Beauty of Chanderi
HOME TO THE EXQUISITE CHANDERI SARIS
THE ONLY JAMA MASJID IN INDIA WITHOUT MINARS IS FOUND HERE
ACCORDING TO LEGEND, MAHABHARATA'S SHISHUPAL ONCE RULED THIS TOWN
MAJOR CENTRE OF JAIN CULTURE
CHANDERI IS KNOWN TO HAVE HAD 1200 BAOLIS IN THE PAST
A town with 1200
Ahead of its time even in the 11th century
Baolis of Chanderi
The city of Chanderi is known to have 1200 Baolis in the past. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that Chanderi was not even located on the banks of a river. As per Baburnama, 'a small river, Betwa, was at a distance of about 3 kurohs (6 miles)'.
The town's emergence as an administrative centre made the rulers build Baolis. Adjacent to these wells, ponds were excavated for rainwater harvesting and maintaining the water level. Several of these still exist, like the Chakla Baoli, Battisi Baoli and Moosa Baoli to name a few.
This ahead-of-the-times idea, implemented long back in the 11th century is sure to leave you absolutely amazed.
of Chanderi saris
The secret of Chanderi saris
Close-up of a Chanderi sari
The town of Chanderi has guarded one secret very dearly, for centuries. The Chanderi saris. Even the British invaders with their mill-made cotton couldn't defeat the moonshine radiance of the fabric created by Indian weavers using raw spun cotton. With time, these matchless artisans started using Japanese silk with cotton.
White with intricate golden zari border, these saris are also adored globally for being lightweight and thin.
Legend says that the Chanderi fabric was once gifted to Emperor Akbar in the hollow of a bamboo stick and when drawn out, it was enough to cover an entire elephant. The Chanderi sari was, and still is, a symbol of superlative beauty and status.
In existence since the 11th century, Chanderi is blessed with scenic beauty in and around it. While picturesque hills, lakes and forts sit surrounding it, the exquisite hand-woven Chanderi saris adorn this historic town.
These saris are adored around the globe for the artistry behind their creation. The elegance of this matchless intricate art of embellishing silk and cotton fabric with zari weaving resides in harmony with the towering forts and palaces. It is a beautiful contrast rare to be found anywhere else.
The town of Chanderi, with its regal radiance, will leave you spellbound, and often, feeling like the royalty, you used to playact as a child.
Points of interest
Badal Mahal Gate
Carved entirely out of stone, this impressive 15m tall gateway, stands towering against a fort on the hilltop.
Built in 1485 and running 4 storeys deep, this unique well is accompanied by a flight of 32 steps, giving it the name 'Battisi'.
Built in the 15th century, this majestic holy place built by Chanderi's Governor still stands strong today.
Created long back in 1445, entirely out of white sandstone, this palace still survives in ruins yet looking beautiful.
Surrounded by shrines and cenotaphs, this picturesque tank was built by Bundela Rajput kings.
Jain temples dating back to the 9th and 10th century stand calm in Buddhi Chanderi.
Established in 1251, this giant structure is one of India's biggest mosques, and the only one without minars.
The massive fort stands on a 200m high hill with 3 intimidating entrances and offers a panoramic view of Chanderi town.
Shehzadi ka Roza
Shehzadi ka Roza
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Plan your Travel
Reaching by Air
Nearest airports are Gwalior, Bhopal and Devi Ahilyabai Holkar airport, Indore. It is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kathmandu, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
Reaching by Rail
The nearest railway station is Lalitpur, which is just 36 km away. So are Mungaoli, just 38 kms away and Ashok Nagar which is 46 kms away.
Reaching by Road
Frequent cab service to Chanderi is available from Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal, Shivpuri, Jhansi, Tikamgarh, Vidisha, Sanchi, Lalitpur, Guna and Ashok Nagar.
A handy digital map of the location and facilities for easy reference.
LOCAL GUIDE DIRECTORY
List and contact information of accredited local guides. Please call and book in advance.
A guide to the sights, facilities, timings and more.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT
This destination can be visited throughout the year, but it’s best to visit in the months of September to February.