Amarkantak Tourism
Pilgrimage

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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Aumit Raye
  • Aumit Raye
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 photos
  • 10 Reviews

"A place of serene religious splendour and natural beauty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • Sourabh Agrawal
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 2 Reviews

"A fun and relaxing place"

  • 7/7
  • 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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Shailendra Pradhan
  • Shailendra Pradhan
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 2 Reviews

"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
  • Animesh Marwah
  • Lives in Raipur
  • 2 Reviews

"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
  • Navin Talwar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 2 Reviews

"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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Narendra  Bhatia
  • Narendra Bhatia
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Indore
  • 12 Reviews

"Amarkantak is a holy place."

  • Posted Mar 1, 2013
Though Amarkantak is a holy place but can be developed as a tourist spot. It has lot of places of interests with lakes river bodies and water falls; apart from temples. Lush green scenery big trees are part of its landscape.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Holiday home provides home like food. Prepared as per individuals choice. Sight seeing and trekking can be made tourist attraction of Amarkantak.

Activities & things to do: Sight seeing. Walking tracks are in plenty. Water falls greenery is in abundance.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Travel by train up to Pandra Road Station. From there tourist taxi & buses are there to Amarkantak which is just 38 Kms from Pandra Road.
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Bhola nath  Dutta
  • Bhola nath Dutta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"NARMADA DARSHAN"

  • Posted Feb 9, 2013
It is a very good and pleasant area and the place of goddess.
The narmada river is very beautiful and all other places are very attractive for me and my families.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Vegetarian food, normal, i have not found any favorite restaurant there. Religious place and there is no such shopping places.

Activities & things to do: Only activities to cover all religious places which i have done totally

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From kolkata it is very easy to reach there by train, it is only one night journey from kolkata.
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Jayesh Trivedi
  • Jayesh Trivedi
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"best place"

  • Posted Jan 8, 2013
Good atmosphere, sangam of vindhyachal & satpuda, birth place of Narmada river, good falls, this place is just like heaven peaceful.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is good & available, sight-seeing is good, shopping is in small base.

Activities & things to do: Not better chance

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By railway, by road, from raipur, Bilaspur, Pendraroad (chhatisgruh) and also from m.p.
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Mohan  Sarkar
  • Mohan Sarkar
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"AMARKANTAK TRIP"

  • Posted Jan 5, 2013
Destination was good and enjoyable place, Location and mandir area also very nice and govt holiday home really good and provide good service also.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food was good and destination was enjoyable the mandir also good

Activities & things to do: So too so much

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By train and car
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Manoj Gupta
  • Manoj Gupta
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  • Lives in Raipur
  • 3 Reviews

"Amarkantak - Jai Narmada with HOLIDAY HOMES"

  • Posted Nov 29, 2012
Statying at Amarkantak was a pleasant experience for me while a trip on 14th and 15th Oct 2012. while staying at HOLIDAY HOMES we enjoyed an experience of RESORT in very economic price with a nice location, hotel campus, services, TENT House experience, DINNING Hall etc.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Very nice.

Activities & things to do: Since there is a nice campus of the Hotel with playing equipments and nice garden to do many activities. The market is on 200 mtrs of reach and NARMADA UDGAM on 400 mtr of reach.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Well connected with ROAD with nice site seeing in about 80 kms of ACHANAKMAR Forest and Tiger Reserve.
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