The perpendicular magnesium limestone rocks fringe the crystal clear placid waters of the Narmada providing a fascinating site. Boating facilities are available between November-May.
Boating on a moonlit night, when the whole stretch of water is transformed into a sheet of liquid silver is absolutely magical. In the narrow channel of the mighty river, there is a place approached so closely from the opposite banks that the local people have aptly named it the “Monkey’s Leap”
If you were dazzled by the glitter of the diamond mines at Panna, then do not rest your eyes. The glittering of the marble rocks in Bhedaghat, awaits your tarriance. This highland beauty goes braggadocio about its splendorous marble rocks, when the sun kisses the apogee of these marbles to create a mystique beauty. While the sun plays its role in casting mottled shadows, the moon is not lagging far behind. As dusk descends, these marbles seem to sparkle in the moonlight. 23 km. from Jabalpur, in Madhya Pradesh, are these marvels of nature, that will remind you of the scenic beauty that must have been apparent to you only on television. The river that flows through these pristine white stones adumbrates the doldrums of nature with its lofty cliffs.
Come an experience the un-experienced on the land that prompted Captain J. Forsyth (discoverer of Panchmarhi) to speak eloquently about the infinite and varied refinements of these marble rocks.
These marble rocks are basically metamorphic rock that are produced when limestone buried under the ground goes through constant physical and chemical changes. Marble rocks in Bhedaghat are the only of its kind in India. Lying across the river Narmada, these rocks soar high up to 30 mts, and have emerged as an inevitable tourist destination. To watch these rocks with volcanic ridges of green and black is a marvellous experience. Be it day or night, these marbles are a treat to the eyes. These orthogonal genius are milk white and rise 100 ft, on either side of the calm crystal-clear waters of Narmada, and they are sure to behold without even offering you a moment to nictate.
This in not all. The best experience can be procured only if you enjoy the boat ride on a moonlit night. From November to May, which is an ideal time to visit these saccharine rocks, boating is allowed here. A new ambit, of floodlighting has been done here, that adds to the glamour. The view of these rocks amongst the river on moonlit night make them appear like a sparkling of diamonds on a silver blanket.When you are on the boat do not forget to ask your guide to show you the Monkey’s Leap, the point where the mountainous rocks are the closest to each other. Fables have it that this is the spot where Hanuman (character from Ramayana) had set foot on his way to Lanka. Another interesting point is the rock formation called the Hanthi ka Paon (Elephant Foot), some other interesting rock formations include a deer (Miran Kunch), the horns of a cow (Craay Singh) and also the Horse’s footprints that are also worth a visit.
There are an array of options that one can choose. Do not forget to visit the point where the Narmada flowing through the marble rocks interchanges its calmness and serenity into insouciance. Yes, you have reached the Dhunadhar Waterfall, which is better known as the ‘smoke cascade’. These falls are an awesome splendid for the eyes, and its bluster can be heard from great distances. Located a kilometer away from the marble rocks, these are easily accessible via boat. The falls and the breaking of the volume of water at the zenith, presents an outstanding demonstration of Nature’s power unstopped.
Chausat Yogini Temple, standing on a hillock, is the venue from where one can eye the marble rocks and the Dhuandar waterfall concomitantly. This 10th century ancient temple, in itself is a great attraction that is exclusively maneuvered and has baroque figurines of deities belonging to the Kalchuri period. This temple is easily approachable from different areas of Bhedaghat. This temple also has an interesting legend associated with it. It is said that this temple has an underground passage that connects it to the Gond Queen Durgavati’s palace. Though, this fact is yet to be proved you can always try to look for the secret passage. You may never know when can you become an ardent explorer.
River Narmada besides holding one of the greatest attractions of the country, also provides the carvers with excellent opportunities. The Soapstone divulged by the river, is very useful in making unique handicraft items like images of gods and goddesses, lingams, crosses, madonnas, ashtrays and trinket boxes. When you are here, do not forget to buy some of these artifacts
One must surely enjoy the awe-inspiring way of reaching these rocks on a boat. The banks of river Narmada offers tremendous opportunity to its tourist to take a boat ride to these rocks. At regular intervals, boats excursions are available for the tourist. For reaching up to the Narmada one can hail buses and taxis from Jabalpur that will take you to the river. Reaching Jabalpur is very easy, as it has an airport as well as a rail junction.
The best time to visit these marble marvels is during the month of November to May, when boating along the river is possible.
About 40 kms from Jabalpur city, Tourist Destination Bargi Dam is built on Narmada river. Tourists can enjoy water-sports in Bargi Dam. It is one of the first completed Dam in chain of 30 proposed dams to be built on Narmada river. Its reserved water is used for Hydropower generation and irrigation purpose.
Construction of Bargi Dam started in 1974 and completed in year 1990.
Its height is 69mtr. and length is 5.4 km.
