Jabalpur, the colonial cantonment and ‘junction’ town of Central India, is also known as the Marble City. The name comes from the spectacular Marble Rocks, on the city’s outskirts, formed by the Narmada River gorge. Up ahead along the gorge at Bhedaghat, the River plunges into a misty waterfall called the Dhuandhar Falls. Its natural wonders apart, the city is home to the medieval Madan Mahal Fort, a handful of beautiful Jain and ancient Hindu temples, and the Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum. The Museum houses various historical sculptures and artefacts, along with photographs and correspondences of Mahatma Gandhi dating back to his stay in the city in his late years. You may be interested to know that the funerary urn containing Gandhi’s ashes was immersed in the Narmada River here in Jabalpur. However, globally the city is best known for being the nearest airport to Central India’s legendary tiger country – the famous trio of the Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park and the Pench National Park of Kipling’s Jungle Book.