Though the city does not lack tourist place it is mainly seen as a transit point. The destination sits at the fulcrum of major tiger reserves and hill resorts in Madhya Pradesh.
The tiger reserves Kanha, Bandhvgarh, Pench and Satpura are almost equidistant from Jabalpur. So is the famous Pachmarhi Hill Resort and WLS. Satpura National Park is about two hours from Pachmarhi while Bori Wildlife Sanctuary is nearer.
Another place of interest is the Achanakmar Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve. Amarkantak is the source of Holy River Narmada and is a major pilgrimage destination for the Hindus.
Another place of interest is the Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to tigers and exciting bird species. Indian Wolf is seen here besides Chinakara and Indian Fox.
For reaching these places on needs to arrive at Jabalpur from here one can drive down. Jabalpur is connected to a number of trains with Capital City New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkutta. All the trains are overnight and need advance reservation. There is a flight service to Jabalpur from New Delhi and Mumbai.
Another way to reach these destination is using the local bus service but these are very uncomfortable. One can avail luxury bus service only for the Pench Tiger Reserve which is closer to Nagpur
Since the rail connectivity is not present taxi is the only way you can reach here. There many travel agents that offer car rental in Jabalpur for the tourists. From here one can drive down to all the places mentioned above. One can also visit the famous Khajuraho Temples from Bandhavgarh onwards.
One need to remember that all travel services are booked in advance during holidays and festivals. Hence one should book in advance during Diwali, Xmas, New Year and Holi. The National Parks open on 16th October and close by 31 June. Evening safari on each Wednesday is not available.