Five Days Budget Trip to Panchamarhi including Maheshwar, Omkareshwar & Shopping at Indore. Yes! The beauty of Madhya Pradesh will definitely blow your mind 🙂
Day 1 : Shirdi-Maheshwar-Omkareshwar
I went to this trip with my family and cousins. Visiting to this place into summer vacation was great decision by my family.
We started from Shirdi (My mama’s place & birthplace too 🙂 )
at 9.00 and first point was Maheshwar which is 335 kms from Shirdi.
Pune-Manmad Highway is a great highway. We haulted on 12.30 for Lunch at Dhule.
We reached at Maheshwar on 3.00 PM
Maheshwar is commercial capital of state. Located 13 km east of National Highway 3 & 91 kms from Indore. The place is mainly known due to Queen Ahilyabai Holkar
Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar (31 May 1725 – 13 August 1795) was the Holkar Queen of the Maratha ruled Malwakingdom, India. Rajmata Ahilyabai was conceived in the town of Chondi in Jamkhed, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. She moved the capital to Maheshwar south of Indore on the Narmada River.
Ahilyabai’s husband Khanderao Holkar was executed in the skirmish of Kumbher in 1754. After twelve years, her father-in-law, Malhar Rao Holkar, died. A year after that she was delegated as the ruler of the Malwa kingdom. She endeavored to shield her kingdom from looting trespassers. She by and by drove armed forces into fight. She designated Tukojirao Holkar as the Chief of Army.
Rani Ahilyabai was an awesome pioneer and developer of [Hindu] Temples. She built several temples and Dharmashala all through India.
Maheshwar Fort : (In pictures)
The fort where Rajmata Ahilyabai Holkar stayed.
Then we started for Ram Mandir :
It was such a peaceful place on the banks of Narmada River. These places really gives us calmness when we go over there.
We read ; SAI – STAVANMANJIRI : It’s a prayer for Lord Saibaba, Shirdi. Dasganu (A Hindu saint) who wrote this holy prayer on the banks of Narmada River, Maheshwar. It is said that, “If you want to become free from all your worries one must read SAI-STAVANMANJIRI daily”.
Then we had great fun on the banks of Narmada River.
That’s all, we had High-tea near Hotel Ashray and started for Omkareshwara which was about 65 kms via MP SH38 from Maheshwar.
We reached over there and booked Dharmashala (Rooms on low rent basis).
Good night Travellers !
Day 2 : Omkareshwar Temple Darshan – Panchamarhi – Panchmarhi Stay
We woke up early in the morning. It was a Bhakta Niwas where we stayed. There is a temple of Gajanan Maharaj inside.
At 8.00 we started for Mandir Darshan.
Omkareshwara is one of the most holy place out of 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva on the banks of Narmada River. Very crowded on Shivratri, Nagpanchami.
After having breakfast, we started at 11.00 for our destination Panchamarhi (385 kms)
It took around 9 hrs to reach over there. We reached at 18.30 and stayed at
Hotel Agrawal Regency, Patel Road, Panchamarhi. : Best budget rooms are available here.
Day 3 : Pandav Caves – Apsara Vihar – Gupt Mahadeo – Jatashankar
The Satpura ranges around Panchmarhi town hide countless nature & historical marvels.
Pandav caves are one of them. There are five temple of Buddhist Monks. It is named after Pandavas – adventurous brothers from Hindu epic Mahabharata. Caves have been given the name to the town
“Panchmarhi” can be translated like “five caves” or “five huts”.
The well maintained garden looks lovely from top.
Then we went to Apsara Vihar :
It’s nice picnic spot for a family with kids. The walk of 2 kms in forest is not at all tiring due to wonderful nature.
Then we played a lot at the Silver Water fall.
Gupt Mahadeo :
Gupt Mahadeo is a 40 feet long cave, in which idols of Lord Ganesha and Shiva linga have been treasured. The path that leads to Gupt Mahadev cave goes from inside the Bade Mahadev. This narrow path can be passed only by eight people at a time. At the entrance of the cave, an idol of Lord Hanuman has been enshrined.
Then we went to Jatashankar which is 13 kms from Gupt Mahadeo hardly takes 30 min to reach.
The place where you can enjoy with cohabitation of nature & trekking experience. Lord Shiva’s temple is there. It is bit harder for older to reach over here but once you reached; Yayyy!! it is a ton of happiness.
Jata means hair and Shankar is another name of Lord Shiva. There are two different types of little pond, fed by springs, found in the locality, one of cold water and the other one of hot water.
Then we went to city for Dinner and slept.
Day 4 : Dhoopgarh (Sunrise Point) – Indore Stay :
Started early in the morning for Dhoopgarh which is Sunrise point and best place for Horse riding.
Mount Dhupgarh or Dhoopgarh is the highest point in the Satpura Range and in Madhya Pradesh. Located in Pachamarhi, it is 1,350 metres from sea level.
We had lunch in the city and started for Indore which is 373 kms from Panchamarhi.
We reached at 21.00 at Indore.
Day 5 : Indore Shopping – Shirdi
Early in the morning we did shopping in Indore city especially famous for Sarees, Gents & Ladies Dress Material at MT Cloth Market, Sitlamata Bazar, Kothari Market, R.N.T. Market for shopping.
Started at 16.00 and reached 23.00 at Shirdi after travelling 406 kms.
Thank you for reading travellers!!