November’16 to March’17 I was travelling non-stop I visited 20+ cities in India Hitchhiking from Central parts of India to Southern and then to Northern. I was so comfortable in that lifestyle and most importantly the people who follow my social media handles were so happy as they were getting new travel content and stories regularly.
And then in April month, I planned an Instameet in Indore and I came back to my hometown on 15th April. Everything was going well in Life, Indore and was ready to get busy with preparation for the meet up but in the back of my mind I was worried about my people, the people who love my travel stories and want me to keep travelling regularly so that I keep coming up with exciting travelling stories for them.
I wanted to make sure that I do create enough travel content while staying in Indore so that they get their daily dose of travel stories and that is why I created this list of 10 amazing and must visit places around Indore, Madhya Pradesh. These places are 60km to 200km from Indore. This list covers almost each and every spot around Indore. I planned to visit these spots one by one so that I’ll have regular chance to create new content and take my digital travel buddies for more site exploration for next 20-30 days.
While I was travelling to these places many of my friends from Indore started to ask me about these places so I thought to share this list with everyone with basic details by writing an article here on my travel blog.
1: Weekend Getaway Guide to Mandu:
Mandu or Mandavgad or Mandav is approximately 95km from Indore city it will take around 2 hours drive to reach there. Mostly the roads are good so it will a comfortable drive. Talking about the place, Mandu is famous for its Historical monument’s fine architecture. To explore Mandu properly you’ll need minimum 2-3 days and the good time to visit Mandu is between July – January I would suggest you to please avoid going to this place in summers.
While in mandu do visit these places, Baz Bahadur’s Palace, Rewa Kund, Eco point, Malik Mughith tomb, Darya Khan’s Tomb complex, Shri Mandavagadh Teerth, Sharif Shaikh Abdulla Shattari Dargah, Jami Masjid, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Jahaz, Mahal/Ship Palace, Hindola Mahal and The Darwazas (Gates).
2: Weekend Getaway Guide to Bhopal:
Bhopal is 190km from Indore and it takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach there. There National Highway 52 connecting these two cities so drive will be smooth.
Talking about the place, Bhopal is really famous for its lakes as there are 17 of them also because Bhopal is the Capital of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is a big city to explore and there are various tourist attractions so you can make your own customized list of places you find interesting. You’ll need 4-5 days to explore Bhopal properly and try avoiding to be there in Bhopal in summers.
While in Bhopal do visit these places, Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Upper Lake, Badi Jheel Lake, Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya – National Museum of Mankind, Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal Lake View, Taj-ul-Masjid, Tropic of Cancer, Moti Masjid, Lower Lake and many more.
3: Weekend Getaway Guide to Ujjain:
Ujjain is approximately 75km from Indore and it will take around 2 hours to reach there.
Talking about the place, Ujjain is super famous around the world for hosting Kumbh Mela as it’s the world’s largest religious gather, so big that it’s even visible from space. You’ll need 2-3 days to explore Ujjain and again summer not a good time to be in Madhya Pradesh.
While in Ujjain do visit these places; Mahakal Temple Ujjain, Kalabhairava Temple Ujjain, Bade Ganeshji, Chintaman Ganesh Ujjain, Harsiddhi Temple, Kal Bhairav Mandir entrance, Sun Dial at the Ved Shala, The Ram Ghat and much more.
4: Weekend Getaway Guide to Maheshwar:
Maheshwar is approximately 95km, 2 hrs drive and you’ll be there. I believe you’ll enjoy travelling to this place the most as the route goes via many small villages most importantly you’ll witness the beauty of Jaam Gate(Darwaja) which is 65km from Indore on the way to Maheshwar. Recently a new highway is constructed from Indore to Maheshwar via MHOW but you might get the opportunity to enjoy off roading for few km.
Talking about the place, Maheshwar is a regions destination where you’ll get to witness the Holkar Fort, Jaleshwar Temple, Narmada Ghat, Mandleshwar, Ahilyeshwar Temple, Omkareshwar Temple and more.
5: Weekend Getaway Guide to Hanumantiya:
Hanumantiya is an island situated 170km from Indore, 3hrs 35min drive. It’s becoming one of the favorite weekend spots for people as there are many water sports available not only that Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department organizes a huge festival called “Jal Mahotsav” in Hanumantiya.
6: Weekend Getaway Guide to Omkareshwar:
Omkareshwar is approximately 78km, 2 hrs drive from Indore. Omakareshwar is known for the temples of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of Narmada River, It’s a very famous Hindu Religious destination. There are no other such places to visit around.
7: 3 super awesome weekend getaways, within 2 hours drive from Indore:
- Patalpani Waterfall: 50kms – 1hr 20min Drive
- Tincha Fall: 35km – 1hr Drive
- Choral Damn: 51km – 1hr 30min Drive.
All of these three places are water bodies so no matter which session this is, you’ll enjoy being there. The best part about these places, they are under 2 hours drive so you can plan to enjoy your Sundays there with your friends or family. I’ve even done many night outs at these locations if you are up for a little adventure give it a try. If you need any guidance regarding this feel free to ping me on my Instagram.
So, This is my Weekend Getaway Guide to 10 Places you must visit around Indore, Madhya Pradesh. In order to reach Madhya Pradesh, You can take a flight to Indore or to Bhopal else MP is very well very connected to the whole India via trains and roads(NHs).
Road tripping in Madhya Pradesh will be a great experience as every part is very well connected just call yourself a cab and get on the road. I’ve tried Ola Outstation few times in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, it was relaxing experience.
This is Aakash Ranison Signing off,
Keep Travelling, Keep Exploring!