“Ratlam with its old world charm and various other facets was a princely state in the historical era, thus the city attracts a variety of people. The talk of the town is its market full of gold and silver ornaments.”
While you plan your holiday in Madhya Pradesh, make sure that you visit Ratlam, located in the northwestern part of the state in the Malwa Region. Earlier Ratlam was famous for the trade of opium and tobacco, but post-independence the city gathered importance and grew better in its architecture and urbanization. Being an important city, it is a delight for tourists because it is like a hidden gem with its bazaars and nearby travel destinations. Ratlam was once a princely state, which has its amazing history. The city now offers architectural wonders at every nook and corner and also the food of the city is mouth-watering. Ratlami sev, a popular Indian snack is a famous and lip-smacking delight that Ratlam offers, it is made with gram flour, cloves, pepper and other spices. The snack is a beautiful amalgamation of various Indian delights.
Places to visit in Ratlam
The city has marvelous sightseeing options for its tourists, that is adorned with classic and modern architecture. The city offers a beautiful blend of historical architecture and modern-day houses at the very same time. The various tourist spots range from wildlife parks to temples to heritage sights.
Kharmour Bird Sanctuary - Situated in Sailana Village in Ratlam District, named after the ‘Kharmour’ bird, a very rare species. One can spot a variety of birds in this exotic location, the migratory birds also flock here. This place is surely a heaven for nature lovers.
Cactus Graden - A place famous for picnic spots Ratlam’s Cactus Graden is one of them. The beautiful garden houses a variety of cactus spread all over the area. The garden is an extremely famous tourist sight and attracts thousands of visitors every day. Cactus Garden is situated 21 km away from Ratlam, the garden is one of the largest cactus gardens in Asia with over 1200 species of cactus.
Dholawad Dam - It is a major tourist attraction and is a must visit place in Ratlam, located at a distance of 25 km from Ratlam in Raoti. The place offers a picturesque sunset and is a perfect getaway for an ideal picnic.
Bandhavgarh National Park - One of the most exotic wildlife destinations in Madhya Pradesh, the tourists can avail jeep safari to take a tour around the forest. The park offers a mesmerizing variety of flora and fauna; it has the highest population of tigers in India.
Jhar - Located in the east of Ratlam district, the name of the place comes from the presence of various waterfalls in the region. A beautiful place situated in the lap of nature, with scenic waterfalls. Jhar is surely a tourist destination that you have to tick off your bucket list.
Best time to visit Ratlam
The best time to visit Ratlam for a trip is between October and March, as the weather is pleasant and it makes the trip enjoyable. The place has a lot to offer thus, visiting the place in a travel-friendly weather is all you need while you plan a trip.
How to Reach Ratlam
Ratlam is considered to be one of the most sought-after tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh. Every year thousands of historians and architectural enthusiast visit Ratlam to explore its countless memorials. It is also a significant hub for the gold industry.
By Air - The nearest airport to reach Ratlam is Indore airport, which is around 104 km away for the heart of the city. From the airport, one has to take a cab or a bus to reach the town.
By Rail - Regular trains are available for Ratlam from all the major cities of the country, thus the place is quite accessible via Indian Railways.
By Road - National Highways and smooth roads connect Ratlam to the various major cities of the country.