25 Sep 2023
Popularly known as the 'Satpura ki Rani' (Queen of Satpura) is the glorious land called Pachmarhi in the second largest state of India, Madhya Pradesh. Tucked away 1,607m above sea level, Pachmarhi is a perfect platter for all the travel junkies that offer scenic landscapes, gushing waterfalls, pristine pools and lush green forests.
Known for the mighty hills that surround the region, the town is filled with places that can easily take you away from your stressful lives and make your hard-to-get holidays a memorable one.
Pachmarhi is one of the most popular destinations in the Heart of Incredible India and is a treasure trove of rich history and nature's bounty. Some of the prominent tourist attractions in Pachmarhi include the 'Pandavs Caves' believed to be built by the Pandavas who lived here along with their wife Draupadi during their exile.
To make your vacation unforgettable, witness the gorgeous sunset at Dhoopgarh, the highest point in the Satpura Range, situated at an altitude of 1350 m. This place is a prominent tourist attraction throughout the year but during the monsoon season the experience of visiting Dhoopgarh becomes more magical as the place is enveloped by puffy monsoon clouds and lush green forests.
Another point of interest is the stone-formed Jata Shankar cave, deriving its name from the peculiar rock formation that looks like the matted dreadlocks of Lord Shiva. As per folklore, it is where Lord Shiva was supposed to have hidden from the Demon Bhasmasur. Towards the end of the cave is a curious rock formation that looks like the taut hood of a cobra, locally believed to be the 'Sheshnag'.
If you are fond of Waterfalls, then you must keep Bee Falls, Apsara Vihar Falls and Silver falls in your Pachmarhi itinerary. Silver Falls, aka Rajat Prapat, is falling from a height of 350 feet and looks like a silver strip when sunlight falls on it, hence is called Silver Falls.
Apsara Vihar Falls is just a 10-minute downhill trail and one of the must-visit falls in Pachmarhi. It is believed that during the British era, British ladies used to bathe here. The ladies being fair, the locals thought of them to be apsaras and hence the pool was named Apsara Vihar.
Bee Falls also known as the Jamuna Prapat is the most magnificent waterfall and is just 5 km from the Pachmarhi bus stand. Cascading down from a height of 150 feet, the fall is named as such because from a distance the waterfall sounds like a bee as the water flows through the rocks and makes a buzzing sound.
From spiritual sites and gushing waterfalls to panoramic vantage points, Pachmarhi has something for everyone. Besides scenic beauty, you can enjoy Adventure Activities like Jeep Safari in Satpura Tiger Reserve. To add more thrill to your trip you can also try paramotoring, ATV bike rides, Paragliding, Rock Climbing and much more in the heart of Pachmarhi. If old architecture is what excites you then you must-see Christ Church, a true blue building from the colonial era that cannot be missed!
Pachmarhi is a round the year destination, thanks to its pleasant weather and mesmerising topography. During monsoon and winter season the beauty of the hill station multiplies a thousand folds. But if you are planning to visit Madhya Pradesh in the summers, then you must plan an excursion to Pachmarhi as it is cooler than other towns in the Heart of incredible India.
You can book your stay at various Luxurious Properties by MPSTDC providing a wide range of accommodation choices that suit your fancies and budget.
The nearest airport is Raja Bhoj Airport in the state's capital Bhopal (around 222 km) which has daily flight services from Delhi and Mumbai and 13 major cities of India. One can easily get a taxi from Bhopal to Pachmarhi. Jabalpur to Pachmarhi is also just 300 km, so one can opt for this route as well. Otherwise connecting flights to Bhopal or Jabalpur from other Indian cities including Raipur, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad can be availed.
Pachmarhi is just 54km by road from the Pipariya railway station. Several direct trains link Pipariya with important cities like Surat, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Patna, Pune, Kolkata, Agra, Delhi, Varanasi, etc. One can easily get a taxi from Pipariya to Pachmarhi as it is the most accessible way of reaching Pachmarhi.
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Home to 14 endangered species, Satpura Tiger Reserve was declared as the first Biosphere Reserve of Madhya Pradesh in the year 1999. It is also known as the paradise for bird lovers. More than 300 species of birds are found here.
Located at an altitude of 1330m atop the Chauragarh peak, the temple comprises 1380 steps. The temple’s courtyard is stacked with thousands of tridents offered by the devotees. The Chauragarh temple is a half-built modern structure with an idol of Lord Shiva in the sanctum.
Believed to be a sacred spot, Chhota Mahadeo is a narrow point in the valley with rocks overhanging a stream and a small spring from which water cascades down.
Built in 1875, the beautiful Christ Churchs Gothic architecture is fascinating. Its altar has a hemispherical dome on top with its ribs ending with faces of angels. The stained-glass panes adorning the walls were imported from Europe and make a gorgeous sight as sun rays pass through them.
The highest point in the Satpura range, Dhoopgarg is a famous spot for witnessing beautiful sunrise and sunset. It offers a magnificent view of the surrounding ranges.
Enveloped in dense forest and wriggling water streams, Handi Khoh is a horse-shoe shaped ravine, the edge of which drops a sheer 100m into the earth. The valley is also well-known for medicinal plants.
A sacred cave with enormous boulders perched above, Jata Shankar is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva concealed himself from the wrath of Bhasmasur. A rocky formation of this place resembles the matted hair of Lord Shiva.
The Mahadeo hill is famous for the ancient shrine of Lord Shiva. The holy shrine holds a divine idol of Lord shiva and also has one of the most beautiful Shivalingas in the Heart of India.
Five ancient dwellings excavated in the sand-stone rock in a low hill. Pachmarhi derives its name from these caves, which, as the legend goes, once provided shelter to the five Pandava brothers.
a 10 minutes adventurous trail from Apsara Vihar Falls, Rajat Prapat falls, rajat rapat fall cascading from the height of 107m, looks like a silver strip falling straight into the forests.
Constructed in 1862, the Bison Lodge is the oldest house in Pachmarhi. It now houses a beautiful museum showcasing the rich flora and fauna of Pachmarhi.
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The erstwhile seat of the summer capital of Central Provinces, this heritage property has seen cabinet meeting and VIP retreats. A quintessential British Bungalow, situated by the Pachmarhi Lake, MPT Champak Bungalow is synonymous with peerless service, vantage location and an enchanting ambience.
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Pachmarhi can be visited through out the year.