From Haridwar/ Rishikesh to Mandu

#1 Jul 14th, 2007, 04:56
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HI you good people,

I can't belive we are going to India in just 4 weeks!!

I'm can hardelly wait to see what India is planning fro us this time!

Anyway, as our route becomes clearer I was wondering how long it will take me, and what is the best way you know to get from Haridwar or Rishikesh to MP- we would like to visit Mandu, Maheswar and Omkareshwar- which is more accessible? and howdo we get there?
and then continue to Chatisgrha and from there to Varanasi. Those it sounds like to much for 2 months?
#2 Jul 14th, 2007, 10:31
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Malaikofta, see you do not have too many replies - but beautiful part of M.P. to visit. From Haridwar/Rishikesh, have not looked up trains, but you want to head for Indore, and from there to Dhar, where you have to change the bus to get to Mandu...at this time of year Mandu will be stunning, hear there has been some decent rains around. If you can splash out, worth hiring a car/driver from Dhar to Mandu, probably about Rs1000 or so, the bus station is chaos and the buses JAM packed. Mandu worth at least 5 days to a week, lovely people, stunning ruins, which if you are lucky you will basically have the whole place to yourselves. Not much in the way of good food - couple of simple thali dhabas in the main street, and the hotels are pretty basic unless you are willing to splurge at one of the 'resort' styled places.

The road from Mandu to Maheshwar (well the first part off the mountain) was trecherous when I did it in a monsoonal downpour - again, recommend private vehicle to save going all the way back to Dhar, which is the bus route - you can hire a maruti van fairly reasonably (with driver) at the Mandu bus stand... and probably get a few locals to share the lift and the costs. The old town of Maheshwar is beautiful - cruise on into the palace, royal family still in residence, ask them to show you around, they have converted part of it into a very discreet (and outrageously priced) hotel, but if you get lucky like me, there will be no guests there and they will let you use the swimming pool, although the river also good for a swim here. Try to find a bed in the old town, I stayed at a nice place but it was on the main road so trucks roaring past all night, would have been better in a wee guest house in the old part of the city. Fairly easy transport from Maheshwar to Omkareshwar - although many local buses only go to Omkareshwar Road, about 12kms from the island, plenty of rickshaws doing the rest of the journey.

I have to admit, having visited Omkareshwar a variety of times over the past 20 years, not much seems to improve there - dirty, hot and flyblown which is unfortunate for what could be such a beautiful place - the building of the Narmada dam just up the river does not help - other Indiamike log may disagree, but I have never found a decent feed in Omkareshwar, mind you, a week without an egg is always a bit much for me! Have stayed in a variety of guest houses, dharamshalas etc on the island in the past - last visit (last year) splurged at the MPTDC govt. hotel, on the mainland side of the river, great views, good veg dining room, they have dorms for less than Rs100 (which you will probably have all to yourself), or in the newer building up the hill, well appointed rooms from Rs400 to about Rs1000 - during monsoon season bargaining will get a good discount (well, worked for me, about 40% off the asking price)...Do not really know about onward connections to Chattisgarh, but you may have to cruise down to Khandwa for onward trains - Khandwa a town I really loved and worth a night or two, again the old town very atmospheric, not a tourist in sight, the locals very hospitible, and if like me you are dying for some meat in the stomach, and booze passing through the liver, all is available in Khandwa after a week or two of Omkareshwar pilgrim slop@! Do not think it sounds like too much for 2 months - I would say a week in Mandu, couple of nights Maheshwar, week in Omkareshwar, couple of nights Khandwa then onward train...

Enjoy, lovely part of the country, especially at this time of the year. Cheers. Dilbharatmain.
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Thanks

I love your reply, helped me alot to understand what where and how.
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Great stuff Dil, part of my future route.

I'm reckoning about a month for this (well, slightly more extended route really) and a month somewhere else Malai, should be doable. Longer always better, of course, of course. I'd want to include Gwalior area, but I'm thinking might be pushing it.
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Hi malaikofta,

August after monsoon's time will be the best time of the year to travel to Mandu & arae around. From Haridwar to Indore you have only one direct train on friday and Sat., otherwise you must travel
through Delhi, in any case it wil take at least 24 hours to reach Indore. From Indore take a bus to Mandu. I'm absolutely sure you'll enjoy the place.

