Pachmarhi, situated at an altitude of 3,500 ft, is a clean, green and relaxed hill station. In fact, it is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh. Not much has changed here ever since the British left. Unlike other hill stations, Pachmarhi has been spared from mindless concretization because it is a part of the Satpura Tiger Reserve. While Pachmarhi is a trekker’s paradise, its waterfalls, vantage points, temples and churches make for enticing sightseeing attractions for tourists. If you are a heritage lover, Pachmarhi has caves and rock shelters for you to explore. It is the pristine beauty of Pachmarhi which has made it one of the popular travel destinations in Madhya Pradesh. Here you will find a list of the attractions in Pachmarhi.
The beauty of Pachmarhi is wonderfully captured in this video:
Travel Tip: Private cars are allowed in Pachmarhi only to reach your hotel or resort. For sightseeing, you’ll need to hire safari jeeps (Maruti Gypsy) which your hotel can arrange. Certain stretches of the roads around the town aren’t well-surfaced, so be prepared for a ruffling experience.
Attractions in Pachmarhi:
Dhoopgarh is the highest point in Pachmarhi and also the highest place in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It offers sweeping views of the verdant plateau of Pachmarhi. This is an attraction you shouldn’t miss in Pachmarhi.
Handi Khoh is one of the most beautiful places of Pachmarhi. This beautiful narrow ravine is one of the most charming vantage points in Pachmarhi. It has a 300 feet high precipice.
Apsara Vihar means fairy pool. Ask your guide about the reason behind the weird name of this pool. According to them, in the past some locals must have spotted British ladies bathing here and mistook them as fairies. Children love frolicking here but you need to take care of them as the pool gets deeper near the fall.
Rajat Prapat literally means silver fall. It is so called because the fall streaking from a height shimmers like silver. You need to take a short trek on a rocky path to get a glimpse of this fall.
Priyadarshini (Forsyth Point)
Pachmarhi remained undiscovered until Captain J. Forsyth reached here with his team in 1857. It was at this point that he had taken the first glance of this saucer-shaped plateau, strewn with huge boulders and criss-crossed by the gentle streams.
Satpura National Park
Spread over 524 sq km of area, this park is covered with the dense forests of sal, teak and bamboo. Indian Bison, barking deer, wild dogs, leopard, beer and various species of birds call this sanctuary their home. Entry permits to this park are available from the forestry commission office at Bison Lodge in the Pachmarhi town.
For booking permits online: https://forest.mponline.gov.in/Index.aspx
Bison Lodge houses the forestry commission’s office along with a small museum. As Pachmarhi is a part of the protected reserve, you need to register your vehicle here and collect your permits before starting to explore the attractions. You’ll need your photo identity for the registration. Every vehicle is offered a guide whose cost is included in the registration fees.
Jamuna Prapat (Bee fall)
This spectacular fall is hidden in the forest. A trek down to the base of the fall’s cascade is an exhilarating experience.
This place is meant for both pilgrims and explorers. The Mahadeo hill has a temple of Lord Shiva. And on the east side of the hill is a cave shelter with rock paintings. Mahadeo cave is 6 km from ‘Jai Stambh’ (victory tower). If you are going to Chauragarh, you can take a detour to this place.
An exerting two-hour climb on an old trail leads to the sacred summit of Chauragarh mountain. At the top there is a temple that houses the ‘ lingam’. The blue statue of Shiva is surrounded by a thicket of orange tridents. This place is flooded by the pilgrims during ‘Shivratri’ festival.
Jata Shankar Cave
All the popular shrines in Pachmarhi are dedicated to Lord Shiva and this one is no exception. From the car-park you need to do a short walk through a narrow canyon to reach this sacred cave. This cave is the source of a stream.
Pachmarhi Lake is situated right near the centre of the town. The serene waters of the lake are good for boating especially when the presence of tourists is thin. The place looks lovelier in the evening but that’s the time when it also gets a bit crowded.
On your way to Jata Shankar cave, look for a cluster of ancient rock-shelters. One of them is Harper’s cave, so named because it has a naturally-formed seated figure of a man playing a harp.
This is a group of five caves set in a garden in the town. Pachmarhi has received its name from the caves because Pachmarhi means five caves.
This church is one of the colonial relics of Pachmarhi. This charming building has a hemispherical dome above the sanctum-sanctorum and beautiful stained-glass windows. British had built this in 1875.
One more British legacy in the town, this church was built in 1892. The building displays a fusion of French and Irish architecture. It sports stained glasses imported from Belgium.
A short trek, albeit exerting and exciting, leads to the base of this fall. They also call this place ‘Jalwatawaran’. A further 2.5 km walk from across the stream below the Duchess Fall can take you to a beautiful rocky pool called ‘Sunder Kund’ or ‘Saunder’s Pool’.
Also called ‘Monte Rosa’, this place has a collection of shelters with rock art. The paintings here are early linear drawings.
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