“The Land of the Marble Rocks.” With a most famous dialogue
“Jab aati hai bahar, doob jate hain pahad,”
It takes more than just the physical location of a state to be called the Heart of India. Madhya Pradesh tourism justifies with the state’s grand forts, varying topography, exhilarating wildlife, numerous caves & rock structures, and myriad temples. But the huge state that MP is, it is almost impossible to cover it in one trip.
Thus, taking circuit tours of Madhya Pradesh seems a better idea.
Bhedaghat is an ideal getaway for those are looking for day trips especially in and around Madhya Pradesh. It’s well known for its splendid waterfalls and famous for its striking marble rocks which are 100 feet high and located on either side of the river Narmada. River Narmada is a beauty at Bhedaghat, River flows gently through these lofty marble rocks and a little distance away, the water becomes roiled as it plunges in a mighty waterfall famous as Dhuandhar. An excellent location for family vacationers and adventurers, experience seekers, nature lovers and photo fanatics. Bhedaghat are like a Small town and can be covered in a day. Mesmerizing waterfalls and marble rocks which are actually hidden gems. Bhedaghat are not very far away from Jabalpur. The nearest railway station is Bhedaghat Railway station. It is possible to take auto-rickshaw or tempo from Jabalpur to Bhedaghat. Its distance from the main city is about 28 km.
Now let’s have look over the history of Bhedaghat.
Bhedaghat, often finds its history brought under the umbrella of the history of Jabalpur, owing to the close distance at which these two are located. However, Bhedaghat has some interesting mythological tales associated with it. There are some debates amongst various historians on the issue of what is the real story behind the name? Bhedaghat? One strand of people believe that the name Bhedaghat was named after the Rishi, Bhrigu Rishi. who lived on the banks of the Narmada river. Another strand believes in the fact that? Bhedaghat? is the modern name of? Bhairavi Ghat? where the Shakti Pooja used to take place, it has been proven that Bhedaghat was indeed the place where the famous Shakti Pooja used to take place). A few others believe that the modern name came about from the term? Bhada? which means, meeting? (indicating the confluence of the two rivers: Narmada and Pavananga).
What make Bhedaghat cooler than others…!
Booting, yeah What with the beautiful, towering marble rocks, a boat ride in the river Narmada, to have a view of these beautiful marble rocks is a must. Normally, a boat ride takes about 45 minutes to one hour, where the guide takes the tourists to the different scenic locations, and to the various rocks with interesting colours and shapes. With the boating options open till 7 P.M., this experience becomes even more special under the moon, when the marble rocks have an entirely different show and appeal. So, if there happens to be an evening with a completely moonlit sky, boating in the Narmada river, meandering around these marble canyons is an absolute dream come true!
A Sea of Marble Rocks
Bhedaghat is known for its marble rock formations which are gigantic and breath-taking when one witness it in real life. From the banks one cannot see the actual formation of the rocks, hence a boat ride in the Narmada is a must. The rocks rise to about a hundred feet on either side soaring and glittering in splendour. The visit to this place is nothing but an out worldly experience which you can only feel and not talk about.
The Chaunsath Yogini temple
The temple is one of the four major extant temples containing carvings of sixty-four yogini, female yoga mystics. It was built in the 10th century under the Kalachuris. It commands a view of the whole area around and of the river flowing through the marble rocks.
Its major attraction is a waterfall known as Dhuandhar, which looks like smoke coming out of the river and therefore it got its name as “Dhuan(smoke)-dhar (flow of water)”. Another major attraction is ‘Bandar Kodini’, when one travels in between the marble rocks in a boat, the mountains at both the sides at one point come so close that the monkeys are able to jump across them, hence the name “Bandar Kodini”. In a moonlit night, the travel between the marble rock mountains in a boat on the river Narmada is one of the popular tourist attractions here.