Heritage, Culture and Tourism of Chanderi

Chanderi is a place highly renowned for its rich heritage, cultural diversity and profound tourist attractions. With the current historical information of over 13th Centuries, the first historical aspect of Chanderi can be traced back to the 8th Century AD, when the Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty established its sovereignty over Boodhi Chanderi, making it a sizeable township complete with all the regalia befitting a town. Subsequently, Chanderi was ruled by many local and foreign rulers, and therefore Chanderi preserves the pride of magnanimous diversification under the impressions of such diversified rulership. The latest historical segment in regards to Chanderi can be listed down to 1860, when following a treaty signed between the British and the Scindias, Chanderi was returned to the Gwalior estates after centuries of domination by the rulers from foreign lands. After 1947, the princely state of Gwalior, which included Chanderi, became a part of the newly formed state of Madhya Bharat, later reconstituted and named Madhya Pradesh.

The town of Chanderi is presently a home to Hindus, Muslims and Adivasis; the culture of each being distinct from the other and yet very similar in certain respects. Their constant intermingling has fostered the creation of a composite culture solemnized by communal harmony.Spread over an area of 18 square kilometres, the town of Chanderi is divided into two broad sections – Andar Shaher and Bahar Shaher, each consisting of a labyrinth of settlements interspersed with architectural masterpieces in the form of palaces, mosques, temples and havelis.

Chanderi is surrounded by hills southwest of the Betwa River with numerous lakes and forests and several monuments of the Bundela Rajputs and Malwa sultans. With over 300 monuments, Chanderi is one of the most anticipated tourist attraction of for any visitor to Madhya Pradesh. Tourism in Chanderi is majorly governed by the ancient monument sites that were built by various rulers during their reign.

A recent association of Digital Empowerment Foundation with UNESCO and IHCN initiated an objective to classify and document the entire heritage, culture and tourism of Chanderi. With active role of digital inclusion, you can conveniently discover each and every aspect of Chanderi through chanderiheritage.in

Chanderi is also famous for its hand-woven Chanderi sarees. It is a renowned centre for traditional weavers of saree. The Chanderi sarees have sophistication hard to match and are a common name in middle & rich societies with high demands everywhere.

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