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"The land of glittering Marble Rocks"

Jabalpur Tourism

Jabalpur is an ancient city located on the shores of river Narmada in Madhya Pradesh. An industrial city, Jabalpur is now gaining popularity as a tourist destination because of its splendid ghats, the 98-foot high Dhuandhar waterfall, marble art, and historical and cultural structures.

The Bhedaghat-Marble Rocks and Dhuandhar Falls are the most prominent tourist attractions in Jabalpur. Apart from this, the 17th-century Madan Mahal Fort situated near Narmada river and the famous Chausath Yogini Temple located near Roopnath are must-visits. Besides them, Balancing Rock is another site which is must-see for tourists in Jabalpur. 

A bustling city with modern amenities, it is home to varied working-class people and some British architecture along with beautiful natural landscapes. Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park are also nearby making Jabalpur a central location to visit these wildlife locations.


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The Marble Empire

Located on the banks of river Narmada, the city of Jabalpur houses several mesmerising gifts of nature and never fails to amaze a tourist. From the spectacular serpentine route of the Narmada, through the shape-shifting marble canyon to the Dhuandhar falls at Bedhaghat, or the Balancing rock which is known to withstand earthquakes of magnitude as high as 6.5, Jabalpur is a reflection of the strength and beauty of nature. The fantastic creations like the Dumna Nature Reserve Park maintain this industrial city's connection with nature and are sure to ignite imaginations in the busy minds and create a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Arts and Culture

Jabalpur is home to many religions from around the country. Hindi is the language which is predominantly spoken here. Marathi and Urdu are also understood widely around the city. The culture here is closely related to Hindu culture as the majority of the people living here are Hindu. Jabalpur is famous for its durry designs which is a craft form where carpets are handmade from cotton and wool. The city is also known as Sanskardhani and is the cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh as it is associated with many cultural connoisseurs who have performed exceptionally in the department of fine arts. Rammanohar Sinha who was the designer of the original preamble to the Constitution of India was native to this city. Famous personalities like Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Harishankar Parsai, Beohar Rajendra Simha, Subhadrakumari Chauhan, Seth Govind Das and Roopkumar Soni are from Jabalpur.

History of Jabalpur - A Journey Back in Time

The city of Jabalpur has witnessed several historical events, memoirs in which transports a tourist back in time and is sure to fuel the explorer within. Jabalpur is said to be named after saint Jabali Rishi. In Arabic, the word Jabal means mountains. So there is a possibility that the name of the city is also derived from here. This city was the capital of Tripura Kingdom in the 10th century and was ruled by the Hayahya. Many relics from the reign of King Ashoka were discovered in here.

In the 16th century, the city was ruled by the Gonds and then taken over by the Marathas in the 17th century. The British defeated the Marathas in the 19th century and made Jabalpur the headquarter of Nerbudda territories. It also became the capital of Saugor which is the present-day Sagar District and Nerbudda District. After Independence, the cantonment in the city was dedicated to army training and a vehicle factory and a gun carriage factory were also established.

Once a part of the Gond empire, the history of Jabalpur, inspired by figures like Rani Durgavati, is strong evidence of the strength of Indian women. Jabalpur not only mesmerizes us through the beauty of the Kalachuri art and unique constructions like the Madan Mahal Fort but also reminds of the sacrifice of Mahatma Gandhi whose remains were immersed in the Narmada in Tilwara Ghat amidst pure marble on both sides. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Jabalpur

Jabalpur has a number of well laid out restaurants as well as flavors, spices and delicacies of the streets that you should not miss. Indulge in local food items such as Bhels, Aloo-Tikki, Chaat, Dosas, Lassi, Rabri, Jalebi and more. Also try the lip-smacking 'Indian-Chinese' food available here.
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Suggested Itinerary for Jabalpur

Day 1: Enjoy a lifetime experience in a boat on the Narmada amidst marble mountains in Bedhaghat.(most preferably in moonlight) Follow the Narmada to the Dhuandhar Falls and let the beauty of nature sink in your mind.
Day 2: Explore the Madan Mahal Fort, Rani Durgavati Museum, Balancing rocks.
Day 3: One may visit Pisanhari ki Madiya and Chausath Yogini temple or experience an evening arti on the Narmada in Gwarighat.
Day 4: Enjoy a day out in Dumna Nature Reserve or proceed to Kanha National Park for a jungle adventure.

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How to Reach Jabalpur

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Jabalpur has its own airport and frequent flights are available from all major cities of India. Jabalpur also has a railway station which lies on very prominent rail routes, thereby connecting it to almost all parts of the country with superfast trains. Road connectivity is good too and one can easily take a bus or a cab from nearby places to reach here. The National Highway NH7 passes through here which connects Varanasi to Kanyakumari. NH12 also connects Jabalpur to Jaipur and other towns in the route.

How to reach Jabalpur by flight

Traveling via the Dumna Airport is the fastest way to reach the city. Jabalpur is well connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagpur, Bhopal, and Indore by a number of regular flights from various carriers.

How to reach Jabalpur by road

National Highway No. 7 connects Jabalpur to cities like Varanasi, Nagpur, Bhopal, Jaipur, Raipur, Allahabad, Hyderabad and others. There are bus services from several cities in and around Madhya Pradesh.