Timing: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Imagine yourself in an open Gypsy slowly and silently cruising along a dense forest trail, listening to the alarm calls of a Langur warning the presence of a Tiger. You feel a tingling sensation in the nape of your neck as the forest floor quietens, and you silently watch, through the early morning mist, a faint image of yellow and black stripes crossing the trail ahead. You move on, as the early rays of the sun make an array of magical shapes through the trees across the forest floor, and your lungs revel in the fresh morning air.
Such is the experience at Bandhavgarh National Park; one of the few remaining havens for the pride of Indian Wildlife – the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Bandhavgarh is a new National Park with a very long history. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 168sq miles (437sq kms) it contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of Tigers. This is also the White tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951. This white Tiger, Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa.
Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargarh, or game preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. The Maharaja and his guests carried out hunting – otherwise the wildlife was well protected. It was considered a good omen for Maharaja of Rewa to shoot 109 tigers. His Highness Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh shot 111 Tigers by 1914.
bandhavgarh white tigers IndiaMatriarch of Bandhavgarh : Sita (Disappeared in 1996)
Sita tigress was most photographed tigress in the world. She was the matriarch of Bandhavgarh. She had a life span of 17 years which is considered as longer the average age of tigers. In his lifespan she manage to raise 6 litters. She had two litters from Banka, the dominant male before Charger.Her third litter was from her mating with Charger in which she delivered two male cubs. In between them, one by larger in size and known by the name of Bara Bachha and second one had slight limp in his hind leg and known by the name of Langur.Bara Bachha made his territory around Ghora Demon and Langru chose to stay with Charger & Sita. Here noticeable thing is that, Charger accepted his 4 year old lame son, denying the logic that dominant males drive away their own grownup male cubs.
In March month of 1994, Sita delivered her ill-fated fourth litter in which one cub was blind since birth and died after some time. Sita was so much distressed and disturbed by his death that for few days she wandered everywhere in search of her cub by calling her. During that period park authorities closed her area for tourists. Her another female cub later known by the name of Mohini as she was very good looking. Charger had habit of snatching the kills made by Sita but she never mind and always pleased to see Charger. In September 1996, Sita produced her fifth litter comprising one male and two females. In order to feed them properly, Sita often started trespassing in to other’s territory. She made kills in other’s domain and drag them into her territory.
In the year 1996, Sita was 15 years old which is considered as old-age of tigers, bud she seems absolutely fit. Upto this age, she has produced 6 litters and seems fit to deliver 7th litter also. Parks closed down in month of July for next 3 months. When month of October arrived in year 1996 and parks was ready for next safari season, tiger tracking geared up. During tracking nobody could trace Sita and a peculiar silence or depression was spread in atmosphere. No trace of beloved tigress Sita ignited huge controversies in media and pressure was mounted in Forest department to investigate the missing of Sita. Strange rumors began to spread about her dis-appearance like she was shot three times in Barua Nala and died behind the rest house in terrible agony. Some blamed it a handiwork of poachers spread in local villages. Local people and Forest Department was shocked with the disappearance of Sita.
It was ungrateful day of 29th September, 2000, when Charger passed away leaving his name in history. A memorial was made in a place where his body was disposed off and was known by the name of ‘Charger Point’. We can visit Charger’s Point during safari in Magadhi zone (Gate – 2). Charger lived comparatively long life and was exceptional dominant male in Bandhavgarh National Park.
Also there is good news from Sookhi Patiya Tigeress, she has just given a litter 2 months back, not seen be any tourists yet, but by the time park opens in October they will be about 6 months, a good to see them.
Not that the Tiger sightings in Bandhavgarh were bad prior to 2006. But, there has been a change in the behavior of Tigers in Bandhavgarh. Today the big males, namely, B2 and Bokha are less seen, perhaps only twice a week. But the Tigeresses are ensuring that the entrance fee paid by the tourists is worth every penny. You will see them with their cubs on the road in front of you, at times playing in water holes, at times trying to climbing trees, at ties trying to catch the tail of the Elephant you are riding.
Our only advise to you is not to forget your camera to capture lifetime of Tiger shots when you are planning to visit Bandhavgarh.
Today there is a Kabir Temple, up at the fort, where Kabir had spent time, and used to meditate and take discourses for some very close disciples of his. Kabir’s first disciple was initiated at Bandhavgarh Fort, his name was Dharam Das Naam Sahib.
Kabir gave a salutation in entire central India.
About Bandhavgarh they say, that you have got be really unlucky not to see a Tiger in Bandavgarh.
One park which is on top of the charts as far as Tiger sightings is concerned is Bandhavgarh.
One park which is a hot favorite today with Wildlife Photographers is Bandhavgarh. One park for the true Wildlife Lover is Bandhavgarh. I have always believed that there are 2 kind of tourists, one Tiger tourists and the other Wildlife and general tourists. Somehow Bandhavgarh National Park has managed to satiate both the tourist category.
It is not only the Tiger sightings here, but the natural and archaeological splendor that awaits a visitor which is totally unexpected, and beyond imagination.
