The River Narmada, too, is a beautiful woman, as most rivers are, in India. But though she passes close to Jabalpur, she shyly avoids the town. Or, perhaps the town has grown away from her, and its own past.
Consequently, there is really very little in Jabalpur town to capture the attention of the visitor. But a short drive out of the long narrow plain holding the town, brings one to sub-montane lands: rocky, rugged and a natural bulwark against attackers. One of the more intriguing monuments to Jabalpur’s past in the Madan Mahal Fort.
Witness its History with Attractive Jabalpur Tourism Packages
On a historical note, a 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 centre, abustle with commercial activity.
The original settlement in this area was ancient Tripuri and the rulers of this city, the Hayahaya, are mentioned in the Mahabharata. It passed successively into Mauryan and then Gupta control until, in 875 AD, it was taken by the Kalchuri rulers. In the 13th century it was overrun by the Gonds. By the early 16th century it had become the powerful state of Gondwana. Though besieged by Mughal armies from time to time, Gondwana survived until 1789 when it was conquered by the Marathas. Their rule was unpopular, due largely to the increased activities of the thuggees who were ritual murderers and bandits. The Marathas were defeated in 1817. The thuggees were subdued by the British who developed the town in the mid-19th century.
Jabalpur can be visited anytime during the year although the Dhuadhar waterfalls & boat ride in the Narmada can be out of bound during monsoon.
How to Reach Jabalpur
With the nearest airport, the Jabalpur Dumna airport, at a distance of mere 20 kms. from the city, travelling is hassle-free. Jabalpur is also well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagpur, Bhopal, and Indore by air.
Jabalpur has regular trains from major cities of the country. Nearest stations are Jabalpur Junction (JBP), Madan Mahal (MML), Deori (DOE), Adhartal (ADTL) and Jamtara Paraswara (JPV)
Frequent cab service to Jabalpur is available from all major cities such as Bhopal, Indore and Raipur.
Tour Packages for Jabalpur
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