Just in From MP: Tribals in Mandu and Kalakund Set to Open Their Homes for Tourists

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If you're looking for a unique and authentic cultural experience, we've got something special for you. The tribal families of Mandu and Kalakund, Madhya Pradesh, have flung open their doors to welcome travelers. Through the Homestay Project by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board.

The Rural Tourism Project

As part of the Rural Tourism Project, the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department has offered a generous 60% subsidy, amounting to INR 3 lakh, to help these tribal families construct homestays. This initiative aims to open homestays in 100 villages to boost tourism across the state.

Approximately two dozen tribal families in Barkheda and Gunjara villages in Mhow have enthusiastically partnered with the tourism department to create homestays. Meanwhile, tribal communities in Malipura, Sulibardi, and Bhil Barkheda in Mandu are also joining in on the action.

A Taste of Tradition

The goal of this project is to showcase the vibrant local culture and mouthwatering cuisine of these tribal communities to tourists. They've collaborated with experts and NGO partners to construct these homestays using local resources, focusing on preserving traditional art forms. The board has already trained more than 50 tribals in Thadipathar and Khokhara villages in Sidhi district and aims to train around 250 tribals in other tribal dominated areas of Madhya Pradesh. Manoj Singh, the director of Rural Tourism at the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, shared, "This will empower the tribal people of our region and allow us to showcase our rich culture, heritage, and cuisine to tourists."

Planning a trip to Manu and Kalakund?

How to Get Here

To reach Mandu and Kalakund, you can take a train or bus to Indore, which is well-connected to major cities in India. From Indore, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach these charming tribal villages.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is during the winter months, from October to March, when the weather is pleasant, and you can fully enjoy your stay with the tribal families.

Best things to do

1. Explore Historic Mandu Fort: Visit the impressive Mandu Fort, also known as Mandavgarh, which boasts beautiful architecture, ancient palaces, and stunning views. Don't miss the famous Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace) and Hoshang Shah's Tomb.

2. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park: Take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, known for its well-preserved historical ruins and temples.

3. Rani Roopmati's Pavilion: Discover the romantic tale of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur at Rani Roopmati's Pavilion, an architectural marvel offering breathtaking views of the Narmada Valley.

4. Trekking and Nature Walks: Take leisurely walks or trek through the surrounding forests and hills. Some recommended treks are: Mandu to Rewa Kund Trek, Echo Point to Jaam Gate Trek, Sunset Point Walk.

5. Try Local Tribal Cuisine: Savor traditional tribal dishes prepared by your hosts during your homestay experience. Some must try delicacies are: Mahua, Bhutte ka Kees, Lapsi, Millet Roti and homemade pickles.

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