Thursday, September 1, 2016

Jabalpur

Jabalpur City in Madhya Pradesh India
23.1815° N, 79.9864° E Coordinates

The 26th largest city in India is by no means small, with a population of two million it swells around overflowing the rim. Surrounded on all sides by verdant mountains, it is picturesque and quaint. Well known since the Raj, the British loved it for its greenery and cool climate. Access to the summer capital Pachmarhi and the tiger reserves was an attractive proposition as well.    

Inundated  by River Narmada, the holiest, the town is much a center of religious activities with most of the rites and rituals being conducted on its stepped embankments at Gwarighat and Lametaghat. 

Jabalpur has number of satellite towns, and the hub is called Mahakaushal. Rich in arts, culture and traditions, the destination is also referred as Sanskardhani - meaning place with rich culture and ethos.

Situated in the center of the country in the State of Madhya Pradesh, it provides an important conduit to many tourist destinations. The town is well known for this, but it also contains defense manufacturing industries, telecom, HQs of major public concerns and forest based industries which to some extent have declined.     

Nevertheless, the erstwhile garrison town is well connected by railways and a vast road network. Flights connect New Delhi and Mumbai and towns within the route. More flights are being planned.

The city is an important education center with RDVV, Veterinary and Medical Universities. Large number of technical colleges impart high degree of education not forgetting recently established IITD.  

State of art medical facilities invite people from Mahakaushal Region for treatment. A large number of hospitals of all disciplines run by experts service the people.  

Chousath Yogini

Dhuandhar Falls

Gwarighat

Narmada 

Boating at Marble Rocks
Above Images by Neeraj Vegad
Madan Mahal Outpost

Jabalpur City

The nearby picnic points are an added attraction. Most popular is the Marble Rocks and Dhuandhar Falls followed by Chousath Yogini, Madan Mahal, Dumna Nature Reserve, Khandari Reservoir and Pariyat Reservoir. 

Trade and business constitute major revenue generation arms apart from the public sector units. The city is also becoming hub of IT & private manufacturing industries. 

Nearby regions excel in agricultural production, and food processing opportunities are in plenty.  Self sufficient in many sectors, the destination has bright prospects for investors and settlers alike. 

The City is a major recreational center with a number of restaurants, fast food chains, local eateries, big luxury hotels of star rating, malls, theaters, shopping plazas and local markets. Clubs, coffee shops, dhabas, bars, pubs abound within the city limits. 

Jabalpur is popular among tourists visiting nearby destinations for holidays. The cool climate, green surroundings and serene getaways welcome one and all.           

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Magnificence & Simplicity - Both are Awe Inspiring

Around the World in Eighty Dollars!

Nandita Amin - Vadodara

As I was snooping through wide array of images in her albums (facebook) there emerged a peripatetic wanderer, foodie, animal/nature lover and lens woman amazing.

Through her travels,Nandita Amin enraptures with the unfolding saga of her travels, with an eye for bringing out the essence of the objects through her images. Wanderlust is for adventurers, explorers and the brave with an eye for hidden mysteries and the unseen. Travel is not just leisure, it is an opportunity to experience, to learn and enrich life as well lived.

For many, the images offer opportunity to experience life outside one's domain without the hassles of travel formalities and what not...right within the cool corridors of one's house ensconced in comfort and ease.          


During travels: Some of her images...................  

Baobab Avenue - Madagascar

Bengali Sweet

Amma

Blue Fronted Redstart - Uttrabchal



Cobra

Cooking Stove

Shekhawati Haveli Courtyard

Ancient Gate Navalgarh 


Iran - Persian Architecture

Navalgarh Haveli

Rajasthan Haveli

Highway - Delhi - Haryana


Tehran from Air

Iranis

Karonda

Courtyard




Kuber Temple of Narmada

Kumari  

Male Tiger - Tadoba Tiger Reserve



Delhi Sky





Baoli




Tree Shrew


Iran


Irani Lady


Mustrad Fields Gujarat



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Bandhavgarh National Park - Ruins of The Past

Situated in the cradle of  the Vindhya Hills a chain of mountains that lie to the North of India.  The park is situated in Umaria District of Madhya Pradesh. The erstwhile hunting reserve of Maharajahs of Rewa is now a protected area. 

Apart from dense tiger forests the reserve boats of ancient ruins that date twenty centuries back in history. The ruins belong to ruling Hindu Kings who left their marks on the mountainous tract. The park is home to many animals especially the Bengal Tiger that rules the ruins and the forests. Being a core of protected area no human habitation is allowed anymore.    

The ruins are in shape of idols, statues, caves, horse shelters, temples and gates. The fort lies atop the Bandhavgarh Mountain at 800 MSL. Now in rums some elements are still intact. The unique feature of the fort in ruin is the zoo-morphic statues of Lord Vishnu. Scattered along the tableau are statues of Visnu as Varah, Matsya and Sinh avatar. The Ram Janki Temples lies on the edge of the plateau overlooking the magnificent reserve.    

Hindu Temple
On the ascent to the fort lies Sesh Shaiyya or sleeping idol of Lord Vishnu on edge of the pool. Esoteric and fairy land like the pool is man made and ancient. Ferns and small shrubs decorate the surroundings creating a cool precinct that offered succor and shelter to thirsty and exhausted soldiers of yore. 

Fort Entrance
There are ruins all over and many can be seen on tiger safari at Bandhavgarh. The wildlife is enchanting and consists of tiger, leopard, sloth bear, dhole, deer, and bison. The number of hillocks create a mesmerizing topography making the park one of the most picturesque in India. 

Fort Ruins
In order to reach the destination one needs to drive 170 km from Jabalpur airport & rail head. Other ways of reaching Bandhavgarh are by rail. An overnight train halts at Umaria station 32 km from the park. The road network is well connected. 

Tiger
There are many hotels in Bandhavgarh for accommodation near by in the buffer zone. They conform to different grades like luxury, deluxe, five star and budget. Rest houses are also available for stay but booking is accorded only to Government Officials.  

Reclining Vishnu
Prior booking of safaris are advisable as they are booked well in advance. The bookings can be made at  MP Online Portal. The hotels and resorts cane be booked using the websites.

   Images by Teerath Singh