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1.0 Introduction

"Energy capital of India" not just a title but a legacy in itself! There's no denying in Singrauli is a land of gems. Being a hub of mining industry Singrauli also abodes large scale thermal, solar and hydro power plants which play a vital role in energizing the economy of India. You must be thinking that this is all that Singrauli has to offer but hold on for a minute because Singrauli has the best of both the Worlds to offer! Whether a nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast, the city has something to offer to everyone. So welcome to the city "Singrauli". Let's know what explorations await you.

SINGRAULI TOURISM HOTSPOTS

2.0 Large Opencast Coal Mines

In Singrauli region, there are two coal basins-Moher sub-basin and Main basin. The state owned Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), a subsidiary company of Coal India Limited, is the biggest coal producer in this region. Other than 10 opencast mines of NCL, some mines are also being operated by Reliance, THDC etc. At Singrauli one can witness the beauty of the opencast mining engineering as well as India’s biggest Dragline fleet. It will help a citizen to understand the real price we are paying to get energy security.

3.0 Thermal Power Plants

Total thermal power generation in Singrauli region by state owned National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), UPRVUNL, Reliance, Lanco etc. is more than 23,000 MW. Vindhyachal Thermal Power Station in the Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh, with an installed capacity of 4,760MW, is currently the biggest thermal power plant
in India. It is a coal-based power plant owned and operated by NTPC.

4.0 Mada Caves

Singrauli is blessed to be a historical land and one such blessing for the land are the beautiful Mada Caves. Located in the Mada tehsil in Waidhan district of Singrauli the Mada caves are the man-made stone cut caves dating back to the 7th-8th century. The caves are believed to be a testimony to the time owing to which it has been declared as a protected site by the State Government of Madhya Pradesh. Mada primarily has a series of caves which includes the Vivah Mada, Jal-Jaliya Mada, Ganesh Mada., etc. The place has been developed as an eco-adventure park off lately and consists of various enthralling sports and activities.With a lake in the centre and waterfall on the side mada is sure to captivate your senses and leave you asking for more of it. Best Time to Visit- January- December Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location- https://goo.gl/maps/A9DVB5qztNLQt5V27

5. Rihand Dam

Rihand Dam, also known as Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar, is the largest dam of India by volume after Indirasagar Dam. The reservoir of Rihand Dam is called Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar and is India's second-largest artificial lake. Its reservoir area is on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is located on the Rihand River, a tributary of the Son River.
Best Time to Visit- January- December
Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location-https://goo.gl/maps/NfSD2r3NbnhDKCNUA

6. Bardi Fort

Located in Chitrangi tehsil of Singrauli BardiFort is one of those heritage monuments that has stayed long lost in the pages of history. Bardi is situated on the confluence of the Son and the Gopad river which is at a distance of 70kms from Singrauli on the other side of Khaurpur. This fort dates back to 18th century. Initially it was under the rule of Chandela ruler Mayur Shah Garhwa.
Currently the main gate of the fort can be found in its true form while the rest of the fort has been demolished by the invaders. The old temples of Bardi are said to have been places of human sacrifice during the Chandela days and today till date the local people worship here and it is considered sacred by them.
Next to the fort the confluence of river son and Gopad make the place more serene altogether. This is turning out to be one of the promising tourists attractions in the area. On your trip to BardiFort don't forget to interact with the local people as they are most humble you would see and explore the adjoining beautiful villages.
Best Time to Visit- January- December
Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location- https://goo.gl/maps/uzgBFMU1AqbRBdVb7

7. Rock shelters Chitrangi

Not just Mada Caves but also the dock shelters here have a sight to behold. Located at Dhaulagiri of Chitrangi tehsil the painted rock shelters are as beautiful as the art there which dates back to the prehistoric times. The paintings in these caves are of Mesolithic micro stone.
It is said that the paintings in these rock shelters have been done by the early civilians living there thus it consists of art of different times and history. The caves are mostly covered with the drawings and arts of the life and lifestyle prevalent at that time consisting of animals, processions, trees, culture, etc.
Truly we can infer a lot about life at olden times and know better about our roots through this historical wonder. So on your visit to Singrauli do come here and see for yourself what all you are able to decode about life at that time! Best Time to Visit- Oct – June Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location-https://goo.gl/maps/1ofcdBcMyeGoNooM7

