Photo Essay on Bhedaghat: A Story of Marble Rocks, River Narmada & Smoky Water Fall

Picture4Somewhere in central India, the mother nature has chiseled a stretched landscape in marble rocks that, prime facie, looks masculine, rugged & also echoes the roaring sound of a thunderous fall but when you sail on the cool, calm and composed Narmada river flowing through this gorgeous landscape you feel the symphony of feminine emotions pleasing your senses in complete harmony with nature. In this Valley of Narmada, when Sun hits the horizon and kisses the marble rocks in golden hours, entire landscape starts to swing with varied vibrant colors evoking the photographer in you to fall in love again. When you stand by Smoky Cascade known as Dhuandhar Fall, deafening roars from this smoky-spoilt-brat like water fall keeps seeking your attention with every plunge it takes. And finally when you take a walk on White Marble Rocks along Narmada, nature reveals its best and you become one with this huge canvas marked with Marble Canyon, Holy Narmada & a Smoky Fall.

This is Bhedaghat for me, the top tourist destination of Madhya Pradesh, where you would have the best boating or sailing experience, where during golden hours every minute sunrays when fall on white marble rocks brings out new scheme of colors, where an upbeat fall attracts you in its embrace & where, It seems, Narmada finds its ultimate solace and achieves Nirvana amidst marble rock.

Bhedaghat, stretched for 5 KM along River Narmada, is an exquisite expression of Mother Nature and have been classified as Indian version of Grand Canyon by many. This gorgeous and less explored place is an ultimate offbeat place to experience the un-experienced & the unimagined. We covered 800+ Km from Delhi by road to reach this natural wonder and indeed the road trip to Bhedaghat and beyond was one superlative experience for us.

Road Trip, Bhedaghat,

Road Trip to Bhedaghat: 830Km of awesome experiece!

This is a very clean destination and locals are very supportive. You certainly don’t need to hire any guide to explore the place. Nature welcomes you with an open heart and hence explores this place at your own place. So here comes exclusive experiences that only Bhedaghat offers and traveler in you must experience.

1. Indulge yourself in a boat ride

Taking a boat ride on the calm river amidst towering marble rocks is the pinnacle experience at Bhedaghat. Preferable time is either sunrise or sunset when golden rays of sun illuminates the white marble rocks with varied colors of multitude nuances. You feel as if sailing through a natural travesty of colors and psychedelic swirls of different hues & shades.

White Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat!

White Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat!

An extended ride of 45 minutes takes you to the fantasy land where at many places depth of the river is more than 600 feet and height of the rocks is more than 100 feet. We saw the natural marbles rock for the first time and the experience was awe-inspiring in every sense. During eloquent, informative, poetic and hilarious commentary, boatman talks in length about Bhedaghat’s Bollywood connections and shows different type of marbles rocks, ranging from blue to pink in color.IMG_5089

saw the natural marbles rock for the first time and the experience was awe-inspiring in every sense

Seeing the natural marbles is an awe-inspiring in every sense!

This one experience is truly a bucket list worthy experience. Boating facilities are available throughout the year barring monsoon months and special rides are organized during full moon night which is another thrilling experience of superlative dimension.IMG_5157

Bollywood Trivia:

The enthralling and imposing natural beauty of Bhedaghat has captured the imagination of many Bollywood filmmakers.  Blockbuster movies like Ashoka, Jis Desh Mein Ganaga Behti Hai, Mohanjadaro, Mujhe Jeene Do and many more have been shot against the marvelous & marbled backdrop of Bhedaghat.

2. Feel the smoky droplets of Dhuanadhar Fall

The Narmada, making its way through the marble rocks, tapers down and then takes a 30 feet plunge creating thunderous waterfall known as Dhuandhar or Smoke Cascade. So powerful is this cascading that water droplets rise in concentrated mass giving an illusion of mist and smoke thus the name Dhuandhar. The roaring sound can be felt from far distance but the real thrill is experienced standing next to fall and soaking yourself in the misty magic of these water droplets.  During sunrise, the place is awesomely spectacular unleashing the spiritual power all around & impregnating the mind with beautiful thoughts. Every drop that touches you physically refreshes your soul and mind alike. Trust me, this fall literally touches you.


ROad Trip to Dhuandhar Water Fall in Bhedaghat, Near Jabalpur. Most incredible water fall in India formed by River Narmada on Marble Rocks. Incredible India. Road Trip to Bhedaghat.


3. Take a dip in holy Narmada

Narmada, one of the seven most sacred rivers for Hindus, flows westward across central India through oldest mountain ranges of Vindya and Satpura. Bhedaghat is the places where Narmada unleashes its power and thus creating majestic Dhuandhar water fall and then suddenly starts flowing with ultimate aplomb embracing Marble Rocks.

Narmada River in Bhedaghat. Marble rocks.

As per Hindu Mythology, Narmada is believed to be the Daughter of Supreme God Shiva and for people of Central India, touching the water of Narmada is equal to taking seven dips in Ganga. According to a legend, the river Ganges, polluted by millions of people bathing in it, assumes the form of a black cow and comes to the Narmada to bathe and cleanse itself in its holy waters thus establishing the importance of Narmada in Hindu Mythology.IMG_5328

So, there is no better place than Bhedaghat, which is the crown jewel of Narmada Valley, to take a holy dip and rest assure, this one experience would transport you to the zone of tranquility and spirituality where you become one with the nature.

