Amarkantak also known as the ‘Theerthraj’ (the king of pilgrimages) is a beautiful pilgrim town in Anuppur District in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is the source of the rivers Narmada and Sone. The Narmada River flows towards the western side and the Son River flows to the east. It is situated at an altitude of 1065 mt. at the meeting place of the Satpuras and Vindhyas, the two huge mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh.
Holy ponds, hills and forests, and beautiful waterfalls make Amarkantak a sought-after destination for the religious as well as adventure seekers and nature-loving tourists and attract tourists from across the globe. The main tourist attraction is the Narmada kund, the place from where River Narmada originates. The Kapil Dhara Falls are located here. There are numerous temples surrounding the Narmada kund including Shiva temple, Kartikey temple, and Annapurna temple.
Other important tourist attractions are Sonemuda – the originating point of River Sone; Kabir Chabutra – where Sant Kabir spent many years doing meditation. The rivers originating from Amarkantak find description in Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Shatapatha Brahmana and Vashistha Samhita. It is believed that Amarkantak was called as Piksh Parvat in the Puranas. The entire valley is popular among Botanist for huge variety of medicinal plants.
Best time to visit Amarkantak
Amarkantak can be visited all over the year.
How to reach Amarkantak
Amarkantak by Air
Jabalpur Airport is the nearest airport to Amarkantak that is located at a distance of 245 km. regular flights available from Delhi and Mumbai.
Amarkantak by railways
Pendra Road is the nearest railhead to Amarkantak, which is located at a distance of 17 km.
Amarkantak by road
Amarkantak is also well connected by road to nearest town. Buses are available to Jabalpur, Rewa and Shahdol, which are located at a distance of 245 km, 261 km and 67 km to the town.