Weekend getaways are always sought after. Especially in these days when there is no time to pause and think... In such a situation I feel that weekend getaways should be 'must-be-taken' for everyone. A break from your daily routine is always refreshing and you feel unwind-ed.

Talking about weekend getaways here in Madhya Pradesh, Maheshwar is about 90 kms from Indore. By road you can reach there via Dhamnod or Barwaha.

Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati, capital of king Kartivarjun. This temple town on the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Revived to its ancient position of importance by the Holkar queen Rani Ahilyabai of Indore. Maheshwar's temples and mighty fort-complex stand in quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below.Today, Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive handwoven sarees called 'Maheshwari Sarees’.

There is a point called 'Sahastradhara'-a natural small water fall. To reach here you have to take a boat which starts from Narmada Ghat at the fort. It would charge you around Rs. 300 round trip. It is auspicious to take a dip in the river; it is said that all the sins are washed away! Phew, so what are you waiting for!! There are people who believe it and there some who don't. To each his own. If not the belief, one can still get into the water to have fun. It's very clean and cold.

Here are some pics from our trip... we’ve tried to capture whatever we saw.

The nice Chai at a Dhaba near Dhamnod

Entering the Maheshwar Fort

Lion ready to take plunge in Narmada River

The colorful shops at the Narmada Ghat

This is how our heritage is destroyed for love !

Workshop where Maheshwari Sarees are being made

Fort's view from the Ghat

Fort's view

Mirror Image-From the boat towards Sahastradhara

The Sahastradhara

Notice the name :)

Overall, it is a nice one day trip. If at all you want to stay back, there are arrangements at the Fort. You can choose to rent a small house inside the Fort or at Narmada Retreat by MP tourism.

For lunch you must eat at Kunal's garden restaurant which is at the Maheshwar bus stop, 2-3 kms away from the fort.The food was delicious and presented in a nice manner. Relished every bite :)

So? Still thinking? Make a trip to Maheshwar soon :) 

Article by Nu who blogs on travelling at Happy Feet.

comment 2 comments:

kavita on June 16, 2010 at 8:07 PM said...

Thanks for introducing Maheshwar to us.Nice article .I loved the pictures where you have captured fort's view from the ghat,the saree loom and the waves of Shashtradhara.

My mom would love to visit this place..i am sure of it.

Nu on June 16, 2010 at 8:29 PM said...

@Kavita: Glad that you liked the must visit the place :)

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