Located at the center of India’s Heart, the state of Madhya Pardesh, Jabalpur is well known as the cultural capital or Sanskar Dhani of the state. One of the fastest growing cities and major districts of Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur is renowned all over the world for its marbles and Dhuandhar Waterfalls. A home to the Gond tribe, Jabalpur is also known as the Gondwana Land.
For all those who wish to experience Indian wildlife closely, Jabalpur is the closest Air, Rail and Road gateway which leads to some of the world acclaimed natural reserves namely Bandhavgadh, Kanha, Pench and Satpura Tiger National Parks. Yes! Various National Parks in Jabalpur and its surrounding areas inhabit Tigers which are now very rare in India.
Major Attractions in Jabalpur
- Madan Mahal Fort – The most prominent tourist attraction of Jabalbur, this charming fort was built in the 12th century by the Gond Rulers. Situated amidst captivating surroundings and mountainous contours, this place offers a great scenic view to its visitors. The fort consists of pleasure chamber of kings, war rooms and a small repository which are surely worth a visit while on a trip to Jabalpur.
- Dhuandhar Falls – The most spectacular waterfall of Madhya Pradesh, Dhuandhar falls have been named so because of the vivacious mass of mist and smoke that forms when the water falls on the ground. Situated on the Narmadha River in Bhedghat, Dhuandhar falls is a place surely not to be missed in Jabalpur. When the water falls from the height of 10 meters, a very loud and powerful roar can be heard even from a far off distance. Also there is a ropeway here which offers a completely scintillating view of the falls and Narmada River. This is definitely worth a try!
- Marble Rock Formations – Jabalpur is well known for its captivating rock formations of white marble on the banks of Narmada River in Bhedghat. The marble found here is very fine and is supplied to entire country for making of statues and art work made up of marble stone. These formations are unique and rare.
- Lord Shiva Statue – The 76feet tall statue of Lord Shiva consecrated at the Kachnar City in Jabalpur is a magnificent site. One of the largest statues of Lord Shiva in India has the almighty in a sitting posture.
- Dumna Nature Reserve Park – Various wild animals such as wild boar, jackals, porcupine, chitals etc. are residents of this nature reserve park. A few leopards can also be spotted in and around this natural reserve. A children’s park and a restaurant are also available in its premises.
Other place of tourist interest in Jabalpur are
- Chaunsath Yogini Temple
- Balancing Rocks, Gwari Ghat
- Gurudwara Shri Gwari Ghat Saheb
- Hanumantal Jain Temple
- Sangram Sagar Lake
- Rani Durgavati Museum
- Bargi Dam
- Bhanwar Tal
Festivals and Fairs
All the major Indian festivals are celebrated in Jabalpur with great excitement and splendor. The most special among these are Navratri and Dussehra. The city is a home to the people belonging to Gond Tribe who have a distinct way of celebrating festivals. They celebrate by performing various types of traditional dance forms such as Karma, Phulpati, Matki and Giridaand.
Best time to visit
Any time between the months of October and January is the best time to visit Jabalpur. This is the time of winters in this city when the weather is perfect for outings, sightseeing and enjoying outdoor excursions.
How to reach
By air – Jabalpur airport, known as Dumna Airport is about 20km away from the center of the city. Flights are available almost on a daily basis from all the major airports of the country.
By train – Jabalpur serves as the headquarters of west central railway and is well connected to rest of the country by way of a good train service. The Jabalpur Main station is meant for the interstate travel while the Madan Mahal Station serves the passengers for intra-city travel.
By Road – Jabalpur is linked to other major cities of the country by way of good roads. The longest national highway, which is National Highway No.7, passes through the city. Also, National Highway No.12 originates from Jabalpur and connects it to Jaipur. Moreover, regular state and private transport buses are available to and from most of the towns and cities of Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Maharashtra.