Harda is a small town in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city none other than the capital Bhopal at a distance of 182 km north. Those with a thrill and enthusiasm for temples, cuisine and Indian landscape can explore this area. The town’s development was brought about by the British with the combination of Kul Harda and Mehmudabad villages.
Places to Stay
Harda being a small town, there are naturally no places to put up for the night. One is forced to venture into Bhopal for lodging. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Ranjeet Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Silver Inn Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Gaurav Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Hotel Sonali Regency (Tariff – Rs. 650).
The official language of the area is Hindi. Urdu is also used in some areas of the region.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in Bhopal are Mahalaxmi Mandir, Sai Mandir, Shri Siddhi Vinayak Mandir among others. However, the state in itself is a haven of tourist attraction, often referred to as ‘Hindustan-ka-Dil’ or the heart of India. The neighbouring city of Bhopal has a couple of tourist attractions among which Van Vihar National Park, Taj-ul-Masjid, Bharat Bhavan and Lower Lake are worth a visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal at a distance of 195 km.
Bhopal Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 183 km.
Both state transport as well as private buses cater to the needs of passengers in the region. Buses to the area are available from both Bhopal and Indore. While booking your tickets online, look out for bus booking offer that many bus booking portals provide.