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Madhya Pradesh: Panchmarhi - The Hill Station
Pachmarhi - The Land of Five Hills - A Complete Tourist's Guide
Located on the soaring Satpura hill, Pachmarhi, the entire manor is surrounded by five fascinating hills. The charm of the city is extended in between the two towering hills of sandstones.
1300 green trees adorn the evergreen forest of Pachmarhi. 50 species of striking mammals, 250 kinds of wandering birds, 30 types of astonishing reptiles and 50 species of vivacious butterflies add the colors to the nature around. Quiet atmosphere and enamoring nature enthrall dwellers. Rippling hilly rivers multiplies the thrills of the nature lovers. Beat your tiredness listening to the musical tunes of the slow moving crystal clear water streams here.
12 waterfalls are hitting the undulating land in the middle of the lush green land of countless Sal and bamboo trees. It’s a pleasing experience to hear the sounds of the untamed water streams of these beguiling waterfalls as well.
Nature definitely has to offer a lot to the hordes of holiday makers and nature lovers. Apart from the wonderful natural backdrop, this captivating spot is blessed with the entrancing cave of pre historic epoch.
The hillock is quite different with its magnificence. Watch the grandeur of the nature from a different perspective. The hill resort is not at all congested; homes and cottages are not at all prettifying the mountainous slopes. Dearth of snow clad mountains around, however, would not make any difference to you as you are there to take delight in the mesmerizing nature.
Pachmarhi truly deserves the honor of getting the crown of the “clean and green biosphere reserve”. The city has now gained wide acceptance as a charismatic and enchanting hill station of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The best time to visit and watch the façade of the stunning nature is during March- May and October- November. You would be shivering in the month of December and January but simple woolen attires, nevertheless, would be sufficient in the month of March and November. It’s suggested that you avoid the monsoons.
To maintain the charm and appeal of the National Park, diesel cars are not permitted to go inside the woodland of Pachmarhi. You can ride on a horse car to enjoy the nature closely. Audacious and engrossed tourists who love adventure can enjoy the Jungle trekking as well. Hiring a bicycle and motor bike would offer you an agreeable tour inside the forest. For assistance forest surfers are free to contact M P Tourism @ 252100.
Even older than the towering Himalayas, the absorbing Satpura hill, houses the only hillock of Madhya Pradesh, Pachmari on its uneven hilly acclivity. Extended at an altitude of 1067 meters, located at the southern corridor of the Narmada gorge, the hill resort is a safe haven under the shades of the evergreen foliage.
Covering 23 square km of virgin and opaque forest, Pachmarhi, had played a vital role in hiding innumerable freedom fighters who had participated in the Sepoy mutiny, India's first war of independence, during 1857. The contribution of British force in making the city a war sanatorium and hill resort is undeniable. For the very first time, British had thought to make the naturally blessed place a summer resort. It’s still a bright spot on the map of central India. Plenty flock to the spot to appreciate the splendor of nature.
Two neighboring hills of sandstones are tough to access but have been momentous in increasing the spectacle of the entire land of Pachmarhi. The grandeur of Dhoopgarh (a nearby tourist attraction) is praiseworthy when the towering hills take a bath with the rays of the sun during sunrise in. The stunning vista of the natural walls (surrounding soaring hills) against the sunset is magical. The spectacle looks lovelier if you watch the sight around during the sunrise and sunset standing on the elevated territories of the towering Vindhya hill which astonishingly is standing on the prolonged vale of the Narmada River. The face of Pachmarhi, however, is covered most of the times of the year with hazy and lazy clouds which could easily play a spoilsport when you are all set to watch the vista of the sunrise and sunset. Sun commonly plays hide and seek with the high hills in Pachmarhi.
Jatashankar, Soldier barrack, Lake, Satpura National Park, Children’s Park, Church (1875), Viewpoints (more than 50), Pancha Pandavas cave, Government ground (1200 acres), Race Course and Golf pitch (located at an elevation of 23 km, atop the Chauragarh Pachmarhi hill) are the other sought after destinations. The city is rich in archeological collections as well.
500 species of ferns are spread across the entire terrain of the forest. Numerous known and unknown flowers bloom all throughout the year. The intriguing city is decorated with the scattered deciduous orchards. The biodiversity in flora makes this a very special hill station. The history of the Pachmarhi hill dates back to 15- 17 million years but still the city is unable to entice nature lovers in numbers due to the lack of initiatives of the Government.
