One Day Trip to SingrauliA visit to the city of Singrauli is a must visit when one is passing through the state of Madhya Pradesh. Known as the cradle of civilization in the sub continent it dates back to prehistoric times when early man inhabited the region. One can soak in the sights and sounds of the city which has much to offer to any tourist right from heritage to history to modern amenities. Singrauli is well connected with the rest of Madhya Pradesh and the nearby areas of Uttar Pradesh via railway network. There are daily trains plying between Singrauli to Varanasi, Jabalpur, Patna, Lucknow etc. It is about 50km from Renukoot, which has good train connectivity with Delhi, Amritsar, Rourkela etc. The ideal route would be to reach Renukoot by train and then travel by road to reach Singrauli. It would take approximately an hour and a half to reach Singrauli by road and a taxi can cost anywhere between Rs.500 -700 (Approximate).
Singrauli is a city which would take any tourist about 2 days to see in its entirety but for someone short pressed for time, one can see the best sights in a day provided the tour is properly planned and managed. The best time to visit the city from October to March when the weather is pleasant.
Start your day with Mada CavesOne can start the day by traveling to famous Mada caves, which is about 32 kms from Waidhan and can be easily accessed by road. The most convenient way would be to hire a taxi especially when you are looking to complete your trip in a one day. But one can also take the public buses from Waidhan bus stand. You will be amazed to find the amazing rock cut architectures carved several centuries back. There are many prehistoric images carved on the walls of the caves reminding us of the bygone era. It is best to reach before the sun is overhead and stay till afternoon. Once done with the sightseeing you can visit the near by Jhinga Jhariya that is 4km away and is a scenic picnic spot in the midst of the forest.
Spend your afternoon traveling to Rihand damFrom the Mada caves, one can head towards the Rihand dam, which was the first dam, constructed in independent India and famously called by Nehru as the temples of modern India. Built on the Rihand River, an important tributary of the Son river, this dam was built in 1962 and reservoir impounded behind the dam is called Govind Vallabh Pant Sagar. This dam is particularly beautiful in the monsoons when the river is in full flow. One can stare and wonder at the engineering marvel of the dam and also picnic in the beautiful locations around the dam. The region is covered with dense forests and there are numerous picnic spots nearby like the Chandra Prabha sanctuary, Lehra, Pokhra etc .
Conclude your day with shopping and other activities
In the evening one can head to various markets in the center of the city and indulge to their hearts delight in the ethnic and indigenous handicrafts of the region. Some of the best hand-woven and hand crafted apparel and accessories can be bought here. Also the region is popular for the banana and jute fiber artifacts which form a thriving industry here. Apart from this one can also indulge in the amazing variety of street food available in the city and gorge on the various chaats and mithais available here.
To end the day on a good note unwind at the famous India coffee house, a café popular among the locals here for the food and the ambience it provides. Enjoy watching movies at nearby theaters making your trip complete.
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