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.