Right at the back end of the Government ground, there are five neighboring caves which are known as Pach Madhi. Later on, the name of Pachmarhi had evolved from the five caves or Pach Madhi. These absorbing caves belonged to the Pancha Pandavas according to the mythological tales. These wonderful caves were ornamented with numerous paintings which resembles the styles of the portraits of Buddha Vihars. It is believed that Pancha Pandavas had stayed in these caves during their exile. The scholars of archeological department opine that these were Jain or Buddha caves. But, the sad part is, all these intriguing caves are now in ruins.
The nursery, positioned adjacent to the caves, deserves a visit as well.
Besides the five historical caves, three more caves were also discovered at a lower elevation. Climb up the caves to watch the panoramic view of the beautiful city of Pachmarhi. The sight of the city can be enjoyed climbing up the Lansdown hill, about 3 km away from the city, as well.
A severe earthquake had created a crack on the contiguous hill (about 13 km from the city). Watch the sight of the rippling water stream through the 300 feet deep ravine of the ‘V’ shaped vertical hill. If a stone is dropped in the ravine, then the sound of that stone hitting the lowest floor of the ravine would come after 7 seconds of throwing the stone. The adjoining hill here is known as Handi Khoh. A renowned mythological tale, associated with the territory, can be heard from the city dwellers. Animated bees can harm you if you are careless. Once known as Forsyth point, was a place where from captain Forsyth had enjoyed the bird’s eye view around long back in 1857. Forsyth Point, however, is popularly known as Priyadarshini Point now.
Hire a car to the Mahadev Caves, located at the foot hill, about 12 km away from Pachmarhi. There are two caves in the vicinity, one is large and the other is smaller one. Try to remember the spectacle in your mind forever as you are not allowed to take snaps of the enchanting and creative creation. The walls of the caves depict prehistoric evidences of primeval rock art. The diversified topics and practice of colors illustrate the excellent talents of the adroit architects and artists of that period. Willing spiritual throngs of tourists have to climb up to witness the divine façade of the God Shiva. Plenty of astounding collections had been destroyed though. Try to unfold the mysteries of the caves. You would be engrossed watching the shimmering droplets of water on the slithery walls of the caves.
The inhabitants, residing in the neighboring territory, enjoy the Shiva Ratri festivity with lot of fun and excitement, in February. The splendid celebration of the festival pulls huge crowds of tourists and pilgrims from faraway spots as well. The divine water of the waterfall sheds the sins of the devotees who take a bath. More than 1 lakh saints assemble on the holy land during the festive season.
Take a walk through the slender tracts inside the forest, hidden in the shadowy shades of swaying Sal, Teak (Tectonal Grandis), Mango, Jack fruit, Mahua (Madhuca Indica), Myrobalan and Bamboo trees. It provided for the finest walks.
Maradeo cave is a well known complex which houses assortments of few engrossing caves in the close proximity. The cave paintings of the Mesolithic era have innovatively portrayed the lifestyles of that particular age (B.D 10000 years old).
The pretty hills, such as Kandariya hill, would entertain you all on your way as well. The ancient architectural works on these hills are truly majestic. The cave of the deity, Parvati, is situated at the right hand side of Maradeo Cave.
To stay in tune with nature for some time, nature lovers can book rooms in the Forest Rest House, located in front of the Mahdev hill.
Walk slowly to another surprising and pretty cave of Gupt Mahadev. Watching the crack in the middle of the hill is an enticing experience. Stare at this dark and deep crack for some time, and then start your journey through the 50 feet slender road inside the cave. Don’t forget to carry a candle alongside. Not more than 4/5 people should get into the cave at the same time. Hindu deity Shiva is residing in the cave.
Take a walk for 4 km crossing the Mahadev cave to access the sanctified Shiva temple, atop the Chauragarh hill.
Neighboring Rajendra Giri or Rajendra hill showcases a well ornamented grove. The name of this destination was derived in honor of the visit of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the former president of India.
About 10 km away from Pachmarhi, Dhoopgarh, is a coveted tourists’ destination. Swarms of nature lovers gather on the premise of Dhoopgiri in large numbers just to enjoy and appreciate the nature around during the beguiling sunrise and eye-catching sunset. The highest peak of the Satpura hill, Dhoopgarh, is located at an altitude of 4429 feet. Trekkers would enjoy trekking through the last 2 km of elevated road to Dhoopgiri.
Energetic leopards, wild beers, untamed gaurs, undomesticated languor, feral Shambars, beautiful peacocks, gigantic eagles and vivacious sea gulls enjoy the shelter of Sal, Mohua, Jack fruits, bamboo, myrobalan, Kendu. Plenty of birds fly around while singing in concert. The enamoring natural setting of Pachmarhi is best viewed from Dhoopgarh.
