Kanha National Park is known for its Tiger spotting; hundreds of people flock to this park every year from across India and overseas in the hope to see a Tiger. My suggestion, visit this park for reasons beyond the king of the jungle. This jungle can also make for a memorable holiday if you are looking for some peace and quality time with family and friends.
While planning our accommodation in Kanha, we decided to stay away from the popular hotels mentioned online and chose to stay at a boutique hotel called Courtyard House. A quaint house with its exterior walls painted a warm yellow, it is perched on a slight height and can be spotted from a mile away. Literally, off the beaten track the house is situated in the buffer zone of the Kanha Tiger Reserve and the view of the jungle from the house extends as far as the eyes can see.
A last minute booking, we arrived at Forsyth Lodge for a night but ended up extending our stay by another. As one enters the premise, it is clear that the lodge is built and put together by a team of people who are passionate about the wilderness and the environment. An eco-friendly lodge, Forsyth is set within 44 acres of rehabilitated jungle on the edge of Satpura National Park; this was the first property to also be constructed near the park.
In an attempt to hunt down a new weekend destination near the Capital, Bhopal came up as an interesting option if looking for a mix of history, heritage, wildlife, and of course some luxury. This city has the ability to thrill and pamper.
I had no expectations from Bhopal when we visited, it was meant to be a one night stop during our 2 weeks Madhya Pradesh road trip. However, once I spent some time here, I realised that this city has much more to offer then then just being the political hub of Madhya Pradesh.
While we could not stay longer than a night, I promised myself I would return soon to enjoy a little more of everything.
A seven hour drive from New Delhi (via the Yamuna Expressway), Gwalior city is typically not known a holiday destination, unless of course you are travelling to Orchaa, Khajuraho, Shivpuri or even Bhandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
Since we were on a two week road trip through Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior was a good option for us to take our first overnight stop between Delhi and Orchaa. We had pre-booked a room in Deo Bagh Neemrana, a heritage property located amidst two 17th and 18th century Maratha temples a hathi khana for elephants, stables and two cenotaphs.
Road trips are one way of holidaying I thoroughly enjoy and I have been quite regular with short trips in and around North India for many years now. But it’s been over 10 years since I did my last long distance trip. It was from Delhi to Goa spanning over a month covering 7 states and 22 cities.
I am heading to Madhya Pradesh for two weeks. Unlike the Delhi-Goa trip where I travelled with my buddies, this time, my wife is my companion along with her trusted Ford Figo.