Soak in Narmada’s spirituality

The Narmada is one of India’s holiest rivers, and on its banks lies the peaceful riverside town of Maheshwar, a refined mini-Varanasi.

Maheshwar finds mention in the ancient texts of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The town was restored to its pre-eminent position in the 18th century by the revered Holkar queen, Rani Ahilyabai of Indore. She is credited with having commissioned many temples and an imposing fort and palace complex which still stands today, which has now been converted into a luxury boutique hotel.

The museum inside the fort exhibits royal treasures. Also inside the fort is the Rehwa Weavers’ Society, which produces exquisite Maheshwari saris for which this town is justly famous.

Maheshwar’s 1.5km-long riverfront is renowned for its bathing ghats and rows of pretty, tiered temples, which are distinguished by their over-hanging balconies and intricately ornamented door-ways.

Enjoying a sunset boat ride on the river as pilgrims bathe and pray on the holy ghats is a memorable way to spend time here.

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