Saturday, 27 October 2012

Quotes by DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM


"Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life."
"Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is stagnation of the individual, organisation and the country. Thinking leads to action. Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant. Knowledge with action, converts adversity into prosperity."
"When you speak, speak the truth; perform when you promise; discharge your trust... Withhold your hands from striking, and from taking that which is unlawful and bad..."
"What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful and to remove the wrongs of injured..."
"Away! Fond thoughts, and vex my soul no more! Work claimed my wakeful nights, my busy days Albeit brought memories of Rameswaram shore Yet haunt my dreaming gaze!"
"I will not be presumptuous enough to say that my life can be a role model for anybody; but some poor child living in an obscure place in an underprivileged social setting may find a little solace in the way my destiny has been shaped. It could perhaps help such children liberate themselves from the bondage of their illusory backwardness and hopelessness?.."
"My worthiness is all my doubt His Merit- all my fear- Contrasting which my quality Does however appear "

Munnar, God's Own Country - Kerala

Munnar, God's Own Country - Kerala

Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.

Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave- so welcome - log on to for all information on Munnar anytime, every time.
MUNNAR - Fact File
Altitude : 1600 Mts to 1800 Mts above sea level
Tourist Season : August to May
Clothing : Warm Clothes and Rain Gear
Temperature : Min. 0 c - Max. 25 c

Araku Valley, a hill station in Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh

Araku Valley, a hill station in Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh

Araku Valley Hill Station
Visakhapatnam Weather, India
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This lovely hill station is situated 120 km away from Visakhapatnam city of Andhra Pradesh, also known as Vizag. The valley is situated on the Eastern Ghats and is adorned by many natural waterfalls, fresh water streams. These streams look very beautiful as one takes the journey to the valley from the train as they are embellished by the side of rail track.
This hill station is spread over a small area and is known for its untouched natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere.The journey to Araku valley is very beautiful as the rail track and the road has forty six tunnels, many bridges and pristine orchards and water bodies. The pleasing weather and the enchanting grass lands are the main attractions of this wonderful Hill station. Araku Valley, a clique of five beautiful profound valleys is a major tourist attraction of Andhra Pradesh. People rush here to enjoy the favorable weather and have a relaxing and peaceful time in the lap of nature. Araku Valley also has proximity to the border of Orissa state. The flourishing green hills encircling the valley seem very fascinating and enthralling. It is one of the most attractive sight of Andhra Pradesh state. It is not over crowded by the tourists but within few years it has become an admired tourist destination. The mild and pleasant climate of the state is welcoming the visitors all through the year and it is very favorable even during the winter season. The valley is also famous for coffee plantations and the coffee seeds produced are exported to different parts of the country. Araku Valley lies at 18.3333°N 82.8667°E. The average elevation of Araku above sea level is around 911 meters or 2992 feet.
The place has historical significance of being a home to around nineteen tribes. These tribes are famous for dressing up into very vibrant and colorful costumes. The popular hunting festival 'ItikaPongal', is celebrated here in the month of April and these tribal people perform Mayur and Dimsa dances during this festival.
How To Reach
By Air
There is no airport at Araku. Vishakhapatnam airport is the closest air link, at a distance of 112 km from Araku. There are many options available to reach Araku from the airport. The most commonly used by the visitors are the prepaid taxis.
By Rail
The rail head of Araku Valley is connected to Vishkhapatnam by a passenger train. This passenger train departs from Vishakhapatnam railway station each day early in the morning and it takes approx. six hours to reach Araku station.
By Road
There are many buses available from Viskhapatnam to reach Araku. The road journey to Araku is a pleasant experience with in itself.
Places To Visit
Borra Caves, Araku Valley
The Borra caves are 4 km away from the Anantgiri hills of Araku Valley. These are the largest caves in India with a height of around 705 m. These caves are famous for the presence of old stalagmite formations and stalactite.
Padmapuram Botanical Gardens, Araku Valley
This Garden located in Araku valley has a historical significance and is a major tourist attraction.  This garden was established to provide vegetables to the soldiers who participated in the World War II. The Padmapuram Botanical Gardens, popularly known as Botanical Garden now, has many scarcely found species of flowers and vegetables. It is used as a horticulture nursery now. There is a toy train in the garden. The visitors can move around the garden in the toy train.
Tribal Museum
This museum gives the tourists information regarding the living style and culture of the tribal people of Araku. The village contains many artifacts and also the 3-D installations of village life scenes are also displayed here. The tribal women give performance on Dhimsa dance everyday.
Tyda Park, Araku Valley
Weather And Best Time To Visit
The weather is very pleasant the best time to visit Araku is during the summer season when the climate is cool and enjoyable. Sometimes the days are warm in summers but overall the climate is very charming during this season. The rainfall is very extensive during the monsoons and it is suggested to avoid visiting the place during the monsoons. But to enjoy the sizzling rain showers many nature lovers love to visit during monsoons. The winters are cold and there is a rapid drop in the temperature during the night in winter season. The climate of the valley remains moderate throughout the year and it is a preferable tourist destination all the year round. The weather is most charming between the months October and February. The weather is mild and balmy during this time.
Languages And Culture
Nineteen are tribes inhabiting this area. These tribes are famous for dressing up into very vibrant and colorful costumes. The popular hunting festival 'ItikaPongal', is celebrated here in the month of April and these tribal people perform Mayur and Dimsa dances during this festival.
The tribal museum located in Araku valley, gives the tourists information regarding the living style and culture of the tribal people of Araku. The museum contains many artifacts and also the 3-D installations of village life scenes are also displayed here.  Hindi, English and Telugu are the main languages spoken here.

