Dynasties of diverse rulers have shaped Central India, leaving behind impressive testimonies to their reigns in the form of castles, palaces and temples. In Khajuraho there is an imposing temple complex with intricate carvings that is more than a thousand years old and a UNESCO world heritage site, while the Buddhist temples and monuments at Sanchi are another UNESCO-listed treasure. Ujjain is one of the oldest cities in India, and is renowned for one of the great Hindu pilgrimages, the Kumbh Mela, which takes places every 12 years. Millions descend on the city to gather at its temples and cleanse themselves of sin in the Shipra River’s holy waters.
Central India offers an inspiring variety of nature reserves and national parks, with a huge array of indigenous fauna and flora. Go on safari to watch tigers, leopards, elephants and water buffaloes in their natural habitat.