A Hindu pilgrimage destination, Amarkantak is one place that will make even the not-so-spiritual start believing in spirituality. Popularly known as ‘Teerthraj’ - ‘the king of pilgrimages’, the place is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the world. As if this was not enough, the geographical features of the place enhance its beauty. A meeting point of the glorious Vindhya and the Satpura mountain ranges, at the Maikal Hills, Amarkantak is also origin to the holy rivers of Narmada (which is more than 150 million years older than the Ganges RiverGanga), the Sone and the Johila. The town is extremely sacred to the Hindus is deemed to be a door-way to ‘nirwana’! The vegetation in the area is of great medicinal importance too. Home to a rich variety of plants and trees having medicinal properties, this is extremely significant place from an ecological point of view. The wilderness one experiences here, is truly one of its kind. Even its location at an altitude of 1000 meters, is noteworthy. All this and much more add to the rich natural heritage that Amarkantak accommodates.
This was previously popular as Ayodhya, as mentioned in the Vedas. Dig a little deeper and you will be enlightened to know that during the Chendi dynasty hold, the region was followed by the kalchuris in the 10th century. As per legends, this is where the pandavas of the Mahabharata epic had spent their years of exile here.
Apart from the spirituality aspect, the altitude of the town is what draws people here, making it a very prevalent hill station as well.
Essential travel information and Amarkantak tips for your visit
Time Zone: IST (Indian Standard Time) GMT+5:30
Currency: Currency used in Amarkantak is Indian Rupees.
Electricity: India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C).
Internet: 3G, Wi-Fi connections are available in almost all the hotels in the city.
Languages: Language spoken in Amarkantak is Hindi.
- Police: 100, 231455
- Fire: 101
- Ambulance: 233614
Tipping: Tipping is generally expected for the services rendered.
- Refrain from getting overfriendly with strangers. Do not get too personal with people like taxi drivers, auto drivers, tourist guides, etc.
- Keep all your cash and valuables under lock and key in your hotel room. Avoid carrying and exhibiting them in busy streets.
- Do not enter temples with footwear.
- Be modestly dressed.