Chanderi is a historical town in Ashoknagar district of Madhya Pradesh. Historical monuments are built by Malwa Sultans and Bundela Rajputs. These historical monuments are established between 11th century to 18th century. Religions such as Islam, Jainism and Hindu are dominated during this period. Shishupal who is the cousin of Lord Krishna belong to this place. Several dynasties have conquered the city such as Scindias, Bundelas, Mughals, and Malwa Sultans. This place is surrounded by forests, lakes and hills. Handloom sarees are most famous here.
What to see in Chanderi:
Chanderi Fort: This was built during the Mughal period. It is having 3 gates. Main gate of this fort is known as Khooni Darwaza. It is located in the ancient town on the top of the hill.
Koshak Mahal: As per the history it is stated that, when Mahmud Khilji of Malwa is passing from this place he ordered to build a Mahal here in 1445 AD. That Mahal was named as Koshak Mahal. His plan is 7 storied building but he is able construct only 2 stories during his life time.
Jageshwari Temple: This is one of the beautiful temples in Chanderi. Statues of 2 lions guarded this temple. Idol is having white face and large eyes.
Jama Masjid: Most beautiful monument of Chanderi is Jama Masjid. This is famous for its high arcades and domes. It is the biggest mosque in Bundlekhand. This was constructed in 13th century by Ghiassuddin Balaban.
Archaeological Museum: Plenty of sculpture collections are placed here. Timing to visit this museum is 10.30 AM to 5.30 PM.
Battisi Bavdi: Name is derived from 32 steps flight. In 1485 this was built by Sultan Ghiyasuddin Shah.
Shahzadi ka Rauza: This is the tomb of Shahzadi Ka Rauza which is built by Sultans of Malwa during 15th century. It is famous for its geometrical designs. Stone carving is unique.
What to see around Chanderi:
Shri Choubisi: Jain culture is more in Chanderi area. Jain places are more near Chanderi. One of the Jain Mandir near Chanderi is Shri Choubisi. It is located 4 kms away from Chanderi.
Parameshwar Tal: This is located kilometre from Chanderi. It was built by Bundela Rajput Kings. On its banks cenotaphs of 3 Rajput kings and a temple are located.
Buddhi Chanderi: It is located on the banks of river Urvashi which is 20 kms away from Chanderi. Thousands of Jain temples are located here. All are built during 9th and 10th century.
Thurvanji: It is located 26 kms away from Chanderi. Early medieval period Jain temples are located here.
Getting to Chanderi: Chanderi is well connected with road ways. From Jhansi, Bhopal, Sanchi, Vidisha, Tikamgarh, Lalitpur buses are available. Nearest railway station is located at Lalitpur which is situated 40 kms away from Chanderi. Nearest airport is at Gwalior or Bhopal.
Getting around Chanderi : Autos and Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Chanderi
Best time to visit Chanderi: Some people want to know the best time before visiting any place. Best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Chanderi: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Chanderi but all are budget and midrange hotels. Luxury hotels cannot be seen here. Best Hotels in Chanderi are Tana Bana, Hotel Shri Kunj.
Where to eat in Chanderi: Famous food available here are Malpua, Khoprapak, Mawa Bati, Bhuttle Ki Kees, and Kebabas. All the restaurants serve Chinese, Mughal, Punjabi, South Indian and North Indian Cuisines.