How to reach Satna ( Gatway to Khajuraho & Chitrakoot)
Reach Satna By Air
Satna has its own smaller airport called Satna Airport. The nearest busy airport to Satna is Jabalpur Airport which is approximately 220 kilometres from the city.
Reach Satna By Railways
Satna Junction railway station (IRCTC code STA) is a station in Western-Central railway division on the route between Jabalpur Junction and Allahabad. It is a junction and the branch goes to Rewa from here. The railway station has three platforms with all up going trains (trains in the direction of Mumbai) normally using platform number 1 and all down going (trains in direction of Allahabad-Manikpur) using platforms 2 and 3. The railway station is very important because of its proximity to the ancient city of Khajuraho. Satna is well connected by train to almost all major cities of the countries. It lies on the busy train route connecting Mumbai and Howrah. There is also a diesel depot for the Western Central Railway.Satna junction is the most prominent junction of the Jabalpur Railway division providing maximum income due to its high degree of loading and unloading of cement,petroleum etc.All trains passing from Satna Junction stops here which ultimately shows its importance. 3 of them have technical stoppage while the rest have commercial stoppage. ISO certified trains such as Rewanchal express are the trains of the area.
Reach Satna By Roadways
Excellent bus service is available from Satna to various cities of Madhya pradesh and to some cities of Maharashtra. Luxury buses are available for smaller cities too, Sleeper buses are available for Indore, Bhopal, Nagpur and Jabalpur. A couple of state highways and a national highway make the city well connected by roads.
Satna is connected to the longest National Highway: NH-7. State highway NH-75 passes from the heart of Satna and connects it to cities of Panna and Rewa which are other important cities of northern Madhya Pradesh.
A very good bus service is available for cities like Jabalpur, Nagpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Singrauli, Bhopal, Indore, Ambikapur. And also for the Rewa and Semaria the bus facility is avialable, and for the many places the facxility is available. The time for the buses is from morning to midnight, it means every time we find the buses in satna bus stand. So from Satna we can go anywhere in Madhya Pradesh
Best Time to visit Satna
The winter season is ideally the best time to visit Satna. The period from October to March is the best season to visit Satna as the weather is pleasant, making it the most ideal time to tour in Satna and the nearby tourist destinations.
Places to visit In Satna & Excursions
Satna is known for major Pilgrimage & Tourist attractions like Chitrakoot, Pandav Falls and Alauddin Khan Samaroh The most popular of these are Khajuraho, Chitrakoot, Ranipur Sanctuary.
Chitrakoot ( 60Kms)
Chitrakoot incorporates very many places of religious and pauranic importance,visited both by devotees and sight-seers.From the administrative view point, some of these places are situated in Uttar Pradesh and others in Madhya Pradesh. As all these places are popularly associated with religious feelings of the people and a large number of pilgrims visit these sites. It is well connected by train as well as by road. The distance from Satna district headquarter is 60 Km. Approx. Chitrakuta’s spiritual legacy stretches back to legendary ages. It was in these deep forests that Rama, Sita and his brother Lakshmana spent eleven and half years of their fourteen years of exile. The great sage Atri, Sati Anusuya, Dattatreya, Maharshi Markandeya, Sarbhanga, Sutikshna and various other sages, seers, devotees and thinkers meditated here. The principal trinity of the Hindu pantheon, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, took their incarnations here.
Griddhraj Parvat is a hill of religious, archeological and ecological importance situated in Devrajnagar village of tehsil Ramnagar in Satna district. It is located 8 km from the town of Ramnagar. Griddhraj Parvat is of great religious importance in Hindu mythology. It was mentioned in Skanda Purana as ‘Griddhanchal Parvat’. It is believed to be the birthplace of ‘Sampati’, the brother of Griddhraj ‘Jatayu’ mentioned in Ramayana. The poet Kalidas mentions this place as the most sacred in his book ‘Griddharaj Mahatmya’ (Narad Uvach). He wrote that a dip in the Manasi Ganga River originating from Griddhraj Parvat, at an altitude of 2,354 feet, absolves all kinds of sins. Sons of Brahma and then goddess Parvati first saw this hill. It is also mentioned in Shiva Samhita. Chinese traveller Fa-hien visited this place and mentioned it.
