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Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

A Paradise for Adventure Lovers

Also see: Familiarization (FAM) Tour of Madhya Pradesh (MP)

The third edition of Jal Mahotsav is scheduled on 15 Oct. 2017 – 02 Jan 2018

For booking contact: M.P STATE TOURISM DEV. CORPN.LTD.“CHITRAKOOT”, ROOM  67, 6TH FLOOR, 230-A, A.J.C.BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA 700020TEL:033-2287-5855/2283-3526

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) in order to boost tourism in Madhya Pradesh (MP) organized the first ever water festival in the country Jal Maotsav.

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Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya, Khandwa District, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

The 10 day long Jal Mahotsav (जलमहोत्सव) began on 11 Feb. 2016 and was held at Hanuwantiya or Hanumantiya (हनुमंतिया), in Khandwa district. Hanuwantiya is a small village on the banks of Indira Sagar of one the largest lakes created by damming the Narmada River.

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Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex

Hunuwantiya Tourist Complex consists of five cottages, each consisting of two double bed rooms, providing a grand view of the endless Indira Sagar.

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Boat House, Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

The tourist complex also consists of a large open space and a boat house, acting as a hub of water sports activity. During the Jal Mahotsav the area adjoining the the Hunuwantiya Tourist Complex and next to the Indira Sagar was turned into a tented city.

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Tent Complex, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex

Apart from tented accommodation the complex also contained conference tent and dinning tents along with highly decorative reception tent. The entire area was eco friendly and the golf carts and cycles were the only from of transport within the tented city.

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Golf Cart and Cycle, the only form of transport in Jal Mahotsav tent area

The main focus of the Jal Mahotsav was to promote adventure tourism. Several adventure activities were brought under the same roof during the 10 day long Jal Mahotsav. Since the Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex was situated next to a large water body, so the primary importance was on water adventure activity.

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Water Scooter and Speed Boat, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

Speed Boat rides took passengers deep inside the Indira Sagar Lake and those seeking for adrenaline rush can opt for the Water Scooter. Water Zorbing, consisting of a inflatable cylinder, also attracted a large number of adventure seekers.

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Banana Boat and Water Zorbing, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

Banana Boat consists of unpowered inflatable boat consisting of two banana shaped tube. It can accommodate about 8 – 10 people and is towed by a speed boat.

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Water Parasailing, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

But the ultimate water adventure activity was Parasailing, where a person is towed behind a boat while attached to a specially designed parachute. Parasailing provides an amazing aerial view of the Indira Sagar Lake.

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Island Camping, Hanuwantiya

Jal Mahotsav also provides an opportunity of Island Camping, but the tents in the island are bare necessity compared with the luxurious tents of Hanuwantiya. The Island Camping trips also comes in with Trekking and Bird Watching Excursions.

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Cruise on Indira Sagar, Hanuwantiya, Jal Mahotsav

The water activities in Jal Mahotsav were not all adventurous and the non adventitious soul can opt for a leisurely Cruise ride on Indira Sagar.

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Artificial Rack Climbing and Zip – Line, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

The adventure activities of the water festival is not restricted to water adventure only. There were land adventure also and included adventure activities like Climbing Walls. A Zip – Line connects the artificial rock to the banks of the lake providing a thrilling ride for adventure seekers.

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Burma Bridge and Net Walk, Jal mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

Luckily the adventures were restricted to adults only and the tented area consisted of a adventure zone exclusively for the kids. The zone consisted of Burma Bridge (a specially designed rope bridge), Net Walk and Tyre Swing.

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Land Parasailing, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

The area also provided entertainment opportunities for non – adventurous adult and included activities like Tug of War and Volleyball. Land Parasaling, where the person is towed by a jeep, was also a highlight of Jal Mahotsav in Hanuwantiya.

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Hot Air Ballooning, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

The most sought after adventure activities of the Jal Mahotsav in Hanuwantiya were in air. The Hot Air Ballooning and Para Motoring attracted a large number of adventure seekers.