Although Bandhavgarh is a relatively small park in the last few years this former game reserve has become one of India’s most prominent National Parks. The major reason for all the interest is Bandhavgarh’s high density of tigers, which roam the mixed forests of sal and bamboo in search of an easy kill. The tigers have not only bolstered the local population by breeding successfully, they have also brought international media attention to the park and the plight of the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is the abundance of water and prey here that makes a lot of Tigers comfortable in the Tala Range for sure, not that the neighbouring ranges like Magdhi and Khitauli do not have prey and water they have but something special about Tala Range.
The Bandhavgarh Fort which stands tall, the beautiful meadows of Chakradhara, Raj Bhera and Sehra, besides some unimaginably beautiful spots like the Climbers point, Rampur Pahari, Sita Mandap which are the key for captivating tourists.
Safaris in Bandhavgarh!
There are numerous authorized 4-wheel drives run by the locals, which are available from the hotels and rest houses you would be staying at. This is the best option available and a very exciting one at that, as most visitors prefer an open a safari into the jungle and being accompanied by a professional naturalist who will guide them through the forest.
The second is an elephant ride. They are booked the same day depending upon the availability. Commonly known as Tiger show, it normally happens when the Tiger has been tracked by the forest department inside bush.
All the national parks in the country differ in the activities and the facilities that they offer to their visitors. Like wise Bandhavgarh too has certain unique selling point. There is a controversial method which is called “Tiger Shows”. For these shows, the mahouts head out in the wee hours of the morning and track down a tiger. Once the tiger settles down in a spot, the word is spread and all visitors are taken for short rides from the nearest point on a jungle track.
This, although it ensures that almost all visitors to the park go back with happy memories of a “sighting”, is never as exciting as chance sightings from the tracks. Not knowing what one has in store sometimes is no doubt more challenging than knowing the whereabouts of the animals.
How to reach Bhandhavgargh
Nearest airport is at Jabalpur (164 km). The most convenient route to Bandhavgarh is to fly from Delhi to Khajuraho from where it is a five and a half hour drive (237 km).
Though long, the drive is interesting. The road rosses the Ken river, some stretches of which have been declared a crocodile sanctuary famous for Ghariyal, a rare fish eating crocodile. It then goes past Panna town, famous for its diamond mines, to Satna, the midway point from where it branches off on a subsidiary road across ridges of the Vindhyachal to Bandhavgarh.
- Reach katni by train from Delhi,Mumbai,Calcutta or Chennai and drive down to bhandhavgargh,a very pleasant 1.5 hr drive to the the Land Of The Maharaja
February to June, although the cool season is much more comfortable and still very good for wildlife. The park is closed from July 1 to October 15 because of the monsoon. For those planning a visit, a stay of at least three nights is recommended in order to have a good chance of seeing the more elusive animals – although, of course, a brief visit will also be very interesting.
What To Wear
Cottons, but bring woollens as well, as early mornings and evenings can be chilly, especially in a moving jeep and in the cool season. Try not to wear loud colours.
NATIONAL FOSSILS PARK MANDLA
National fossils park is situated in Dindori, Madhya Pradesh district of Madhya Pradesh in India. This national park has plants in fossil form that existed in India anywhere between 40 million and 150 million years ago spread over seven villages of Mandla District (Ghuguwa, Umaria, Deorakhurd, Barbaspur, Chanti-hills, Chargaon and Deori Kohani). The Mandla Plant Fossils National Park is an area that spreads over 274,100 square metres. Such fossils are found in three other villages of the district also, but they lie outside the national park.
The Birbal Sahani Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow, has done some work on the plant fossils of Mandla, though the study is yet in a preliminary stage. In Ghuguwa and Umaria the standing, petrified trunks of trees have been identified as Gymnosperms and Angiosperms- Monocotyledons and palms. There are certain Bryophytes also. There is some doubt about whether the fossils are from the late Jurassic or the early and mid Cretaceous age. This is because when the break up of the single land mass, Pangaea occurred, it was split by the continental drift into Laurasia and Gondwanaland somewhere between the Jurassic and Cretaceous ages. India formed a part of Gondwanaland. Depending on the age in which the split occurred, the fossils are either Jurassic or Cretaceous.
Interspersed with the plant fossils are to be found the fossils of molluscs. One theory is that the area in which the fossils are located, i.e., the Narmada Valley near Mandla, was actually a deep inundation of the sea into peninsular India till the Post- Cambrian Tertiary age, about 40 million years ago. This means that Narmada was a very short river which terminated in the inland sea above Mandla, and that the recession of the sea caused geological disturbances,which created the present rift valley through which the Narmada River and Tapti River flow in their present journey to the Arabian Sea. All this, however, is speculation and conjecture because it is only recently that an interest has developed in the fossils of Mandla and detailed scientific studies are still wanting.
A region as ancient as this tells a great deal about what Madhya Pradesh was like millions of years ago. The absence of dicotyledons suggests that plantevolution was still at an early stage. The whole matter requires much more detailed study. The national park is spread over agricultural fields in seven non-contiguous villages, which makes it difficult to protect the fossils. The fossils look like ordinary rocks and are either removed from the fields unwittingly by agriculturists or are damaged by tourists and those unscrupulous people who think they can make quick money out of their sale. In Chargaon and Deori Kohani villages there has been extensive damage, especially by excavation of embedded molluscs.
