There is so much that India has to offer when it rains. When the sky pens itself it turned out to be the most beautiful and picturesque beauty in the world. And if you really want to get yourself drenched in the monsoon then explore the central state of India- Madhya Pradesh. Yes, Madhya Pradesh is emerging as the new monsoon destination in the country offering amazing landscapes and travel experience that can leave you speechless.
Maheshwar a small peaceful, riverside town has long spiritual significance. Having its name in Mahabharata and Ramayan as Mahishmati still draws sadhus and pilgrims to its ancient ghats and temples on the holy Narmada river.
Located on Narmada River bank, this town has always been famous for the incredible beautiful heritage fort and the popular and striking beautiful Maheshwari sarees that are hand woven in the town.
When I walked on the Maheshwar roads almost every house was into this sarees business. Craftsman was busy making the sarees with natural colours and taking the traditional motifs on them which is the signature style of Maheshwari sarees.
The mesmerizing beauty of the fort overlooking the Narmada River packs a lot of punch in a very small area around the ghats, palace and temples-a sort of redefined, spit-shined Varanasi in miniature.
What local tales say:
Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar Bai’s husband has died in a battle and she was about to perform sati according to the tradition. But her father in-law stopped her and asked to help him run the kingdom. The town flourished during her reign and this lady of the royal family was instrumental in getting the craft of handloom weaving to Maheshwar.
The mighty fort complex and the glorious temples inside the Maheshwar fort elegantly stand on the serene ghats of river Narmada. The scenic view is a delight for the soul.
It was like a harmonious pleasure to feel the soothing breeze in my hair. And yes thank god it rained so that I can feel the music of rain. A special energy envelops at the ghats watching the cheerful and delighted faces of children jumping in the river.
Taking forward my journey I got a chance to meet the local weavers. When you will enter their house you can hear the continuous clacking of the wooden looms. The local craftsman will help you understand how they weave these colourful threads and create beautiful sarees.
I shopped some beautiful sarees for myself and take a walk in the streets of the city. Maheshwar will always going to remain in the heart for its splendid and friendly nature.
How to reach: Maheshwar is just 3 hours away from Indore. Buses are a convenient choice to travel from the major cities of Madhya Pradesh to Maheshwar.
Best Time To Visit Maheshwar: The best time to holiday at Maheshwar is during the winter season. While holidaying at this place, do not forget to buy Maheshwari cotton sarees for the women in your life.
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