Top Things to Do in Jabalpur for a Memorable Trip!

Jabalpur marble rocks

Table of Contents

  1. About Jabalpur
  2. Things to do in Jabalpur
  3. How to Plan a trip to Jabalpur
  4. Hotels and Resorts in Jabalpur

About Jabalpur

Jabalpur rocks

Jabalpur is a prominent city in Madhya Pradesh. Located on the banks of the Narmada River, it is the 38th largest urban cluster in India. Jabalpur city is the administrative headquarters of Jabalpur district, the second-most-populous district in the state. Jabalpur is famous for the marble rocks found on the banks of the Narmada in Bhedaghat. The city is also regarded as a major education centre in India and home to the terracotta cottage industry and Chanderi silk industry.

Geography

The Narmada River forms an important part of the city’s geography. It is also the primary source of water for the city and its neighbouring areas. Apart from Narmada, the Vanganga and Hiran rivers also flow through the city, adding to its natural beauty. The region is a treasure trove of naturally occurring rich mineral deposits like limestone, iron ore, bauxite, manganese. The rugged landscape with craggy hills and cliffs also gives rise to a host of torrential waterfalls that make for a stunning view.  

History

Jabalpur

Legends say that the town is named after the sage Jabali, who was said to meditate on the banks of the Narmada. There is also a belief that the name of the city comes from the Arabic word, Jabal, meaning huge boulders, due to the huge marble rocks found on the river banks.

The earliest historical records of Jabalpur date back to the time of Ashoka, owing to relics found in Rupnath, about 48KM from the present city location. Jabalpur has been ruled by many dynasties including, but not limited to the Satavahana dynasty, Kalachuri dynasty, Gondwana rulers, Marathas, Mughals, and finally, the British East India Company, before the country’s independence. In the colonial era, the city was referred to as Jubbulpore. In 2006, the city’s municipal corporation renamed the city Jabalpur.

The long-standing legacy of the region has led to a host of interesting and iconic historical places in Jabalpur that make for the best sightseeing places in the city.

Things to do in Jabalpur

Besides the popular Jabalpur tourist places, you can also engage in some exciting activities in and around the city –

  • Spend a day at the Kanchan Vihar with friends or family. The leisure zone is known for a massive 76 feet statue of Shiva and ample natural surroundings.
  • Sample the local flavours by exploring the city’s food trail. From street food to fine dining restaurants, you will find the classic flavours of Madhya Pradesh around Jabalpur.
  • Attend an evening aarti on the Narmada River. The evening rituals are held every day at Gwarighat, at 7 PM and are done with oil lamps, which are then floated into the river. The Narmada aarti is often said to resemble the Ganga aarti in Haridwar.
  • Visit the Balancing Rock, a rare but natural phenomenon where two rocks stay balanced on each other. You can also see the unique rock formations nearby or hike around the surrounding wooded areas.

Places to Visit in Jabalpur

A city steeped in rich history and culture and complemented with a scenic landscape, there is no shortage of sightseeing options in Jabalpur. Check out these popular Jabalpur attractions on your tour –

1. Dhuandar Falls

Dhuandar Falls
  • How to Reach – The most famous waterfall in Jabalpur is located, 26KM away from the main city. You can book a local cab or rent a car to reach.
  • Timings– 6AM-8PM
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 2-3 Hours
  • Tips– Visit after the monsoon for the best views. But avoid the rainy season.

2. Marble Rocks

Marble Rocks
  • How to Reach – This famous place of Jabalpur lies in Bhedghat, about 27KM from the city centre. You can book a cab or rent a car to travel.
  • Timings– All-day
  • Entry Fee– Free, separate charges for boating on the river.
  • Time Required– Half a day
  • Tips– You can traverse the steep gorge on a cable car ride.

3. Dumna Nature Reserve Park

Dumna Nature Reserve Park
  • How to Reach – The natural sanctuary lies at 11KM from the main city. You have to book a cab or rent a local car for the day and return.
  • Timings– 6AM-6PM
  • Entry Fee– INR 20
  • Time Required– 1 day
  • Tips– You can also stay over at the forest guest houses for a complete jungle experience.

4. Madan Mahal Fort

Madan Mahal Fort Jabalpur
  • How to Reach – The popular Jabalpur tourist spot is located at 12KM from the main city. You can take a local cab or rent a car to reach.
  • Timings– 8AM-6.30PM
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 1-2Hours
  • Tips– Visit in the morning for the best views of the surrounding hills and cliffs.