Some say that if the Fossil National Park is to be saved, a separate administrative unit for park management should be set up, the land on which fossils are located should be acquired and fenced and the nearest university, Jabalpur, should be asked to set up a special research unit on the fossils.
How to Reach
- Reach Jabalpur or katni and drive down to Mandla by Taxi or Bus
A new fossil locality found by D.K. Singore Varistha Adhyapka Govt. H.S.S. Babaliya Distt. Mandla This new fossil locality situated in village Dhangoan (Babaliya)Mandla, Madhya Pradesh India. This fossil locality has containg wood fossils,leaf impressions, fruit fossils etc. area is 5000 square metre
KANHA WILDLIFE NATIONAL PARK
The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book”. The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Park’s landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park’s fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia.
A heightened attraction within the Park is Bamni Dadar, popularly known as Sunset Point that offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop of the sunset against grazing Sambhars and Gaurs, magnifying the natural splendor of the area. Aside from its diverse wildlife and bird population, the frequent sightings of Tigers roaming in the wild at Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary remain the most popular draw.
About Kanha National Park
Area : 1,945 sq km
Altitude : 600-900 m above sea level
Situated in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the picturesque Kanha National Park was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s unforgettable classic Jungle Book. The romance of the Kanha National Park has not reduced over time-it is still as beautiful.
If one were to point to the middle of India, chances are he will pick out the forests of the Banjar and the Halon valley, the two forming the western and eastern halves of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, which have long been famous for their wide diversity of wildlife.
The park was created in 1955 by a special law and, since then, it has dedicated itself in preserving a variety of animal species. Many endangered species have indeed been saved here. Today Kanha is among the few most scenic and beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia. This ‘Tiger Country’ is the ideal home for both predator and prey.
By far the most striking features of this region are the open grassy meadows, where sighting blackbuck, swamp deer, sambhar and chital is common. And, if one can transcend into time, a barefooted Mowgli would perhaps come padding along the dusty trail, for this is the land of Kipling’s Jungle Book.
Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha national park cum Tiger reserve extends over an area of over 1,940-sq-kms.
The major feature of this region’s interesting topography is the horseshoe shape valley and the whole park area is surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal.
Major Wildlife Attractions Of Kanha
The main wildlife attractions in the park are tiger, bison, gaur, sambhar, chital, more pictures…. barasingha, barking deer, black deer, black buck, chousingha, nilgai, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, pea fowl, hare, monkey, mongoose, tiger, and leopard.
The birds species in the park include storks, teals, pintails, pond herons, egrets, peacock, pea fowl, jungle fowl, spur fowl, partridges, quails, ring doves, spotted parakeets, green pigeons, rock pigeons, cuckoos, papihas, rollers, bee-eater, hoopoes, drongos, warblers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, finches, orioles, owls, and fly catchers.
However, if one animal species were to represent Kanha, it would probably be the barasingha, or the swamp deer. The barasinghas at Kanha are unique, being the hard ground variety, which populate the large open tracts of grass amidst the forests of teak and bamboo. Twenty years ago, the barasingha was faced with extinction but some desperate measures including the fencing-off of some animals helped save them and again the air in Kanha bugle with their rutting calls.
The open meadows during the cold winter months are usually teeming with barasinghas and there is plenty of tiger activity around the fringes. A female with two small cubs would circle around at least two or three times during the day and the swamp deer would go berserk, their husky alarm calls ringing through the jungle. Far from being the cunning, smart aleck, portrayed in Disney’s adaptation of the Jungle Book, the real “Sher Khan” is true blue-blooded royalty.
There is a museum at Kanha depicting attributes and activities of the park and tribal culture. It is closed every Wednesday.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The climate of this region is tropical. Summers are hot and humid with a maximum and minimum temperature of 40.6°C and 23.9°C. Winters are pleasant with an average maximum and minimum temperature of 23.9°C and 11.1°C, respectively. The annual average rainfall is 152 cm. The park is closed from July to mid-October during monsoon.
How to reach Kanha National Park
Reaching Kanha Park through Train Journey :
is the best suitable place to reach Kanha National Park. City is in North-West of Kanha National Park. It is just 265kms/04:00hrs from park.Another option is to reach jabalpur.
Jabalpur city has airport having direct connectivity with Delhi. Jabalpur city is very well connected through trains with major cities of India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Lucknow, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Ahmedabad etc. Jabalpur city local sight-seeing will be an added advantage for those who are planning to reach Kanha through Jabalpur.
Raipur is capital city of the Chattisgarh state. It is located in South-East of Park. Kanha National Park (Mukki entrance gate) is at a distance of 250kms. from Raipur city. Raipur is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai,a Agra and many more important cities of India through trains. Nagpur: Nagpur city lies in Maharastra State of India. It is about 260 kms. away from Kanha National Park (Kisli entrance gate). Nagpur is well connected with some important cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai etc
Reaching Kanha National Park By Air :
One can reach Kanha National Park through flights also.
