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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage
Maheshwar is a temple town located in the Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh. About 90 km from Indore, and 279 km from Bhopal, it is one of the popular places to visit near Indore and among the must-include places in India tour packages.
Maheshwar is largely referred to as the temple town of Madhya Pradesh,and one of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh. The town is famous as the place ruled by the legendary Maratha Malwa queen Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar. Situated on the banks of river Narmada, the town possesses a treasure trove of beautiful temples, gorgeous ghats, and forts. Rajeshwar temple is the main. Narmada Ghat, Kaleshwara Temple, Rajarajeshwara Temple, Ahalyeshwar Temple, and Maheshwar Fort are some of the top tourist places in Maheshwar. Besides, the town is famous for Maheshwari Sarees, and locally manufactured brass utensils.
Nimar Utsav is one of the major events held every year at Maheshwar around Kartik Purnima (November). Apart, Maha Shivratri is also an important festival where thousands of people spend the night on the Ghats and worship the multitude of Shivalinga's as part of Maheshwar packages.
Distance from Indore: 96 Kms
Omkareshwar is a famous pilgrimage center located on the island of Mandhata in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. About 76 km from Indore, and 256 km from Bhopal, it is one of the top places to visit in Madhya Pradesh, and among the must-include places in India tour packages.
The holy town of Omkareshwar consists of two ancient shrines- one is Omkareshwar and the other is Amareshwar or Mamleshwar, among the must include places in Omkareshwar packages. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Omkareshwar Temple is considered to be fourth among the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Besides, Kedareshwar Temple, Siddhanath Temple, Gauri Somnath Temple, Nagar Ghat, Abhay Ghat and OMkar Ghat are some of the prominent tourist places in Omkareshwar.
Maha Shivratri is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Omkareshwar when the whole island is decorated with lights and many pilgrims visit the temple. It can be visited along with Indore tour packages.
Distance from Indore: 80 Kms
Ujjain is an ancient city situated in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. About 56 km from Indore, and 197 km from Bhopal, it is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India, and among the best places to visit near Bhopal.
Situated on the banks of the Kshipra River, the ancient city is known as the temple city for its numerous temples from different eras including one of the 12 Jyotirlingas the Mahakaleshwar Temple, among the must-include places in Ujjain packages. Kal Bhairava Temple, Ram Ghat, Harsiddhi Temple, Kalideh Palace, Pir Matsyendranath, Jantar Mantar, Bhartrihari Caves, ISKCON Temple, Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir, etc., are some other tourist paces in Ujjain.
Ujjain is among the top places to visit in Madhya Pradesh. Also, Ujjain is one of the four sacred sites in India, where the famous 'Kumbh Mela', one of the largest religious festivals in the world, is organized once in 12 years. Ujjain is considered the Greenwich of India, with the first meridian of longitude passing through it.
Distance from Indore: 55 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 8 km from Maheshwar Bus Station, Mandleshwar is a town and Nagar panchayat in the Khargone district, Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Narmada River, it is one of the popular heritage places in Madhya Pradesh, and among the top places to visit near Indore.
Mandleshwar is a 'Pavitra Nagri' as termed by the government of Madhya Pradesh, as it is an ancient town. It is the education center as well as the political center of Maheshwar block, the location of the district court and district jail of Khargone. The 8th-century philosopher Mandana Misra reportedly lived in the town and debated with Aadya Guru Shankaracharya at the Gupteshwar Mahadev Temple. Mandleshwar was the headquarters for the Nimar Agency and cantonment from 1819 to 1864.
The town is well-known for its temples, fort complex, and bathing Ghats. The temples and fort of Mandleshwar have a remarkable charm due to the grandeur of its wonderful architecture that attracts many tourists. Shree Gupteshwar Mahadev Mandir, Chhappan-Dev, Shree Ram Temple, Shree Datta Temple, Ganga-Zira, and Kaashi Vishweshwar Temple are the popular temples situated in Mandleshwar. Dhawal-kunda and Hathani (islands), Sahastradhara, and Ram Kund are other places of historical significance. A flight of 123 steps leads down to the river and expands into the Ram Ghat, where the Ram, Hanuman, Dattatraya, and Ratneshwar Temples are located.
Distance from Indore: 80 Kms
At a distance of 7 km from Maheshwar Bus Station, Sahastradhara Waterfall is a wonderful waterfall located in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh. Situated in Jalkoti, it is one of the popular waterfalls in Madhya Pradesh, and among the must-visit Maheshwar tourist places.
Sahastradhara literally means a thousand streams. Narmada river flows over a rocky patch here and so the main flow breaks down into many streams. With sunlight falling over the streams, it creates a silvery and gleaming river. Visitors won't see this sight in the monsoon as the river will have a lot more water to break down. Hence, winter is the best season to visit the waterfall where one gets totally engrossed in the mesmerizing play of the streams of Maa Narmada.
