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Best Time: November - February Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Gwalior International Airport Check Flights

"Village of Looms"

Chanderi Tourism

Located in the Ashoknagar district of Madhya Pradesh, Chanderi is a city with a rich history that dates back to the 11th century. Surrounded by magnificent hills, forests and beautiful lakes, Chanderi boasts of a kind of scenic beauty which should be experienced by travellers of all sorts. The city is also famous for its vibrant weaving industry and the proliferation of looms draw visitors from across the globe.

Apart from the stunning Dokra, masks of Majuli and Mukha fabrics, Chanderi is full of historical monuments as well. The town is positioned beautifully along the River Betwa, which makes it a fantastic place to explore. Chanderi was a trade route for Central India in the historical era, along with Malwa. The town was enriched with several natural resources which made it an ideal trading hub in the past.

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Chanderi Looms

Chanderi is also considered to be the village of looms and most of them are situated in Bahar Shahar. The streets here are noisy and congested, and lined with several looms with expert artisans weaving magic with various raw materials. Chanderi fabrics are famous not only in India but these are exported in a great amount to China, Korea and Japan as well.


Day 1: Arrive Chanderi by road from Bhopal or Gwalior in the evening. Stay at the hotel overnight.

Day 2: Leave early in the morning from hotel after breakfast and visit all the local sights namely, Koshak Mahal, Archaeological Museum, Badal Mahal Gate, Kati Ghati Gateway, Chanderi Fort, Jageswari Temple, Shehzadi ka Rauza. Try out local cuisines for lunch and pay a visit to the looms to experience the craftsmanship of the rich Chanderi weaves.

History of Chanderi

Chanderi is also featured in the Hindu epic the Mahabharata. According to folklore, King Shishupal of Chedi, the cousin of Lord Krishna, had established this town. Legends are also of the view that King Kirtipal or the famous Gurjara-Pratihara Empire had shifted his dynasty to Chanderi from Boodhi Chanderi (Old Chanderi) in the 11th Century AD. As a visitor to this place, you can behold the various archaeological remains in the town which actually bears testimony of its much illustrious past. However, most of its historical magnificence still remains unknown as there are very less written pieces of evidence available about Chanderi and its glorious past in the history of Indian culture.

Restaurants and Local Food in Chanderi

Travelling is majorly about trying out the local cuisines as well and when in Chanderi, you will simply be overwhelmed by the local Malwa cuisine. Madhya Pradesh is famous for its rich Sailana cusines and trying out the different lip-smacking street foods and desserts should be on the top of any Chanderi travel itinerary! Malwa cuisine is basically a gastronomic blend of Maharasthrian, Gujarati and Rajasthani delicaces and Jowar was initially the staple food crop of this place. Now, however, Jowar has been swapped by the mighty wheat! Bhutte ka kees is one of the most popular foods of Chanderi and is prepared with grated corns, milk, ghee and local spices. Also, once there, don’t forget to relish Palak Pooris, Matar Pulao, Papad ki Sabzi, Dal Bafla, Gosht Korma, Sabudana Khichdi and Chakki ki Shak.
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

The exquisite Chanderi fabrics are known for their sheer texture and very light weight. Previously, the Chanderi designs would be solely about peacocks, florals and antique coin patterns in zari or silk weaves. However, today, several geometric designs have also started making their way into the weaves, which now includes cotton as well.

What's Not So Great?

Weather is not so good during the summer months in Chanderi. So, if you plan a visit to Chanderi sometime soon, make sure it's during the winter months. Also, the streets of Chanderi are a little congested.

How To Reach Chanderi

Being one of the offbeat heritage destinations in Madhya Pradesh, it can be an amazing holiday spot for travellers around the globe. Reaching Chanderi isn’t a matter of concern as well. The nearest airport is Gwalior International Airport or the Bhopal International Airport which are 215 kms and 230 kms away respectively. In case one wishes to reach this place by train, the nearest railway station is Jhansi, Shivpuri and Lalitpur, from where they can reach the Chanderi town by bus or cab. Reaching Chanderi via road from different major cities like Bhopal, Gwalior or even Delhi is possible.

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