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MANDU

A short drive (75 minutes) away are the ruins of the 15th century fortified city of Mandu on the edge of the Malwa plateau. One of India’s most romantic sites, these Islamic buildings pre-date the arrival of the Mughals and are scattered over 60 square kilometers of forests. The Royal centre is built around a lake, and the nearby tomb of Hoshang Shah served as a model for the Taj Mahal. Mandu is especially attractive in the months of August and September.

Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Open seven days a week
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OMKARESHWAR

In the town of Omkareshwar, an hour’s drive upriver from Maheshwar, is one of the 12 most revered temples of followers of Shiva. The main idol is a lingam, or phallic symbol of Shiva’s creative power, which is believed to have sprung out of the earth by itself. A very important Hindu pilgrimage site; all visitors are welcome.

Time: Open 24 hours
Make sure to attend the sunset aarti ceremony
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BAJI RAO SAMADHI

Baji Rao was a very important ruler in the 18th century. His scenic chattri, or crematory cenotaph, is perched above the Narmada River, and is about an hour from Ahilya Fort. A visit there can be combined with a visit to Omkareshwar.

Time: Sunrise to Sunset
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THE AHILYA ORGANIC FARM

Our organic 15 acre farm is a 10 minute drive from the Hotel. The farm provides much of the livestock and produce used in our kitchen. We use traditional and organic farming methods, and our our ploughs are still pulled by our sturdy local bullocks.

Time: Sunrise to Sunset
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MASSAGE

Our massage treatment room is located in the Lingaarchan area of the Ahilya Wada. In our effort to work within the local community, our masseurs and masseuses are trained in-house and give the traditional nimadi maalish massage of the region.

Time: 10am to noon, 3pm to 7pm
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YOGA

Sivananda style Yoga sessions are held on the Fort’s southwestern turret, overlooking the river. They are guided by yogini Nirdhara, a certified teacher and member of Y.A.C.E.P., and are an excellent way to start the day.

Time: Sunrise
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VILLAGE WALK

A 20 minute ride across the Narmada River are the two sleepy villages of NaodaTodi and Bothu, very much in contrast to bustling Maheshwar town. Guests can enjoy a pleasant 45 minute walk through a typical village of the region and its fields, and your boat can collect you at the end of the walk. Trail bikes are also available.

Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Early mornings are especially beautiful. Picnic options are available.
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REHWA SOCIETY AND THE AHILYA SCHOOL

The not-for-profit Rehwa Society was started in the late ‘70s by the Holkars. Its objective was to revive the ancient hand weaving craft of Maheshwar, and give employment to women. Today over 80 weavers find work, and our textiles are famous throughout India. Situated a five minute walk from the Hotel, the centre has traditional wooden hand looms, and we have our own dye house. Surpluses from the sale of textiles support the adjoining Ahilya School, which was started for weavers’ children. Both can be visited in the same morning.

Time: 10am-6pm
Closed on Tuesdays
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BAZBAHDUR PICNIC

The Royal BazBahdur picnic takes place in one of Mandu’s secluded ruins. Guests arrive to discover an elegant service with tables and chairs, linen, glasses all served by our uniformed waiters.

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ROOPMATI'S PICNIC ON THE NARMADA

Roopmati’s picnic takes place in one of several locations on or along the Narmada river. Roopmati was the Hindu princess who married Baz Bahadur, the Muslim ruler of Mandu. Our staff organize an elegant served dinner picnic, under the stars.

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BLESSINGS CEREMONY

Experience vedic blessings in a Ganesh puja, or prayer service, in the Ganesh temple located in the centre of the Ahilya Fort Hotel.

Time: According to muhurat , the auspicious time.
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SLOWLY DOWN THE RIVER

Guests can enjoy a leisurely two and a half hour float down the river on our traditional paddle boats. Our boatmen will serve you light refreshments.

Note:

When booking an activity, do give us a day’s notice so that we may plan a memorable experience for you. Some activities are chargeable so please be sure to enquire about rates from our guest relations team or when making your booking.

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Address:

Rajwada, Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar, MP - 451224

Phone:

+91-11-41551575

Email:

info@ahilyafort.com
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