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Amarkantak

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"King of Pilgrimages"

Amarkantak Tourism

Amarkantak, also known as "Teerthraj" (the king of pilgrimages) is located amidst the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 1065 meters, Amarkantak is a hill station that offers visitors some of the most exquisite temples that one will ever see. The Narmada river, one of India's Holy Rivers, originates from Amarkantak rendering this place special.

Apart from being the birthplace for the river Narmada, Amarkantak also serves as the confluence point for the rivers Narmada, Sone and Johila. The dense forests of Amarkantak have plants rich in medicinal properties, making it significant from the ecological point of view. It is believed that the mystic poet, Sant Kabir, meditated here on Kabir Chabutra. Amarkantak is known for its rich cultural heritage. 

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History

Amarkantak’s history has a touch of the holy and spiritual to it. The river Narmada which flows through Amarkantak is said to have been blessed by Lord Shiva himself, and devotees strongly believe that a dip in its holy water would absolve them of all sins and provide them with a life blessed with boons. Amarkantak also holds significance in the religious epic Mahabharat and is believed to be the place where the Pandavas spent a significant portion of their exile in. Amarkantak was ruled by the king of Nagpur in the 1800s and then later passed into foreign hands.

The Exquisite Pilgrimage

Amarkantak stands out in the middle of the great Vindhya and Satpura range. It is the main pilgrim hub of central India and also known for the origins of river Narmada, Sone and Johilla. According to the legends, of all the sacred rivers in India, Narmada has a unique significance. The story says that Lord Shiva blessed the Narmada with unique purifying powers. To purify oneself, the mere sight of the river is enough. Amarkantak also finds a mention in Mahabharat, where Pandavas made one of their homes during their exile.

Etymology

The name Amarkantak has its roots from two Sanskrit words - amara meaning immortal and kantaka meaning obstruction. The great poet Kalidas gave it the name - Amrakuta, and it later came to be called as Amarkantak.

Restaurants and Local Food in Amarkantak

Amarkantak has a majority population of Hindus and also because it is considered as the Land Of Temples, finding non vegetarian food in this city will be next to impossible. Hence, the city predominantly follows a vegetarian cuisine with the conventional delicacies from all of India being available. A lot of restaurants aren't available, though one will come across a lot of Dharamshalas where people get food.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Start your day by visiting the famous Narmadakund at the heart of the city, which has around 16 temples in the surrounding area, including - Shiva temple, Guru Gorakhnat temple, Durga temple, and others. Following this, head to Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev temple situated near the Juhila Riv river, and ancient temples of Kalachuri.

Day 2: Visit the famous Maa ki Bagiya, which is one the most beautiful locations of Amarkantak, in honour of the Narmada river. Spend a relaxed morning among the woodlands and discover a variety of flora and organic plantations of banana, mango and other fruits. Also find time to visit the Kapil Dhara waterfalls, and the holy site of Kabir Chaturba, which was the platform of introspection of the greatly revered saint Kabir. Maa ki Bagiya, Kabir Chabutra and Kapil Dhara.

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What are the places near Amarkantak?

The top places near to Amarkantak are Kanha national park which is 127 km from Amarkantak, Bandhavgarh national park which is located 133 km from Amarkantak, Khajuraho which is located 303 km from Amarkantak, Goa which is located 1153 km from Amarkantak, Agra which is located 626 km from Amarkantak

What is the local food in Amarkantak?

Amarkantak has a majority population of Hindus and also because it is considered as the Land Of Temples, finding non vegetarian food in this city will be next to impossible. Hence, the city predominantly follows a vegetarian cuisine with the conventional delicacies from all of India being available. A lot of restaurants aren't available, though one will come across a lot of Dharamshalas where people get food.
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What are the things to do in Amarkantak?

The top things to do in Amarkantak are Narmadakund, Kapil Dhara, Trimukhi Temple, Sonakshi Shaktipeeth Temple, Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev, Mai ki Bagiya. You can see all the places to visit in Amarkantak here

What is not so good about Amarkantak?

Extremely crowded during the festive season.

What is the best time to visit Amarkantak?

The best time to explore visit Amarkantak is during the winter months starting from October and lasting till February. Post monsoon, the rain showers also add a certain charm to the flora in the region. Furthermore, winters are a good time to visit Amarkantak as the weather is pleasant and enjoyable. Narmada Jayanti, Makar Sankranti and Shiv Chaturdashi are celebrated during this time with great zeal. Summers, on the other hand, are best avoided as the temperature rise up to 35-degree Celcius making the weather slightly warm for a visit. 

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What is famous about Amarkantak?

Rich in natural heritage. An important pilgrimage centre of Hindus

Who should visit Amarkantak?

Amarkantak is a religiously important place. Lakhs of pilgrim come every year to visit this site of pilgrimage.

What is the best way to reach Amarkantak?

Amarkantak is a tiny town and does not have a railway station or an airport of it own. The closest train station is Jabalpur, and the nearest airport is Jabalpur Airport situated at a distance of around 200 km away. The time taken to travel from Jabalpur to Amarkantak is approximately 4 hours.
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Surbhi Parashar 2 years ago
- Have a guide with you or make a well researched plan for yourself and only then embark on to your trip.
- If you are coming here during the Shiv Chaturdarshi festival with your kids, make sure you don't leave them alone. It gets very crowded during that season.
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