Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati, capital of king Kartivarjun. This temple town on the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Revived to its ancient position of importance by the Holkar queen Rani Ahilya Bai of Indore. Maheshwar's temples and mighty fort-complex stand in quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below. Today, Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive hand-woven sarees called Maheshwari exquisitely woven ‘Maheshwari’ sarees.
Maheshwari Sarees were introduced into Maheshwar 250 years ago by Rani Ahilyabai, and are renowned throughout India for their unique weave. Woven mostly in cotton, the typical Maheshwari saree has a plain body and sometimes stripes or checks in several variations. The mat bordered designs have a wide range in leaf and floral patterns. The pallav is particularly distinctive with 5 stripes, 3 colored and 2 white alternating, and running along its width. Maheshwari has a reversible border, known as bugdi.
By Air: Nearest airport is at Indore (91 km), connected with Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal. By Bus: Regular buses are available from Barwah, Khandwa, Dhar and Dhamnod. By Rail: Nearest railheads are Barwaha (39 km), Indore (91 km), Khandwa and Mhow on the Western railway.