Pachmarhi Travel Guide


Attractions in Pachmarhi

Pandav Caves, Pachmarhi

One of the must visits at Pachmarhi is the Pandav Caves. As the name indicates there are five rock cut caves related to the Pandavas. The Pandavas are believed to have resided in these thousand year old caves during their exile. Besides the Pandavas, even the Buddhists monks are believed to have taken shelter here in the first century B.C. Today, the caves are protected monuments.

To catch the sight of the hill resort and spectacular surroundings you may  visit  the  Priyadarshini  Point . The  classic  point  was earlier

known as Forsyth Point, named after Captain Forsyth who discovered the beauty of Pachmarhi. The point offers a commanding view of the town and the region.

Dhoopgarh, the highest point in the Satpura range, with a magnificent view of the surrounding ranges is a very popular spot for viewing sunsets. There is a 1000 ft ascend from the road level if traveling on foot or riding a bicycle. The peak 4429 ft. high from the sea level, also called the Elephant can be reached by road from the north side. The view is spectacular with the mammoth rock formations reflecting the light in a variety of delicate shades of purple and violet.

The other landmark in Pachmarhi associated with Captain Forsyth is the Bison Lodge. The forest lodge of 1862 has now been converted into a museum. You may visit the museum for an insight into the flora and fauna of the Satpura region.

There is more for all you nature lovers in Pachmarhi. The waterfall of Jamuna Prapat or the Bee Fall supplies clean water to the hill resort. In addition, there are bathing pools over the fall that attracts several tourists.

Then there is the "Big Fall" of Rajat Prapat. The hundred and ten meters high fall is a must visit for the adventurers here.

The hill resort of Pachmarhi also has natural bathing pool in Apsara Vihar. This tourist attraction is especially popular with the kids.

The hill resort of Pachmarhi is a paradise for the adventure seekers. Trek for four kilometers and you will reach the base of the first cascade of Jalwataran or the Duchess Fall.

By trekking for less than an hour you may reach the sacred Jata Shankar cave. The cave has a Siva lingam inside the cave, which resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva. Thus the name. The Jambu Dwip stream originates from this very cave.

The Catholic Church and the Christ Church are the architectural marvels worth seeing in Pachmarhi. Built in 1892 by the British, the Catholic Church is a mix of French and Irish architecture. Its Belgium stained - glass windows add rare attraction and beauty to the building.

The Church has a cemetery attached to it with graves dating from 1859, World War I and II.

Handi Khoh, today a deep ravine with a drop of 300 feet, was believed to be a huge lake which was guarded by a snake who terrorized all who visited the sacred spots in the locality. Legends has it that Shiva came to the rescue and succeeded in imprisoning him in solid rock. The flames of wrath ensuing from this divine battle dried up the waters of the lake and the empty space assumed the saucer-like shape of a handi or pot.

Crossing the stream below Duchess Fall and following a footpath about 2.5 km in a south- west direction about 35 min. walk, will bring you to a huge rocky pool, called Sunder Kund (Saunder’s Pool) that is excellent for a refreshing swim.

Quick Getaways near Pachmarhi

For the animal lovers visit to the Saputara National Park is a must. The park has amazing flora and fauna. You may even spot animals like the bison, tiger, leopard, bear, four-horned deer and blue-bull. The evergreen Sal, teak and bamboo together with the mountain peaks add to the beauty of the park.

Then there is the resort of Tamia, 78 km from Pachmarhi. In this picture perfect location you can enjoy the serenity of the Saputara ranges, Narmada valley, Dudhi plateau et al.

Then there is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. The city offers nature spots, historic monuments and contemporary places of tourist interest. You may also check out the markets, parks, mosques and palaces of Bhopal.

Also there is Bhimbetka renowned for the 600 rock shelters of the Neolithic age. The paintings on the caves walls reveal the life of the pre-historic cave dwellers.

Getting There & Away to Pachmarhi

Flights to Pachmarhi
The airport at Bhopal happens to be the nearest to the hill resort of Pachmarhi, 195 kms away. The airport links Bhopal with Delhi, Gwalior, Indore and Mumbai.
Trains to Pachmarhi
The railway station at Pipariya is the nearest railhead to the hill station at a distance of 47 km.
Car and Bus service to Pachmarhi
The excellent road network links the hill resort of Pachmarhi with other important places. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department and buses services from private operators link Pachmarhi with Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Nagpur, Pipariya and Chhindwara.

Getting Around in Pachmarhi

Transportation in and around Pachmarhi is easily available. You may take your pick from the taxis, jeeps and buses. In case you wish to do the sightseeing at your own slow pace and discover the trailheads hire a bicycle. Bicycles rides are amongst the most popular ways of enjoying the hill resort.
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