Kedarnath Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva

Kedarnath Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, located atop the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand

Kedarnath Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located atop the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand in India. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open only from the end of April to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon). During the winters, the murtis (idols) from Kedarnath temple are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months. In this region Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath, the 'Lord of Kedar Khand', the historical name of the region. This temple is a Paadal Petra Sthalam (the 275 Holy Abodes of Shiva on the continent), praised by the Tamil Nayanars saints in the 6th-9th century CE.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Krishna resigns ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

Krishna resigns ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna resigned on Friday ahead of the reshuffle of the Union Cabinet scheduled on Sunday.
The 80-year-old leader from Karnataka is believed to have sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the afternoon, sources said.
Indications are that with the Assembly elections due before next May in Karnataka the former Chief Minister may be given a party assignment in the state.
The resignation is also a clear indication that the Union Council of Ministers is set for a revamp on Sunday with the induction of new faces considered close to Rahul Gandhi and elevation of some young ministers of state.
Whether Mr. Gandhi himself would join the government or not was still a matter of speculation though sources say that sometime back he was inclined towards such a possibility.
Mr. Krishna was made the External Affairs Minister immediately after the elections in 2009 when UPA came back to power for the second time. His name has been part of the speculation whenever there was speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

1962 India-China war - 50 years on

This week as India - more than China - prepares to observe the 50th anniversary of its comprehensive military defeat in the brief border war between the two countries in the winter of 1962, it is important to look back at the events leading to the skirmish itself before attempting to assess what the future holds for the relationship between the two Asian giants.

Arunachal Pradesh, arguably the most scenic of the seven North East states, has always stood apart from its neighbours. Not just because it is remote or only sparsely populated but also because it is by far the most peaceful state in the region. There is no violence here, beyond the routine, nor any indigenous insurgent group creating law and order problems. Recently, though, for the first time in my travels to the state since 1986, I have seen rage on the streets.

Anger at the abysmal condition of the only road that connects the frontier town of Tawang to the foothills of Assam has boiled over. Bearing the brunt of the resentment is the hard-working staff of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), entrusted with widening and improving the roads. In the past six months, enraged residents, no longer able to bear the hardship, have attacked BRO officials, destroyed their vehicles and pushed heavy tippers and bulldozers down the steep valleys. I'd heard from friends in the military about the worsening road condition. Even so, I wasn't prepared for the hardship that one encounters in travelling up the hills from Bhalukpong all the way to Tawang - the main theatre of war in 1962. In a 20-kilometre journey, there are stretches that can take two hours or more.

