opt 1
RoomSuperior AC
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Maheshwar/Dhar to Bhopal (300 km, 6 hrs)

Bhopal

2 Nights

Bhopal: Unique synthesis of Hinduism and Islam Situated around two artificial lakes enclosed by a masonry wall, Bhopal is a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic cultures; having a sprinkling of landscaped gardens and lakes; while its mosques’ huge minarets appearing on the horizon silently signal the arrival of Bhopal to the visitor!

Included Activities

Highlights of Bhopal
Bhopal combines scenic beauty, history and modernity. It offers many natural as well as artificial lakes and is one of India’s greenest cities. Visit Asia’s largest masjid (mosque) – the Jama Masjid, as well as the Moti Masjid and Taj-Ul-Masjid. Witness the Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple built by the Birla dynasty in devotion to Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. Marvel at the white alabaster Shaukat Mahal and brick-red Sadar Manzil, two architectural wonders with Indo-Islamic and European influence, which were both allegedly designed by a French architect, and are situated within lovely gardens. Visit the Performing Arts and Tribal Habitat, also known as the Museum of Mankind. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomImperial room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 8 - 10

Drive from Bhopal to Satpura (135 km, 3.5 hrs)

Satpura

2 Nights

Satpura is the most unspoiled national park in India with a great diversity of wildlife experiences – jeep safari, elephant ride, boat safari, walking safari, canoe safari, horse safari (seasonal).

Included Activities

Shared Safari in Satpura
Discover the natural beauty of Satpura National Park, nestled in India’s Central Highlands. Accompanied by experienced naturalists, head out into the rugged wilderness characterized by sandstone peaks and ravines, amid dense forests. Apart from traditional 4×4 jeep safaris, you can hop into a boat and cruise the waters, or explore the region on foot at your own pace. Discover a variety of wildlife including antelopes, leopards, porcupines, black bucks, wild boars, foxes and sloth bears among others, emerge from behind lush cover. You’ll also find several species of birds under the forest canopy. Tigers often lie camouflaged between tall grasses and if you’re lucky, you may just spot one! In the buffer zone between neighboring lodges, cycle alongside colorful mustard fields and deep gorges. On a kayak or a canoe, traverse the Denwa river and the Tawa dam on the park’s periphery, watching Mugger crocodiles basking in the distance. If you’re feeling adventurous, embark on night safaris to witness myriad nocturnal life in the national park. (Best time to travel: October – March; Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 3 hrs; Fixed time: Yes; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy; Please notes that any 2 out of 4 activities are available per day.)

Hotel Options
RoomCottage
MealsFull Board and Safari
StyleLodge
Reni Pani – Opt 2
RoomCottage
MealsFull Board & Drinks
StyleLodge
Day 10 - 12

Drive from Satpura to Pench (340 km, 6 hrs)

Pench

2 Nights

Pench: Discover the wild side! Nestling in the Satpura hills, named after the Pench river that flows from north to south through the National Park dissecting it in half, Pench has the maximum number of tiger sightings in April and also frequently spotted are animals like leopards, wild cats and the Indian civet.

Included Activities

Shared Morning Jeep Safari in Pench
Wild wonders galore! In the morning, take a thrilling wildlife safari in an open jeep with your experienced tracker and guide, and fellow guests, at Pench Tiger Reserve. Across a gently sloping, undulating land marred with sheltered valleys, Pench boasts the highest density of herbivores in India! Experience the thrill of tracking a Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat, listening to the sounds of the forest and following tracks and signs left behind by these majestic beasts. The topography changes as you travel through the reserve, and you’ll see many birds and animals through the shrubbery – from the bison, Sambar deer, Nilgai, wild boars and jackal, to hyenas and porcupines. If you’re lucky, you’ll come face to face with a tiger – a highlight that will remain etched forever in your memory! (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning, 0600 hrs; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fixed time: Yes; Shared Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that the park is open between 15 October and 30 June every year.Please note that each jeep will accommodate 6 people in total)

Shared Morning Jeep Safari in Pench
Wild wonders galore! In the morning, take a thrilling wildlife safari in an open jeep with your experienced tracker and guide, and fellow guests, at Pench Tiger Reserve. Across a gently sloping, undulating land marred with sheltered valleys, Pench boasts the highest density of herbivores in India! Experience the thrill of tracking a Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat, listening to the sounds of the forest and following tracks and signs left behind by these majestic beasts. The topography changes as you travel through the reserve, and you’ll see many birds and animals through the shrubbery – from the bison, Sambar deer, Nilgai, wild boars and jackal, to hyenas and porcupines. If you’re lucky, you’ll come face to face with a tiger – a highlight that will remain etched forever in your memory! (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning, 0600 hrs; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fixed time: Yes; Shared Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that the park is open between 15 October and 30 June every year.Please note that each jeep will accommodate 6 people in total)

Hotel Options
RoomLuxury Safari Tents
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleLodge
Day 12 - 13

Drive from Pench to Nagpur (100 km, 3 hrs)

Flight from Nagpur to Mumbai

Transfer to your hotel

Mumbai

1 Night

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.

Hotel Options
The Leela Mumbai – Opt 1
RoomPremier City View Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

Transfer to the airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 6,390 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 7,490 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Mumbai – Indore
    • Nagpur – Mumbai
  • All activities as listed :
    • Mumbai: Half Day Highlights of Mumbai
    • Mumbai: Half Day Visit to Elephanta Caves
    • Maheshwar: Complimentary Activities at Ahilya Fort
    • Maheshwar: Holy Haunts of Omkareshwar
    • Bhopal: Highlights of Bhopal
    • Satpura: Shared Safari in Satpura
    • Pench: Shared Morning Jeep Safari in Pench
    • Pench: Shared Morning Jeep Safari in Pench
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • On demand a printed set of your travel documents by post
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Camera fees
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
What our guests say about this trip

We would wholeheartedly recommend Enchanting Travels to anyone wishing to undertake a private tour of India. We always felt looked after and cared for throughout the trip. The drivers and the guides were all top quality and very informative and always put our wishes and desires first. The hotels were all excellent and it was very welcome to go back to the lovely hotels after a day full of the incredible sights and sounds of India – quite a sensory overload for people from less populated countries. Enchanting were excellent every step of the way, from the initial contact and personally planned itinerary to the final day of our trip when they saw us off at the airport. We would definitely use them again in another part of the world where they conduct tours. Very professional and excellent company that we have no hesitation in recommending to anyone.

– Christine Hobart
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Culture and Wildlife in Central India

13 days $ 6,390 / person

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