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Aerial view from Hot Air balloon of the Hunawantiya tents, Jal Mahotsav

Couple of huge hot air balloons were in operation in the different sections of the Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex and provided a great view of the entire complex.

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Para Motor, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

But the greatest aerial views were obtained from the Para Motor, It consists of a frame that combines the motor, propeller, harness (with integrated seat) and cage. The para motor which soared to a height of 300 feet providing a unbelievable bird’s eye view of the Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex.

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Aerial view of Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex from Para Motor during Jal Mahotsav

The most attractive flying object in the sky above Hanuwantiya Tourist Complex was neither Hot Air Balloons and Para Motor but a large assortment of Kites.

Kite flying, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantia

Kite flying, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

The kites came in all possible shape, size and colours and created a dramatic spectacle in the backdrop of the blue sky.

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Cultural Program, Jal Mahotsav, Hanuwantiya

Activities of the Jal Mahotsav, went late into the evening with cultural programs from various districts from Madhya Pradesh (MP).

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Sunset at Hanuwantiya during Jal Mahotsav

The first edition of Jal Mahotsav came to an end on 21 Feb. 2016 but this is not the end but only the beginning.

Rates of different activates in Jal Mahotsav 2016:

  1. Para Motor Rs500
  2. Hot Air Ballooning Rs500
  3. Parasaling (water) Rs500
  4. Parasailing (Land) Rs500
  5. Rock Climbing Wall Rs100
  6. Zip – Line Rs100
  7. Jet Ski Rs400
  8. Banana Boat Rs150
  9. Zorbing Rs100
  10. Motor Boat (3 person) Rs210
  11. Cruise Rs150

Note: This trip was part of a FAM (Familiarization) trip of Hanuwantiya (Jal Mahotsav), Omkareshwar, Maheshwar and Mandu. Special Thanks to:

  • Abhijit Dhar, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC), Kolkata
  • My fellow FAM paricipants Uttara Gangopadhyay, Soumya Mukherjee amd Ishandev Chatterjee

The third edition of Jal Mahotsav is scheduled on 15 Oct. 2017 – 02 Jan 2018

For booking contact: M.P STATE TOURISM DEV. CORPN.LTD.“CHITRAKOOT”, ROOM  67, 6TH FLOOR, 230-A, A.J.C.BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA 700020TEL:033-2287-5855/2283-3526


  1. Suruchi Gupta
    February 24, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Delighted to know such. A festival took place in India. Hope it attend the next edition! Hope they publicise the second edition well enough !

    • February 25, 2016 at 9:15 PM

      Dear Suruchi, MPTDC did extensive campaigning of Jal Mahotsav through print and TV advertisement. They were also active in social media. Even they distributed leaflets in shopping malls in Kolkata, its a pity that you missed it.

      Don’t worry there is always next time, do have a great time in Jal Mahotsav 2017.

  2. February 25, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun.

  3. March 6, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Looks very interesting…. could you please add the rates they are charging for individual activities? Or were there any package deals ?

    • May 18, 2016 at 4:04 PM

      Thanks Amitabha for the mention, I have added the rates

  4. Aisha Sharma
    July 21, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Are these sport can be enjoyed at this point of time? Can we enjoy all that water sports in the month of August or so??

    • July 21, 2016 at 5:01 PM

      Thanks Aisha for the comment, but sorry the water sports and water and adventure sports only happen during the festival time, for the rest of the year there is only speed boat rides.

  5. Ravi jat
    September 27, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    I will plan visiting the place for upcoming jal mahotsav please suggest which time we will plan

    • October 8, 2016 at 8:29 PM

      Dear Ravi the second edition of Jal Mahotsav will be held from 15 Dec 2016 to 15 Jan 2017, plese do visit it.

  6. dinesh churiwal
    November 4, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    is their any online site for booking and other informations.

