A Travel Guide to Jabalpur

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The name Jabalpur is the combination of an Arabic word 'Jabal' meaning rock, and the Sanskrit word 'Pur' meaning city. And the name stands true for the city as it is home to some unique natural wonders such as Marble rocks, Balancing rocks, Dhuandhar fall, to name just a few. Resting on the shore of River Narmada and tributary plains of Gour, Sone, Hiran and Ken rivers, Jabalpur was the capital of the Gond Kings during the 12th century. During the Gond dynasty rule, it was known to be Garha-Katanga or Vansh's Palace Garha-Mandla. Later, the name of the city was changed to Jubbulgarh, and further, to Jubbulpore in British rule. Today, Jabalpur is an important industrial and business centre of Madhya Pradesh and is undoubtedly going to amaze you with its various aspects.

Best time to visit Jabalpur

The best time to visit Jabalpur is from September to March. During this time of the year, the weather remains pleasant and ideal for exploring the outdoor attractions. 

Most spoken languages in Jabalpur

  • English
  • Hindi

How to reach Jabalpur

  • By air: You can book flights to Jabalpur and arrive at Dumna Airport also known as Jabalpur Airport. It is located 25km east of Jabalpur. IndiGo now provides direct connectivity to this destination from across India.
  • By train: Jabal Junction is the prime railway station that serves the city, connecting it to the rest of the country through various regular trains.
  • By bus: Jabalpur is well-connected to all major cities through a good network of bus services. The national highways like Jabalpur-Jaipur Road NH12 and Varanasi-Kanyakumari Road NH7 passes through the town.

Getting around Jabalpur

Taxis and private cabs are the standard transportation mode in the city. Auto-rickshaws and app-based taxis are other modes to travel across the city.

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Places to visit in Jabalpur

  • Bhedaghat: Bhedaghat is located about 25 km from Jabalpur, it is a small village offering the best natural scenic beauty. The place is hugely popular for the Marble Rocks, the famous Dhuandhar waterfall and Chousat Yogini temple, all within 3km. So, you can visit these three sites on a single trip.
  • Marble Rocks: While in Bhedaghat, take a boat ride on the river and see how the river has carved and created an 8km long gorge. The gorge is locally known as Bandar Kudni (monkey's jumping place) as earlier it was so narrow that only monkeys could cross it. The marble found here is carved into various items that you can buy from nearby local shops.
  • Dhuandhar Falls: The point where the Narmada river water takes a plunge and creates water fog forms the Dhuandhar Falls. The term Dhuandhar is a combination of two Hindi words – Dhuan, meaning smoke and Dhar, meaning flow. The best time to visit is at Sharad Purnima during Narmada Mahotsav, as the white marble rocks appear silver and look stunning in the moonlight. You can reach the waterfall from the east and west bank of the Narmada river. If you want to see the other side of the waterfall, you will have to take a cable car service from Bhedaghat.
  • Chousat Yogini Temple: As the name suggests, the temple comprises 64 intricately carved yogini statues that date back to the 10th and 11th century during the reign of Kalchuri rulers. The temple is the largest one among the other series of Yogini temples in India. To see the beautiful temple complex, be prepared to climb about 150 steps or even more as it is at the top of a rocky hill. After entering, you will notice 95 shrines that include 64 yogini sculptures in a circular pattern around the temple and the main shrine of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati riding on Nandi the holy bull (a sight like never before). Although the temple is partly damaged, its remains details the story of ancient civilisations that ruled Jabalpur.
  • Madan Mahal Fort: Offering a beautiful panoramic view of the Jabalpur city is the Madan Mahal Fort that is still standing on the hilltop (about 500 meters above the ground level). Built in 11th century AD under the rule of Raja Madan Singh, the fort was primarily a military post being used as an army barrack and watchtower to keep an eye on the nearby regions. There are secret passages, corridors, stables, war rooms and leisure chambers for the royal family at the fort, which show that the fort was indeed a military base for army men and their horses. The main fort was known as Garha Fort, where the royal family used to stay in the plains.
  • Balancing Rock: Right at the base of the Madan Mahal Fort near Shailparna, you will see the Balancing Rock. A natural wonder in itself, you will be amazed to see how one stone balances itself on the base of the lower rock within a space measuring just about 6 square inches. These eroded volcanic rock formations strong enough to survive any natural disaster. They have even survived an earthquake of 6.5 magnitudes.
  • Rani Durgavati Museum: It is among the famous tourist spots in Jabalpur where people flock in to witness the ancient collection of inscriptions, coins, prehistoric relics and sculptures. The most attractive ones include a red sandstone statue of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati playing the game of chausar and another Goddess Durga statue from a place called Doni. The museum was built in 1976 in the memory of Queen Durgavati, a symbol of self-sacrifice and martyrdom in Jabalpur.
  • Pisanhari ki Madiya: Another popular place to visit in the city is Pisanhari ki Madiya, a Digambar Jain Pilgrimage centre. Legend says that the temple was built by a poor woman about 500 years ago. The complex of the temple is situated on the top of a hill and comprises many shrines of different Tirthankar saints. The peaceful ambience of the temple will instantly take you to the world of meditation. While visiting the temple, you can also plan to go to other nearby locations such as Bagha Talaab, Supa Tal lake and Shali Parn Udyan.
  • Dumna Nature Reserve: Spread over 1058 hectare of land, this ecotourism site gives you an opportunity to spend a lovely time with nature. Walk around the reserve while enjoying the sights of several wild animals like chitals, jackals, spotted dears, monkey, porcupine, many different species of birds among many more. You can also go for boating at the Khandari Dam which is near to the reserve.

