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Hanumantiya Tapu: A Complete Guide

by Dhriti

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.

By Air

The nearest airport is Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport in Indore, which is well-connected with all the major cities in India. You can either rent a car, or hop on a bus to visit the island from the airport.

By Rail

Khandwa Railway Station is the nearest railway station, which is just 48 km from the tapu. Many rental cars are available, which can take you to your destination. Bus services too are available.

By Road

Road connectivity is reasonably good. You can decide to have a long drive from Indore or Bhopal. Moreover, public and state-run bus services are available too between Indore and Khandwa, which will drop you at Khandwa bus station.

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.



If you haven’t tried zorbing before, then give it a go here. You will be packed in a huge airball and left to float in the water. Sounds fun? It is probably the cheapest of all activities, as it costs just INR 100. Try your hands in zorbing and warm up yourself for other thrill rides and activities.

Jet Ski

If sailing doesn’t fulfill your need for speed, give jet skiing a go. The combination of ferocious wind and speed of the motor is enough to give an extreme adrenaline rush in your vein. You need to fill out a form either online or at the spot. A one time for a person costs INR 800, which is worth the thrilling experience.

Speed Boat

If speed is what makes your heart pump faster, then Speed Boat is the ride to hop on. Feel the adrenaline rush of the ultimate water ride on a speedboat and soak up the thrill it offers. A one-time speed boat ride will cost you around 200/person and serves you the worthwhile adventure you have always been looking for.

Water Parasailing

Daring souls will be thrilled to indulge in water parasailing here. You will be flying in the air, as you are towed behind a motor boat, while attached to a canopy wing, which is similar to a parachute. It is a kind of adventure you would not like to miss. The cost will be around INR 1,000/person and is worthwhile.

Hot Air Balloon

A perfect opportunity to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. It will make you feel as if you are a free soul, flying in the sky along with the clouds, while admiring the best gems of nature beneath. It is a pleasant and once-in-a-lifetime experience. A one-time ride will cost you INR 1,500/person.

Bird Watching

Hanumantiya Tapu is a paradise for ornithologists and bird-lovers, who can spend days admiring the beautiful bird species. Here you can witness some rare and exotic Indian and migratory birds like peacock, European ostray, black storks, etc. One can trek the trails to see the rich wildlife thriving in the area.

Trek the Terrain

Trek the Terrain

Another must-to-do activity here is trekking and cycling. The undulating terrains of the island are a great spot for cyclists to show off their skills. Ride your ways towards the high altitudes and witness a different world of MP, which is more about nature. As you hike the terrain, take some time to see the jaw-dropping sight of the river below.

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.

Indira Sagar Dam

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.

Sant Singaji Dham

Boriyamal Island

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.

Boriyamal Island

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.

Shri Dadaji Darbar

Places to Spend the Night

Hanumantiya Tapu Resort

Hanumantiya Tapu Resort

The resort is conveniently situated at a close proximity to the Hanumantiya Tapu location. It features 10 luxurious rooms, which were designed keeping the comfort of the guests in mind. Rooms are equipped with wifi, AC, tea/coffee maker, king/queen size bed, bathroom, and view of the lake.

MPT Hanumantiya Resort

MPT Hanumantiya Resort

Check in to this lavish property for a comfortable stay. The resort features 16 stylish rooms, a dining venue, and complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each room has a balcony, sitting area, LCD tv, wifi connectivity, and other essential and basic services. It is popular among the tourists for its warm hospitality and professionalism.

Castle Inn

If you are looking for a budget-friendly, yet comfortable stay in Khandwa, the Castle Inn could be a great option. The hotel offers round-the-clock front desk service, free wifi connectivity, complimentary breakfast, and comfortable rooms. In addition, it is just a few minutes away from the island.

Final Takeaway

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.

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