Maheshwar Tourism

Maheshwar Tourism

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  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Khargone
Maheshwar is a holy town situated on the banks of River Narmada in Khargone District of Madhya Pradesh. It is the commercial capital of the state producing huge amounts of sarees and cotton yarns.

Derived from the name of Lord Shiva, Maheshwar in Hindi means ‘habitat of Shiva’. It is believed that King Sahasrarjun, husband of 500 wives stopped River Narmada with his 1,000 arms to create a play field for his wives. During this time, Ravana made a shivalinga on the riverside. When he released the water of the river, the shivalinga was washed away, which resulted in war between the two. After the victory of the king, he placed ten lamps on Ravana’s heads and one on his hand. At present, 11 lamps are lighted in the Sahasrarjun Temple that keeps the event alive.

Since the 5th century, Maheshwar is the centre for handloom weaving factories, which deliver India's finest handloom fabric. During the 18th century, the state served as the capital of Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar, the ruler of Indore, who encouraged infrastructural developments in the town.

The holy town is popular for its views of Narmada Ghat. The prominent temples of the destination include Queen’s Fort, Ahilyeshwar Temple, Omkareshwar Temple and Rajarajeshwara Temple. The best time to visit Maheshwar is during the months of July to March, when the weather conditions are ideal for sightseeing.

The destination is inhabited mostly by Hindus, and the Swaadhyaaya Bhavan Ashram organises Maha Mrityunjaya Rath Yatra once a year. Nag Panchami, Teej and Gudi Padava are the prominent festivals celebrated in the destination with great enthusiasm. On every Monday of Shravan month, bhaang is served as the prasad of lord Shiva.

The nearest airport to reach Maheshwar is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport, which is located in Indore, at a distance of 81 km from Maheshwar. The nearest railhead to reach the destination is Barwaha, which is situated at a distance of 39 km from Maheshwar. Regular bus services are offered by the state transport corporation to reach the destination.

Maheshwar is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Bhopal and Jalgaon.

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Maheshwar Traveller Reviews

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Aadil desai

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  • Aadil desai
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"Fort, temples, sarees and ghats"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2017
Maheshwar is a nice place to visit for the famous fort, temples and shrines besides the ghats on the Narmada river which also has an old temple in the middle of the river called Baneshwar. Ahilyadevi Holkar is venerated here for her great rule and has a shrine devoted to her on the banks of the Narmada river. The famous Maheshwari sarees are well known and available all over the place. There are many temples all over the town and one even has a Ganesha idol made of gobar or cow dung. Very small town on the banks of the Narmada river running along one side.
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Gaurav Agrawal

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  • Gaurav Agrawal
  • Lives in Shirdi
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"Best kept place with significant historic importance"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
Beautiful place with great historic importance. We were returning from Indore, MP to our hometown Shirdi, MH, when we thought of visiting Maheshwar, on our route, NH 3, Agra Mumbai. It's about 70 to 80 kms from Indore. The place is well maintained, as the structure stands proudly yet the same as it was.

It's the palace of Devi Ahilyabai Holkar, who bravely looked after the Maratha empire in the Indore Praant. Her residential house, is beautiful with her swords and other arms on the display. The palace is really picturesque, with a huge stone carved Shiva Temple, all on the banks of river Narmada. You can also chill out a with boating available there.

Besides, Maheshwari Sarees are world famous for their artistic designs, which are available at the various retails near the palace. The place is worth a visit near Indore.
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Sahil Parashare

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  • Sahil Parashare
  • Lives in Nasik
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"Bank upon the Banks of River Narmada!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 29, 2016
The Road Trip to Maheshwar was a memorable one. It started from Nasik and Cruised the NH-3 doing around 400 kms in a day to reach Maheshwar in the evening.

It was a bit of a hassle finding a place to stay as the Narmada Retreat, Maheshwar was occupied. The first place to go was a typical 'Mithai ki Dukaan' on the roadside. Just before the bus stand, it's the only big one around that place (Spare me the Name). That night, we spent a decent time at the 'Ghats of Maheshwar' it was an ambience unique in itself. The second day started with a bath at the river bank, a boat ride and usual sightseeing of the riverside palace of Maheshwar.

There are cottage industries of Maheshwar Silk Sarees and Other Clothes. They are worth a visit too. Maheshwar is a place to travel on foot.
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Girish Saxena

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  • Girish Saxena
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"Perfect place for Business conferences & HR seminars"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 14, 2015
Had drove from Omkareshwar to Maheshwar with family. It is nearly 80 Kms by road. Roads are good. Took only an hour to come from Omkareshwar. The Narmada ghats are a nice place for the family for performing puja and taking a boat ride unto Sahastradhara. Food stalls are available. The MP tourism guest house caters to all needs of the business conference or HR seminars. The Queen's fort management organises various celebrations all over the year. Overall a very lucid place to come.
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Abhishek kumar Shrivastava

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"An ancient India Ahilya Fort"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2015
Here I'm going to give light on an epic place of India Maheshwar. Maheshwar is a City in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh. We can reach there by road located 13 km east of National Highway 3 (AB high4ay) from Dhamnod and 91 km from Indore, the commercial capital of the state Madhya Pradesh. The City lies on the north bank of the Narmada River.

The peaceful, riverside town of Maheshwar has its own history. There is a historic buildings known as Ahilya Bai Fort. There was a temple on the bank of Narmada River. One more thing would be noticed there is a Maheshwari handloom sarees. There's a beautiful Ghat to refresh your mind and a small garden nearby fort. In garden we can see a huge statue of Devi Ahilya. I've been there two times and willing to visit there again. I requested to you to all to go there and see our culture and natural beauty.
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Som Ghosh

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"The view there was commendable and breathtaking"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2015
I travelled to Maheshwar with my friend on a bike. It's approx 100 km from Indore. It took around 3 hrs for us to reach there. The view there was commendable and breathtaking. We reached there by 6 am. Sunrise was calm and you can go and feed fish in the river.

You can enjoy the boat ride over there. Its around Rs 50 per head I think. The temple was huge and there was no rush so I enjoyed every bit of the palace. Its basically Rani Ahilya bai's palace and Lord Shiva temple.

Try to visit that place in the rainy season and you can stay there at night at Narmada resort run my MP govt.
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Rohit Patel

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  • Rohit Patel
  • Lives in Indore
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"Fun with friend"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2012
Maheshwar has nice fort and river view is awesome. You can take cottages there for stay at river side at nigth it give a nice ambiance.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is nice but the main attraction was river view at night and night safari is awesome. there are many some for local handicraft and local food.

Activities & things to do: Boating
Night safari
Sight viewing
Maheshwar fort

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Around 100 km from Indore (m.p.) it is easy to reach there and nice driving experience.
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"Transported to the past"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 17, 2011
It is the best

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Boat ride in the Narmada, walk along the ghats at sunrise and at sunset, freshly made bread for breakfast, sumptuous lunch, buy a handloom saree from Rehwa

Activities & things to do: Meditating, listening to flowing river, sounds of village folk on the ghats from high above in the fort

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Take a flight to Indore and then hire a car to Maheshwar. About 100 km from Indore
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