To boost the footfall of both inbound and outbound tourists in the state, the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has yet again organised the Jal Mahotsav (water festival), amidst the gleaming waves of Narmada River in Hanuwantiya; but this time, it is bigger and better.
Jal Mahotsav (water festival), organised by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board in collaboration with AUM events, was inaugurated on December 15, by the state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Hanuwantiya (also known as Hanumantiya) at the beautiful backwaters of the Indira Sagar Dam on the Narmada River.
Located in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, the Jal Mahotsav will continue till January 15, 2017.
Fun and adventurous activities galore, the festival has much to offer to people of all ages and tastes; from hot air balloon rides, paragliding and cycling, to various water sports like parasailing, motor boat rides and house boat experiences, among other cultural attractions like traditional music and dance performances by the locally trained dance troupes. The event is without doubt a treat for sports enthusiasts and also the ones who wish to understand the cultural roots of the state.
“People coming from the neighbouring regions who are slowly drifting away from these traditions especially enjoy the cultural performances,” said Sanjay Mahajan, who mesmerised the audience with traditional Gangaur dance along with his group of artists, on the second day of the event.
“Witnessing the fantastic response we received last time when the festival was held for 10 days, this time we decided to make it a 32-day affair – bigger and better than before. We introduced club houses and activities to make the stay better especially for families,” informed Prakash Kundali, Director of AUM Events and Promotion India Pvt Ltd, to Media India Group.
The event is an initiative by the Madhya Pradesh government to attract Indian as well as foreign tourists to the state and provide people an opportunity to take a break from their everyday routines. The festival welcomed friends and families coming especially from the neighbouring states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, looking for a quick weekend escapade.
The Jal Mahotsav also offers a wellness retreat with its rejuvenating spas and early morning yoga sessions. Serene surroundings and a sky full of stars perfect for star gazing, added to its charm.
The visitors are lodged in comfortable and luxury tents, which are set around a bonfire and on the banks of the river, giving them a feel of camping.
To keep the children engaged, the festival has dedicated two kids’ zones, one of which features the rich fauna of the state and the other offers activities like kite flying, tug-of-war, indoor games, fun rides and an obstacle course.
Sprawled over an immense property, the festival arranged for interesting means of commuting for the visitors; from electric cars to bullock carts, cycles and camel rides.
From the shopping arcade, one can also take home the locally made artefacts like the terracotta products, ethnic attires or even paintings made by local artists.
Whether you are a water sports enthusiast, nature lover, Indian culture connoisseur, a shopaholic or a fitness freak, the festival will impress you through and through.