Half a decade ago, in a belated realisation, India's highest decision-makers opted to build up and improve infrastructure here, especially on the roads leading up to the China border, overturning the earlier policy of keeping the area underdeveloped lest the Chinese - if they launched an offensive once again - used it! Elaborate plans were made but five years down the line it is evident that making plans is one thing and implementing them on the ground is quite another. And this for a country that built a 250-kilometre "Garland Road" in Afghanistan in record time under the shadow of the Taliban.

With the Indian Army deploying one more Mountain Division (approximately 20,000 soldiers) in this sector, building infrastructure has become all the more critical. But the BRO, despite its best efforts, is unable to cope for a variety of reasons. The challenges of weather and terrain apart (it rains heavily four months a year; most areas are snow-bound for another three), one of the major hassles that the BRO faces here is the acute shortage of skilled labourers. Officers say they are facing a 70 per cent shortfall in manpower in this sector alone. The locals keep away and the labourers from Jharkhand and Bihar, who made up the majority of the workforce earlier, no longer find it attractive to travel the distance since there is plenty of work available back home now. The result: missed deadlines and work half done. And with the lone helicopter service now suspended following a spate of accidents, I don't foresee easy access to Tawang for the next three to four years. 

Friday, 19 October 2012

Drama at Thiruvananthapuram airport: Pilot sends out hijack alert, claims passengers entered cockpit

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: There was high drama at Thiruvananthapuram airport on Friday morning as pilot of the Air India Express flight 4422, from Abu Dhabi to Kochi, sent out a hijack alert trigerring alarm.

The pilot claimed that he took the extreme step after some passengers reportedly tried to force their way into the cockpit. The passengers, however, denied this charge.

According to reports, the passengers were angry as the flight, which was coming from Abu Dhabi, was diverted here at the last minute.

The flight has been stranded at the airport for over nine hours now, according to reports.

The flight took off from Abu Dhabi at 12.30am and was supposed to land in Kochi at 3.30am.

The Airport Authority of India and the ATC put the airport on alert after the pilot of flight 4422 from Abu Dhabi to Kochi send out a hijack message in the morning.

According to reports, the pilot said that the passengers on the aircraft were creating trouble.

Speaking to Times Now, the passengers said that there was a heated debate at the door of the cockpit, but no one tried to enter it.

The passengers complained that they have been waiting for the aircraft to fly since 3.30am in the night.

The air conditioning iniside the aircraft is not working causing trouble to the passengers.

The passengers also complained that they were not even served food and water.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

INDIAN Beautiful Nature 02

Green valley of Srinagar

Khardung La, Ladakh

Rohtang Pass – Manali

Aerial view of Visakhapatnam,Andhra Pradesh

Dudhsagar Water falls , Karnataka - Goa Border

Khandala, is located at a height of 625 m, on the western slopes of the Sahyadri mountain range in Maharashtra.

Thoseghar Waterfall – Satara city - Maharashtra.

The north face of Mount Everest !!

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

The glories of Himalayas !!

INDIAN Beautiful Nature

Bhor Ghat, Khandala in Maharashtra.

Train And Beautiful Green Landscape..!!

Kemmangundi hill station – Karnataka

A beach side resort at Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep Island

Golden Sands of Cherai Beach, Near Cochin, Kerala.

Waves and Curves of Sand Dunes at the Great Indian Thar Desert.

Noh Kalikai Falls - Magic of Meghalaya.

Fall Colours from Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, North East India.

Dal Lake in Winter

Mawsmai falls also known as seven sisters waterfalls - Meghalaya.

Mawsmai falls also known as seven sisters waterfalls - Meghalaya.

Nohsngithiang Falls is situated 1 km south of Mawsmai village in East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya. It is also known as Seven Sisters waterfalls or Mawsmai falls. This is the 4th highest waterfalls in India.


  • Nohsngithiang Falls is also known as Seven Sisters waterfalls as it is a seven segmented waterfall. It plunges over the top of limestone cliffs of the Khasi hills. The falls flow abundantly during the rainy season.
  • The segments of the falls stretch most of the way along the cliff. The water falls from a height of 1,033 feet. It has an average width of 230 feet.
  • The waterfall gives an awe-inspiring view when it gets illuminated by the sun from dawn to dusk. The colours of the setting sun get highlighted on the waterfall that gives the falls an enchanting beauty.
  • The presence of several stands of cascade coming down in parallel during is site worth watching.
  • The surrounding valleys of the falls are incomparable in beauty. There are lush green trees and hillocks in the gorge below the falls which are engrossed with cloud.

