Pachmarhi is a verdant jewel of the hills in Madhya Pradesh state. It is widely known as"Satpura ki Rani" (Queen of Satpura), situated at a height of 1000 m in a valley of the Satpura Range The highest point in the central India region and the Vindhya and Satpura range; Dhupgarh at 1,350 m is located here. Pachmarhi region was the kingdom of the Gond tribe king Bhawut Singh and it was the capital of this tribal dynasty. The forest around the town is home to many rare varieties of plants. UNESCO added Pachmarhi park to its list of Biosphere Reserves in May 2009. The places worth being seen at and around Pachmarhi area, Priyadarshani point, Hondi khoh, Apsara vihar, Rajat prapat, Raj giri, Lanjee giri, Dutches fall, Sundar kund, Jatashankar, Chhota mahadeo, Mahadeo,Chauragarh, Dhupgarh, Pandav cave, Cave shelters. In Bori sanctuary, Churna, is a base for tourism.
Situated nearby to the Pandava caves, Apsara Vihar, well known as Fairy Pool is a natural bathing pool which was formed by a small waterfall. The shallow end of the pool has made it a popular picnic spot among the tourists. During the British reign the British ladies came to this pool and the locals peeped from the bushes. They thought the white ladies were the apsaras or fairies who visited the pool. Thus the pool is named as Apsara Vihar or Fairy Pool. The pool is ideal for diving and swimming too. Located just 13 km away from the Pachmarhi bus stand.
Bee Falls, popularly known as Jamuna Prapat which is nearly 350 ft in height is a beautiful waterfall that provides drinking water to Pachmarhi. It is one of the most scenic waterfalls of the town that flows into the valley, making a tranquillising sound. Tourists frequently visit the bathing pool, which is situated above the falls. Bee Falls is an easily accessible waterfall, located just 10 minutes walk away from Apsara Vihar.
An imposing canyon with a 300 feet high crag amidst a dense forest, Handi Khoh in Panchmarhi is endowed with marvelous scenery. The clinging rock face of this gulch is a haven of large beehives. Bounded by a deep woody forest, this lovely place is closely associated with Lord Shiva. The popular belief is that Handi Khoh was a lake earlier. According to legends, Shiva imprisoned a large snake, which actually was a demon, and buried it in a solid rock in this ravine. It is 300 feet deep ravine in V-shape created by two gigantic hills. It is said that the British officer Handi has committed suicide by Jumping into the ravine.
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Satpura National Park is located in the Satpura ranges of the district of Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh. Located close to Pachmarhi, this national park was established in 1981 and covers an area of around 524 sq. km. This national park consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests. Being part of a unique ecosystem, this park is home to tiger, leopard, sambhar, chital, bhedki, nilgai and four-horned antelope. Tourists can also spot chinkara, bison (gour), wild boar, wild dog, bear, black buck and flying squirrel in this park. Besides rich diversity of fauna, flora like sal, teak, tendu, aonla, mahua, bel, bamboo and medicinal plants can also be seen in the park.
Built by the British in 1892, this ancient monument displays a striking blend of French and Irish architecture. The stained glass windows beautify the edifice and add to its magnificence. It also has an old cemetery attached to it. The tombstones here dates back to 1859, World War I and World War II. The glass panes adorning the walls and rear of the altar were imported from Europe. This church has a hemispherical dome on top with its ribs ending in faces of angels. Moreover, the Nave of the church is not supported by any pillar.
This is the point from where Captian Forsyth discovered Panchamarhi in the year 1857. After that the British developed Panchmarhi as a resort. The churches and other structures of this hill station are the clear evidence of the colonial influence. It is also called as Forsyth Point. When Smt. Indira Gandhi visited here in 1964, this was named as Priyadarshini Point. The point gives a breath taking view of scenery of Pachmarhi.
A passage from Bade Mahadeo leads to Chauragarh, where a life style size Idol of lord Shiva has been enshrined. Large numbers of stairs; more than 1000 in number have been constructed to reach the blissful seat of Lord Shiva. To reach Chauragarh, it takes around two to three hours to climb the 1200 stairs. Large number of Shiva Bhakt climbs the stairs with enthusiasm to worship the lord Shiva idol in Chauragarh. Chauragarh Peak presents beautiful scenes of dense forest, valleys and hills. Chauragarh is one of the famous pilgrim centers in Pachmarhi.
This cave is about 60 feet Long. It is a mythological belief which says that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Mohini Killed the demon King Bhasmasur here. Large idols of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and Lord Ganesha have been enshrined inside the 60 feet long cave. A Serpentine road adorned with stark green trees and shrubs goes to Bade Mahadeo. Water constantly falls upon the shivlinga inside the cave. A kund is situated in the middle of the cave. There is another cave situated near bade Mahadeo, the cave of Goddess Parvati. There is large of pilgrims on the occasion of Nagpanchemi MahaShivratri.
This cave is about 40 feet long. The path of Gupt Mahadeo goes from inside the Bade Mahadeo. There is a narrow path which leads to Gupt Mahadeo. There is idol of lord Ganesha and Shivlinga enshrined inside the cave. Only eight persons can pass at a time. An idol of lord hanuman has been enshrined at the entrance.
Dhoopgarh, which was originally known as Harvatsa Kot, is the highest point in the Satpura mountain ranges. This popular spot is known for viewing sunrise and sunset. It is located at 4429 feet above the mean sea level and offers a beautiful view of the surroundings.
|Jata Shankar Cave:|
Jata Shankar Cave is a prominent religious destination, visited by tourists year-round. As per mythological belief, Lord Shiva hid himself inside the cave, due to the fear of demon Bhasmasur. Inside the cave there are naturally formed 108 Shiva lingam. Water in the cave flows from an unknown point as no one has ever seen or reached that starting point. This stream of water is popularly known as 'Gupt Ganga'. It is believed that the Jambu Dwip stream originates from cave. Idols of Lord Shankar, Goddess Parvati and Shiva lingam are enshrined at a platform on the upper part of the cave.
The Pandav Caves is also has its mythological Belief. The caves were supposed to be constructed around 6th to 7th century. According to the saints, the Pandavas are said to have spent their period of exile in these caves. It is said that Arjuna in the guise of a eunuch taught music to Nagpati and wedded the daughter of Nagraj Vasu, who lived in Nagdwari about 15 Km from Pachmarhi. Nagpanchemi mela is held annually. These caves are now under the archeological survey of India. Caves of All the five brothers Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Nakul, Sahdeo, Bhima and Draupadi are worth visiting.
Dutch Falls is a beautiful waterfall, which is also known as Jalwataran. Tourists can reach this waterfall by trekking around 4 km from the base. Monsoon season is the ideal time to visit this waterfall, when water flow is high. You can experience the water droplets coming at you when you go close to the waterfall.
Here the people can experience the presence of the voice in the nature and can feel the moving spirit in nature.
|Best Time To Visit: October to June.|
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