Singrauli, also known as the Power hub of India is a city of paradoxes. Where on one hand it is a sprawling industrial city deemed to be the one of the largest industrial units in South Asia, on the other hand it is a city of natural bounty, beautiful forests, rivers and waterfalls- a land steeped in folklore. Singrauli covers a region comprising of the eastern part of Sidhi district in Madhya Pradesh and the adjoining region in southern part of Sonebhadra district in Uttar Pradesh. While Singrauli City is spread over an area of 2,200 km2the district itself is spread over an area of 5672 sq.km.
Best time to visit Singrauli
best time to visit Singrauli is from late September to March. The
weather is pleasant during this season and is ideal for travel to the
different locales. If traveling to Singrauli during the summer, between
April and august, it would be best to take necessary precautions as the
weather may be very harsh reaching a day time high of 42 degree
Helplines and Important Contact Numbers
Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. Paryatan Bhawan, Bhadbhada Road, Bhopal 462 003. India. Tel.:+91-755-2778383/2774340,42,43,44 Fax: +91-755-2779476/2774289. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Singrauli was a part of the erstwhile princely state of Rewa till 1947, after which it became a part of independent India. Its earlier name was Shringavalli, named after sage Shringi. The area was so densely forested and inhospitable that the rulers of the Rewa state used it as an open air prison to detain errant civilians and officers. The discovery of coal in the region led to rise of mining industry in the late 18th century. Today Singrauli has surpassed itself in Thermal Energy production making it the Energy Capital of India.
Places of Interest in and around Singrauli
Singrauli has a rich history which dates back to almost the Prehistoric periods. It is a place which is straddling the old and the new with aplomb. While industrial development has given rise to new and modern architectural wonders, the city also preserves it natural heritage which is reflected in its rock cut caves, cave paintings etc. Some of the important places to visit in Singrauli are:
Historical Sites in Singrauli
The Mada caves are a series of man made rock cut caves in the Mada tehsil in Waidhan district of Singrauli. These caves date back to the 7th – 8th century and are splendid examples of ancient architectural proficiency. These caves are also important from the scope of iconography and declared as protected sites by the state government.Some of the caves in the series are Vivah Mada, Ganesh Mada, Ravan Mada, Jal Jaliya Mada etc. and have idols of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva in various forms (Linga, Natraja etc) which have been carved out of the rocks.
Painted Rock Shelters
The painted rock shelters at Dhaulagiri, Chitrangi tehsil are living examples of Prehistoric man’s perception of art. The paintings in these caves are of Mesolithic micro stone implement culture. These paintings depict early man’s day to day life and his surroundings like the animals, trees etc. The paintings belong to different time periods and give us a view into the life of the early civilizations which inhabited the region.
Rihand river is an important tributary of river Son which rises from the Matiranga hills and traverses the region of Singrauli before joining the Son. Rihand dam was constructed in 1962 for hydropower generation and the reservoir impounded behind the dam is called Govind Vallabh Pant Sagar. This dam is both an engineering marvel and also a scenic tourist destination. The view during the monsoons is particularly breathtaking when the water is in full flow and all the gates of the dam are opened.
Tippa Jhariya Dam
Located in the Jhingurdah area of the Northern Coalfields Ltd., this dam is maintained by the Jhingurdah project. Surrounded by plush greenery, this place is a popular tourist destination and a famous picnic spot.
Chilka Park, Shaktinagar
This lake and park is a part of the Shaktinagar area of the NTPC colony. It is a scenic spot in the midst of lush green cover and an ideal getaway from the bustle of the city. The industrial townships have incorporated the natural scenic locales into their layout making these ideal pockets of greenery and also areas of breathtaking views.
Rose Garden (Jayant Project)
The Rose garden of the Jayant Project of the Northern Coalfields Ltd is another scenic spot ideal for family picnics and quiet getaways. This is also a part of the Industrial Township and beautifully curated and maintained garden with stunningly picturesque views.
This temple is located in Shaktingar and dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi. It is believed that this Goddess has the powers to fulfill the desires of her devotees and hence is one of the most popular temples in the region. The devotees tie coconuts and pray in this temple to please the Goddess. The Temple fair held during Rama Navami is very popular and celebrated with much fanfare.
The Audi Hanuman Temple is located in the Jhingurdah Project of the Northern Coalfields Ltd. and is maintained by the Jhingurdah Society. This temple is very popular for worship and the surrounding area of Tippa Jhariya is a famous tourist spot. The most interesting feature of this temple is that it lies in the region bordering the states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, hence few of the stairs leading to the temple lie in the Madhya Pradesh side while the rest of the stairs lie on the Uttar Pradesh side of the border.
How to reach Singrauli ?
Singrauli at present doesn’t have an airport of its own but the airport at Khajuri-khutar airport near Waidhan is under construction, on completion of which the area will become more accessible via airways. Currently the nearest airport is at Varanasi.
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.
Singrauli has road connectivity with the nearby towns owing to the difficult terrain and undulating landscape. 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.
Where to Stay in Singrauli ?
With a large floating population of migrant workers who come here to work in the industrial units, there is a constant churn of people visiting Singrauli for job search and recreation. The city offers a good variety of options to suit every budget and requirement. Some of the best places to stay are
Plan your vacation to the busy yet beautiful Singrauli City to find and explore numerous famous places scattered in and around this leading region of Madhya Pradesh. You can call tour and travel agencies to enjoy hassle free stay in Singrauli which is fast emerging as a popular tourist destination in the state of Madhya Pradesh.