Jabalpur (formerly Jubbulpore) is a tier 2 city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Jabalpur is one of the most famous cities of Madhya Pradesh Tourism. The city is large and growing; it is a major education center in India. The High Court of MP tourism is located in Jabalpur and so are many Government administrative head quarters. It is one of the major centers for production of arms and ammunition and military base in India. The city is a major trading center and producer of forest products. Industrialization is on verge of take off for private entrepreneurs.Nevertheless city is experiencing fast growth in all sectors.
Historically, a centre of the Kalachuri and Gond dynasties, the city developed a syncretic culture influenced by intermittent Mughal and Maratha rule. During the early nineteenth century, it was annexed by British India as Jubbulpore and incorporated as a cantonment town.
Jabalpur has been called Sanskaar Dhani (the cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh) by Vinayak Narhari Bhave; Bhopal is Raj Dhani (the state’s political capital) and Indore is Vanijya Dhani (its commercial capital). Cultural figures associated with the city include Beohar Rammanohar Sinha, Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Harishankar Parsai, Beohar Rajendra Singh, Subhadrakumari Chauhan, Kavi Indra Bahadur Khare, Seth Govind Das, Roopkumar Soni, Alakhnandan Sinha, Gyanranjan Shrivastava, Rehman, Prem Nath, Krishna Raj Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Jaya Bachchan, Aadesh Shrivastava and Raghubir Yadav.
The Narmada River, Gondwana rule and the Kalachuri and Maratha dynasties made Jabalpur a Gondism and Hinduism-dominated area, although Mughal rule attracted a sizeable Muslim population. The city’s Hindu-Muslim riots during the 1960s shook the confidence of Muslims in secular India.
Jabalpur’s culture is related to the agricultural population of the city and surrounding area. Food and clothing change with the harvest and season. The city has Population in Gonds, Marwari, Bengali, Malayali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannadiga, Marathi, Punjabi and Baniya populations. The Navratri and Dusshera festivals are celebrated by residents and visitors from throughout the state.
The word Dhuandhar is derived from two Hindi words – Dhuan (smoke) + Dhar (flow) meaning a waterfall where we get smoke-flow like feeling (this smoke is formed by water vapours or the smoke cascade).
The Dhuandhar Falls are located on Narmada River and are 30 meters high. The Narmada River, making its way through the world-famous Marble Rocks, narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhaar. The plunge, which creates a bouncing mass of mist, is so powerful that its roar is heard from a far distance.
The best time to visit Dhuandhar falls is during in Sharad Purnima, when Narmada Mahotsava get celebrated. The white marbles appears spectacular when the moon light falls on it and give it a silver appearance. Once in Dhuandhar don’t forget to have a pleasure on boat ride in the valley of white marble which appears yellow during sunsets.
One can access the Dhuandhar waterfall from the east bank as well as from the west bank of Narmada River. To see the other side of Dhaundhar Waterfall you have to take the Cable Car Service available at Bhedaghat. The Cable Car Service is available at the entrance gate of Bhedaghat. The ropeway facility starts from the eastern bank of Narmada River, crosses the river and then drops you at the west bank of the River. Cable Car Service or Ropeway Facility at Dhuandhar Waterfall charges INR 85 per person for one complete trip. From 1:30 P.M to 2:00 P.M the ropeway facility is not available as the staff goes for lunch.
The Marble Rocks is an area along the Narmada river. The river has carved the soft marble, creating a beautiful gorge of about 8 km in length. It is a popular tourist destination. The local marble is mined and carved into various figures and transported all over India.
The Marble Rocks are a gorge along part of the Narmada River’s 1,077 km path through Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, the Gorge was narrow in size and hence, monkeys could cross over from one side to another. This gave the Gorge its local name- Bandar Kudni (meaning- Monkey’s jumping place). The white marbles are predominantly rich in magnesium and are closer in hardness to soap stone. This softness allows them to be carved easily using just a scalpel. The area is also rich in blue and brown colored marble. Many bollywood movies like Shahrukh Khan starrer Asoka have been shot at this scenic location.
The area has many tourist activities. There is a cable car to take visitors across the gorge, row boats for guided tours of the river downstream of the falls, and many small shops filled with crafts made from the local materials
Dumna Nature Reserve Park
Dumna Nature Reserve Park is an ecotourism site open to the public located in Jabalpur. It includes a dam, forests, and wildlife in a 1058-hectare area. Wild animals, including chital, wild boar, porcupine, jackals, and many species of birds inhabit the park. Sightings of leopards have also been reported in and around the park. A children’s park and a restaurant are available. A hanging bridge, tent platform, rest house, fishing platform, toy train, and boating are other attractions at the nearby Khandari Dam. Activities in the water, including bathing or swimming, are prohibited due to the presence of crocodiles.