Jabalpur City in MP State of India
Jabalpur & Mahakaushal Region
Jabalpur is an ancient settlement and the region is known as Mahakaushal along with surrounding agglomerations. Since ancient times the region was ruled by the Gond Tribes. At the turn of the century it was ruled by Mughals followed by the Marathas and then the British.
The turbulent history has created a rich culture that is very much evident in its day to day life. The city is also known as Sanskardhani due to its cultural richness and propagation of art and literature.
People from all over India have settled and mixed in this city giving it a cosmopolitan flair. Though ethnic languages have survived, Hindi, besides English is the main conversation tool. The city is home to people following all religious beliefs coexisting in perfect harmony.
The outskirts are inhabited by tribal which are basically forest dwellers and farmers who have migrated from urban areas.
Surrounded by hills the city is picturesque which is evident on first visit. Hence there are many picnic spots and natural formations that make Jabalpur a tourism center.
Hindu Temple in Jabalpur
Payali Bargi Dam
Jabalpur in Images
Jabalpur Images - Dr. John Matthai
Situated in the heart of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh Jabalpur is a town of great significance. It is known for its pristine beauty and forests. There are number of sightseeing places besides major markets and places of entertainment.
As a cosmopolitan town it has a unique culture with various ethnicity imparting their own touch, colours and flavors. The place is rich in cultural activities with classical music, traditional dance forms and fine arts being patronised by the populace. The city is large by all means with a population of two million and is ranked 26th in India. The commercial enterprise is more of trading with satellite towns and less of private industries.
There are many satellite towns which depend upon Jabalpur for crucial supplies and medical care. There are number of hospitals in the city that treat various diseases and offer diagnostic services. Because of surrounding townships, the city receives many migrants from them seeking employment.
The city has lot of Government offices and headquarters ranging from defence industry to electricity board and railways. The zonal office of West Central Railway is based here.
The seat of law Madhya Pradesh High Court resides here. Besides there are three universities which makes the town a major education hub. RDVV, Agriculture University and Veterinary University support a number of colleges of various discipline.
There are lot of Government and private colleges that impart education in engineering, biotechnology and allied sciences. Number of management and IT institutes attract students from far and wide. The IIIT (Indian Institute Information Technology) is based in Jabalpur in MP.
The city is growing as new enterprises are being established. The permanent migratory population is substantial which will increase the population to two million in next five years.
This is a city with modern infrastructure available from communication, financial services to transportation. A large number of tourists alight at Jabalpur City airport as well as the railway station. Situated near to tiger reserves Jabalpur provides easy access to Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench. The famed Pachmarhi Hill Resort, Amarkantak Hills and Satpura National Park are accessible form here.
The city itself is a major hub for tourism with number of sightseeing destinations. The famed places are Marble Rocks, Dhuandhar Falls, Rani Durgavati Museum, Madan Mahal Fort, Dumna Nature Reserve, Bargi Dam Resort, Chusath Yogini and Pariyat Reservoir and many more picnic spots.
Lametaghat on River Narmada is an interesting place with fossilised dinosaur being found here. There are number of ancient temples built by the Beohar dynasty in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.The ashrams of Hindu saints impart religious teachings, meditation and yoga.
Virgin River Narmada has significant presence near the town and Gwarighat Bank is famous religious spot. Famous Shankar Shah Temple built by the Gond Kings is on the way to Gwari Ghat. There are number of Hindu temples on banks of Narmada at Gwarighat and Tilwara Ghat.
South Avenue Mall
There are many malls and shopping centres in the town but the well known ones are Samdariya Mall (Civic Center) and South Avenue Mall (Narmada Road). These two also host cinema halls and some good eateries.
SVM is host to Kentucky Fried Chicken and Dominos for those with Western Taste. Another joint that is recently opened is the Subway for some quick meals in the town.
But the centre point of attractions still remain the coffee houses of old days. These are jam packed and much preferred by the families and intellectuals though smoking is not allowed anymore.
Some of the good restaurants are:
- Vijan Mahal - Takht Hazara Restaurant
- Olives at Russel Chowk
- Hotel Krishna
- Clock Tower (Chinese)
- Woodlands (Sadar)
- Prestige Princess(Bar)
- Hotel Gulzar (Bar)
- Hotel Arihant Palace (Veg)
- Hotel Roopali (Veg)
- Hotel Rishi Regency (Bar)
- Hotel Narmada Jackson (Bar)
Major Shopping Markets
City (Civic Center + Old Town)
- BheraGhat + Dhuandhar (Boat Ride)
- Dumna Nature Reserve
- Bargi Dam (MPTDC)
- Pariyat Reservoir
- Civic Center
The old city is one good place for roadside snacks in Jabalpur.
- Indore Sev Bhandar
- Raj Bhog
- Hira Sweets
- Gujarat Namkeen (Sadar)
Cakes & Bakeries
- Owen Classic
- 7/11 Gorakhpur
- Four Seasons
The town has modern infrastructure with proper banking facilities ATMs, hospitals, spas and specialist doctors.
Raja Gokuldas Haveli
Schools in Jabalpur
There are a number of English and Hindi medium schools in Jabalpur.
