If you love history and nature, you will love Jabalpur. Jabalpur elevates your spirits with its stunning landscapes and ancient history. Evidences of human existence in this land dates back to 300 B.C. The historic monuments reflect the splendid architecture and the rich cultural heritage of the bygone era, which is a delight to everyone that loves history. Majestic mountains, scenic waterfalls and rivers captivate nature lovers.
Jabalpur was once capital of powerful Gond kingdom from 12th – 16th centuries, whose most famous ruler was a brave woman, Rani Durgavati. In 1812 the British made Jabalpur an army cantonment and administrative centre, to deal with the growing menace of the gangs of thug.
Jabalpur has Rani Durgavati Museum with stone sculptures and Gond tribal artifacts. The ruined Madan Mahal Fort, built by a Gond king in 1116, overlooks the town from a hill to the west.
Jabalpur is also gateway to Bhedaghat (23km) where Narmada river flows through the shinning marble rocks which rise over 100ft either side of the river. Jabalpur also provides easy access to world famous Kanha and Bandhavgarh national park.
Game of snooker
As unbelievable as it may sound, the globally played sport of snooker does have its origins in India. In Jabalpur to be specific.
There might be no explicit written records saying snooker was invented in Jabalpur but there are stories that prove this fact. It is considered that Col. Sir Neville Chamberlain conceived the game in the British Army Officer's Mess in Jubbulpore, now Jabalpur, in 1875. The game was developed from a combination of life pool and pyramid pool.
A young officer once told him that first year cadets were called snookers for being inexperienced. During a game, when some officer missed a pot, Sir Chamberlain called him 'snooker' for his inexperience, eventually giving the game its name.
Marble rocks in full moon
100 feet tall mountains of marble stand mightily on either side of the calm Narmada river, taking form of whatever you imagine, under the moon light. All you need to do is sail in the boat with an open mind. The river has carved the white marble into several different forms, resembling everything from animals to deities.
Or you can enjoy the top-view of this beautiful gorge through a cable-car. Whichever mode you choose, the experience at Bhedaghat is pleasantly unreal. So much so that it has served as the canvas for some of the most popular Bollywood films.
The Marble Rocks is an area along the Narmada river Jabalpur. The river has carved the soft marble, creating a beautiful gorge of about 3 km in length. It is a popular Indian tourist destination. The local marble is mined and carved into various figures and transported all over India.
Madan Mahal fort
Madan Mahal Fort, a construction belonging to the 12th century, is a stunning example of the architectural splendor of the past. The fort does not share the likes of other forts in the country. It had a purpose when it was built and it served the purpose. Constructed by Madan Shah, son of Rani Durgavati, a Gond ruler, the fort served as a watch tower during the reign of the queen. Situated at a height of 500 meters, the fort offers an excellent view of Jabalpur.
Rani Durgawati museum
It was built in the year 1964 in memory of Gond queen Durgavati. The museum houses collections of historical sculptures and the possessions of Gondwana dynasty. Some of the sculptures here date back to prehistoric times.
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