Best Things To Do in Chanderi, India

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Chanderi’s small town can be best explored in 2 days. The splendid architecture of Koshak Mahal built in true Afghani style and the Badal Mahal Gate add to the history of Madhya Pradesh.

A visit to the Chanderi Fort is mesmerizing and the view of the Betwa river is just as enchanting. The city of Chanderi is mentioned in ‘Mahabharata’ – an iconic mythology book belonging to the Hindu culture. The fort dates back to the 11th century and was built for the Mughal Army leaded by Babur. The famous Khuni Darwaza Chanderi is a part of this fort.Today, the fort’s grand architecture and sturdy form still survives to form one of the most popular attractions in Chanderi.

A short trip to the Archeological Museum gets you face-to-face to old artefacts sculptures and relics that trace the history of Jain culture. The Chanderi museum complement the ASI museum and showcases coins, tools, dioramas and trace the birth of Jainism in the city to its disruption by the Malwa Sultanate.

The legend of Kati Ghati Gateway being carved in one night is one of the many interesting places in Chanderiwhile the Sacred sites of Jama Masjid and Jaintemples gives you a lesson in spirituality.

During evenings, don’t forget to take along walk around the Ramnagar Palace near the ‘Ghat’ where you can see locals taking a dip in the lake or simply sit on the steps to absorb the serene view all around. If you are carving for gorgeous views, the Rajghat Dam offers just that and more with the nearby park that is perfect for a small stopover when in Chanderi.

The Jauhar Monument that stands in the memory of the 600 women who committed suicide during Babur’s attack on the fort, is one of the most poignant places in the town.

Don’t forget to buy gorgeous Chanderi sarees at ‘Chanderi Sarees Artsy India’ and ‘Chanderi's Sarees’ located close to the town center, as you bid adieu to yet another of Madhya Pradesh’s enchanting towns.

Below we have a list of things to do in Chanderi and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Chanderi getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Chanderi with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Chanderi

Here is the list of things to do in Chanderi and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Koshak Mahal

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    Koshak Mahal

    Palace, Architecture

    The Koshak Mahal was built in 16th century when Mahmud Khilji of Malwa was passing through the small town and loved this location. Today, the grand structure remains in a beautiful ruin. The originally plan 7-storey building was stripped down to only 2–storeys. Today, the gorgeous arches, symmetrical Afghan style of architecture and a design that supports natural cross-ventilation, makes ...Read more
  2. Badal Mahal Gate

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    Badal Mahal Gate

    Historical Site, Architecture

    The Gate built in the 15th century during the reign of Sultan Mahmood Shah Khilji, is believed to be the gateway for Badal Mahal. Today, the gate stands alone and is one of the most iconic places of Chanderi. The image of the gate is used in Postal Stamps and also on handloom sarees made in the small town. Take a wall around the gate to admire its architecture, variety of ‘Jaali’ wo...Read more
  3. Chanderi Fort

    View Point, Historical Site, Fort

    Built in the 11th century, the Fort was where the Battle of Chanderi was fought and where Mughal Emperor Babur captured the city from Medini Rai. The main gate of the fort is called ‘Khooni Darwaza’referring to the criminals that were thrown from the walls above. Today, the Hawa Mehal and Nau Khanda Mahal sections of the Mahal still remain strong and offer a peek into the history of...Read more
  4. Kati Ghati Gateway

    Historical Site

    The Kati Ghati Gateway is cut from a single rock and stands tall at a height of 80 feet!The gateway as made in the 15th century but was believed to be carved out in a single night! Jiman Khan commissioned a mason to make this doorway in one night and was surprised when the mason was able to accomplish the task.  Even today, the gateway remains without a door and is loved for its view, its ...Read more
  5. Archeological Museum

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, History Museum, Sculpture

    Preserving the vast heritage and culture of Madhya Pradesh, the ASI museum has a collection of ancient sculptures, stone carvings, remains of the Jain temples found in Chanderi, Stone-Age artefacts, coins and ornaments. The huge collection of books (around 3000 in number) are the crown jewels of the museum. The Lord Vishnu Gallery that shows the different avatars of Vishnu depicted throughout H...Read more
  6. Jama Masjid Image
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    Mosque, Religious Site

    Built in the 13th century, the Jama Masjid at Chanderi is the oldest and largest mosque in Bundelkhand. The mono-color building with small embellishments, open arches and delicate additions, adds to the minimalist grace of the mosque. The courtyard is attached to the main prayer hall. The highlight of the place is the plaque with the name of name of ‘Dilawar Khan Ghori’ that belonge...Read more
  7. Rajghat Dam

    River, Dam

    The Rajghat Dam is located around 15 kilometers from Chanderi and is a popular road-trip spot. The dam is constructed on the Betwa River and is linked to the Rajghat Reservoir. The view all around magnifies during sunset while the nearby park is perfect for a small picnic. The scenery all around is apt for photography while the ride itself is quiet pleasant. The best time to visit the place is ...Read more
  8. Parameshwar Tal

    Lake

    Built by Bundela Rajpur Kings, the Parameshwar Tal is a small tank located close to the Laxman temple. The place is loved for the view of the temple and the shrines and monuments that surround it. The water even though not pristine, still oozes charm and offers a quaint place to take some time off, as you sit on the steps and enjoy the old-world view all around. A small walk to the nearby templ...Read more
  9. Johar Memorial Monument Image
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    Historical Site, Monument

    Located close to the Chanderi Fort, the Johar Memorial Monument marks the event when 600 women committed suicide when Babur fought and won the Battle of Chanderi. The Battle itself was fought on 19th January in 1528. A stone plaque tells the story of the event and is placed in a small but beautiful stone structure. You can also see the tomb of the great musician-Baiju Bawara, located close to t...Read more
  10. Shehzadi Ka Rauza

    Monument

    The story of Shehzadi Ka Rauza goes that Mehrunisa- the daughter of the Governor, fell in love with the Army Chief. The father did not approve of the relationship and asked his men to kill the chief where he was sent out for war. The army chief survived the attack and came to this spot where he let out a cry for his lover. The daughter reached the place only to find the chief taking his last br...Read more
  11. Chaubisi Digamber Jain Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    A huge temple complex with 24 idols, 24 temples and 24Teerthankars, the Shri Chaubisi Jain Temple is one of the popular pilgrim temples in Madhya Pradesh. The Idols were installed in the late 19th century and form the backbone of Jain history in Chanderi.  The 24 idols portray the physical traits of the individual spiritual preachers.  A walk here is apt if you are looking for a peace...Read more
  12. Jageswari Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    Marking the fabled place where King Raja Kirti Pal was cured of leprosy, the Jageswari Temple adds yet another weave to Chanderi’s colorful history. The main deity of the temple is Goddess Jageshwari located in a cave. There are also two Shiva lingams in the temple. Parts of the temple date back to the 11th century and earlier and even though there are no official inscriptions on the temp...Read more