8. Jhingurda Hanuman Temple

The Audi Hanuman Temple is situated in the Jhingurda project of Northern coalfield Limited. The temple is believed to be one of the oldest temples of Singrauli and is maintained by the Jhingurda society. Another reason for the fame of the temple is it'slocation which is near the Tippa Jhariya dam, a tourist spot. It is believed that lord Hanuman himself resides here and worshipping him fulfills dreams of the devotees. The temple sees a lot of devotees on Tuesday and Saturday in particular. One of the interesting facts about this place is that it is situated in the region bordering Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh due to which some of the stairs leading to the temple lie in the Uttar Pradesh part while the remaining are in Madhya Pradesh.
Best Time to Visit- Oct – June
Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location-https://goo.gl/maps/YYS99NFPXzC6rscAA

9. Rose Garden

Situated in the heart of the energy capital of India, that is Singrauli, rose Garden is located at the Jayant Project of Northern coalfield Limited and the place is an absolute delight for kids as well as the older ones. Rose Garden consists of various species of plants and flowers all maintained well which serve as a visual treat to the eyes. The place also offers toy train rides and other fun swings to make the Ambience more lively. Being a lush green garden it is an ideal spot for quality time with family and friends. The place also houses a Botanical Garden and there is also a beautiful lake which all together makes it a perfect Getaway place to relax.
Best Time to Visit- Oct – June
Time- Morning- 6am- 10am, Evening- 3pm- 8pm
Location- https://goo.gl/maps/WpX4xTtrSjjmy2Kr7

10. Chilka Lake Park

Tired with all the hustle of the day and wish to relax and calm down? Then Chilka Lake Park is the place for you! Located at Shaktinagar, this is the best park of the town with a pond in the center which also offers boating facilities for the visitors.
It is also one of the prime picnic spots which majorly sees school picnics as well.
On a usual day you can spot children playing in the park, people taking a walk or playing badminton. You'll also see a big windmill here. Besides this the place also has canteen facility available for refreshments. One must visit this place to experience the liveliness of it.
Best Time to Visit- Oct – June
Time- Sunrise - Sunset
Location- https://goo.gl/maps/XoqSCojbwUaP8RZJ6

11. Jwalamukhi temple

Dedicated to goddess JwalaDevi, this holy temple is located at Shaktinagar; near ShaktinagarRailway Station. The devotees hold high regards for the Devi and it is believed that the goddess fulfills all the dreams of the devotees. A huge crowd of devotees is seen during the months of Navratri. A temple fair is organised every year on the occasion of ram Navami and is celebrated with great zeal by the people here. Being the most popular temple of the area, the place witnesses people visiting from nearby towns too with the faith in their hearts of fulfillment of their dreams. The devotees worship here by offering coconut and tieing it in the temple premises.
Best Time to Visit- January to December
Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location- https://goo.gl/maps/LRgfKy1rMb2pZV7X6

12. Son Ghariyal Sanctuary

Son Ghariyal sanctuary is one of the few places in India where you can see a Ghariyal in their natural habitat. The Ghariyal these days are considered to be one of the most endangered species and thus this sanctuary is set up with the main motive to conserve and protect them and their biodiversity.
Son Gharial Sanctuary was established under Project Crocodile for Gharial conservation and population growth. An altogether length of 210 km encompassing lengths of 161 km of Son river, 23 km of Banas river, and 26 km of Gopad River was declared as a sanctuary in 1981. Sandy habitatsare major habitats for many endangered species like Gharial, Indian Soft Shell Turtle, Indian Skimmer etc. About 101 species of birds registered in the sanctuary make it rich in aquatic and avifaunal biodiversity. This sanctuary has no known restrictions that other national parks in the country have. This gives travelers greater freedom to explore the place in their own way.
Best Time to Visit- October –March
Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location- https://goo.gl/maps/J3EHU5VzNKtLePKz9

