Monday, 29 December 2014

Hindustan ka Dil dekho- Jabalpur

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The advertisements by Madhya Pradesh Tourism had set my expectations soaring high of Hindustan's Dil (that is what they refer to MP in their commercials). I planned a short family trip to MP in June'14. This trip started off with Bandhavgarh then Amarkantak and our last destination was Jabalpur.

Jabalpur is a small but beautiful city of  Madhya Pradesh. The halt in Jabalpur was for just a day. As there were very specific places I wanted to see like Bhedaghat, Dhuandhar Waterfall and Chausat Yogini Temple. All of these are very close to each other and about 25kms from Jabalpur City. After a scrumptious South Indian meal at Indian Coffee House, we headed to our first destination Chausat Yogini Temple.


Chausat Yogini Temple, located on a hillock is one of the oldest heritage sites in India. The temple was built in the 10th Century by Kalachuri Dynasty. The temple is abode of Maa Durga and the Chausat Yoginis. Chausat means 64 and Yogini is a female attendant of Maa Durga. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati. The view that the temple offers is mesmerizing! This place is filled with a  lot of positivity. The peace and calmness felt there , I hadn't experienced it in a long time.




Shiv Parvati idol


Marblerocks, Bhedaghat:

River Narmada has carved beautiful formations out of the huge marble rocks in Bhedaghat which stretch for approx 3kms. To enjoy these formations you should take a boat ride. However, boating remains closed during monsoons.

Marble Rocks

Marble Rocks
  

As the sun began to set, the sky turned into a beautiful coral shade....



Sunset @MarbleRocks



Dhuandhar Waterfall:

At one end of Bhedaghat, where Marble Rocks end, is Dhuandhar Waterfall.  It's again a beautiful spot. However, it's overly crowded and the place has become more of a picnic spot. Tourists have polluted it to a great extent by throwing leftovers, empty cans, plastic bottles into the water and around. I was extremely disappointed at the sight.



Dhuandhar Waterfall

 There are a lot of hawkers in Bhedaghat selling different marble souvenirs.  My personal favorite were the Name Souvenirs.

Marble Souvenirs


There are various other places of attraction in and around Jabalpur like Madan Mahal Fort, Rani Durgavati Museum and Bargi Dam. But I strongly feel before inviting the nation to explore MP, the State Govt should take charge and improve the cleanliness, condition of roads and state of MPTDC Hotels. No doubt Madhya Pradesh is oozing with natural beauty but if such carelessness of tourists and ignorance of government continues, it might soon turn into a trash bag.

8 comments:

  1. Wow! Your pictures make me plan a trip to MP. I agree with you that tourists should behave more responsibly in protecting destinations. Infrastructure too should also support tourism in India. A travel is not just a checking off, it's an experience.

    Parul

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  2. Wow, so beautiful. Your pictures have caught the essence of MP ! totally loving the coral skylight in Marble rocks and the nmae marble sovenirs !

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  3. Amazing Pictures. MP is there in my travel wish list. Your post has strengthen this thought to visit MP. Thanks for sharing with reader. Great Post. :)

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  4. Never knew the side of Jabalpur. Beautiful place.

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  5. Gorgeous. I've always wanted to go to Jabalpur and now I feel as though I've been there after seeing these stunning photos.

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  6. Whenever we talk about travel destinations in India , nobody counts Jabalpur . But your post saying a great story that we are missing a great treasure if we are not planning for Jabalpur. Marble Souvenirs are really unique.

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  7. I have lived in Jabalpur for 3 years and this city needs alot more tourist attention. Thanks Neha

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  8. Very nice post. Pictures are so beautiful. A small town on the verge of becoming a city, Jabalpur is most known to tourists for the unique marble rocks stretch by the river Narmada. Check out best hotels in Jabalpur also.

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