24 days in Central India Itinerary

24 days in Central India Itinerary

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24 days in Central India Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  25​h
1
Bhopal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Indore
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Omkareshwar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Maheshwar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ujjain
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Gwalior
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Orchha
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Khajuraho
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Jabalpur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Amarkantak
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
11
Bodh Gaya
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
12
Ranchi
— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir Sahu Samaj, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taj ul Masajid, then get engrossed in the history at State Museum Bhopal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhojeshwar Temple. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake View Bhopal, then admire the striking features of Cable Stay Bridge, then explore the striking landscape of Van Vihar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jama Masjid.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bhopal trip itinerary maker app .

Ottawa, Canada to Bhopal is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Bhopal, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in January, expect Bhopal to be much hotter, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Indore.

Things to do in Bhopal

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Bhojeshwar Temple
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Bhojeshwar Temple ©
Bhojeshwar Temple
Taj ul Masajid ©
Taj ul Masajid

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Indore

Indore ©
The commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, Indore blends its historic past with future-oriented modernization.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Dewas Tekri, Maa Chamunda Aur Tulja Bhawani, then examine the collection at Central Museum Indore, then browse the different shops at Treasure Island Mall, and finally look for gifts at Chappan Bazar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Maa Vaishno Daam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Annapurna Temple, then stroll around Gomatgiri, then get to know the resident critters at Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalay, and finally browse the different shops at C21 Malls.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Indore travel route builder tool .

Getting from Bhopal to Indore by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Omkareshwar.

Things to do in Indore

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Dewas Tekri, Maa Chamunda Aur Tulja Bhawani
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Annapurna Temple ©
Annapurna Temple
Central Museum Indore ©
Central Museum Indore
Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalay ©
Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalay

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Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Ahilya Ghat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Omkareshwar Parikrama, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamleshwar Temple.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Omkareshwar travel planner .

Drive from Indore to Omkareshwar in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Indore in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Omkareshwar, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Maheshwar.

Things to do in Omkareshwar

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Omkareshwar Parikrama ©
Omkareshwar Parikrama
Mamleshwar Temple ©
Mamleshwar Temple
Ahilya Ghat ©
Ahilya Ghat

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Maheshwar

Maheshwar ©
Maheshwar is a city in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh state, in central India. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashivishwnath Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ahilyeshwar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rajrajeshwar temple, then contemplate the long history of Queen's Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaleshwar Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Maheshwar vacation app .

You can drive from Omkareshwar to Maheshwar in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Omkareshwar, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Maheshwar, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ujjain.

Things to do in Maheshwar

Historic Sites
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Queen's Fort ©
Queen's Fort
Ahilyeshwar Temple ©
Ahilyeshwar Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gadkalika Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ujjain Simhasth Kumbh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chintaman Ganesh Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Ujjain Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gopal Mandir Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ram Mandir Ghat, then steep yourself in history at Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Navagraha Mandir.

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Traveling by car from Maheshwar to Ujjain takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ujjain can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gwalior.

Things to do in Ujjain

Historic Sites
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Chintaman Ganesh Temple ©
Chintaman Ganesh Temple
ISKCON Ujjain Temple ©
ISKCON Ujjain Temple
Ram Mandir Ghat ©
Ram Mandir Ghat

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Gwalior

Gwalior ©
The historic city of Gwalior offers an introduction to the medieval dynastic politics of the region.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Gwalior, delve into the distant past at Bateswar group of temples - Morena Gwailor, pause for some photo ops at Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sun Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mausoleums of Mohammed Ghaus & Tansen. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Suraj Kund, don't miss a visit to Gopachal Parvat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teli Ka Mandir, then take an in-depth tour of Gujari Mahal, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chhatris of Scindia Dynasty.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gwalior online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ujjain to Gwalior in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, Gwalior is a bit cooler than Ujjain - with highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Orchha.

Things to do in Gwalior

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gwalior
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Sun Temple ©
Sun Temple
Gwalior ©
Gwalior

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the striking features of Rai Praveen Mahal, steep yourself in history at Raja Mahal, make a trip to Dauji Ki Kothi, then explore the activities along Betwa River, and finally don't miss a visit to Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Orchha trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gwalior to Orchha takes 3 hours. January in Orchha sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Khajuraho.

Things to do in Orchha

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Raja Mahal ©
Raja Mahal
Lakshmi Narayan Temple ©
Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Rai Praveen Mahal ©
Rai Praveen Mahal

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chaturbhuj Temple and Varaha Temple. Devi Jagdamba Temple and Matangeshwara Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Viswanath Temple, examine the collection at Dhubela Museum, admire the masterpieces at State Museum of Tribal and Folk Art, and admire the landmark architecture of Parshwanath Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Khajuraho tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Orchha to Khajuraho in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jabalpur.

Things to do in Khajuraho

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Varaha Temple ©
Varaha Temple
Chaturbhuj Temple ©
Chaturbhuj Temple
Viswanath Temple ©
Viswanath Temple

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Jabalpur

Jabalpur ©
Many of the cultural and natural attractions of Jabalpur stem from the city's surrounding abundance of marble.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Sri Vishnu Varaha Mandir, steep yourself in history at Madan Mahal Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaushat Yogini, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pisanhari Ki Madiya, and finally appreciate the history behind Lord Shiva Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): admire the engineering at Bargi Dam, then see the interesting displays at Rani Durgavati Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Kankali Devi Mandir.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jabalpur day trip planner .

You can drive from Khajuraho to Jabalpur in 6 hours. In January in Jabalpur, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Amarkantak.

Things to do in Jabalpur

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Chaushat Yogini ©
Chaushat Yogini
Pisanhari Ki Madiya ©
Pisanhari Ki Madiya
Kankali Devi Mandir ©
Kankali Devi Mandir

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Amarkantak

Amarkantak ©
Amarkantak is a pilgrim town and a Nagar Panchayat in Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh, India. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ancient Temples of Kalachuri, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Narmada Udgam Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Son Udgam Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain Temple, and finally admire the sheer force of Dudh Dhara Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Amarkantak online trip builder .

You can drive from Jabalpur to Amarkantak in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Bodh Gaya.

Things to do in Amarkantak

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Ancient Temples of Kalachuri ©
Ancient Temples of Kalachuri
Shri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain Temple ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Busshin-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Bhutan Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chinese Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Cankamana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tibetan Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Burmese Vihara Monastary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metta Buddharam Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thai Monastery.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bodh Gaya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Amarkantak to Bodh Gaya takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Bodh Gaya can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ranchi.

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Gaya
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Birsa Zoological Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Deori Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pahari Mandir. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Ranchi War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Deori Mandir, then take in the dramatic scenery at Jonha Falls, and finally get your game on at Bunk ’N’ Bonk.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ranchi online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Bodh Gaya to Ranchi takes 5.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ranchi are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ranchi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Deori Mandir ©
Deori Mandir
Pahari Mandir ©
Pahari Mandir
Ranchi War Cemetery ©
Ranchi War Cemetery