By Charter Plane: For those who are traveling on Charted planes, can land at small runway called Birwa Airstrip at Malajkhand area in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh State which is about 14 kms. away from Kanha National Park – Mukki entrance gate and 60 kms from Khatia/Kisli entrance gate.
By Plane: Kanha
Park can also be reached through flights. Some of the nearby airports are:
- Nagpur (300kms/06:30hrs)
- Jabalpur (165kms/04:00hrs)
Among them Jabalpur Airport is most suitable for reaching Kanha National Park. Jabalpur Airport is directly connected with Mumbai & Delhi.
Travelling to Kanha by road :-
Nearest cities from Kanha National Park are Jabalpur, Raipur, Nagpur,katni, Jabalpur & Nagpur is on National Highway-7 which connects Varanasi from Kanyakumari. Anyone can reach Kanha from these cities by surface transfers. Among them Jabalpur is the closest to Kanha Tiger Reserve i.e, about 165kms. and road condition is also favourable. Routes are as follows:
» Jabalpur – Mandla – Kanha (Khatia gate)
» Raipur – Simga – Kawardha – Chilphi- Gadhi- Kanha (Mukki gate)
» Nagpur – Seoni – Balaghat – Baihar – Kanha (Mukki gate)
TIGER RESERVE/WILD LIFE RESERVE PENCH
The Pench National Park on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra has been known through the ages for its rich flora and fauna. Many writers like Captain Forsyth, A.A.D. Brander, R.A. Strendale, and Rudyard Kipling have all mentioned Pench in their books as the place with rich and beautiful flora and fauna.
Named after the river that flows nearby, Pench was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983, though it had been declared a notified area in 1972. Today, the park is the 19th Tiger Reserve in the country and takes pride in its tigers and other wildlife. The total area under the Pench Tiger Reserve comes to about 758 km, out of which a core area of 299 sq km is the National Park and 464 km the buffer area.
The park is situated in the Seoni district of southern Madhya Pradesh and runs in continuation with Pench National Park of Maharashtra. It is located between latitude 21°40′ in the North and longitude 79°15′ in the east. It is connected with an all weather metalled road network to other places of importance in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The climate of this region is tropical with hot summers and cold winters. Monsoon touches the region in early July and remain there for the next two months. Winters are the most comfortable months though it is very difficult to view any exclusive wildlife during this season.
The best time to visit this park is summer as many wildlife varieties come outside their natural habitat in search of water and waterholes in the park provide good views of the denizens of park.
It is blessed with forests spread in all the direction. As per general physiognomy, the forest type here is southern tropical dry deciduous teak and southern tropical mixed deciduous forest with other species of shrubs, trees, and climbers. There are many rare varieties of herbs and grasses in this region that are known to be of medicinal use.
The park is very rich in fauna and a number of endangered species have made it their habitat. There is high density of the wild pig, nilgai, chital, muntjac, gaur and four horned antelope. Sighting a tiger is as difficult here as in the other national parks in the country and it needs a lot of patience and luck to sight one.
The Pench River, water streams, and nallahs provide the best playground for the water birds of this region. They are also the habitat for crocodiles and fresh water turtles.
PLACES AROUND PENCH NATIONAL PARK
Nagpur, the winter capital of Maharashtra, is situated at a distance of around 93 km from Pench. The main attractions here include the Sitabuldi Fort, Council Hall, Cathedral of All Saints, High Court, Raj Bhawan, and Chhatris of the Bhonsle dynasty.
HOW TO REACH
Airport – Sonegaon Airport, Nagpur (93 km from Pench National Park)
Nagpur is the nearest airport connected to Mumbai and other places by regular flights.
Railway Station – Seoni Railway Station (30 km from Pench National Park)
Seoni is the nearest railway station connected to Mumbai and other places in the region by regular trains.
The nearest bus stand is at Seoni from where one can take buses or jeeps to the Pench National Park. Seoni is connected to almost all the places in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra by good road and rail networks.
Khajuraho town, also known as the city of moon god is world renowned erotic sculptures carved out of stones on the walls of temple complexes. These temples are a representation of sanctity and are also known for their religious benediction. The central Indian architectural style comprises the architectural pattern of the temple structure. The construction of the temples began in the 11th century and it took around 200 years to build the entire lot of these masterpiece. The architectural pattern of the temple reminds one of the Himalayan peaks, having huge tip at the top with the slant slopes. Khajuraho temples are customarily divided into three broad categories
The Eastern group : The Eastern group of temples are the ones that are located near the actual town of Khajuraho. The five isolated sub division of the temples along with the three Brahmanical temple and three Jain temples, together comprise the eastern group of temples.
The Western group : The Western group is the largest of all the groups and wherein the monuments are known to be the most spectacular of all. Prospered and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, this group of temple is located in the center and has beautiful green lawns and gardens encircling them. Lakshmana Temple, the Matangesvara Temple and the Varaha Temple are the most important temple among the group.
