About Pachmarhi

The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is often known as the queen of the Satpura ranges. Situated at an altitude of 1,067 feet, this tourist spot is blessed with myriad attractions like ancient caves and beautiful monuments. Being at an elevated height and surrounded by beautiful forests of the Satpuras, with their streams and waterfalls Pachmarhi gives any tourist a serene and memorable experience. Since Pachmarhi was discovered and developed in the modern times by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army, this city houses charming churches built in colonial style architecture.

Place to must visit in Pachmarhi


Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

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Distance: 3 kms

Bee falls

A beautiful waterfall which provides drinking water to the entire Pachmarhi, Bee falls provide a picturesque view.

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Distance: 1 kms

Pandava Caves

These caves are believed to provide shelter to the Pandavas during their exile period. It is now a protected monument and tourists flock from all over India to see this place. These 5 caves also became a shelter to some Buddhist monks in 1st century AD and thereafter it is considered to be religious by Buddhists as well.

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Distance: 6 kms

Jata Shankar caves

The Jata Shankar Caves in Pachmarhi are considered sacred as they are popularly believed to be the place where Lord Shiva concealed himself from the wrath of Bhasmasur. The caves boast of a natural Shivalingam under the shadow of a massive rock and the stone formation in the cave closely resemble the mythological hundred headed snake Seshnag. The rock formation in the caves resemble Lord Shiva's matted hair, hence the name. These caves are a must-visit for devotees.

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Distance: 4 kms

Dhoopgarh

The highest point in the Satpura range, Dhoopgarh hilltop is a beautiful spot to see marvelous sunsets and sunrises. However, this point can only be reached by trekking. The trekking route is relatively tough as it passes through some waterfalls and valleys.

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Distance: 1 kms

Mahadeo hill

Situated at an altitude of 1363m, the Mahadeo hill in southern Madhya Pradesh is famous for an ancient shrine of Lord Shiva. The holy shrine holds a divine idol of Lord Shiva and one of the most beautiful shivalingams in the country. A cave on the eastern portion of this hill houses glorious cave paintings and also a holy pond, where devotees take a dip.

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Distance: 3 kms

Handi Khoh

One of the most beautiful ravines in Central India, Handi Khoh has a 300 feet high precipice in the middle of a dense forest. The place has a mythological history and is believed to be closely associated with Lord Shiva. Handi Khoh is popularly beileved to have been a lake earlier. An evil devilish snake, which was guarding the lake was annihilated by Lord Shiva and the fury of the battle dried up the entire lake and the empty space took the shape of a handi(pot). Handi Khoh is famous for its quaint serenity and its old-world charm.

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Distance: 21 kms

Duchess falls

One of the most beautiful cascades in Pachmarhi, the Duchess Falls crash over a hundred meters creating a majestic roar. The beautiful waterfalls bifurcate into three different cascades and a tourist has to travel for 4km to reach the base of the first cataract.

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Distance: 4 kms

Priyadarshini Point (Forsyth point)

This is the point from where Captain James Forsyth discovered Pachmarhi in the year 1857. It was only after this that Pachmarhi was recognized as a hill station and a resort. Priyadarshini point gives an eagle's eye view of the entire hill station and its serene landscape.