Besides, there are numerous streams of crystal clear water, and it is very pleasant to sit by the side of the water and enjoy the peace. One can visit this place by boat ride or by road. A 15-20 minute boat ride away from Ahilyabai Ghat and then one should walk in the river towards water over the rocks for some distance. Since the place does not require climbing, it can be visited by elders also.
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM
Distance from Indore: 94 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 24 km from Maheshwar, Navdatoli is an archaeological site located in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the opposite side of the shores of River Narmada, it is one of the important places of heritage near Indore, and among the top places of sightseeing in Maheshwar.
Discovered in 1950, it is regarded as a pre-historic site, which used to be the home for the various cultures starting from the Paleolithic period till the 18th century. The third period of occupation has been dated between 1500 BC and 1200 BC. Artifacts such as painted pottery of a forgotten age as well as many microliths were found on this site during the excavation. The site was excavated between 1957 and 1959 over two seasons.
The ruins of the ancient houses found here were either rectangle in shape or circular of around 3 m in circumference. These houses had bamboo walls and the roof was made of mud. Most houses had a fireplace and a stone slab that was used for grinding and mashing grain. Pottery of varying styles including Malwa, Jorwe, Black and Red Ware, Cream-Slipped Ware, and Grey-Ware were also commonly found within the houses. Similarities between Navdatoli pottery and certain Iranian ceramics have led some to believe the area was colonized by immigrants from the Northwest. It is estimated that on average roughly 150 individuals lived in the village in its earliest stage. Evidence of domestic ...
Distance from Indore: 96 Kms
At a distance of 35 km from Indore Junction, Patalpani is a scenic waterfall located in the Mhow Tehsil of Indore district of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Madhya Pradesh, and among the most visited tourist places in Indore.
Formed by the Choral River, the Pataipani Waterfall is cascading down from a height of about 91 meters (300 ft). The depth of the pond that forms at the bottom of the waterfall is unknown and legend has it that it goes as deep as patal. Therefore, the falls are called Patal-Pani, where Patal means the underworld and Pani means water in Hindi.
Surrounded by dense forest covers, majestic hills, and lush green landscapes, it is one of the popular picnics spots near Indore, and an ideal photography spot too. The waterflow is magnanimous during the monsoons and the area is prone to flash floods. It is best to maintain a cautious distance from the waterfall during the rain. However, the waterfall goes almost dry in the summer season, and the stream is reduced to a trickle. A railway line passing along the area adds to the charm of the place.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Distance from Indore: 35 Kms
At a distance of 30 km from Indore Junction, Tincha Waterfalls is a seasonal waterfall situated at Tincha village near Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the scenic waterfalls in Madhya Pradesh, and among ideal weekend getaways from Indore.
Tincha Fall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls near Indore. The water drops from a height of about 300 feet and is a season waterfall. From a distance, the waterfall appears like streams of milk rushing down the mountainside. The falls also have a small pond near the foot of the falls. You might not be able to go in the plunge pool because of government restrictions, but you can still get pleasure from trekking and photography at this place.
This is a popular scenic destination for locals as well as outsiders who need relief from their stressful city life. If you want to catch the most stunning views of the place, visit during monsoon season when the waterfall comes alive with gushing water and a sea of green that envelops all the surrounding hills. With the abundance of natural beauty, Tincha Falls captivate the hearts of photography lovers & adventure seekers.
There are several vendors selling eatables like roasted corn and vegetable fritters along with tea and coffee near the falls. So, better to pack your lunch.
Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM
Entry: Free, Rs. 20 for Car
Distance from Indore: 30 Kms
At a distance of 40 km from Indore Junction, Gidiya Khoh waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located at Shiwni village near Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the tallest waterfalls near Indore.
Cascading down from a height of 600 ft, the Gidiya Kho waterfall is a monsoon-fed waterfall. The whole region is picture flawless as it is encompassed by a lavish green valley. From the top of the hill, the 600 feet smoky fluent flow of water is just recalling the memory of Bhedaghat of Jabalpur. Surrounded by lush greenery and forests, the waterfall and the area around it are considered as one of the most beautiful places for a picnic near Indore that attracts many people.
To reach the waterfalls, one needs to go to Double Chowki from there the waterfall is 9 km away. There is a steep trek to the waterfall and the whole trek is full of beautiful flora and fauna and the path is lush green. To reach the main path that starts about 2 km before the waterfall, you have to cross a stream and you should carry a stick with you to gauge the depth of the stream in some areas. The splashes of water that greet you when you arrive at the place are just one of the many amazing things that you can experience here.
The most ideal time to visit the waterfall is during the rainy season when the gurgling rush of water is in all its glory and splendor.
