Amarkantak - a hill town at an average elevation of 1065 m above sea at the meeting point of the Vindhya and the Satpura mountain ranges is a major pilgrimage destination of the Hindus. Amarkantak is indeed bliss of nature. Holy ponds, lofty hills, forested surroundings, glittering streams, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and an ever-pervading air of serenity makes Amarkantak a place where sacredness of Mother Nature is bound to mesmerize you. Amarkantak is one of the most famous pilgrim hubs in the state of Madhya Pradesh. This heavenly destination is well-known as the origin of two great and renowned rivers, the Narmada and the Sone that unleash several stories about the history of Amarkantak. Some of the prime attractions in Amarkantak are Narmadakund and Ancient Temples of Kalachuri Period. One can experience immaculate nature in its full bloom in Amarkantak if visited in the winter season.
Top Highlights of Amarkantak Tour:
Amarkantak is a source of two rivers, the Sone and the Narmada
Amarkantak is very much famous for innumerable temples, holy ponds, and waterfalls.
Narmada kund is the open pool from where the river Narmada originates
View of the shining white temple and Eye Catching Narmada Udgam Temple
100 ft long Kapildhara waterfall
Natural Garden Mai Ki Bagiya
Visit all Other major Sightseeing of Amarkantak like Shri Sarvodaya Digambar jain Temple, Sonakshi Shaktipeeth Temple and Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev Temple.
Amarkantak Tour Itinerary from Jabalpur
Day 1: Arrival Jabalpur- Amarkantak (222 km / 5 hours)
Start the tour from Jabalpur and meet with Our representative. After meet and greet services proceed to Amarkantak. It is around 222 km and take 4-5 hours to reach there. Amarkantak is indeed bliss of nature. Holy ponds, lofty hills, forested surroundings, glittering streams, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and an ever-pervading air of serenity makes Amarkantak a place where sacredness of Mother Nature is bound to mesmerize you. After arrival check into hotel and rest of the day is for your leisure and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Amarkantak Sightseeing
After breakfast you will visit for local sightseeing like Narmadakund, Shri jwaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Ancient Kalachuri Period and Sonakshi Shaktipeeth Temple. After visit all that places came back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Amarkantak Other Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed to Visit some other attractions of Amarkantak like Trimukhi Temple, Shri Sarvodaya Digambar Jain Temple, Mai ki Bagiya and Kabir Chabutra. Spend Whole day there and in Evening come back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Amarkantak - Jabalpur
After breakfast proceed for Jabalpur. It is around 222 km and take 4-5 hours to reach. Our representative will drop you at Railway Station.
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History of Amarkantak
Amarkantak and rivers originating from it do not find mention in Vedic literature, but these have been mentioned in Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata,Vashishtha samhita and “Shatapatha Brahmana”. After Mahabharata the history of a period of about 3000 years is in dark. According to tradition, this Vindhyachal area was included in the Kingdom of Ayodhya, Kapila Muni, Bhrigu Rishi and Markandeya Rishi had ashrams here. It is also said that Pandavas stayed here and gained spiritual benefits during their exile.
After about 3000 years of Mahabharata the Adi Shankarachrya was born in 788 AD and consecrated on the banks of Narmada River. He founded Pataleshwar Mahadev in Amarkantak at the origin of Narmada from the bamboo clumps. This place is known as Surajkund today.
Why the Name Amarkantak
Amarkantak is a Sanskrit word the literal meaning of which is immortal (amar) obstruction (kantak). The place was abode of Gods but was disturbed by the hindrances of Rudraganas and hence called Amarkantak. The poet Kalidas has mentioned it as Amrakoot. Myth is that the dense forests of this region were full of mango (amra) trees. So Kalidas named it as Amrakoot, which later became Amarkantak.
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Amarkantak - Best Hill Station and Forest Retreat in Central India
In addition to a holy place, forest area of Amarkantak generates the feeling of wilderness of surrounding. This valley is popular among Botanist for huge variety of medicinal plants. Some of them are rare by nature. After visiting temples and other holy places, tourists have chance to visit nearby villages to experience the tribal culture and their rituals.
