They are usually remote, steep, beautiful and surrounded by mystery. Canyons are nature’s wonders carved out by gushing rivers over thousands of years that leave behind steep valley walls. Canyons present some of the most landscapes on earth and one such example is the breathtaking Grand Canyons in the US. For those who can’t travel that far to see these beauties, there are some great options available in India too. One such stunning site is located near Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. Not many people know but Bhedaghat houses the Bhedaghat Marble Rocks and Bandar Kudni, which has scenic marble rock formations with a river flowing through them!
Where are the Bhedaghat Marble Rocks?
Situated in Jabalpur district, Bhedaghat is a small panchayat town lying by the Narmada river and 20 kms from the city. The small town shot to fame when travelers discovered some unique natural sites located close by. Not known to many people outside Madhya Pradesh, the region boasts of popular local tourist spots such as Bhedaghat Marble Rocks, Bandar Kudni, Dhuandhar Falls and Chaunsath Yogini temple.
Bhedaghat is a unique destination in the sense that its offerings are so diverse in nature. From the natural beauties of Bandar Kudni to man-made jewels like Chaunsath Yogini temple, there are places that will captivate your imagination and keep you coming back for more!
Places to visit in Bhedaghat
Bhedaghat Marble Rocks
There was a time when the gaps between the Bhedaghat marble rocks was so narrow that monkeys would jump across the river. And that’s why this place came to be known as Bandar Kudni! Bandar Kudni is the highlight of the tour of Bhedaghat as the experience of boating in the river surrounded by these mysterious rock formations is an unforgettable trip.
The Bhedaghat marble rocks are rich in magnesium and can easily be carved. Over the last few decades, the water has cut through these rocks and the monkeys can jump across no more!
On moonlit nights, take the boat trip through the river as you witness the moon rays shimmering on the calm waters. The boat ride takes you through the dark valleys of marble rocks, and all you can hear is the sound of chirping birds, gushing water and a few fishes jumping around!
One of the most prominent destinations in Bhedaghat is the Dhuandar Fall, which cascades down 30 meters with such force that is results in a bouncing mass of mist and water spray. And that’s where it gets its name from that translates to ‘Smokey Falls’ in English.
The beautiful Narmada river cuts through the magnificent Bhedaghat marble rock formations, zigzagging its way through the stunning landscape before making the plunge down the waterfalls. It is said that the sound of the waterfalls can be heard miles away! To watch this spectacle, you can walk till the viewing decks right at the edge of the waterfalls and feel the water spray in the air as you see the gushing of the falls.
To make the experience even better, the government has introduced boat rides that take you close to the falls through the marble rock formations. You can reach the falls from the East bank or the West bank. And if you like a bird’s eye view of the landscape, you should definitely visit the Cable Car service located in Bhedaghat.
Chaunsath Yogini Temple
The temple complex consists of a circular wall with 64 chambers along with an open mandapa in the center. This is separated by a center, circular courtyard where Lord Shiva is deified.
Located on a small hillock, Chaunsath Yogini Temple can be accessed via 100 small steps to the top. What is really interesting about this temple is that it is said to have inspired the design of the Indian Parliament building. All though there is no evidence to back this claim, you can see the striking similarities for yourself!
Best time to visit Bhedaghat
Madhya Pradesh experiences scorching summer heat so visiting Bhedaghat anytime during the summer months is not advisable. A good time to be here, however, would be from September to March. The summertime heat would have simmered down and the monsoons whould have brought lush green foliage all around. The river too would have swollen up and boating there would be an amazing experience. The temperatures at this time would range from 25-30 degrees and all outdoor activities would be a fun experience to engage in.
How to reach Bhedaghat
By Air – The nearest airport is the Jabalpur airport located 30 km away. The domestic airport is well connected to most major Indian towns by air and you should be able to get direct flights.
By Rail – To get to Bhedaghat, you will first have to book a rail ticket to Jabalpur station and from there hire a cab to Bhedaghat.
By Road – Bhedaghat is easily accessible by road through the MP state highway. From Jabalpur, you will get the options of hiring a cab to Bhedaghat,or taking a direct state run bus there.
By River – Now this is really adventurous. From Panchvati Ghat, you can take a motorboat, which in 50 minutes will take you till Bhedaghat.