Pleasure resort and capital of the Gond kings during the 12th century, Jabalpur was later the seat of the Kalachuri dynasty. The Marathas held sway over Jabalpur until 1817, when the British wrested it from them and left their impression on the spacious cantonment with its colonial residences and barracks. Today, Jabalpur is an important administrative centre, a bustle with commercial activity.
How To Go Jabalpur:
Air: Jabalpur is well connected through airlines throughout the country.
Rail: Jabalpur is an important railhead.
Road: Jabalpur is well connected with N. H. No. 12 & 7 and State Highway No. 37 with different parts of the country.
Tourist Attraction Of Jabalpur:
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.
Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath: The famous Gond king, Sangram Shah, between 1480-1540, built these medieval constructions.
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. Museum open everyday from 10 to 5 pm except Mondays and Gazette holidays.
Chausat Yogini Temple: Situated atop a hillock and approaches 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 the goddess Durga, this 10th century temple has exquisitely carved stone figures of deities belonging to the Kalachuri period.
Soapstone Artfacts: The soapstone revealed by the Narmada provides occupation to families of carvers of gods and goddesses, linga, crosses, Madonna’s, ashtrays and trinket boxes.
Dhuandhar Falls: The Narmada, making its way through the Marble Rocks, narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhaundahr 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.
Excursion Of Jabalpur:
Bilhari: 14 km from Kanti. Many pieces of ancient sculpture have been found here.
Marble Rocks Bhedaghat: 23 km from Jabalpur, Soaring in glittering splendour, the Marble Rocks rise to a hundred feet on either side of the Narmada. In the serene loveliness of the scene, the sunlight sparkles on the marble-white pinnacles and casts dappled shadows on the pellucid-waters. Boating facilities are available from November to May, and white boating by moonlight is a thrilling experience, the Marble Rocks have recently been floodlit, adding a new dimension to their splendour.
Nohta: 81 km from Jabalpur, Nohta lies at the confluence of a small stream, Guriaya, and the River Berma. It is believed to have been the capital of the Chandela kings in the early `12th century. About 2 km from the village of Nohta is a Shiva temple, where a Kartik fair is held annually. A few Jain ruins can also be seen in Nohta.
Roopnath: Roopnath, 84 km from Jabalpur, is famous for a ‘lingam’ dedicated to Shiva and placed in a cleft of rock.
Mandla & Ramnagar: 95 km from south of Jabalpur, Mandla is known for its fort, which is situated in a loop of the Narmada River so that the river protects, it on three sides, with a ditch on the fourth. Built in the late 17th century, the fort is now subsiding into the jungle, although some of the towers still stand. About 1.5 km away is Ramnagar with a ruined three-storey palace overlooking the Narmada. The palaces, and thenthe fort, were both built by Gond kings, retreating south before the advance of Moghul power, Near Mandla there is a stretch of the Narmada where many temples dot the riverbank.
Rookhad: 101 km from Nagpur on NH No. 7 and 26 km from Seoni lies Rookhad, a charming retreat in Bison country. Rookhand is a wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the Pench National Park.
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