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Best Time: Oct-Mar Read More

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Nearest Airport: Jabalpur Check Flights

"King of Pilgrimages"

Amarkantak Tourism

Amarkantak, also known as "Teerthraj" (the king of pilgrimages) is located amidst the exemplary Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is situated at an altitude of 1065 meters making it a hill station with some of the most exquisite temples that one will ever see. One of the holy rivers of India, River Narmada, originates from Amarkantak rendering this place special.

Amarkantak is known for its rich cultural heritage. It is the place where the three mighty rivers- Narmada, Sone and Johila- converge. 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, which is a platform of Kabir located in this town. 

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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.


Amarkantak’s history has a touch of the holy and spiritual to it. The river Narmada flows through Amarkantak, 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. Situated at the height of 1065 mt, it's a beautiful town which is just more than tranquil. 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.

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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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's Great?

Rich in natural heritage. An important pilgrimage centre of Hindus

What's Not So Great?

Extremely crowded during the festive season.

For Whom?

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

How 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 1 year 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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