Ahilya Fort is a charming 18th century retreat that enjoys a stunning setting in Maheshwar on the banks of the sacred Narmada River.
Ahilya Fort was the capital of one of the most celebrated women rulers - Ahilya Bai Holkar. Built in 1766, the fort-palace is a typical example of the Maratha architecture of the period.
It’s a remarkable sight for travelers looking to witness an authentic Indian ritual. Just at a walking distance from the fort is the Rehwa Society, a nonprofit organization started by the Holkars to revive the old traditional weaving craft of Maheshwar and create job opportunities for women. Visit the weaving center and meet the students at the adjoining Ahilya School, which was started for the weaver’s children and is supported by the surpluses from the textile sales.
A stay at Ahilya Fort is a unique experience and offers guests the opportunity to discover a colorful and little known corner of India where time has largely stood still. The temples and markets of Maheshwar, which is considered to be ‘Varanasi of central India’, are on your door-step; and the stunning sites of Mandu and Omkareshwar are only a short drive away.
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