When to visit

The waterfall could be visited throughout the year. A visit during monsoon could be fruitful during which the full volume of the fall could be witnessed.

How to reach

By Air: The nearest airport is Umroi airport. 

By Road: The Nohsngithiang Falls is situated in Cherrapunji. Cherrapunji could be reached from Shillong by bus or taxi. The fall then could be reached from Cherrapunji.

Ferar Beach is tucked away at one corner of ROSS Island in the Andamans.

Ferar Beach is tucked away at one corner of ROSS Island in the Andamans.

For those who want to escape the boring city life, the Andaman Islands are an excellent holiday destination. Tucked in the deep blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, and covered by lush green mangroves, the Andaman Islands promise to give the best experience especially to the ardent lovers of nature. They are equidistant from Chennai and Kolkata and thus flights from both the places take you to port Blair its capital. The chief islands include Ross, Viper and the North Bay. Ross Island was a British port years ago and witnessed splendid architecture during the British regime. A pleasant boat ride of an hour and a half takes us to the Ross Island. Also it is a home to many deer and bird species.
The North Bay is full of underwater corals and exotic marine and aquatic species.
Snorkelling or scuba diving in the transparent blue waters is a life time experience. Many major beaches in Andaman including the Havelock provide trainers for scuba diving and snorkeling. For those who fear the water, there are special glass bottom boats to see underwater corals. Contrary to this, the Viper Island have more than just the scenic beauty. It has witnessed the dictatorial rule of the British while they ruled india and has been a constant observer of the pain and torture the prisoners went through before they were shifted to the cellular jail in Andaman. One can see the gallows or the ‘phaasi ghar’ that killed thousands of Indian political prisoners and freedom fighters.
Another historic monument which is a must see for every Indian is the cellular jail. Constructed under the British regime to exile political prisoners, this jail is more of a life episode than a monument bearing witness to the pain inflicted upon the revolutionaries. One of the murkiest chapters in the history of India, the jail was a house to the great freedom fighter Mr. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and several hundred Indians. This place is now a historic monument and something that makes us think of what it took to give us the life we have today. Close to the jail is the gandhi Park bearing statues of some great sacrifices.
The Andamans are a home to 5 major adivasi groups namely the Andamanese, the Onge, Sentinelese and the Jarawas. Out of which the Jarawas are the most primitive adivasis. Visiting the Baratang area and the dense forests which is a home to the Jarawas helps us see them from the vehicle. Development hasn’t touched the area, so things like education and hospitals are some things we can’t expect. But the real joy lies in hearing the birds chirping all the way from Port Blair to Baratang.Nearly 60 kms. away is a naturally formed limestone cave. The way to the cave is full of dense mangroves and is an ultimate man vs. wild experience.
For all nature lovers and those who have a great understanding and enthusiasm about the rich Indian history, Andaman is the place to be.

Sinhagad, (The Lion's Fort)

Sinhagad, (The Lion's Fort), is a fortress located roughly 30 kilometres southwest of the city of Pune

       Sinhagad,Sinhgarh, OrSinhgad (The Lion's Fort), Is A Fortress Located Roughly 30 Kilometres Southwest Of The City Of Pune, India. Previously Called Kondhana , The Fort Has Been The Site Of Many Important Battles, Most Notably The Battle Of Sinhagad In 1670. It Was Also Strategically Located At The Center Of A String Of Other Forts Such As Rajgad, Purandar And Torna.
Perched On An Isolated Cliff Of The Bhuleswar Range Of The Sahyadri Mountains, It Is Situated On A Hill Rising 1312 Meters Above Sea Level. Given Natural Protection By Its Very Steep Slopes, The Walls And Bastions Were Constructed At Only Key Places; It Has Two Gates – The Kalyan Darwaza In The South-east And The Pune Darwaza In The North-east.