List of Schools:
- Mahakoshal Public School, Gole Bazar
- St. Aloysius Higher Secondary School
- Pt Lajja Shankar Jha Model Higher Secondary School
- St. Joseph's Convent H.S.School
- St. Xaviers High School
- Leonard Higher Secondary School, south civil lines
- Anjuman Islamia Higher Secondary School
- Spring Day Higher S. School
- Army School, Jabalpur
- Little World School
- Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa Higher Secondary School ( Top school )
- Christ church senior school for boys & girls [I.C.S.E]
- Christ Church girls senior secondary school (est 1870)
- Maharshi Vidya Mandir
- Johnson English Medium Higher Secondary School
- Sharda Memorial Higher Secondary School
- Satya Prakash Public School
- St. Gabriels Higher Secondary School
- M.L.B Girls Higher Secondary School
- St Thomas Higher Secondary School
- St. Mary's Convent School Garha
- Delhi Public School
- Joy Senior Secondary School
- Royal Heritage Public School
- Ryan International School
- Nachiketa Higher Secondary School
- Nachiketa Senior Secondary School
- Maharashtra English Medium Higher Secondary School
- Saraswati Higher Secondary School, Adhartal
- M.G.M Higher Secondary School, Hathital
- Noble Children Academy Higher Secondary School, Vijay Nagar,
- Sanatan Dharm Public Higher Secondary School, Hathital
- Kendriya vidyalaya GCF No1
- Kendriya vidyalaya VFJ No1
- Kendriya vidyalaya GCF No2
- Kendriya vidyalaya 1 STC
- Kendriya vidyalaya COD
- Kendriya vidyalaya TFRI
- Kendriya vidyalaya Khamariya
- Kendriya vidyalaya CMM
- Kendriya vidyalaya Garha
- Guru Gobind Singh Higher secondary School, VFJ
- R.S Bela Singh
- St.Augustine high school,Sagra
- Royal Senior Secondary School
Vijan Mahal Hotel
It is a fine experience to stay in Jabalpur, in many of the hotels and guest houses. Ranging from three star to deluxe and eventually budget lodges, the accommodations are affordable.
Most of the hotels in Jabalpur are in busy city area but some are in scenic locale. They offer comfortable stay with fine dining. All types of cuisine are available in the restaurants in city hotels. One can enjoy Indian, Mughlai, Punjabi, South Indian, Intercontinental and Chinese food in the town. There are many dhabas around the town which offer traditional roadside food with aplomb.
The 3 star accommodations provide full business conference facilities as well as banquet halls for dinner parties, corporate events and wedding ceremonies. There are few clubs that provide luxury accommodations.
Vijan Mahal is the only five star hotel in Jabalpur. It comprises of resort hotel and spa. The property also provides wedding hall for ceremonies and engagements. The venues include conference hall, board rooms for business meets, restaurants,. pub, bar, gymnasium, spa and pool.
Another place to stay in the town is MP tourism hotel. Besides a number of rest houses are there in Jabalpur but they are reserved for officials and VIPs.
With three universities to its credit and IIIIT, Jabalpur is a major hub of education. The Universities are:
- Rani Durga Viswa Vidayalya
- Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University
- Madhya Pradesh University of Veterinary Sciences
Some of the major public and private institutes are:
- Jabalpur Engineering College
- Subash Chandra Bose Medical College
- Global Engineering & Management College
- St. Aloysius Institute of Technology
- Hitkarni College of Engineering & Technology
- Guru Ramdas Khalsa Institute of Science & Technology
- Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies
- Gyan Ganga Institute of Technology & Sciences
- Hitkarini Dental College & Hospital
- Mahatma Gandhi Homoeopathic Medical College
- Shri Ram Institute of Pharmacy
- Department of Law, Rani Durgavati University
- The Tropical Forest Research Institute
- State Forest Research Institute
- Weed Research Institute
The List of Colleges and Institution runs very large but the above mentioned ones are prominent.
JBP Photo - Dr.JohnMathai
Transportation in Jabalpur
Jabalpur is near to Bhopal, Nagpur and Raipur. The city is well connected with all major metros by railway and roads. A large number of trains ply from major cities to Jabalpur. The Dumna Airport is well connected with New Delhi.
The city transportation is well equipped with large number of metro taxis, large buses and autorikhsa available for local movement. The peddle or cycle rickshaw is a slow means of transport yet offers detailed glimpse of the town.
While hiring transportation it is better to engage them through the hotel you are staying at. This way you will land up with a taxi or auto known to the hotel. Though the fares for the taxi are fixed you will have to haggle with the auto driver in order to settle the fare.
Jabalpur is a safe town, but crowded localities have to be avoided until unless you have a specific purpose. There lot of places for recreation and shopping which are safe. No dress restrictions apply but modesty is a virtue that is best everywhere.
One can travel in Jabalpur by the suggested means but it is better to avoid late night movement. Single women should avoid traveling late in the night. This is just to avoid risk as anywhere else.
Agriculture Field Image
Popular & Famous Figures
A number of people with unique achievement have taken birth or spent significant time in the city. Osho or Bhagwan Rajneesh, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Jabali Rishi, Jaya Bhaduri, Arjun Ramphal and Premnath actor are associated with Jabalpur besides many artists and writers.Some of the other popular figures associated with Jabalpur are:
- Shubdhra Kumari Chouhan
- Seth Govindas
- Hari Shankar Parsai
- Shri Amrit Lal Vegad
- Raghubir Yadav
- Vijay Ghate
- Kamta Prasad Guru
- Bhupendra Nath Kaushik
- Ghulam Mustafa Khan
- Frank Anthony
- Adesh Shrivastav
- Achyut Poddar
- Anand Patel (Cricketer Central Zone + !st Class Match Referee)
- Jal Cusetji (Vice Admiral)
- Rustom K.S. Ghandhi (Vice Admiral)
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