You must have seen umpteen photos of USA’s Grand Canyon. The sheer scale and beauty of the destination makes it a must-go on every traveller’s bucket list. Little do we know that we have our own Grand Canyons in different parts of India. The Marble Canyon of Bhedaghat is probably the grandest and the most thrilling of them all.
Most of the rivers in India flow from west to east but Narmada and Tapti take the opposite direction.
Narmada is a tiny stream in Amarkantak, the place from where she originates. This tiny tributary turns into a roaring river by the time she enters Jabalpur. A few kilometres south of Jabalpur, Narmada takes a mighty plunge and flows into the narrow gorges of towering limestone cliffs, creating a visual spectacle.
A visit to Bhedaghat isn’t time consuming. One can take a weekend for Dhuandhar Falls and Marble Canyons and add Bandhavgarh National Park for a longer vacation.
How to reach Bhedaghat
By train – Jabalpur is connected to major railway stations. The city is six hours away from Nagpur and about 12 hours from both Delhi and Mumbai.
By flight – Jabalpur airport has direct flights from Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
By road – The national Highway (Varanasi-Kanyakumari Road NH7, Jabalpur-Jaipur Road NH12) passes through Jabalpur. There are a number of daily buses from Bhopal, Indore, Nagpur and Raipur.
Bhedaghat is about 30 minutes away from Jabalpur station. If you find a local rickety bus (Rs 30 per person) then your travel time and pain will increase. Hiring a taxi will make your journey quick and comfortable though it might be a bit over budget.