Asirgarh Fort or Asigarh Qila was built by Assa Ahir of the Ahir dynasty. The fort was initially called Asa Ahir Garh, but with time was shortened to the present day name. According to local legends, it is believed that this fort can never be conquered by force.
History tells us that even Akbar the Great wanted to conquer the fort, but couldn’t execute the attack because of the security of the fort and also the way it was constructed. The fort is situated in the Satpura Range, and is 69 km away from Khandwa.
Built right at the heart of the valleys, the Asirgarh Fort is connected to the Narmada Valley and Tapti river through a pass via the Satpura Hills. The design of the Asirgarh Fort follows Mughal style which is a blend of Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian styles. One can see balconies, minars and tombs inside the fort.
Indira Sagar Dam is Asia’s most prestigious hydro power project. This multipurpose dam is built over the river Narmada in Khandwa at Narmadanagar. The foundation stone of this dam was laid by the former PM, Mrs. Indira Gandhi on 23 October 1984.
The sheer magnanimity of this dam makes this a tourist location. The Indira Sagar Dam is called the Gosikhurd Project and was constructed with the sole aim of offering water to the nearby villages of Bhandara, Nagpur and Chandrapur districts.
The site features a concrete gravity dam which is 92 m tall and 653 m long. The dam is about 75 km from the town of Khandwa. If you are one of those enthusiastic tourists who want to have a good look of this dam, you can reach this place via two stations, either from the Khandwa Railway Station or from the railway station at Bir.
Gauri Kunj is a dedicated memorial constructed in honour of the popular playback singer Kishore Kumar Ganguly. A special bond between Kishore Kumar Ganguly and Khandwa is traced as it is the birthplace of this legendary singer. The foundation stone was laid by the late singer’s elder brother, actor Ashok Kumar.
Though the memorial is dedicated to Kishore Kumar, the name of the auditorium is derived from his parents Gauridevi and Kunjilal Gangopadhyay. Gauri Kunj was inaugurated by the heartthrob of yesterday’s Rajesh Khanna in 1998.
This place serves as a platform for all forms of arts and cultural activities. The Government of Madhya Pardesh and the local Municipal Corporation manage Gauri Kunj. It is situated near to the railway station; a five-minute-walk from the station towards the town will land you at Gauri Kunj. If you are a fan of music and other cultural events, you must attend one of the programmes held here.
Bhavani Mata Temple is situated in the south-west part of the town of Khandwa in the vicinity of the Dada Darbar. The temple is enshrined to Godess Maa Turja Bhavani, an incarnation of Hindu Goddess Parvati. Hence, the name of the temple is also the same.
Turja Bhavani Mata Temple is considered to be very holy and thousands of devotees visit this temple every year to seek the blessing of the Goddess. This temple is one of the important shrines of Devi Maa in India. It is believed that a visit to this temple liberates a person from all misfortunes and all sins are forgiven.
There are several myths associated with this ancient temple. It is said that Lord Rama worshipped in this temple during his vanwaas or exile. He prayed to the deity for 9 days and to honour this event a fair is held every year for 9 days during the festival of Navraatri.
Ghantaghar is one of the important landmarks in the town of Khandwa. This Ghantaghar is also called the Clock Tower of Multan. It was constructed in 1884 by the British during their rule in India. The main purpose of this building was to serve as an office after the Municipal Act of 1883.
The construction started on 12th February 1884, and the tower took 4 years to be completed. In fact, it was built over the remnants of the Haveli of Ahmad Khan Sadozai which was destroyed in the Seige of Multan.
The Clock Tower was then called Northbrook Tower after the viceroy of India of that time (1872-1876). The hall of the Ghantaghar, which was called The Ripon Hall, was renamed Jinnah Hall after India gained independence.
Of late there is a talk going on to convert it into a museum. The site of Ghantaghar in Khandwa has four historic ponds or kunds in the four directions. These kunds are called Suraj Kund, Bhima Kund, Rameshwar Kund and Padma Kund.
The Dada Darbar is located in the south-western part of Khandwa. This place is considered to be holy and worthy of worship. The holy tombstones of the great holy men Swami Keshwanandaji Maharaj and Swami Hariharanandji Maharaj who are addressed as "Bare Dadaji" and "Chhote Dadaji", respectively, rest here.
In the year 1930, the tombstones were laid down in the memory of the reverend Avadhoot saints. Bare Dadaji wandered from place to place and meditated before the holy fire which is called Dhuni. Hence he was also called Dada Dhuniwala and this holy site is also known as Dada Dhuniwala Darbar.
An annual fair is held at the Dada Darbar on the auspicious day of Guru Purnima. Thousands of devotees from far and near across the country come here during the time of the fair. The Dada Darbar is easy to access as it lies just 67 km away from the railway station as well as from the main bus stand.
The District Collectorate Building is one of the major attractions of Khandwa. This building is located in the eastern part of Khandwa. The District Collectorate Building was constructed in the year 1919 and to this day, the building has retained its charm and glory. The District Collectorate Building was initially built in an area of 15000 sq m.
Over a period of time, several appendices were being made to it to accommodate office space. This is the office of the Khandwa’s Collector since its construction and the office of the District Magistrate too.
One can find dense tree plantation around the building which adds charm to the building. The Government is on a constant effort in trying to save the natural beauty and modernize the monument simultaneously. It lies in the heart of the town, just being 1 km away from the railway station.