Bargi – the cruising experience

Narmada-1
The mighty Narmada, as seen from the cruise boat.
Tilwara ghat
Tilwara ghat: on left is the British-era bridge, on right is NH7 bridge.
Bargi dam
Bargi dam, MP.

My sister Aparna is back, not only with a new GUEST POST, but a new blog. Once you finish reading this post, don’t forget to check Road Trips & Cheese Dips, where she has begun blogging on food and travel. πŸ™‚

As soon as my husband got his transfer order to Jabalpur, the very first thing we did was to jot down the places to be visited around this city.

After a great experience at the Dhuandhaar waterfalls, we managed to get some free time to visit Bargi dam 2 weekends ago.

The cruise on the mighty Narmada near this dam is one of the well known tourist attractions. Bargi is also among the first of the 30 dams constructed on Narmada in Madhya Pradesh. It is around 30kms from Jabalpur.

We started off at 12 pm on a pleasant afternoon. Google Maps again did a googly and one wrong turn took us into the restricted Cantonment area. From there we were rerouted and accidentally reached the Tilwara ghat.

The ghat looked very beautiful and was surprisingly clean. Many people might be unaware of the historical importance of this place – some portion of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed here in 1948.

There are 2 bridges over this ghat. One was built during the British era, now used only by the local people as a foot bridge. The other one is along the NH7.

An interesting fact is that this bridge also has an Aqueduct along its length. Technically an Aqueduct is a channel designed to transport water from one river bank to other. This may not interest everyone, but being a civil engineer I was quite happy to see something which I had only read in books. πŸ™‚

Not wasting much time, we started our journey towards our destination i.e. Maikal Resort near Bargi dam. Reaching half way, we realised we had again taken an alternate route. This route via NH7 wasn’t a comfortable one though. But this also didn’t go in vain as we could visit the actual dam site. πŸ™‚

We finally reached our destination by 2:30 pm. The Maikal resort is a lakeside hotel managed by the Government near the Bargi dam. Boating and other water sports are managed from here. Its restaurant faces the vast Narmada reservoir. We had our lunch of Chole bhature and Rajma chawal and proceeded for boating.

There are many options like speed boat, motor boat and cruise. Being more interested in the cruise, we opted for it and took the lower deck seats in a 75-seater boat named Narmada Queen. The cruise, lasting 45 minutes, was an amazing experience. A family was enjoying wedding anniversary of one of the couples and we were offered cake. πŸ˜€

These cruise boats are many times given on rent for parties. Throughout the journey, Bollywood party songs were played on which many people were dancing and enjoying. Some were busy clicking pictures all way!

After the wonderful cruise, we headed back home. And this time, we took the right route. πŸ™‚

Narmada queen
Our cruise boat, the Narmada Queen.
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The Narmada. Pic worthy of becoming a wallpaper. πŸ™‚

 

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