Malhar Tourism And Travel Guide
39.3° C / 102.7° F
October to February
2 to 3 Days
Swami Vivekananda International Airport (163.8 kms)
Bilaspur Junction Railway Station (30.9 kms)
Malhar is a city of old relics and is situated in the northern part of Chhattisgarh in Bilaspur District. Ruled by several dynasties from 4th Century BC and have marked their existence in the region, Malhar is now a place home to several dilapidated structures that were once palaces, temples and royal homes. Malhar can be easily reached by air, rail and road and lies within the district of Bilaspur which is well connected by public transport as well. Tourism in Malhar is popular during winters when the weather is pleasant and windy to go sightseeing; summers are hot and monsoons are moderate. Below is our travel guide to Malhar which you can refer to get more information about things to do and places to see in and around the city.
How to Reach
The fastest way to get to Mlalhar from your city is by air. The closest airport to Malhar is Swami Vivekanand International Airport and it is located in Raipur. The airport is distanced at 163.8 km from the center of Malhar.
You can take a road trip to Malhar by driving your own vehicle or hiring a car to drive it up till there or you can even take a bus that will take you all the way to Malhar. There are private buses from adjacent states that will bring you to Malhar as well.
The closest railway station is Bilaspur Junction in the center of Bilaspur district. This railway station is located at a distance of 30.9 km from the center of Malhar town. This is a convenient way to reach this ancient town.
You can easily egt around in the old city of Malhar by hiring an auto rickshaw, cab or even riding a bus. The cheapest way is to take private or government buses that run on schedule or private buses as well. You can also hire a self driven car to go sightseeing.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The hottest season in Malhar is during summers that last from the month of April to June. Temperatures during this time range from 30°C to 42°C during peak months of the season. This is not the most recommended time to visit.
Giving some respite after the scorching heat, monsoons come to the region with rains, thunder and cold winds. Temperatures lower in this season and range from 21°C to 27°C; sometimes temperatures may come down even further.
The winter season is the best time to visit Malhar. Lasting from November to March, the temperature in this season ranges from 8°C to 16°C. It is quite cold in the evenings and nights and one must carry soft woolens on their trip during this time.
Things to Do
Go on a Pilgrimage:
Chhattisgarh is a place that is full of Hindu Temples and Malhar is the hub of ancient temples and ruins. Visit Malhar and see ancient temples with you own eyes and re live the bygone eras. Great temple sin this region are Pataleshwar Mandir, Dindeshwari Devi Mandir and many more.
Visit Shiva Temples:
Malhar has a lot of history attached to it and a lot of mythology related to Lord Shiva. Hence there are several Shiva Mandirs all over Malhar and surrounding places. Head over to Deur Manidr, Sankar Ji Ka Mandir and many other small temples devoted to Shivji to complete your pilgrimage.
See Malhar Fort:
Malhar Fort is an iconic structure in Malhar and is constructed with the help of mud. This fort was renovated from its ruins and is now maintained by the Archeological Survey of India. This place is accessible easily and you can get to observe a lot.
Enjoy a Waterfall:
If you want to enjoy a waterfall near Malhar and have a religious experience at the same time, you can go to Ghatarani falls. Right adjacent to the falls is a temple and this si just the most unique setting. Visit these falls and temple to get a serene feel.
Visit a Dam:
Spend a day at a peaceful yet full of life spot located next to Khutaghat, dam near Malhar. You can book a room in the guest quarters near the dam and enjoy a day with family in peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The best way to experience a place is to eat the food of the region. There are several street food joints in Malhar and a few high end restaurants to dine in as well. But the best place to get real tasty food is in the center of Bilaspur District. You can get a lot of different kinds of food; for amazing chicken tikka head over to hotel 786, for Chinese you can go to China Bowl and many other places. But the best kind of food that you can have is village food. You can go to nearby villages and taste home cooked food that consists of delicious non vegetarian items.
If you want to go shopping in Bilaspur, you can choose to go to a mall or do traditional shopping from Haat bazaars or villages close to Malhar. You can go to City Mall 36 which is one of the biggest malls in Bilaspur to find branded clothing, footwear, jewelry and other high end products. You can also go to Haat Bazaars that have thiongs that are made and sold by the villagers and tribes that live there. You can find items like necklaces, bangles, terracotta figurines, idols of gods and goddesses and other unique things that will blow your mind.