When I was planning a trip to Maheshwar, there was not much information on the net about how to choose the place to stay and specially for a solo traveler. I finally selected Labboos and resolved to write about it once I had visited the place. There are quite a few options in the 2 sq km town along the different ghats of Narmada.
Super Deluxe: Ahilya Fort Hotel –The old Ahilya Fort over looking the Narmada has been converted into a super deluxe hotel with suites, rooms and tents. You can enjoy a majestic view of the river and gorge on food prepared with ingredients from the organic garden. If you are in at the right time, you may just bump into the current Maharajah – Richard Holkar for a short tete a tete. The rates may vary between 6k to 14k a night based on the time of the year. Rehwa Society Maheshwari Weaving Centre is located just outside its gate next to Ahilya School sponsored by the Royal Family. Click to Book:
Deluxe: Narmada Retreat by MP Tourism – This is located on the Narmada with its own private ghat away from the hustle and bustle of the main ghats near the fort and temple area. There is a way to walk along the ghats to reach the fort area through slush and mud during monsoons but the safest would be to just take the round about way through town (2kms). The restaurant is good and if you are just looking to laze around away from all the noise – this is it. Sai Handloom outlet in their complex is a reasonably priced outlet to pick up Maheshwari weave. Contact – (07283) 273455
Standard: There are multiple options in this category
Labboos Cafe and Lodge: This is the Gatehouse of the Fort and managed by the same team of Ahilya Fort. The food is awesome, the rooms basic and neat. Ranging between Rs 1000 to Rs 2000 a night based on the type of room. 5 minute walk to Fort, Ahilya Ghat, Raj Rajeshwar, Kashi Vishwanath Temples. Click to Book
Hotel Ashray – Just Opposite to Labboos. Very good location. Not sure of the room size service and cleanliness
Hotel Raj Palace – Located next to Raj Rajeshwar Temple. The higher floors have great views of the Narmada and you can awake to Temple Bells. Not sure of the room size service and cleanliness
Hotel Hansa Heritage – Located between the Fort and the market, you cannot miss this bright Orange building and the Hansa Handloom store on the ground floor. A uphill walk of 5 minutes will take you to the gate of the fort and another 5-10 minutes to the main temple and the river side. The other way to reach through the market which is gentle walk for 10-15 mins. Not sure of the room size service and cleanliness
The rest of them are located far away from the river. When in Maheshwar, enjoy the beauty of the Narmada.