Encircled by dense forests, the cityscape of Shahdol is studded with magnificent temples and beautiful stretches of greenery. A brilliant mesh of the different cultures and ethnicities intertwined here embellish the city with a colorful heritage of traditions
The serene temples and places of worship spread across the city evoke awe and admiration with their unbending spiritual legacy. The city is named after Shahdolwa Ahir, who is believed to be its first ever resident. This was in accordance with the promise made by Jamni Bhan, the founder of Sohagpur, that any new settlements around his town would be named after the primary settler. Located in the hilly district of the same name, Shahdol is also known for its rich store of natural resources. It is today one of the major mining hubs in Madhya Pradesh.Shahdol is renowned for its religious and spiritual legacy. Housing a number of temples dedicated to several deities, the city is indeed a pilgrim’s delight. The ancient Virateshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is among the most popular attractions of Shahdol. Built between the 10th and 11th centuries by Maharaja Yuvraj Deva of the Kalchuri dynasty, it is known for its religious as well as historical significance. An ornate structure adorned by beautiful sculptures of various deities, the temple is an excellent specimen of Kalchuri architecture. Some of the other noteworthy religious sites include several Kali temples, the Jagannath Temple, and the Jain Temple.Festive occasions are a great time to visit Shahdol and experience its multicolored culture. The Ramnavmi celebrations in March-April and Durganavmi festival in October-November are particularly memorable.The local markets of Shahdol offer a delightful shopping experience. The tribal bamboo and cane artifacts make for beautiful mementos of your visit. You can also shop for hand-woven traditional garments at popular marketplaces like Suraj Market and Sindhi Bazaar among others.Being popular among travelers, local transport is easily available in Shahdol. Government operated city bus services ply on major routes in and around the city. However, the most common and convenient means of traveling within Shahdol is by hiring auto-rickshaws. They can be found on most streets in the city. Tourists can also rent private taxis or cars for sightseeing.Dress in appropriate traditional attire while visiting the many temples in Shahdol.Avoid visiting the town in summer as the heat can be uncomfortable for travelers
Shahdol is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Jabalpur at a distance of 134kms.
Airports: Jabalpur Airport
There is no regular trains to Shahdol from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Maihar which is located at a distance of 123kms.
Railway Station(s): Maihar