Kharbhuja Mahal, Dhar

This palace is named after the kharbuja or melon fruit because of its large melon type domes in its interior. Islamic style of building can be experienced in this architecture of the palace. This building was built according to the ancient method of keeping the rooms cool by avoiding the harsh warmth of sun. KharbujaMahal is a two storeyed building composed of seven rooms on the ground floor and four rooms on the first floor. It is said that the mahal was built during the 16th century under the regime of Mughal dynasty. After Marathas claimed this zone, they painted and decorated this palace with murals. PeshwaBaji Rao II was born here when his mother AnandiBai took shelter in this area during the exile.

Hindi is the officila language in this region.

Travel Tips

The summers at this region is too hot and dry. Avoid visiting the months of April to October. Make a proper plan before visiting the town. It is best to visit this place from Indore, Mandu or Ujjain. They are 62, 38 and 45 km away respectively.

When to visit

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sprinkles Pleasant
  • 32° Max
  • 25° Min
  • 39.9 mm
  • Light clothes
Things to do

This is not popular and known to the tourists. Tourists visiting this place of Madhya Pradesh can explore around the town to get the view of the surrounding area. There are no other outdoor activities available apart from this. Short trek to the 9 caves at Bagh can offer a painting of earlier era of this region.

Getting Around

This palace is inside the Dhar fort. There are private taxis available to take the tourist at the fort. Autos are available also.

Places to Stay

Many hotels are there to avail.

How to Reach

  • Indore is offering the nearest connectivity opportunity to the tourists coming via air. Wide connectivity is available from Indore to other metros of India through domestic flights. Most of the domestic carriers have daily flights connecting this city with New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and etc.
  • The nearest railway station is at Indore. There are no stations at Dhar. Indian railway is offering trains via Indore on regular basis.
  • Taxis, private cars, public buses are available from Indore. Though one can start their journey from nearest Maheshwar and Mandu also, they are 33km and 35km away respectively.

Surrounding Attractions

The Mahal is nestled inside the Dhar fort. The fort is standing from 3km outside the township. There are other attractions which has historical values dated back to King Vikramaditya regime. The tomb of a warrior saint, ShaykhChandal is a place worth of visiting. He protested against those conversation of religion during his lifetime. Lal Masjid, Bhoj Shala, Phadke museum, Jheerabagh palace are the other attractions in the surrounding area. There are various type of sculptures presented in the museum. Bagh caves near Bagh village are offering ancient inscription and paintings.

Emergency No.

Police: 100

Fire: 101

Ambulance: 102

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