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Jabalpur Tourism And Travel Guide
23.4° C / 74° F
October to February
3 to 4 Days
Dumna Airport (25 kms)
One of the most important cities in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur has had a chequered history. The city historically has been considered a holy city from time immemorial partially because of the Narmada River acknowledged to have always been a holy river. The history of Jabalpur can be traced back to 300 BCE, during the period of Ashoka whose edicts have been found in the vicinity of Jabalpur in Rupnath, which is 84 km away.
This establishes the period of the Mauryan Empire ending in 185 BCE. The Satvahanas came next and their period ended in 220 CE. The Bodhis, Senas and then the Gupta Dynasty (320 to 550) followed. The Kalchuris came next during 6th and 7th centuries. Their descendants carried on till the power shifted to the Gondwana kings and then the Marathas who ruled from 1781 till the British East India Company took over. Tourism in Jabalpur is most interesting since there are monuments as well as natural sites for visitors. A travel guide to Jabalpur is placed below in brief.
How to Reach
Jabalpur has fairly good roads. Cities such as Delhi, Kolkata or Mumbai are therefore well connected with Jabalpur if you would like to travel by road. To give an example, Jabalpur is around 830 km from Delhi and one can cover this distance in about 14 h. Mumbai, 1100 km away would take around 20 h to cover.
There are several fast trains connecting Jabalpur with other important cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. Mumbai is about 997 km from Jabalpur. The fastest train takes about 15 h to cover the distance. Howrah, 1152 km away takes about 15 h to cover this distance.
Jabalpur is presently connected with six cities by air. The airport is around 10 km away from the city and there are vehicles to reach you to the airport from the city. However, in case you do not have suitable flight conditions it is a better idea to take a train to Jabalpur.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer (March to June):
With temperatures soaring to 40°C and beyond, Jabalpur is not comfortable for visitors to roam around and see places.
Monsoon (July to September):
It does rain quite a bit in Jabalpur during the monsoon period. Very high humidity and heavy rains can be expected in July-August period. The temperature could also be fairly high, around 37.8°C.
Jabalpur is absolutely wonderful in winter. The temperature is usually between a comfortable 27°C and a cold 8°C. However, if one is well covered, it will be quite comfortable to spend the days and nights in Jabalpur.
Things to Do
Pisanhari ki Madiya:
Pisanhari ki Madiya is a very attractive Jain temple located on an elevated feature near the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College. Maintained extremely well, this is an amazingly peaceful place for one to spend some time in an atmosphere that is quiet and divine. Although reaching this place requires you to go on an uphill trudge and there are several steps before you can reach the temple, once on the top you feel very serene and calm. Along the way up there are benches to rest on so that you do not feel tired.
Visit the awesome Gurudwara at Gwarighat:
This is a visit you will find memorable. Visit the beautiful gurudwara built to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak. Join in the regular Guru ka Langar and take back warm memories of the day well spent.
Admire Madan Mahal Fort:
Built around 800 years ago, the Madan Mahal Fort is an architect’s delight. You will love it too with its watch tower and secret passages, the stable and the war rooms. When you reach the height at which the Fort is located you can see the area all around and below you. It’s an exhilarating feeling.
Enjoy the cable car ride over the Dhuandhar Falls:
For just Rs. 60/ have the thrill of your life, take the cable car ride over the Dhuandhar Falls. This will be the high point of your life even as you see the mist rise from the fall and hear the crashing sound.
Take a holy dip in the Narmada River:
Narmada River is one of the holiest rivers in the country. People believe that your sins get washed away with a dip in the river. The water is cool and clean. You will love the freshness after you have had the dip.
Take the amazing boat ride on the Narmada:
Go to Bhedaghat and take the boat ride. It will be one of the most memorable events in your life. The boat ride is smooth and placid. You can believe the boatman when he tells you that the water is hundreds of meters deep!
Observe nature from near, visit Bargi Dam:
When you visit Bargi Dam you will become a part of nature. There are birds of diverse species. Go on one of the exciting rides and then sit down and enjoy your picnic. Time stands still at such a beautiful spot.
Where to Eat
Jabalpur is still a relatively small place where life runs at a slow pace. People are relaxed unlike in the bigger metros. You can get just about all types of food here. There are big restaurants and small ones too. Then there is street food! Those that live here talk rapturously about samosa and mangoda, Bhajiya and bhel Puri besides the awesome poha and jalebi that one can get only during the mornings. Then there are seekh kababs and rabdi, malpua and chicken samosa!! Go where your heart takes you and eat well.
Jabalpur is an amazing place for shopaholics! The choices include exquisite fabrics and a bewildering variety of crafts, antiques and jewellery. You will ultimately get confused as to what to buy. Go to the old bazaar where tourists love to go so that they can pick up attractive and traditional products. Stuffed toys and jute crafts, brassware and silver products besides zardosi embroidery and souvenirs are all begging for attention. Visit the Government Emporium, Mrignayani for handicraft items from all over the country at affordable prices.