Bilaspur-Amarkantak-Jabalpur

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I want to arrive Amarkantak from Bilaspur, preferably in morning time. Then stay at Amarkantak and leave next day to Jabalpur. I would like to know the following:
1. Travel options from Bilaspur to Amarkantak. Also how much time it takes and frequency of options.
2. Travel options from Amarkantak to Jabalpur with time and frequency?

Thanks in advance.
#2 Nov 22nd, 2010, 16:21
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Amarkantak's nearest railhead is Pendra Road. From Bilaspur Junction you can take trains Bilaspur-Katni line and get down at Pendra Road. It's quite close to Amarkantak and regular bus and taxi available from Pendra Road.

From Bilaspur direct bus also can be taken for Amarkantak, not sure about timing though.

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Also if you speak to MPTDC Hotel, they can send a pickup car at Bilaspur as well to pick you up (assuming you are planning to stay at MPTDC, Amarkantak)

I think from Bilaspur Jn you should get car for Amarkantak as well on hire as that's main junction from where Amarkantak is accessed from rest of India except North.

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Amarkantak to Bilaspur, Amarkantak express is a good option leave Pendra Road at 10.47pm night and reach Bilaspur at early morning 4.30am. See here

There are bus connection as well, one 5 years old travel guide shows me bus connection from Amarkantak at morning 5.00, 6.00 and 8.00am and again at 2.30pm. I am not sure if it has changed since then.
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Thanks for your reply, I will be staying in MPTDC hotel only,
I will book a train from Bilaspur to Pendra Road, and from Pendra I will look for public transport. If this is not available then I will check with my hotel if they can send a taxi for pickup, however I feel that public transport will be available as Amarkantak is a frequented pilgrimage spot.
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Early 2009 we traveled by car from Amarkantak to Pendra Road for 500 rs.
There is also public transport but I don't have any idea about the frequency. There where a lot of taxi's waiting at the station so I believe you can arrange transport when you arrive.
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As I would also be staying at MP Tourism Hotel, they confirmed they could easily arrange a pickup from Bilaspur or Pendra Road easily. But I think easily we should be able to manage a drop from Bilaspur, that would be fast, convenient and not very costly as well. The Train from Bilaspur/Pendra Road might not be very frequent.
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Originally Posted by kshil View Post The Train from Bilaspur/Pendra Road might not be very frequent.
There are enough trains from Bilaspur to Pendra Road see http://erail.in?T=BSP::PND:
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Originally Posted by SaurabhSaxena View Post I want to arrive Amarkantak from Bilaspur, preferably in morning time.
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post There are enough trains from Bilaspur to Pendra Road see http://erail.in?T=BSP::PND:

I could only see 2 trains between 5.00am to 12.00 noon out of which one shows as only having unreserved (Local Train it seems). Most of the trains are in afternoon/evening.
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Originally Posted by kshil View Post I could only see 2 trains between 5.00am to 12.00 noon out of which one shows as only having unreserved (Local Train it seems). Most of the trains are in afternoon/evening.
Hi,
I booked a train, VSKP ASR HKG EX 19.05-20.40, which starts Bilaspur at 7 PM and reached Pendra by 8.40 PM. This gives me ample time to finish my activities at Bilaspur and reach Amarkantak for night halt. Thanks a lot to you all for your kind help.
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When you are starting your trip Saurabh? Would wait for your trip report, specially on Amarkantak and your feedback on MP Tourism Hotel there. What all other places are you travelling in MP? It seems Jabalpur is also in your list, where you are staying there?
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Originally Posted by kshil View Post When you are starting your trip Saurabh? Would wait for your trip report, specially on Amarkantak and your feedback on MP Tourism Hotel there. What all other places are you travelling in MP? It seems Jabalpur is also in your list, where you are staying there?
Hi,
My itinerary is as below:
Raipur - 1 D - Sirpur and Rajim
Bilaspur - 2 D - Ratanpur,Malhal, Tala
Amarkantak - 1 D - stay in MP Tourism hotel
Jabalpur - 1 D - stay in MP Tourism hotel
Satna - 1 D - Tigawa, Bhumara, Marhia
Bandhavgarh - 2 D - stay in MP Tourism hotel
Jhansi - 2 D- Orcha, Barwasagar for Jarai Mata temple
Deograh - 1 D
Chanderi - 1 D
Shivpuri - 1 D
Mahoba - 1 D
Gwalior - 2 D
After Jhansi, I need to again check and revise my trip as I have to cover lots of Pratihara temples of that area, and these temple sites are spread around Chanderi, Tikamgarh, and Guna. So the itinerary will be revised accordingly.
For my previous trips you may visit my blog
http://msg4saurabh.blogspot.com
Will surely update you after my trip, and ready to help always
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Saurabh, just checking your blog, very nicely written, enjoyed reading it. I was looking at your itinerary, you are going in many places in 16 days but are you specifically interested to old architectures/ temples/ monuments etc.? It's having many unheard names and few big names like Kanha/ Khajuraho are not in the list, so it seems there is a specific plan behind the trip.

All the best for your trip, would be watching your blog for sure for the trip report.

Cheers!!
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Saurubh, we visited the Orchha, Chanderi, Deogarh area some years ago.

From Orchha we hired a car to Chanderi where we stayed some days. With a local guide, named Kalebhai, we visited all kind of temples in that region. Some of them had a guestbook so we could see that the previous vistor came a week ago. Other temples seems never to be visited.
The last day we went to Deogarh, again with Kalebhai. From there we went to Lalitpur for the rest of our trip.

If you are interested in more details see the February part of our travel journal From Kochi to Delhi
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post Saurubh, we visited the Orchha, Chanderi, Deogarh area some years ago.

From Orchha we hired a car to Chanderi where we stayed some days. With a local guide, named Kalebhai, we visited all kind of temples in that region. Some of them had a guestbook so we could see that the previous vistor came a week ago. Other temples seems never to be visited.
The last day we went to Deogarh, again with Kalebhai. From there we went to Lalitpur for the rest of our trip.

If you are interested in more details see the February part of our travel journal From Kochi to Delhi
Hi Vonkla,
I have already visited your blog and got hints from there. I will try to contact Kalebhai when in Chanderi. There are few Pratihara temples in Chanderi region and a local like Kalebhai might help me in locating those places.
Thanks for this blog info.
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Originally Posted by kshil View Post Saurabh, just checking your blog, very nicely written, enjoyed reading it. I was looking at your itinerary, you are going in many places in 16 days but are you specifically interested to old architectures/ temples/ monuments etc.? It's having many unheard names and few big names like Kanha/ Khajuraho are not in the list, so it seems there is a specific plan behind the trip.

All the best for your trip, would be watching your blog for sure for the trip report.

Cheers!!
Hi Kshil,
As you have visited my blog already, you seem to miss my Khajuraho article . I have already been to Khajuraho, Sanchi, Bhimbetka, Vidisha etc in my last trip to MP hence these places are missing now in current trip.
I am glad that you liked my blog, hope you will visit in future as well .
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Saurabh,

Since I don't have any idea what Pratihara temples are I googled it and indeed we visited some of them.
In this search I found the following site http://chanderi.org/ it contains a lot of information.

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