Neemuch or Nimach is a town in the Malwa region of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The town shares its northeastern border with state of Rajasthan and is the administrative headquarters of Neemuch District. Formerly a large British cantonment of Gwalior princely state, in 1822 the town became the headquarters of the combined Rajputana–Malwa political agency and of the Malwa Agency in 1895. The British Cantonment was disbanded in 1932 after which it was maintained by a British Municipal Board. Neemuch was the birthplace of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 1939 and is home to a large scale army recruitment centre for the organisation. The CRPF still maintains part of Neemuch’s British Military Cantonment, which was the first of its kind in India. The bungalow area, native troops area, bazar area and fields and gardens were maintained initially by the municipal board and later by the Municipal Council. After independence Neemuch City and the Baghana area were included in the municipal area. Neemuch is known as India’s Eye donation capital as it accounts for the highest per capita eye donation rate in the country’. Neemuch also has Asia’s biggest opium alkaloid processing plant which is a government-owned company named- Opium and Alkaloid Works. It is a road junction and distribution centre for agricultural products. Handloom weaving is the major industry here
Tourism and Places of Interest
1 Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary – is wildlife sanctuary situated on the northern boundary of Mandsaur and Nimach districts in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is spread over an area of 368.62 km squire adjoining Rajasthan state in India. It was notified in 1974 and more area was added in 1983. The Chambal River passes through the sanctuary and divides into two parts. The western part is in Nimach district and eastern part is in Mandsaur district.
2 Welspun Solar MP project – Welspun Solar MP project, Asia’s largest solar power plant, inaugurated by Narendra Modi, as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. It is a 151 megawatt photovoltaic power station constructed at a cost of 1100 crore rupees (about $182,000,000) on 305 hectares (750 acres) of land operating since February 2014 at Neemuch.
3 Gomabai Netralaya – Under the leadership of Mr. G.D. Agrawal and the help of Mr. Ramji Lal Goel, Gomabai Netralaya was established at Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh in 1992. Within a short span of a decade, it has become one of the leading ophthalmic centres in India. Patients are provided state-of-art services at affordable rates and even free of cost for economically weaker patients. Neemuch, though situated in Madhya Pradesh, is located close to Rajasthan and Gujarat. Therefore, tribal and rural poor from these states constitute 70% of patients. Gomabai Netralaya has played a key role in achieving the highest per capita rate of eye donation in India for Neemuch and the excellent facilities provided by the institute for performing penetrating keratoplasty, can provide complete solution to the problem of corneal blindness in the region. Gomabai Netralaya is also involved in a continuous process of educating staff and conducting innovative research into the cause and cure of blinding eye diseases.
4 Shri Kileshwar Mahadev Temple – The most important festival of Neemuch is the Shivratri festival which is celebrated every year in the month of March at this temple. Religious tourism to the Kileshwar temple also contributes to wealth creation as 50000 devotees from the town and nearby flock visits during shivratri.
5 Sukhanandji Ashram– Sukhanandji Ashram is situated at a distance of about 32 km from Nimach on the border of Rajasthan in an ancient rock-cave. There is a temple of Shiva here. This place is site of scenic beauty. There is a spring of perennial water. It is said to be founded by Śuka, the son of Vedavyasa. He was also known as Sri Suka, Sukadev and Brahmarata. Śuka was born of his wife, sage Jābāli’s daughter Pinjalā (Vatikā)
6 Nava Toran temple – Nav Toran Temple at village Khor near Vikram Cement campus is an important remnant of an 11th-century temple which consists of ten decorative arches arranged in two rows – one lengthwise and the other width wise crossing each other at the centre and supported on a pair of pillars in the hall and porches. The temple is decorated with leaf-shaped borders, heads of makaras, garland bearers etc. There is a statue of Varaha at the centre of the temple.
7 Morwan Dam – Morwan Dam is 24 km from Neemuch and a beautiful place to visit. Dam is constructed on river Gambhiri and mainly used for irrigation and water supply to nearby places. It is having a beautiful garden and boating facilities are also available. Frequent buses are available to reach there (Neemuch-Singoli-Kota Road)
8 Bhadva Mata Temple – The Bhadva Mata Temple is situated 19 km from Neemuch town in Bhadva village. It is believed that who so ever takes bath in the Baori situated in temple premises get cured of paralysis and Polio. During Nay Ratri 9 days festival takes place in this temple where about 2 lac devotes from all over the country visit this temple. Apart from there temple, there is one more temple in the near vicinity of Neemuch town namely Bhanwarmata (25 km).
9 Harkiyakhal Dam– This dam was constructed in 1960 as a water supply source for Neemuch. This is at a distance 16 km in the south of Neemuch. This is also a picnic spot particularly during rainy season when many near by residents go there for entertainment and enjoyment with their familiars. There is beautiful garden and rest house near this dam.
10 Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary– The Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary situated in the south-east portion of the Pratapgarh district in Rajasthan, India. It is a dense forest, with an area of 422.95 square kilometres, which is about 40% of the total land area of the district. The land is undulating because of the confluence of three different formations — Malwa Plateau, the Vindhyachal Hills and Aravali mountain ranges.
11 Menal Water Fall – Menal is famous for its ancient Shiva temples, picturesque water falls and dense forests. It is also known as the “Mini Khajuraho” blessed with natures bounty.Prithviraj Chauhana, who also ruled Delhi for a while, had set his heart on Menal, and it became his favourite mountain retreat when the scorching Rajasthan summer would set in. For this he built a palace on the banks of the Menal river which runs over granite slabs before finally plunging into a gorge over 122 meters deep. The entrance to the mansion is via a two storeyed gateway carved with images of the gods Ganesha and Bhairava. The square courtyard beyond the entrance houses a huge Shiva temple of stone, built in the ancient Hindu style with a carved pagoda and pillars
Distances to other towns:
|Distance||Type of airport|
|Ajmer||262 km||operations begins in 2016|
|Ujjain||249 km||No Airline Service|
|Kota||160 km||No Airline Service|
|Ratlam||145 km||No Airline Service|
|Bhilwara||120 km||No Airport|
|Chittorgarh||060 km||No Airport|
|Mandsaur||050 km||No Airport|