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Shopping: Famous for Delicate Cotton and Silk Textiles
History of: 200 years
Population: 15000 thousand

More than anything else, Maheshwar is now synonymous with the exquisitely delicate cotton and silk blend handloom saris woven by its people. However, if you rewind to the dawn of Hindu civilization, youíll find that Maheshwar was a veritable hotbed of culture, religion and politics.

It even made it to the great Indian epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, where it finds mention as, Mahishmati. The sacred Narmada that flows by lends Maheshwar charm and sanctity.

Major Attractions

 

The Fort
An awesome fort dominates the dusty landscape of Maheshwar. A palace on its premises has now been converted into a museum displaying heirlooms, paraphernalia and other trivia belonging to the Holkar Dynasty.
A really special exhibit is the small shrine on a palanquin which is carried down from the fort during the annual festival of Dusshera. Another must-see is the beautiful statue of Rani Ahilya Bai seated on her throne.

The Ghats
The ghats of the serene Narmada are charming and definitely cleaner than those of the Ganga or the Yamuna. Running along the banks are countless temples dedicated to the numerous Hindu deities.

The Temple Attractions
Most of the temples are multi-storeyed and have intricately worked doorways and overhanging balconies. Donít miss the Kaleshwara, Rajaraheshwara, Vithaleshwara and Ahileshwara temples.
Do check out the Peshwa, Fanese and Ahilya Ghats to watch the daily rituals of ordinary villagers. Youíll get a pretty good idea of how life still revolves around the river in most villages of India. Do go for a swim in the mighty Narmada Ė itís an exhilarating experience. Another highlight of the ghats are the stone memorials to all the women who ever committed sati here.

Navdatoli - An Archaeological Site
Sitting smug on the southern bank of the Narmada, just opposite Maheshwar, is the historically and archaeologically important site of Navdatoli. First discovered in 1950, it yielded painted pottery and microliths.

 

Distance from major cities
Indore 313 Kms
Gwalior 445 Kms
Bhopal 122 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Bhopal is the nearest airport which is well connected with Delhi, Indore, Mumbai & many major cities of India.
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by Road Maheshwar is well connected by road with all nearby cities.

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