Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh

Chanderi a prosperous centre of economic and cultural activity. Chanderi is surrounded by hills, lakes and forests, and there are several monuments of Bundela Rajputs and Malwa Sultans.

A fascinating and intricate fort. It has plenty of drinking water and provides a very enjoyable outing. Its solid square massif is clearly visible even from Bombay. From the col of Mhaismal – Chanderi, climb on the south(left) to reach the base of the massif. A good cave is situated here. An exposed and tricky traverse leads to the centre of the massif and on to a small ledge with a water tank. A rocky staircase (partly blown off) leads to the top by a very exposed route. Plenty of oppotunities for rock climbing. Fantastic view. The second route is from Vangani station to village Vaghachiwadi(3km) and hence to the saddle between Chanderi-Nakhind(3km). A tricky traverse over scree leads to the ledge at the centre of the massif. Follow the route ahead to the top. The second route is not in use.

Chanderi is also famous for its brocades and muslins, especially for its handwoven Chanderi sarees. Here, master weavers use silk and cotton to create dazzling weaves, distinguished by beautiful borders. Usually in subtle hues, the Chanderi sarees have sophistication hard to match. In the silk Zari sarees, influences of the Varanasi style are visible. They generally have a rich gold border and two gold bands on the pallav. The more exclusive ones have gold checks with lotus roundels all over which are known as butis.

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