Madhya Pradesh

The solitary town of Maheshwar

Discovered accidentally on a design project, this riverside town of Maheshwar( 90km off Indore) will make you believe that a peaceful life somewhere still exists. Nothing can beat the experience of going to Narmada Ghat at 5:30 in the morning for a stroll. It was soul-cleansing in many ways- the people, the streets, clean air and the ubiquitous silence.

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If you have limited time in Maheshwar, it is always a good idea to spend it in the streets with pastel colored homes and ornate balconies, interact with people, visit their homes; they’ll welcome you with open arms. You’ll be surprised to see that people in this town keep their doors open at all times. You can almost hear conversations while walking down a street. Almost each and every household in Maheshwar has a handloom in their house.

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Interesting Fact: The Bollywood movie Asoka was shot in Maheshwar. (Just in case you want to go back and watch it again to get a feel of the place)

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Maheshwar is known for its fine Maheshwari Saris. The Handloom School founded by Sally Holkar is striving to revive handloom & Maheshwari cotton. Read more about this initiative here.

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The Handloom School

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Another interesting fact: Maheshwar has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%.

Best time to visit this peaceful town is October- March since the weather is cool. It is advisable to wear traditional clothing to become more approachable and gel better with the habitants.

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