Last Updated: December 9, 2019 Abhishek Gurung
Family vacations can get very exciting and backbreaking, simultaneously, especially if you are holidaying with kids. However, Jabalpur is one of those best places where traveling with kids as it can be quite a comfortable holiday destination. And while here, consider an exploration extravaganza as this top travel place in Madhya Pradesh is filled with interesting attractions to see. In order to give you a hint of what Jabalpur has in store for you, here is a mixed bag of places you get to see from pilgrimage sites to wildlife destinations to historic places while you relish a trip around this city in Madhya Pradesh.
Let’s start with a city tour around Jabalpur, there is just so much to explore from ruined forts, museums, temples and a lake. Make the most of your vacation in places like…
Dumna Nature Reserve
This natural reserve may not be within the city limits as it is located near the airport, however, it makes a great family tourist destination. Dumna Nature Reserve can be a fabulous place to visit as it treasures a variety of species of plants and animals. While here, you can introduce your kids to animal species like wild boar, porcupine, jackal, leopard, spotted deer and a wide range of migratory birds. Dumna Nature Reserve has a restaurant, a small children’s park with toy trains and boating facilities making it an ideal place for quick nature getaway and picnic with the family.
Rani Durgavati Museum
In Jabalpur, one historically significant attraction to visit for art and history lovers is Rani Durgavati Museum. This museum safeguards many important possessions of the ‘then’ legendary rulers. One can also see fair glimpses of the rich the cultural heritage here. Rani Durgavati Museum perhaps can be tagged as an educational place for children as it has a series of prehistoric treasures and also a collection of sculptures and letters of Mahatma Gandhi. This museum also has a gallery of Adivasi culture and is tagged to be one of the best museums to visit in the whole of Madhya Pradesh.
You must have heard about a balancing rock of Mahabalipuram ‘Krishna’s Butterball,’ well, there happens to be another such tourist place located in Jabalpur. It has the same name as how it is normally called as, ‘balancing rock!’, as a matter of fact, this site can’t be missed even if you want to since it is located on your way to ‘Madan Mahal Fort’ which we will be discussing below. This huge rock is said to have survived even an earthquake of 6.5 magnitudes and is also believed to be one single rock instead of two as per the geologists.
Madan Mahal Fort
The escalating journey from the balancing rock on a four-wheeler or three or even two will land you to Madan Mahal Fort, which is surrounded by dust and greens. Here, you get a chance to spend time amid the gem of the past where the still standing 11th-century fort offers an architectural splendor. This heritage attraction in Jabalpur back in the bygone days served as a watchtower and it still offers a splendid view of the city. And the only way to witness its beauty is by bookmarking this place in your go-to-list during your tours in Jabalpur.
Sangram Sagar Lake
A downhill trail from the Madan Mahal Fort, you can visit another hidden attraction in Jabalpur, Sangram Sagar Lake. There may be narrow offbeat paths to visit the lake from the fort, crisscrossing the forest. However, there are vantage points from the other side of the fort from where you can get a closer look at the lake. Perhaps, this is the best thing to do during evenings, come with family or anyone in particular (if you know what I mean) and enjoy this scenic little place to escape the city’s rush and admire what raw nature looks and feels.
Amidst the major attractions in Jabalpur, there are a few holy places where you can visit with the family on a pilgrimage tour. Make the most of your vacation in places like…
Hanumantal Jain Mandir
Hanumantal Jain Mandir or the Bara Mandir is a popular Jain temple in Jabalpur and its main attraction is the beautiful idol of Adinath Bhagwan which is made of a pitch black stone. The Jain followers often consider this idol to be a Swambhu statue. Apart from the temple’s feature, you can find peace and serenity here. Its vicinity is such that, all it offers is a charming environ with a lakeside and a temple that resembles that of a white palace. Besides, why this temple is famous is because it has about 22 shrines inside the complex.
Chausat Yogini Temple
A temple that can only be reached by climbing 108 steep steps is Chausat Yogini Temple. Yet another remarkable pilgrimage destination, this 10th-century temple sits atop a hill in Bhedaghat about an hour drive from Jabalpur and its circular building structure displays its ancient architecture. Inside the temple, you can explore various images that are associated to three different kingdoms of Kushana, Gupta, and Kalachuri.
