When we talk about visiting Madhya Pradesh- ‘The Heart of India’, the first thing that comes to our mind is Khajuraho, which bristles with some of the most intricate stone carvings of exquisite erotic sculpture. However, to amplify its glory, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation has added another gem- Hanumantiya Tapu. It is one of the best places in Khandwa and offers visitors impressive opportunities to enjoy water sports and adventures.
However, Hanumantiya Tapu is more than just water activities. It surprises visitors with its famous retreating backwaters of Indira Sagar Dam, bird watching opportunity, and botanical trail adventure. The island is blessed with a superb view of nature. Take a stroll and you will be stunned by the rich wildlife that thrives here. The surrounding area of the tapu is home to peacocks, black storks, European ostray, and cormorant, which are indeed a delight to see.
This freshwater Island on Indira Sagar Dam is packed with undulating terrains, which make for great trails for trekking freaks. Even cyclists find it adventurous for its twists and turns. So whether you are somewhere near Khandwa, plan a weekend getaway here to escape the city’s hustle and reconnect with nature.
Best Time To Visit
It is one of those places, which could be visited throughout the year. However, during the annual Jal Mahotsav, Hanumantiya Tapu decks up like a bride, domestic and international tourists flock to the city, and the skies are covered with colorful kites. This water carnival promises more than just a beachcation. You will be greeted with emerald green foliage, and clear blue waters, which will remind you of the Mediterranean. Hence, if you are planning a trip to this magnificent island, plan your trip during the carnival.
How To Reach
Being one of the popular tourist spots in MP, Hanumantiya Tapu is well-accessible by road, air, and rail. MP’s popular city Indore to Hanumantiya distance is just 150 km.
Activities of Interest in Hanumantiya Tapu
Adventure junkies will be spoiled for choices here. The endless list of water sports require more than just one day to cover. From zorbing to jet ski ride, reverse ejection bungee, cruise ride, banana ride, and bull ride, there’s plenty of things to do. So before you stick to your two days vacation, know what you can cover within just two days.
Nearby Attractions to Visit
Indira Sagar Dam
Being the largest dam in India in terms of volume of water stored in the reservoir, Indira Sagar Dam makes for a must-visit place in Madhya Pradesh. It is located over India’s fifth largest river Narmada and provides a splendid view of the area. The clear blue water and the lush green trees on the banks are indeed a sight to behold.
Sant Singaji Dham
Located near Hanumantiya Tapu, Sant Singhji Dham is the Samadhi Sthal of Sant Singaji Maharaj, which is visited by 2 lac visitors annually. This sacred dham is situated on an island, surrounded by blue water, which makes it more pious and splendid. It is a must-visit place in Khandwa, which tourists can’t afford to miss.
Another must-visit place is Boriyamal Island, which makes for a great escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. The island is blessed with abundant wildlife, and is home to exotic species of animals, birds, and plants. As you step inside the lush green forests, you will be greeted by the chirping birds. Spend the day enjoying the tranquility amidst nature.
Shri Dadaji Darbar
Named after Dadaji Dhuniwale, whom the natives believed to be a healer, who healed ailments and performed miracles, during his lifetime. There are over 27 temples all over India, dedicated to Dadaji Dhuniwale. He gained a lot of followers and his popularity reached the other corners of the country. Every year, thousands of devotees come here to offer their prayers in the Darbar.
Places to Spend the Night
Hanumantiya Tapu is a tent city, built on the shores of Indira Sagar Dam, boasts clear skies, green foliage, exotic wildlife, and of course adventure sports. It makes for a great weekend family getaway. Visit the island during Jal Mahotsav to witness the state’s vibrant culture, tradition, and the best attractions.