This Fort Has Had Quite A Long History, It Was Called 'Kondana' After The Sage Kaundinya. The Kaundinyeshwar Temple, The Caves And The Carvings Indicate That This Fort Had Probably Been Built Two Thousand Years Back. It Was Captured From The Koli Tribal Chieftain, Nag Naik, By Muhammad Bin Tughlaq In 1328 AD.
Shahaji Bhosale, As The Commander Of Ibrahim Adil Shah I, Was Entrusted With The Control Of The Pune Region. His Son Shivaji, However, Refused To Accept The Adilshahi And Initiated The Task Of Setting Up Swarajya. He Gained Control Of Kondana In 1647 By Convincing Siddi Amber, The Adilshahi Sardar Who Controlled The Fort. Bapuji Mudgal Deshpande Played Key Role In This Activity.In 1649, It Had To Be Handed Over To Adil Shah For Shahaji Maharaj's Release. Shivaji Maharaj Recaptured It Back In 1656 Again With The Help Of Bapuji Mudgal Deshpande,who Convinced Fort Commander By Giving Land In Newly Created Shivapur.Village And Peacefully Gained Control Of Fort.This Fort Saw Attacks Of Mughals On 1662, 1663 And 1665. In 1664, Shahistekhan- Mughal General Even Tried To Bribe People Of Fort To Hand Over The Fort To Him But He Was Unsuccessful. Unfortunately In A Purandar Pact It Went Into The Hands Of The Mughal Army Chief Mirzaraje Jaysingh, In The Year 1665. In 1670, Shivaji Maharaj Re-conquered This Fort And Then It Stayed Under Maratha Rule Till 1689. After The Death Of Sambhaji, The Mughals Regained Control Over. Again In 1693 The Marathas Recaptured It Headed By Sardar Balkawade. Chatrapati Rajaram Took Asylum On This Fort During Mogul Raid On Satara But Rajaram Died On Sinhagad On The 3rd Of March 1700 & In 1703 Aurangzeb Conquered The Fort. In 1706, It Once Again Went Into The Hands Of The Marathas. Pantaji Shivdev Of Sangola And The Pant Pratinidhis Played Key Role In This Battle. Then This Fort Remained With Marathas Till 1818, When The British Conquered It. British However Took Three Months To Capture This Fort Highest Time Ever For Them To Win Any Fort In The Maharastra.

Battle Of Sinhagad

One Of The Most Famous Battles For Sinhagad Was Fought To Recapture The Fort By Tanaji Malusare, A General Of Shivaji In March 1670. A Steep Cliff Leading To The Fort Was Scaled With The Help Of A Monitor Lizard Named Yashwanti, Colloquially Known As A Ghorpad. Thereafter, There Ensued Fierce Battles Between Tanaji And His Men, And The Mughal Army That Had The Fort At The Time. Tanaji Lost His Life, But His Brother Suryaji Took Over And Captured Kondana.[1]
There Is An Anecdote That Upon Hearing Of Tanaji's Death, Shivaji Expressed His Remorse With The Words: "Gad Aala Pan Sinha Gela" - "We Gained The Fort, But Lost The Lion". The Name Sinhagad, Though, Pre-dates This Event, And Can Be Seen In Written Communiques From The Era. Hence, The Story That The Name Was Made Sinhagad In Honour Of Tanaji Is True. A Bust Of Tanaji Has Been Established On The Fort In Memory Of His Contribution To The Battle. It Remains To This Day A Grand Symbol Of A Great Maratha Victory Over The Invading Muslims.
Pune Is Well Known For Its Forts And Its Hilly Areas, Which Attract Trek Lovers In Huge Numbers. It Has Also Been One Of The Eminent Tourist Spots In The State Of Maharashtra. Holding Historical Structures Like Shivneri Fort, Janjira Fort, Sinhagad Fort Etc. Pune Is Also Known As The Cultural Capital Of The State. Sinhagad Fort Is Located To The Southwest Of Pune At A Distance Of 25km. Trekking Is The Major Attraction Of The Fort.

