Amarkantak - The Hidden Gem
Amarkantak - The Hidden Gem

Amarkantak in the south-east central part of India and at the meeting point of Sahyadri and Vindhya mountain range. Easily accessible by rail and road from Jabalpur. I will recommend you to travel by rail.

This place is the melting pot of Nature, Religion, Heritage and Ayurvedic medicine.medicine.

What you can do?

You can simply decompress yourself here.

Yup, the place is good to meditate you can simply sit on the ghat and just breathe in and out.

You can rent a bicycle from someone and can just roam in the town. There are chances of encountering with any wild animals like bears so be aware if you are planning to go deep into the jungle.

The Jungle - Amarkantak.
The Jungle – Amarkantak.

There are many places you can visit, there are few I visited and here they are for you.

Places to visit

There are in 3 rivers that are originating from here.

Narmada river:

There are a some kunds and some temples built around it, painted in white. The cluster of white temples looks great.

Cluster of white temples - Amarkantak.
A cluster of white temples – Amarkantak.
Cluster of white temples - Amarkantak.
A cluster of white temples – Amarkantak.

Beside those temples there is another cluster of temples, these temples are very ancient built around 10 AD. These temples have their own unique architecture known as Niagara architecture.

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The shikhara of a 10 AD temple: Amarkantak
The shikhar of a 10 AD temple: Amarkanta
The shikhara of a 10 AD temple: Amarkantak
The brown color old temples - Amarkantak.
The brown color old temples – Amarkantak.
Some temples got ruined badly - Amarkantak.
Some temples got ruined badly.
2 remained out of 3 temples - Amarkantak.
2 remains out of 3 beautiful temples – Amarkantak.

Another look of the three temples.

Another look of the 3 - Amarkantak.
Another look of the 3 – Amarkantak.

After looking at these temples I thought it’s like 3 friends standing tall and the two lost one of their friends. A story I just made up, everyone has their own way of looking up to things, this is mine.

Temples from the same cluster. - Amarkantak.
Temples from the same cluster. – Amarkantak.

The temple in the above pic which just in the middle is tilted from the base. The base itself is not flat, quite a unique in itself. The builder didn’t make it flat. We have our own Leaning Temple.

The Leaning Temple - Amarkantak.
The Leaning Temple – Amarkantak.
Temples from the same cluster. - Amarkantak.
Temples from the same cluster. – Amarkantak.

Sona-muda :

The river Sona originates from Sona muda. Just after about 100 meters, it becomes a fall. You can just enjoy the view from there.

If you can, because I couldn’t during my stay, then please visit this place in the morning to get a glimpse of sunrise.

Yantra Mandir :

The temple is in shambles right now and was built in recent time only. But the gate looks simply out of the world.

Have a look.

A distant view of Yantra Mandir - Amarkantak.
A distant view of Yantra Mandir – Amarkantak.
Yantra Mandir - Amarkantak.
Yantra Mandir – Amarkantak.
Another view of Yantra Mandir - Amarkantak.
Another view of Yantra Mandir – Amarkantak.
Bit more closer - Yantra Mandir.
Bit closer – Yantra Mandir.
Sculptures on the temple - Amarkantak.
Sculptures on the temple – Amarkantak.
Sculptures on the temple - Amarkantak.
Sculptures on the temple – Amarkantak.
View of the temple from the top, Yantra Mandir.
View of the temple from the top, Yantra Mandir.

Due to some reason the temple is abandoned. It looks out of the world in some way.

My experience:

It was good after visiting Jabalpur I felt quite relaxed here in Amarkantak.

People are very calm and helpful.

I always believe that apart from the physical environment of a place it’s also very much about how you feel over there, the positivity of any place, that makes much difference. I could definitely feel that positivity over here.

There can many reasons for this positivity.

The place is religious so the aura created because of that also helps and a bit of the mountain, flora and fauna which also makes it even more pristine and calm.

Amarkantak is a very small town, surrounded by the jungle. Stay in any hotel and always there will be birds all day continuously making a melodious sound.

Here is the snap, where birds seating on some music nodes.

Birds like a music notes - Amarkantak.
Birds like the music note – Amarkantak.

Nothing new but still when you are at some special place, everything becomes special, divine.

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The goat was not happy as I took the snap. Everyone like to enjoy the privacy. LOL privacy in the age of Social Media and drones.

I happened to be in the weekly flea market here in Amarkantak. Farmers, most of them are tribal, come over here to sell their crop. I spoke to few of them, took the snap. They are real innocent people. Yes I have said this previously but that’s very true and I am just moved after knowing that.

Here are few snaps from the flea market.

Looks like an art. Amarkantak.
It looks like an art. So colourful. Amarkantak.
The green Pumpkin - Amarkantak.
The green Pumpkin – Amarkantak.
Beauty - Amarkantak.
The smile of this innocent girl swayed me away.

She was simply sitting and eating the fruit and she looked at me. I passed smile and she smiled back innocently. Her father was busy selling vegetables, I asked permission to click her picture and he said okay and as prepared myself to take snap she composed herself to give pose with that sweet smile.  You can download the pic and zoom if tomatoes and beans are taking too much of your attention.

If you are just not flea market type person then definitely you can buy online.

For the farmers - Amarkantak.
For the farmers – Amarkantak.

There are many Bengalis who come here to visit just like Jabalpur. Don’t know the specific reason. Maybe these places are quite famous in their community.

So here another take away that word to mouth publicity is stronger than any other marketing strategy. Okay for telling you something very old but it still exists and works like anything. So that’s why I am sharing this.

Wrap Up

For those who are seeking a place to decompress and relax, they are most recommended to this place. You can simply chill here.  It is quite a cheap place than other such places. If you are not too much religious still just watch how people from different walks of life come over here to pay a tribute to this place.

Those who are not Indian and will search about this place after finishing up this article, guys you wouldn’t find relevant stuff to read much about this place. I will just say visit once it will be worth your time, it is one of the least marketed places. You can simply sit on the ghat and see that how much people have faith in the god and nature.

Yup, there are many negatives aspects too of any place but I will request you to remove those glasses for some time and you will find and the amazing colourful world.

Good quality restaurants are limited so you have to deal a bit in this area yourself.  There is one good hotel, Holiday Homes, where you can stay.  It is managed by M.P. Tourism – Government of Madhya Pradesh, India.

So this was my experience about the place if you had some amazing experience which you would explore then please share in the comment section.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Excellent guide to travel to magnificent jabalpur… Truly impressed by the story and narration…will surely plan a visit to this place.

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