13. Sanjay Dubri National Park

Located in the Narmada valley dry deciduous forests ecoregion Sanjay National Park is a part of the Sanjay Dubri tiger reserve. Established in the year 1975, Sanjay National Park is proving to be a promising place for the tourists.
It ideally has tiger, sloth bear, Neelgai,Chinkara, Sambar (limited to hilly terrain and in very small number), leopard, Dhole (wild dog), Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine, Jackal, Fox, Indian Wolf, Indian Python Four-horned Antelope and Barking deer. Talking about its flora, it also consists of Sal, Bamboo and mixed forests. People come here for tiger safari as there are maximum chances for one to spot the Tiger in it's natural habitat. The experience here is truly to amaze you so one must not miss this out on their visit to Singrauli. Best Time to Visit- Oct – June Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location- https://goo.gl/maps/VSahxjKbMCPpGSVy6

14. Salkhan Fossils Park

Located in the Sonbhadra region of Uttar Pradesh, salkhan Fossil Park falls under the Kaimur wildlife range. The park is currently maintained and operated by the Uttar Pradesh forest department and was created in year 2002. The main types of fossil found here comprise of algae and stromatolites which are estimated to be nearly 1400 million years old. Officially known as the Sonbhadra Fossil Park it is spread in an area of 25 hectares and the place is sure to leave you spellbound.

It truly has a lot to narrate if you are someone who's interested in archaeology or history. The park is soon going to attain a status of international heritage. This place not only attracts visitors from India but also from abroad.
Best Time to Visit- January – December
Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location- https://goo.gl/maps/55watmi3CQF6kRHQA

15. Rakasganda Waterfall

Situated in Nawgai, Chattisgarh, Rakasganda waterfall on Rihand river is an absolute delight for the people which offers spectacular waterfall views and experience. Being a picturesque place, the fall witnesses a huge crowd not only from adjoining places but states too!
It is an ideal spot for picnics with family and friends.
The soothing music of falling water and the natural beauty of it's surrounding could uplift your mood in seconds which is why you would fall in love with the place. On weekends and holidays there is a huge rush of masses so one must reach early to enjoy the beauty offered by the place.
Best Time to Visit- January – December
Time- Sunrise to Sunset
Location- https://goo.gl/maps/3Z1cwqpVoWkYaSVb6

HOW TO REACH

By Air- The nearest airport (180 KM) to reach Singrauli is Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Varanasi. From there on the rest journey could be covered by rail or road to Singrauli.
By Rail- Singrauli has a railway station for connectivity from other major places. One can find trains according to availability convenience.
By Road- Singrauli is well connected by Road from Varanasi and Rewa.

WHERE TO STAY

Several hotels ranging in all budget frames are available at Waidhan, Singrauli along with the Tourist Resorts of M.P. Tourism.
GUIDE AND FACILITATOR
For more details and further information please contact the representatives of NCL-IIT (BHU) Incubation Centre:
Mr. Ramkesh Patel
077424 64575
Mr. Pradeep Kumar
094161 54656

TENTATIVE TOUR PLAN

DAY 1
Start early in the morning from Varanasi and reach Salkhan Fossils park around 9-10 am. After visiting the park Move towards the Rihand Dam. Reach Singrauli till evening and have a night stay at a hotel there.
DAY 2
Start early in the morning and visit Hanuman Temple at Jhingurda. Visit mines and Power plants and then get back to your stay at Singrauli.
DAY 3
Initiate the day by visiting Rose Garden followed by a visit to Jwala Devi temple. You can next go to Chilika lake. In the afternoon you can visit Mada caves after which you could move to Parsili for your night stay.
DAY 4
Visit Sanjay Dubri National Park early in the morning. Return back to the Parsili resort and enjoy the bath in river Banas. After lunch visit to Son Ghariyal Sanctuary.
DAY 5
Witness the magic of morning sunrise at Son Ghariyal Sanctuary. Move to the Sangam of son and Gopad river and see the magnificent Bardi fort. Move towards the Chitrangi rock shelters and plan your trip back to Varanasi.

SINGRAULI TOURISM HOTSPOTS