Amarkantak

Amarkantak is a Sanskrit word, where the literary meaning of Amar is immortal, and kantak is hindrance. It is the source of holy Narmada river considered by many more sacred than the Ganga.

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Achanakmar

The scenic Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is home to several animals including tiger and several species of medicinal plants. Achanakmar boosts nearly 200 species of birds. Even a short trek through forest easily reveals its extraordinary beauty and biodiversity.

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Agra

Famed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal, Agra is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Agra is a virtual fort of history and architecture located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

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Bagh Caves

Bagh Caves are a group of nine rock-cut caves, made in perpendicular cliff towering 45 - 50 m above the Baghani River, on the southern slopes of Vindhya Range. These are renowned for mural paintings by master painters of ancient India.

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Bandhavgarh

The Bandhavgarh National Park is cradled between the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges. It has a breathtaking mixture of green valleys and rocky hills. Bandhavgarh has the heighest density of tigers in the world.

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Barnawapara

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Chhattisgarh. Mixed forests of tropical dry deciduous trees boast numerous animal species. Absences of tigers have benefited leopards and gaurs which are found here in plenty.

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Bharatpur

Once, hunting grounds of former Maharajas of Bharatpur is now UNESCO World Heritage site. Although small in size, 29 sq. km, it boasts more than 375 species of birds. A pilgrimage for the bird lovers and winter retreat for birds.

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Bhimbetka

Surrounded by rocky terrain of Vindhyan ranges, Bhimbetka has over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age. Paintings depict the life of the prehistoric cave-dwellers, making the Bhimbetka an archaeological treasure.

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Bhitarkanika

An exquisite biodiversity combined with beautiful terrains and a Mangrove dominated ecosystem is what Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, is comprised of. Bhitarkanika offers great beaches, trekking trails through forests and some thrilling boat rides.

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Bhopal

Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh is also known as the city of lakes. Bhopal is famous for various mosques, world class museums, mugalai gastronomy and silver jewellery and exquisitely fashioned beadwork.

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Bhoramdeo

12th century Bhoramdeo temple complex is a series of beautiful structures with erotic carvings. The Maikal Hills that surround Bhoramdeo are home to many species of wildlife as well as to the indigenous Baigas and Gonds tribe, whose villages dot the countryside.

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Chilka

The Chilka Lake in Orissa is Asia’s largest inland salt-water lagoon. It is home to various migratory and local birds. It’s a unique ecosystem with a large number of aquatic flora and fauna.

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National Chambal Sanctuary

National Chambal Sanctuary, named after one of India's cleanest and longest rivers Chambal, covers an area of 1240 sq kms across the three states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and eventually joins the River Yamuna.

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Chanderi

A bustling small town, Chanderi is most famous for its eponymous saris and you will see huge shops around the town stocking them.

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Goudaguda

The village of Goudaguda is situated in the state of Orissa, approx. 200km north of Visakhaptnam (Vizag) and approx. 500km south of Bhubaneswar, while the Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh is 130km westward.

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Gwalior

Known for its rich cultural heritage, the city of Gwalior has played an integral role in Indian history since ancient times. The city skyline is dominated by the Gwalior fort. Other attraction is Jai Vilas Palace, built for the Scindia royal family.

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Indore

The bustling commercial centre of Madhya Pradesh, Indore was a princely state until 1947, ruled by the Maratha Holkar dynasty. Indores Rajwada palace, Kanch Mandir (Glass Temple) and lively bazar are some of the city's interesting sights.

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Jabalpur

Once capital of powerful Gond kingdom from 12th 16th centuries, later British army cantonment, Jabalpur is a gateway to Bhedaghat where Narmada river flows through the shinning marble rocks.

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Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur, the district headquarter of Bastar is a virtual museum of tribal life and arts. Tribal communities such as, Muria, Maria, Dhurwa, Bhattra and many more live in the surrounding forests and hills. These tribal communities are known for their distinctive culture, dress, headgear and ornaments.

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Kanger Valley

Kanger Valley National Park, in the Bastar region, is one of the most beautiful and densest reserve. Attractions inside the park include subterranean limestone caves. Kanger aslo acts as a corridor for birds where numerous species can be found.

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Kanha

Nestled in the eastern spur of Maikal range of Satpura mountains, this lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and numerous ravines all make Kanha a prime tiger habitat. Kanha is renowned not only for its tigers, but as the last remaining habitat of the hard ground barasingha, or swamp deer.

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Kanker

Kanker is a small picturesque town and a gateway to the tribal Bastar. Its principal road, often becomes a virtual bazaar , where tribal folk, attired in bright clothes and quaint ornaments, gather from neighboring hamlets to trade their wares.

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Khajuraho

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khajoraho group of temples were built by Chandela dynasty between 9th and 10th century. Exquisitely carved temples depict erotic art at its best and are considered as a celebration of love, life and human passion.

