In Bhedaghat, 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. It is photogenic, photographic, postcard worthy that I explored during my travel trip to Bhedaghat from Delhi.
Photographer’s Paradise – Bhedaghat On Narmada River
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 eternal love. 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 Water 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 sun rays when fall on white marble rocks brings out new scheme of colors, where an upbeat fall amazes you while embracing you & where, it seems, Narmada finds its ultimate solace and achieves Nirvana amidst marble rock.
Travel Trip To Bhedaghat From Delhi
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 un-imagined. We covered 800+ Km from Delhi by road to reach this natural wonder and indeed, the travel trip to Bhedaghat via road and then beyond to Chhattisgarh was one superlative experience for us.
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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 let you explore this place at your own place. So, here comes exclusive experiences that only Bhedaghat offers and traveler in you must experience. The photo essay is a tribute to this natural wonder which i have explored many tumes on travel trips.
Travel Trip to Bhedaghat – Must Do Things
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 illuminate 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.
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.
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.
Bollywood Trivia: Bhedaghat
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.
Travel to Bhedaghat – Top Things To Do
Feel the Smoky Droplets of Dhuandhar 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 Smoky 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.
Experience Bhedaghat – Must To Do Things
Take A Dip in Holy Narmada River
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 creating majestic Dhuandhar water fall and then suddenly starts flowing with ultimate aplomb embracing 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 Ganga, 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, and this establishes the importance of Narmada in Hindu Mythology.
So, there is no better place than Bhedaghat, which is the crown jewel of Narmada Valley, to take a holy dip. Rest assured, this one experience during a travel trip to BHedaghat would transport you to the zone of tranquility and spirituality. You will find your mojo and be one with the nature.
Bhedaghat In Central India – Ways To Explore
Hug The Marble Blocks
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.
Trip To Bhedaghat – Must Do Things
Dine By Waterfall Atop Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat
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.
Important Travel Tips For Bhedaghat
For us, Bhedaghat was the experiential destination. Please refer below details before you plan your travel to this natural wonder located in Central India near Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh State.
Best time to visit Bhedaghat: November to March
Where to stay in Bhedaghat: Vrindavan Gopala Resort managed by V-Resorts India. It serves awesome Vegetarian food and also offers best view of Bhedaghat.
Places to visit in Bhedaghat: 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.
69 thoughts on “Photo Essay on Bhedaghat: A Story of Marble Rocks, River Narmada & Smoky Water Fall”
Interesting Article Himanshu, thanks for sharing.
Thanks for dropping by and glad that you like it.
Wow! This looks like a place I’d enjoy visiting. Gorgeous landscapes!
Oh certainly you would love to explore this. Its a stunning place.
Great job capturing the bhedaghat moments
Dada, appreciation from you is always motivating. I am sure you can best relate with this post. Look forward to your appreciation in future too.
Nice pictures! Dining by the waterfall seems amazing.
Dining by Bhedaghat was the highest moment of the first day. Thanks for comments!
Thanks! Your words made my day 🙂
What a wonderful place to visit. Love the pics.
Thanks Indrani! You must plan to visit this stunning place in central India and i am sure your story of this place would be awe inspiring for all.
The place looks very beautiful through your pictures!
Thanks Mridula Ji. You really made my day and i am sure your encouraging words will ensure a great 2016 for me 🙂
that is beautiful and powerful 🙂
Encouraging words from you mean alot to me and you know it 🙂
Thanks and look forward to more such moments.
Nicely written and great snaps . Yo have whetted my appetite to visit this place. Thank you .
I a sure you would come back with best in class memories and alot of tales to narrate. 🙂
Great captures!! Dhuanadhar falls looks magical
Dhuandhar is indeed magical and Bhedaghat is a wonderland in all true senses. Thanks.
I have been there twice.My ancestral village is near Katni.Your post brought back to me some wonderful memories of the past.
Interesting post and beautiful images!
Thank u sirji. Always look forward to your inspiring comments!
Just wonderful! Pretty good! 🙂
The scenery in these pics is amazing! Love it
The boat ride through the marble rocks looks magical!
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.
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.
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.
Bhedaghat looks like a mesmerizing place in India. It was also interesting to learn about the Hindu mythology that involves both the Ganges and The Narmada Valley. Dhuanadhar Fall is very beautiful!
We will be in India this fall so I will definitely keep this post bookmarked for reference.
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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.
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
I will definitely hug those marble rocks, big time. Hahaha. Awesome 830KM of freeing yourself in the road. Amazing!
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.
The Dhuandhar look beautiful! How close can you get? Is there a place to swim?
Very beautiful photos! 🙂
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.
I don’t approve of hugging the marble – SCARY!! But I can definitely get on board for everything else. It looks lovely!
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.
Bhedaghat looks beautiful and I love the views out over the River Narmada. I’m a big outdoors person and would love to visit.
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
Beautiful photos of Bhedaghat. I’ve never been but after reading your post I’d love to go.
Beautifully written article! You really described the place so surreal plus the photo’s made it even more elegant! T
Well rock hugger has different connotations to a tree hugger! What a very poetic piece!
Beautiful pictures! Dining by the waterfall seems amazing…..
The scenery in these pics is amazing! Love it
Great series of photographs…and an introduction as well. 🙂 Perfect, cheers!
Thanks for continuous motivation. It means alot. Thanks again.
All these photos make me wonder, why am I not still there? this is so pretty.
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!
Looks very beautiful. It seems that India is really versatile in landscapes. Thanks for sharing some lesser known destinations.
This makes me want to go to India even more. Completely stunning – must be an incredible experience to see it. It was also interesting to learn about the Hindu mythology!
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
Hugging marble is definitely something I need to do! Wonderful photos, dining by a waterfall is definitely a must.
This looks like a really pretty spot–the sunset photos are gorgeous!! I would love to hop on one of those boat rides to do a bit of exploring!!
Looks like a beautiful part of India. I haven’t been that far north and didn’t realize there were waterfalls. Nice to keep in mind if I return.
Wow. Wonderful. Beautiful pictures too! And some great tips. I would love to visit myself. Put on the travel Bucketlist!
I am definitely putting this on my bucketlist, I love waterfalls! Would love to visit!The boattour seems like a great experience too.
What a a stunning place! I love the waterfall and the boat ride looks amazing too! With my vertigo, I guess I would cling to the Marble Rocks too and wouldn’t want to let go 😉
Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this information for my mission.
This place is stunning! Exploring Madhya Pradesh is on my list for some time now. Definitely going to include Bhedaghat into my MP itinerary.
This is a gorgeous place in India! I would love to take a boat ride to see the tall rock faces up close, and I always love a good swim as well. Love all your photos.
It’s a looong drive (and boat trip) to reach this area, but what gorgeous scenery! I looove the look of the waterfalls.
This maybe a weird question, but were there wildfires nearby? The skies look like here in BC when the forest fires are raging nearby…
I’m surprised I haven’t heard of Bhedaghat until now! Those rock canyons and rivers really are stunning, and it’s a great tip to visit during sunset or sunrise. I can see from your pictures that softer lighting is really the best for capturing the textures of the marble. Dhuandhar Falls looks amazing too!