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When the hectic city life wears you out, the best part of the week a.k.a the weekend comes to your rescue! Now if you’re wondering which direction you should head on to escape the crowd and immerse yourself in nature, we’ve got you covered!

We have created a series of blogs called ‘Weekend Escapes’ where we tell you about 5 of our most loved destinations near you that would be perfect for a weekend getaway!

So read on to find out more about places that are not too far away from Indore for that much needed weekend escape!

1.     Patalpani Waterfalls

If you’re on the lookout for a monsoon getaway very close to your city, head over to Patalpani Waterfalls which is only about 40 km from the city! According to the folklore, the pit at the base of this waterfall is so deep that it reaches all the way down to netherworld. And hence this waterfall was named as Patalpani! Nevertheless, Patalpani Falls is a sight in itself to see gallons of water gushing down from a height of 300 feet! You could trek you way up the hill to get a bird’s eye view of this majestic waterfall and while you’re here the greenery around the falls is a great spot for a picnic with the sound of the mammoth waterfall in the backdrop!

2.     Pachmarhi Hill Station

Pachmarhi, also known as the “Queen of Satpuras” is the perfect escape from the daily hustle bustle of the city! 338 km away from Indore, sits Pachmarhi hill station at an elevation of 3500 feet, making it the highest point in Madhya Pradesh! This scenic hill station will greet you with breathtaking views of verdant forests, misty waterfalls, historical monuments, hidden trekking trails, and monolithic caves. On your day out exploring the neighborhood, do trek your way up to visit the majestic and picturesque Bee Falls, Duchess Falls, Apsara Vihar and Rajat Prapat Falls! According to the folklore, the Pandavas stayed in the caves of Pachmarhi during their exile- do explore these 5 monolithic Pandava caves and also the Jata Shankar caves that protected Lord Shiva from the evil of Bhasmasur! We definitely recommend you to end your evening at Dhoopgarh which is a vantage point where you can sit and watch the sun set behind the majestic Satpuras!

3.     Udaipur

A city of serene lakes, royal palaces, gardens and lanes lined with blue and white houses is Udaipur City! About 379 km from Indore, Udaipur can be the weekend escape where you travel back in time to get a grand tour of the royal life of the Marwar royalties. Head on for a sunset boat ride in the beautiful Lake Pichola or enjoy chai and pakoras along the banks of Fatehsagar Lake. Do not miss visiting Chittorgarh Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the royal Kumbalgarh Fort perched atop the Aravali mountains. Also, drop in a visit to the majestic and grand City Palace built alongside Lake Pichola and the stunning Sajjangarh Palace!

4.     Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar is an island that is situated at the confluence of Narmada and Kaveri Rivers, that interestingly also forms the shape of the Hindu religious symbol ‘Om’, as two valleys merge together, with the waters of River Narmada flowing through. The island, which is 73 km from Indore, houses the religiously significant Jyotirlinga in Mamleshwar Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You must visit the island during festivals such as Mahashivratri, Diwali and Navratri, which are celebrated with a lot of grandeur thereby you shall be able to get a glimpse of the rich Hindu culture! You could also visit the Peshawar Ghat where you can witness the merging of the two rivers and take a dip in the holy waters of Narmada River!

5.     Mandu

If you love walking through historical monuments and reading through all the stories the intricate century old walls have to tell you, then Mandu is the place to be! Drive 95 km from Indore along the very scenic route to reach Mandu, where you can spend your day walking back in time by visiting the Jahaz Mahal, which was constructed in the second half of the 15th century! It is an architectural marvel as the Mahal is surrounded by a pool of water in a way that it seems as if the Mahal is floating in water! Apart from this, you can visit Hoshang’s Tomb which is a splendid example of Afghan art and architecture and is also India’s first Marble Tomb that impressed Shah Jahan so much that he went on to construct the Taj Mahal!

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