Dhuandhar Falls also known as ‘smoke cascade’ are the most popular and most visited tourist spot of jabalpur. And why not? They are truly spectacular and epitomise the grandeur and magnificence of mighty ‘Narmada River’ in their own way. The hustling bustling of waves over marble rocks and stones totally ignores the mere presence of insignificant mortals who gather there to appreciate the picturesque beauty and majestic ambience of ‘Dhuandhar Falls’ and indulge themselves later in the Marble shopping at the banks I don’t know why but Dhuandhar falls reminded me of ‘Niagara falls’ may be due to sheer resemblance of the enormity of the Dhuandhar falls. The Jabalpur Dhuandhar Falls are ranked one among top ten tourist spots of Jabalpur. So I am sharing few of the pictures from my visit.
How to reach
It is about 30.5 Km from Jabalpur city towards west and is well connected through Bhedaghat road. You can easily hire a cab or any local transportation to reach there.
And here is the link to how to reach Jabalpur which has many other tourist spots like bargi dam,bhedaghat,rani durgavati museum,Kanha national park, bandhavgarh national park etc.
Where to Stay/ Accommodation
There are many hotels which cater to all budget categories at Bhedaghat which is at a distance of 5 minutes from Dhuandhar falls. But I feel the best is Motel Marble Rocks by MP government which is just behind the Bhedaghat falls which are another tourist spot of the area.
Where To Eat
Well there are many eateries just at the parking area of Dhuandhar waterfalls but if you are hygiene conscious and like to eat really neat then better carry your own food or ask the hotel people to pack your food as it is a good picnic spot too. The place offer small roadside ramshackles kind eating experience. Though you can enjoy tea, cold drink and chips too. Mineral water is available.
What to do/ Attractions
The narmada ropeway experience is a must. Though you can always reach the banks of Dhuandhar fall through stairs and other way but the gondola rides over the Narmada river is one of a kind experience and also saves time. You blink your eye and you are at the other side. The tickets are nominal too. Make sure to do the tickets for both the sides at once if you plan to return through ropeway again.
The Dhuandhar falls are magnificent and no matter how scorchy the whether is you will always find it pleasant near the falls. The view is spectacular and is crowded with tourist at any season. You can also find some places where you can easily sit on the rocks and soak your feet into the water for some really long time. But just be careful while doing that.
Boat rides are offered too but it is suspended at this time of the season due to strong currents now. Though it is offered from november to may most probably.
Narmada is among one of the five holy rivers in India and a dip into the water is considered to wash away the sins.So make sure to touch the waters at least! You can easily take a dip at the river bank upstream though where the water is less.
It’s so much fun going through various marble stalls there and bargain. You get some amazing marble vases,lamp shades,paintings and other things made up of marble from Narmada Marble rocks itself. I will mention the details in the next segment of my jabalpur tourist spot segment. Don’t forget to order your customised nameplate before heading to the Dhuandhar falls and by the time you will get back it’ ll be ready. And it is amazing and pretty cheap too.
- Don’t forget to take your cap and shades.
- Better take your own munchies and water with you.
- There are no ATMs around and no credit cards.
- Carry plenty of cash with you .
- Visit Bhedaghat first and try to have your food there only and then head to Dhuandhar falls.
- Carry baby food,milk,water,diaper etc with you if you have a baby with you.
- Bargain hard with the marble sellers there.
There is nothing like you seeing the magnanimity of nature through your bare eyes. The experience of seeing the huge waves, roaming around the viewpoints, clicking photographs which are never ending while laughing hard with your friends and family or simply sitting quietly at the rocks while enjoying the nature’s tranquility. This experience is simply priceless.
And this is happy me. Wish you a very happy trip and hope you will enjoy your visit as much as I did.
Picture credits : All thanks to Nirban Vaibhav for the wonderful clicks. I really don’t know how this beautiful fall visit would have been justified without his amazing clicks and company.
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