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Best Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

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Situated at 1100 m, Pachmarhi, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve,legend says the Pandava brothers visited Pachmarhi during their exile.

This beautiful region in the hills, was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857. This most popular hill station of Madhya Pradesh is a treasure with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in harmony with serene waterfalls.

Pachmarhi is sure to make you feel calm, the way you felt when you put your bare feet on the garden grass for the first time, as a child.

Best Places to visit in Pachmarhi

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Madhya Pradesh

The Microcosm of India

Pachmarhi is the precious jewel of Madhya Pradesh. The recommended Best Places to visit in Pachmarhi are :

Apsara Vihar (Fairy Pool)

Conveniently approachable from Jai Stambh, this is an ideal picnic spot for families and children, since the pool is shallow, deepening only towards the base of the fall, and hence safe. It is said that English ladies used to bath here giving impression of fairies to the locals. To reach this, one has to walk around 2 km through the forest, on the way to Silver Fall. The trek including small ascends and descends can be easily done.

Bison Lodge

Constructed in 1862, the Bison Lodge is one of the oldest houses in Pachmarhi. It now houses a beautiful museum depicting the rich flora and fauna of Pachmarhi.

The Cave Shelters

Some of the best cave shelters and groups of shelters around Pachmarhi are: Dhuandhar, approached from the footpath to Apsara Vihar, the paintings mostly in white include a group of archers with the typical Gond bun and hooped earrings. Bharat Neer (Dorothy Deep), has well executed animal paintings and when excavated in the 1930s yielded many pottery shards and microliths. Asthachal (Monte Rosa), there are four shelters with paintings, comparatively early linear drawings. Along the northern side of Jambu Dwip valley are some six shelters with many paintings of animals and human figures, including a detailed battle scene.

Catholic Church

Built in 1892 by the British, the Catholic Church is a blend of the 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 and graves date from 1859, World War I & II.

Bison Lodge

Constructed in 1862, the Bison Lodge is one of the oldest houses in Pachmarhi. It now houses a beautiful museum depicting the rich flora and fauna of Pachmarhi.

Chauragarh

4 km from Mahadeo, it is one of Satpura’s prominent land marks, the summit crowned with emblems of Mahadeo worship.

Chhota Mahadeo

Revered as a sacred spot, this is a narrow point in the valley with rocks overhanging a stream and a spring from where water cascades down.

Christ Church

Built in 1875 by the British, this Church’s architecture is fascinating; its ‘sanctum-sanctorum’ has a hemispherical dome on top with its ribs ending with faces of angels. The stained glass panes adorning the walls and rear of the altar were imported from Europe. They present a gorgeous view as the sun rays pass through them. The nave of the church does not contain even a single pillar for support. The baptismal font is a rare brass piece and the bell is as old as the church and its chimes can be heard from a long distance.

Dhoopgarh

The highest point in the Satpura range, with a magnificent view of the surrounding ranges. A very popular spot for viewing sunsets.

Handi Khoh

Pachmarhi’s most impressive ravine has a 300 feet high precipice and dramatically steep sides.

Harper's Cave

So named because of one of its paintings – a man seated and playing a harp is close to the Jata Shankar Shrine. The Chieftain’s Cave derives its name from a battle scene showing two chieftains on horses. A terrace that runs the length of the South, South East and East faces of Kites Crag has some fine cave paintings, the majority of which are in white or outlined in red.

Irene Pool

This pool was discovered by Irene Bose, wife of Justice Vivian Bose, and named after her. The route upstream leads to a cave, through which the stream goes underground and then over a khud in a series of falls.

Jalawataran (Duchess Falls)

The descent is steep and the trek strenuous for almost all of the 4 km to the base of the fall’s first cascade.

Jamuna Prapat (Bee Fall)

Pachmarhi’s most impressive ravine has a 300 feet high precipice and dramatically steep sides.

Harper's Cave

A spectacular fall in the stream which provides drinking water to Pachmarhi. The bathing pools above the fall are very popular. To reach the foot of the fall around 150 meters below, one needs to walk around a kilometer. The descent and ascent can prove strenuous to elderly people or if one is with kids. The changing place for ladies is not sober.

Jata Shankar

A sacred cave under a mass of loose boulders in which the Jambu Dwip stream has its source. A rocky formation of this place resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva, hence the name.

Mahadeo

Regarded as holy for countless of generations, Mahadeo hill has a shrine with an idol of Lord Shiva and an impressive Shivlinga. On the East side of the hill is an excellent cave shelter with beautiful cave paintings. Beware of monkeys here as they can snatch away food items, purse, camera etc.

Pandav Caves

Five ancient dwellings excavated in the sandstone rock in a low hill. Pachmarhi derives its name from these caves which, as the legend goes, once provided sanctuary to the five Pandav brothers. These caves are now protected monuments.

Priyadarshini (Forsyth Point)

This vantage viewing point marks the place from where Pachmarhi was discovered by Captain Forsyth in 1857. The British developed Pachmarhi as a resort and their influence is embodied in its churches and colonial architecture. One needs to walk around 500 meters to reach this point.

Rajat Prapat (Silver Fall) : Those seeking adventure will find it in this ten-minute walk over rocks and boulders from Apsara Vihar to the top of Rajat Prapat, the 'big fall' to have a glimpse of it.

Reechhgarh : A wonderful natural amphitheater in the rock, approached through a cave-like entrance on the South-side.

Sangam (Fuller's Khud - Waters Meet) :This is the lowest of the picnic spots on the Denwa and offers fairly good bathing pools both below and above the meeting of the waters.

Sunder Kund (Saunder's Pool) : Crossing the stream below Duchess Fall and following a footpath about 2.5 km in a south- west direction, brings one to a huge rocky pool that is excellent for a refreshing swim.

Tridhara (Piccadily Circus) : A popular picnic spot where two streams meet in a junction.

Vanshree Vihar (Pansy Pool) : A beautiful spot on the Denwa stream, cool and shady among trees, ferns and semi-tropical vegetation.

Tamiya : 78 kms from Pachmarhi is even more beautiful than Pachmarhi and is totally unvisited by tourists. The Sunset point at Tamiya is place where you can sit for hours and enjoy the setting sun.Visit Patalkot.

The jewel in madhya pradesh's crown

Pachmarhi is the most romantic destination of Madhya Pradesh and probably one of the only destinations of Madhya Pradesh that can be visited year round.

The local sight seeings are conducted by 4x4 gypsy. Atleast two days are recommended to visit all the places in Pachmarhi. Note : Many tourist places in Pachmarhi like Dhupgarh are out of bound for tourists on Wednesday afternoon.
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Daytrip to Madhai - Satpura national Park

Set up in 1981, Satpura National Park is 524 sq km in area. It spreads through dense forest of evergreen sal, teak and bamboo. The high peaks of Dhoopgarh and Mahadeo, Bori’s legendary teak and bamboo forests, Pachmarhi’s fascinating natural beauty of deep valleys, high mountains, rivulets, waterfalls and Tawa’s vast reservoir combine to give this park unique beauty and a breathtaking variety of attractions. The park is home to the bison, tiger, Leopard, bear, four-horned deer, blue-bull and a rich variety of birds. Madhai is at a distance of 85 kms | 2.5 hrs drive from Pachmarhi. To avail jungle safari at Satpura National Park, pre booking of permits are advisable.