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About Mandla

Mandla, a small town in the state of Madhya Pradesh lies in the catchment area formed by river Narmada & its tributaries. The city with free flowing rivers, dense forests, historic ghats is a must visit place in Madhya Pradesh. Mandla city was a capital of the erstwhile Gond dynasty who had built a palace and a fort here. The city is fast-developing in terms of both infrastructure & economic growth. The city is known for the world famous Kanha National Park – a Tiger Sanctuary which attracts hundreds of tourists from across the globe every year. Having a population of approximate 779414, the people of the city are very kind, helpful and friendly. Situated in central-eastern part of Madhya Pradesh, the Mandla city is well-connected by road & railways and offers an amazing experience to the tourists coming here.

About Mandla
Statue Of Rani Durgavati and Vir Narayan, Mandla, Madhya Pradesh

Brief History of Mandla

Prior to 1500 AD Mandla was known as Mahishmati Nagari. Once the capital of Gond, the Queen Rani Durgawati ruled here and is known to have fought bravely against King Akbar to save her kingdom. After the rule of Gond- Rajput dynasty, the region came under Garha-Mandla kings from whom Asaf Khan, the Mughal viceroy, captured the state and took over. Mughals, Bundelas, Peshwas, Marathas & Bhonsle Rajas subsequently ruled the region till the commencement of Third Anglo-Maratha War in 1818, when the area was ceded to the British. In 1861, Mandla District became a part of the new Central Provinces and was made a municipality in 1867. After gaining Independence the city came under Madhaya Pradesh state and is now serving as the administrative headquarters of Mandla District. The region is making rapid progress and showing considerable growth under an able government. For More Click Here

Geography & Climate of Mandla

Lying at 22.6°N 80.38°E, the city is nearly 445 m (1,460 ft) above sea level. The temperature ranges from 25°C to 45°C in summers thus making it very hot during these times. In winters, spring & the rainy season the temperatures are low and the weather is pleasant. The Monsoon or Rainy season in Mandla starts from July and lasts till September with the rains bringing in new energy, natural beauty and greenery to the place. The best time to visit Mandla is from late August to Early April when the weather remains comfortable and one can visit all the places of interest & explore around with ease.

Tourism in Mandla

Tourism in MandlaA scenic & beautiful city, Mandla offers a lots of tourist attractions to explore. The major attractions of the region include the Kanha National Parks. Various ghats on the banks of River Narmada are other attractions. Sahastradhara is an exotic place where water drips from a thousand narrow channels through the magnesium, limestone & basalt rocks thus forming a beautiful grid like pattern. Garam Pani Kund, Ramnagar Fort / Mandla Fort, Begum Mahal, etc. are some of the other must visit places while on a trip to Mandla city. One can easily find accommodation in the many hotels, lodges & hotel tourist guest houses (MPT) run by State Tourism in Mandla which offer a comfortable stay & value for money. The city is well-connected to other parts of the country and transport like buses, trains, taxis, etc. is easily available here. For More Click Here

Cusine of Mandla

The cuisine of Mandla city in Madhya Pradesh has a distinct influence of the tribal culture and comprises of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The food is cooked in the traditional way, is simple & home-cooked and has lots of nutritional value. The tribal people mostly eat coarse food like kodo, kutki, pej, etc. Pej which is made from grounding macca or from the water left from boiling rice is the most popular food of the region. Food found in the forest like Chirota Bhaji, BirarKand, Kadukand, Mushrooms and various fruits such as mango, char, jamun, tendu are also eaten with much relish. Non-veg food includes fish, chicken, meat, etc. which was previously hunted by the tribal people. Thus the food of Mandla mostly comprises of naturally found, fresh and healthy options and people are content with what they get. The hospitality & warmth offered by the people of Mandla is un-matched and a number of restaurants, dhabas & eating joints present in the city offer hot, freshly cooked and traditional food, which is relished by both the tourists & local residents alike.

