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Maheshwar, a spiritual and cultural gem on the banks of the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh, India, is known for its ancient forts, intricately carved temples, bustling ghats, and the rhythmic clatter of handlooms producing the famed Maheshwari sarees. This town beckons as a tranquil haven, where spirituality, craftsmanship, and culture meet.

How to Reach

By Air The nearest airport is the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport in Indore, approximately 91 km away. The airport is well connected by flights to cities like Mumbai, Delhi, and Bhopal. From the airport, visitors can hire a taxi to reach Maheshwar.

By Train The nearest railhead is at Barwaha, located about 39 km from Maheshwar. Indore is the nearest major railhead. Trains from Mumbai, Delhi, Bhopal, and many other Indian cities halt at the station. From the station, visitors can hire a taxi for Maheshwar.

By Bus Maheshwar can be reached easily by road. Several state-run buses ply regularly from Indore, Bhopal, Khandwa, Dhar, Dhamnod, and many other cities of Madhya Pradesh. One can also take a taxi from any of these places to reach Maheshwar.

2 Days Itinerary

  • Day 1: can be spent exploring the magnificent Maheshwar Fort and Ahilya Palace, chilling out at the scenic Narmada Ghat, and soaking your soul in spirituality at the various Maheshwar Temples.
  • Day 2: can be dedicated to shopping for exquisite Maheshwari sarees and other traditional handicrafts, followed by a visit to some offbeat places.

Get Around

The town is small enough to be explored on foot. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are also available for local transportation.

Things to Do

Visitors can go for a boat ride near Ahilya Fort, take a dip in the Narmada River, see the Gaadi at Rajwada, visit Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, go shopping in Maheshwar, and participate in Mahashivratri at Maheshwar.

Offbeat Places

Narmada Ghat is an off-beat destination near the town of Maheshwar, surrounded by lush green environs. It is a nice spot for picnicking and to enjoy a day off from all the worries and stress.


Visitors can participate in the local fairs and festivals, explore the local markets, try the local cuisine, and visit the local temples and historical sites.

Fairs and Festivals

Maheshwar celebrates several festivals including Narmada Jayanti, Maheshwar Gudi Padwa Utsav, and Ahilya Utsav. These festivals feature cultural programs, religious ceremonies, and a lively ambiance, honoring the town’s historical significance.

Shopping Malls

While there are no shopping malls in Maheshwar, the town is known for its production of exquisite cotton sarees known as Maheshwari Saris. These sarees are specially woven and designed in Maheshwar and are among the finest in the country.


There are several restaurants in Maheshwar offering a variety of cuisines. The local cuisine includes dishes like Bhutte ka Kees, Malpua, Sabudana Khichdi, and Sabudana Vada.


MP Tourism operates the Narmada Resort in Maheshwar, offering impeccable hospitality & extravagant location. TripAdvisor recommends MP Tourism Narmada Resort as one of the best places to stay in Maheshwar.

Go Next

From Maheshwar, you can proceed to other interesting destinations in Madhya Pradesh like Indore, Ujjain, Mandu, or Omkareshwar.