Though this is my first blog on Tripoto, I have been travelling quite a bit since I joined in an architecture school from my undergrad in 2010! 47 Indian cities (Yes I counted: P), 10 International cities and 7 countries in the past 7 years and still counting. All cities we visit are uniquely beautiful, but this trip I took with a small gang of other two amazing people has been out of the world! This is not just because Maheshwar and Mandu are beautiful, but we managed to get there in the perfect season.
We work in Ahmedabad, and it looked pretty simple to reach these destinations on Google maps. However, the roads are extremely bumpy as you near the destination, so estimate a two hour minimum delay on any bus you take. For those who live in the western part of the country, it is best to reach this town called Dhar, which is about 35 Km from Mandu and 75 Km from Maheshwar. For others, it may be a good idea to reach Indore by flight or train and head to the destinations. There are frequent private buses which ply between the towns at intervals of 15 minutes.
So we had three days in hand, and we reached Dhar at 9 am on Day 1 (3 hour bus delay -_-). Try out the rows of Bhojanalais and sweet shops near Goda chopatti for amazing samosas, Usal Poha, coffee and Jalebi. We then took a bus from Dhar to this town called Dhamnod which has frequent buses to Maheshwar. Be ready to survive this extremely bumpy three hour bus ride, it’s absolutely worth it. It would cost about INR 50 per person.