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Holidays in Rajasthan
& Madhya Pradesh:
Central India

Explore the jungles and forts of Madhya Pradesh or the golden Thar desert in Rajasthan and its palaces. Discover a wealth of wildlife and stay in welcoming villages


From colourful cities, majestic palaces and opulent forts to rolling dunes, camels and brightly coloured turbans. When you think of India, you think of Rajasthan – the ‘Land of Kings’. It is a truly diverse state, offering wonderfully contrasting holidays and traditional hospitality. Discover tiny hamlets with round thatched cottages dotting the sweeping semi-desert landscape, experience a camel trek into the dunes and marvel at the diversity of wildlife. Experience a true sense of community in this delightful hidden corner of Rajasthan.

There are five national parks in Madhya Pradesh, true jungle


Madhya Pradesh

The vast state of Madhya Pradesh calls itself the ‘Heart of India’, and so it is. It is home to the country’s greatest ‘jungles’ – from the Hindi word for forest. With dramatic, undulating hills, winding rivers and beautiful forests, it is little wonder that Rudyard Kipling was inspired by this remarkable highland area. The state hosts six tiger reserves. Enjoy access and unique insight into two of them. Traditional Tribal communities will introduce you to their village life in harmony with the Jungle. Contrast this rural life with the great Forts, Palaces and Temples in the state’s north-eastern corner. Journey deep into the Heart of India.

A glimpse into a Rajasthan Holiday

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Deep into the heart of India

This wonderful journey of exploration through Madhya Pradesh takes you from the little, tranquil village of Sabarvani with the Satpura National Park/Tiger Sanctuary close by, via the hamlets that comprise the village of Patan nestling near the celebrated temples of Khajuraho and the Panna National Park/Tiger sanctuary, to the great fort city of Gwalior. Jungle, river valleys, temples, palaces, wildlife – all in one discovery journey through the heart of India. 

Tour Duration: 14 Nights

Starting Price £1,450 Per Person 

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Escapades In Madhya Pradesh

This lovely insight into beautiful Madhya Pradesh contrasts a stay in a 19th century hill-station bungalow with village farming life in Sabarvani and Kekadiya  villages. Walk through the fringes of the Satpura National Park with guide and naturalist, visit the great tribal museum and realise that generations have understood how to live in harmony with nature.

Tour Duration: 9 Nights

Starting Price £695 Per Person

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Into the Thar Desert

From the dazzling blue city of Jodhpur to the incredible warmth of the community of Hacra, this holiday offers a great blend of adventure and intrigue. Travel by camel to spend a night camping in the dunes, visit the fascinating Jain temples at nearby Osiyan and experience a rare insight into life in the desert.

Tour Duration: 12 Nights

Starting Price £1,060 Per Person

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Desert to Mountain

From the sweeping dunes, camels and round thatched jhumpas of the Thar Desert to the verdant mountain villages of the Binsar Sanctuary, there can be few places that offer more vivid contrasts. Yet the strong sense of community, welcoming smiles and warm hospitality of Binsar and Hacra tie these two enchanting locations together for a thrilling discovery of India’s rural heartlands.

Tour Duration: 18 Nights

Starting Price £1,480 Per Person 



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"A very important aspect of these holidays is the aim of sustainable development to keep these communities thriving. This takes a great deal of hard work from everyone involved with Village Ways and it would appear they are now being rewarded for this."
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