Indore to Omkareshwar: As much as I like to take the shortest and fastest travel options (read flights), I also believe that some places in our country are best explored on foot or at least on wheels. The state of Madhya Pradesh definitely makes that list for me. Read out a detailed guide on road trip from Indore to Omkareshwar.
MADHYA PRADESH: HEART OF INDIA
The heart of India boasts a unique kind of landscape. From dense forests and fertile riverbanks to rugged mountains and arid plateaus, historic sites and ancient temples, Madhya Pradesh has something for every kind of traveler. So, whenever there is a plan to visit MP, I prefer to drive through its winding roads and stop wherever something intrigues me.
INDORE TO OMKARESHWAR
A few weeks ago, when my parents wanted to visit Omkareshwar Temple in MP, I thought of turning it into a road trip from Indore through Omkareshwa and Burhanpur and make it into an interesting vacation. It is albeit a long journey but definitely an exciting one. If everyone enjoys being on the road for an entire day, then it just adds to the fun.
Madhya Pradesh gets really cold post-Christmas. But until then, the weather is pleasant to hit the road and feel the early winter air. We booked a cab from Indore to Burhanpur from a popular car rental service in Indore.
THE TRAVEL ROUTE
Omkareshwar is a place of religious heritage and is known for Sri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated in the Khandwa district and takes about 2.5 hours to reach via the Indore-Khandwa Road. Watching the scenery go by, being able to spend time with family without any specific agenda to discuss, or listen to the car radio, are few of the best things of a road trip that I love.
We stopped at Barwaha for the morning sugar rush. Locally popular Madhuvan Sweets have the best assortment of sweets in the region. A little further down, the Hotel Gopal Midway is a good place to stop for meals and their famous jalebi.
OMKARESHWAR: TEMPLE TOWN
The temple town is an island of sorts formed by the Narmada and Kaveri rivers. Besides being the site of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva, Omkareshwar also hosts a number of other temples and caves, each with their own religious and historical significance. The town has an antiquated vibe about it, a far cry from the digi-tech world that we live in the cities. After a short tour of the temple, we headed out towards the next destination- Burhanpur.
OMKARESHWAR TO BURHANPUR
From Omkareshwar it was another 120.6 Km to Burhanpur. The travel time is roughly three hours via SH 27. But of course, with our pit-stops, it was longer than what maps predict. And with our efficient driver on the wheels, he ensured that we used the optimum time and had a comfortable journey.
As soon as you cross Pandhana, the landscape become greener with denser foliage of the Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary. To reach Burhanpur, you will have to pass this forested area. It is indeed a refreshing experience to cut through thick forests on both sides, smell the musty, wild vegetation and breathe the fresh air.
Burhanpur is yet another ancient city, in the heart of Madhya Pradesh. Once a princely state, the city now remains an interesting site with historic sites, monuments, and significant structures that speak of its rich heritage.
Technically, our journey ended in Burhanpur, with our physical fatigue setting in. But emotionally, it was a happy journey for the whole family, with interesting stop-overs, lots of laughter and happy memories to take back home. For trips of this kind, I always recommend renting a car from a car rental service that provides good quality cabs and 24/7 support.
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