On the banks of Narmada

Maheshwar is just 91 km from Indore, but our reluctant bus driver made it seem like forever.

Once there, and well-fed at the MPTDC resort, I couldn’t wait to get going, and neither could some of the other women in the group. The decision to get out in the heat of the afternoon was made easier by the availability of boats that took us to the main ghat in a couple of minutes. Life along the sacred river looks exciting, with little temples dotting the banks, and people bathing at all hours, plus colourful boats to add to the scenic beauty:

I read that the town of Maheshwar has a mention in both the Ramayana and Mahabharat, but it reached its pinnacle of prosperity during the rule of Ahilyabai Holkar, who is believed to be among the most perfect rulers ever. Reva & I photographed our way to the top of the fort while the others attacked the shops. The carvings are simply marvellous!

A spectacular view of the ghat from the top of the fort:

On the ghats of Narmada

The sunset landscape on the ride back was even more grand:

On the ghats of Narmada

If that wasn’t enough, I was up at sunrise for more of the same:

We had no time to visit any of the temples of Maheshwar, but a quick stop at the sari shops was a must! There are plenty of shops on the road leading up to the fort, apparently the ones at the foot of the hill are cheaper than those at the top. We found happy prices at a few in between, and came away loaded.

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