Known as the temple town of Madhya Pradesh which lies on the banks of the Narmada river stands the small place known as Maheshwar. It is also famous for its mention in the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Right on the banks also lies the famous Ahilya fort, a well known heritage structure which was first built by Akbar in the 16th century. Named after Ahilya Bai Holkar when she came to power in 1760 and shifted the capital of the territory to Maheswar from Indore. This famous fort has now been turned into a heritage hotel.
The ambience of the Ahilya fort and the hospitality it offers epitomizes the sanctity of Maheshwar’s cultural heritage. The structure of the Palace has been kept close to the original fort refecting the simplicity of Ahilya Bai. The hotel serves its meals at various places in the palace giving you a different experience everytime. It is sometimes laid by the ramparts, sometimes at the Lingachan (where Ahilya bai used to conduct her prayers), sometimes by the pool with lamps on the fort wall as a stunning backdrop and sometimes at the Poshakwada – a courtyard used by women during that time.
The fort itself gives you a rich experience of the history in the place. Other than that you can visit the many-tiered temples of Maheshwar. These temples are distinguished by their carved overhanging balconies and their intricately worked doorways. Kaleshwar, Rajarajeshwara, Vithaleshwara and Ahileshwar are some of the temples to be seen.
Plan a romantic moment at Ahilya fort by the Banks of the Narmada River where you can wake up with a dip in the river!