Marble Rocks Bhedaghat Jabalpur: Nature's Answer

Dhuandhar Waterfall Bhedaghat
                                       
Dhuandhar Waterfall Bhedaghat
Forlorn and disappointed, I boarded the afternoon bus from Kanha National Park to Jabalpur… Unlike last week, it was hotter and I was avoiding to get a position facing sun.. These busses are smaller in size but oh boy…  awe-striking occupancy they have…  It was so badly packed that you can actually smell thousand splendid body odors… Surprisingly I was enjoying that crowd more that I do enjoy the crowd in any other metro of India… So after 5 hours of impressive driving, our bus dropped us as Jabalpur in the evening…
Aerial view of Jalabpur city
                                                           
Aerial view of Jalabpur city
Jabalpur is a major industrial town of Madhya Pradesh and it will be surprise to you if you are coming from sheer wilderness of Kanha or Bhandavgarh… In the midst of dense forest, you suddenly see a city of high chimneys and big dams… I passed Jabalpur plenty of times but never stayed there so it was an opportunity for me…. After alighting at bus stand, I boarded in a cheap and nasty lodge (200 INR per night)…   most of the cheap accommodation options are near bus stand… just like in every other city, they are cheap, nasty and stinky…
 

It was time to stroll along the narrow lanes of Jabalpur and taste delicious road side food… Pani poori could not make up to my expectations however Lassi and cold beverages certainly surpass my expectations… Ikchadhari Lassi wala serves delicious plain lassi along with various flavors of Shakes… The whole evening was full of mouthwatering events…
Landscape around Jabalpur
                                      Landscape around Jabalpur

Next morning, I woke up little late assuming that I can make Bargi dam in the first half of the day. After taking breakfast (Tea and Poha), I caught the first mini bus to Bargi dam (Bargi town). After spending more than 45 minutes in the bus, I realized that bus has not moved even 1 km so I enquired the fellow passengers about the estimated time when this bus will make to Bargi…. And you know that bus everyday take more than 3 hours to cover those 30 km till Bargi time… What an amazing place it is… so laid back… just sit back and relax…. None in hurry….. Imagine Delhi and Mumbai following the same trail one day…. Private transport to Bargi was not affordable to me so I had to drop the plan to visit Bargi dam…  Sorry Bargi, I will come back some another time… (FYI, Bargi dam is one of the largest dam on river Narmada)..
Marble Roks Bhedaghat
                                         Marble Roks Bhedaghat

Soon after dropping the plan of visiting Bargi dam, I caught an auto to Bhedaghat. Bheraghat is one of the most popular attractions of Madhya Pradesh. Bhedagath is known for marble rocks those are featured in so many motion pictures of bollywood. These rocks exhibit thousand different hues and colors as day light shifts. Some of those are yellow… some are blue… some are black and some are even pink…. People say that these marbles shine during full moon hence very rightly referred as Nature’s answers to Khajuraho’s sculptures..…. It indeed a unique landscape where river narmada plunged into deep chasm surrounded by huge marble rocks. Witnessing that view is truly an inspiring experience.
Confluence of Streams at Bhedaghat
                                 Confluence of Streams at Bhedaghat

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* There are frequent Shared Autos to Bhedaghat from Jabalpur bus stand (25 INR, 1 hour). There are private busses as well but I will recommend you to catch Autos. These Autos go all the way till Dhuandhar water fall
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In between the marble rocks Bhedaghat Jabalpur
                                         In between the marble rocks

 

by the time I reached Bhedaghat, Sun risen high in the sky hence not many tourists were there to fill a public boat. There are different kinds of boats available at Bhedaghat and the expensive one will take you closer to Dhuandhar water fall. In most of the boats it is 45 minutes boating ride around the marble rocks with really humorous commentary from the rowers (if you understand Hindi). These boats will take you to all the points associated with bollywood movies.  If the water level is less then these boats make it all the way till a point (Also known as monkey point) where few brave souls take a high jump from marble rocks to the river (Depth of Narmada at this point is more than 100 meters).

