Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Madhya Pradesh is the king of the jungle when it comes to tiger parks, and Kanha is its most famous. The forests are vast, and while your chances of seeing a tiger are probably slimmer than at nearby Bandhavgarh,...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

If your only reason for visiting a tiger reserve in India is to see a tiger, look no further. A couple of days at Bandhavgarh should net you a tiger sighting. India's 2014 tiger census counted 68 tigers here, the...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Khajuraho

Lakshmana Temple

Lakshmana Temple

The large Lakshmana Temple took 20 years to build and was completed in about AD 954 during the reign of Dhanga, according to an inscription in its mandapa (pillared front pavilion). It’s arguably the best...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Khajuraho

Kandariya-Mahadev Temple

Kandariya-Mahadev Temple

The 30.5m-long Kandariya-Mahadev, built between 1025 and 1050, is the largest Western Group temple and represents the high point of Chandela architecture. It also has the most representations of female beauty and...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Khajuraho

Western Group

Khajuraho’s most striking and best-preserved temples are those within the fenced-off section of the Western Group. An Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) guidebook to Khajuraho (₹60) may be available at the...

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Vishvanath Temple

Vishvanath Temple

Believed to have been built in 1002, the Vishvanath Temple anticipates the plan and style of the Kandariya-Mahadev Temple. Dedicated to Shiva, it's a superlative example of Chandela architecture, with a riot of...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Bhopal

Tribal Museum

Tribal Museum

Step through the looking glass into what feels like an enchanted forest at this surreal place that is unlike any museum you will have visited before. Dedicated to the tribal peoples who make up more than 10...

Top ChoiceFort in Gwalior

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort

Stretched majestically along the top of a 3km-long plateau overlooking Gwalior, the fort is a dominant, unmissable sight, full of fascinating palaces, temples, museums and other buildings. Much of the fort is now...

Top ChoiceCultural in Jagdalpur

Bastar Dussehra

In Bastar, the Dussehra date (usually in early October) is just the last of 75 days of rituals and preparations that give Bastar Dussehra claim to be one of the world's longest festivals. Things climax in the...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Monument in Sanchi

Buddhist Monuments

Emperor Ashoka's 3rd-century BC Great Stupa, and many other stupas, temples, pillars, gateways and monasteries built in succeeding centuries, stand at the top of Monuments Rd, with the ticket office near the...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh

Pench Tiger Reserve

Pench is made up mostly of teak-tree forest rather than sal, and so has a different flavour from nearby Kanha or Bandhavgarh. It also sees fewer tourists (and has fewer tigers) so, as you’re driving around the...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh

Panna Tiger Reserve

Tigers are making a comeback after being reintroduced in 2009 to Panna Tiger Reserve from other Madhya Pradesh reserves; there are now thought to be more than 35 tigers here. There's a fair chance of seeing...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Orchha

Chaturbhuj Temple

The spectacular soaring spires of the 16th-century Chaturbhuj Temple are visible from all over town. The Chaturbhuj has never been used for its intended purpose of housing the Rama idol that remains in the Ram...

Top ChoicePalace in Orchha

Jehangir Mahal

The Jehangir Mahal, an assault course of steep staircases and precipitous walkways, represents a zenith of Indo-Islamic architecture. More decorative than the Raj Mahal, it was built, or at least completed, in...

Top ChoiceMughlai in Bhopal

Under the Mango Tree

Jehan Numa Palace’s best restaurant specialises in barbecue kebabs and tandoor dishes (including vegetarian options). Most things on the menu are top-class, but the sampler platter of varied kebabs (from ₹1000)...

Top ChoiceStreet Food in Indore

Sarafa Bazar

This 300m-long nocturnal food-stall strip is a great experience, not just for the local taste sensations, but also for its friendly atmosphere. Come hungry and try what takes your fancy: two top local...

Top ChoiceIslamic Tomb in Orchha

Chhatris

Funerary monuments to Orchha royalty, the huge and serene chhatris rise beside the Betwa River at the south end of town. They’re best seen at dusk, when birds reel above the children splashing at the river ghats...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Mandu

Royal Enclave

The Royal Enclave is the largest group of monuments, with several beautiful buildings from the 15th- and 16th-century Ghuri and Khilji dynasties set near two picturesque tanks. This is the only group that's...

Top ChoiceReligious in Ujjain

Kumbh Mela

Ujjain is one of four sites in India that hosts the incredible Kumbh Mela, during which millions bathe in the Shipra River. It takes place here every 12 years, normally during April and May. The next one is due...

Top ChoiceHindu Shrine in Around Sanchi

Udaigiri Cave Shrines

Cut into a sandstone hill 5km northwest of Vidisha are some 20 remarkable, mostly Hindu, cave shrines from the 4th century AD (Gupta period). The first cave you'll reach is Cave 19, dedicated to Shiva, with a...