Dive Into the Heart of India at Jal Mahotsav

Madhya Pradesh is a treasure trove of culture and wildlife. Let the fun begin at Hanuwantiya Island.  
An aerial view of the festival.
Photo Credit: Prasad Siddhanthi

Photo Credit: Prasad Siddhanthi

During the Jal Mahotsav festival, visitors can participate in a variety of activities that offer a combination of fun along with serenity and relaxation. A visit to M.P. isn’t complete without an interaction with its vibrant craftspeople and artisans, and the festival provides a platform where the state showcases its best traditions and handicrafts. At Hanuwantiya, enjoy folk performances by the Nimar community and from all around M.P.

Once you arrive at Hanuwantiya choose from an array of activities tailor-made for you. For water enthusiasts there is water zorbing, para sailing, motor boat rides, banana boat rides, jet-skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling and sea window sliding on offer. On land, bring out the child in you by playing tug of war, volleyball or a game of paintball. For those looking to try their hand at something novel, try archery, rock climbing, star gazing and kite flying. Enjoy a bumpy bullock cart ride or pump up your adrenalin by going down a zip line or exploring the area on an all-terrain vehicle. For little children, there’s a dedicated kid’s zone that has many fun activities just for them, including a rope bridge, tyre swings and a net walk.

The Jal Mahotsav offers a vast range of water sports. Photo Credit: Prasad Siddhanthi

The Jal Mahotsav offers a vast range of water sports. Photo Credit: Prasad Siddhanthi

For a magnificent view from above, watch the sunset and admire the abundant natural beauty of the region on a hot air balloon experience. The non-adventurous can opt for a leisurely cruise down the river, enjoying the cool breeze and splendid surroundings in the midst of good company.

After all that activity, unwind in exclusive luxury tents with panoramic views of the backwaters of the Indira Sagar Dam. Soak in the sounds of the wilderness as you sit around a bonfire after dark. Fall asleep as the crickets serenade you with their lullaby. At the crack of dawn wake up and set out on a trek into the jungle, exploring little known nooks and corners. Leave rejuvenated and refreshed, for spending time in the outdoors is possibly the best way to recharge yourself. Be warned, a visit to M.P. will leave you craving for more!

To find out more about the festival and to plan your visit, click here.

  • Chaitali Patel is the former Associate Editor, Special Projects at National Geographic Traveller India. She's partial to nature, history and the arts. She believes that every trip is as much a journey within as it is one outside.

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