The Southern group : The Southern group of Khajuraho temples is situated at the distant location and constitute the two temples of Duladeo and Chaturbhuja, situated near and across the Khudarnala
Sound and Light Show:
This fascinating Son-et-Lumière spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day.
Mounted in the complex of the Western Group of temples, the 50-minute show runs in Hindi and in English every evening. Amitabh Bachchan, the Indian super star, narrates the story of Khajuraho in his mesmerising voice.
Timings of Sound & Light Show at Western group of temples
• English: 06:30 pm to 07:25 pm.
• Hindi: 07:40 pm to 08:35 pm.
How to reach Khajuraho
By Car : Khajuraho city is very well connected by Jhansi, Orchha, Satna, Katni, Bandhavgarh, Chattarpur etc. Usually tourists arrive at Jhansi Railway Station by train and take taxi car to travel to Khajuraho, via Orchha or directly. From Jhansi, Khajuraho is just 200kms.04:00hrs. Similarly those who are arriving at Satna railway station can hire taxi from here to reach Khajuraho by road. Similarly those who want to reach Khajuraho from Bandhavgarh, they can travel by road via Katni-Pawai-Amanganj-Panna of 240km/05:00hrs.
By Train : Most important railway station for Khajuraho is Khajuraho Railway Station which is just 5km from Khajuraho Town. Their is direct train for Khajuraho Railway Station (UP Sampark Kranti Express) for Khajuraho. It is the only train, at present from New Delhi to Khajuraho.
Similarly those who wish to travel Khajuraho from Varanasi can now travel by Bundelkhand Link Express Train (1108A) which connects Khajuraho – Varanasi. Both are very much proposed in most of the proposed tour itineraries so with the introduction of this train, one can now travel more comfortably at low fare.
Those who are coming from Mumbai/Kolkata can reach katni Railway Station to travel Khajuraho at a distance of 189kms/03:00hrs.
If you visit Khajuraho from Jaipur than DAYODAYA EXPRESS (2182) will be the most suitable train to reach Katni and then by taxi reach Khajuraho. Distance from Katni to Khajuraho is 180kms/04:00hrs.
Those who wish to travel Khajuraho from Agra, can take any train for Jhansi Railway Station and then drive through Taxi via-Orchha/directly to Khajuraho.By Air : Khajuraho is having a domestic airport known as City Airport Khajuraho. It is located at 2 Km south of Khajuraho town. At present (as on 05/05/2010) flights from Delhi & Varanasi are operating for Khajuraho. Arrival/Departure are usually take place in afternoon for these two destinations.
Work is going on to enhance the capabilities of Khajuraho Airport.
Situated in the Maikal Mountains, Amarkantak is an important pilgrimage center for Hindus. It is the meeting point of the Vindhyas and the Satpura Mountain Ranges in Central India. It is also the source of the rivers Narmada and Sone. There are dense forests of teak, Mahua, etc. around Amarkantak where one can find numerous small and trickling streams feeding the Narmada. Tour to Amarkantak will, therefore, be an escape from the mundane life.
Tourist Attractions in Amarkantak
Amarkantak, being a unique natural heritage, comprises of a number of places of scenic beauty. Apart from this it is source of origin of three important rivers. Tour to Amarkantak, a great pilgrim center for Hindus, is thus a unique experience of a lifetime. Some o the tourists’ attractions in Amarkantak include:
Narmadakund and temples: Around Narmadakund, a pool at the origin of Narmada, there are number of temples such as Narmada and Shiva temple, Kartikey temple, Shri Ram Janki temple, Annapurna temple, Guru Gorakhnath temple, Sri Shuryanarayan temple, Vangeshwar Mahadev temple, Durga temple, Shiv Pariwar, Siddheswar Mahadev temple, Sri Radha Krishna temple, Eleven Rudra temple etc.
How to Reach Amarkantak
By Air: Nearest airports are Jabalpur (228 km) and Raipur (230 km).
By Rail: The nearest rail head is Pendra Road (42 km) on the Katni – Bilaspur section of the South-Eastern Railway.
By Road: Amarkantak is well connected by regular bus service with Shahdol, Umaria, Jabalpur, Rewa, Bilaspur, Anuppur,katni and Pendra Road.
Chitrakut is one of the most sacred pilgrim sites of north India. It covers a vast area comprising five villages: Sitapur, Karvi, Nayagaon, Kamta, and Khohi. The mountain ranges of the Vindhya surround the area. Mixed forests spread in all directions. An aura of sanctity surrounds the place. The countryside seems to exert a peculiar power over the residents and visitors alike. Today, the main pilgrim center, Ram Ghat, on the banks of the river Mandakini is synonymous with Chitrakut. This small, sleepy village is associated with many a legend and epic. It is believed that Rama and Sita, the leading dramatis personae of the epic Ramayana, spent 11 years out of their 14 years of exile in the forests around Chitrakut
Most of the spots of tourist importance are along the river Mandakini. Janaki Kund is a straight stretch of river and a series of steps on the left bank descended to the water, almost greenish-blue in color. According to a legend, it was the favorite bathing spot of Sita. Beyond Janaki Kund, the river is enchantingly beautiful.
