A Tier-II city in Madhya Pradesh and the administrative headquarters of Jabalpur
hosts the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, headquarters of the West Central Railway, and Army headquarters of five states. Geologists and archeologists are drawn to the hills of Jabalpur
for its variety of minerals. Often referred to as the cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur
is a hotspot of defence manufacturing factories and is surrounded by low, rocky, barren hillocks.
Indias longest national highway, NH-7, runs through the city, and NH-12, which leads to Jaipur
, originates here. Many roads in Jabalpur
are being upgraded to four-lane highways. When it comes to rail transport, Jabalpur
is the headquarters of the West Central Railway and provides direct service to several important cities. Further, as part of Project Unigauge, narrow-gauge track in the Gondia-Nainpur-Jabalpur
corridor is being converted to broad gauge, which will facilitate access to areas in South India. The airport is also undergoing expansion and 350 acres of land has been allotted for this project. Also, Jabalpur
is one of the 100 cities chosen to be developed under the central governments Smart Cities Mission.
The popular real estate destinations of Jabalpur
are Bypass Road
, Bheda Ghat
, Civil Lines
, and Pipariya Khurd
. The seamless connectivity that the city offers is a major driving force behind the growing real estate market here. Besides independent houses, hordes of apartments and villas are coming up in the city to cater to the changing housing needs of people.
The property prices are here relatively low when compared with top-rung cities, even as it is a major hub of employment and offers a lifestyle on a par with Tier-I centres.
The major tourist attractions in the city include Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir, Madan Mahal
, Rani Durgawati Museum, Dumna Nature Reserve Park, Dhuandhar Falls & Marble Rocks, Tilwara Ghat, etc. Some other important spots within 200 kilometres are Jageshwar Nath Shiv temple, Vishnu Varaha temple, Pench National Park, Kanha Tiger Reserve and Bandhavgarh National Park. The city also houses Wright Town
Stadium and Rani Tal Stadium. Jabalpur
Engineering College was the first technical institution in central India to be established by the British. Later, with the establishment of several institutions by local citizens, this city became a centre for higher education by the end of the 19th century. Jabalpur
is also dotted with a number of shopping malls and hypermarkets.