Seoni is one of the smaller districts in Madhya Pradesh, but when it comes to natural beauty, it is one of the best in the state. Apart from that, there is something that sets Seoni apart from other tourist destinations. It is believed that the famous author Rudyard Kipling based his renowned masterpiece, ‘Jungle Book’ on this place. In fact, the settings described in the book, the mountains, the valleys, the forests, etc., can actually be found here. The Seona trees are the primary attraction here, and the place is called ‘Seoni’ because of these trees.
Of course, apart from just taking a stroll in and around the district, these are the five places you should at least spend a day on while you are in Seoni.
Amodgarh is one of the places where ‘Mougli’ lived with his forest friends, according to the fiction novel. Located on the highway between Seoni and Mandla, Amodgarh offers a spectacular view of the surroundings from its viewpoints. Surrounded by nature’s abundance, this is a place that really rejuvenates your sight and soul. Those who love photography will find Amodgarh to be an absolute delight.
2. Mahakaleshwar Temple
This is one of the most revered Shiva temples in Madhya Pradesh as it is believed that this ancient shrine was built by the renowned Hindu philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. It is situated in the village of Dighori. Having scenic surroundings and a serene climate, the Mahakaleshwar Temple of Seoni is visited by thousands of tourists and devotees every year. The Mahashivaratri festival is celebrated here with much fervour.
3. Pench Tiger Reserve
Pench Tiger Reserve is definitely doing a great service to environment as it is a place that has a growing tiger population whereas in other parts of the country and the world, the number is diminishing. It is reserved under ‘Project Tiger’ and at the same time, it is a great place to visit and a must-visit place in the entire state. The area around the Reserve is also the setting of ‘Jungle Book’ and hence you can find many spots that are mentioned in the book. Another distinguishing feature of Pench Tiger Reserve, is that there are many other species of wildlife here as well. There are also around 300 bird species. It also comprises of dense forests constituting of deciduous forests, and many other trees, climbers, shrubs and more.
4. Bhimgarh Sanjay Sarovar Dam
Bhimgarh Sanjay Sarovar Dam has a distinguishing feature and that is, it is completely built of soil and stands as strong as ever. It is the only such dam in entire Asian continent. Built across the Wainganga River and located just 43 kms from Seoni, it is also known as the biggest soil dam in Asia. It is a prime tourist destination in the state and many, from India and abroad, come here to witness this marvel and enjoy the natural surroundings. Apart from admiring the beauty of the soil dam and looking at the lush green surroundings, tourists can also take a tour of the river through boating. The dam also has much significance for the locals as it provides electricity to the area.
5. Shiva Temple
Shiva Temple is yet another revered temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Seoni. Located in the Katalbodi village, this temple is a popular pilgrimage centre as well as a tourist destination in Seoni. Many religious rituals are observed daily at the temple.
Be it temples, forests, national park, or a famous dam, Seoni is all these and more. Seoni has always been a popular tourist destination but after the release of the ‘Jungle Book’ movie recently, there has been a renewed interest in the region, with many foreign tourists too thronging the area.
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