Panchmarhi is Madhya Pradesh's most verdant jewel, a place where nature
has found exquisite expression in myriad enchanting ways. Green shades
embrace the mountains, and everywhere is heard the gentle murmur of
flowing water. Bridle paths lead into tranquil forest glades, groves of
wild bamboo and jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets.
Complementing the magnificence of nature are the works of man; Pachmarhi
is also an archaeological treasure-house. In cave shelters in the Mahadeo
Hills is an astonishing richness in rock paintings. Most of these have
been placed in the period 500-800 AD, but the earliest paintings are an
estimated 10,000 years old.
The year was 1857 when Captain James Forsyth of the Bengal Lancers was
galloping hard up the Satpura ranges. He chanced upon this saucer -shaped
valley and recommended its development as a sanatorium. Churches and
cemetries bring back memories of the colonial past of Pachmarhi which has
managed to escape reckless plunder suffered by other hill stations of
Places to visit
Built in 1892 by the British, the Catholic Church is a blend of French and
Irish architecture. Its Belgium stained-glass win-dows add rare attraction
and beauty to the building. The Church has a cemetery attached to it and
graves date from 1859, World War I and II.
Build in 1875 by the British, this church is generally regarded as the
most beautiful small church in Madhya Pradesh. The Church's architecture
is fascinating; its 'sanctum-sanctorum' has a hemispherical dome on top
with its ribs ending with faces of angels. The stained-glass panes adoring
the walls and rear of the altar were imported from Europe. They present a
gorgeous view as sun rays pass.
This vantage viewing point marks the place from where Pachmarhi was
discovered. In 1857 Tis Capfrain Forsyth a Bengal Lancer , Approached the
plateau at the head of a column of troops. At this point (originally name'
after him), he first glimpsed the extraordinary beauty of this aucer-shaped
scenic spot. Acting on Forsyth's information the British developed
Pachmarhi as a sanatorium and his resort and even today, their legacy
remains, embodied Pachmarhi's church and colonial architecture.
A lovely little bathing pool, and easily accessible from Jai Stambh, this
'fairy pool' is an idea. Picnic spot for families with children, as the
pool is shallow. Deepening only towards the base of the fall which cascade
gently into its waters.
Those seeking adventure will find it in this ten-minute walk over rocks
and boulders from Apsara Vihar to the top of Rajat Pratap, the 'big fall'.
A thrilling experience is looking straight down to the bottom of the fall
which plunges down a 350-foot-high precipice.
Raj Giri :
Also known as Club Hill, this is a short, easy climb from Pachmarhi Club
to a 300-feet-high spot from where you get a panoramic view of Pachmarhi.
Jalawataran (Duchess Fall)
3 km along the path fromBelle View, branching off from the milestone for
Bhrant Neer, is a route to the beautiful Duchess Fall. The descent is
steep and the trek a strenuous one for almost all of the 4 km walk to the
base of the first cascade of the fall. This waterfall, which tumbles down
in three distinct cascades, is the most picturesque of all Pachmarhi's
This hill can be scaled from both east and west. For the rock-climbing
enthusiast, there are some easy scalings to be done near the summit. Near
the western summit is an underground passage leading down the northern
Sunder Kund (Saunder's Pool)
Crossing the stream below Duchess Fall and following a footpath about 2.5
km in a south-west direction, brings one to a huge rocky pool in the Jambu
Dwip stream. This is an excellent place for swimming.
A sacred cave under a mass of loose boulders in which the Jambu Dwip
stream has its sources. It is said that Lord Mahadeo reached the place by
tunnel from Tilak Sindur to save himself from the demon-king
Pachmarhi's most impressive ravine has 300-feet-high precipice and
dramatically steep sides. A solitary place, with water flowing far, far
below with an inces sant murmuring sound, Handi Khoh's overhanging crag
shelter gigantic, undisturbed, beehives.
This pretty pool was discovered by Irene Bose, wife of Justice Vivian
Bose, and named after her. The approach to this bathing spot is from the
car stop to Reech Garh, The route upstream leads to a cave, through which
the stream goes underground and then over a khud in a series of falls.
A sacred cave under a mass of loose boulders in which the Jambu Dwipstream
has its sources. It is said that Lord Mahadeo reached the place by tunnel
from Tilak Sindur to save himself from the demon-king Bhasmasur. A rocky
formation of this place resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva, hence
Chauragarh: Four km from Mahadeo, it is one of Satpura's prominent
landmarks, the summit crowned with emblems of Mahadeo worship.
Dhupgarh: The highest point in the Satpura range, it commands a
magnificent view of the surrounding ranges.
Pandav Caves are the famous caves from which Pachmarhi takes its name.
According to popular belief, the Pandav brothers spent a part of their
exile here. The Hearer's Cave, so named because of one of its paintings a
man seated and playing a harp - is close to the Jata Shankar shrine.
Chieftain's Cave derives its name from a battle scene showing two
chieftains on horses. Another painting depicts women and a child sitting
in a hut. A terrace that runs the length of the south, south-east and east
faces of Kites Crag has some fine cave paintings,most of which are in
white or outlined in red. Several animals and birds are depicted.
Access : Pachmarhi
The nearest airport is Bhopal (195 km), connected by regular flights with
Delhi, Gwalior, Indore and Mumbai.
Pipariya (47 km), on the Mumbai-Howrah main hue via Allahabad, is the most
Pachmarhi is connected by regular bus services with Bhopal, Hoshangabad,
Nagpur, Pipariya and Chhindwara Taxis are available at Pipariya.
Best Season: Pachmarhi
Throughout the year.