Lord Shiva Statue at Kachnar City Shiv Mandir
Jabalpur has a few points of tourist interest places like temples and one such temple you can visit to see a 23 meters tall statue of Lord Shiva is at Shiv Mandir in Kachnar City (a newly developed section of Jabalpur). This statue is considered to be one of the tallest in India and it has 12 Jyotirlinga places below the statue, it offers an inviting vibe to a major part of the travelers visiting Jabalpur for a family holiday. It is certainly a pitstop as you go for an excursion of the city and the best time to visit is during the evening to witness the aarti.
You can make a fruitful day with your family during Jabalpur tours by going a little off the radar, on road trips to places that will melt your heart. Make the most of your vacation in places like…
Gurdwara Gwari Ghat Sahib
Flanked by the sacred River Narmada, Gurdwara Gwari Ghat Sahib is located an hour drive from Jabalpur city. This gurudwara is a renowned historical destination where once the saint Guru Nanak visited crossing the river Narmada to preach about Sikh religion. However, there are other must-see sites here like the Gwarighat, which is an important Hindu pilgrimage site near Jabalpur. Besides, the best time to visit here is during the evening aarti, which is conducted on a regular basis from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
A place where the river opens up wide into a beautiful large lake, Bargi Dam is one of the must-visit places in Jabalpur. What you can do if you visit here on a family sightseeing tour, is most probably boating but also, it is an ideal spot for family picnics. You can come here on a warm afternoon and simply relax underneath the trees that offer shade and cool breeze. For adventure activities, Bargi Dam offers water sports such as water scooters, speed boating, and paddle boating. Being an ideal hotspot for migratory birds, you can also venture out on a little bird watching activity and savour the picturesque view of the sunset.
Kanha National Park
Away from the casual blows of noise and rush, Kanha National Park is where greenery and bliss, welcomes you. A soothing wildlife destination in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha is perfect for you and your kids as the sights you get to see are of amazing wild species hiding amid the sal and bamboo forest. Kanha is the largest national park in Madhya Pradesh and it is a safe place for the royal Bengal tigers. In fact, this park could be a perfect educational destination to visit to learn about wildlife species and also about the plantation. The wild animals and birds you can expect to see during your visit are gaur, wild boar, dhole, barasingha to name a few.
Now, this particular scenic destination speaks about beauty and grace, elegance and might. Comprising of three attractions in one place, this one makes the highlight of your Jabalpur tour…
As we proceed to talk about Bhedaghat, all the below-given attractions are a part of this small town, they are simply scattered around every corner. However, Bhedaghat is what we will first discuss about, not only this tourist place is popular among family vacationers but it is also a perfect place for solo travelers. While here, you have to check out the Hindu temples and other tourist places. Besides, one such thing to do here is boating during which you traverse the beautiful Marble Rocks, about which you will be reading below.
To complete your boating experience in Bhedaghat, you have to pass through the beautiful and grand white marble rocks. This is the only possible way to see the grand rocks up close and…well…close enough! What’s more enchanting is how these marble rock walls illuminate on full moon nights offering a great scenario to witness. A visit here will certainly lift up your spirits as it is accompanied by the soothing sounds of rowing bows and the slow gushing of River Narmada.
Rather enthralling than riveting, it is one of the top attractions to see while visiting Bhedaghat. Although this stunning waterfall is mere 29 metres in height you can see the cascade causing thick mist near the waterfall area. Dhuandhar Waterfalls can be easily visited on or before you go for a boating activity to see the beautiful Marble Rocks. There is another way to see the beauty of the falls however…if you are not scared of heights, then take a ride on a cable car.
The best way to see something is from the sky above, now…you can’t fly, nor you are a bird, there is a way however…hop on a cable car/ropeway in Dhuandhar. It is a great experience to sight the Dhuandhar Falls and the scenic river Narmada from the cable car. Indeed the view from above of the mist rising from the falls and the scintillating Narmada is something to capture in your lenses.
One of the top travel destinations in Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur can be visited in two days’ time. So, plan a trip with your family and enjoy a great trip together here. In case you are wondering how to plan a holiday, Tour My India is here for you to offer the best Madhya Pradesh travel packages. You can call us at +91-9212777225 and drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We ensure memorable holidays in India and that too in the budget of your choice.
Published: 14 Oct, 2017
Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.