Boat Type

Fare

Ordinary boat

21 INR per person

VIP Boat

31 INR per person

Reserved boat (Ordinary)

320 INR (1-10 Person)

Reserved boat (VIP)

460 INR (1-10 person)

River Narmada Passing through marble rocks
                              
River Narmada Passing through marble rocks
After waiting for some time, I along with 2 old aged couple hired a private boat in 400 INR (80 INR each head). Lucky our boat had a shed and protected us from direct sun rays. Each boat has 2 rowers because they need to row against the flow.  Rowing uphill against the flow is really a strenuous job and our rower tried their level best to get closer to Dhuandhar fall. Along the way, rowers explained about various shooting locations in a humorous manner with poem and adages.  During boat ride, you can actually get very close to the marbles rocks and experience the different shades and colors of these rocks in different intensity of sun light.  Boating at Bhedaghat is certainly worth a ride.
Distant view of Bhedaghat waterfall
                                  
Distant view of Bhedaghat waterfall
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* Boating at Bhedaghat is not allowed during monsoon season (Closed from 1st July to 15th October)
* during full moon, Boating is allowed till midnight. On other days, tourist boats are allowed till 6:00 PM
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Chausath Yogini Temple near Bhedaghat
                                          
Chausath Yogini Temple
There are many other tourist attractions around Bhedaghat including Chausath yogini temple and Dhuandhar waterfall and all of those lies at walkable distance from Bhedaghat.  Take the road uphill (towards Dhuandhar waterfall) and kept walking, you will see stairs to Chausath yogini temple which lie on a hill top. It’s a very old temple and highly revered among the devotees.  The main shrine is surrounded by 64 miniature shrines of Goddesses for those it was named chausath yogini. Photography is now allowed inside the main shrine but it’s OK to take capture the beauty of gorgeous landscape at its surroundings.  Temple offers some of the incredible view of marble rocks, Dhuandhar waterfalls and river Narmada.
Closer view of Bhedaghat Waterfall
                                     
Closer View of Bhedaghat Waterfall
Walking further on the same road, you will reach Dhuandhar waterfall which is a popular picnic spot and hang out destination of locals. There are many emporium and souvenir shops selling artifacts made of marbles. The same lane is also blessed with couple of restaurants and stalls selling cold beverages and snacks. Cold beverages are life saver to negotiate with the scorching heat during day time. Dhuandhar waterfalls are formed when river Narmanda plunged into a deep chasm protected by marble rocks. It’s truly an overwhelming delight for the travelers seeking exotic landscapes.
River Narmada Plunging into deep chasm
                                  
River Narmada Plunging into deep chasm
Taking a ride on the ropeway and getting down on the other side of the river is the best thing you can do at Dhuadhar waterfalls. Ropeway ride offers you a chance to capture the roaring waterfall from the front. Ropeway traverses just above the waterfall and offer you one of the closest and widest views of the magnificent fall.

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* Ropeway timings: 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM (Lunch time is from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM)
* Fare: 70 INR (Two way ride), Free for the children below 3 years.
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Bhedaghat Marble rocks and Waterfall
                                 
Bhedaghat Marble rocks and Waterfall

The other side of the river is less crowded as well so you can find your own space…stroll along the marble rocks…lay down under the tree…take a siesta and then wait for the sun to set down at distant horizon in the backdrop of astonishing landscape… Soon after I caught the return trolley back to the crowded side and walked further towards the mouth of the water fall. Madhya Pradesh Tourism has built some view points for the travelers. Contrary to other waterfalls, Monsoon is not the best time to visit Dhuandhar falls because flooding in Narmada raises the water level and swallows the entire land including marble rocks (Only tips of these rocks are visible during monsoon). It’s called Dhuandhar because heavy fog is formed due to intermittent mist and water spray at its mouth.
Madan Mohan Fort Jabalpur
                                         Madan Mohan Fort Jabalpur

Exhausted and desiccated, I hopped into a sharing auto to return back to Jabalpur town. I tried different flavors of cold beverages before proceeding to my next destination. Madan Mohan Fort is another short listing from the guide books. Also popular as Durgawati fort, Madan Mahan fort is often confused with a railway station with same name. Tell the auto guy that you want to visit Durgawati fort not the railway station. Fort lies a bit off route from the main road so you will have to walk 1-2 km to reach this fort.
Balancing Rock Jabalpur
                                         Balancing Rock Jabalpur