Surrounding villages are of Central India Tribes where we can see they life style, housing pattern, know about their livelihood, customs, rituals, social pattern etc. Being located in South-East of Madhya Pradesh, it shares border with Chattisgarh state in which Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary forest is another wildlife attraction for visitors.
Train Number 12854, AMARKANTAK EXPRESS operating service between Bhopal Junction and Durg Junction stations. The distance between Bhopal Junction and Durg Junction is 558 miles or 893 kilometers.
Amarkantak, also known as "Teerthraj" (the king of pilgrimages) is located amidst the exemplary Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is situated at an altitude of 1065 meters making it a hill station with some of the most exquisite temples that one will ever see. The Son River and Johila River originated from and it is due to this fact that Amarkantak enjoys so much historical significance."
Nearest Railway Station to Amarkantak: The nearest railway station to amarkantak is Pendra Road Railway Station which is 18 km away from Amarkantak.
Amarkantak in Hindi:
भगवान शिव की पुत्री नर्मदा का नदी के रुप में उद्गम अमरकंटक से होता है। अमरकंटक मध्य प्रदेश के अनूपपुर जिले में स्थित हिंदुओं का पवित्र तीर्थ स्थल है। कहते हैं त्रिपुर नामक असुर का वध और उनके नगरों का अंत करने के बाद भगवान शिव ने उसकी राख से इस नगरी को बसाया। अपनी पुत्री नर्मदा के साथ यहां भगवान शिव का मंदिर है। श्रद्घालु इस मंदिर में आकर भगवान शिव और शक्ति स्वरूपा देवी नर्मदा का आशीर्वाद प्राप्त करते हैं। लेकिन इस मंदिर में दर्शन का फल पाने के लिए एक कठिन कार्य करना पड़ता है। कहते हैं भगवान शिव के मंदिर में आने का पुण्य तभी मिलता है जब भक्त हाथी के बीच से निकलते हैं।
There are various budgeted and Luxury Hotels in Amarkantak. Some of These Hotels are as below:
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Holiday Homes-MPTDC, Amarkantak, is a welcome treat for those who look out for enthralling atmosphere in the lap of nature. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and well-appointed interiors and spacious
Hotel Shree Mata Sadan
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Hotel Shree Mata, Amarkantak is ideally located in the Sonmuda road near Narmada Udgam. The Hotel is a 5 minutes drive from the Bus Stand and within a few minutes distance from The Narmada Udgam.
Amarkantak is situated at a height of 3500 ft. in the Maikal Mountains in Chhattisgarh, Amarkantak, is being considered and is the important pilgrimage tourist center for Hindus. Amarkantak is Veritable and auspicious paradise situated amongst dense forest and Hills of Chhattisgarh.
Festivals in Amarkantak:
The city celebrates 'Narmada Jayanti' every year during January around Makar Sankranti, when the whole Narmada Complex is decorated with flowers and lights and a grand arti take place in evening on the bank of Narmada River. Pilgrims in large number gather at this spot to celebrate the day with great festivities. Other than this, the town also celebrate Deepawali and holi with great ferver and zeal.
Shopping in Amarkantak:
Amarkantak is not a great place for shopping; however, if one has to really buy something, then they can get souvenirs, handicrafts, etc from the temple complex here. Also, there are a few shops that sell herbal medicines and beauty care products for the rejuvenation of tourists. Rare plant saplings can be bought from here to grow in your home compound.
Restaurants and Local Food in Amarkantak:
Amarkantak has a majority population of Hindus and also because it is considered as the Land Of Temples, finding non vegetarian food in this city will be next to impossible. Hence, the city predominantly follows a vegetarian cuisine with the conventional delicacies from all of India being available. A lot of restaurants aren't available, though one will come across a lot of Dharamshalas where people get food.
Narmada kund is the open pool from where the river Narmada originates. Being the source of the sacred river Narmada, the place enjoys great pilgrimage importance and a dip in the waters of the kund is believed to take one closer to attainment of nirvana. Around the kund there are a number of temples dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses.
Narmada Udgam Temple
It is by far the most popular and eye catching. Built by the Bhonsles of Nagpur, the view of the shining white temple against the blue sky in all its divine glory in the morning light is all set to mesmerize you.
