Background

Located at the centre of the state of Madhya Pradesh in India , Jabalpur District, is one of the most important cities in the state . It is situated in the 'Mahakaushal '  region of the state and gets its name from history being the native land of the great 'Jabali Rishi' . The holy 'Narmada' river, which flows through the district,  is the major drinking water source.  There is a multipurpose 'Bargi Dam' Project on this river.   Known world-over for its 'Marble Rocks' and the 'Dhuandhar' waterfalls,the tourist site 'Bhedaghat' is also located in the district. The 'Madan Mahal fort' is located in the City.                   

Places of Interests

1. Madan Mahal Fort    Built by the Gond  ruler, Raja Madan Shah , in 1116 atop a rocky hill, the fort  dominates the skyline and provides a panoramic view of the town and the countryside around it.  

2. Sangram Sagar and Bajana Math  These medieval constructions were built by the famous Gond  king,Sangram Shah, between 1480-1540.

3. Tilwaraghat  The place from where Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed in the Narmada, and venue of the open session of the Tripuri Congress in 1939; the 12th century Mala Devi Mandir and Pisan Hari Jain Temples and Roopnath are some of the other places in and around Jabalpur which merit a visit.

4. Bedaghat   The small village of Jabalpur Tehsil, situated on the bank of river Narmada and widely famous for its marble rocks, is at a distance of about 21 Km from Jabalpur by road.  Soaring in glittering splendour, the Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat rise to a hundred feet on either side of the Narmada . The serene loveliness of the scene is one of cool quiet, the sunlight sparkling on the marble-white pinnacles and casting dappled shadows on the pellucid waters. Sunlight, now glancing from a pinnacle of snow-white marble reared against the deep blue of the sky as from a point of silver ; touching here and there with bright lights the prominences of the middle heights; and again losing itself in the soft bluish grays of their recesses….. Here and there the white saccharine limestone is seamed by veins of dark green or black volcanic rock; a contrast which only enhances, like a setting of jet, the purity of the surrounding marble."

5. Dhuandhar  The Narmada, making its way through the Marble Rocks, narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall, narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhar or the smoke cascade . So powerful is the plunge that its roar is heard from a far distance, The falls and the breaking of the volume of water at the crest present an awesome spectacle of Nature's power unleashed.    

6. Chausat Yogini   Temple  Situated atop a hill rock and approached by a long flight of steps, the Chausat Yogini Temple commands a singularly beautiful view of the Narmada flowing through the jagged Marble Rocks.  Dedicated to Goddess Durga , this 10th century temple has exquisitely carved stone figures of deities belonging to the Kalchuri period. According to a local legend,this ancient temple is connected to the Gond Queen Durgavati's palace through an undergroung passage.

7. Tripur Sundari Temple About 12 kms from city on Bhedaghat Road in village Tewar.

8. Rani  Durgavati Memorial and Museum  Dedicated to the memory of the great Queen Durgavati is her memorial and a museum which houses a fine collection of sculptures, inscriptions and prehistoric relics.

9. Pisanhari ki Madiya    This is another very famous  Jain Temple(Pisanhari ki Madiya).    

*Some other interesting places are Pariyat Tank, Bargi Dam, Lamheta Ghat, Devtal, Bhadbhada. .

Major tourist locations nearby include the Kanha National Forest Reserve in the eastern adjoining district of Mandla and the hill resort Pachmarhi (or Pachmadi) in the western district of Hoshangabad. The town of Maihar famous for the hill temple of Godess Sharada and home to one of the greatest exponents of Hindustani classical music, Ustad Allauddin Khan , is located in the northern neighbouring district of Satna. Also located about 150kms east is the Bandhavgarh National Park .  

 

Climate and Weather

The best time to visit is October to March

TEMPERATURE Summer - Max: 41C Min: 21C;  Winter - Max: 27C Min: 10

Climate is generally much less humid for most part of the year