    • November 8, 2016 at 1:57 PM

      Not very sure do contact the MP Tourism office

  7. Gaurav verma 9826785000
    November 7, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Dear Mr.dutta last time, had enjoyed lot with family all adventure sports were amazing, my 5 years daughter enjoyed hot Air balloon , asking one thing if someone wants to needs commercial place for a month what is the process..

    • November 8, 2016 at 2:01 PM

      Dear Mr Verma nice to know that you were there with me at the first edition of Jal Mahotsav. May I know where are you from??

      But, sorry I have no idea of the procedure of booking commercial space at the second edition of the Jal Mahotsav. I think it is best to contact the MP Tourism office.

    • November 23, 2016 at 11:42 AM

      Dear Mr gaurav , if you want commercial place in this season of jal mahotsav , kindly contacts us .
      E-mail – lifetourtravels@gmail.com

  8. Ronit Aryan
    November 22, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    where can I get the other info…….. and booking procedure??

    • November 25, 2016 at 10:47 PM

      Dear Rohit, please contact the local MP Tourism office for booking details. Do have a great time at the Jal Mahotsav

  9. swapnil jain
    November 24, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    we are so excited about the jal mahotsav but the charges of rooms are so high.

    • November 25, 2016 at 10:51 PM

      Dear Swapnil you are very right. The tents in Jal Mahotsav are really expensive but they are very luxurious also. It is a good value for money. Please do visit the Jal Mahotsav for an ultimate adventure experience

  10. Shishir
    November 24, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Hi Rangan,

    I would require few additional details for the Jal mahotsav planned from Dec 15th till Jan 15th.
    Please help me with below queries:
    1) How many adventure activities will be organised? Can you please list down available list for December Jal mahotsav.
    2) What are the charges for Paramotoring and Hot air ballooning.
    3) How many MP tourism cottages(build permanently) are available for booking and can they accomodate 3 person.
    4) How can we reach this place from Khandwa. Do they offer any services for pick & drop.

    Appreciate your help in guiding people.

    • November 25, 2016 at 10:55 PM

      Sorry Shishir, I am not able to answer your questions. Please contact the MP Tourism for all the details.

      Regarding the permanent cottages, I would suggest you to stay in the tents. They are luxury tents withe ac and attached toilets and staying in them is an experience not to be missed.

  11. Vijay deshkar
    November 28, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Nice,would like to be a part of it

    • November 28, 2016 at 11:29 PM

      Dear Vijay please do visit the second edition of Jal mahotsav (15 Dec 2016 – 15 Jan 2017) and do have a great time.

  12. Muffi
    November 30, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Tents are very much costly there!when i saw the hoarding in Mumbai,i was exited to visit jal mahotsav but after listening about the rate of tents I’ll probably not visit.

    • November 30, 2016 at 1:54 PM

      Dear Muffi, its true the tents are really costly, but these are not ordinary tents come in with air condition attached bath with running hot & cold water. Also converting almost a barren space into a tented city costs a lot.

      I can understand the cost is high but its a good value for money, so I would suggest you to reconsider your decision.

      Hope you visit the Jal Mahatsov

  13. Swapnil Sharma
    November 30, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Hi our friend circle is planning to visit in forthcoming Jal mahotsav.

    Hope we can contact MP tourism office Indore for same also any offer you can offer.Also any other direct contact person.

    • November 30, 2016 at 1:56 PM

      Please do contact the MP tourism office for all information related to Jal mahotsav

  14. Swapnil Sharma
    November 30, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Any offer on tent rates ???

    • November 30, 2016 at 1:57 PM

      Dear Swapnil, you can get the tent and other rates from the MP Tourism office. Do have a great time at the Jal Mahotsav

  15. meet
    November 30, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    i am too much intrested for jal mohatshav … with whom i contact of more details?any contac number of personal traveller…

  16. January 25, 2017 at 11:12 PM

    very nice the hanumantiya

    January 3, 2018 at 7:17 PM


    • January 14, 2018 at 6:34 PM

      Hope you had a great time during the Jal Mahotsav in Hanumantiya

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