Ram Ghat is a long stretch of steps cut into the banks where pilgrims perform religious ablutions and rituals. Many compare its hallowed sanctity to Rishikesh and Benaras.
PLACES AROUND CHITRAKUT
Gupt Godavari, 19 kilometers south of Chitrakut, is also an important place to visit. There are two caves, on the hillside, one larger than the other. There, a subterranean steam emerges out of one cave and after flowing for a distance fills a pool before disappearing again and hence the name Gupt Godavari. It is popularly believed that Lord Rama during his exile held court in this cave, along with his faithful brother Lakshman. At the entrance to the cave is a beautifully carved sculpture of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva).
Kalinjara Fort, 52 kilometers southwest of Chitrakut, is said to be an equally hallowed place. This fort is mentioned in the Puranas and Mahabharata. By its mere reference in the scriptures and epics, the Fort’s antiquity is established. Perhaps the physical immensity of the Fort has remained unchanged. It was in the reign of the Chandela dynasty in the 10th and 11th centuries that the fort finds increasing mention and importance. It is said that in the early 10th century, the Chandela King, Yasovarman, on ascending the throne was given the title of ‘Kalinjaradipati’, or Lord of Kalinjara. According to the local residents, no enemy ever stormed this Fort. It was always captured through treachery or a long siege. There, most of the ancient buildings are in ruins and only three buildings stand in different stages of decay. The old palaces now accommodate sculptures collected from different parts of the Fort. The large tank adjacent to the Palace, which provided water to the garrison under siege, now lies half empty. The main ‘royal’ entrance to the Fort is on the northeastern face of the Fort.
In addition, there is a museum in the palace. The sculptures are mostly of Chandela era; the treatment by chisel is similar to that of Khajuraho temples. There, Mrig Dhara is a small spring oozing out of the stone. This small spring is believed to have provided drinking water since time immemorial.
HOW TO REACH
By Air: Bamrauli Airport in Allahabad is the nearest airport. It is connected to cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow. Flying to Varanasi (120 km) or Lucknow (200 km) is a better option as both the airports are much better serviced. Jeeps, taxis and private vehicles can be hired from the airport to reach Chitrakoot.
By Rail: Chitrakoot Dham railway station is connected to major railway stations like Allahabad and Jhansi. Both these railheads are connected to many major cities in India like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Agra, Ahmedabad, Jammu, Mysore, Surat, Varanasi, Trivandrum, Gwalior, Dehradun, Ujjain, Indore, Jabalpur,katni, Secunderabad, etc. Jeeps, taxis and local buses are available from the railway station to reach Chitrakoot.
By Road: Regular bus service connects Chitrakoot to Allahabad, Satna, katni,Chhatarpur, Jhansi, Mahoba and Harpalpur.
Situated on a peak of Satpura range, this fort has been constructed by using big and small stone blocks and lime and mud mortar, of which the remains of fortification as well as three entrances can be seen even today. The Rewa Kund and ancient pyramidal temple housing a broken sculpture of Narsingh belongs to the Kalchuri period.
This fort can be attributed to the Gond rulers of 16 century A.D. In the ruins inside the fort stand ranital, barrack for keeping the prisoner, amphitheater and the palace of Gond king Premnarain. In 1818, after the downfall of Gond rulers, the British damaged the fort. There are also the remains of the buildings constructed during the Maratha period which stand in between the ranital and king’s palace. This was a very important fort during the Reign of Gonds and Marathas.
How to reach Chauragarh fort:
- reach katni and take a taxi to the fort,due to its location there are not many hotels to stay in,ideal would be to stay in katni and then travel.
Pachmarhi is Madhya Pradesh’s most verdant gem. A lovely hill resort girdled by the Satpura ranges, it offers absolute tranquility. Bridle paths lead into placid forest groves of wild bamboo, jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets
Complementing the magnificence of nature are the works of man; Pachmarhi is also an archaeological treasure- house. In cave shelters in the Mahadeo Hills is an astonishing richness in rock paintings. Most of these have been placed in the period 500-800 AD, but the earliest paintings are an estimated 10,000 years old.
In Pachmarhi, Bagpipes skirled in a flower-bright valley while ancient dancers cavorted on a rock. The pipes and the dancers were separated by thousands of years: typical of this little town in the Saptura Mountains. Contrasting cultures and ages exist in harmony as if time and trends mean little in this serene, wooded place. Pachmarhi is for unwinding, effortlessly. Roads meander gently groves of trees, open spaces and heritage cottages sitting contentedly in their old gardens.
The town has a quiet gentility about it as if Victorian traditions and high collars still governed most people’s lives. Much of this ambience has been set, and is still being maintained, by the strong presence of the Army whose Education Corps is headquartered here. The old cottages, meticulously maintained by the Military Engineering Serivces, have changed little since the days of Kipling.
how to reach
By Air: Raja Bhoj Airport at Bhopal (195 km) is the closest airport. Flights connect Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai,Ahmadabad, Indore, Hyderabad and Raipur to Bhopal.
