When it comes to the diversity of landscapes and tourist locations in India, Madhya Pradesh probably tops the list. It houses a wide variety of cultural and spiritual heritage related to almost every religion. The state has a galore of monuments, stupas, finely carved temples, palaces, and forts. A hidden gem thriving in art and historical magnificence is a quaint town in Madhya Pradesh known as Chanderi.
Chanderi is a small but prominent town between Bundelkhand and Malwa in the ‘Heart of India’. It has a long and illustrious history dating back to the Bundela Rajputs and Malwa Sultans, who ruled over the region in the 15th and 16th centuries. Hindu mythology indicates that Shishupal was the king of Chanderi. For this reason, the town has its place in Mahabharata- the Indian Mythological Saga.
This town is a hidden gem surrounded by unique hills, forests, and lakes. Known for its historic landmarks and Chanderi sarees, Chanderi attracts many tourists yearly, and numerous tales are hidden in every corner of the town. Let’s look at a few things that make Chanderi a must-visit destination.
The Chanderi textile is rich and unique in its texture. It is mainly based on hand-woven embroidery and intricate fabrics. In fact, Chanderi Sarees are acclaimed for their grace and charm nationally as well as internationally. However, the credit for keeping this art alive and thriving goes to the local artisans and craftsmen.
The quaint town of Chanderi has an old-world charm to it, and its stunning locales have been used as a background for the big screen over the years. ‘Sui Dhaga’, a Bollywood movie starring Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan, was shot entirely in Chanderi, and it beautifully showcases its charming locales.
Chanderi is becoming a preferred destination for shooting movies due to its unique vibe. The place’s intrinsic beauty and old-fashioned flavour attract filmmakers to capture it through their lenses. Moreover, the ancient architecture and simplicity of the town make it ideal for film shooting. Did you know the song ‘Nazar Na Lag Jaye’ from the Bollywood movie ‘Stree’ was shot in Chanderi’s Kati Ghati?
Apart from its cultural heritage and unique charm, there are many other things Chanderi is famous for.
Malan Kho: Malan Kho is a lush green area that is surrounded by lakes and temples. Located around 8 km away from Chanderi, Malan Kho is a much-coveted picnic spot.
Battisi Baoli: This is another place around Chanderi that is worth visiting. Protected by the Archeological Survey of India, it is a masonry water tank that is always filled with water, even during the hottest months. The journey to get there is a long one, but it is definitely worth the effort. The site is an excellent example of water harvesting and an ancient engineering marvel.
Badal Mahal Gate: This landmark in Chanderi is also worth a visit. However, the gate does not lead to a mahal or a palace, as the name suggests. Instead, its main objective was to honour and greet state guests and kings visiting the area in a magnificent manner.
Are you wondering what are the other top sightseeing in Chanderi? Well, you can discover the rich tradition of the Parwar Jain Community with their famous temples like Shri Khandargiri Jain temple, Shri Chobisi Jain temple, and Shri Thobonji Jain temple. Some other prominent places you can visit include the Chanderi Museum, Shehzadi Ka Rauza, the temple of Ma Jageshwari Devi, Koshak Mahal, and Jama Masjid.
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