Madhya Pradesh


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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?

Maheshwar is situated on the holy Narmada River and boasts over a hundred temples. It's a great place to visit if you enjoy colourful festivals.

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.

Best places to stay in Madhya Pradesh

For wildlife

  • With Tara, the resident elephant and some of the best conserved landscapes in the country Kipling Camp is great for those seeking wildlife.
  • Whilst Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, located in the Satpura Tiger Reserve has some excellent sighting statistics.

For great value

  • The historic Neemrana’s Deo Bagh provides regal rooms with excellent rates
  • whilst Pench Tiger Corridor is an incredibly stylish escape for under £100.
  • Hotel Isabel Palace is the ideal spot for visiting Khajuraho’s monuments on a budget.

For history

  • Combining the best in luxury over the years Taj’s Usha Kiran Palace displays décor from Mughal arches to art deco style
  • whilst Ahilya Fort boasts over 300 years of history and boutique accommodation overlooking the Narmada River.
  • If you are after a laid back stay then Orccha’s Sheesh Mahal, a former Mughal palace provides just that.

For luxury

There are so many incredibly luxurious options in Madhya Pradesh but our favourites would have to include:

  • Samode Safari Lodge for its unrivalled service and all inclusive stay,
  • the Taj’s safari circuit properties, Mahua Kothi and Banjaar Tola for their superlative facilities (spas and pools) and extravagant safaris.

For Romance

  • Alone in the wild, a safari can be an incredibly romantic holiday. A chic, modern addition to Madyha Pradesh’s safari circuit, Jamatara Wilderness Camp provides achingly gorgeous and romantic accommodation. Think billowing linen curtains and a night under the stars.

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.


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Best Hotels in Madhya Pradesh

  • Hotel Isabel Palace Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh) 14 rooms from £20

    Local markets  -  Kandariya Art & Culture has replicas of some of Khajuraho’s which can be bought.
    Sights nearby  -  The nearby temples or 'Khajuraho Group of Monuments' are what one comes to visit.
    Great walks  -  Along the Khudar River.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    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. See More

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  • Orchha Resort Orchha (Tikamgarh) 32 rooms from £25

    Sights nearby  -  Ram Raja Temple and many palaces are a must see.
    Great walks  -  Along the river, through town and to the temples and historical sites.
    Tennis  -  Tennis court to use at your leisure.
    Spa  -  Featuring Ayurvedic therapies
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    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. See More

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  • Neemrana’s Deo Bagh Gwalior (Agra-Mumbai Highway, Bahodapur) 12 rooms from £50

    Sights nearby  -  Gwalior Fort, a handful of temples: one notably a converted former British coffee house.
    Great walks  -  Whether up to the fort, to the gate or around town.
    Local markets  -  Walk in the Gwalior lanes and see the local markets
    Remote  -  A calm gardenscape.
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    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. See More

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  • Sheesh Mahal Orchha (Near Jahangir Palacem, Tikamgarh) 8 rooms from £55

    Sights nearby  -  Jehangir Mahal is a 17th century islamic architectural must-see.
    Great walks  -  Use the Betwa riverbank as a guide for a good walk.
    Landmark  -  Best location in town.
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    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. See More

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  • Amar Mahal Orchha (Tikamgarh) 46 rooms from £55

    Restaurant  -  Fine dining restaurant offering local dishes with organic ingredients grown on site.
    Great walks  -  Up and down the Betwa river or to the many temples and even Persian pillars.
    Sights nearby  -  Sawan Bhado Pillars are Persian monuments in the heart of India.
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    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. See More

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  • Jehan Numa Palace Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) 100 rooms from £73

    Families  -  Boasting a large pool and gardens. The gateway to Madhya Pradesh's wildlife parks.
    Sights nearby  -  The 'Museum of Man' is within walking distance.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool.
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    Owned by the royal family of Bhopal and providing easy access to the wildlife parks of Madhya Pradesh with all the comforts of a palace stay. Featuring a large outdoor pool, simple yet modern rooms and neat grounds. Italian dishes are available at La Kuchina whilst Under the Mango Tree is Indian. See More

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  • Radisson Bhopal Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) 104 rooms from £77

    Local exploring  -  There's plenty to explore whether you want to visit the city's lakes, explore local wildlife or discover historic cave paintings
    Contemporary  -  Expect sleek modern design with plenty of light, minimalist style, and high ceilings — ideal for those who like unfussy design
    Business meetings  -  Well equipped for business conferences with 7 conference halls as well as two outdoor terraces and catering on tap
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Bhopal Lake and the Bhimbeteka rock shelters that span the prehistoric Paleolithic & Mesolithic periods
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    A sleek modern hotel well located in an up-market area of Bhopal. Rooms and suites are simply styled with wooden floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and minimalist furniture. Expect all the usual luxury trimmings with three restaurants, a bar, swimming pool, and a gym. A convenient & well-priced stay. See More

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  • Tuli Tiger Corridor Kohka, Madhya Pradesh 23 rooms from £100

    Birdwatching  -  The surrounding scrub attracts an impressive variety of native and migratory birds. Wake up early to spot them.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    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. See More

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  • Usha Kiran Palace Gwalior (Lashkar) 15 rooms from £110

    Cooking classes  -  Ask at reception to learn more about the avaliable classes.
    5* Luxury  -  A Taj Palace Hotel with all the expected luxuaries.
    Sights nearby  -  Man Singh Palace is a must see while in Gwalior.
    Full of character  -  Draped in history of former centuries.
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    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. See More

