Jabalpur City


 Jabalpur is one the biggest city of Madhya Pradesh State in Central India. It lies in Mahakoshal region of Madhya Pradesh, Central India. It is a district of Madhya Pradesh State. District Head quarter of Jabalpur is in Jabalpur city. It is considered one of the fastest growing cities of Central India. Despite of the pace of growth, it is believed to have maintained its natural beauty and resources. It is on the bank of holy Narmada River. Jabalpur is also known for famous National Parks (Tiger reserves) around it and marble rocks on Narmada River. From Wildlife Tourism point of view also Jabalpur has its unique presence in Tourist Map of Madhya Pradesh. Important government offices like head quarters of West Central Zone, Madhya Pradesh High court, Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board etc are in Jabalpur city.

History of Jabalpur City :

It is a historical city and has description in ancient Hindu’s religious books & Veda’s. The name of the Jabalpur City is derived from holy Hindu saint “Jabaali” who had his aashram in this area. Jabalpur is also known as “Gondwana Land”. Jabalpur was the capital of Gond kings during the 12th century. During the 16th century it became the powerful states of Gondwana. After 16th century, i.e. after defeat of Rani Durgawati, area lost its enamor and flourish-ness. Although it was ruled by Gonds but with limited rights & power under supremacy of Mughals, It was also beleaguered by the Mughals and later it was conquered by the Marathas in the end of 17th century.

Finally in 19th century, it came under British rule. Jabalpur became major army center under British Rule and was head quarter of anti-thuggee cult department under the leadership of Col. W. H. Sleeman. Since then Jabalpur remains an important administration head quarter for Central India. It has Head Offices of major government offices like West Central Railway,MadhyaPradesh State Electricity Board etc.

Jabalpur Places to See

Jabalpur city is rated most favorable city for Tourism in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. It posses gifted natural scenic beauty of hills, ponds, river, water-fall, historical monuments etc. Local Sightseeing in Jabalpur is usually of single day but to do meaningful Jabalpur Local Sightseeing, one day is not enough. City is surrounded by number of historical monuments and sites. Five most popular Tiger Reserves of Central India are in approachable distance from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. World renowned Tiger Reserves like Kanha, Bandhavgarh & Pench National parks are most suitably visited via Jabalpur. Considering the importance of location and connectivity through all major metro cities of India, Jabalpur city has been preferred as a gateway for wildlife tours of Central India. In every tour-program having Madhya Pradesh Tiger Reserves in their itinerary, give at least one day city tour of Jabalpur on arrival/departure.

Jabalpur has enough number of places to visit that single day seems short of time. Still must tourist attractions of Jabalpur city includes following places of interest:

Bhedaghat or Bheraghat :

Most popular boating site of Jabalpur city is Bhedaghat. It is 25 km away from main city and the most favorite picnic spot for tourists visiting Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Here one can enjoy boating in Bhedaghat on holy Narmada river in between gleaming marble rocks. Many bollywood movies has been shooted here like Ashoka, Jis Desh Me Ganga Behti Hai etc. Bhedaghat is a must see tourist spot under Jabalpur city tour.Boating in marble rocks valley is a unique experience for every visitors.

Dhuandhar :

It is a waterfall in adjoining part of Bhedaghat. Here one can observe the force of water flow and considered photogenic spot. Here river passes through narrow passage and produces fog and sound. Dhuandhar can also be viewed from overview thorough rope-way drive. One can also do shopping of marble show-pieces in Dhaundhar local market.

Chousat Yogini Temple :

Temple is in between Bhedaghat and Dhuandhar. Chousat Yogini is a temple of about 95 beautifully carved statues of Yogini’s. It is top of the small hill with no entrance charge. Here inside the main temple Lord Shiva & Parvati can be seen together on riding on lord Nandi (bull). Main temple is encircled by 95 statues of yogini’s. Temple is estimated to be built in 11th century by Kalchuri rulers.

