Amarkantak Tourism
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Amarkantak Tourism

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Amarkantak Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 3438 m
Amarkantak is a pilgrim town which is situated in the Anuppur District in the state of Madhya Pradesh. This town is also known as the 'Theerthraj', meaning the king of pilgrimages. It is a meeting place of the Satpuras and Vindhyas, the two huge mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh.

Amarkantak is also the origin of the Narmada River, Johilla River and Son River. The Narmada River flows towards the western side and the Son River flows to the east. There are various holy ponds, Maikal Hills and dense forests in the region that attract adventure seekers from across the globe.

This region has an elevation of around 1,048 metres above sea level. The Kapil Dhara Falls are located near Gaumukh, which is the source of the Narmada River. Through these falls, the Narmada River leaves Anuppur and enters the Dindori District, covering more than 20 metres.

Kabir Chabutra is around 4 kilometres from Amarkantak and is a junction point of Bilaspur, Dindori and Anuppur Districts. The Narmada River is more than 150 million years old and is considered to be sacred by Hindus. It is believed that pilgrims visiting Amarkantak can attain ‘nirvana’ or ultimate salvation.

The rivers originating from Amarkantak find description in Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Shatapatha Brahmana and Vashistha Samhita. It is believed that Amarkantak was called as Piksh Parvat in the Puranas.

Amarkantak was founded about 6,000 years back by the Suryavanshi Samrat Mandhata, who named this town as Mandhata. The wife of Samrat Purukutsa (son of Samrat Mandhata), named the river as Narmada. This area had an occupational significance, which led to the settlement of the descendants of Mandhata on the banks of river Narmada.

The Puranas also state that this Vindhyachal area was situated in the kingdom of Ayodhya. Popular rishis like Bhrigu Rishi, Kapila Muni and Markandeya Rishi had their ashrams in this region. It is also believed that the Pandavas stayed here in Amarkantak during their exile.

Adi Shankaracharya was also born here after 3,000 years of Mahabharata in 788 AD. He founded the famous Pataleshwar Mahadev Temple. The Kalachuri King was given this area in dowry by the Chedi King during the 10th or 11th century AD.

Karnadeva of the Kalachuri dynasty constructed various temples at this location during his reign from 1042 to 1072 AD. The King of Nagpur ruled Amarkantak till 1808, which later came under the British rule. Recently, the UPA government selected Amarkantak as the place for India's first Tribal University.

The best season to visit Amarkantak is in the month of April, when the temperature varies from 14⁰ Celsius to 27⁰ Celsius.

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Amarkantak Traveller Reviews

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Animesh Jain

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  • Animesh Jain
  • Lives in Bilaspur
  • 1 Review
  •  175 readers

"Religious place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2016
Amarkantak is very religious place. Every one have must go there. There are many temples and Amarkantak is very good place. I visited to Jain mandir. That was very good experience of mine. Amarkantak was very nice place to go with family
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Vidyut Maurya
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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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"Hidden beauty, Amarkantak"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 14, 2015
Amarkantak is not only a temple town but a nice hill station. Climate is good for health. Here you can see the origin of Narmada and Sone rivers flowing in different directions. At the origin of Narmada a great temple of Narmada. Here you can also see a Sikh Gurudwara. You can reach Amarkantak by Pendra Road railway station. After Pendra get a taxi for Amarkantak.
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Arun Nigam

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  • Arun Nigam
  • Lives in Jagdalpur
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"Hilltop pilgrimage in central India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 3, 2015
Amarkantak is 124 km from Bilaspur just on the state boundary of MP and CG, a serene hilltop pilgrim centre, from where two major rivers originate within a couple of kilometer. Narmada flows to the west and some to the east. A quiet tourist destination not so big, you can even walk all around enjoying cool cool breeze.

A number of ancient temples and monuments are there. Variety of accommodation from ashrams and dharamshalas to lodges to moderate hotels to suit your pocket. But prefer staying with m. P. Tourism's tent village. Where you get dozens of air conditioned tents well arranged in neat and clean area and ample parking space, hill range view, big dining hall serving tasty north Indian and South Indian food. It is advisable to start early to reach Amarkantak because hill area with clouds and changing beauty every turning. This road passes through achanakmar wildlife sanctuary. 2 to 3 days stay is enough for body and mind rejuvenation.
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Som Ghosh

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  • Som Ghosh
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  • 8 Reviews
  •  45 helpful votes
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"Memorable trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2015
It was one of the memorable journey. The nearest railway station you will find is Pendra road. From there you can hire a taxi which will take around 1.5 k to take you around amarkantak and then drop you back to station.

