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Chanderi The City of Bundelkhandi Folk Tradition

Tuesday - December 6, 2016 1:30 pm , Category : TRAVEL
Chanderi The City of Bundelkhandi Folk Tradition
Chanderi The City of Bundelkhandi Folk Tradition

Pamper yourself with a visit to the Amraee guest house in Pranpur, Madhya Pradesh. Located in central India’s Bundelkhand region, the village guest house is about 3 km from Chanderi, famous for its silks. Visit the village and let the rhythm of the looms create magic for your eyes and ears while you interact with weavers and design your own drape. The more adventurous could try their hand at weaving. Watch village life or visit the historic city of Chanderi while its past is unravelled brick by brick. Enjoy the folk tales hidden in the heart of Bundelkhand and surrender to folk music and lively dances of another India!   Choose a mix of crafts, nature and history. the people of pranpur are engaged in weaving chanderi silk, pottery, metal work, stone carving and ‘beedi’ rolling. One can tour Pranpur with a local guide who will acquaint with the craftspeople. The guest house also organises song and dance shows for guests who are interested in Bundelkhandi folk tradition.   Step out for a trek along the seasonal river Babhutia into the forest nearby or just climb the hillocks around for a better view of Pranpur. The sunrise at Rajghat dam about 20 mins away and the sunset at Chanderi fort about 3 km away are also worth seeing.   Chanderi is believed to have been set up by Vakradanta, the father of king Sisupal (king of Chedi who was killed by Lord Krishna). Chanderi is also mentioned in the Mahabharata as Chedi, counted among the sixteen kingdoms that India was divided into in ancient times. Visible signs of its historic past can be found in cave paintings dating back to the upper palaeolithic and mesolithic ages. Several 8th to 12th century monasteries were built in nagar style at Kadvaya (2 hour drive from Pranpur). Forts and palaces in Chanderi stand testimony to its tryst with history. Also among the ‘must sees’ are the Koshak Mahal, Jageshwari temple and the Jama Masjid.   Chanderi is a city of ‘baolis’ or step wells built by the sultans. There are at least 500 ‘baolis’ across Chanderi, dating back to several centuries. The Mughal emperor Babur is said to have laid siege to Chanderi in 1528, an event during which thousands of trapped troops of Raja Medini Rai committed mass suicide. Their wives committed jauhar in the fort in one of the largest community suicides in Indian history. The Asi museum at Chanderi offers a peek into sculptures that have been recovered from the 8th -11th century such as those in the Jain sites of Budhi Chanderi and Thoban.   Kirti Durg, Ramnagar Palace, Chanderi Museum, Qurbani Chabutara, Bala kila or lower fort etc are the other places of interest for the traveler. Chanderi is in Guna district of MP and is less than 200 kms from the state capital Bhopal. -WTN