Maheshwar Tourist Guide & Packages

Maheshwar Tourist Guide & Packages - Destination Overview
  • Package Prices
    Maheshwar Packages starting from Rs 6999/- from Maheshwar including full site seeing and excursions
  • Location: Madhya Pradesh,India -
  • Nearest Airport: Indore, Bhopal
  • Nearest Train Station: Indore
  • How to reach: Best Approachable from Indore, Bhopal
  • Season to Visit: Best Season to Visit Maheshwar is from September till April

Maheshwar Tourist Guide & Packages

About Maheshwar - Varanasi of Central India

Maheshwar is a sacred tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh state, in central India, just 90 kms from Indore. It is also called Varanasi of Central India due to similar Ghat structures along the river Narmada. It was the capital of the Malwa during Holkar reign till 6th January 1818.

Maheshwar is a culturally prosperous town and its importance is described in Puranas and through history. It is said that there are more than 100 temples are telling the long history of Maheshwar. Main temples good to visit for visitors are Rajrajeshwar Mandir, Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Chaturbhuj Narayan Mandir, Ahilya Mata's Chhatris, Rajwada, Chintamani Ganpati Mandir, Bada Ganpati temple, Pandharinath Mandir,Bhawani Mata Mandir etc.

Maheshwar is also famous for Ahilya fort heritage hotel.

Also must visit is the nearest village Mandu, which has many famous monuments and biggest fort of India.

Why Visit Maheshwar - Madhya Pradesh - The Varanasi of Central India

  • Maheshwar is Temple Town of India - varanasi of Centra India, Must visit if you want to know Indian Culture.
  • Maheshwar is world famoud for the Maheshwari saris introduced by old ruler Ahilya Bai Holkar 250 years ago.
  • Maheshwar is famously also called Varanasi of Central India, It has many Ghats on banks of river Narmada 
  • Must visit place is Ahilya Fort, Ahilya’s personal chambers are open to public for viewing 
  • Must Visit is the Holkar fort, Located on the banks of the holy river Narmada,  known as Queen’s fort; the fort was the administrative headquarters of the Holkars.
  • Admire the life-size statue of Rani Ahilyabai Holkar sitting on the throne. Chhatris, temples, make the fort an interesting place to visit.
  • Stay in the Historical Ahilya Fort, which has been converted into a heritage hotel.The Ahilya fort now a luxury Heritage hotel standing on a hill overlooking the river Narmada. The fort includes ancient- style courtyards, verandahs and stone walkways. 
  • Participate in Nimar utsava in Maheshwar, which is organised every year to pray for the sacred river Narmada. See the boating competition, cultural programs, dance shows.
  • Visit Mandu - located at just 20 miles away to visit Rani Rupmati's pavilion, Forts, also the biggest fort in India, the Mandu fort has a perimeter of 82 km. Also visit  Dilawar Khan's Mosque, Jehaz mahal, Hoshang Shah's Maqbara
  • Visit Rajareshwara Temple, Situated near the Ahileshwar temple, the Rajareshwar temple is popular as 11 Akhand Jyoti Deepak or lamps in the temple are burning continuously. The carvings and sculptures are the architectural splendours of the temple. The ceiling of the temple is made up of mirror.

Maheshwar - Best Tourist Attractions

Narmada Ghat:

Narmada Ghat is famous off-beat destination in close proximity to the town of Maheshwar surrounded with lush green environs. It is a nice spot for picnicking and to enjoy a day off from all the worries and stress one has. It is located on the banks of river Narmada and is one of the many places constructed by Rani Ahilyabai.


Other Ghats - Peshwar Ghat, Fanase Ghat and Ahilya Ghat

Peshwar Ghat, Fanase Ghat and Ahilya Ghat line the river Narmada, flights of steps lead down from the sandy banks of the river, and through the day a kaleidoscope of rural Indian can be seen here, in the pilgrims and holy men who sit here in the ferry loads of villagers who cross and recross these surging waters.


Maheshwar - Famous Temples

With their soaring spires, the many - tiered temples of Maheshwar are distinguished by their carved overhanging balconies and their intricately worked doorways. Temples to see are Kaleshwar; Rajarajeshwara, Vithaleshwara and Ahileshwar.


Holkar Fort - Maheshwar

Located on the banks of the holy river Narmada, the fort was built in the 18th century and was the residence of Rani Ahilyabai Holkar. Also known as Queen’s fort; the fort was the administrative headquarters of the Holkars.

