A Journey through Central India

with caroline and peter stanley
A Journey through Central India A Journey through Central India

Join us on this captivating off the beaten track ramble through Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

This tour combines stunning palaces and imposing hilltop forts with exquisite ancient temples, the colonial heritage of British India, rich and varied wildlife, and the unspoiled peace and natural beauty of the countryside. 

We begin in Mumbai, the old East India Company trading station of Bombay, before flying up to Udaipur, an elegant city of lakes and antique regal grandeur.  We travel to Shahpura Bagh, an intimate, stylish and luxurious country retreat for two nights where we are given an intimate experience of the local village and farm life.

After two nights in Bundi, a charming fortified town of narrow lanes and ancient havelis on the rarely visited eastern edge of Rajasthan, we arrive at Gwalior, home to one of the most impressive and least visited forts in India, approached through a canyon of mysterious giant rock sculptures of naked Jain deities.

Our next stop is one of India’s best kept secrets – Orchha, a remote collection of majestic abandoned cenotaphs, a palace and a fort stunningly located on an island in the boulder-strewn Betwa River. Finally we arrive at the Sarai at Toria, an idyllic property located on the edge of Panna Tiger Reserve and overlooking the beautiful River Ken where you will have the chance to visit the extraordinary World Heritage temples at Khujuraho. Emulating the travelling house parties of old, this is a very special tour. 

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