The Chausat Yogini Temple Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh

The Chausat Yogini Temple, or the temple of 64 yoginis, is located atop a hill in Bedaghat, some 20 km from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh

A land with scattered stones, Jabalpur (Jabal means stones), was ruled by many kings of various dynasties, such as, Maurya, Kushan, Gupta etc previously. It’s evident that the city has plenty of historic monuments around. The city, however, attracts throngs of tourists every year for manifold reasons.
But, the main enticement which soothes the soul of the entire groups of holiday makers is definitely the Marble Rocks. The natural locus of Jabalpur would be an additional charm of the city. Plenty of red lotuses flourish on the surface of the water body around. The well embellished water body looks even more astounding as the dotted granite stones of the tiny hills act like the ornaments of the water body. It seems that you are approaching towards a batch of elephants if you are moving towards the beguiling water body. The scenic beauty of the places around along with the charm of the water body would offer you an unmatched experience altogether, especially in the moon light.
The grandeur of the city had been demolished to large extent by the looters earlier. However, the city is safe now from them at least. The Bengali cultures and traditions are significantly visible on the lifestyles of the city dwellers. Durga Puja, Raksha Bandhan and Diwali are the famous festive occasions which pull huge crowds at one place every year.
The city is also very popular as a junction station which has an immense important in connecting the National Park Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
Located at an altitude on 496 meters, Jabalpur is a hugely popular city as the third largest city of India. Approximately 9 lakhs of inhabitants live and explore the city of Jabalpur regularly.
One of the prime allurements of Jabalpur, the Marble Rocks, is located at a distance of 23 km towards the western side of the city. Blue color of the sky reflects on the crystal clear blue water of the Narmada River. 300 feet tall Hills of Magnesium limestone on both the sides uplift the spirits of the swarms of nature lovers. It’s truly a heavenly experience to watch the nature around. The hard stone at the top most peak of the hill looks marvelous when it enjoys a bath in the evening with the moon light. The reflection of the bright sunlight creates various colors. The spectacle is mesmerizing. Tourists who are able to watch the splendor of this place can definitely count themselves in the batch of the lucky people.
A number of crocodiles swim in the water of the Narmada River. The depth of the River here varies between 400 to 700 feet. But, make sure that you don’t ever try to play with the homes of the bees.
Bhedaghat of Jabalpur can be accessed by availing an auto or taxi or bus. Riding on a boat and travelling through the Narmada River for 3 km during November- May are enchanting experience for all. You can watch the charm of the Marble Rocks at both the side of the Narmada River while enjoying the boat ride. You have to spend 18 rupees per head for this trip though. You can, however, hire an entire yacht if you have 10/20 family members.
The end point of the hill is renowned as Monkey's Leap. Here the rocks are so close to each other that a monkey can leap across, hence the name. The cave of the saint Dattatreya is situated in front of the Monkey's Leap at the right hand side of the River. It is said that the saint Bhrinda had meditated on the slope of the hill. The deity Shiva, established by the queen Ahilyabai, resides on an adjoining stone of the hill.
You would love to watch the impressive structure of the Elephant Feet and Horses Feet. Their structures had taken these kinds of shapes due to the continuous erosion caused by the water streams. During full moon, a half an hour boating would encourage you to come back to Jabalpur once again. The splendor of the Marble Rocks is worth watching under the flood lights.
A Jain temple and a Kali temple are also there in the vicinity.
Motel Marble Rocks, Upper Rest House, Lower Rest House, Hotel Samdariya, Hotel Rahul Tourist Home and Dharamsala are there for the tourists in Bhedaghat. A number of shops are scattered in and around the place as well.
Chousat Yogini Temple, on the way to the Marble Rocks, on the protracted Narmada River banks, can be accessed through 108 stair steps. Inscriptions had revealed the history of 10th century. The Golki Math, built by Keyur Barsha (the follower of Shiva), houses 298 deities, such as, Hara Patvati on Nandi, Surya Dev, Ganesha and Vishnu. Most of the idols of the deities of the temple, however, are in ruins. 64 yoginis, friends of the Kali devi, look attractive as well. The idols of yoginis were brought all the way from Khajuraho. It is opined that this particular temple had a well established link with the Rani Durgavati Palace.
