Central India holiday, trekking and culture

“Tailor made trekking and camping trip in the jungles of Central India. Great introduction to an authentic rural India that tourists rarely get to experience.”

Highlights

Bhoramdeo temple complex | Jhalmalla | Lakeside camping | Kanha National Park | Evening jungle safaris searching for sloths, big cats and colourful species of birds | Possible visits to the weekly tribal market | Optional bike rides along Banjar River |

Description of Central India holiday, trekking and culture

This tailor made week in Central India provides a chance to get to know the region from an insiderís perspective. Experiencing and becoming immersed in rural life is definitely the best way to escape the tourist crowds and really get to know the people that live in the beautiful jungle villages.

The variety of guided hiking and comfortable tented camping conjures every opportunity to become one with the land. And the realm of Kanha National Park offers ample excuses for an array of authentic and exciting adventures. Everywhere you go youíll be invited into the homes of tribal people for tea, biscuits and a chat as well as pausing for picnics and organised lunches in woodland groves or beside a lake.

From the curious carvings to be found at the temple complex at the start of the tour, to the Baiga and Gond tribes that you might meet whilst exploring in the hillsides of Central India, this unique experience really does provide a most satisfying mix of trekking and culture.

Keeping your eyes peeled for indigenous bird species, old world monkeys (Hanuman langurs) and tell-tale signs of leopards, is part and parcel of life in the jungle. Some of our tours will coincide with the weekly tribal market (haat) where the hill tribe people come down from the surrounding countryside to sell their wares. Bargain hunters are bound to be more than interested in the heavy silver jewellery and trinkets as well as the abundant fruit, veg, and freshly fried take away pakora in paper cones. This is authentic India, come and taste the difference.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
LGBTQIA+
Our partners behind this holiday promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travellers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
1 Both our professional accommodation providers, at Bhoramdeo and Kanha have turned plots of land that previously were either unproductive scrubland, or environmentally damaging eucalyptus, into well wooded havens for bird and insect life. The camp owners at Kanha have gradually felled the eucalypt, using it to build the shells for their tented accommodation and all their furniture (it is a marvelous mosquito repellent) whilst continually replanting mixed forest as they go. Both the accommodations provide alternative drinking water to the ubiquitous plastic bottles that now litter India (quite apart from the disposal of plastic bottles, it takes four litres of water to produce a single litre of drinking water). At Kanha in the form of a highly efficient filtration system and Bhoramdeo in the form of a very deep bore hole. Both use solar power to heat their water, and dispose of their rubbish on site using composting where possible and trying to minimize the purchase of anything plastic wrapped.

2 We operate with small group sizes which not only maximises interaction within the group and guides and local community but also minimises the impact on environment.

3 In this tour we have used home stays, lodges and hotels which are safe, comfortable and operated in a sustainable way. We specifically pay attention to their waste disposal and eco-tourism policies.

4 We believe wildlife tourism can be an important conservation tool if used responsibly. Travel to national parks and wildlife areas brings positive economic benefits as entrance fees contribute to the maintenance and conservation of local flora and animal species, while visitors benefit from the educational aspects of the area and take away with them an increased awareness of the need and place for conservation. Equally important tourism helps the local communities living around these reserves by providing jobs and helping them realise the importance of the forest.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We believe there are two fundamental factors in creating a successful and socially beneficial holiday: slow travel and placing value on local knowledge. All our guides on treks in the hills are local herdsmen (yadavs) or farmers; they not only know the best routes and the food and medicinal uses of every plant and tree, but also whether it is worth a diversion to see a leopard footprint, to bypass a village where private ceremony is taking place or drop in on one where a baby welcoming party will enjoy the presence of some extra guests. It enables real relationships to be established between guests and host nationals. We ensure that there are multiple languages speakers on all our tours to avoid cultural faux pas and to enrich the exchanges between everyone. Our guides ensures that same villages are not visited by foreigners more than once in any month and that all supplies are brought along so no strain is put on the local resources. We encourage guests to bring small but useful presents; jumpers or shawls for children (central Indian winter nights can be bitterly cold) and fresh fruit and vegetable for longer stays (50% of Indian people do not even eat one fully balance meal a day).

All our accommodation providers employ the vast majority of their staff from local villages and encourage the learning of English, interaction with guests and opportunities for promotion. The also support the education of the children of their staff and their health needs.

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Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020 by

Really lovely. It was relaxing which was just what we wanted as we have had a week either side in Kolkata (involvement with an NGO) which is great but totally non-relaxing. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2018 by

My time at the Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat could not have been a better introduction to the delights of India. The slower rural pace allows you to enjoy the colour, history, flavour and hospitality of central India in an authentic but extremely comfortable setting. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2016 by

It was too short - only 7 days- due to our work commitments. However we both agreed it was one of the best, most authentic trips we have taken, and we have both travelled extensively. So I would rate it as 'excellent'. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2016 by

It was excellent in every way. Thank you Responsible travel for recommending a holiday provider based in Raipur! Read full review

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