Jam Gate - 9 Things to Know Before Visiting
Things to know
About Jam Gate
Jam Gate is a historical monument located in Madhya Pradesh, India. Situated on the Khargone - Indore state highway, it majestically stands out in a mountainous backdrop giving a view of the deep valleys below. It was the gateway of the historic plateaus of Malwa and the plains of Nimar.
Hotels near Jam Gate
Checkout accommodations closest to Jam Gate
Things to Do at Jam Gate
Visitors could enjoy a cool breeze with an amazing sunset or sunrise while having some snacks from local food stalls. The hilltop, and the valleys, all covered in thick greenery are mesmerizing. During the peak summer months, the grasses and the leaves of the trees in the valleys and mountains in the area will be burned to a dark orangish-brown colour.
The structure itself is historic and iconic but the attention-capturing part is the scenic beauty around it. The vast expense of small hillocks that you see around is just so beautiful. The road to the Jam Gate is especially eye candy during the rainy season with thick mists covering the region most times, opening up a few times every hour to show the beauty it hides. You feel that you are in the clouds.
There are also trekking routes from the base of the plateau that goes through the Jam Gate. While on these scenic treks through dense forests, the scenery keeps getting better and more beautiful as you start gaining height towards the gate.
History of Jam Gate
The Jam Gate has an inscription stating that it was built in the year of 1,791 AD. The legend is that during the second half of the 1700s, someone named Ganpat Rao was stationed here collecting tolls from the travellers, horse riders and carts that passed through.
When the tax collection became substantial, he brought it to the palace to give it to queen Ahilya Bai. The Holkar kingdom was very prosperous under the rule of the queen, and Ganpat wanted to do his part in service to the government.
But the queen refused the money and ordered Ganpat to go back and spend the amount to construct a gate where travellers could stop and take some rest before continuing their journey. Her orders were punctually executed and that is how the Jam Gate was built.
Best Time to Visit Jam Gate
Summers at the Jam Gate and the surrounding area can get way too hot and the heatwaves can burn you. It is best to visit in the rainy or winter seasons (June to February), the greenery of the area will be astounding to watch.
It is highly recommended to visit the place on weekdays. Weekends are super crowded at the Jam Gate with traffic jams that would keep you stuck on the road for more than two hours.
Tips for Visiting Jam Gate
- Rainy season is a great time to visit the place but be careful while driving on the curvy, slippery road.
- It can get very crowded, with over 20,000 people during weekends.
- The shops around the structure open around 7.30 AM and closes at 7.30 PM. So if you are here to enjoy some tea and snacks, reach out while they are open.
- Drive safe as roads are curvy and there are countless blind turns. It will be easy to lose focus looking at the views resulting in serious accidents.
How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Jam Gate
On average, Jam Gate is a very nice spot to spend around 2 to 3 hours climbing onto the top of the structure and just immerse in the breathtaking views around.
How to Reach Jam Gate
Jam Gate is located 50 kilometres from Indore. It takes around 1.5 hours to reach by taxi. There are also buses from Indore, in the direction of Bhagdara. Indore is well connected to the rest of the parts of the country through railway networks.
Entrance Fee of Jam Gate
Jam Gate is accessible without any fee. If you want to climb to the top of the structure, there is a small fee of INR 10.
Opening Hours of Jam Gate
The Jam Gate is open 24 hours a day. A state highway passes through the structure.
Attractions Near Jam Gate
6.9km from Jam Gate
This is a huge dam located in the heart of Indore constructed around the backwaters of River Narmada. A large number of lush green trees and small hills surround the place making it even more attractive. There is boating and so many other activites around the dam.
15.13km from Jam Gate
This mountain is the second highest vantage point in the Malwa Region and easily counts as amongst its most scenic as well situated at a height of 881 m. It is the ideal getaway for lovers of nature and trekkers alike. It has a wide variety of flora and fauna along with the scenic views.
Patalpani Water Falls
17.56km from Jam Gate
The Patalpani Waterfall is located in Mhow Tehsil of Indore district which is approximately 300 feet high. The water flow is highest immediately after the rainy season. It goes almost dry in the summer season, and the stream is reduced to a trickle.
25.77km from Jam Gate
Rehwa Society, a quarter-century old not-for-profit foundation, which was working with weavers in Maheshwar, was created by the royal Holkar family of Central India's erstwhile Indore Maharajah. Rehwa's delicate textiles are sold throughout India and it was very famous.
25.84km from Jam Gate
Ahilya Fort, in the central Indian town of Maheshwar, sits high above the sacred river Narmada. Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar ruled here from 1765 to 1796 and built Ahilya Wada, her personal residences, offices, and darbaar audience hall, within the fort. In the year 2000, Prince Richard Holkar, her descendant and son of the last Maharaja of Indore, converted his home in Ahilya Wada into a guest residence, today known around the world as the Ahilya Fort Hotel.