Jabalpur, Water fall, Narmada, Dhanuadhar water fall, Madhya Pradesh, Bhedaghat


4. Hug the marble rocks

Marble has always been an enthralling proposition for human kind. It’s been a symbol of opulence and grandeur since centuries. At Bhedaghat, the landscape is dotted with marble all around and along river Narmada, one can actually take a trek to these marble rocks – the soaring wonders of nature. Every step on these rocks increases the craving for this off beat destination and hugging these cold marble rocks spiritually purge the soul. Every moment spend amidst these rocks; force you more not to leave this place ever. The bewitching charm of these rocks entices you and leaves a lifelong impression on mind. The itch to wander gets some relief when you stand at the top of these rocks embracing all pervasive natural beauty.


5. Dine by waterfall atop marble rocks

We stayed at Vrindavan Gopala Resort managed by V-Resorts India located atop marble rocks on the other side of Bhedaghat known as New Bhedaghat. Food here ought to taste awesome as the open air dining space overlooks the all pervasive splendor of water fall & marble rocks. The sparkling white water fall & glittering marble rocks illuminated with flood lights and sound of gushing water at the background orchestrate an otherworldly sensory experience; that enhances the taste of the food. The unparalleled dining experience is also a great way to enjoy the miracles of nature present all over Bhedaghat.


View from open air dining space

Dhuandhar Fall from New Bhedaghat side of the Narmada. Incredible Dhuandhar Fall.

Zoomed view of Fall and rocks from Dining Space


Vrindavan Gopala Resort managed by V-Resorts India


For us, Bhedaghat was the experential destination. Please refer below details before you plan your tarvel to this natural wonder located in Central India near Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh State.

Best time to visit: November to March

Where to Stay: Vrindavan Gopala Resort managed by V-Resorts India. It serves awesome Vegetarian food and also offers best view of Bhedaghat.

Places to Visit: Other than above listed experiences, one may explore Chausath Yogini Temple and also take Gandola Ride which gives awesome top view of the Bhedaghat.

## To support local artisans, do buy some handmade artifacts.


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Quick View: A Road Trip To Chhattisgarh Via Bhedaghat In Madhya Pradesh



65 thoughts on “Photo Essay on Bhedaghat: A Story of Marble Rocks, River Narmada & Smoky Water Fall

  1. Maria says:

    What a memorizing write up… absolutely candid… abroad in videos I have seen people paddling in caves and mountain valleys but never heard of this… this is supreme(: those marble mountain rock so big and Narmada river is between and that colourful sun play colours would be more than spectacular that can make even non-creative people poets talking about the beauty of the place I am sure. The falls would be awesome I know… the pure sound of it itself a nice call like come come near me for refreashment… and I am happy Narmada river is clean… I think most of Indian rivers have gone… so travellers like you missed on quite a lot of beauty thats gone… some dried and some restricted due to commercial dam building… I am happy this river is fine for now… and well lucky you travel on so much(: … most of us are now dreaming of what all you described here… anyway…good writeup.

    • Everything_Candid says:

      Maria, every word that you have written means alot to me. I am glad that you took time and put efforts in writing such a mindful comment.
      Yess, Narmada is still in good shape and happy to have seen it.
      See you again.

  2. galanda23 says:

    I didn’t realize India is so beautiful and I didn’t know rivers can disappear. Very interesting post. This trip looks like quite an adventure. I love the pictures of those rugged mountains and the waterfalls.

  3. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie says:

    Thank you for sharing about the Smokey Waterfall and the River Narmada. I imagine they are just a couple of the numerous natural treasures in India. Sharing this offers a change in perspective from the usual focus on India’s cities and must see sights. It’s easy to overlook the natural wonders within India’s borders.

  4. elizabeth says:

    I have never heard of this area but it all looks fascinating the marble, the waterfalls and the holy river. I love the story behind the river. The marble is very expressive, sometimes marble seems quite “cold” . Reading your blog is making me want to visit a few of these places. Well done

  5. travelwith2ofus says:

    Wow! The Bhedaghat, Marble Rocks, River Narmada and the Smoky Water Fall are really beautiful. I have never heard about it before, but surely it is worth a trip.

  6. Vicky and Buddy says:

    I had no idea they had such beautiful waterfalls in India. I guess I always think of the cities. I’d love to see the falls and the marble rocks one day. Your photos are absolutely beautiful.

  7. Alice Teacake says:

    Oh wow it’s truly beautiful. I’ve only been to one place in India and that’s Kolkata! I want to go back and explore so much. Thanks for adding a wonderful place to the bucket list.

  8. Kimberly Erin says:

    I would love to visit India one day in the future… its just such a big place with so much to see I do not know where to even start! the boat ride looks lovely as does Dhuanadhar Falls.. beautiful

  9. Helena says:

    I’ve never really wanted to visit India, but I’ve really changed my mind after this post. The waterfalls.. oh my! I love waterfalls and these ones are just wow!

  10. econexcursion says:

    We went to several places in India last year, I wish I had heard about this though because it looks stunning. India was so overwhelming with the amount of people, cars and commotion, this looks like it could be the perfect reprise from it all

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