Tribal of Central India

Tribal of Central India

The beautiful journey will cover the beautiful monuments built during the medieval India, tribal life of Madhya Pradesh and wildlife treasures sprinkled across Central India. The 16 days long journey, beginning from Delhi, will cover Raipur, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Jagdalpur, Kanger, Kawardha, Kanha, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Sanchi and Agra.

Tribal of Central India

It will take you away from the chaos of the city and town to the calm and peaceful place where people still believe in living a simple life just like their ancestors did. Away from the regular city life, these tribes wake up every day with new challenges.

Tour Highlights

  1. Visit the tribal regions of Kondagaon and Narayanpur.
  2. Visit Chitrakote Waterfalls and Anthropological Museum in Jagdalpur.
  3. Safari tour in Kanger Valley National Park.
  4. Meeting with the local Bison-Horn Maria tribe.
  5. 3 Jungle safaris in the Kanha National Park.

Itinerary

Delhi – Raipur – Kanker – Jagdalpur – Kanger Valley National Park  – Kawardha – Kanha – Bhopal – Agra 

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi
Airport welcome and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Breakfast at hotel. This morning you will be introducing the children to Delhi in style, on a morning's private bicycle rickshaw tour. Your rickshaw driver/guides will cycle you through the winding alleys of the markets of Old Delhi where you and the children will witness Indian city life up close as you pass street barbers and stall keepers selling colourful garments, spices and sweets. Hop off whenever you want a closer look, lunch and visit to the white marble Gurudwara Sikh temple which has a community kitchen as well as a very interesting museum on the history of the Sikh community.   After lunch, it is time for an introduction to Indian history and architecture with a visit to Humayun's Tomb, also in New Delhi and somewhere for the children to run around in the shaded formal gardens surrounding the elegant tomb of a Mughal king.
Day 03: Delhi (flight) Raipur (130 kms – 03 hrs) Kanker
Following a leisurely breakfast in the morning, drive to the Delhi airport to board flight to Raipur. Upon arrival, leave by road for Kanker ( approximately 3 hour journey). On reaching there, move to the splendid Kanker Palace for night stay.
Day 04: Kanker – Excursion to Kondagaon et Narayanpur
Today, in the morning, our guides will pick you up and escort you to the tribal regions of Kondagaon and Narayanpur. Post breakfast, leave by road to visit the Keshkal Ghat bordered with the tribal district of Bastar. Later, drive to Kondagaon and Narayanpur, famous for their exquisite Bastar handicrafts. By evening, return back to the Kanker Palace for night stay.
Day 05: Kanker – Jagdalpur (160 kms – 03 hrs)
Post breakfast in the morning, leave by road for Jagdalpur, the former capital of Bastar. Here, you will get a chance to meet and interact with various tribal groups of Bastar. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Post lunch, go out for a sightseeing tour of Jagdalpur. The places you will visit include Chitrakote Waterfalls and Anthropological Museum. Later, you will be taken to have trysts with the local Bison-Horn Maria tribe and witness their ceremonial dance performances. Later, return back to the hotel for night stay.
Day 06: Jagdalpur – Excursion to Kanger National Park
Today, after breakfast, start your journey towards the famous Kanger Valley National Park. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Later, visit the nearby Stalactite and Stalagmite Caves and the Tirathgarh Waterfalls. By evening, return back to Jagdalpur for night stay.
Day 07: Jagdalpur – Raipur (160 kms – 03 hrs)
Post breakfast in the morning, check out of your hotel and drive to Raipur (4 hours). It is the capital city of Chattisgarh. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Post lunch, go out on a sightseeing tour of the Mahant Ghasidas Museum. Later, return back to the hotel for night stay.
Day 08: Raipur – Kawardha (120 kms - 02½ hrs)
Today, understanding the lifestyle of the tribal people in Kawardha is on the cards. Post breakfast in the morning, check out of the hotel and leave by road for Kawardha. On reaching Kawardha, check in at the Kawardha Palace for overnight stay.
Day 09: Kawardha
Morning after breakfast, leave for a full-day sightseeing tour covering visits to Radha Krishna Temple, Saroda Reservoir, the enchanting and very famous Bhoramdeo Group of Temples and Lohara Bavli. Later, visit Baiga and Gond tribal villages that give you a clear idea of tribal life of Chhattisgarh. Evening, return to Kawardha Palace for night stay.
Day 10: Kawardha – Kanha NP ( 130 kms – 03½ hrs)
Post breakfast in the morning, check out of the hotel and take a road trip to Kanha National Park, the famous wildlife sanctuary. On reaching Kanha, check in at the Tuli Jungle Resort. Post lunch, enjoy an exciting jungle safari in the national park. Later, return back for an overnight stay in the resort.
Day 11: Kanha NP
Today, spend the entire day in enjoying the wildlife safari at this wildlife sanctuary. On the 11th day, enjoy two jungle safaris (morning and afternoon) to explore the length and breadth of this wildlife sanctuary and watching animals in their natural turf. By evening, return back to the resort for night stay.
Day 12: Kanha NP (150 kms – 04 hrs) Jabalpur (overnight train) Bhopal
Today, after breakfast in the morning, leave by road for Jabalpur. En route, halt for the sightseeing tour at Marble Rocks. The shimmering white rocks located nearby Bedaghat. Later, proceed towards Jabalpur. Upon arrival, drive to the railway station to board train to Bhopal. Overnight journey on board.
Day 13: Bhopal
Early morning arrival in Bhopal followed by assisted transfer to the hotel by our tour representative. After a short rest, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Bhopal. The major places you will cover include Taj-UL-Masjid, Bharat Bhawan (the center for visual and performing arts) and the Jama Masjid. Later, return back to the hotel for night stay.
Day 14: Bhopal – Excursion to Sanchi
Today, you will be taken to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sanchi, famous for its Buddhist pilgrimage site in Madhya Pradesh. Have breakfast and go out on a full day excursion to Sanchi. The spectacular stupas, monasteries and temples located in Sanchi dates back to the 3rd and the 12th century B.C. Later, you will visit the famous Ashoka Pillar before leaving for Bhopal in the evening. Later, return back to the hotel for night stay.
Day 15: Bhopal – Agra (train)
The morning is free to relax in the comforts of your room. Post lunch, drive to the Bhopal railway station to board the train to Agra. By evening, arrive in Agra followed by assisted transfer to the hotel for night stay.
Day 16: Agra
In the morning, after breakfast, go out for a full day tour of Agra. Start your journey with a visit to the famous Taj Mahal, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ and an ode to the eternal love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Later, proceed to the majestic Red Fort, a red sandstone edifice and the erstwhile demesne of the Mughal rulers. The fort complex is home to several gardens, halls and palaces. Later, return to the hotel for night stay.
Day 17: Agra – Delhi – Departure
Today is the last day of your Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Tour. Post breakfast in the morning, check out of your hotel and leave by road for Delhi. Upon arrival, check in at the Hotel Ashok Country Resort to rest and relax. In the evening, drive to the New Delhi airport/railway station for onward journey.
  • Best Season:

