Sunday, 22 January 2012

Indore Excursions

Kasturba Gram: Situated about 8 kms. from Indore on the Khandwa Road, the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust was founded by Mahatma Gandhi. The headquarters of this trust were shifted from Wardha to Indore in 1950.

Mhow: 22 kms. from Indore, you will find the old military ambience at picturesque Mhow. Now a small city , it was an old British Cantonment and Military Hearquarters.

Mandu: (99 kms. from Indore) Perched along the Vindhyan ranges, at an altitude of 2000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defences, was originally the fort capital of the Paramara rulers of Malwa. Later towards the end of the 13th century, it came under the Sultans of Malwa, one of whom renamed it as Shadiabad - the city of joy.

Some of the structures worth seeing in the fort complex are the tomb of Hoshang Shah, Jami Masjid, Ashrafi Mahal, Jahaz Mahal, Roopmati's Pavilion, Baz Bahadur's Palace and Hindola Mahal.

Omkareshwar: (78 kms. from Indore) Situated at the confluence of the Narmada and Kaveri are temples built in the medieval Brahmanic style. Omkareshwar has one of the 12 Jyotirlingas enshrined at the temple of Shri Onkar Mandhata, set in picturesque surroundings.

Patal Pani: Another scenic spot towards Mhow, Patal Pani is famous for its waterfalls. The water falls from a height of 150 ft. into a kund whose depth, till date, remains unfathomable. Hence the name Patal Pani.

Dhar: Dhar is 47 kms. away from Indore and it used to be the capital of the former Paramara kings. Famous among them is Raja Bhoj. Earlier, Dhar boasted of an exquisite image of Goddess Saraswati at the Bhojsala temple. The same image is now displayed in the British Museum, London.

Bawangaja: About 175 kms. away from Indore, you can see a 72 foot high statue hewn from one rock, at Bawangaja. It is also an important Jain pilgrimage centre belonging to the 15th century............

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