A town of strategic importance in medieval times, Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh is known for its handloom saris. Set amidst the Vindhyachal range, Chanderi in Ashok Nagar district abounds with historical monuments built by Bundela Rajputs and Malwa sultans.
Relatively lesser known that the nearby forts of Jhansi, Gwalior or Amber, Chanderi was of immense strategic importance as it straddled the routes to Central India, Deccan, Malwa and the ports of Gujarat.
Chanderi Fort, currently in ruins, stands at a height of 71 m. It was constructed during the Mughal period and is also known as Kirti Durg. The fort offers a spectacular view of the city.
The town is full of historical landmarks, dating from the 11th century to the 18th centuries. Its history has witnessed both good and bad times, flourishing and decline of dynasties over the centuries. Hindu, Jain and Islam flourished in the town.
Chanderi is also believed to the kingdom of Shishupal, Lord Krishna’s cousin. Several dynasties have conquered the city – including the Malwa Sultans, Mughals, Bundelas and Scindias. Chanderi flourished under the different dynasties and became an economic and cultural centre during medieval age.
More than its history or the archeological ruins, handwoven Chanderi sarees, brocades and muslins are Chanderi’s claim to fame today. Using silk and cotton threads, master weavers create dazzling weaves. Generally in pastel shades, the beauty of Chanderi saris is unmatched. The influence of Varanasi style is visible in the silk Zari sarees of Chanderi. Chanderi saris along with Maheshwar saris are two of the important handloom products of Madhya Pradesh.
Chanderi is situated close to Gwalior, Shivpuri and Jhansi. The best time to visit Chanderi is October to March. Chanderi offers accommodation in medium and budget ranges. Mid-range hotels can be found all over the town.
North Indian, South Indian, Punjabi, Mughal and Chinese cuisine are easily available. Chanderi is famous for restaurants that serve kebabs, bhutte ki kees, mawa-bati, khoprapak and malpua.
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