An important city of Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur is steeped with historical significance dating back to many eons. Its name, mentioned in ancient epics like Mahabharata, testifies its existence since many centuries. A rocking cradle that witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties, the city today lures many tourists to embark on a relishing sojourn amidst its many attractions. Jabalpur also remains ideal for undertaking short, daylong trips to other nearby places of tourist interest. Read on further to know about the major excursions from Jabalpur.
Kanha National Park
A land that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his classic novel ‘Jungle Book’, the forested areas of Kanha, with their wild thickets of sal and bamboo forests, rolling meadows and dramatic ravines, are home to the Kanha National Park. The Created in 1955, the national park is today the core area of the Kanha Tiger Reserve.
Pench National Park
Pench National Park falls under the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh. It derives its name from the Pench River that flows through its heart and divides it into two, equal western and eastern halves – Chhindwara and Seoni respectively.
Located 30 km from Jabalpur, Bhedaghat is a long stretch of rocks that resemble a sheep (bhed) and hence the name. These lofty magnesium limestone rocks girdle the Narmada River and are worth a sight. One of the most fascinating rock formations out here comprises of the footprints of Hanuman, believed to have been made on his trip to Lanka.
Roopnath is situated at a distance of 84 km from Jabalpur. The place especially merits a visit for housing a lingam (sanctified stone), dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. Many visitors from Jabalpur take quick trips to Roopnath to visit the holy site, where this lingam enshrines on the crevice of a rock.
Bilhari is the oldest suburban town of Jabalpur and is located about 14 km from Katni. Ancient sculptures that date back to many centuries are preserved here, which makes it a favorable tourist spot from Jabalpur. The overwhelming greenery and bucolic innocence of the place add to its delight.
National Park of Fossils
National Park of Fossils, located in the district of Mandala, was established in the year 1983 and is included in the list of the major wildlife sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh. The park is home to many botanical fossils and commands a view, especially during the months of November to May.
31 km from Jabalpur is Nohta, believed to be the erstwhile capital of the Chandela kings, in the early 12th century. The Shiva temple of the area and the Jain ruins scattered around the place warrant visitations. The annual Kartik fair is a special attraction of the place.
Perched atop a loop, Mandla is encircled by the Narmada River on three sides. Located 95 km south of Jabalpur, it is famous for its ruined fort and a palace, built by the Gond rulers. This fort was built way back, in the late 17th century, but still looks inviting amidst all the rubble. There are also beautiful ghats surrounding the riverbanks that tote up the scenic beauty of the place.