Art and Culture of Mandla

The culture of Mandla region is greatly influenced by the tribal traditions, religion and lifestyle of the Gonds and Baigas tribal groups who inhabit the slopes region. Gonds, when seen in comparison to other tribes are quiet well settled and financially better than other tribes. They follow traditions like tribal endogamy, clan exogamy, monogamous & cross-cousin marriage, etc. and are progressive in terms of remarriage and widow marriage. The more primitive tribe of the region is Baigas, who mostly live in the forest area. A tribal council is there to settle local issues & disputes under the leadership of Mukadama i.e. the Village Headman. The tribal people are true aesthetics and worship their deities & ancestors with full devotion. For More Click Here

Culture of Mandla
Folk Culture in Mandla

Tribal folk dance, songs and music are an important part of the lifestyle of the residents of Mandla city. Through the playing & singing of folk music & dance they express their joys & sorrows, their appreciation of nature’s beauty and Gods’ blessings. On special occasions like religious ceremonies, festivals and marriages the tribal people dance and sing whole day and night. Karma is a very popular folk dance of the tribal communities, associated with the harvest season. Numerous fairs & festivals are organised in the city throughout the year in which people participate with great joy & fervour. Besides Hindi, Agariya & Baigani are the other languages spoken in the region.

Festivals of Mandla

The people of Mandla region like the rest of India, celebrate almost all major festivals like Diwali, Id, Dusshersa, Holi, Christmas, etc. with much enthusiasm. Besides these there are some local festivals which are unique to the region. Hareli Festival literally meaning 'Haryali' or greenery is celebrated in the months of July-August to celebrate the harvest season. Chait Gal festival which begins from Sharad Purnima in October and continues till Kartik Purnima till November sees immense participation by the local people. Some other popular celebrations of tribals of Mandla District are Nawa Feast, Bidri Ceremony, Khyania, etc. After the harvesting season of paddy crop when people are free from their day-to-day agricultural work a huge fair known as Melamadai is held here. The fair is inaugurated by village headman and is filled with fun & frolic.

Shopping in Mandla

Mandla City has many shops selling a variety of goods & things of daily needs; as well as numerous restaurants and eatery joints serving dishes ranging from local to national cuisines. Tourists coming to the city can explore the narrow lanes of the bazaars and hunt for local handicrafts & souvenirs. One should visit the Main Market of Mandla which is quiet is famous for its handicraft goods. Mandla Chowpati lies in the heart of the city and is famous for its mouth-watering Kamal Chaat and Shrinath Pav-bhaji. Dosha, Kachodi, Phulki and Dhabeli are some of the other delicious snacks available at road-side stalls & thela's and are a treat for the food-lovers.

Transportation in Mandla

An adequate & cost-effective transport system prevails in Mandla; by road the city is connected to nearby places like Jabalpur, Nagpur & Raipur through the National Highway - 12A. Mandla Fort Railway Station serves the city and falls under the South East Central Zone of the Indian Railways. It has a narrow gauge railway line and a number of trains ply to & fro from here to different parts of the country. Though the nearest airport from Mandla is Jabalpur Airport which is nearly 165 Kms away but one can also travel via the Nagpur Airport located at a distance of nearly 250 Kms. All noted airlines operate flights from these airports, on reaching here once can reach Mandla by road or train. A good transportation network thus helps tourists & other travellers reach Mandla easily as well as increase the tourism potential the city. For local transportation there are buses, taxis, cycle-rickshaws, autos, etc. readily available which can be used to travel within the city.

Mandla at a glance

State: Madhya Pradesh
Municipal Area: 8771 Sq.Km.
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Agariya & Baigani
Altitude: 445 m (1,460 ft) above sea level
Pin Code: 481661
Winter Temperature: 11°C -21°C
Summer Temperature: 25°C to 45°C
Best Time to Visit: October to March
STD Code: 91-(0) 7642
Major Tourist Attractions: Kanha National Park Sanctuary, Ghats at Narmada River, Garam Pani Kund, Ramnagar Fort / Mandla Fort, Begum Mahal, Sahastradhara, etc.
Major Festivals: Hareli, Chait Gal, Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, etc.

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