43 days in Central India Itinerary

43 days in Central India Itinerary

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43 days in Central India Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  25​h
1
Bhopal
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Raipur
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Amarkantak
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Jabalpur
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Khajuraho
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Orchha
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Gwalior
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Ujjain
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Omkareshwar
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Indore
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
11
Bodh Gaya
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
12
Ranchi
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Ottawa

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Bhopal

Bhopal ©
A pair of vast lakes separate the old and the new in Bhopal, the state capital.
Get some cultural insight at Bhojeshwar Temple and Taj ul Masajid. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir Sahu Samaj and Birla Mandir. Explore Bhopal's surroundings by going to Sanchi (Sanchi Stupas & Sanchi Museum), Bhimbetka Caves (in Raisen) and Udayagiri Caves (in Vidisha). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, Head underground at Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, learn more about the world around you at Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jama Masjid.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Bhopal journey tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Bhopal is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Ottawa to Bhopal due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in November, expect Bhopal to be much hotter, temps between 35°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Raipur.

Things to do in Bhopal

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sanchi, Bhojeshwar Temple, Udayagiri Caves, Bhimbetka Caves
Highlights from your plan
Bhojeshwar Temple ©
Bhojeshwar Temple
Taj ul Masajid ©
Taj ul Masajid
Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir Sahu Samaj ©

3
nights
Raipur

Raipur ©
The administrative capital of Chhattisgarh state, scorching hot Raipur offers more in the way of government and business buildings than tourist attractions.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mahamaya Temple and Temple of Saint Vallabhacharya. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rajiv Lochan Temple and Jagannath Mandir. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ram Mandir, identify plant and animal life at Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Purkhouti Muktangan, and admire the sheer force of Ghatarani Waterfalls.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Raipur route app .

Explore your travel options from Bhopal to Raipur with the Route module. When traveling from Bhopal in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Raipur, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amarkantak.

Things to do in Raipur

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Jagannath Mandir
Highlights from your plan
Rajiv Lochan Temple ©
Rajiv Lochan Temple
Jatmai Temple ©
Jatmai Temple
Jagannath Mandir ©
Jagannath Mandir

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Amarkantak

Amarkantak ©
Amarkantak is a pilgrim town and a Nagar Panchayat in Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh, India. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Son Udgam Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amareshwar Mahadev Temple, contemplate the long history of Ancient Temples of Kalachuri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Narmada Udgam Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mrityunjay Ashram, and finally make a trip to Shri Yantra Mandir. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Kapildhara, admire the sheer force of Dudh Dhara Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kabir Chabutra, then trek along Bhrigu Kamandal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain Temple.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amarkantak road trip site .

Traveling by car from Raipur to Amarkantak takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jabalpur.

Things to do in Amarkantak

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ancient Temples of Kalachuri ©
Ancient Temples of Kalachuri
Shri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain Temple ©
Kabir Chabutra ©
Kabir Chabutra

3
nights
Jabalpur

Jabalpur ©
Many of the cultural and natural attractions of Jabalpur stem from the city's surrounding abundance of marble.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chaushat Yogini and Kankali Devi Mandir. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pisanhari Ki Madiya and Lord Shiva Statue. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Madan Mahal Fort, admire the engineering at Bargi Dam, explore the striking landscape at Balancing Rocks, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dhuandhar Falls.

Make your Jabalpur itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Amarkantak to Jabalpur in 4.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Khajuraho.

Things to do in Jabalpur

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chaushat Yogini ©
Chaushat Yogini
Pisanhari Ki Madiya ©
Pisanhari Ki Madiya
Kankali Devi Mandir ©
Kankali Devi Mandir

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nights
Khajuraho

Khajuraho ©
Most visitors come to Khajuraho to see the 1,000-year-old erotic rock carvings at a cluster of World Heritage-listed Hindu and Jain temples.
Chaturbhuj Temple and Varaha Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Nandi Temple and Javari Temple for their historical value. When in Khajuraho, make a side trip to see Pandav Falls and Caves in Panna, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Viswanath Temple, admire the masterpieces at State Museum of Tribal and Folk Art, take an in-depth tour of Khajuraho, and admire the landmark architecture of Devi Jagdamba Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Khajuraho tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Jabalpur to Khajuraho takes 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Orchha.

Things to do in Khajuraho

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Pandav Falls and Caves
Highlights from your plan
Chaturbhuj Temple ©
Chaturbhuj Temple
Varaha Temple ©
Varaha Temple
Viswanath Temple ©
Viswanath Temple

3
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Orchha

Orchha ©
A small market and farming town by the river, Orchha was once the capital of a powerful kingdom, and still shows as much in its historic sites.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Raja Mahal and Pitambara Peeth. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sonagir and Ram Raja Temple. Explore Orchha's surroundings by going to Datia (Sonagiri & Veer Singh Palace). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Orchha Fort, explore the activities along Betwa River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaturbhuj Temple, and make a trip to Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Orchha attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Khajuraho to Orchha takes 4 hours. In December in Orchha, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Gwalior.