Madan Mahal Fort & Balance rock :

This fort is a pride of Jabalpur city. Madan Mahal fort was built on 11th century by 38th Gond (Tribe) ruler, Madansahi later on it was repaired by Gond ruler Sangramshah. It is built on top of the hill and visible from most of the city part. While going towards Madan Mahal fort, one can also see another piece of attraction “Balance rock” in bonus. Balance rock is a large piece of natural rock positioned over another rock occupying very less area. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department is planning for light & sound show program in Madan Mahal fort like going on in Khajuraho & Orchha.

Kachnar City Shiva Temple :

Kachnar City is considered best newly developed section of Jabalpur city. With the development of Kachnar city, builder developed a 76 ft. high statue of lord Shiva under open sky. Statue was completed in year 2006 and made available to general public and devotees. Surroundings of statue was developed and maintained beautifully. It is most latest tourist attraction of Jabalpur city.

Dumna Nature Reserve :

Close to Jabalpur Dumna Airport, eco tourism site called Dumna Nature Reserve has been opened for general public. It is spread over an area of 1058 hectare of land on Jabalpur Airport road about 10 kms from city center. One can do nature walk on this nature reserve and can see wild animals like spotted dears, Chitals, wild boar, porcupine, jackals, monkey, many species of birds etc. In addition to it, boating can also be enjoyed on Khandari Dam. Bathing and swimming in Khandari dam is strictly not allowed as crocodiles are present in the water. It is also a source of water for Jabalpur city. Children park and restaurant is also developed in this nature reserve. Many new attractions are under construction. One can see hanging bridge, tent platform, rest house, fishing platform on Dumna Nature Reserve. Entrance charge for Dumna Nature Reserve is nominal, Rs.10/- per person. Its timing is from 8:30 hrs to 17:00 hrs, 7 days in a week.

Gwarighat or Gowarighat :

Jabalpur city is fully blessed by holy river Narmada. Gwarighat is on Narmada river on one end of Jabalpur city. Place is known for doing after-death rituals of Hindu religion. Many hindu temples are situated in Gwarighat. Here hindu people put ashes of their deceased relative in holy river Narmada with a believe that it will lead the soul of deceased person to ultimate peace.

Tilwara Ghat :

This ghat is a another ghat of Narmada river. In Tilwara ghat, some ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were put in holy Narmada river. Here people usually come to take bath in river. Tilwara ghat in Jabalpur have many temples also to visit.

Jelehri Ghat :

Just close to Gwarighat, another ghat called Jelehri ghat is present. It is a peacefull place in comparision to Gwarighat and often people comes to spent some time in peace and also to take bath in peaceful atmosphere. Jelehri ghat most suitable for peace loving peoples in Jabalpur city.

Tripur Sundari Temple :

While going towards Bhedaghat from Jabalpur or vice versa, one can go for visit of Tripur Sundari Temple. It can be reached through side road, about 5km. deviation from main road. Tripur Sundari Temple have statue of devi (godess) that emerge from ground. Tripur Sundari Devi is sacred for Kalchuri dynasty and was a place of worship since then i.e. since 11th century.

Pisan Hari Ki Madhiya :

It is a sacred place for Jain community. It is beautiful Jain temple situated just beside main Jabalpur-Nagpur road in Jabalpur city. It is said that temple was a initiative of group of women who spend their earned income from grinding of consumable food grains. Now it become attraction of Jabalpur city.

Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum:

Built in the year 1964, to commemorate Queen Durgavati, Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum is a storehouse of various treasured relics. The museum is home to precious miscellanies like ancient sculptures and rare manuscripts. Antique idols of Gods and Goddesses that dates back to the 10th century are also preserved in the place. A section of the museum is completely set aside, to store objects and artifacts related to the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath:

These medieval constructions were erected under the imperial regime of the famous Gond King, Sangram Shah. Built in a time span that stretches from 1480 to 1540, these ancient buildings stand at a distance of 15 km from the main city of Jabalpur. Their imposing stance is worth a sight. Aquatic birds like red crested pochards, coots and pin-tailed ducks waddle in the nearby Sangram Sagar Lake and add to the attraction of the place.