Heart in the heart of India: Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh

05 Aug

In the largely a flat plateau state of Madhya Pradesh, there is an only hill station and that is Panchmarhi.  Pachmarhi is a Labyrinth of ravines and gorges chiselled on red sandstone by the wind, for over centuries, from a time when man used to live a nomadic existence.

This Jewel of Madhya Pradesh is named after Pandava Caves, wherein ‘Panch’ means five and ‘marhi’ means caves; it is often pronounced as Panchmarhi or Pachmadhi. 

Famous as heaven of tourists in Madhya Pradesh, Panchmarhi is actually the paradise of walkers.  A place Wrapped in lush green meadows and rinsed by the many streams and waterfalls, Pachmarhi is a place to enjoy your holidays away from the concrete jungle.

Pachmarhi is a land which is full of natural resources and beauty, and was first explored by the Captain of Bengal, Lance James Forsyth. After being discovered, soon it became popular as a hill station and sanatorium for British troops in the Central Provinces of India.

    Pachmarhi- How to Reach: The nearest airport to Pachmarhi is Bhopal, and is about 210 kilometres from Pachmarhi. About 47 kilometres away from Pachmarhi, there’s Pipariya, it is the closest railhead to the Hill station. Besides Pipariya, you can also reach to Pachmarhi by road from Nagpur and Bhopal.

Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

Catholic Church-This Catholic Church is a blend of French and Irish architecture which was built in 1892 by the British. The Belgium stained-glass windows create a unique attraction and amplify the beauty to the building. The Church has a cemetery attached to it and graves date from 1859, World War I and II.
Christ Church-    This church is commonly regarded as the most beautiful small church in Madhya Pradesh. Fascinating architecture of the Church’s like, its ‘sanctum-sanctorum’ on top has a hemispherical dome, with the ribs ending with faces of angels. With stained glass they all present a gorgeous view as the sun rays reflects through them.
Apsara Vibaii –   Near the cascade, here it is a lovely small pond where you can enjoy bathing; it is accessible from Jai Stambh. Picnic spot for families with children, as the pool is shallow.

Rajat Pratap–    For adventure seekers there’s on ten-minutes short walk which takes them over rocks and boulders from Apsara Vihar to the top of the ‘big fall’ called, Rajat Pratap. A thrilling experience is looking straight down to the bottom of the fall which plunges down a 350-foot-high precipice.
   Lanjee Giri  & Raj Giri– Lanjee Giri is best for the rock-climbing enthusiast, while from Raj Giri there’s a point called, Club Hill from that place you can get the 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 falls.

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.

Jata Shankar- 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

Irene Pool – Discovery of Irene Bose this beautiful pond can be approached from the car stand to Reech Garh. The route upstream leads to a cave, through which the stream goes underground and then over a khud to the cascade (a series of small waterfalls). 

J ata Shankar- It is a holy cave under a mass of loose boulders in which the Jambu Dwip stream has its sources. According to folklore, Lord Shiva reached here by a tunnel from Tilak Sindur to save himself from Bhasmasur, a demon-king. A rocky formation of this place resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva.

Pandav Caves- The Legend says that the great Pandav brothers spent a part of their exile here.  The walls of the caves have paintings of the battles, warriors and the horses. There are other painting which depicted animals and birds, and in some others, there are 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.

Visit Pachmarhi with HIDestination Management Pvt.Ltd.

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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Travel India


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