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History of Singrauli

Singrauli Palace Heritage Hotel

Brief history of Singrauli Palace Heritage Hotel

‘Qila Rani’, as it was fondly named, was once home to the erstwhile royal family of Singrauli. It has now been renovated, refurbished and renamed as The Singrauli Place Heritage Hotel. Being a heritage property that has been charmingly restored to its original glory, it serves as a comfortable choice of accommodation for today’s discerning travelers. The magnificent structure, painstakingly built under the supervisor of Rajmata Chun Kumari, provides a homely atmosphere to every guest.

Singrauli is rapidly emerging as the energy capital of India because of its vast reserves of open coal mines and multiple thermal power plants. It is already an important power hub for private, public and government energy companies.

In May 2016,  the erstwhile royal family of Singrauli inaugurated their home into the Heritage Hotel  Palace for the convenience of tourists and guests visiting Singrauli on work or leisure. The idea behind this was to provide amenities and facilities of a modern day hotel in Singrauli.

Brief History of Singrauli

Singrauli’s earlier name was Shringavalli, named after sage Shringi. It has mention in the Skand Puranas as a densely forested area full of natural minerals.  The discovery of coal in the region led to the rise of mining industry & many other ancillary industries around it.

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. 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.

Rihand Dam

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.

Mada caves

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.

Jwalamukhi temple

This temple is located in Shaktinagar 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 offer 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.

Hanuman Temple

The ‘Oudi’ 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.

The statues of Brahma Vishnu & Mahesh unearthed in excavation at Nagva  village are rare & a great attraction -people come from far to pay homage to them.

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.

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.

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 hustle-bustle of the city. The industrial townships have incorporated the natural scenic locales into their layout making these ideal patches of greenery and also areas of breathtaking views.

Painted Rock Shelters & places in Chitrangi

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. These paintings depict early man’s day to day life and his natural surroundings like the animals, trees etc. The paintings belong to different time periods and give us a view of the life of the early civilizations which inhabited the region.

The crocodile farm in River Sone in Bardi plus the scenic beauty of the two rivers Gopat & Sone are a favorite picnic spot barely 25 km from the hotel. One can cruise down the river & sail in an old barge which was used by passengers to cross the river in olden times.

Beyond Bardi, another 100km is the famous Black  Buck game Sanctuary called Bagdara which is unique as these endangered species are seen grazing on open flat land. Forest guest house having the capacity of 02 Double Bedrooms is available for overnight stay.

Bagdara (Wildlife Sanctuary)

Bagdara Wildlife Sanctuary is known to host over hundred species of plants and wild animals. The dominant trees of the dry deciduous mixed forest of the sanctuary include Gigantic Creepers, MangoGroves, Orchids, Teak Trees and many more. Lendia, Khair, Dhawda, and Tendu are also common. Main wildlife of the sanctuary enlists animals like Hyenas, Wild Boar, Black Buck, Cheetal, Chinkara, Deer, Sambar, Panther, Tiger, and others. Several rare faunal species are also found here.

Sanjay National Park

This is one of the biggest upcoming attractions for tourists coming to Singrauli as it is located barely 100 km close to Madwas another wildlife game sanctuary where spotting a tiger is becoming common & very popular. It is inhabited by other wildlife as well – Panther deer wild Bear & all other animals.