Pachmarhi

Locations :

Lattitude: 22.4667° N,
Longitude: 78.4333° E
Best Time to Visit : October to April

Weather :

Summer : 24°C to 37°C
Winter : 09°C to 28°C
Monsoon : 15°C to 25°C
Baptized as 'Satpura ki Rani' (Queen of Satpura), Pachmarhi is the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh and hence of central India. Nested at a height of 1000 meters in a valley between Vindhya a Satpura mountain ranges, Pachmarhi is a much preferred tourist as well as honeymoon destination of central India throughout the year. The crown point of Vidhya [and also of Satpura Range], Dhupgarh is also located here at a height 1100 m. 
Though it is but a small town, Pachmarhi’s geographical location, altitude and its close proximity to the lush green [teak] jungles of Satpura and various water bodies in the form of streams and waterfalls make it an ideal home to a variety of fauna. That’s not all, the pictorial hill town has its share of history too, the forest has a lot of painted caves some of them as old as 10,000 years old.  
 
Main Attractions
  • Forsyth Point/Priyadarshini: It is said that Pachmarhi was discovered by British Army Officer Captain Forsyth while leading his troops en route to Jhansi during the mutiny of 1857. Forsyth Point is the plateau from where he spotted the region along with his aide Subhedar Major Nathoo Ramji Powar.
  • Handi Khoh: Discovered accidentally by a drunken British [who later fell and died here], Handi Khoh is 300 feet high ravine. The gorge is desolate amidst a thick forest and yet beautiful. The place is also associated with a legend of Lord Shiva where he defeated a Snake demon.
  • Apsara Vihar / Fairy Pool: A popular picnic spot among tourists where a small 30 feet waterfall forms a petit shallow pool fondly called Fairy Pool. Apsara Vihar lays in close proximity to Pandava Caves. 
  • Pandava Caves: The town of Pachmarhi apparently derives its name from these five cave shelters believed to have once been inhabited by the mighty Pandavas, one cave each for Yudhistir, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakul and Sahadev and Draupadi kuti or cave [their consort], the latter being the most spacious and ventilated. Records vary as to the time of creation of these caves, but according to a stats they could have been formed anywhere between 1st and 10th centuries. The caves are carved with paintings done probably by Buddhist monks who also settled here for meditation
  • Rajat Prapat [Silver Falls]: Just a few meters from Apsara Vihar nested between rocks and boulders is 351 feet high [107 meters] waterfall, so named because its water sparkle like Rajat or silver when beams of sunlight fall on them.  
  • Irene Pool: Of the numerous water bodies in Pachmarhi this one was discovered by the wife [Irene Bose] of a lawmaker Justice Vivian Bose and so was named after her. The water stream descends from a cave into a series of falls here 
  • Jalawataran [Duchess Falls]: One of the most remotely located yet most visited and recommended water fall of Pachmarhi, Jalawataran is located amidst thick vegetation and is not easily accessible. The route to the falls is an arduous lofty descent of 3-4 kilometers but one worth undertaking.
  • Sunder Kund [Saunder’s Pool]: An approximately 2.5 kilometer south west of Duchess Fall is this rocky pool in the Jambu Dwip Stream. The rocky lagoon is very apt for swimming and can be reached on foot following the trail from Duchess Falls. 
  • Chauragarh: Stationed at an elevation of 1330 meters Chauragarh is famous for a Mahadeo Temple [dedicated to lord Shiva] and a delightful 3-4 kilometers trek leading to it. The initial 2 and a half kilometers is an engaging walk and trek on some small and then a main hill but the closing kilometer comprises of some 1400 steps cut out of headlong rock surface. 
  • Dhoopgarh: This is the roof of Satpura range anchored at an altitude an 1350 meters which makes it an ideal and sought after sunset point. 
  • Tridhara [Picadilly Circus]: One of the other popular tourist hubs Tridhara is cusp where two streams come from different directions and marry as one. The [natural] setting here is very engaging and has a calming effect on senses.
  • Vanshree Vihar [Pansy Pool]: Another charming haunt on Denwa creek cloaked in the thick of semi-tropical vegetation.
  • Reechgarh: Four kilometers from Pachmarhi this is a natural cave amphitheater as well as air conditioner with cave opening on three sides allowing a perfect passage for cool winds to pass. This rough terrain with uneven boulders is a 6 kilometers drive from Pachmarhi. 
  • Bison Lodge: Constructed in 1862 Bison Lodge in the oldest house of Pachmarhi which has now been converted to a museum dedicated to Captain Forsyth, the founder, discoverer of Pachmarhi.
  • Harper’s Cave: Popular den shelters close to Jata Shankar Shrine, the cavity walls contain paintings of a man playing harp in a seated position. Other paintings depict a war scene where two chieftains are shown on horses.
There are a number of other cave shelters in and around here which include
  • Dhuandhar Caves:  Walls adorned with painting of archers in buns and earrings
  • Bharat Neer or Dorothy Deep: Excavated in early 1900s pottery shards and microliths were recovered from here, the walls are painted with animal pictures.
  • Asthachal or Mount Rosa: A group of four caverns with early linear drawings
  • Jambu Deep Valley Caves: An entire battle scene is drawn on the walls of these [group of six] caves. 
 



Shopping
  • Bothra Shopping Mall
  • The Last Radio
  • NG Shopping Centre
  • Kushabhau Thakre Shopping
  • Shree Shyam Fashion Mall
 
Things To Do
Places of Worship:
 
  • Catholic Church
  • Chhota Mahadeo
  • Jata Shankar Mandir
  • Amba Mai Temple
  • Pachmarhi Cave Temple
  • Protestant Church
  • Methodist Church
Places of Entertainment:
 
  • Tridhara [Picadilly Circus]
 

 

Getting There
  • By Air – Closest airports to Pachmarhi are Bhopal Airport [195 kilometers] and Jabalpur Airport
  • By Railway – Nearest railway station to Pachmarhi is Pipariya at a distance of 47 kilometers
  • By Road – Via road Pachmarhi is well connected to Bhopal, Indore, Chhindwara and Jabalpur
 
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