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Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
Pachmarhi At an altitude of 3,555 feet, surrounded by Satpura hills is located the summer capital of Madhya Pradesh- Pachmarhi. As a hill station this place has been untouched and unexplored. The natural beauty of Pachmarhi has remained unexploited and is lesser known to the foreign tourists. Geographically Pachmarhi is a group of waterfalls. Apart from the ancient temples and buildings, this place is known for its natural beauty. Though Pachmarhi has no comparison with the hill stations of the Himalayas still it carries a charm of its own which is unique to this place.

Main Attractions of Pachmarhi

Priydarshini (Forsyth Point) : This viewing point was the place from where Captain Forsyth discovered Pachmarhi and the view from here is breathtaking.

Jamuna Prapat : This spectecular fall is the source of drinking water for the people of Pachmarhi. There are bathing pools above the fall which are very popular, both with the locals as well as the tourists.

Handi Khoh : This is Pachmarhi's most impressive ravine with a 300 feet high precipice.

Apsara Vihar (Fairy Pool) : A beautiful picnic spot which is ideal for children, as the pool is shallow and deepens only towards the base of the fall.

Irene Pool : This pool was discovered by Irene Bose, wife of Justice Vivian Bose and is named after her.

Mahadeo : Mahadeo hill has a shrine with an idol of Lord Shiva and an impressive Shivalinga which has been considered holy over many generations. On the east side is a cave shelter with paintings.

Jatashankar : A sacred cave under loose boulders in which the Jambu Dwip stream has its source. The formation of rocks here resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva, hence the name Jatashankar i.e. Shiva.

Dhoopgarh : The highest point in the Satpura range, with a beautiful view of the surrounding ranges, it is a very popular spot for viewing the sunset.

Pandav Caves : As the name suggests, these caves are said to be associated with the Pandava brothers. Now protected monuments, these caves are excavated in a hill made of sandstone rock. These ancient dwellings are famous for having provided shelter to the Pandavas.

Catholic Church : Built in 1892 by the British, it has stained glass windows and a cemetry attached to it, with graves dating from 1859, World War I and II.

Christ Church : Regarded as the most beautiful small church in Madhya Pradesh, it was built in 1875 by the British. The stained glass panes on the walls and the rear of the alter were imported from Europe. The bell of the church is as old as the church itself, and can be heard from a long distance.

Satpura National Park : Set up in 1981, it covers an area of 524 sqkm. It has a dense forest of evergreen, sal, teak and bamboo. The park is home to the bison, tiger, leopard, bear, four-horned deer, blue bull and a large variety of birds.

Cave Shelters : As said above, these cave shelters with their paintings provide a glimpse into the lifestyle, religious and social activities and beliefs. A must see for those with an inclination towards history.

General Information

Population : 14,700.
Languages : Hindi and English.
Best Time to Visit : The best time to visit Pachmarhi is April-July, however Pachmarhi can be visited throughout the year except during the rains.


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