Pleasure resort and capital of the Gond kings during the 12th century, Jabalpur was later the seat of the Kalchuri dynasty. The Marathas held sway over Jabalpur until 1817, when the British wrested it from them and left their impression on the spacious cantonment with its colonial residences and barracks. Today Jabalpur is an important administrative center, abustle with commercial activity.
History: Capital of Gond Kings during 12th century
Attractions: Madan Mahal Fort, Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum
Madan Mahal Fort is built by the Gond ruler, Raja Madan Shah, in 1116 atop a rocky hill, the fort dominates the skyline and provides a panoramic view of the town and the countryside around it.
Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath:
The famous Good king, Sangram Shah, between 1480-1540, built these medieval constructions.
Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum:
Dedicated to the memory of the great Queen Durgawati is her memorial and a museum, which houses a fine collection of sculptures, and inscriptions and prehistoric relics.
Tilwara Ghat, from where mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed in the Narmada, and venue of the open session of the Tripuri Congress in 1939; the 12th century Mala Devi Mandir; Pisan Hari Jain Temples, and Roopnath are some of the other places in and around Jabalpur which merit a visit.
En route Kanha and Bandhavgarh:
Jabalpur is the most convenient base for visits to the famous Kanha (165 km) and Bandhavgarh (164 km) National Parks.