Treat yourself to a thunderous sight by experiencing Dhuandhar Falls in Bhedaghat. Standing proudly with a height of 30 meters, Dhuandhar Falls is backed by pristine white marbles on which the water plunges. Located on the Narmada River, the mist at the falls gives the place a surreal vibe. This is thanks to the force of the water crashing down. But that’s how the place gets its name. “Dhuan” for smoke and “Dhar” for stream.
What’s interesting is that this marble-ous place was where the bollywood movie Ashoka was shot. Dhuandhar Falls is tucked away in the little town, Bhedaghat. It’s not too far from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh – just about 22 kms. So if you’re looking to visit a fascinating offbeat place, Dhuandhar Falls is as good as any. It is pretty popular with locals though. Let us tell you a little more about this place and what it’s all about.
How to reach Dhuandhar Falls?
Bus – You can easily get a state transport bus from Jabalpur. The frequency is good and it only takes about 30-45 minutes to reach. A state transport bus here is called “Metro” but don’t get confused. It’s just a regular local bus. The journey will cost you about 20 rupees.
Rickshaw/Cab – Local auto rickshaws and cabs are easily available from Jabalpur. OLA also operates in the city. There is UBER yet. But they do have Rapido Bike Taxis in the city. It’s pretty cheap and efficient also.
Jetty – This is definitely one of the more interesting ways of visiting Dhuandhar Falls. You can first go to Panchavati Ghat, hop on a motorboat jetty, and make your way here. Costs about 30-40 rupees for a 50 minute ride. Fun, right? Unless you take a jetty, the bus/cab/rickshaw will not drop you right at the falls. You will still have to walk a little and climb a few stairs. But that’s a short walk.
What can you do at Dhuandhar Falls?
There are some really cool experiences involving the lake. Each really fun to be a part of. You’ll also find small local shops selling stuff made of marbles. So if you want, you could always get yourself a souvenir of sorts. Apart from that, you can make a day out of simply chilling on the rocks. By that we mean, just find a cosy spot, enjoy the sound and the view and just chill out. Then of course, you can click loads of pictures from the viewing spot.
What you could also do is head to Bhedaghat where the water is still. And take a dip in the river. While there are many spots where local kids jump and get coins from the water, we would strongly advise you against doing that. No need to jump or anything. There are a couple of really cool things that you should definitely do while you’re here.
Boat Ride on the Narmada River
This is an experience which is really underrated. You will be sailing through a river that is surrounded by gigantic white marble cliffs. These cliffs touch as high as 100 feet and look truly enchanting. If you want to take things to the next level, take the boat ride during sunset. Seeing the rays of the sun reflecting against the white marbles is simply an out-of-the-world experience.
The water seems so calm and still, which is surprising. Considering how just a short distance away, the Dhuandhar Falls keeps rumbling. During your boat ride, you might be able to listen to the falls roaring at a distance. Also, it might not seem like it, but the river is about 600 feet deep. The boat ride costs approximately 100 rupees for about 45 minutes. Treat yourself to this majestic site and trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
Cable Car Ride
Just another fun way of admiring the Narmada River and its spectacular Dhuandhar Falls. It is accessible from both the sides of the falls. You can take it from Bhedaghat at the entrance gate itself. The Cable Car ride takes you from the east side to the west and then drops you there. It’s just a fun little experience of its own to see the falls from a different perspective.
What is the best time to visit Dhuandhar Falls?
Dhuandhar Falls is accessible throughout the year. But boating is shut during monsoons. From a weather point of view, October to March would be the best time. It is also when the weather conditions will be favourable for boating. If you can bear the summers of Madhya Pradesh, then it’s definitely still a good time to visit. Otherwise it might not be the best time to visit the Falls. Or the river and the ghats in general. Especially during the noon.
Of course there will be a difference in the flow and the speed of the falls, but it is still amazing during summer too. Although, it won’t be too bad right at the site itself because of droplets of water splashing. Honestly, summer is not at all a bad time to visit so if you’re just a flexible person in general, you will still enjoy it. Also, if summer is the only time when you have the opportunity to visit the falls, trust us, it will still be worth it.