Smoke Cascade as it is accurately called, Dhuandhar Falls, is placed 30 kms from the city. River Narmada, treated as one of the most essential holy rivers in the country drop down from a height of 98 feet forming Dhuandhar Waterfalls. The name of the waterfalls in itself is suggestive of what you could expect there. The term ‘Dhuan’ means smoke; as the river falls down with force on hard rocks, you could see visuals of smoke arising, which gives the waterfalls the name. Yet another star attraction here is the marble rocks. Since boating facilities are available, you can have a whale of a time here.
Bhedaghat is located 25 kms from Jabalpur. The area is popular for boating on River Narmada as you get to sail between the appealing marble rocks. The sparkling marble rocks stand tall and great at a height of about 100 feet on either side of River Narmada. Moonlit nights make a ideal scheme here. Rowing along the river with peace filling your ears as your eyes take in the moon shine on the marble rocks is a lifetime action, which you cannot manage to miss. Here mainly 3 spots are to be approved: Dhuandhar waterfall, Chousat Yogini Temple and Bhedaghat. They all are within range of 3kms and can simply be inspect by visitors.
Madan Mahal Fort:
Madan Mahal Fort, a manufacture belonging to the 11th century, is a dazzling example of the architectural magnificence of the past. The fort does not division the likes of other forts in the country. It had a determination when it was built and it served the determination. Manufactured by Madan Shah, son of Rani Durgavati, a Gond ruler, the fort served as a watch tower during the regime of the queen. Placed at a height of 500 meters, the fort offers an accomplished view of Jabalpur.
On your way up to the fort, you will come across the Balancing Rock, which is a colossal rock on a small base. The delicates area of the rock makes you confusion your eyes. The rock had not alter even when there was an temblor of 6.5 magnitudes. Geologists state that the rocks are one and not two. It is said that it was one sandstone rock dating back to millions of years. With the passage of time, it has weathered to look like two. The theory apart, Balancing Rocks is worth the visit.
Bargi Dam is placed about 40 kms from Jabalpur. It is built on Narmada River and is one of the first dams completed among the 30 dams proposed to be built on River Narmada. Boat ride here is a pleasant experience. Make sure you are here in the evening to watch the sunset, which is beyond description. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the gentle breeze as your eyes savor the picturesque setting. Main dam is manufactured near Bargi town, close to National Highway-7 due to which it has been named Bargi Dam.
Dumna Nature Reserve:
Connecting an area of 1058 hectares, Dumna Nature Park objections you to analyze its length and breadth. The place is located 10km from Jabalpur. This eco tourism site is home to a wide range of wild animals including jackal, spotted deer, leopard, wild boar and porcupine. It is also a bird watchers’ delight as migratory birds flock in here. It also has children’s park, restaurant and a fishing platform. A children’s Park and a restaurant is also present in the park. You can go for fishing, swimming, toy train, and other recreational activities at this place. Visitors can book tent houses and other guest houses for spending an afternoon or resting for some time.
Bastar Palace, also called as Jagdalpur Palace is one of the most affected tourist terminals in Jabalpur. The designs on the walls and plasters are delicate. The palace is ringed by lush gardens. If you happen to be here during Dussehra festival you would be enchanted by the sight of the palace, which is lit by a number of lamps. If you are looking to buy some articles for keepsake, you will find Haat Bazaar near the palace to be the right palace. The bazaar however functions only on Sundays. It is obvious that the 10 places mentioned is only an attempt to highlight some of the best features of the land. There is more to explore and more to write about. May be my next visit will help me come up with more. May be, I will hear from those of you who have been to Jabalpur. Whichever is first is sure to find a place here for everyone’s benefit.
Pisanhari Ki Madiya:
Pisanhari Ki Madiya is an essential pilgrim center of advocate of Jainism. It is said that the temple was built about 500 years ago by a poor lady after hearing the preaches of Jain monks. The lady earned her living by grinding wheat flour using grinding stones. Since the lady did not have the money for placing gold pots on temple tower, she placed her grinding stones on top. The act of sacrificing the only revenue source she had made people call the temple Pisanhari Ki Madiya. Pisanhari means woman who arranges wheat flour using manually managed stone mill.
Chausat Yogini Temple:
Situated on top of the hill, the 10th century temple is a glowing example of ancient architecture. Circular in shape with 125 feet diameter, the temple attracts believers and others alike. Images placed on its pedestals can be associated to three different periods. A particular type of images belongs to Kushana period, the other to post-Gupta period and the third set belongs to Kalachuri style that existed between 10th and 13th century. You need to climb 108 steep steps to reach the temple. At some places, the yoginis are treated to be advocates of a secret cult. Treated very powerful, yoginis were often treated to be sorceress capable of causing extinction. There is thus a secrecy and awe while considering them.