This holiday ventures to the untouched heart of Central India. Kaafila offers sustainable camping in the most picturesque locations imaginable. Access this Old India with your own caravan. The luxurious tents and expert guides of Kaafila allow you a glimpse of an India that has elsewhere been submerged by the globalizing anonymity of the 21st century.
- Spend time in Chanderi, a truly magnificent medieval town, home to the most beautiful woven textiles in India
- Visit the atmospheric forts of Kalinjar and Ahaibagh
- Panna offers superb nature activities including exploration on foot and bycicle
- Witness the exotic sandstone temple carvings at the World Heritage Site of Khajuraho
Central India, encompassed almost entirely by the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, has perhaps more incredible surprises for a visitor than any of the other better known regions of India. Sheltering amongst its jungle covered hills and picturesque valleys are great brooding forts, astonishingly well preserved medieval cities, superb handicrafts, textiles and tribal art - layer upon layer of history stretching back to the dawn of human history. And best of all - virtually all of these treasures are unknown and safe from ‘development’, set in some of the most magnificent scenery in all of the subcontinent.
how does kaafila work?
The joy of a Kaafila holiday is nothing is set in stone - options are variable and personally designed to suit individual interests. Reaching the camp is an experience in itself. Drives meander through farmland, dense jungle, sparkling rivers, fields of wheat and mustard – a true delight for a keen photographer. Stopping for picnic lunches at imposing forts or idyllic villages, with their colourful inhabitants.
Kaafila is a semi nomadic, eco sensitive camp. The camp can accommodate up to eight people, in four tents, or available for exclusive use only. The camp will be dismantled after three nights stay and moved on, by vehicle. The carefully thought through design allows everything to pack away. Recommended minimum stay is three nights.
where are the kaafila campsites and lodges?
Kalinjar - The campsite here is set at the edge of the Panna Tiger Reserve buffer zone and offers some superb nature hikes, fishing, cycling and photography opportunities in the idyllic little villages that dot the landscape.
From here travel to Panna to the delightful Sarai at Toria hotel to explore the Panna Tiger Reserve and the world heritage temples of Khajuraho.
Chanderi - The campsite lies beyond a tiny hamlet, across a small stream patrolled by four species of kingfishers, small cormorants, egrets and herons. It is an idyllic spot that backs on to the forested hills. Time permitting you can do a short walk before returning for sundowners, bath and dinner.
"Luxury is the privilege of access" - Sophy Roberts writing about Kaafila for Steppes Travel -
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