Top Weekend Getaways from Indore

Top Weekend Getaways from Indore

Indore, situated in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, is filled with an abundance of historical, heritage, religious sites as well as temples, palaces and museums depicting a bunch about the glorious historic relevance. But if one wants to explore something out of this historical city and get rid of the monotonous daily routine, here is a list of perfect weekend getaways and holiday destinations around Indore.

1. Gulawat

1. Gulawat

Gulawat is a picturesque tourist spot located at a short distance from Indore. It is one of the most beautiful attractions, famous for its Lotus Valley, with utmost scenic beauty. The Gulawat Lotus Lake is a hidden gem offering beautiful views of the area around. The unmatched charm of this place makes it one of the visitors' favourite.
 

Distance from Indore: 33.6 km: 56 minutes via Major District Rd
 

How to Reach: It is situated around 25 km away from the Indore Railway Station and 16 km from Indore Airport. One can easily take a bus or cab to get there.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Gulawat and the Lotus Valley is between November and February when the bloom is to the fullest.
 

Hotel Price: 2000 to 4000 per person
 

Things to do: Sightseeing, visiting Yashwant Sagar Dam

2. Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary

2. Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary
The oldest wildlife sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh, the Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is a whole package of flora and fauna for wildlife enthusiasts as well as visitors charmed by adventurous safaris. The Narmada river crosses the sanctuary giving it a discrete charm. This sanctuary is home to the wild hare, tigers, deer and a variety of birds too. 
 
Distance from Indore: 11.1 km: 21 minutes via Khandwa - Indore Rd
 
How to Reach: The Indore Junction railway station is 9 km away from the sanctuary whereas The Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore is 14 km away. One can also take buses or cabs from Indore City.
 
Best Time to Visit: The perfect time to visit this sanctuary is between October to February as the weather is pleasant and the view is beautiful
 
Hotel Price: 1000 to 2000 per person
 
Things to do: Wildlife Safari, Adventure sports, sightseeing 

3. Ujjain

3. Ujjain
Set on the bank of the Shipra River, the historic city of Ujjain was once ruled under the reign of Ashoka. This centuries-old city holds utmost religious importance as a significant Hindu pilgrimage centre, where the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. This has been counted among the most famous tourist destinations and a must-visit place with time.
 
Distance from Indore: 55 km: 1 hour 12 minutes via Ujjain - Indore Rd
 
How to Reach: The nearest airport in Indore is at a distance of 65 km and the Avantikapuri Railway station is also well connected to other cities.
 
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Ujjain is between October to March as the climate is pleasant and mildly wintery.
 
Hotel Price: 3000 to 4000 per person
 
Things to do: Boat ride at Ram Ghat, attend Shipra Aarti, attend the Kumbh Mela.

4. Patalpani Waterfalls

4. Patalpani Waterfalls
The Patalpani Waterfall, located in the Mhow Tehsil of Indore district, is one of the most famous picnic spots for the residents of the area. Patalpani is a perfect natural retreat with dense flora and fauna, marvellous hills and a clear landscape and is the best for anyone who is looking for a weekend escape from the mundane routine. 
 
Distance from Indore: 31.5 km: 1 hour 5 minutes via NH47
 
How to Reach: The waterfall is located 36 km away from Indore when going towards Mhow. Easily accessible by road. The Airport is at a distance of 50 km. 
 
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the falls is the monsoon season when the flora is in full bloom and water rushes out to reach the pit.
 
Hotel Price: 2000 to 3000 per person
 
Things to do: Visit Shri Khajrana Ganesh Mandir, Regional Park and Sarafa Bazar.

5. Ratlam

5. Ratlam
Ratlam, also known as Ratnapuri is another city near Indore with historic relevance, royal charm and religious vibe. It is also famous for the Shwetambar Nageshwar Parshwanath Tirth, a prominent pilgrimage centre of Jainism. The temple is believed to be guarded by a snake which is visible only to the ardent devotees of Lord Parshvanatha according to the legends. This makes Ratlam a popular weekend spot. 
 
Distance from Indore: 140 km: 2 hours 44 minutes via Indore- Dhar Rd and Mhow Rd
 
How to Reach: Indore Airport is the nearest which takes 1 h 30 m drive to reach Ratlam. Also, Ratlam has its own railhead connectivity to other important cities and cabs and buses can be used for commuting as well.
 
Best Time to Visit: The best months to visit Ratlam are October, November, December as the weather is pleasant leading to beautiful scenery.
 
Hotel Price: 2000 to 4000 per person
 
Things to do: Visiting the famous Kedarshwar and Kalika Mata Temple, wildlife safari, sightseeing.

6. Hanumantiya Island

6. Hanumantiya Island
Hanumantiya Island is a wonder of nature situated on the banks of Indira Sagar Dam. It has been popular for water tourism in Madhya Pradesh for some time now. This small island gives visitors a chance to indulge in a variety of water sports along with Trekking, camping and bird watching. There is also a boat club through which one can book boat rides or cruise rides. This island also hosts Jal Mahotsav- India's largest water carnival enjoyed by tourists and art enthusiasts.
 
Distance from Indore: 150 km
 
How to Reach: The nearest airport is the Indore Airport and the closest railway station is Khandwa at a distance of 50 km
 
Best Time to Visit: The months from October to April are the best to visit owing to the pleasant weather.
 
Hotel Price: 4000 to 5000 per person
 
Things to do: Water parasailing, banana riding, cruising, Jet-skiing, motorboat riding, scuba diving and much more.

7. Bhopal

7. Bhopal
The capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, is a place full of cultural significance and ethnicity. This place has charmed tourist for decades with its rich history and architectural charm. There are many museums, shrines, and historical places that depict the age-old cultural relevance of the place. One can take a tour to Bhojtal as well, earlier known as 'Upper Lake' while on a weekend retreat to Bhopal.
 
Distance from Indore: 195.5 km: 3 hours 47 minutes via Indore - Bhopal Rd
 
How to Reach: Bhopal Airport is well connected to the rest of the cities and towns. The railway station is also nearby and one can also opt for cabs or buses.
 
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Bhopal is from October to February as the weather is pleasant.
 
Hotel Price: 2000 to 3000 per person
 
Things to do: Explore the historical museums and shrines, sightseeing, boat ride in Bhojtal.

8. Maheshwar

8. Maheshwar
The temple town of Maheshwar, on the banks of River Narmada, is a great weekend retreat fulfilling both religious as well as leisure touring purpose. Its pious and tranquil waters and hymns from temples give peace to one's soul while the scenic views of fort complexes and bathing ghats are a treat. The famous Maheshwari Saris are a must buy. 
 
Distance from Indore: 95.3 km: 2 hours 7 minutes via NH52
 
How to Reach: The nearest airport is at Indore located about 91 km away. The nearest railhead is at Barwaha about 39 km away. Cabs and buses can also be availed.
 
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Maheshwar is between October and March
 
Hotel Price: 2000 to 4000 per person
 
Things to do: Visiting Holkar Fort and Queen's fort, exploring the famous temples, sightseeing.

Author: Aanchal Shah

Bio: Aanchal is a student of Computer Science in Bangalore.Apart from being a technlogy enthusiast, she is passionate about literature and has had amazing experiences working with established organisations.She is thrilled to be a part of TripClap.
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