How to reach Jabalpur by train

Jabalpur has regular express and superfast trains from major cities of the country. One can opt for any of the 5 stations near to the city- Jabalpur Junction, Madan Mahal, Deori, Adhartal or Jamtara Paraswara.

Local transport in Jabalpur

Cycle Rickshaws are the best if you want to cover small distances. Taxis are also available around airport and railway station area to drop you to your hotel and help you see other areas of the city.

Most frequently searched routes to Jabalpur

Route Name Distance Time
Mumbai to Jabalpur 1,126 km 18 hours 55 mins
Delhi to Jabalpur 865 km 13 hours 46 mins
Jaipur to Jabalpur 845 km 13 hours 52 mins
Varanasi to Jabalpur 453 km 9 hours 56 mins
Pune to Jabalpur 1,004 km 18 hours 4 mins
Ahmedabad to Jabalpur 940 km 16 hours 35 mins

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What is the best time to visit Jabalpur?

September to March is the best time to visit Jabalpur. The climate here is humid subtropical, typical to the south-central region over the Deccan. So the best time to visit Jabalpur is around winter when the temperatures are low, and the climate is very much pleasant. From September to February, Jabalpur sees quite a rush of tourists crowding its major attractions, Marble Rocks, Madan Mahal Fort, Rani Durgavati Museum and more. Dhuandhar Falls and Chausatyogini Temples are also some interesting places for sightseeing. Summers must be avoided as the temperature can reach as high as 45 degree Celsius.
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What are the places near Jabalpur?

The top places near to Jabalpur are Bhedaghat which is 14 km from Jabalpur, Kanha national park which is located 116 km from Jabalpur, Bandhavgarh national park which is located 124 km from Jabalpur, Pench national park which is located 128 km from Jabalpur, Agra which is located 486 km from Jabalpur

What are the things to do in Jabalpur?

The top things to do in Jabalpur are Dhuandhar Falls, Boat ride to Bhedaghat, Sea World Water Park, Bhedaghat Marble Rocks, Madan Mahal Fort, Treasure Island. You can see all the places to visit in Jabalpur here

What is the best way to reach Jabalpur?

Jabalpur has its own airport and frequent flights are available from all major cities of India. Jabalpur also has a railway station which lies on very prominent rail routes, thereby connecting it to almost all parts of the country with superfast trains. Road connectivity is good too and one can easily take a bus or a cab from nearby places to reach here. The National Highway NH7 passes through here which connects Varanasi to Kanyakumari. NH12 also connects Jabalpur to Jaipur and other towns in the route.
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What is the local food in Jabalpur?

Jabalpur has a number of well laid out restaurants as well as flavors, spices and delicacies of the streets that you should not miss. Indulge in local food items such as Bhels, Aloo-Tikki, Chaat, Dosas, Lassi, Rabri, Jalebi and more. Also try the lip-smacking 'Indian-Chinese' food available here.
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Who should visit Jabalpur?

Jabalpur is a popular destination for nature and history lovers. The city sees tourists from all of India but is a popular getaway for people living in Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra as well.

What is not so good about Jabalpur?

Very hot in summers, less scope for night hangouts.

What is famous about Jabalpur?

Safe for tourists, fewer traffic jams, Easily accessible markets.

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Q. What is the estimate for one day local sightseeing Tour in a Taxi for two people?

Deepesh Deomurari

3 years ago
It will cost nominal - you can travel in Taxi or Auto - It is having very good infrastructure - roads, overbridge etc with almost no rush at tourist spot. You can see following spot in a day - Start (Read More)early morning - Devtal, balancing rock and Osho Ashram then move towards Pishanhari Marhiya. Have some snacks and then move to Dhuhadar waterfall, at one side take pics and enjoy delicious food and street shopping of beautifully crafted statue and arts. Once done, don't forget to take rope way and go to other end - it is amazing space - you can also walk nearby lush green area. At evening around 4 move to Bheraghat - There take boat ride, take your best camera - because you will be able to see mountains of multi colour marble with deep clean blue water. There are lots of beautiful places in Bhedaghat, you may like to have a tour. At late evening, go to Tilwara Dhaba and enjoy most delicious food. Overall taxi cost - 10 rs per km - 2000-3000 rs, you can also take auto for full day in 1000-1500 Most of the stuff are free - so only food and boat ride, adventure sports will cost you.
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Q. Best indian destination in monsoon

Amit Ranjan

4 years ago
Yes. Enjoy this beautiful place in monsoon or winter.
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Jabalpur Reviews

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Saurabh Mittal

3 years ago
Must visit place. 2 days are sufficient to visit all places.

Deepesh Deomurari

on Boat ride to Bhedaghat 3 years ago
I never imagined such beautiful sight seeing - its not marbles, its mountains of marbles with different colour white, pink blue, red. It's so beautiful.

Shashi Kant

on Dumna Nature Reserve 4 years ago
Good for couple and children.... Poor for group and bulk.... Not allowed outsider food or any eatable stuff even chips..... Food is costly in park having monopoly.... No wild animals nothing... No bo (Read More)ating... No entertainment
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