Jabalpur, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is an absolute paradise for archaeologists and geologists. Fondly called the ‘City of rocks’, it’s encircled by Narmada River on three sides and its distinct identity emerges from the jutting marble rocks or rock-strewn hummocks of Narmada Valley. The city prides for its trade link with Arab nations during the middle-ages, and also revels for the mention in ancient epics like Mahabharata.
The significance of Jabalpur is historical as well as mythological, and it also seeks succor from having seen the rules of Gond Kings (during the 12th century), Kalchuri dynasty, Marathas and the British. Many forts, monuments and temples of the Gonds dynasty signify the glorious past of the city. The presence of a big cantonment, with colonial residences and barracks, is a testimony of the rules of the British.
In essence, Jabalpur has historical treasures and scenic splendors that fetch it a bewitching beauty and make must-visit tourist attractions. From jagged mounds to green suburbs, from serene lakes to historical edifices - the idyllic landscape here catches the fancy of tourists in a great way and gives them plenty to relish. The city also delights for being a favorable stopover for nearby charms of the state, especially well-known wildlife sanctuaries.
Visit Tilwara Ghat in Jabalpur to peep into the freedom struggle of India, and relish the amazing anthology of historical artifacts at Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum. History and heritage would welcome you here at every step and make you feel amazed of the vastness of resources for knowledge. Other notable historical places in the city include Sangran Sagar Bajnath and Madan Mahal Fort.
A trip to Jabalpur is not complete without visiting nearby national parks, and for that, you have to visit the Kanha and Bandhavgarh. The 12th century Mala Devi Mandir would be a perfect outlet for your spiritual thirst. Don’t forget to head to the 150-year old Pisan Hari Jain Temple, and take a time out for Roopnath, a site of Shiva lingam. In overall, Jabalpur has everything to satiate your cravings for a genuine take on the history of India.