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Konark

Konark is best known for the Sun temple dedicated to the Sun God. It is a testament to the artistic glory of the time. Conceived in the form of a huge chariot drawn by seven spirited horses on 12 pairs of decorated wheels-after after the mythical seven horse chariot of Sun God.

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Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary

Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary which is also known as Palpur - Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh. It is located 140 Kms from Gwalior and has area of approx 345 square kilometres with a buffer of additional 900 square kilometers.

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Madhav National Park

Madhav National Park is a lush grassland with deciduous trees and small stony hills. It presents an ample scope for the animals of different varieties. Lake Chandpata in the reserve is the winter home of many migratory birds.

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Maheshwar

Picturesquely sited on the banks Narmada river, Maheshwar is an important Hindu pilgrimage. The river front is dotted with shrines and cenotaphs of the Holkar rulers. Maheshwar is also famous for gossamer fine Maheshwari cotton and silk textiles.

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Mandu

Mandu is a celebration in stone, of life and joy. Antiquity and artistry merges here to bring the some of the marvelous structures. Mandu has over 40 monuments including palaces, ornamental canals, baths and pavilions.

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Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary

This small wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 152 sq km in the northeast corner of Maharashtra in the Bhandara district. Nestled within the Vidarbha mountain range,

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Orchha

Orchha meaning a "hidden place" was founded by a Bundela Rajput chieftain, Raja Rudra Pratap in 16th century on the banks of Betwa river. This medieval city is dotted with temples, palaces and a fort reflecting the rich Indian heritage.

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Pachmarhi

This delightful hill station, at an altitude of 1,067 m (5,501 ft), lies in the verdant hills of the Satpura Range. Pachmarhi major attractions include serene atmosphere waterfalls, and caves with prehistoric art.

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Panna

Panna situated in the Vindhyan hill range was once a hunting reserve of the erstwhile Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar states. Now under project tiger, Panna offers great opportunity see wildlife and two species of crocodile.

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Pench

Pench is home to a variety of wild life and more famously for the Royal Bengal Tiger. Prey species concentration at Pench is amongst the highest in India. It is also delight for bird lovers with more than 300 species of birds.

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Ranthambore

Ranthambore is one of the largest and most celebrated parks in Northern India. Home to a stunning variety of wildlife and camera friendly tigers, it boasts of being the favourite destination of photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.

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Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary

Cradled in a portion of Vindhyachal Mountain Ranges, passing through Raisen and Sehore Districts of Madhya Pradesh, Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most fascinating abodes for a wide variety of wildlife.

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Rayagada

Rayagada is a tribal inhabited district of Orissa. The scenic beauty and cultural heritage of Rayagada district is an unexplored paradise far away from mainstream tourist circuits.

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Sanchi

More than any other monuments, the Great Stupa at Sanchi symbolises the rise and spread of Buddhism in India. The ruins of stupas, temples and monasteries recall the time when Buddhism had spread across the land.

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Satpura

Nestled in the Satpura Mountain Ranges, this prime wildlife habitat is relatively unknown and believed to be one of India's best kept secrets. The park offers a diverse and unique range of activities. Satpura is the only park that offers Walking Safaris.

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Sirpur

Sirpur can best be described as a museum under the open sky. It is am important historical site of precious finds that date back to the 7th century AD and the archaeological remains associated with Buddhist, Shaiva, Vaishnava and Jain faiths.

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Tadoba

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve was overlooked by tourism till recently because it was off the beaten track. It offers wonderful wildlife experiences with good tiger sightings. It is also one of the few parks that are open all year round.

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Ujjain

Ujjain is one of the India's seven sacred cities, and one of the four sites of the Kumbh Mela. The city is famous for the temple of Mahakaleshwar, one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India, and a very sacred pilgrimage for the Hindus.

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Testimonials

  • We had a bespoke holiday put together by Chinkara Travel, our request was to see a tiger in the wild. Wow! did they come up with an amazing package which enabled us to see 8 tigers in 10 days. Their organisation and attention to detail was outstanding, we visited 3 different reserves in Central India, well away from the tourist areas so feel as if we have really experienced the natural face of India. Every email we sent was answered promptly which meant we had great confidence in the company and all payments of monies went smoothly. So many little personal touches, too many to list, just made us feel we were being looked after 24/7 and we wanted for nothing. Can't recommend Chinkara Travel enough, thank you so much for giving us a memorable holiday.

    January 2017



    Paul & Barbara Thomson
  • The operator and Saurabh made the entire trip perfect. It was very well organized and catered to all our needs. Would recommend the operator to anyone who wants to discover India.