Bharhut, Satna, Madhya Pradesh
Satna district is the ancient city of Bharhut, a center of Buddhist culture, whose archeological treasures have been gifted to the major museums in the country and the world. The Bharhut stupa may have been established by the Maurya king Asoka in the 3rd century BCE, but many works of art were apparently added during the Sunga period, with many friezes from the 2nd century BCE.
Sharada Temple Maihar
There is a very famous temple by the name of Sharda Devi temple situated on the top of the a Trikuta hill around 5 km from the heart of the town. This temple is known for the 1063 steps to the top. Millions of devotees throng the temple all round the year. The introduction of Ropeway system from September 2009 has been a great boon to the pilgrims (particularly the old and the handicapped) to fulfill their wish to have the audience of Mother Goddess Sharda. There is one ancient inscription near the feet of stone sculpture of Sharda Devi situated in Sharda Devi temple.
Here is a myth that explains the origin of Maihar. In later Hindu tales, Daksha is said to be a Prajapati or one of the Brahma's sons. One of his daughters (often said to be the youngest) was Shakti or Dakshayani, who had always wished to marry Shiva. Daksha forbade it, but she disobeyed him and did so anyway, finding in Shiva a doting and loving husband. Daksha disliked Shiva intensely, calling him a dirty, roaming ascetic and reviling the great yogi's cohort of goblins and ghouls. From then on, he distanced himself from his daughter, Dakshayani/Shakti, and his son-in-law, Shiva. This enmity culminated in a great sacrifice he had been hosting, one to which he invited all and sundry, family and allies, gods and rishis, courtiers and subjects. However, on seeing the shameless insult to her husband in his absence, and the repeated slights King Daksha and his courtiers railed at Shiva, she committed suicide in grief for her beloved. Hearing the news, Shiva's attendants rushed inside the ceremony hall and started attacking all the guests present there, however, the demons invoked by Bhrigu defeated Shivas attendants and they retreated back to his abode. Upon hearing the news of his beloved wife's death, Shiva was infuriated that Daksha could so callously cause the harm of his (Daksha's) own daughter in so ignoble a manner. Shiva grabbed a lock of his matted hair and dashed it to the ground. From the two pieces rose the ferocious Virabhadra and the terrible Mahakali. Upon Shiva's orders they stormed the ceremony and killed Daksha as well as many of the guests. Terrified and with remorse the others propitiated Lord Shiva and begged his mercy to restore Daksha's life and to allow the sacrifice to be completed. Shiva, the all-merciful One, restored Daksha's life, with the head of a goat.
Tulsi Museum, Satna
Tulsi Museum is an Archaeological museum and is of great importance to Satna Tourism. Sited 16 kilometres away from Satna in a quaint place called Ramvan, the museum was set up in the year 1977. Also known as Tulsi Sangrahalaya, the museum houses some exquisite sculptures and pieces from the ancient times made out of various elements such as terracotta, birch ark, palm leaf.It also showcases some rare copper coins, copper plates, gold and silver sculptures. The museum is open on all days except Mondays between 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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Day 01 - Arrive SATNA railway station and transfer to CHITRAKOOT 75 k/m, 2 hrs travel. Arrive at hotel and after rest evening have some sightseeing of local CHITRAKOOT, back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 - After having remaining sightseeing of CHITRAKOOT proceed to BANDHAVGARH 200 k/m, 04-05 hrs travel, late evening arrive to BANDHAVGARH and have rest.
Day 03 - Early morning JUNGLE SAFARI, rest and overnight stay at BANDHAVGARH hotel.
Day 04 - After breakfast proceed to AMARKANTAK 250 k/m, 04-05 hrs travel, arrive at AMARKANTAK hotel and have rest, evening visit some of sightseeing and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 - After breakfast proceed to FULL DAY AMARKANTAK sightseeing, evening back to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 06 - After breakfast proceed to KANHA 260 k/m 05-06 hrs travel and arrive KANHA HOTEL and have rest.
Day 07 - Early morning JUNGLE SAFARI, evening enjoy WILDLIFE MOVIE, overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - After breakfast proceed to JABALPUR 170 k/m 03 hrs, to connect your return journey.