(Last Updated on : 14/02/2015)
The Marble Rocks is an area along Narmada River
at Bhedaghat of Jabalpur district
in Madhya Pradesh
. 21 km west of Jabalpur, is a small village called Bhedaghat. The village is world famous for splendid Marble Rocks on the banks of Narmada River. The Marble Rocks towering nearly 100 ft high above the flowing river has carved the soft marble, creating a beautiful gorge of about 3 km in length. The place exhibits an unmatched serenity. It is a popular Indian tourist destination. The Marble Rocks have been considered as one of the thousand places that should be seen before death. The best way to enjoy the sheer charm of these rocks is by taking a boat ride in Narmada.
The white marbles are covered with dark volcanic creases of green and black making the contrast even more enchanting. The white marbles are considered rich in magnesium and are considered closer to the league of soap stones. The softness of the marbles makes it easy for them to be carved on, and because of this feature the rocks have become even more popular.
The waterfalls along the marbles and rocks create a mist-like effect, giving the look of smoke erupting from the water, making it a mesmerizing sight to see. This massive white water gushing down creates the waterfall that erodes the rocks and forms the gorge known as the Dhuandhar Waterfall.
The marbles sparkle brilliantly in the sunlight casting shadows on the placid river while in moonlit nights they endow a bewitching view. The Marble Rocks can be enjoyed in all its glory while taking a boat ride in Narmada River. There is also a ropeway that takes through the gorge making the experience of watching this marvel of nature, a stunning sight.
Crafts of Marble Rocks
The beautiful white marbles of Marble Rocks are rich in magnesium, having hardness similar to a soap stone. In addition to these, brown and blue hued marbles are also common in this region. The soft marbles of the place can be conveniently carved into various shapes with the aid of just a scalpel. Here mining of local marble is carried out for crafting numerous gorgeous artifacts. These articles are not only cherished by the local folks, but also have a great demand in national as well as international market.
Tourism in Marble Rocks
Marble Rocks serves as an inviting tourist destination. Guided tours in the river downstream are conducted through row boats to cherish the magnificence of the place. Apart from this, a visit across the gorge can also be made in cable cars. Shops are lined near the gorge selling exquisite crafts made of marble and other materials crafted by the local artisans. The local marble is mined and carved into various figures and transported all over India. Attractions in Jabalpur literally cover everything from natural splendors to imposing monuments, from museums to historically important places. Marble Rocks in the Bhedaghat village turn out to be the biggest tourist puller along with Madan Mahal Fort
Best time to visit Marble Rocks
The best time to visit and experience the best of the Marble Rocks is between mid-October and April. The weather is pleasant at this time of the year. Monsoons should strictly be avoided, as boating, one of the most recommended activities at the Marble Rocks, is shut from July till mid-October.
Route to Marble Rocks, Jabalpur
Jabalpur has its own domestic airport and receives regular flights from Delhi
and other major cities of India. Jabalpur railhead is situated on the main Mumbai
line and most trains on this line have a stop here. There are overnight trains running from Kolkata
, Mumbai and Delhi. Transport Buses from almost all cities of Madhya Pradesh
frequent to Jabalpur.