Experience Time: 3-4 hrs

Distance: 4 kms

Satpura National Park

The Satpura National Park is an exclusive and pristine landscape that has been preserved primarily for the protection of flora and fauna. One of India's most beautiful tiger reserves, the sanctuary was the winner of the TOFT Wildlife Tourism Award for the most visitor-friendly wildlife destinations in the year 2010. Located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in India, the park spreads over an area of 202 square miles and gets its name from the Satpura Hill ranges, or Mahadeo hills. It is the perfect place for all those who are tired of the conventional sanctuaries and wildlife parks and want to have a unique experience, away from the usual hustle bustle of the city. The Satpura National Park is also of crucial importance to the ecosystem of India, because this sanctuary, along with the Bori and Pachmarhi sanctuaries, provides around 550 square miles of tiger reserve area. It was set up in the year 1981 and has its altitude ranging from 300 to 1,352 metres. The forest enclaves at the Satpura National Park provide habitat for several endangered and threatened species, other than a variety of different plants and animals. Its fauna comprises of the Indian Bison(Gaur), Spotted Dear, Leopards, Tigers, Wild boar, Sloth bear, Wild dogs (which are locally called Dholes), Blackbuck, Four Horned antelopes, Porcupine, Sambhar, Otters, Crocodile, Langurs, Malabar squirrels, etc. The White Bison and Indian Giant squirrel are distinctive features of the Satpura National Park. The flora at the sanctuary mainly comprises of mahua, bel, bamboo, sal, teak, tendu, Phyllanthus Emblica and other grasses and medicinal plants. The sanctuary also offers excellent birding opportunities and has many water bodies, including the Tawa reservoir. During the months from November to March, the sanctuary also hosts a myriad of migratory birds.

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Chauragarh Temple

Chauragarh Temple is a revered Shiva shrine atop the Chauragarh hill in Pachmarhi, MP. Shaivite devotees have to climb nearly 1300 steps to reach the temple at the crest. The shrine is known for the thousands of tridents stuck in the temple premises, offered by devotees over the years. The view of the sunrise from here is quite breathtaking, so are the surrounding forested valleys.

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Bade Mahadev

In the lap of the rugged nature, the Bada Mahadev cave of Pachmarhi is a shrine for Lord Shiva, with idols of Brahma, Vishnu and Ganesh as well. The 60 ft tall cave is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu killed Demon Bhasmasura. Natural water streams inside the cave forms a holy pool, bathing in which is supposed to wash off one's sins.

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Apsara Vihar

Deep inside the jungle of Pachmarhi, Apsara Vihar is a lovely, serene waterfall, cascading from 30 feet height and forming a pool of cold water below. This is one of the most popular haunts for travellers and picnickers to take a break from the monotony and spend some time splashing in the water and taking in the ambience of the place.

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Reechgarh

Reechgarh is a huge cave hidden within the folds of the hill of Pachmarhi, which gets its name from a local legend. The myth says that once a giant bear (reech in Hindi) used to live in this cave. The climb up to the cave is covered with lush greenery, and the caves act as natural air conditioners with cool wind blowing through them.

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Rajendragiri Sunset Point

Rajendragiri sunset point is a spectacular sunset viewpoint near Pachmarhi, named after the first president of India - Dr Rajendra Prasad as he was a frequent visitor to this spot. As the sun sets beyond the distant hills, you can simply take in the ambience of the place or get busy with your camera to capture the moment.

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Bison Lodge

Bison Lodge once used to be the resident of British man Captain Forsyth, who came across Pachmarhi in 1857 while leading his troop and settled down here. The lodge now caters to tourists visiting the forests of Satpura hills, while the Museum is a grand display of pictures, models and samples of the flora and fauna of the place.

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Christ Church

Christ Church is a true-blue colonial architecture of the British era, still standing tall amidst tall trees and greenery. The protestant church clings on to the old-world charm and the tall spire, stone structure and Belgian glass panes will quickly transport you back to the bygone times. There is a small cemetery in the premises, bearing epitaphs dating back to the 1800s up to the World Wars.

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Rajat Prapat Waterfall

Rajat Prapat waterfall tears through the rugged hillsides of Satpura and the greenery that covers it from a height of 107 metres in one single, cascading fall. When the sun shines on it, the fall looks like a stream of shining silver and hence it got its name, as ¥rajat' means silver in Hindi. During the full monsoon, the waterfall is a mighty scene to behold.

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Gupt Mahadev

Gupt Mahadev is quite an interesting and mysterious spot near Pachmarhi where spirituality meets adventure.The cave is narrow and meandering, and one has to walk sideways through the 40 feet winding pathways to reach the centre of the Shiva shrine where the lingam is worshipped.

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