One can see the life-size statue of Rani Ahilyabai Holkar sitting on the throne. Chhatris, temples, a wada make the fort an interesting place to visit. Today, the fort is a heritage hotel, it is managed by Shivaji Rao Holkar, son of the founder of the hotel and last Maharaja of Indore, Prince Richard Holkar.


Shop for Famous Maheshwari Sarees

Introduced into Maheshwar 250 years ago by Rani Ahilyabai, the sarees are renowned throughout India for their unique weave. Woven mostly in cotton, the typical Maheshwari saree has a plain body and sometimes stripes or checks in several variations. The mat border designs have a wide range in leaf and floral patterns. The pallu is particularly distinctive with five stripes, three coloured and two white alternating, running along its width. Maheshwari has a reversible border, known as bugdi.


Maheshwar Film Shooting Locations- Bollywood and Tollywood Movies Shoot 

The exquisite beauty of Maheshwar and river Narmada is captured in some Bollywood and Tamil/ Kollywood movies. Some of the movies shot in Maheshwar including the movie "Ashoka", Tulsi (by actor and director Sachin), Mahashivratri, A R Rehman's music video, Tamil movie Alaipayuthey's song "Snekithanea..." and " yaro yaro di..." directed by Maniratnam, Tamil movie Leelai's song "Oru killi oru killi..." directed by Andrew Vasanth Louis, Yuvan Shankar Raja's musical Tamil movie Arrambam's song "Adadada Arrambame..." directed by Vishnuvardhan. Also starting episodes of Zee TV serial Jhansi Ki Rani were shot here.

In the 60's, Mythological film Mahashivratri's shooting was done here and many local artists were given a chance to act in that. Then Aadi Shankaryachary's shooting was completed in 1985.

Many Film stars from Bharat Bhushan to Shahrukh Khan have visited Maheshwar and admired its rich culture and beauty. Also Yamala Pagla Deewana (Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Kulraj Randhawa come here for shooting) film's 50 minute shot done here at Bazar Chowk, Rajwada, Ahilyabai Chhatri, Ahilya Ghaat and many more location.


Events and Festivals in Maheshwar

Ahilyabai's birthday is celebrated in May each year, with a palanquin procession through the town.

The two biggest religious festivals there are Maha Shivratri (the great night of Shiva), and the Muslim festival of Muharram (the holy first month in the Islamic calendar) featuring a procession of floats that are submerged into the water.

On Maha Shivratri, thousands of women from surrounding village spend the night on the ghats, drumming and singing, before bathing in the river and worshiping the multitude of shivalingams there.

Nimar Utsav is held around Kartik Purnima each year, and consists of three days of music, dance, drama, and boating. An annual Sacred River Festival, featuring classical music performances, is held at Ahilya Fort each February.

And, on every Sunday before Makar Sankranti, Swaadhyaaya Bhavan Ashram holds a chariot festival (the Mahaamrityunjaya Rath Yatra) in Maheshwar.

Best Restaurant in Maheshwar

Guru Kripa Food & Hotel

The appearance and setting of the restaurant might not appeal you very much, but well don't judge a book by its cover because the food that they have to offer will certainly make up for it.

Indian Heritage Food

This is one of the rare restaurants in Maheshwar that will provide you non vegetarian food and that too at a very cheap price. The interiors of the restaurant are well designed and the service is pretty quick too. It also boasts of a garden.

Laboos Café

The Café is located in a very picturesque area, close to some of Maheshwar's major attractions. The coffee served is worth INR 25 and given that fact that is quite cheap as per the standards of a Café, the quality of the taste is certainly not compromised upon. The Cardamom Tea is highly recommended.

Temple Town of India - About Maheswar temples

Maheshwar (91 kms from Indore) is also known as temple town on the banks of the river Narmada, it finds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. There are more than 100 temples, Main temples good to visit for visitors are Rajrajeshwar Mandir, Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Chaturbhuj Narayan Mandir, Ahilya Mata's Chhatris, Rajwada, Chintamani Ganpati Mandir, Bada Ganpati temple, Pandharinath Mandir,Bhawani Mata Mandir etc

Maheshwar  Tour Package from Bhopal/Indore- Suggested Package Itinarary - 6 days

Bhopal » Ujjain » Indore » Omkareshwar » Maheshwar » Mandu  

Day 01 - Arrival at Bhopal - Sanchi Tour, Bhimbetka

Morning  Arrival  at  Bhopal. Pick  up  &  Transfer  to  Hotel.  Check  in  to  Hotel. After  fresh  n  up departure to Sanchi. Sightseeing of Sanchi -The World Heritage Site” Visit Stupas, Monasteries, Temples and Pillars.. Arrive at Bhopal. Sightseeing of Bhojpur and another World Heritage Site “Bhimbetika caves”.

