Excursions from Indore
Ujjain (55 km)
One of the country’s most ancient cities, Ujjain is considered one of the seven sacred places to attain moksha. It once served as the capital of Avanti and a centre of learning. It is also regarded as the Greenwich of Hindu astronomers and astrologers. Ujjain is famous for its Mahakaleshwar Temple that enshrines one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The lingam of the temple is considered swayambhu (self created). Ujjain is also one of the venues of the Kumbh Melas, India’s greatest religious festival. Other attractions include the Bhartrihari Caves, Sandipani (Shri Krishna's guru) Ashram and the Jai Singh ancient observatory.
Omkareshwar (75 km)
Considered one of India’s holiest Hindu sites, Omkareshwar is home to a Jyotirlingam. One of twelve, the Jyotirlingam is enshrined in the Temple of Sri Omkareshwar Mahadeo.
Maheshwar (91 km)
This small town is famous for Ahilya Fort by the Narmada River and its temples. It is also known for the Maheshwari saris produced by local weavers.
Mandu - Mandavgarh (97 km)
Popularly known as Mandu, the town is located 610 metres above sea level in the Vindhya Ranges. Founded in the tenth century by Parmar rulers who made it their fort capital, it was later conquered by the Delhi Sultans, who named it Shadiabad (City of Joy). Known for its natural beauty, Mandavgarh is renowned for its fort, whose 82-kilometre perimetre makes it the biggest in India. It contains the ruins of palaces, ornamented canals, baths and pavillions. The fort was once the monsoon-season retreat of the Mughal emperors. Mandu has over 40 monuments displaying a fusion of Hindu and Afghan architecture and divided into three broad categories: the Central Village group, the Royal Enclave group and the Rewa Kund group. The city is also famous for the legendary romantic tale of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur.