Pachmarhi - Madhya Pradesh
Pachmarhi is one of the most popular hill stations in Madhya Pradesh. deriving its name from a group of five caves, which, according to legend, served as shelter to the five Pandav brothers during their exile. The hill resort of Pachmarhi lies in the Satpura ranges, at an altitude of 1,100m. At Pachmarhi there are tranquil forests along with deep ponds and lava hills. Formed of red sandstone, the valley, ravines and the maze of gorges at Pachmarhi are attractive.
Pachmarhi Tourist Attractions :--
Jaistambha :-- Jaistambha or satrasta is the only point of Pachmarhi from where seven different paths depart .For sightseeing of Pachmarhi ,Jaistambha can be taken as a starting point for maximum spots.
Bees Falls :-- Bees falls is hardly 3KMs from Jaistambha .Right turn crossing the Governor house or Rajbhavan & you will be on jungle road towards Bees falls. Leaving the Gypsy after a short walk going down a beautiful water stream appears which is usually used as a bathing pool by the visitors .This water stream flows & jumps into the valley to make one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Pachmarhi Fall makes a buzzing sound as thousand of bees are singing & accordingly called Bees fall. This spectacular fall leaves long lasting memory when one stays under its cold, fresh & pure water which falls directly from the height of 200 ft & soothing feeling of its stroke on ones head is unforgettable experience.
Duchess Falls :-- Duchess fall is the most beautiful waterfall of Pachmarhi. From Jaistambha take the same road which goes towards Bees fall. Just before turning before turning towards airstrip, turn right & after almost 1KM vehicle has to be left & trekking is essential to reach the waterfall. Lots of stamina & patience is required to get this beauty in the lap of Satpura. Adventurous trekker can visit Sunderkund, Vijay Prapat, Dorothy Deep & bhrant neer in this region.
Pachmarhi Lake (Zheel) :-- Pachmarhi lake is located just 400 Meters from Jaistambha .From this lake Dhoopgarh highest peak of Satpuras looks like a fort. It is surrounded by lush green trees & has a panoramic view .Here boating, camel & horse rides ,toy motorbikes are available for amusements.
Apsara Vihar (Fairy Pools) :-- From Pandava caves drive of around 1 & ½ KM in Gypsy & trekking of 2KM in jungle & you are at “Fairy Pools” or “Apsara Vihar” .It is an ideal picnic spot. A small charming waterfall of 30ft. height Makes the pool. Care to be taken of Children & non swimmers here. Swimmers can enjoy swimming with diving in this natural pool.
Silver Fall (Rajat Prapat) :-- Water Stram of Fairypools falls into a valley making a big fall named Silver fall ,it falls into a depth of around 350 ft.For adventure lovers there is a way to go down ,but with children & family it is not advisable.
Bada Mahadeo Cave :-- Bada Mahadeo hill (1362 Mt. above mean sea level) is nearly 10 KM from Pachmarhi. In the lap of this hill anceint pious cave is place of prominent tourist interest. On way Handikhoh & Priyadarshini arte spots of panoramic cviews. Gupta Mahadeo ,a narrow cave of 40Mt length ,is onle half an Km far from Bada Mahadeo .Bada Mahadeo Cave is about 20` in width & 50` in length. Inside the cave a sacred pond exists ,in which religious dip is taken by devotees. A natural anceient Shivalingam is worshipped here.On Maha-Shivaratri millions of Shiva devoptees come to worship Mahadeo with loud slogans of “Har Bhola Har Har Mahadeo “.
Chouragarh :-- Chouragarh is 1316Mts.above mean sea level .It is nearly 3 Km from Bada Mahadeo.To reach the top of the hill one has to climb around 1,250 steps. As an offering to lord Shiva thousands of of Trishuls (Tridents_ are put by the devotees on the top, some of which weigh around 3 to 4 quintals.Chouragarh presents beautiful scenes of dense forest, valleys, hills & distant tribal villages in lap of Satpuras.
Jatashankar :-- Jatashankar is on the entrance road of Pachamrhi. It is one of the nearest & most beautiful spot of Pachmarhi. The temperature at cave is around 3-4degree lower than Pachmarhi town. Natural Shivalingam under the shade of huge rock formation of Naga is the place of worship as well main attraction here. Huge rock hanging precariously between the rocky walls of the cave is a memorable scene. This miracle of nature reminds powers of almighty.
How to reach :-
By Road - Pachmarhi is well connected from Bhopal, Nagpur, Hoshangabad, Chhindwara & Pipariya.
By Rail - Pachmarhi is only 54 Kms from Pipariya, on Mumbai - Howrah (Central Railway) route via. Itarsi
By Air - The Nearest Air-Port is Bhopal. It is connected from Delhi to Mumbai.
Posted By : Dipti Amberkar