One of the most absorbing and agreeable enticements of Jabalpur is an effervescent waterfall, called the Dhuandhar Waterfall. The untamed water stream of Narmada River jumps on the valley fiercely from an altitude of 100 feet. The fetal stream of the entire Narmada River then marks its way through the lingering gorge. Watching the sight of the free flowing water stream is an eye soothing experience. Hordes of holiday makers spend hours watching the vista around sitting quietly on the banks of the River. Take a walk for one mile alongside the Narmada River to reach the waterfall. It is popularly known as Dhumadhar waterfall. The reflection of the sunlight on the water would offer you a pleasing view as well. A number of shops at the roadsides amuse the swarms of tourists. But, don’t forget to bargain.
The striking Madan Mohan Fort, about 7 km away from the city of Jabalpur, was the palace of Gond dynasty and is located on the way to the Marbles Rocks. Raja Madan Shah had built the palace marvelously on a huge flanked granite stone atop the hill in 1116. The name of the palace had been derived from the name of the king. The palace is also known in the proximity as the palace of Rani Durgavati. Even though the depicted architectures of the windows, roof and balcony of the palace are not treats to the eyes but the excellence in structuring is notable. The queen had committed suicide when she could foresee the defeat against the strong force of the emperor, Akbar. To recall that historical tale and the bravery of the queen a commemorative had also been built on the palace premise. The sprinkling ruins of the palace still recollect the old memories of primeval era.
The bird’s eye view of the entire city would enthrall everybody who climbs up the palace. The Balancing Rocks, on the way to the elevated palace, are flanked startlingly one after the other.
Hire a car from the city to the foothill of the palace. Willing tourists, however, have to take a long walk to the palace from the foothill to watch the grandeur around.
Pisan Hari Jain Temple is not very far away as well. Cross the fort and the medical college on the same way to the Marble Rocks to access the holy Pisan Hari Jain temple.
Motilal Park, Rani Durgavati museum, Sangram Sagar, temple of Mangala Devi and Bajna Math are the other coveted tourists’ destinations. The Rani Durgavati museum has an assortment of ancient architectural objects and sculptures. The Sangram Sagar was built by the Gond king Sangram Shah during 1480-1540.
Tourists can avail a car from the city bus stand, about 3 km from the railway station, to the Dhumadhar waterfall. Take a walk to the Chousath Yogini temple and marble rocks from the Dhumadhar waterfall. If you hire a car, then the tour of the entire city can be completed in 4/5 hours. For any assistance you can contact MP State Tourism Office on the 1 no Railway Platform (@0761-2677690).
Located at a distance of 9 km towards the western side of the city of Jabalpur, the Tilwara ghat, on the banks of the Narmada River, is a holy destination for the Hindu devotees. A holy bath here would shed the sins of the devotees.
The sanctified Tilbhandeshwar Shiva temple, on the River banks of Narmada, is another sought after attraction. It is believed that the Shiva idol of the temple is still growing. If you give foods then you would be able to watch a number of animated fishes in the Narmada River. This is the historical place where the ashes of the Indian patriot Mahatma Gandhi had been immersed in the Narmada River. The Gandhi memorial museum in the close hinterland recalls the old memories of Mahatma Gandhi.
Hordes of holiday makers, who love the quietness of the village, should walk around the Tripuri village, on the way to the Gandhi museum. This particular village had also included its name in the pages of history for another Indian freedom fighter and the world famous leader Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. A conference of Congress was organized in 1939 in Tripuri village and great Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was the president of the conference.
The divine Rupnath Shiva (about 84 km from Jabalpur towards Allahabad) and Maihar (about 157 km away from Jabalpur on the Jabalpur- Satna road) can be accessed from Jabalpur both by bus and by train. Tourists must enjoy the trips to Kanha (165 km) and Bandhabgarh (164 km) from Jabalpur. Satna acts as a connecting railway station between Jabalpur and Khajuraho.
While at Jabalpur, you can perform aarti of Narmada at Bhedaghat on any evening. The scene resembles that of Brahmakund, Haridwar.
How to reach: Jabalpur railway station is linked with Kolkata, Mumbai, Allahabad, Satna, Jhansi, Agra Cant, Nizamuddin, Lcuknow, Bhopal and many more cities by trains. Tourists can access Jabalpur regularly by buses as well from Khajuraho, Bhopal, Gwalior, Kanha, Bandhabgarh, Satna, Indore, Bilaspur, Allahabad and Nagpur.