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Monsoon Magic in Mandu-Maheswar, MP
The month of Aug we bring you our culture & history-heavy innovation as we explore other parts of India on our 15th Aug Wknd Trip to Madhya Pradesh!
मेघ, मल्हार और माण्डू – A mesmerising mystical and musical sojourn!बारिश शराब-ए-अर्श है ये सोच कर ‘अदम’
बारिश के सब हुरूफ़ को उल्टा के पी गया
~ अब्दुल हमीद अदम
[शराब-ए-अर्श – celestial wine, हुरूफ़ – alphabets]
“Once upon a time somewhere in central India, a dark cloud came to rest on the mountain peak which looked like an elephant kneeling down by a river bank. At the sight of this majestic cloud, a yaksha felt a surge of hope. ‘Why don’t I send a message to my beloved through this northward-bound cloud’, he wondered, and approached the cloud with an offering of flowers.
‘O mighty cloud capable of carrying immense quantities of water, O noble relative of Pushkara (which in the Hindu mythology is the cloud associated with the Deluge-Pralaya – the great flood that submerges the universe at the end of every cycle of four eras), KamarUpa (one who can assume any form), ‘MaghOnaha prakrti puruSHam, oh Indra the dispenser of rain, take a message from me to my wife.’”
The scorching heat of May and June melts away with the first showers of rain, and the entire earth seems to sing to the tune of nature. The months of ‘Aashadh’ and ‘Saawan’ brings a whole new season of celebrations in Indian culture. There is no parallel in the world to the celebration of rains in India – festivals, feasts, songs, and needless to say that it has inspired numerous poets and writers, with rains and clouds forming the backdrop to Kalidas’s Meghdoot way back in the 5th Century…
School textbooks invoke the volcanic-origin of the Malwa Plateau of west-central India which lies to the north of the Vindhya mountain ranges. To visit cities like the industrial hub of Indore and Dhar, and spiritual centres like Ujjain and Dewas is barely scratching the surface of Malwa and its historical connections dating back to the 6th Century BCE- the Avanti kingdom, through Ashoka’s era to the famous Raja Bhoja of the Parmara kings, to the Malwa Sultans of 14-15th century CE and Akbar’s Mughal empire to the Marathas of the 18th century, several ambitious regimes have left their imprint on this region.
Towns with historical importance dot the massive plateau, the blackish volcanic soil is irrigated by rivers like Narmada, Chambal and Betwa and many more in this place made lush green during monsoons.
And of all the many ruined cities of yore, the grandest is the fort city of Mandu, perched on an outcrop of the Vindhyas, sitting even higher than the Malwa plateau. A city which has been in existence since the 6th century BCE, Mandu is a shelter to numerous palaces, mosques, Jain temples and home to numerous ancient Afghan/Malwa Sultanate architectural marvels.
The sleepy-town still echoes the mesmerising beats of music & poetry describing the eternal romance of Rani Roopmati and Sultan Baz Bahadur; inasmuch that the tales of their legendary love are embedded in the monuments, the folklore, and even the menu of local restaurants.
Team DelhiByFoot/IndiaByFoot and Parwaz invites you to a journey to this ancient ruins of a fort city-Mandu during monsoons, a time when the natural beauty mixed with ruins of Mandu….makes it a heavenly experience!
An immersive experience of a lifetime, brought to you in our trademark DBF-style, replete with long-lost tales of yore, insightful architectural explorations of formidable monuments, photography opportunities galore, the music and culture of Malwa and of course lip-smacking culinary delights!
Apart from the monuments and getting drenched in their stories, we will also eat our way through exquisite street food @ Saraffa bazaar in Indore, enjoy the monsoon at its greenest and soak in some ‘Saawan’ songs of folk singers of Malwa and eventually end our journey at the banks of the mighty river Narmada, at the ghats of the erstwhile capital city of the Holkar Dynasty at Maheshwar and seeing the famous Maheswari saree weavers of M.P. work!
DATES: 15th to 18th August
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