The name Jabalpur is the combination of an Arabic word ‘Jabal’ meaning rock and Sanskrit word ‘Pur’ meaning city. And the name stands true for the city as it is home to some unique natural wonders such as Marble rocks, Balancing rocks, Dhuandhar fall to name just a few. Resting on the shore of River Narmada and tributary plains of Gour, Sone, Hiran and Ken rivers, Jabalpur was capital of the Gond Kings during the 12th century. During the Gond dynasty rule, it known to be Garha-Katanga or Vansh's Palace Garha-Mandla. Later the name of the city was changed to Jubbulgarh, and further, to Jubbulpore in British rule. Today, Jabalpur is an important industrial and business centre of Madhya Pradesh and is undoubtedly going to amaze you with its various aspects.
Best time to visit: September to March is the ideal time to explore Jabalpur.
How to reach
By Air: Dumna Airport or Jabalpur Airport is the nearest airport to the city, located 25km east of Jabalpur. IndiGo now provides direct connectivity between Jabalpur and Hyderabad along with seamless connectivity to other locations.
By Train: Jabal Junction is the prime railway station that serves the city, connecting it to the rest of the country through various regular trains.
By Bus: Jabalpur is well-connected to all major cities through a good network of bus services. National Highways like Jabalpur-Jaipur Road NH12 and Varanasi-Kanyakumari Road NH7 passes through the town.
Getting around: Taxis and private cabs are the common transportation mode in the city. Auto-rickshaws and online taxis like Savaari and Ola are other modes to travel across the city.
This place has a variety of food stalls that sell different kinds of sandwiches, bhels, doses, chaats etc. Try aloo tikki from this local chaat seller named Prakash.
The place is known for renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s authentic spices and flavours. You can satisfy your taste buds from a wide variety of Seafood, Mughlai and North Indian cuisines. And for sure you will not be disappointed by any of the dishes.
A favourite eating joint in Jabalpur run by a coffee workers' cooperative. It is famous for South Indian dishes, especially South Indian filter coffee.
If you are craving for Chinese then head out to Clock Tower Chinese Restaurant which is among the oldest Chinese restaurants in the city. Indulge in their variety of dishes starting from chicken drumsticks, Manchurian, chicken hunan soups as well as main course dishes.
This restaurant is famous for serving delicious veggie delights. The chef here has mastered in preparing the dishes with the right amount of ingredients and spices. You can be sure of good quality food that too in reasonable portions. So, enjoy!
Marble items from Bhedaghat: Your shopping list for Jabalpur should start with buying some marble artefacts from Bhedaghat as you are in the city of marble rocks. Check out beautiful marble lampshades in different sizes and shapes, marble accessories or idol of gods. You will notice numerous marble shiv lingas, but you should go for oval shiv lingas in black stone from Narmada river that are available only on one or two shops. Though these are a bit expensive from the regular ones. One of the must buys are the customised marble nameplates for as cheap as Rs 100. You can also buy some stones embellished and brass based bangles.
Markets in Jabalpur: The city has a number of markets located in various chowks and galis. Out of all Kotwali Bazaar is the oldest one. Ganjipur is another old market where you can shop for fashionable pieces of jewellery, handbags and dresses. Head out to Sadaar Bazaar to buy some branded stuff. Another famous shopping market is Kamaniya Gate that offers a varied range of clothing and jewellery.
Jabalpur malls: Jabalpur is also home to several malls such as Samdareeya mall and South Avenue malls where you can indulge in various activities like shopping, dining and entertainment all at one place. Do visit Mrignayini which is a government emporium dealing with the varied range of handicrafts.
Narmada Jacksons A complete address that defines luxury at its best. If you are looking for a luxurious hotel with high-end design and furnishing, then this is it. The hotel will make you feel like royals.
White pearl guest house An ideal place for business travellers who come for just one day as it is in proximity to the airport. The guest house boasts of a beautiful terrace and well-equipped rooms.
Hotel Memory Featuring an in-house restaurant and rooms with a terrace offering a city view, Hotel Memory provides comfortable accommodation at pocket-friendly prices. The best part of the hotel is its location that it is in a nearby area of the airport.
Vijan Mahal This property is perfect for leisure travellers and business travellers as well. It features a luxurious spa, landscaped gardens, massage centre, restaurant and bar to offer utmost luxury to its customers.
Hotel Samdareeya This property makes sure that all your needs are taken care off. If you don’t want to go out, you can relax in the swimming pool, enjoy food at a multi-cuisine restaurant or unwind yourself in your room.
Jabalpur's Tilwara Ghat is witness to one of the most crucial events in Indian history, and you cannot miss being so close to the past by not visiting the ghat. The place is considered to be as holy as the river Ganga and hold a prominent place in Indian history as the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in the sacred Narmada river. Tilwara Ghat is one of the most flourished and highly developed Ghats on the Narmada river bank. Don't forget to visit Tilwadeshwar Temple located nearby as well as other famous temples such as Roopnath Lingam Temple, Shiva Temple, Mala Devi Mandir, and Pisan Hari Jain Temple.