Things to do in Orchha

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Datia
Highlights from your plan
Raja Mahal ©
Raja Mahal
Sonagir ©
Sonagir
Pitambara Peeth ©
Pitambara Peeth

3
nights
Gwalior

Gwalior ©
The historic city of Gwalior offers an introduction to the medieval dynastic politics of the region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sun Temple and Gwalior. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mitawali Temple and Batesar Group Of Temples. Take a break from Gwalior with a short trip to Ancient Shrines Of Morena in Morena, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Bateswar group of temples - Morena Gwailor, admire the striking features of Jai Vilas Palace, don't miss a visit to Gopachal Parvat, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Balaji Mandir.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gwalior trip maker app .

You can drive from Orchha to Gwalior in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Ujjain.

Things to do in Gwalior

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Morena, Gwalior
Highlights from your plan
Sun Temple ©
Sun Temple
Batesar Group Of Temples ©
Batesar Group Of Temples

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nights
Ujjain

Ujjain ©
The capital of one of the region's ancient kingdoms, Ujjain lost some of its political and cultural importance during the years of the Raj.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gadkalika Temple and ISKCON Ujjain Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chintaman Ganesh Temple and Navagraha Mandir. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gopal Mandir Temple, admire the striking features of Chaubis Khamba Temple, contemplate the long history of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ujjain Simhasth Kumbh.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ujjain road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Gwalior to Ujjain takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Ujjain can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Omkareshwar.

Things to do in Ujjain

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chintaman Ganesh Temple ©
Chintaman Ganesh Temple
Patal Bhairav Temple ©
Patal Bhairav Temple
ISKCON Ujjain Temple ©
ISKCON Ujjain Temple

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nights
Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar ©
Explore hidden gems such as Queen's Fort and Omkareshwar Parikrama. Get some cultural insight at Mamleshwar Temple and Kashivishwnath Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Omkareshwar: Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa Samadhi (in Sanawad) and Maheshwar (Ahilyeshwar Temple, Kaleshwar Temple, & more).

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Omkareshwar trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Ujjain to Omkareshwar in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Indore.

Things to do in Omkareshwar

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Maheshwar, Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa Samadhi
Highlights from your plan
Mamleshwar Temple ©
Mamleshwar Temple
Omkareshwar Parikrama ©
Omkareshwar Parikrama
Queen's Fort ©
Queen's Fort

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Indore

Indore ©
The commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, Indore blends its historic past with future-oriented modernization.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dewas Tekri, Maa Chamunda Aur Tulja Bhawani and Bada Ganpati. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Annapurna Temple and Gomatgiri. Step out of Indore to go to Mandu and see Hindola Mahal, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Khajrana Ganesh Mandir, contemplate the long history of Rajwada Indore, make a trip to Maa Vaishno Daam, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sarafa Bazaar.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Indore online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Omkareshwar to Indore takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Indore can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bodh Gaya.

Things to do in Indore

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Dewas Tekri, Maa Chamunda Aur Tulja Bhawani, Hindola Mahal
Highlights from your plan
Annapurna Temple ©
Annapurna Temple
Khajrana Ganesh Mandir ©
Khajrana Ganesh Mandir
Bada Ganpati ©
Bada Ganpati

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nights
Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya ©
One of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, Bodh Gaya has risen to international fame as the place where Prince Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and gained enlightenment some 2,600 years ago.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Thai Monastery and Tibetan Monastery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Royal Bhutan Monastery and Ratnaghara. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Mahabodhi Temple, hike along Cankamana, and don't miss a visit to Bodhi Tree.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bodh Gaya attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Indore to Bodh Gaya takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ranchi.

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

Gaya
Highlights from your plan
Royal Bhutan Monastery ©
Royal Bhutan Monastery
Thai Monastery ©
Thai Monastery
Chinese Temple ©
Chinese Temple

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Ranchi

Ranchi ©
Ranchi sits on the Chota Nagpur Plateau, its elevation of 651 m (2,136 ft) giving it a relatively mild climate by the region's standards.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math and Deori Temple. Get some cultural insight at Pahari Mandir and Jagannath Temple. When in Ranchi, make a side trip to see Patratu Dam in Patratu, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Deori Mandir, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ranchi War Cemetery, have some family-friendly fun at Bunk ’N’ Bonk, and admire the sheer force of Jonha Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ranchi trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Bodh Gaya to Ranchi takes 5.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ranchi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Patratu Dam
Highlights from your plan
Deori Mandir ©
Deori Mandir
Pahari Mandir ©
Pahari Mandir
Jagannath Temple ©
Jagannath Temple