Spending Interesting Time in Jabalpur
Read about the Central Indian City of Jabalpur. Find interesting places to spend a day here.
Ancient City Jabalpur
The tropic of Capricorn transacts through Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. Situated in the Centre of India the agglomeration boasts of unique profile albeit being 26th largest town.
Picturesque, small and sleepy is how this town was described in the past. It has a history which did not make much impact on the annals nevertheless the seat of Gond King wagered with the Mughals, and it was part of 1857 rebellion as well as the freedom struggle initiated by Mahatam Gandhi.
The city is more of a conduit for tiger reserves nearby. Hence many continue on wards without a halt.
And miss boating at the splendorous Marble Rocks, Dhuandhar Falls and Chousath Yogini with ancient idols. They also miss safari at Dumna Nature Reserve, picnic at Pariyat Lake and Madan Mahal fortress that takes you back in time.
Visitors who stay for a long time can spend birding in its forest confines or simply laze around the magnificent Bargi Dam. More adventurous would ride a speed boat or take a tour on the cruise.
Much cherished by erstwhile British rulers for its cool weather, natural landscapes and dense forests with plenty of game. They established operas, bakeries and small hotels during their heydays for much needed entertainment. A well laid infrastructure in terms of defence manufacturing, cantonment, roads, railways, hospitals and schools was their departing gift.
The opera houses turned into cinemas and entertained the dwellers for a long time. They still do but as more sophisticated E cinemas in the malls. Much before the business hotels arrived with their own desi flavors and modern facilities. Eating out at restaurants became a fashion followed by diving into chunky morsels of fast food joints.
Jabalpur City has a unique flavor and a truly cosmopolitan character. You cannot miss this if you stay for some time. Mega Bazaars and Malls have struck lifestyle here as at the metros. The desi chaat, samosa and masala dosa stalls abound for the more traditional. For the emerging jet sets reputed fast food joints, plush bars, pubs and fine dining restaurants are the places. For those midway Indian Coffee Houses ideal meeting places are spread all over.
Spas, gymnasiums for quick work outs, clubs and what not all are available. Must visit places are Vijan Mahal business hotel with five star facilities, Anantara Pub, and the Clock Tower Chinese restaurant the hall mark of the town.
The fast expanding city still retains vestiges of the colonial era, and age old structures paint the town with sober brush. Nevertheless Jabalpur grows at its own pace retaining flavors old and new. On next visit spend a day here.