From Kirti Pals Fort, the view over the town is expansive. The town spreads across a valley encircled by hills. Minarets and domes rise out of fields and trees and there are occasional glimpses of the high wall that once encircled the city. In the sixteenth century it was such a thriving 'jade and transit city that the founder of the Mughal Empire, Babur, decided that he must acquire it.
Much of Chanderi's prosperity had grown out of the fact that it lay on a trade route between the north and the trading port of Surat on the Arabian Sea. But when the British laid their rail lines they bypassed Chanderi, possibly because its gradients were too steep for their chugging steam locomotives. Chanderi declined. One industry, however, held its own because the value-addition it provided could not be replicated. Even to this day, the handlooms of Chanderi create woven magic.