All our Madhya Pradesh collections:
This sprawling state is home to medieval forts, crumbling Mughal temples and some impressive wildlife. Despite this and being ‘The Heart of India’ it sees far fewer tourists than other neighbouring states. By no means a bad thing in our books. Indeed a good thing, if it makes it easier to book a room in our pick of the best places to stay in Madhya Pradesh!
Enjoy some of the country’s finest stone carvings at the historic town of Khajuraho famed for their erotic content or arguably India’s best preserved fort in Gwalior.
Or why not experience picture perfect Orchha for a slice of quintessential Indian village life?
Wherever you venture there are plenty of opportunities in Madyha Pradesh to divert from the tourist trail as almost nowhere is on it. Ideal for those who have visited India before, those wanting to avoid the crowds of other cities or simply those wanting something a little different.
Located in the heart of the country things get hot here and temperatures soar into the 50s in the summer months. Whilst most hotels will be open, safari lodges will close for the season. The best time to visit to avoid the scorching Indian summer is between November and March.
The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Madhya Pradesh is wide ranging: from eco to budget to family friendly luxury, there are plenty of great places to stay.
There are so many incredibly luxurious options in Madhya Pradesh but our favourites would have to include:
Still not sure which to book? From city to safari browse through our list of the best places to stay in Madhya Pradesh to start to plan your trip. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
This simple yet pristine hotel is an incredible stay considering the price tag. Large, bright rooms feature antique carved beds and private balconies. There is a pretty garden, roof terrace and restaurant serving Indian and Continental dishes. Staff are happy to help you organise trips.
On the Betwa river and a short distance from Orchha and its historical must-sees Orchha Resort boasts luxury air-con tents, villas and rooms. With a swimming pool, spa, hotel entertainment and light shows in town - there is something for everyone. A great spot to relax after a day of culture.
Gwalior (Agra-Mumbai Highway, Bahodapur)
Deo Bagh rests in historical surroundings of 17th Century temples and Mughal architecture. The three suites and 12 spacious rooms are charming and minimal in decor. Step outside the relaxing grounds and explore Gwalior's historical landscape. Step back in time at Deo Bagh to truly discover Gwalior.
Orchha (Near Jahangir Palacem, Tikamgarh)
A hot spot inside the fort walls, Hotel Sheesh Mahal's eight rooms have all mod-cons at a great price! A stone's throw from the historical town alongside the Betwa river, with an in-house restaurant. Book in advance and enjoy the proximity to the light show and sleeping in the great fort.
Dripping in regal history, Amar Mahal over looks the Betwa river and the cenotaphs of Orchha. Rooms are spacious and beautifully designed; decked with traditional art works and antique furnishings. With its fine dining options as well, this heritage hotel is an ideal blend of luxury and culture.
Kohka, Madhya Pradesh
Superb value for money this stylish tented camp provides luxurious accommodation without the scary price tags. Plenty of on site activities and large suites featuring open air bathrooms, roll top baths and private terraces, it is great for families. The restaurant serves Indian and Continental.
Oozing 120 years of tradition: this heritage hotel sits in nine acres of lawns and grandeur. High ceilings, stone carvings and spacious rooms with all the mod-cons of a Taj Group hotel. Silver Spoon restaurant is worth a try. The perfect palace to call home while exploring.
Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
Less ostentatious than some Lalit properties it provides stylish, contemporary interiors with an Indian twist. Ground floor garden view rooms feature private patios - all are of a good size with large bathrooms. There is a large pool, manicured gardens and al-fresco dining can be enjoyed at Panna.
Seoni, Madhya Pradesh
Simple yet stylish cottages and come equipped with yoga mats and private terraces on which to practice. Made for relaxing, this property is nestled within 11 acres of scrubland and features a spa and well stocked library. The restaurant serves regional and continental food and popular BBQ evenings.
Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
Resting on the Ken River, this environmentally conscious, family run food haven is a stone's throw from Panna Tiger Reserve. Eight cottages with private verandas in beautiful jungle-scape, close to nature at all points of your stay. Must catch sunset and try the home cooked food. An amazing place.
Introducing luxury to this less explored region. Traditional style cottages are contemporary yet feature locally sourced textiles and hand woven rugs. Large modern bathrooms plus private terraces complete the look. Dining in the 'Gol Ghar' is a dramatic and delicious or relax by the tranquil pool.
Sohagpur, Madhya Pradesh
A green property, wearing its eco credentials with pride. Set in 44 acres of reclaimed jungle it uses recycled water and is of minimal impact. Traditional mud cottages are still luxurious and have private terraces. Dining is generally communal but can be had privately and the food is exemplary!
District Mandla, Madhya Pradesh
Home to Tara the Elephant from the late Mark Shand's travels. With conservation at its core this property provides luxurious yet eco friendly accommodation. One of the first lodges in the Kanha National Park, chic rooms are nestled amongst wild surrounds. Staff are superb, food regional Indian.
Nagpur, Madhya Pradesh
This contemporary property provides chic, safari inspired interiors and excellent on site facilities. Perfect for families or groups there is a games room, large pool, daily programmes as well as a fully equipped spa offering yoga and meditation classes. Cuisine is a mix of Indian and Continental.
Jamtara, Madhya Pradesh
A new offering to Madhya Pradesh safari scene this property has been winning awards since its opening in 2014. An African style tented camp, large tents with decked areas feature Indian accents. There is a stunning infinity pool and several candlelit dining options. Local conservation is key.
Maheshwar (Madhya Pradesh)
An 18th century fort overlooking the Narmada River. Thirteen chic bedrooms with private balconies are spread across six buildings plus there is romantic tented accommodation with a private pool and garden. Continental and Indian dishes are served and what's more the hotel is all inclusive.
Village Awarghani, Madhya Pradesh
Another fabulous offering along the Taj safari trail. Located in the 'navel' of India, Baghvan boasts timeless colonial interiors with a chic modern edge. Private bungalows enjoy far reaching views, luxurious bedroom and rainfall showers. All meals are included and delivered with pomp and ceremony.
Kanha, Madhya Pradesh
Another exemplary camp from Taj safaris. Raising the bar (and price tag) of glamping in India these unapologetically luxurious tents leave you in awe. Decorated in earthy palettes that match their surrounds the modern, chic rooms enjoy stunning views. Food is gourmet and there is a spa and pool.
Umaria, Madhya Pradesh
One of, if not the, top luxury safari resort in India. Twelve palatial villas are decorated with chic, colonial flair and include sitting rooms, verandahs and stunning outdoor bathrooms. Enjoy a candlelit dinner by the pool or a relaxing lunch with scenic views. There is a pool, gym and spa.
Near Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
A joint venture between & Beyond and Taj Hotels this property has some impressive credentials. With twelve traditional, yet luxury 'kutiyas' accessed through a private verandah. Washed mud walls display iconic local artwork and richly coloured textiles. There is an alluring pool and fine dining.