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  • The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh) 47 rooms from £111

    Sights nearby  -  The famous Khajuraho temples are within 500m.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    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. See More

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  • Mahua Vann Seoni, Madhya Pradesh 20 rooms from £120

    Local markets  -  The local Wednesday market is feast for the eyes and the stomach.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    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. See More

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  • Taj Lakefront Bhopal Bhadbhada Chouraha, Bhopal 152 rooms from £105

    5* Luxury  -  With the Taj's famed high-end service plus all the luxury trimmings including fine dining and a spa — this is an indulgent stay
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the heart of Bhopal on the scenic Upper Lake, find historic attractions and museums within easy reach
    Views  -  The property boasts unbeatable panoramic views of the lake and picturesque hills
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Taj-ul-Masajid — India’s largest and Asia’s seventh largest mosque
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    A luxury hotel set on Bhopal's scenic Upper Lake with panoramic hill views. Indulgent throughout, expect a mix of traditional and contemporary styles. Luxurious extras include an award-winning spa, fine dining, a rooftop infinity pool and extravagant suites. Indian hospitality at its best. See More

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  • Reni Pani Jungle Lodge Madhya Pradesh 12 rooms from £180

    Birdwatching  -  The 30 acres in which the lodge is located is home to an abundace of birdlife.
    Back to Nature  -  Bordering the Satpura Tiger Reserve this property is in and amongst nature.
    Great walks  -  Set off with you dedicatied naturalist.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    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. See More

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  • Forsyth Lodge Sohagpur, Madhya Pradesh 12 rooms from £185

    Birdwatching  -  There are an incredible 330 species of bird in the surrounding area.
    Full of character
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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    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! See More

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  • Sarai at Toria Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh) 8 rooms from £195

    Back to Nature  -  Surrounded by acres of preserved scrubland you are enveloped by the sights and sounds of nature.
    Eco break  -  Unlike some other lodges, Sarai at Toria are pedantic about their eco credentials.
    Safari  -  A jeep drive of the Panna Tiger Reserve is a must.
    All inclusive  -  Price includes all meals, tea, coffee, soft drinks, and some inhouse activities.
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    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. Prices quoted include all meals and soft drinks. An amazing place. See More

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  • Kipling Camp District Mandla, Madhya Pradesh 15 rooms from £200

    Back to Nature  -  Bordering the Kanha National Park this property is surrounded by nature, and is an ideal base for safari activities
    Birdwatching  -  Kanha National Park and indeed the surrounding grounds of the camp are home to a variety of birdlife.
    All inclusive  -  The price quoted includes all meals and drinks
    Sights nearby  -  The fort in Mandla is worth the trip.
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    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. See More

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  • Jungle Home Resort & Spa Nagpur, Madhya Pradesh 26 rooms from £290

    Wildlife Area  -  Neighbouring Pench Tiger Reserve is a must visit if you want to spot India's most famous beast.
    Great walks  -  There are plenty of scenic walks and nature trails leading directly from the property.
    Birdwatching  -  As well as tigers Pench has a most impressive variety of birdlife.
    Back to Nature  -  Within easy reach of the Pench Tiger Reserve.
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    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. See More

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  • Jamtara Wilderness Camp Jamtara, Madhya Pradesh 10 rooms from £376

    Cooking classes  -  Learn the art of jaggery making (raw, unrefined sugar). A popular Indian sweet.
    Great walks  -  Through the villages, to the school. Meet the local farmers.
    Back to Nature  -  Hidden amongst the wild scrubland of Madhya Pradesh.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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    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. See More

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  • Ahilya Fort Maheshwar (Madhya Pradesh) 13 rooms from £422

    Sights nearby  -  A two hour drive away the ancient 15th city of Mandu is worth a visit.
    Hideaway  -  Authentic, luxurious Indian experience without the crowds.
    Great walks  -  Along the ghats with views of the ancient fort above.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    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. See More

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  • Taj Baghvan Village Awarghani, Madhya Pradesh 12 rooms from £600

    Cooking classes  -  Pick and cook your own vegetables from the camp's organic kitchen garden.
    Back to Nature  -  Bordering the Pench Tiger Reserve this property is surrounded by nature.
    Great walks  -  Embark on a guided nature trail with the camp's dedicated naturalist.
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    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. See More

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  • Banjaar Tola Kanha, Madhya Pradesh from £600

    Back to Nature  -  On the banks of the Banjaar Tola river and located right alongside Kanha National Park you are ensconsed in nature.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the arts of haute cuisine and traditional village cooking from the in house chef.
    Birdwatching  -  The Banjaar Tola river attracts an incredible variety of birldlife.
    Hideaway  -  True escapism combined with palatial tents designed for lingering.
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    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. See More

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  • Samode Safari Lodge Umaria, Madhya Pradesh 12 rooms from £604

    Back to Nature  -  Just 1km from Bandhavgarh National Park and with luxurious indoor/outdoor living you are surrounded by nature.
    Cooking classes  -  Once you have sampled the kitchen's distinguished cuisine you will want to take home their secrets.
    Great walks  -  Go on a walking tour of the property's 22 acres and its surronuding villages.
    All inclusive  -  The price quoted is on an all inclusive basis.
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    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. See More

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  • Mahua Kothi Near Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh 12 rooms from £605

    Birdwatching  -  From India's national bird, the peacock to the shaheen falcon, there are plenty of exotic birds to be found here.
    Great walks  -  Morning nature walks with the naturalist.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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