Overnight stay at the Bhopal hotel.

Day 02 - Bhopal Site Seeing

Full day Bhopal Local  Sightseeing  places  like  Bhopal Upper Lake, Bharat Bhawan, Birla Temple, Manav Sangrahalya, etc.

Night Stay in Bhopal 

Day 03 Bhopal- Indore - Maheshwar

Morning  Departure  to  Indore-  Arrive  at  Indore. After Lunch Proceed to Maheshwar, Reach Maheshwar in late evening, Night Stay in Maheshwar

Day 04-  Maheshwar Site Seeing

Full Day Site Seeing in Maheshwar, including all Ghats, Temples, Ahilya Fort etc. Watch Sunset in Narmada. Night Stay in Maheshwar

Day 05 - Maheshwar & Mandu

Early Morning visit to Mandu. Full Day Sightseeing of Mandu The Darwazas, The Royal Enclave Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal , Hoshang Shah's Tomb , Jami Masjid, Roopmati's Pavilion, Rewa Kund - N/s at Mandu.

Day 06 Mandu-Maheshwar - Omkareshwar Tour

Morning  Departure  to  Maheshwar and proceed to Omkareshwar,  Arrival at Omkareshwar Visit to Omkareshwar & Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Have a holy Bath in Narmada River  of  Omkareshwar  temple. 

Eve  departure back  to  Bhopal. 

Night stay at Bhopal hotel.& Morning drop to railway Station.

Maheshwar - Best Luxury Hotels Guide

Ahilya Fort :- Ranked #1 of 2 Luxury hotels in Maheshwar

Hotel Sanginee :- Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Maheshwar

Best Budget Hotels in Maheshwar

  • Hansa Heritage Hotel :- Ranked #1 of 5 Maheshwar B&B and Inns
  • Narmada Resort :- Ranked #2 of 5 Maheshwar B&B and Inns
  • Kanchan Recreations :- Ranked #3 of 5 Maheshwar B&B and Inns
  • Kunal Hotel Maheshwar :- Ranked #4 of 5 Maheshwar B&B and Inns
  • Narmada Retreat :- Ranked #5 of 5 Maheshwar B&B and Inns

Best Time to Visit Maheshwar

Best Season / Best time to visit Maheshwar

Being an important Shiva religious destination, Maha Shivaratri is the main festival celebrated here during February - March. Best time to visit here is between October to March.

How to reach Maheshwar

Maheshwar By Train

Barwaha is the nearest railhead, which is at a distance of 39 km from Maheshwar. Indore is the main railhead nearby. Indore is a major railway station lying in the Chennai-Mumbai rail route. It is connected with major railway stations by express and passenger trains.

Maheshwar By Air

Nearest airport is at Indore, which is at a distance of 91 km from Maheshwar. Indore is well connected to many major cities in India, including Bhopal, Mumbai and Delhi. The nearest international airport is Delhi which is 895 km away from Maheshwar. Delhi is connected with all major cities in India and abroad.

Maheshwar By Bus

Regular public services are available from Maheshwar to many parts of the sate. Maheshwar is bus connected with Barwaha (39 km), Indore (91 km) and Khandwa (110 km).

Maheswar - Interesting History

Maheshwar town is built on the site of the ancient city of Somvanshya Shastrarjun Kshatriya, and was the capital of king Kartavirya Arjuna,(Shree Shastrarjun) who is mentioned in the Sanskrit epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. Maheshwar was known as Mahissati (Mahishamati in Sanskrit) in ancient times and was the capital of Southern Avanti. Maheshwar on the banks of the Narmada was capital of King Sahasrarjun.

One day the King and his 500 wives went to the river for a picnic. When the wives wanted a vast play area, the King stopped the mighty river Narmada with his 1000 arms. While they were all enjoying themselves, Ravana flew by in his Pushpak Vimana. Downstream, when he saw the dry river bed, he thought it was an ideal place to pray to Lord Shiva. He made a shivalinga out of sand and began to pray.

When Sahasrajuna’s wives were done and they stepped out of the river bed, he let the waters flow. The voluminous river flowed down sweeping Ravana’s shivalinga along, messing up his prayers. Furious, Ravana tracked Sahasrajuna and challenged him. Armed to the hilt the mighty Ravana was in for a huge surprise. The mighty Sahasrarjuna with the 1000 arms pinned Ravana to the ground. Then he placed 10 lamps on his heads and one on his hand. After tying up Ravana, Sahasrarjuna dragged him home and tied him up to the cradle pole of his son. A humiliated Ravana stayed prisoner until his release was secured.