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Jabalpur is a major city in Madhya Pradesh. This article also covers the small neighbouring villages of Bagri and Dumna.


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Boat ride through Marble Rocks Jabalpur is an ancient city in central India on the shores of the holy river Narmada and on the tributary plains of the Hiran, Gour, Ken and Sone rivers. The Narmada River valley is famous for its Marble Rocks, a unique formation where the whole river flows for nearly 2 kilometers between varied coloured and tinted marble rocks with a deep water fall. Pleasure resort and capital of the Gond Kings during the 12th century, Jabalpur was later the seat of the Kalchuri dynasty. The Marathas held sway over Jabalpur until 1817, when the British wrested it from them and left their impression on the spacious cantonment with its colonial residences and barracks. Today Jabalpur is an important administrative, industrial and business center of MP and India. Population wise ranks 27th in the country. Jabalpur is an industrial city with a large component of defense industry and a lot of smaller cottage industry. It is a great education center as well, with two universities, Rani Durgavati University and Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, and with about 30 colleges with a range of faculties. It also has several engineering and medical colleges. Vinoba Bhave, the modern saint philosopher of India, christened this city as Sanskar Dhani- the capital of various cultural influences. He was impressed by its cosmopolitan character and communal harmony. The city has a sizeable population of people from Bengal, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and South India who live in total harmony and peace and add richness to the life in the city. One can also see the fusion of cultures in this city. The culture here is also reminiscent of British and Gond Tribes, which is now shaped by local businessman and engineers and doctors. Similar to some Mexican cities, families are very close-knit and often get together for ceremonies and festivals. The best time to visit is September to March. Summers should be avoided. Rains are beautiful too if you live in a better location (July to September). City life The people in this city are very artistic and culture-oriented. It is considered very friendly to sing songs for no reason at all. Unlike other cities in India, most educated people here are only good with Hindi and local variants of the language. English speaking population is generally employed in government institutes and their English could be old Shakespearean. Hence this city is the perfect place to dip into the central culture of India. People here generally listen to local radio as a part of their life. You can eat pizza with youngsters at Domino's. However most people are likely not to eat it regularly as it is considered very unhealthy. City life is very moderate and relaxed. Most of the residents will wake up early and go for work and come back in evening to have a hearty dinner with family.


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1 See 1.1 Within the City 1.2 Bhedaghat Area 1.3 Bagri Dam Area Balancing Rock Dhuandhar Falls Dhunadhar Waterfall from Ropeway Madan Mahal Chaushat Yogani Temple Apart from places of tourist interest within the city, Jabalpur also offers a number of short excursions. Within the City Bade Mahaveer Ji Ka Mandir, Jain Mandir, Kamaniya Gate, and markets of Jabalpur, Bada Fawwara. Old markets and wholesale markets, all are here in nearby areas.  23.1484779.901671 Balancing Rock. Jabalpur is also famous for eroded volcanic rock formations called as Balancing Rock of Jabalpur. Amazingly this rock survived even in earthquake of mag 6.5. It is said that it`s impossible to disturb their balance.  Gopal Lal Ji Maharaj Ka Mandir, Hanumantal. Pushti Margiya Mandir of Lord Krishna and Radha. No mandir is like this in Mahakaushal region. No donations allowed here. Also see Hanumantal here, biggest tank (taalaab)of Jabalpur. Bada jain Mandir is also nearby.  23.1065979.925572 Gwari Ghat. Nearest ghat of the Namada River to have a holy dip (snan) in Narmada. There is always a small Mela present.  Khandaari Jalashay Water Works. Small wild life Reserve and a beautiful dam, one source of drinking water to Jabalpur.  23.1484779.901673 Madan Mahal Fort. Built by the Gond ruler, Raja Madan Shah, in 1116 atop a rocky hill, the fort dominates the skyline and provides a panoramic view of the town and the country side around it.  23.158279.92914 Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum. Dedicated to the memory of the great Queen Durgavati is her memorial and a museum which houses a fine collection of sculptures, inscriptions and prehistoric relics.  23.141579.882745 Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath (Sangram Sagar Lake and ZBajinamath Mandir). These medieval constructions were built by the famous Gond King, Sangram Shah, between 1480-1540.  23.1094179.874316 Tilwara Ghat. From where Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed in the Narmada, and venue of the open session of the Tripuri Congress in 1939.  Bhedaghat Area 23.131279.79657 Bhedaghat (Marble Rocks). This small place of Jabalpur situated on the banks of river Narmada and widely famous for its marble rocks is at a distance about 25 Km from Jabalpur by road. Soaring in glittering splendour, the marble rocks at Bhedaghat rise to a hundred feet on either side of the Narmada. The serene loveliness of the scene is one of cool quiet, the sunlight sparkling on the marble-white pinnacles and casting dappled shadows on the pellucid waters. Sunlight, now glancing from a pinnacle of snow-white marble reared against the deep blue of the sky as from a point of silver ; touching here and there with bright lights the prominences of the middle heights; and again losing itself in the soft bluish grays of their recesses. Here and there the white saccharine limestone is seamed by veins of dark green or black volcanic rock; a contrast which only enhances, like a setting of jet, the purity of the surrounding marble.The Marble Rocks are best explored by boat. There are shared (₹100 per head) and charted boat (₹800 for a six seater boat. services. The boatman doubles up as a guide narrating the story in Hindi, in a poetic and comical way. The boat ride takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Their are special boat rides on full moon nights. The boat rides are suspended during the monsoon months (July - September).  23.129879.80148 Chausat Yogini Temple (Temple of Sixty Four Lady Yogis). Situated atop a hill rock and approached by a long flight of steps,the Chausat Yogini Temple commands a singularly beautiful view of the Narmada flowing through the jagged gorge of Marble Rocks (Bhedaghat). Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this 10th century temple has exquisitely carved stone figures of deities belonging to the Kalchuri period. According to a local legend,this ancient temple is connected to the Gond Queen Durgavati's palace through an underground passage. (updated Jan 2016) 23.12579.8139 Dhuandhar (Dhuandhar Falls). The famous waterfall is located just 25 km from Jabalpur. The waterfall is known as Dhuandhar ('Dhuan' is the Hindi word for smoke) since the water droplets at the fall go above in concentrated mass and crete illusion of vapours. There are two platforms which provide majestic view of the water fall. The waterfall can be also viewed from a ropeway (round trip ₹75 per head)  Bagri Dam Area 22.9416779.92510 Bargi Dam. It is a multipurpose project on river Narmada. It's also a tourist spot, recently the local autorities have started a cruise boat which runs on the reservoir of Bargi dam.