Maheshwar, the temple town of Madhya Pradesh, is located at a distance of 90km from the city of Indore. The Town lies on the north bank of the River Narmada. With picturesque Ghats and the magnificent fort by its side, Maheshwar is very popular for religious tourism and it's beautiful handicraft market.
The town is mainly divided in two parts namely, the fort area (kila) and the local town (bazaar). When travelling to maheshwar, the ideal visit will require 1.5 - 2 days to go around the ghat, temples , relish local food and fill your bags with Maheshwari goodies.
STAY : There are plenty of options to stay in maheshwar , ranging from 15k per night to 100rs per day depending on your budget. There is a range hotels , guest houses and dharmshalas for accommodation.
DAY 1 :
As soon as you arrive, have a nimari breakfast (poha + jalebi , of course chai) and head on to visit the fort. The fort area has the statue of Ahilya bai holkar, the most remembered ruler of the holkar dynasty, the courtyard of her residence which is open to public and numerous temples in the same campus. You can hire a guide for details on the fort.
The ghat opens to the river Narmada, very popular for its sanctity and clean waters. The people of maheshwar worship the river every morning and evening, 'Namami Devi Narmade!'
In the afternoon, take a taxi or auto and head to Sahastradhara where the river has a higher current and flows over a rocky terrain making it the perfect plan for a little adventure. It's 5-7 kms from Maheshwar.
Visit the jal koti temple and go all crazy in the river at Sahastradhara.
*Tip* please carry a pair of extra clothes
Head back to maheshwar in the evening and relax on the peaceful Ghats in the moonlight.
You're sure to not miss the beautiful sunrise and take a boat ride in the morning.
Head to Labooz cafe for breakfast and you are ready for a shopping spree.
While in Maheshwar, build up your knowledge about handlooms and get closer to understanding the slow fashion industry.
Places to visit : (recommendations)
1. Rehwa society
2. Hansa handloom
3. Bugdi weaves
4. Womenweave Charitable trust
5. Tana bana
There are plenty other options in the market.
Best time to visit : September - February
This brings us to the end of a soulful short trip and you're ready to kick back in your daily lives .
Happy weekending and to more travels!