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Jabalpur: Lively Cultural Capital

Uday Patel

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Situated on tropic of cancer in the Mahakausal Region of Madhya Pradesh in India, Jabalpur is a cultural hub. The city is well known for its geographical location as it is in the center of India. Since pre independence days Jbp was full of activities. The cross cultural domination and tribal impact created many unique cultural groups that enhanced fine arts music and theatrical.

The British loved Jabalpur for its panoramic splendor, cool character, fine weather and affinity to pristine forests and hills. The city was a major cantonment and head quarters of the British. They established theaters, ball room and clubs that still exists and are an indelible mark of Anglo Indian culture.

Many popular personalities associated with Jabalpur or were born here:

  1. Rajneesh – Spiritual Guru.
    Harishankar Parsai writer & satirist.
    Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – TM.
    Rani Durgavati – Gond Queen.
    Beohar Rammanohar Sinha - painter.
    K. S. Sudarshan former RSS Sarsangh Chalak.
    Pt Bhawani Prasad Tiwari - Padmashree Art & Literature.
    Prem Nath actor.
    Arjun Rampal – actor & model.
    Chandu Sarvate - test cricketer.
    Rajendernath actor.
    Raghuvir Yadav - TV actor.
    Ashutosh actor.
    Aadesh Shrivastava - Music director.
    Deepak Sareen - director.
    Ajai Chaudhary Co-founder HCL.
    Beohar Rajendra Simha - freedom fighter, associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, published thirty books.
    Dr. Bhaskar Khandekar - Music Therapist, violinist, Musicologist.
    Subhadra Kumari Chauhan - Hindi poet.
    Madhu Yadav - Captain International Women Hockey.
    Prof. H. P. Dixit - Former VC IGNOU.
    Shaleen Bhanot - TV Actor.
    Brajesh Mishra - National Security Advisor.
    Pt. Kunjilal Dubey - Padma Bhushan.
    Jadugar Anand - Magician.
    Neha Uppal - MTV Speed Diva.
    Kiron Kher – actress.
    Shourabh Modi - Phillumenist, painter.
    Vivek Sharma - director.
    Gurmeet Choudhary - actor.
    Aabhash Joshi - singer.
    Prajakta Shukre - singer.
    Avirag Sharma - Eminent scientist ISRO.
    Shri Ankush Dhanopia : Co-Founder “Mission Smile” an NGO.

There are many institutions in Jabalpur engaged in imparting training in Indian classical music, fine arts, theatre and many other branches of arts and literature. The city is hub of education institutes with two Universities many engineering and technical colleges and top of the rung schools and training centers.

Jabalpur is very popular for sightseeing, fairs and festivities, colorful life style, religious and spiritual rites and rituals at Virgin River Narmada. A large town with approximately 2 million people Jbp is the fulcrum of eco tourism in India. Major National Parks like Kanha in Maikal Hills, Bandhavgarh, Pench and Satpura tiger reserves, are accessible from the city. Pachmari Hill station in Satpura Range, Amarkantak origin of Narmada and many more sightseeing destinations are reached from Jabalpur town.

Better known for sightseeing and cultural activities Jabalpur is also a commercial city. It has many industries and public enterprises established by Government and private sector. It is major trading center as well.

There many places for sightseeing around the city. Most popular are Marble Rocks for boating amidst colored marble, Dhuandhar Falls on Narmada, Bargi Dam cruise, Chausath Jogini Temples and Madan Mahal Fort. For nature lovers and birders visit to Pariyat and Khandari lake is a must. There is Dumna Nature Reserve on the way to Jabalpur Airport a must visit for wildlife watching and birding.

For accommodation Jabalpur has the best hotels in MP that maintain Global standard. One can choose from luxury to three star categories for a stay. There many private guest houses, lodges and inns that offer economical lodging and boarding.

The town is well connected with major rail and road network and air services at present operate between Delhi and Jbp. The weather is mostly cool and pleasant with extreme cold in November and December. May and June are hot and humid. The rest can be cool and pleasant depending upon the monsoon rains.

It is best to take out a day or two for Jabalpur sightseeing and spiritual tours on transit between National Parks for tiger safaris.


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