    October-November and February to May

map of Nawabs of Lucknow

The highlights of this trip

Tribes

Visiting local Baiga villages within the Maikal Hills provides a thoroughly intriguing glimpse at life in the jungle but from an interactive point of view rather than a voyeuristic alternative. You’ll be introduced to local tribe members as well as visiting weekly markets on a guided tour of Bhoramdeo, which is also revered for its collection of temples.

Wildlife

Spending two nights in  Kanha national park allows travellers to observe, first-hand, some of India’s indigenous animals in their incredible natural environments. Everything from wild wolves and monkeys to leopards and Bengal tigers are known to reside in the parks’ protected habitats.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings ever created. The exquisite marble structure in Agra, India, is a mausoleum, an enduring monument to the love of a husband for his favorite wife. It’s also an eternal testament to the artistic and scientific accomplishments of a wealthy empire.

  • Tribal Communities 95% 95%
  • Monuments 80% 80%
  • Wildlife 65% 65%
  • Landscapes 90% 90%

An epic journey.

“It was our 04th visit to India with ITP. We wanted to have this journey as bit of everything. It was wonderfully organized. Kids enjoyed wildlife, my husband loved taking pictures of tribes and I simply admired Taj Mahal. We all had moments during this trip.”

Machiatto Family – Rome, Italy

A particularly heart-warming moment.

“From watching people go about their daily business, to joining in their celebrations, we genuinely experienced “The Real India”. A particularly heart-warming moment happened one morning when we were invited into the home of a tribal family.  “

Garry & Sherone – Texas, USA.

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