Madhya Pradesh has started hosting India’s biggest water carnival, The Jal Mahotsav which will leave you surprised. It is organized every year in Hanuwantiya in the state's Madhya Dweep islands - touted to become the country's first aqua city in the near prospect. This place can be easily reached via Indore, Khandwa and Nagpur. Hanuwantiya is present in the backwater of Indira Sagar Dam on Narmada River. From having clear skies, green foliage and azure waters, the whole area is spread over 955 sq km and is a home to 119 islands, called Madhya Dweep.
In present time the government has been budding this hitherto uncharted territory to support aqua tourism which will actually be the first one in the state. Amenities for water sports and aqua safaris have been started at Hanuwantiya, with related plans for the islands of Sailani and Moriyama.
For providing the tourist with comfortable stay cottages, Swiss-style camping tents and houseboats are also made. To the more, the authorities have handed over this place to a private company to make this a better tourist place.
Every year in the month of October, the island converts into a tent-city that organizes the Jal Mahotsav for eighty days. To make it more interesting adventure activities on land, air, or water such as parasailing and water zorbing to hot air ballooning and All Terrain Vehicle ATV racing can be experienced. Even activities such as jet skiing, surfing, motor boating, snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing, zip lining, wall climbing, paintball, volleyball, archery and kite-flying can also be done.
Integrating elements of eco-tourism into Jal Mahotsav, birdwatching expeditions, a night camping in the wilderness and forest treks have also been a party of the Hanuwantiya and its neighbouring islands. You can also spot a number of bird and butterfly species, animals like leopard, deer and wild hog in the area. So this looks so exciting but this is not the end, you can also go for early morning yoga sessions, indulging in a relaxing spa session, shopping at the craft bazaar and trying out all sorts of local delicacies at the food zone. Don’t forget to go for the popular bullock cart ride around the nearby villages.
Regular cultural performances are also held at the festival grounds, with colourful folk dances and foot-tapping music which makes the atmosphere lively.
Go for advance booking and plan your trip beforehand so that you don't miss the opportunity of enjoying this unique festival in Madhya Pradesh.