In the community section here in Indiamike I have written a long article about Mandu but it seems since last week with the new server the section has dissaperared.

From Mandu you can easily arrange your trip to Omkareshwar and Maheshwar. I have sent several directions in the Hotel Listing.

In my opinion two weeks is more than enough to stay in all this places. Go then to Chhatisgarh and Varanasi. Bhopal is probably on your way to Bilaspur or Nagpur and I must reccomend you a visit to Sanchi one of the most impressive sites in India and the caves of Bimbetka the last World Heritage site in India.

All the best

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Originally Posted by malaiKofta View Post Anyway, as our route becomes clearer I was wondering how long it will take me, and what is the best way you know to get from Haridwar or Rishikesh to MP- we would like to visit Mandu, Maheswar and Omkareshwar- which is more accessible? and howdo we get there?
and then continue to Chatisgrha and from there to Varanasi. Those it sounds like to much for 2 months?
There is a direct train from Haridwar to Indore : Train No.4318 leaves Haridwar @07.35 hrs on Fridays and Saturdays and reaches Indore @07.30 hrs. on Saturdays and Sundays. It will be convenient to make Indore as the base for day trips to Mandu (99 kms south-west of Indore) and to Maheshwar-Omkareshewar (91 kms south-east of Indore)by car. You can also visit Ujjain from Indore by train or bus.
For Chatishgarh you can take Train No.8233 which leaves daily Indore @17.00 and reaches Bilaspur @18.00 hours the next day.

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Thanks

Thank u all! I can't wait, my feet are tingling from excitement

SK- did you mean that the train from Hari. leaves at 7:30 Am or PM?

I'm thinking of skiping Maheshwar and Omkreshwar in fevour of Tamia and Patalok.what you guys have to say about it? will it be to compleceted to reach?

Thinking of Kawardha, how is it, worth a couple of days?

As i said we have 3-4 weeks in that region and i want to take it easy.

Surely will let you know how we liked it!!

MAlai
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I'd want to include Gwalior area, but I'm thinking might be pushing it.

Why not? I was thinking about it. maybe stop there on the way from Varanasi to Delhi just before heading home..
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Originally Posted by malaiKofta View Post I'd want to include Gwalior area, but I'm thinking might be pushing it.

Why not? I was thinking about it. maybe stop there on the way from Varanasi to Delhi just before heading home..
Oh yes, it's a far-away plan. Would just let it depend on how it works out on the ground. I intend to travel up the Narmada from mouth to source so as said would be slightly more extended. I've helped friends work out that route before, they had a great time. A reading suggestion is Gita Mehta's A River Sutra on that river, I've yet to read it. (I would also stubbornly insist on doing just that, whereas Gwalior would be a sidestep and not on my further route, so I'm not sure how to fit it in.)

Plus as said I want to cover a different area (North-East) as well, and with plenty of other plans pouring in (meeting half of IM!) it just gets more and more extended in my mind.

Don't know about your new destinations, sorry. Let us know what you find out, or be back with post-trip reports I'm wondering if you're not doubling up with e.g. going down then back up to V'nasi-Gwalior-Delhi, could make sense though. Maybe go over the logistics of it some more. I often find the map in my head doesn't quite match the situation on the ground though, when I checked for you before it seemed more logical than I'd thought.

Have fun!
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Hey

I did spend 24 years in Indore and I love that place. I still remember doing Mandu on bike during the monsoons. Well I would suggest that from Riskikesh / Haridwar you come to delhi.
From Delhi [Nizzamudin station] you can take the train 2461 (Intercity Exp) to Indore. It runs all the days of the week, departs from Delhi at 22:15 and arrives in Indore at 11:45 the next day.

You should spend 2 days in Indore and then take a bus ride to Mandu. Let me know if u need help spotting hotels in Indore. I might be able to find the numbers for you.

Welcome :-)
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Originally Posted by malaiKofta View Post SK- did you mean that the train from Hari. leaves at 7:30 Am or PM? MAlai
It is 7.35 a.m.

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dumb bacchus- thanks for the good will!! i'll sure be using it before going to indore.
i really appreciate the time you take to answer and help!

thank you all!

namaste

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