From vast fields of soya and maize to low rolling hills, the landscape of western Madhya Pradesh changes rapidly as you drive through it. Wherever you go, there are palaces, forts, monuments, and great meandering rivers. Sacred sites like Maheshwar and Omkareshwar, are always busy with a flurry of pilgrims on spiritual journeys.

The region comes alive in the monsoon, when the mountains and grasslands are lush, and the rivers and streams run full. Driving through, it’s a smooth pace, slowed down occasionally by flocks of sheep taking over the road, or by the desire to stop and capture some of the magic of the landscape on one’s camera. 

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Bridge over the Narmada at Mortakka
Bridge over the Narmada at Mortakka
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The drive from Dhar to Bagh goes past rolling hills around Tanda Ghat.
The drive from Dhar to Bagh goes past rolling hills around Tanda Ghat.


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The looming hill fort of Asirgarh silhouetted against the sky can be seen from miles away
The looming hill fort of Asirgarh silhouetted against the sky can be seen from miles away
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View of the steep winding road from Asirgarh
View of the steep winding road from Asirgarh
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A turbaned Garediya man shepherds his flock of sheep along the highway at Sardarpur, midway between Dhar and Bagh
A turbaned Garediya man shepherds his flock of sheep along the highway at Sardarpur, midway between Dhar and Bagh
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Windmills by the wayside
Windmills by the wayside
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The bypass from Bagh leads to a set of 5th-7th century rock-cut Buddhist caves
The bypass from Bagh leads to a set of 5th-7th century rock-cut Buddhist caves