Pleasure resort and capital of the Gond kings during the
12th century, Jabalpur was later the seat of the Kalchuri dynasty. The
Marathas held sway over Jabalpur until 1817, when the British wrested it
from them and left their impression on the spacious cantonment with its
colonial residences and barracks. Today Jabalpur is an important
administrative centre, abustle with commercial activity.
What to see
Madan Mahal Fort
Built by the Gond ruler, Raja Madan Shah, in 1116 atop a rocky hill, the fort dominates the skyline and provides a panoramic view of the town and the country-side around it.
Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath
These medieval constructions were built by the famous Good king, Sangram Shah, between 1480-1540.
Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum
Dedicated to the memory of the great Queen Durgawati is her memorial and a museum which houses a fine collection of sculptures, and inscriptions and prehistoric relics.
Tilwara Ghat, from where mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed in the Narmada, and venue of the open session of the Tripuri Congress in 1939; the 12th century Mala Devi Mandir; Pisan Hari Jain Temples, and Roopnath are some of the other places in and around Jabalpur which merit a visit.
En route Kanha and Bandhavgarh
Jabalpur is the most convenient base for visits to the famous Kanha (165 km) and Bandhavgarh (164 km) National Parks.