There are lot of places to roam around. You will find many waterfalls and temple there. The most nice one is narmada temple. Then you can see dudh dhara falls.

The best time is the rainy and winter season.
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Rishabh Singh bhadauria

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  • Rishabh Singh bhadauria
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"Worth to visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted May 8, 2015
If anyone want to plan a good family trip with sightseeing along with some religious place, Amarkantak is the place for you. I live some 500 km from the place and we rented a private car for the journey. We went in summer season in near May month.

The journey was pleasant and most of the time I was sleeping. We had to cross some jungle areas which are good for sight seeing. Once we arrived, we rented a lodge. The lodges there are available in very cheap prices.

We started our sightseeing by Narmada river. It was a quiet and pleasant place. A temple is built around the river. The river coming out is warm and many people take bath in it.

Along with this there are various waterfalls which are named as Kapil dhara, Doodh dhara etc. We went in the summer season hence the water level was not that much big but still the height of the waterfall and all scenery was worth watching.

If anyone is making plans to visit a sightseeing place, I would recommend Amarkantak, although I would advise you not to go in summer season. In rainy season the place is much better and everyone can enjoy the scenery.

Overall, it is very good place located in Madhya Pradesh and I would recommend people to visit the place.
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Aumit Raye

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A place of serene religious splendour and natural beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2015
I and my family visited Amarkantak during end-December, 2014. For those who don't mind a bit of religious fervour and love to be amongst nature's best offering in terms of forests, rivers and hills, Amarkantak is the place to visit. A small township famous for being the source of the scared river Narmada, Amarkantak has, besides its main temple complex (Narmada Udgam Complex), lots to offer for a day or two to the travelling tourist. Over decades, it is said, several known and unknown saints have sat in meditation/sadhana on Narmada's banks, traversed its length & breadth and attained enlightenment.

The Narmada Parikrama is considered one of the most sacred religious journeys in the Hindu cult. "Mata-ji" as Narmada is referred to at Amarkantak, flows through dense forests, the tourist stopping once in a while to soak in the beauty of the place, be it at Kapildhara (waterfall) or Dugdhara (waterfall), a trek through dense jungles to reach Bhrigu Kamandal, or the more serene Son Muda where Sone River turns away for not being able to marry Narmada. Then there is the huge Jain Temple (under construction), the Jaleswar temple and the 11' tall, 50 tons Shivalinga at Someshwar temple complex. The jungles are deep and very thick, some of it earmarked as "Tiger Territory".

Traversing these forests on foot gives one a real feeling of adventure and excitement. Moving along with the tourists are lots of monkeys and hanumans, they don't bother you if you don't bother them ! Simple, non-spicy vegetarian food is available in smaller dhabas nearby the main temple complex. It may not be the normal fare but good enough. People of Amarkantak are generally honest and simple. Alcohol is a strict No-No here, so you don't see locals under influence of drugs. Don't go by your hotel rates for sight-seeing. Instead check with the local cabs, they are much cheaper. Beautiful place, this Amarkantak.
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Sourabh Agrawal

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  • Sourabh Agrawal
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 2 Reviews
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"A fun and relaxing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2014
I feel the very refreshing trip of Amarkantak because you will have so much fun with your family. I went to Amarkantak route because this route is very close and safe to Amarkantak. With the help of this route you reach Amarkantak within 4 hours and we felt so much fun and relaxed in this trip. I enjoyed my trip and I hope you will also enjoy.
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  • 20 votes

Shailendra Pradhan

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  • Shailendra Pradhan
  • Lives in Varanasi
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"Amarkantak visit"

  • Posted Aug 14, 2013
Destination is good from religious and sightseeing point of view and is a must see location.The only bad thing about place is non availability of quality food outside hotel premises.Hotels are limited in number and amenities are poor.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No shopping destination in particular which can be said is good

Activities & things to do: nil

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: nil
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Animesh  Marwah

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  • Animesh Marwah
  • Lives in Raipur
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"Trip To Amarkantak"

  • Posted Jun 25, 2013
Amarkantak is a religious place and place from where narmada udgam, narmada udgam temple is place to watch

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food part is a matter of concern,dont get good food of choice.

Activities & things to do: temples & sight seeing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By Road, or by train
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Navin Talwar

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  • Navin Talwar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Good Holiday Trip."

  • Posted May 28, 2013
Amarkantak is covered with forest and with lots of spiritual values. Its the place of God Shiva .One should visit this place for spiritual peace.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food was excellent, sight seeing is good,best weather after rains and in winters.

Activities & things to do: Lot many activities you can do tracking,mountain climbing and some adventure in jungle.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best to go by road and have your own vehicle as transport system at Amarkantak is not that good.
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