If you are looking for a road less travelled but not ready to compromise on comfort and fun factors, go for Madhya Pradesh’s little known destination Hanuwantiya, especially while the Jal Mahotsav is on.
If you are looking for a road less travelled but not ready to compromise on comfort and fun factors, go for Madhya Pradesh’s little known destination Hanuwantiya, especially while the Jal Mahotsav is on.
Information: The second edition of Jal Mahotsav will be held from Dec 15, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017. You can visit on your own or buy a package tour from MP Tourism. The packages, of 1 Night/2Days and 2Nights/3Days duration, starting from Rs 6100 and Rs 11,000 for non-peak time, include stay, meals, pick-up from and drop to the nearest railway station (Khandwa, Indore) and airport (Indore), sightseeing and some of the activities.
 
 

The nearest railway station for Hanuwantiya is Khandwa, which is connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin, Kolkata, Indore, Bhopal, Allahabad and other destinations. Khandwa is about 50km by road from Hanuwantiya. The nearest airport is Indore, about 160km away by road. One can also combine a trip to Hanuwantiya while visiting Omkareshwar (about 100km away).

 

Best time to visit is November to February.

 

Contact: https://www.jalmahotsav.com/; http://www.mptourism.com/.

 

Hanuwantiya is a like a mere speck on the tourism map of Madhya Pradesh. Located far from anywhere, the tourist complex, for the greater part of the year, provides a lovely refuge from the urban sprawl and chaos.   Calm and quiet, with only the river and the wind for company, a couple of days at the Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex is sure to rejuvenate your city-frazzled nerves. Stay in well-appointed cottages on stilts, gaze on the blue watery expanse, go for leisurely walks and count the stars are at night. And in between, go boating in the reservoir from the Boat House lying within the complex.  Way back in the 1980s, it was decided to construct a dam over the Narmada River at a place called Mundi in Khandawa district of Madhya Pradesh. Called the Indira Sagar Dam, the multi-purpose project became operational in March 2005.

Hanuwantiya is a like a mere speck on the tourism map of Madhya Pradesh. Located far from anywhere, the tourist complex, for the greater part of the year, provides a lovely refuge from the urban sprawl and chaos. Calm and quiet, with only the river and the wind for company, a couple of days at the Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex is sure to rejuvenate your city-frazzled nerves. Stay in well-appointed cottages on stilts, gaze on the blue watery expanse, go for leisurely walks and count the stars are at night. And in between, go boating in the reservoir from the Boat House lying within the complex. Way back in the 1980s, it was decided to construct a dam over the Narmada River at a place called Mundi in Khandawa district of Madhya Pradesh. Called the Indira Sagar Dam, the multi-purpose project became operational in March 2005.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism, under the guidance of the state’s chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and led by Hari Ranjan Rao, Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, has developed this tourist complex on the bank of the dam’s reservoir.  Partly to promote Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex and partly to give travellers an opportunity to enjoy a slew of adventure sports activities in one place, Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) has started hosting a Jal Mahotsav or Water Festival here.   The second edition is being held from Dec 15, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism, under the guidance of the state’s chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and led by Hari Ranjan Rao, Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, has developed this tourist complex on the bank of the dam’s reservoir. Partly to promote Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex and partly to give travellers an opportunity to enjoy a slew of adventure sports activities in one place, Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) has started hosting a Jal Mahotsav or Water Festival here. The second edition is being held from Dec 15, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017.

To accommodate visitors during the Jal Mahotsav, a huge tent colony is set up next to the complex. The luxury tents, arranged in clusters, are well-appointed and have attached bath and toilet. Buffet breakfast and meals are served in a large dining tent, which also doubles up as a meeting venue. Open-air seating areas dot the campsite. Visitors can approach the help desks located within the clusters if they need any kind of assistance.

To accommodate visitors during the Jal Mahotsav, a huge tent colony is set up next to the complex. The luxury tents, arranged in clusters, are well-appointed and have attached bath and toilet. Buffet breakfast and meals are served in a large dining tent, which also doubles up as a meeting venue. Open-air seating areas dot the campsite. Visitors can approach the help desks located within the clusters if they need any kind of assistance.

For those who want to stay in a more natural surroundings, can opt for the tent colony in a forested island within the reservoir. Arrangements are safe, simple and clean. You can go on guided treks and birding tours by day and hold a camp-fire and star gazing party at night.  But the main attraction during the festival is the slew of adventure activities, which are available on separate payment. Do not let the name Water Festival deceive you. There are water, land and air activities, offered by leading outfits from across India, on cost-effective basis.

For those who want to stay in a more natural surroundings, can opt for the tent colony in a forested island within the reservoir. Arrangements are safe, simple and clean. You can go on guided treks and birding tours by day and hold a camp-fire and star gazing party at night. But the main attraction during the festival is the slew of adventure activities, which are available on separate payment. Do not let the name Water Festival deceive you. There are water, land and air activities, offered by leading outfits from across India, on cost-effective basis.

Among the land activities are zip-liners, rides on all-terrain vehicles, archery and volleyball, kite-flying, etc.

Among the land activities are zip-liners, rides on all-terrain vehicles, archery and volleyball, kite-flying, etc.

There is a special kids’ playing zone, so that you don’t have to leave your kids behind while visiting.  The air activities, which include hot-air ballooning, land para-sailing and para motors, are hot favourites and be read for long queues during the ride. Since these activities are dependent on the weather condition, it is advisable to inquire about the timings in advance.

There is a special kids’ playing zone, so that you don’t have to leave your kids behind while visiting. The air activities, which include hot-air ballooning, land para-sailing and para motors, are hot favourites and be read for long queues during the ride. Since these activities are dependent on the weather condition, it is advisable to inquire about the timings in advance.

The water activities, for which you have to reach the Boat House, also draw a large crowd, especially local people. From boat cruises to banana rides, from motor boats to jet skies, water zorbing to para-sailing.

The water activities, for which you have to reach the Boat House, also draw a large crowd, especially local people. From boat cruises to banana rides, from motor boats to jet skies, water zorbing to para-sailing.

And when you feel all that sporting activity is making you dizzy, take a leisurely bullock cart ride, browse through the craft market or check out the food zone. In the evening, when all sporting activities cease, you can join the star gazing sessions or watch the cultural programmes that consist of classical and folk music and dances.

And when you feel all that sporting activity is making you dizzy, take a leisurely bullock cart ride, browse through the craft market or check out the food zone. In the evening, when all sporting activities cease, you can join the star gazing sessions or watch the cultural programmes that consist of classical and folk music and dances.
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