Madan Mohan fort lies on a hill top which can be reached through stairs. Hiking can be extremely tiring during day time.  On the way to Madan Mohan fort, you will see a balancing rock on your left. One rock sits on the top of another in such a fragile way that a moderate blow of the wild will turn it down but it never occurred.  The physics of these rocks became an attraction for the travelers. Highly worshipped Sarda temple lies on the foot of the hill from where hiking towards Madan Mohan fort begins.
Ruins at Madan Mohan Fort
                                    

Ruins at Madan Mohan Fort
Madan Mohan fort has nothing but the ruins of medieval structures however you can hike till the roof of the fort and take some panoramic shots of the city of Jabalpur. I will not recommend it considering the hike you take to reach here. Short afterwards, I started descending back to the town for fulfilling my appetite….Took a siesta before checking out from the hotel room… Now it was time for me to evaluate the parlors of this city… To clean the deep rooted dirt on the face, I took a face massage (100 INR) along with shaving and it was one of the best you can get in 100 bucks…. Face massage was the last consolation to my distress of not sighting a tiger….
 

Thoughts of tiger kept popping up in my head when I was boarding my train… I do not know how long the wait would be but I strongly feel that one day it would happen… it will rain on me…

Just before 3 days we went to

Just before 3 days we went to bedaghat falls,it was nice trip.we enjoyred their very much.i would like to visit the bedaghat falls often.

Bhedaghat is highly

Bhedaghat is highly underrated destination of Madhya Pradesh...It's truly inspiring...has a lot to offer.... picturesque countryside...

aj apne jabalpur ki yaadein

aj apne jabalpur ki yaadein taaza ho gai.thanks for creating this page including such lovely pictures.

Glad to hear that....

Glad to hear that....

Hello Vishnu, Read Your blog.

Hello Vishnu,

Read Your blog. Wanted to know If I can visit bedaghat and bargi dam using passenger trains. I see that both destinations have railway stations and passenger trains do stop there. But I do not know if this is a viable option.

Have you any inputs on the same.

Thanks.

Hi.. There are frequent

Hi..
There are frequent shared autos from Jabalpur to Bedaghat so you can easily make it via shared autos... Bargi dam is a tricky one.. I wanted to travel there but bus take around 2 hours so i skipped... You can give it a try via passenger trains but check the timings first.... I think passenger trains towards Mandla stops at Bargi...There are few of those... let me know once you visit Bargi...I have heard good things about this dam...

Cheers
Vishnu Kumar

Hello Vishnu, Made the visit

Hello Vishnu,

Made the visit to Bedaghat in Early March First week 2013. Most Pleasant weather. Narmada Basin was blessed with periodic Showers. Stayed at MPTDC Marble Rocks, very close to BedaGhat. We ate the place Literally. Made foot excursions of the area. Ample number of Narmada Voyages and Dips. Lovely Place Really. Then took a tamtam(Shared Auto, which we hired it exclusively for ourselves) to Bargi Dam from Bedaghat. We were elated for taking this decision as travelling the countryside in a slow moving vehicle is really awesome. But the joy was short lived as after Bargi Town, the road towards Bargi Dam is a mess riddled with potholes. I literaaly sat on the TamTam floor to get less jerks. At one point, I wanted to disembark and just trek it up to Bargi Dam.

At BargiDam we stayed at Maikal Resort, which was another wonderful MPTDC property. Its a delight for bird lovers. The Boating arena is another fun attraction there.

Regards,
Nisj

I could not made it to Bargi

I could not made it to Bargi Dam because public transport was painfully slow... Bhedaghat is truly spectacular site... Boat rides are amazing...

In the past days, there has

In the past days, there has been heavy rains for more than 48 hours continuously and that seems to have fileld all the deficiency. Its like that this rain has created floods and fileld the dams to brim! So monsoon or returning-monsoon the rain gods are still blessing India at least for now!

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