Delhi (874 km) is the closest international airport. It is well connected to most major cities across the world. Mumbai (890 km) is also better connected to international cities.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Pipariya (47 km). Pipariya is connected to many cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Surat, Howrah, Pune, Ranchi, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Guwhati, etc.
By road:comfortable taxi are available from katni.Your total travel time is approximately 5 hour(s) 35 min(s); which may vary depending upon the road and traffic conditions.
Various Historical places of Katni
In Bahoriband there are many monuments, there is a statue of Jain Teerthankar Shantinath 12 feet high. There is some scripture of 12th century are written in lower part of the statue telling about Maha samantadhipati Golhneshwar Rathore who was the ruler under Kalchuri’s kings Gayakarndev.
There are so many statues in north of the village, near the reservoir a stone has been found in which 10 incarnation of Lord Vishnu has been painted. There are so many statues of Narayan Shaishayani (bed) and sun (Lord Surya). There is a Cemetery of Oliya Peeran Peer and a village is associated with it. Now a days Bahoriband has gained more importance and fame after stone park.
Earlier Tigavan was part of Bahoriband. People says earlier name of Tigavan village was Jhanjhangad. Aalha and Udal has fought with king of Madhogarh in Tigavan. A Temple of 1500 year old can be seen here, which is a flat ceiling temple. There is a statue of lord Narsing and on other side of wall there is Jain Treethankars Parshvanath statue.
There are so many statues in north of the village, near the reservoir a stone has been found in which 10 incarnation of Lord Vishnu has been painted. There are so many statues of Narayan Shaishayani (bed) and sun (Lord Surya). There is a Cemetery of Oliya Peeran Peer and a village is associated with it. Now a days Bahoriband has gained more importance and fame after stone park.
33 km from Katni, Vijaraghavgarh is a historical place, which is 350 m high from sea level the prince PRAYAGDAS has formed a new town near MAUJA, PADRIYA and LOHARWADA and constructed a temple of lord VIJAYRAGHAV and the fort was named as VIJAYRAGHAVGARH .
The new town has been given the same name. At one side of this fort a court is available, Other side is of a beautiful building known as RANGMAHAL there are stone at various part of the fort designed from KARITALAI. This is the most beautiful fort in katni district.
Roopnath is a pilgrimage place 3 km from Bahoriband there is PANCHLINGI(five lingam) statue of lord SHIVA and called as Roopnath. It is situated in the corner of Camore mountain, There are three KUNDS (tanks) one above another on a standing stone water is present all the time the lowest one is called called SITA KUND and next above it is known as LAXMAN KUND and the topmost is know for LORD RAM.
There is verse painted on big stone that may be of 232B.C. some order like is written in Pali language for following Buddhism. It describes that 2½ years of Ashoka following Buddhism but nothing has been achieved so far. One km from ROOPNATH in Sindursi village four old statues have been removed from mountain this place is known as JOGINI KA STHAN (place of Jogini) it is believed that the statues are linked with king JAINAT or SARVANTH of 6th century.
In the ancient time this locality was known very much scattered it was around in 24 miles of diameter. The old name of this town was PAHUPAVTI/PUSHPAWATI NAGRI (Town) now a day so many scriptures are found in this area there were so many temples the only remain is VARAH temple of lord VARAH (Vishnu). There is one more temple around one km from Bilhari of lord Shiva it also know as fort of Kamakandla in the ancient building archeologist have found a big scripture on rock on a stone which is currently in Nagpur museum in which description of Culchuries king Kayoorvarsh is found and about construction of temple for lord NOHLESHWAR(lord Shiva) second part of scripture describes visiting of Somnath temple in Gujrat for victory of Laxmanraj son of princes Nohla.
King laxman has made the big reservoir in Bilhari. The above dynasty has decline very fast and Chandel kings has captured the area after ward. Pan(Tambul) of Bilhary is very much famous the reference is found in famous scripture Aeana Akhbari.
3 km from katni in Jabalpur road around 14 big colored painted rock are scattered they are all of prehistoric time it is believed that it was the residence for early human. They have painted all the animals found around here viz. Cow, Bull, Deer, Dog, Goat, Pork Hippopotamus etc. Hippopotamus is believed to be here in the ancient time. Except this animal there are paintings available about fighting tools and man and woman, tree, flower. These painting are believed of 10000 BC to 4000 BC some of the picture are of middle age 700 BC to 200 BC.
RELEVANCE OF KATNI IN DENTAL TOURISM:
Best part of katni is that it is most centrally located province of India,and is a busy rail Junction,hence connectivity is easy to any part of the country.
All the places that have been mentioned are around katni and katni is in centre of all of them,hence it is better to make katni as the halt station to make the whole trip more comfortable and relaxing.
There are daily flights to Mumbai and Delhi from Jabalpur and Travelling time from Jabalpur to katni by road is at the most
- 1:20 min by road
- 2 hrs. by train.
- one can reach reach katni by train or by taxi from jabalpur
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