It is located on the banks of river Shipra and is one of the oldest and holiest of Indian cities. Formerly, a centre of learning, Ujjain is sanctified with the memories of Sandipani Rishi, great poet Kalidas, King Vikramaditya and Emperor Ashok. It is the venue of grand Kumbh Mela, held once in twelve years. One of the principal places of pilgrimage of the country, Ujjain finds mention in Vedas, Puranas, Ramayan & Mahabharat. It is the seat of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of the country.
Following are the most Prominent Tourist places in Ujjain.
- Sandipani Ashram
- Mahakaleshwar Temple
- Harsiddhi Temple
- Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir
- Gopal Mandir
- Chintaman Ganesh Temple
- Mangalnath Temple
- Jantar Mantar( Astronomical Observatory)
- Kaliadeh Palace
How to reach;
Nearest airport is Indore, 58 km from here and regular flights are available to Indore from Delhi, Gwalior, Bhopal and Mumbai. Ujjain is on Bhopal- Nagda sector of the Western.
Jabalpur is considered to be the cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh. It has a collection of historical, archaeological and natural places.
It is also a major administrative and educational centre. The spacious cantonment area is dotted with unusual number of schools and colleges. Antiquity of the town can be traced back to Mahabharat era. Jabalpur was the pleasure resort and capital of Gond Kings during the 12th century and was later the seat of Kalchuri dynasty. It is also the most convenient base to visit the famous Kanha (173 km) and Bandhavgarh (194 km) National Parks.
Following are the most Prominent Tourist places in Jabalpur.
- Marble Rocks at Bheraghat
- Madan Mahal Fort
- Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath
- Rani Durgavati Museum
- Dhuandhar Fall
- Chausath Yogini Temple
- The Samadhi of Rani Durgavati
- Pisanhari Ki Madiya
How to reach;
It is well connected by roads and by air with Delhi, Bhopal, Gwalior and Raipur. It is a main rail-head on the Mumbai- Howrah via Allahabad main line.
Amarkantak, the source of the river Narmada, one of the holiest rivers of the country is full of natural beauty. Kalidas, the great Sanskrit poet, has depicted in his literature the beauty of Amarkantak. Besides the source of river Narmada, Mai Ki Bagiya, Kapil Dhara, Dugdha Dhara, Water falls are wor th seeing. Narmada Udgam Mandir, a temple built at the source of the river Narmada, is one of the holiest places in India. Annual 'Shivaratri' and 'Nag Panchmi' fairs celebrated here attract thousands of pilgrims.
How to reach;
Amarkantak is 575 km from Bhopal, 245 km from Jabalpur. The nearest railway station is Pendra Road from where it is 50km.
'Deep Daan' in the Divine Narmada
'Narmada Jayanti' is a festival that symbolises the devoutness of the people of Madhya Pradesh towards this pious river. For the people of Madhya Pradesh, the Narmada is not just a river but also a mother that has been nurturing them and their lands for ages.
The festival, falling on 30th January, marks the birthday of the river and is celebrated with extravagant fervour in Amarkantak, from where the river originates and also at its several other bathing ghats in the state including that of Hoshangabad.
The most remarkable of this fete is the way people release lighted lamps in the holy river as offerings of the prayers.
Content Courtesy : MP Madhyam.