Timings: 10 AM - 5.30 PM
Distance from Indore: 42 Kms
At a distance of 12 km from Indore Junction, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected reserve situated at Ralamandal in the outskirts of Indore city. It is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, and among the most visited tourist places as part of Indore tour packages.
Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular places of wildlife in India. Earlier, it was the hunting ground for the royal family members of Holkars as it had a huge population of tigers, leopards, and deers. It was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1989 for the conservation of plants and animals. The holy River Narmada graces the sanctuary with its presence. It has an ancient palace built by Holkars which was primarily used as a hunting lodge also known as shikargah.
Spread over 5 sq. km, the sanctuary is home to different species of birds and other wildlife like Leopards, Black Bucks, Chitals, Blue bulls, Hyena, Barking deers, Peacock, Palm-civet, Porcupine and Hare. To protect animals and birds from noise and air pollution emanating from the nearby highway, a green wall of about 8,000 trees was created. There are several trails present in the Wildlife Sanctuary which are ideal for trekking, by both amateurs and professionals. There is also the facility of camel rides inside the sanctuary, which is one of the top highlights among the tourists.
There are several trails present in the Wildlife Sanctuary ...
Distance from Indore: 15 Kms
At a distance of 40 km from Indore, Bamniya Kund is a picturesque waterfall located at Melendi near Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the beautiful waterfalls in MP, and among the best waterfalls near Indore.
Bamniya Kund is a captivating waterfall falling from a height of 300 feet. The water here spouts down making a beautiful pool of clear blue water surrounded by brown rocks and verdant green bushes. The waterfall settled in the profundity of thick woodlands and is an ideal place for nature lovers. The water here is cool and the nature around is sound quiet. Besides, Bamniya Kund waterfall makes for a perfect site for several activities like trekking, rappelling, flying fox, camping, and great photography.
Visitors will have to take road transport from Indore to reach the Badgonda Village. From here, one needs to walk about 4 km to the Nakheri Dam, which is the starting point of the trek. Walk for about 7 to 8 km to finally reach the waterfalls amid all the wilderness. The trekking trail, however, is marked through the beautiful woods and you can spot several birds, animals, and exotic plants native to the region.
This place remains evergreen and magnificently worth visiting all around the year but it is best suitable to visit the Bamniya Kund waterfalls from September-December. The rains can make the terrain extremely slippery and thus, unsafe and inconvenient to walk. Also, there is an increase in mosquitoes and other insects during monsoons.
Distance from Indore: 39 Kms
Lake & Backwater
At a distance of 9 km from Bamniya Kund, and 41 km from Indore Junction, Choral Dam is an earthen dam situated at Mhow near Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the ideal places to visit near Indore for a picnic.
Choral Dam was built across the Choral river, a tributary of the holy Narmada River. This dam water is mainly used for irrigation as well as drinking purposes. A large number of lush green trees and small hills surround the place making it even more attractive. Sunrises and sunsets are quite beautiful at the dam when different hues of the sky make for an amazing backdrop for the lush green trees.
Choral Dam is the perfect place to spend some time relaxing and unwinding. The clear blue water, lush green trees, and the endless cloudy sky provide a great backdrop to have a picnic. You can sit by this enchanting water body with your feet dangling in the cool water and enjoy a scrumptious meal in the lap of nature, a perfect way to relax and enjoy the tranquility. Visitors can also enjoy a ride in a speed boat or paddle boat. The boating experience will let you witness the beauty of the water more closely and help you appreciate it better. This place also has a resort where you can spend some quality time with your friends and family and a picturesque view of the pious River Choral.
Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM
Distance from Indore: 41 Kms
Pilgrimage | Adventure / Trekking
At a distance of 50 km from Indore, Janapav also known as Janapav Kuti is a mountain located near Janapav Kuti village in the Mhow Tehsil of Indore district, Madhya Pradesh. Situated in Mumbai-Agra National Highway, it is one of the popular places for trekking in Madhya Pradesh, and among the scenic places to visit near Indore.
Situated at an altitude of 881 m, Janapav is the highest peak in the entire Vindhayanchal range. As per the legend, it is the birthplace of Lord Parshurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu, and is considered sacred by the Brahmin community. At the top of the hill, there is an ashram of Jamadagni, the father of Parashurama who used to live here with Renuka, the mother of Parshurama. It is said that the variety of medicinal herbs and plants found here were actually first grown by her. As per some reports, even today, many Ayurvedic doctors from across the country arrive at the hill in search of herbs.
As per the folklore, twelve rivers originate from the tank situated on this hill, including Chambal, Saraswati & Nakheri. Surrounded by dense forest, the place is quite popular among trekkers for its scenic beauty and adventurous routes. Besides, Janapav Kuti also happens to be the place of a colorful fair organized every year on Kartik Purnima, which is the first full moon after Diwali.
With its amazing view from the top and its cultural importance, the government of Madhya ...