Other temple in the complex includes Shiva temple, Kartikey temple, Shri Ram Janki temple, Annapurna temple, Guru Gorakhnath temple, Sri Shuryanarayan temple, Vangeshwar Mahadev temple, Durga temple, Shiva Pariwar, Siddheswar Mahadev temple, Sri Radha Krishna temple, Eleven Rudra temple etc.
Though bathing inside the complex is prohibited, but there is well built bathing Ghats just outside the complex where devotees takes holy dip with the belief of attaining nirvana.
At a distance of about 1.5 Km from Narmadakund is Sonemuda, which is the origin of River Sone. Being situated at the edge of Maikal Mountain, the place enjoys panoramic view of forested hills and valleys. River Sone, known for gold dust in its water, cascades below from the mountain top forming a 100 ft long waterfall. The place is extremely popular among tourists visiting Amarkantak.
At a distance of about 6 Km to the north-west of Narmadakund is the 100 ft long waterfall named Kapildhara. Believed to be the place where famous sage Kapil Muni performed meditation and attained the divine light, Kapildhara is a major pilgrimage destination of Hindus. It is one of the major waterfalls on River Narmada. It is a major sightseeing destination of Amarkantak.
The nearby Kapileshwar Temple dedicated to Kapil Muni sees large influx of pilgrims throughout the year. The scenic beauty of the entire place needs special mention.
At a distance of about 1 Km from Kapildhara is another waterfall on River Narmada named Dudhdhara. A milky water of the waterfall falling from a height of about 50 ft is a huge attraction for pilgrims and tourists visiting Amarkantak. Though the fall is not a lofty one but is bound to catch your eyes because of its bewitching whiteness.
Believed to be the place where the great Indian saint Kabir performed meditation and attained divine light, Kabir Chabutra is one of the most holy places for the followers of Kabir. All religious minded people in pilgrim tour of Amarkantak do make it a point to visit this sacred place associated with one of the great saints of India, Kabir. The place gained further significance as Kabir met the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak and discussed spiritual matters pertaining to human life.
Mai Ki Bagiya
This natural garden in the midst of dense forest at a distance of about 1 Km from Narmadakund is a huge attraction for tourists and pilgrims. Tour of Amarkantak is certainly incomplete without visiting this garden where there are Mango trees, Banana trees, varieties of Roses etc. Named in the honour of goddess Narmada, this beautiful natural garden enjoys large influx of visitors throughout the year.
This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated at a distance of about 8 Km from Amarkantak on the road to Shahdol. The temple in the midst of deep forest is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva and the Shivlings here is said to have been planted by Lord Shiva himself. The origin of River Johilla is nearby and the place provides some panoramic vistas.
Sri Yantra Temple
This is a unique temple of Amarkantak shrouded in mystery. The temple is known to be the place for the people practicing tantric rituals. The temple is constructed on an elevated platform and is surrounded by forest on two sides. On the western side of the temple, is present an ancient kund (a sacred pond) known as the Batte Krishna Kund. On the north to the temple is a water reservoir, recently constructed by the government for the benefit of the local people.
The entrance to this unique temple is through an enormous gate having faces on four sides. The eastern face is of goddesses Maha Saraswati. There are also one statue each of the gods Ganesh and Kartikeya. The southern face is of the goddesses Maha Kali, the western of goddesses Maha Bhubaneshwari and the northern of the goddesses Maha Laxmi. Along with each face on four sides are statues of yoginis that accompany the goddesses. These are 16 in number on each side thereby being 64 in all.
How to Reach
By Air: Jabalpur Airport is the nearest airport to Amarkantak, which is located approximately 254 km away from the Amarkantak town. Thera are regular flights that connectes Jabalpur to Delhi and Mumbai. One can take a direct taxi or cab from the airport to reach their desired destination in Amarkantak.
By Rail: Pendra road is the nearest railhead that connects amarkantak to other parts of the country. It is approximately 17 km from this holy town and be reached via taxis or buses.
By Road: One can take State buses to Amarkantak from Pendra Road, shahdol, and Bilaspur. It is also connected to Jabalpur and Rewa through buses.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit Amarkantak is during winter as the climate is pleasant and surroundings appear more beautiful during this time of the year. Also, the biggest festival of the city 'Naramada Jayanti' is celebrated during January at the time of Makar Sankranti.
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