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Hoshangabad

Hoshangabad is a city located on the south bank of Narmada River and it was called narmadapur after the river Narmada. Hoshangabad district is mainly drained by two rivers Narmada and the tawa which meet at a village called Bandra bhan where a holy mela is also organized on the occasion of Kartik Purnima.

The economy largely depends on agriculture. The land is quite fertile here and farmers have plenty of water supplies throughout the year in form of river Narmada and heavy monsoon. Here, farmers major income depends on Soya been and wheat.

Site to visit:

1. Sethani ghat is an important landmark of Hoshangabad and 7kms away from Bandra Bhan. It is titled with stones and one of the most beautiful Ghats found in central India and also one of the biggest ghats on the river Narmada. Narmada Jayanti is celebrated here in the month of Feb and is one of the major events happening.

2. Bandra Bhan is the meeting point of Narmada and tawa river and there lies an eminent sand sculpture.

Weather Report:

The climate of Hoshangabad district is normal. An average height from the sea level is 331 mts. and average rain fall is 134 cms. The average maximum and minimum temperatures are 32? C and 19? C respectively. Overall, the climate of the district is neither more hot nor more cool except the winter season.

Seasons to visit:   The temperature over there is fairly normal, but rainy season is the most comfortable season for the tourists due to greenery at the spot and summer season, if possible should be avoided due to nav graha.

 



Jabalpur

Jabalpur also known as Sanskardhani is a prominent city in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located in the Mahakaushal region in the geographic centre in India. It was the 27th largest urban conglomeration in India in 2001 (2001 Census) and was the 325th largest city in the world in 2006.

The city dates back to 19th Century and is famous for its magnificent collection of Marble Rocks called Bhedaghat bordering the holy Narmada River. It is also known for giving spiritual leaders of world fame like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of Transcendental Meditation and Acharya Rajneesh.

The city has the typical hot and dry temperate climate of the Great Indian Plateau. Jabalpur is hot during summers with temperature going up to 47 degree Celsius but the winters are mild and pleasant. The July to September months bring heavy rains with the onset of the South Western monsoon.

Places of Tourist Interest

1. Bhedaghat – Marble Rocks

About 21 km west of Jabalpur, is a small village called Bhedaghat. The village is world famous for splendid Marble Rocks on the banks of Narmada River. Covered with dark volcanic seams of green and black, they tower to almost 100 ft above the soft flowing Narmada on either side. They are fabulous to look at during the daytime when sun sparkles on the pure white surfaces of these rocks. During the night as well, they give a mesmerizing view under the moonlit skies.

2. Dhuandhar

This famous waterfall is located just about 25 km from Jabalpur. The Narmada making its way through the Marble Rocks narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhar or the smoke casade. So powerful is the plunge that its roar is heard from a far distance.

3. Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum

Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum was built as a tribute to the legendary Queen Durgavati in the year 1964. The museum houses impressive collection of ancient sculptures and rare manuscripts. There are 10th century statues of Gods and Goddesses in the museum. There is a separate section in the museum which is completely dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.

4. Tilwara Ghat

The Tilwara Ghat holds a special position in Indian History particularly in the hearts of followers of Mahatma Gandhi. This is the place from where Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed in Narmada River. This is also the venue of the open session of the Tripuri Congress in 1939.

5. Kachnar City

It is a nickname for Vijayanagar a new posh locality in Jabalpur and is famous for about 70 feet high Lord Shiva statue which houses a cavern with replicas of Shivalingam from important holy shrines of Lord Shiva all over country.

6. Bargi Dam

It is a multipurpose project on river Narmada for the generation of electricity, irrigation and recreational value. It is also a tourist spot, with the facilities of cruise and speed boats which run on the reservoir of Bargi Dam.

Weather Report:

Jabalpur on an average is hot. The temperature in the city during summer is about 40º C; whereas, the minimum temperature recorded is 8º C. The average temperature of the city during the summer season is about 47º C. The city experiences a heavy rainfall. The city witnesses monsoon between July and September.

Season’s to visit: The best time to visit the city is during the end of monsoon and beginning of winter, as Jabalpur climate becomes very pleasant during this period i.e. between October and March. During these months, tourists can enjoy their stay at the city. It is during this month’s that the city appears to be most vibrant and colorful. In fact, nature is at its best during the monsoon season of Jabalpur.


Amarkantak

Amarkantak is located in the midst of the magnificent Vindhya and Satpura ranges at an elevation of 1065 meters, Amarkantak inMPis known primarily as a religious place. The holy rivers Narmada andSone originate from here.

