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Bhedaghat

INTRODUCTION
Bhedaghat is a small village about 25kms from Jabalpur city at Madhya Pradesh State in Central India. It is a popular tourist spot close to Jabalpur city. Here holy Narmada river passes through marble rocks which offers chance to enjoy boating view the natural beauty of natural rock formations. Here mainly 3 spots are to be visited: Dhuandhar waterfall, Chousat Yogini Temple and Bhedaghat. They all are within radius of 3kms and can easily be visited by tourists. Whole are is part of Narmada valley which is rich in fossils. Their are number of ghats in this region where scientists have found egg-shells of Dinosaurs.

Bhedaghat Jabalpur

PLACES TO SEE
Their are 3 important tourist attractions in Bhedaghat: The Bhedaghat, Dhuandhar Waterfall & Chousat Yogini Temple. They all are spread in a stretch of approx 3kms and can be visited in a single trip. Bhedaghat is the site from where we can do the boatride in Narmada river and can see the natural marble rocks and do its photography. Dhuandhar is a small water fall where river water cascades down and generates water-fog. It is a photogenic point. Third important place to visit is Chousat Yogini temple, located in hill-top where we can see significantly carved Yogini statues of 10th century.

TOURISM
Bhedaghat is a must see tourist attraction in Jabalpur sightseeing. It is about 25kms from Jabalpur city but very well connected by city bus service and other means of transport. It is a small village, located on the bank of Narmada river. Here tourists have many activities to do like doing boat-ride amidst of natural marble rocks, doing photography, rope-way ride, ancient temples visit, scenic view of water fall and doing shopping. It is open for visitors in all season but boating remain closed in monsoon season i.e. from July to September. Here ancient temple is also located at hill-top called "Chousat Yogini Temple" which part of series of Yogini Temples in India. It is of 10th & 11th century time when Kalchuri rulers were ruling this region. Bhedaghat is a part of Narmada River Valley which is having very old rocks of pre-historic time. On excavation, fossils were found in this region. River Narmada is much older than river Ganges and Himalayan ranges which enhances its importance.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS
It is popular as a venue for Narmada Mahotsava organized on full-moon night in Sharad Purnima festival.

PEOPLE
The population of Madhya Pradesh is about 60.38 Millions (2001 census), an increase of 24.34% & the population density is 196 people per square kilometer. More than 75% of state population resides in villages whose main occupation is agriculture, while the rest of the population lives in towns. Indore district is the most populated one. Number of females per thousand male (sex ratio) in the state is 919 where as the literacy rate is 63.70%. The majority population is Hindu with Muslims making up the largest minority community.

The life style, culture & customs of this community mostly resemble the Hindu religion though they still strongly believe in orthodox traditions. Gond is the best known tribe & forms the largest group in Madhya Pradesh. Bhils, the second largest tribe are largely concentrated in the area around Jhabua, Khargone, Dhar & Ratlam. Baigas believe themselves to be descendants of Dravid & this backward tribe is found in Mandla, balaghat, Shahdol & Sidhi District. Bharia tribe has major concentration in Jabalpur & Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh.Korku tribal community is administered by the head of a panchayat (called Sarpanch) & they are found in Hoshangabad, Betul, Chhindwara, Harda & Khandwa districts of Madhya Pradesh. Santia is a tribe of Malwawho believe themselves to be originally a martial Rajput tribe. Lesser known tribe like Dhanuk, Panika, Saur still form an important group.

CLIMATE
Madhya Pradesh has a subtropical climate. Like most of north India it has a hot dry summer(April-June) followed by monsoon rains (July-September) and a cool and relatively dry winter. The average rainfall is about 1,370 mm (53.9 in). It decreases from east to west. The south-eastern districts have the heaviest rainfall, some places receiving as much as 2,150 mm (84.6 in), while the western and north-western districts receive 1,000 mm (39.4 in) or less.

HOW TO REACH
By Air: Bhedaghat is just 25kms from Jabalpur city center. It can be reached by surface travel from Jabalpur and can be visited any time. In rainy season, boating remain closed for approx. 03 months.

DISTANCE CHART
LOCATION MAP
From
Distance
(in Kms)
Jabalpur 25
Pachmarhi 235
Bandhavgarh 220
Kanha National Park 190
Bargi Dam 60
Satpura National Park 235


By Train: Madhya Pradesh State is well connected by Indian railways network. Most of the major railway tracks passes through this state due to its central location. All important cities and tourist destinations are linked with direct trains to Madhya Pradesh like: Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ranthambore, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Puri, Haridwar, Varanasi etc. Their are number of railway junctions inside Madhya Pradesh like Itarsi, Katni, Bina, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Chhindwara, Dewas, Khandwa etc. Recently luxury tourist train called "Maharaja Express" has been started which passes through Madhya Pradesh station like Gwalior, Khajuraho and Umaria (Bandhavgarh).

By Train: Madhya Pradesh State border touches 5 state: Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh & Maharashtra. All these states are well linked from cities and towns of Madhya Pradesh by road. Some major National Highways like NH-7, NH-12A, NH-25, NH-26, NH-27, NH-69, NH-3, NH-92, NH-12 etc. passes through this state. Major tourist destinations close to Madhya Pradesh, linked by Road are: Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi, Tadoba National Park, Ranthambore, Raipur, Vishakhapattnam, Ajanta, Ellora, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Mount Abu, Chambal Sanctuary, Lucknow etc.

CLIMATE & WEATHER
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
Being a important tourism region, Madhya Pradesh state is visited by tourist through out the year. Broadly we can divide Madhya Pradesh tourism in 3 parts. Heritage tourism is active in Northern part of state which is more rocky and destinations comes under this region are Gwalior, Shivpuri, Orchha, Khajuraho, Panna, Chanderi, Datia etc. All these destination offers major palaces, forts, temples, cenotaphs of state. Best time to visit this region is from October to April as during this time climate remain pleasant and good.

Southern part, south-west region and some of the Northern region of Madhya Pradesh are rich in Wildlife which includes Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Hard-ground Barasingha, Indian Gaur, Wild Dog (Dholes) and atleast more than 250 bird species.

ACCOMMODATION
One can have good accommodation facility through out Madhya Pradesh state weather you are in Jungles, heritage sites, pilgrim sites or in a hill station. It is the Madhya Pradesh State where all 04 luxury safari lodges of Taj Group is located with world class facilities. You can find 5-star category hotels in Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal cities.
NEXT TO MADHYA PRADESH
As we have already specifed that states Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra & Chattisgarh shares their state border with Madhya Pradesh so one can go to any of these states for tourism & holidays.
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