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Central India Hotels

Madhya Pradesh has one of the densest populations of wildlife and forest in India, accounting for over a third of the country's forest cover. As such, there is a wealth of safari options for the intrepid traveller in search of the authentic world of Kipling's Jungle Book.

Taj Hotels has recently joined forces with African wildlife experts & Beyond, delivering some of the best safari experiences in India at their camps: Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh; Banjaar Tola, Kanha and Pashan Garh, Panna which also offers excursions to the nearby temple town of Khajuraho. All of these luxury tented camps offer the best of Indian hospitality in the wild.

Other independent wilderness properties include the charming eco cottages at The Kings Lodge and elegant individual lodges at Samode Safari in Bandhavgarh. In Kanha you will find the stylish colonial property of Singinawa with its heated swimming pool and open fireplaces as well as the lovingly appointed Shergarh with its 6 stylish tents, set deep in heart of Kanha.

Onto Tamil Nadu where there is a wide range of accommodation from the French mansions of Pondicherry like the elegant Palais de Mahe and The Hotel De L'Orient to the individual merchant houses of Chettinad - Visalam & Bangala, famed for its indigenous fiery cuisine.

Beyond the national parks, one can travel South East to the little know regions of the Omkareshwar and the forgotten city of Mandu whilst residing at the nearby magical, Ahilya Fort. Sitting proudly on the banks of the mighty Narmada River, one can relax off the beaten track in this charming fort hotel. Enjoy enchanting views, delicious home cooked cuisine and breathtaking surroundings.

In the far north of the region lie the historical towns of Gwalior and Orchha. Lesser known than the nearby tourist attractions of Agra and Lucknow, there are numerous forts, temples and palaces to discover. In Gwalior one can experience the enchanting 120-year-old stone carved Usha Kiran Palace, a charming heritage hotel set in beautiful landscaped lawns.

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