    December 2016



    Shweta Stadler
  • My daughter and I have both seen quite a lot of India before and were looking for something different. This trip was definitely 'the real India', just as it says.  The tour company, Chinkara Journeys is run by a very efficient and personable young man, Saurabh, who has excellent English and a real understanding of what makes a good holiday. Before the trip he was happy to answer any questions and to be flexible about what we did each day.  We ended up doing some walking, some cycling, some visiting local tribal people and some safari which was just the right mix for us.  In addition to organising the trip, he took us on a nature walk - he knows a lot about birds-  and also took us out to dinner locally on our last night.  In fact, I would say he is one of the best and nicest trip organisers/leaders I have ever encountered.  He could not have done more for us and we really enjoyed his company. A highlight was our time at Bhoramdeo staying with Sunny and Sabrina.  They were such welcoming hosts and took us to do so many interesting things in the local area.  In particular visiting people from the two local tribes in their homes and actually camping in the grounds of one family's compound and eating chapatis made with herbs in the home of another, gave us the opportunity to meet people we would otherwise never have met.    

    The Kanha Tiger Reserve was also  good experience. We stayed with at Sherger, a really welcoming, luxury tented camp with excellent food.   Again the owner, Jehan, was very friendly and helpful and good company. Perhaps that is what stands out the most about this trip -  the personal nature of it.  It felt more like staying with friends than being tourists.

    I would certainly book with Chinkara Journeys again.  When Saurabh says it can be flexible to suit your needs/wants, he really means it. Ask for what you'd like to do and he will find a way to arrange it.  In particular, I wouldn't miss a stay at Bhoramdeo. There are a lot of interesting things to do in that area and you could easily spend 4 or 5 days there.  If you want a trip away from the usual tourist sites, or a rest from being in tourist areas on a longer trip, I would definitely choose this.

    December 2016



    Patti & Sarah Wallace
  • First of all thank you very, very much for laying on a such a wonderful tour. Anne and I couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more! Such variety - tribal villages, Indian trains, Reni Pani camping trips, birds, animals, Sanchi, Bhopal, lovely swimming pool at Bhopal etc etc. You sent us home full of joy and love for India.

    March 2016



    Jonathan & Anne Roberts
  • We had a brilliant time and would like to reiterate how much we appreciated all the work you put into making it a memorable and adventure packed holiday. It was amazing from the first drive when we saw the first Leopards to the last morning when we saw our last Leopard and the cubs. The additional night drives to try and see anything feeding on the kills to the canoe trip and the night at the Rest House and seeing a Tiger truly in the wild. It was all amazing and will remain in our memories for ever.

    Febuary 2016

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    Rona & Stewart Patterson
  • David and I had an amazing 2 week journey through Central India. We visited 4 wildlife reserves covering 3 states. I took over 6,000 photos!! I’m slowly sortng thorugh them & will be posting some favourites in this album over the next few weeks.
    Thank you so much to Saurabh Agrawal, Chinkara Journeys who not only organised our trip, but accompanied us, and even organised a wonderful birthday surprise for me in the Jungle.

    January 2016



    Caroline & David Hooper
  • We travelled with Chinkara Journeys for 10 days in central India and had a fantastic time. We've been to India before, but always on our own, which meant we were usually in cities on the tourist trail, and saw the countryside from train windows. This trip was completely different. Our guide Saurabh took us cycling along small roads and tracks, through tiny villages and paddy fields, so that we were truly embedded into the landscape. People were friendly and curious (they were particularly interested in the gears on our bikes!), and we were invited into houses for chai, to eat, and one night we slept at the house of a lovely couple, where Madam showed us how to make garlic pancakes. We also stayed in great camps near nature reserves (comfortable beds, hot showers, excellent food), going on early-morning and evening safaris to see all sorts of animals - including a gorgeous, self-assured tiger. Saurabh surprised us with picnic breakfasts and teas, and a very memorable beer by a lake in the jungle at night, the milky way overhead. All in all, I highly recommend Chinkara Journeys, especially if you are looking to get off the beaten tourist track and experience "real" India.

    December 2015

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    Tracy Chevalier, Jon & Jacob Drori
  • My trip back to the cold and dark north went well but I have to say I would rather be hunting some wildlife with my camera in India.

    Once again thank you so much for the brilliant trip and for taking care of me. I am still on the mission to sort out my +3200 photos...

    October 2015



    Mia Ingreus
  • We traveled with Chinkara Journeys in the Autumn 2015 (through Odisha and Chhattisgarh) for a cultural tour of central India. I have been to many many places in the world, but found this tour one of the most "real" and rewarding . The tour operator, guides and drivers were so considerate of both us (the tourists) and the local community. We saw the "real" India, and didn't feel like we disturbed life there for a moment. We visited villages, markets, artisans, homes, temples (11th century), schools and national parks. Forget the Taj Mahal, go and see Odisha and Chhattisgarh, and look at life. Thank you Chinkara. Hope to see you again soon.

    August 2015

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    Monte and Heidi Gates
  • Thank you Chinkara Journeys for a wonderful introduction to India. It was no easy task fulfilling our wish to see as much of Central India's "wildside" as possible in a short time but you delivered above and beyond what we expected. Thank you Saurabh for helping us experience hidden gems, off the main track places and of course the amazing wildlife that Central India has to offer. Nothing was too much for you and it was great having our own personal naturalist with us!

    January 2015



    Hans & Louise Knop