Places to eat in Jabalpur

Chowpatti in Civic Center
Chowpatti in Civic Center

This place has a variety of food stalls that sell different kinds of sandwiches, bhels, doses, chaats etc. Try aloo tikki from this local chaat seller named Prakash.

The Yellow Chilli
The Yellow Chilli

The place is known for renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s authentic spices and flavours. You can satisfy your taste buds from a wide variety of Seafood, Mughlai and North Indian cuisines. And for sure you will not be disappointed by any of the dishes.

Indian Coffee House
Indian Coffee House

A favourite eating joint in Jabalpur run by a coffee workers' cooperative. It is famous for South Indian dishes, especially South Indian filter coffee.

Clock Tower Chinese Restaurant:
Clock Tower Chinese Restaurant:

If you are craving for Chinese then head out to Clock Tower Chinese Restaurant which is among the oldest Chinese restaurants in the city. Indulge in their variety of dishes starting from chicken drumsticks, manchurian, chicken hunan soups as well as main course dishes.


This restaurant is famous for serving delicious veggie delights. The chef here has mastered in preparing the dishes with the right amount of ingredients and spices. You can be sure of good quality food that too in reasonable portions. So, enjoy!


Shopping in Jabalpur

Jabalpur has several malls where you can indulge in various activities like shopping, dining and entertainment all in one place. Do visit Mrignayini, which is a government emporium dealing with a varied range of handicrafts. The two popular malls in Jabalpur are -

  • Samdareeya Mall 
  • South Avenue Mall

Markets in Jabalpur

The city has several markets located in various chowks and galis. Some of the lively and worth exploring markets in Jabalpur are -

  • Kotwali Bazaar is the oldest market in the city.
  • Ganjipur is another old market where you can shop for fashionable pieces of jewellery, handbags and dresses. 
  • Sadaar Bazaar is the best place to buy some branded clothes and jewellery. 
  • Kamaniya Gate is another market to visit that offers a varied range of clothing and jewellery.
  • Bhedaghat Souvenir Market is best to buy some marble artefacts.

Nightlife in Jabalpur

  • Festa The Lounge
  • Vini’s Bar
  • Purohit Night Club

Where to stay in Jabalpur


Narmada Jacksons A complete address that defines luxury at its best. If you are looking for a luxurious hotel with high-end design and furnishing, then this is it. The hotel will make you feel like royals.


White pearl guest house An ideal place for business travellers who come for just one day as it is in proximity to the airport. The guest house boasts of a beautiful terrace and well-equipped rooms.


Memory Lodge Featuring an in-house restaurant and rooms with a terrace offering a city view, the hotel provides comfortable accommodation at pocket-friendly prices. The best part of the hotel is its location that it is in a nearby area of the airport.


Hotel Vijan Mahal This property is perfect for leisure travellers and business travellers as well. It features a luxurious spa, landscaped gardens, massage centre, restaurant and bar to offer utmost luxury to its customers.


Hotel Samdareeya This property makes sure that all your needs are taken care off. If you don’t want to go out, you can relax in the swimming pool, enjoy food at a multi-cuisine restaurant or unwind yourself in your room.

Places to visit near Jabalpur

  • Bheda Ghat
  • Kanha National Park
  • Mandla
  • Panna National Park
  • Bargi Hills
  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Seoni
  • Pench National Park

Festivals in Jabalpur

Navratri and the Dusshera are the two significant festivals celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. Different traditional dance forms such as Gond, Matki, Phulpati and Giridaand are performed during various cultural festivities.

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