Situated in the Maikal Mountains, Amarkantak is an important pilgrimage center for Hindus. It is the meeting point of the Vindhyas and the Satpura Mountain Ranges in Central India. It is also the source of the rivers Narmada and Sone. There are dense forests of teak, Mahua, etc. around Amarkantak where one can find numerous small and trickling streams feeding the Narmada. Tour to Amarkantak will, therefore, be an escape from the mundane life.
Tourist Attractions in Amarkantak
Amarkantak, being a unique natural heritage, comprises of a number of places of scenic beauty. Apart from this it is source of origin of three important rivers. Tour to Amarkantak, a great pilgrim center for Hindus, is thus a unique experience of a lifetime. Some o the tourists' attractions in Amarkantak include:
- Narmadakund and temples: Around Narmadakund, a pool at the origin of Narmada, there are number of temples such as Narmada and Shiva temple, Kartikey temple, Shri Ram Janki temple, Annapurna temple, Guru Gorakhnath temple, Sri Shuryanarayan temple, Vangeshwar Mahadev temple, Durga temple, Shiv Pariwar, Siddheswar Mahadev temple, Sri Radha Krishna temple, Eleven Rudra temple etc.
- Ancient temples of Kalchuri period: situated in the south of Narmadakund, there are some ancient temples of Kalchuri period. These were built by Kalchuri Maharaja Karnadeva (1042-1072 AD). The Machhendranath and Pataleshwar temples are excellent examples of architecture.
- Sonemuda: Sonemuda,origin of Sone RiverSonemuda is the place of origin of Sone River. Enjoy the panorama of forested hills and valleys.
- Mai ki Bagiya (Goddess garden): it is a grove of trees in dense forests that is named Mai ki Bagiya in honor of the goddess Narmada. In this natural garden Mango, Banana and other fruit trees along with Gulbakavli, roses and other flower plants are there.
- Kapildhara (Kapil waterfall): it is the famous waterfall with a fall of about hundred feet. According to scriptures, Kapil Muni lived here. There is a scene of natural beauty with mountains and dense forest down hills.
- Kabir chabutra (the platform of saint Kabir): The local people, the Panikas, consider Kabir Chabutara as one of the holiest places of the Kabirpanthis because Sant Kabir spent many years here in meditation.
- Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev (the temple of Shiva): The Jwaleshwar temple is situated at a distance of 8 km from Amarkantak on Shahdol road.
How to Reach Amarkantak
By Air: The nearest airhead is Jabalpur (245 kms).
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Pendra Road (17 kms) though Anuppur (48 kms.) is more convenient.
By Road: There are buses from Pendra Road, Bilaspur and Shahdol.
Tour to Amarkantak brings to you a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of nature.