Feature: Marble Rocks

Known locally as Bhedaghat, the magnesium-limestone cliffs at this gorge on the holy Narmada River, 20km west of Jabalpur, change colours in different lights, from pink to black. They’re particularly impressive by moonlight, and parts are floodlit at night.

More pleasant than awe-inspiring (during the day, anyway), the trip up the 2km-long gorge is made in a shared motorboat from the jetty at Panchvati Ghat. Sticking around? The Dhuandhar (Smoke Cascade) waterfall is a worthwhile 1.5km walk uphill from the ghat. Along the way is the much-revered Chausath Yogini, a circular 10th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, accessed via a steep flight of steps on the right-hand side of the road. Once at the falls, you can take a short cable-car ride (₹75 return) across the gorge.

Local city bus 7 or 9 leaves about every 15 minutes from 6.15am to 9pm for Bhedaghat (₹20, 45 minutes to one hour). It drops you at a junction 100m from Panchvati Ghat. To return, you can also squeeze into Jabalpur-bound shared autorickshaws (₹20).