Places of interest in Singrauli
Situated on the border of eastern Madhya Pradesh and southern Uttar Pradesh, the city of Singrauli offers you a lot at once: it is a thriving hub of mining industry along with large-scale thermal, solar and hydro power plants, as well as the site of numerous historical and cultural wonders. The place is home to a rich and diverse array of flora and fauna and is the part of central forests of India.
Those fascinated by ancient culture, wildlife and geography of central India can quench their thirst for knowledge and wonder by visiting the numerous attractions that Singrauli has to offer:
In Singrauli region, there are two coal basins-Moher sub-basin and Main basin. The state owned Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), a subsidiary company of Coal India Limited, is the biggest coal producer in this region. Other than 10 opencast mines of NCL, some mines are also being operated by Reliance, THDC etc
Thermal Power Plants
Total thermal power generation in Singrauli region by state owned National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), UPRVUNL, Reliance, Lanco etc. is more than 23,000 MW. Vindhyachal Thermal Power Station in the Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh, with an installed capacity of 4,760MW, is currently the biggest thermal power plant in India. It is a coal-based power plant owned and operated by NTPC.
Rihand Dam, also known as Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar, is the largest dam of India by volume after Indirasagar Dam. The reservoir of Rihand Dam is called Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar and is India's second largest artificial lake. Its reservoir area is on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is located on the Rihand River, a tributary of the Son River.
Dating back to 5-7 AD, these caves named Ravana, Vivah, Ganesh, Jaljali, and Shankara mystify and enrapture one’s imagination like few other sites in India. Stepping inside them, one can witness old, withering sculptures of gods and goddesses ranging from Lords Ganesha, Shiva, and Parvati. Masterfully carved out of mountains, these caves are deeply enshrouded in legend. One popular story claims that the Vivah cave is the historical sight of Lord Ram and Sita’s wedding. To reach the caves, one should make use of the frequent bus service from Waidhan to complete a 32 kms long bus ride. Taking a cab to the caves is also a readily available option.
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters
Madhya Pradesh has a rich history which dates back to the pre-historic era. In the lap of lush green forest covers, at the southern edge of the Vindhya Hills, there lies a shelter of close to 500 pre-historic rock caves called the Bhimbetka Rock Shelter. Discovered in 1957, these paintings were mainly created by ancient man, as a means to communicate with each other and have served as a record of their lives for generations to come. These 30,000 years old rock shelters are a UNESCO world heritage site.
One of the oldest temples in Singrauli, this is a shrine to the goddess Jwalamukhi. Her devotees believe that paying a visit to her results in the fulfillment of their wishes. The temple is known to host Ram Navami celebrations annually. It is located in Shaktinagar and maintained by NTPC.
Jhingurda Hanuman Temple
This holy place is dedicated to the worship of Lord Hanuman. It is run and maintained by Northern Coalfields Ltd. Devotees are known to visit especially during the period of Diwali celebrations. A curious feature of the temple is that it is situated right at the border of UP and MP, so that one can step on the soils of both states at certain points in the temple.
Sanjay Dubri National Park
The forests in central India are home to a rich and diverse array of flora and fauna. Visitors to the Sanjay Dubri National Park can get a chance to see sloth bears, hyenas, panthers, tigers, wild boars, Nilgai, Russell vipers, cobras, rock pythons, among other majestic species. For the avid birdwatchers, there are pigeons, egrets, kingfishers, teals, eagles, owls, cuckoos, white ibis and many more flying around! The national park is at a distance of 50 kms from Singrauli.
Over 150-crore-year-old fossils were found in Badagaon village under the Chopan Vikas Khand. The fossils are greater in number than those found in the park of Salkhan village. After identification and discovery of one more fossil park in Sonebhadra district. the district has found its place not only in Uttar Pradesh but also on the world map. The district has this honour as two fossil parks were found in a district and a Vikas Khand. Now the Sonebhadra district is being considered as a lucky place where the first evidence of life on earth was found.
Constructed as part of the Jayant Project by Northern Coalfields Ltd., this is a wonderful getaway and relaxing spot. The varieties of roses here, in all their distinct smells and colors, are sure to mesmerize visitors. What’s more, the park always remains tidy so that you can relax and attain peace away from the city’s bustle.