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Dhar is a city located in the Malwa region of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the administrative headquarters of the Dhar district. The city is known for its rich history and cultural heritage, with numerous historical monuments and sites.

How to Reach

Dhar is well-connected by road to major cities in Madhya Pradesh. The nearest airport is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore, which has regular flights from major Indian cities. There is no railway station in Dhar; the nearest railway stations are in Indore and Ratlam. Regular buses and taxis are available from these cities to Dhar.

2 Days Itinerary

  • Day 1 could be spent exploring the historical sites in Dhar, such as the Dhar Fort and Bagh Caves.
  • Day 2, you could visit the nearby town of Mandu, known for its architectural brilliance.

Getting Around

The city is compact and can be easily explored on foot or by hiring a local taxi. Auto-rickshaws are also a popular mode of transport within the city.

Things to Do

  • Bagh Caves

The Bagh Caves are another popular tourist attraction in Dhar. These are a group of rock-cut monuments situated among the foothills of the Vindhyas. You’ll have to climb some stairs to get to the caves, but the view and the historical significance of the caves make it worth the effort.

  • Kharbuja Mahal

Kharbuja Mahal is a palace where the king of Dhar used to live. It’s a nice place to visit for a Sunday outing with family or friends. The architecture and the history of the place make it an interesting visit.


Visitors can explore the city’s rich history, visit the local markets, try local cuisine, and interact with the locals to understand their culture and lifestyle.

Fairs and festivals

Dhar hosts several local festivals such as the Lokrang Festival, Akhil Bhartiya Kalidas Samaroh, and the Bhagoria Haat Festival. These festivals showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region.


While there are no large shopping malls in Dhar, there are several local markets and shops where visitors can buy traditional handicrafts and local products.


Dhar offers a variety of local dishes. One of the most popular dishes is Daal Baati, a traditional meal preferred in both urban and rural areas.


There are several hotels and guest houses in Dhar offering comfortable accommodation. Some of the popular ones include Hotel Royal Residency, Hotel Shree Ram, and Hotel Midway Treat.

Go Next

After exploring Dhar, visitors can travel to other nearby tourist destinations such as Indore, Ujjain, and Bhopal.