A wonderful way through the astonishing manor would take you to the PWD Rest house, atop the peak of the hill. To enjoy the natural grandeur for some more time tourists can stay at the Rest House. Hiring a jeep or car to the Rest house would offer a pleasing view around. Climb up the hill top availing a package tour of MPTDC to watch the mesmerizing sunrise.
The Jatashankar cave, located at an elevation of 100 feet, about 2 km away from Pachmarhi bus stand, is carved out of Stalagmite stones. The famous cave surprisingly resembles a chignon. Due to this shape the cave is popularly known as the Jatashankar cave in the hinterland. Water stream is falling at the top of this finicky cave. This holy water stream had given birth to the Jambudweep River. The harper’s cave is another nearby attraction. Walk back through the same way to see the consecrated Jambudweep River, at the left hand side of the road.
Known as the land of waterfalls, Pachmarhi, has 12 waterfalls spread across the lingering valley.
Take a walk downside for 4 km crossing innumerable stair ways to Bellevue which would offer a pleasing sight of the Dutch waterfall. The water streams of the waterfall come down through three different ways. Tourists who have witnessed the splendor of the spot compare the magnificence of this place with that of Shillong hills.
Delimited by soaring hills, the Sunder Kund, about 2 ½ km towards the south-western side of the Dutch waterfall, is placed amidst wonderful nature.
Bee fall, previously known as Yamuna waterfall, lies 5 km off Pachmarhi, is a tourist retreat and is located in the middle of the Satpura National Ground. The feral water stream of the waterfall is falling freely. Tourists who want to watch the waterfall have to walk down. Willing nature lovers have to take a walk for 2 km. The area around is calm and quiet. Engrossed nature lovers can watch the spectacle of the waterfall from the adjoining view point as well. If you want to watch the vista of the waterfall and nature around have to purchase a ticket for 10 rupees. Watching the stunning façade of the little falls, crossing the military barrack, is going to be a charming and tantalizing experience for all the tourists.
Apsara Vihar, about 1 ½ km away from the Pachmarhi bus stand, is a heavenly spot for the tourists who want to enjoy a bath. Picnic and outing lovers would also be entertained here. The rippling Korotoa River jumps down into the deep ravine.
The paintings, maintained in Dhuandhar, would enthrall the batch of holiday makers as well.
The wonderful and animated Rajat waterfall is another enticement. A 10 minutes walk would give you an opportunity to enjoy the waterfall.
The Big waterfall is coming down from a height of 150 meters. Besides the pretty waterfalls, a number of wells or water bodies, such as, Ram kund and fairy pool, are also dotted around the hillock. The Irin pool or Ram kund has started its journey from the cave which was discovered by Lady Irin Basu.
The National Ground Museum has an anthology of various species of vegetations and stuffed plants. The Christ church (1875) and the Catholic Church (1892) attract Christian spiritual crowds. The French and Irish architectures, exhibited on the walls of the divine Catholic Church are notable allurements.
Satpura National Park: Don’t miss out on to the opportunity to watch the Satpura National Park, formed in 1981. Few hills meet with each other on the Narmada and Tawa River valleys, at the south- western side of the Satpura range. Covering rambling 524 square km, the national park, has plenty of valuable trees, such as, Sal, Bamboo and Teak. Bison, Tigers, Panthers, Boars and many more denizens enjoy their stay in the forest. Rajat waterfall, Apsara Vihar and Panchali Kund are located inside the long-drawn-out woods.
The oldest museum in Bison Lodge was built way back in 1862 and is very rich in collection of flora and fauna. The office of the Satpura National Park is there in Bison Lodge. Riding on a boat on the water surface of the Lake and watching the natural beauty around would truly be a riveting experience.
Sports lovers have to visit the Youth Centre, at the opposite side of Amaltas, to play Table Tennis and Badminton.
How to reach: The Nearest Railway station of Pachmarhi is Pipariya which can be accessed from Kolkata, Mumbai, Allahabad, Jabalpur and many more Indian cities by railway networks. Buses regularly connect both Pipariya and Pachmarhi hill. The road had plenty to offer as well. Travelers would be able to watch the sight of the deep ravine, soaring mountains, the view point on the banks of Denwa River and strolling animals on the way to Pachmarhi from Pipariya. Visit out transport links below for detailed itenery.
Where to stay: Satpura Retreat, Panchvati Cottages, Panchvati Huts, Glen View, Club View, Hilltop Bungalow, Hotel Highlands, Neelambar Cottage, Hotel Kachnar, Hotel Manushree, Hotel Panchali Rest House and Hotel Prateek.
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