5. Chausath Yogini Temple

Chausath Yogini Temple
  • How to Reach – The famous ancient temple is located at 26KM from the city centre. You have to book a cab or rent a car to travel and return.
  • Timings– 7AM-8.30PM
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 1-2 hours
  • Tips– Visit during sunrise or sunset for stunning views of the Narmada River from the temple courtyard.

6. Rani Durgavati Museum

Rani Durgavati Museum
Image credit: Tour Travel World
  • How to Reach – The museum is located in the main centre of the city. You can walk from your hotel if nearby, or take a rickshaw, or take a local cab.
  • Timings– 10 AM-5 PM, closed on Mondays
  • Entry Fee– INR 10, Free for children below 15 years
  • Time Required– 1-2 hours
  • Tips– Don’t miss the display of records and artefacts on native tribes and their cultures.

Places to visit near Jabalpur

Include these nearby places in your Jabalpur sightseeing plan –

1. Bargi Dam

  • How to Reach – The dam area is located at 30KM from Jabalpur. You have to book a cab for the day to travel and return.
  • Timings– 9 AM-6 PM
  • Entry Fee– INR 60, boating and other charges separate
  • Time Required– half a day
  • Tips– One of the best picnic spots near Jabalpur, visit this dam during sunset for the best views.

2. Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park
  • How to Reach – The largest national park of Madhya Pradesh is located at 129KM from Jabalpur. You have to book a cab for the day or two days to travel and return.
  • Timings– 8AM-10PM
  • Entry Fee– INR 1200 onward (zone-wise entry), Jeep ride – INR 2200
  • Time Required– 1 day
  • Tips– You can also stay at the forest lodges or camps, for a complete jungle experience.

[Also Read: Kanha National Park | The Complete Travel Guide]

3. Pandava Caves, Panchmarhi

Pandava Caves, Panchmarhi
  • How to Reach – The hill station near Jabalpur is located at about 260KM from Jabalpur. You can book a cab for two days to travel, stay and return.
  • Timings– 8AM-5PM
  • Entry Fee– Free
  • Time Required– 1-2 days
  • Tips– Also visit the Bee Falls and Jata Shankar Caves nearby.

Places to Eat in Jabalpur

Try these best-rated eateries to sample the local flavours on your Jabalpur trip –

  • 70mm Dining
  • Clock Tower Chinese Restaurant
  • Olives Restaurant
  • Navneeta Restaurant
  • Asanzo
  • Royal Café and Restaurant
  • Darbar Veg. Restaurant

How to Plan a Trip to Jabalpur

How to reach Jabalpur

By Train

Five railways stations serve Jabalpur. The main railway station is only 2KM from the city centre. Jabalpur Junction is well-connected to the rest of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring states and other major cities in India. There are frequent express and superfast trains from Mandla, Shahdol, Vidisha, Bhopal, Raipur, Raigarh, Nagpur, etc.

By Road

Jabalpur is well-connected to the rest of the state and neighbouring towns and cities via NH7 and NH34. There are regular state-run and private buses from cities like Varanasi, Nagpur, Bhopal, Jaipur, Raipur, Allahabad, Hyderabad, Amravati, Raipur, Indore, Gwalior etc.

By Flight

The city is served by Dumna Airport, 17KM away from the main city centre. Jabalpur airport is well-connected to major cities and towns in India. There are frequent flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, etc. From the airport, you can book a city cab or an airport taxi to reach your travel destination or hotel.

Best Time to Visit Jabalpur

Jabalpur experiences a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and cold and chilly winters. It’s best to avoid the summer months since the weather is harsh and difficult to move around. The best time to visit the city is during the colder months when the weather is conducive enough to visit all outdoor sites and explore its landscape. The months after the monsoon and before winter is also good time to travel, when the temperature is quite lower and is also the peak tourism season.   

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Hotels and Resorts in Jabalpur

There are a host of accommodation options in this city, ranging from luxury retreats, star hotels, hostels, homestays, and budget hotels in Jabalpur. You can also look at resorts in Jabalpur right outside or on the edge of the city. Check out these top-rated places to stay –

  • Vijan Mahal
  • Narmada Jacksons
  • Aditya Premium Homestay
  • Pride by Samrat
  • Shawn Elizey
  • Hotel Pasricha
  • Hotel Delite Palladium

Experience the beauty of Jabalpur by booking a car rental to take you to all these places with a local driver. Install Savaari cab booking app for offers and discounts on outstation rentals.  

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