Amarkantak is a Sanskrit word with much mythological significance, which gains it the prestigious sobriquet as Theertharaja. A land with a vivid history, Amarkantak narrates the tales of various dynasties, right from the Pandavas to the foreign rule of the modern times. Each edifice in Amarkantak portrays diverse styles that recount the period during which these architectural grandeurs were materialized. This stunning facade of Amarkantak gently adds the magnificence of this legendary spot to a great extent.

Site to visit:

1. Narmada Udgam temple

Narmada Udgam temple is built at the source of the Narmada and is the holiest spot in Amarkantak. This place is one kilometer away from Mai Ki Bagia. The legend says that Narmada River originates near Mai Ki Bagia in form of a very small stream. It then goes underground and comes out one km away at a place which is known as Narmada Kund and then it’s flow can be traced as river Narmada till it meets the sea.

2. DudhDhara Falls

River Narmada ensembles enormous waterfalls in its undulating traits through the dense forest and the Dudh Dhara falls is a noteworthy one. It lies in the western edge of the entire Amarkantak valley in the midst of thick woods. Dudh literally stands for milk and the name itself suggest the nature of the gurgling streams of this pretty cascade.

Dudh Dhara is not famed for its loftiness but its quite and tranquil falls. This is just a 10 feet high stream but it captures the attention of the beholder with its bewitching whiteness. One of the loveliest sites in Amarkantak, Dudh Dhara makes you feel rejuvenated and delightful and so do not forget to be there while at Amarkantak.

3. Kapildhara Falls

A magnificent waterfall that cascades from a lofty elevation of 100 feet Kapildhara waterfalls is an eye-catching spectacle in the hilly terrain of Amarkantak. Kapildhara would be a captivating experience to all where in one can spent a lovely evening in sheer serenity. A lovely cataract in the midst of thick woods, and majestic mountains is a beautiful site that would mesmerize the beholder. 
An oasis of serenity, Kapildhara is believed to be the place where the great sage Kapila had practiced severe austerities. The nearby premises house a temple in the name of this sage. The adjoining peaks are chock-full of caverns where saints might have been performed their religious rituals.

4. Mai Ki Bagiya

Mai ki Bagiya is one of the prettiest locations in Amarkantak. Literally Bagiya means orchards and Mai ki Bagiya is a lovely stretch of trees, which is believed to be the playground of River Narmada. Legend has it that mother Narmada used to pluck flowers from this garden.

A natural garden with wide varieties of shaded trees, this orchard proffers a nice walking trail in absolute serenity. This garden is spotted with endless varieties of Mangos, bananas and so many other fruit bearing trees along with a long stretch of flowery plants. 

Weather Report

Amarkantak has a cold and moderate temperature throughout the year.  The maximum temperature recoded is 35o C and minimum temperature recorded is -2 o C. The temperature sometimes goes below freezing point.



Mandla

Mandla is a tribal district of Madhya Pradesh. The district Mandla is situated in the east-central part of Madhaya Pradesh. The district lies almost entirely in the catchement of river Narmada & its tributaries. A district with a glorious history, Mandla comprises of numerous rivers and endowed with rich forests. The world's famous Tiger Sanctuary, Kanha National Park located in the district, is one of the hottest targets for both the domestic as well as foreign tourists.There are 9 blocks 4 Tehsils and 1214 villages in the district .Mandla district is surrounded by holy river Narmada.

Tribes to visit:

The Gonds

Gonds were earlier mostly forest-dwellers but are at present settled agriculturists and hence are also referred as Kisan (Farmer). Gonds follow tribal endogamy and clan exogamy. Monogamous marriage is common among the Gonds but polygamy, is not altogether unknown. Cross-cousin marriage (both paternal and maternal) is preferred. Parallel-cousin marriage has not been observed. They follow the system of patriarchy. Remarriage and widow marriage is also permitted. Divorces are very common among Gonds.

The male Gonds wear dhoti, which is kept in position above their knees with a small shirt known as bandi. The ladies wear half-sarees which are mostly red, green or blue in colour. They wear loose blouse which is called Polka.

The Baigas

The Baigas are the most primitive and interesting forest tribal of the district; but they have completely lost their language, if they ever had one, speak Hindi, and profess to scorn a knowledge of Gondi. they are the priests and wizards of the Gonds, and to some extent also of the Hindus. like the Gonds the Baigas are simple, honest and truthful, and when once their distrust of the stranger has been overcome, they are cheerful and companionable. 

 

“There was a time when I used to believe in the good in this world. I visited the Narmada. Now, I believe in the great.”