Distance from Indore: 45 Kms
At a distance of 4 km from Tincha Waterfall, and 28 km from Indore, Mohadi Falls is a picturesque waterfall located at Berchha near Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the beautiful waterfalls near Indore, and among the scenic places to visit as part of Indore sightseeing packages.
Located on the Indore-Khandwa road, Mohadi Falls offers a breathtaking sight of water falling from a height of about 250 feet amid a verdant valley. Untouched by commercialization, this spectacular waterfall near Indore is a treat to your senses and is a sight to behold. The lush green valley surrounding this mighty waterfall adds grace to the sight and makes it an amazing place for nature and landscape photography.
One can easily visit the falls on a one or even a half-day trip from Indore. The location of this divine waterfall also makes for an exemplary trekking route for adventure junkies. Though the trek looks fun, it is advisable to take necessary precautions. You must not hike through grassy roads, as they are often slippery and filled with water. Visitors can walk around the waterfall reaching close to the flowing water. However, do not try to cross the river as it is not safe.
To reach this place you have to go to Tinchafall via Khandwa road or the Ralamandal route. This place is 4 km from Tincha Falls. With the pleasant breeze and smooth roads, the ride to Mohadi waterfall is quick and easy. However, when the highway ends, there is no direct road to Mohadi. Travellers ...
Distance from Indore: 30 Kms
At a distance of 30 km from Indore, Mohadi Falls is a stunning waterfall located at Telyakhedi village near Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the best waterfalls near Indore, and among the scenic places to visit near Indore.
Hatyari Khoh Waterfall is something that you should not miss out on your Indore trip. Dropping from a great height of about 600 feet, the waterfall is famed for the serenity and tranquility that is spread all around them. Due to the water falling from such a great height, a mystical fog-like effect is generated which makes the waterfall look even more magical. The amazing pool that is formed at the bottom of the waterfall is perfect to take a plunge into.
Hatyari Khoh translates to Killer Gorge in English. There are several myths behind the unique name of this waterfall. One legend says that a monarch held people captive here during a war and buried them alive in this valley while the other says that it was a secret passageway used by the kings. There is also another tale that claims that at night, pigs fell into the valley and their shrieking voices echoed throughout the place.
To reach this place you have to go to Telyakhedi village. This place is 2 km from the village, and one can reach Hatyari Khoh in 15 minutes through the muddy road of the village. This place is still untouched by industrialization which makes it even more beautiful. This is an amazing place to break ...
Distance from Indore: 32 Kms
At a distance of 55 km from Indore Junction, Sheetla Mata or Sitlamata Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located at Rampuriya Bujrg village near Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the scenic places to visit near Indore.
Sitlamata Waterfall is cascading down from a height of about 500 feet and is one of the most famous waterfalls near Indore. It is visited by a large number of tourists as well as devotees due to the presence of Sheetla Mata Temple. Various folk tales revolve around the existence of the fall. This place also has 3 beautiful caves, and it is also believed that Holkar state Pindaris hid there.
The popularity of the waterfall is owed to the mesmerizing aura that it creates, combined with plentiful greenery around it. The waterfall is in its full glory in the monsoon season. The water depth here is about 3 to 6 feet, and is safe for bathing, and swimming. One has to trek around 1-2 km to reach the waterfall from the parking area. Stairs are available to go down to fall. There were lots of monkeys on the way.
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM
Distance from Indore: 55 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 36 km from Mandu, and 65 km from Indore, Dhar Fort is a historical fort situated in the Dhar city of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the top heritage sites near Indore, and among the must-visit places as part of Mandu holiday packages.
Dhar is an important medieval town and the erstwhile capital of Malwa Kingdom ruled by the Parmar dynasty from 800 - 1327 AD. Raja Bhoj, the most illustrious of the Parmaras shifted his capital from Ujjain to Dhar, where he established a university for Sanskrit studies, known as the Bhoja Shala. During the time of King Bhojdev (1010-1055), this fort was known as Dhar Giri Lilodyan. When Alauddin Khalji ascended the throne of Delhi, Islamic influence began to spread in Dhar, as a result of which in 1305 Ainul Mulk Multani, the general of Alauddin Khalji, attacked Malwa and killed the Parmara ruler Mahalakdev and ended the Parmar dynasty. Captured later, he renovated the fort and completed the work of fortification. In 1346, Muhammad bin Tughlaq also stayed for some time in this fort while going to Devgiri.
The Pawar dynasty captured this fort in 1732 AD and used it as a royal palace. During the Maratha struggle, Raghunath Rao's wife Anandi Bai took shelter here, and she gave birth to Peshwa Bajirao II at this place. Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Shah Jahan, also took refuge in this fort during the war with Aurangzeb. During the Revolt of 1857, Dhar ...
Distance from Indore: 65 Kms