Being the third largest agglomeration in Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur is a city that has an amazing amalgamation of history and nature. Right from the spectacular green landscapes to the ancient remains of the forts, exploring this city is sure to leave you spellbound. Interestingly, the city has derived its name from two Arabic words – Jabal which means Rock and Pur which means City. Jabalpur was home to the Kalachuri and Rajgond dynasties and has developed syncretic culture because of the Mughal and Maratha influences. Apart from its natural beauty, Jabalpur is also known to be the major hub of education in India. The city headquarters the Indian Army’s Grenadier Regiment as well as the 1 Signal Training Centre.
When it comes to sightseeing, Jabalpur has some of the most picturesque tourist places. Its historic monuments talk about the wonderful architecture and the magnificent heritage that the city boasts of. At the same time, there are many adventurous places and spots that you can explore on your visit here.
To make your work easier, here are some the famous places of Jabalpur which are not to be missed: –
1. Dhuandar falls
Situated 30 km away from the city, Dhuandar falls is one of the most prominent attractions of Jabalpur. The waters of the holy river of Narmada fall from a height of approximately 98 feet which finally culminates as the Dhuandar Falls. Among the most popular tourist places in Jabalpur, this waterfall creates a misty ambiance due to the smoke which actually happens due to the force of the water on the hard rocks, hence giving it the name ‘Dhuandar’. It is also known as “Smokey Cascade” since the sound of the waterfall is pretty strong and can be heard from a far distance. Apart from witnessing it in full flow, you can also enjoy cable rides along the waterfall that moves from Dhuandar falls to Bhedaghat.
2. Marble Rocks
The pristine view of the Narmada River flowing between the huge white marble rocks will take you to a whole new dreamy world. This famous place in Jabalpur is a sight to behold especially in the evenings when the moonlight takes over the sky, and the water dazzles in its beauty and leaves the tourists mesmerized. If you want to make the most of this place, you can go for a boat ride with your loved ones. And for those who are planning to propose to their better half (ahem ahem), a boat ride between the marble rocks, that too under the moonlight might just be the thing for you.
3. Bargi Dam
Located almost 40 km away from the city, Bargi Dam is one of the first dams built on the waters of Narmada River, out of the 30 proposed dams. The backwater of the dam has been converted into a lake as well as a resort has been set up. The lake offers various water activities like speed boating, water scooters, and paddle boating, to name some. Apart from these, another reason that makes it a famous tourist spot in Jabalpur is the bird watching activity, especially in the evenings; you can just sit and relax while enjoying the scenic view at this tourist spot in Jabalpur.
4. Madan Mahal Fort
Built in the 11th Century, this fort has a history that is unique unlike the other forts of India. Madan Mahal Fort was built to be a watchtower during the reign of the then queen, Rani Durgavati, by her son, Madan Shah to keep a watch on the entire city of Jabalpur. When you reach the top of the fort, you will actually get an excellent view of the city as well the countryside. The fort has been well-maintained by the Madhya Pradesh as well as the local Jabalpur Tourism Board.
5. Balancing Rock
One of the most interesting places for sightseeing in Jabalpur is the Balancing Rock, which is a part of the Madan Mahal Fort. You will get to see this rock on your way to the fort and the way it is positioned will make you doubt your eyes. According to the geologists, the rock is one single structure and not two as it seems to be. It is a sandstone rock which was formed due to eroded volcanic eruption millions of years ago. Interestingly, the Balancing Rock has survived an earthquake of 6.5 magnitudes on the Richter scale.
Every iota of information associated with the Balancing Rock makes it one of the most intriguing tourist places in Jabalpur.
6. Dumna Nature Reserve
Dumna Nature Reserve is an eco-tourism site that spans on an area of 1058 hectares and is situated at a distance of 10 km from Jabalpur city. This nature reserve is home to a wide range of animals which includes jackal, spotted deer, leopard, wild boar, and porcupine, to name a few. Apart from this, you can also watch flocks of migratory birds passing through the area. The area also has a children’s park, a fishing platform, and a restaurant as well. Is it any wonder that it is one of the most popular tourist places in Jabalpur?!
7. Bhawartal garden
If you are on the lookout for a leisure place to visit in Jabalpur, Bhawartal Garden is where you should be. Located in Old Napier Town, this garden has a beautiful collection of seasonal flowers and trees which, in full blossom, give out a colourful and spectacular view. The park is an apt place for family picnics as well and offers toy trains, slides, and swings for your kids to play. You can also explore the city around and shop for souvenirs at pretty reasonable rates.
Apart from these, there are many other tourist places in Jabalpur like temples and water parks wherein you can go and spend some quality time with your family or friends.
Jabalpur has been a favourite city not only for the tourist attractions but also for the weather, especially during October – November. So, if you are planning for a trip to Jabalpur, make sure that you do not miss out on any of these places. More often than not, these attractions are included by default in Jabalpur tourism packages – less planning, more travel!