Pachmarhi is Madhya Pradesh’s most verdant gem. A lovely hill resort girdled by the Satpura ranges, it offers absolute tranquility. Bridle paths lead into placid forest groves of wild bamboo, Jamun, dense Sal forests and delicate Bamboo thickets
Pachmarhi by road
The city is also well linked with some of the major cities of India. Frequent bus services are obtainable from Pachmarhi to Bhopal (200.1 km), Pipariya (52.3 km) and Chhindwara (135.1 km) on a daily basis.
Distance Charts to Pachmarhi
Bhopal to Pachmarhi 3 hours 24 200 km
Chhindwara to Pachmarhi 2 hours 34 mins 135 km
Jabalpur to Pachmarhi 4 hours 13 mins 241 km
Katni to Pachmarhi 5 hours 40 mins 324 km
Pachmarhi by Railways
Pipariya is the adjacent rail head situated at a distance of 47 KM away from Pachmarhi. This rail station is on the foremost line to Mumbai – Howrah and therefore most of the foremost trains halt at this station. Pipariya is linked to main Indian conurbations like Mumbai’s Mahanagari Exp, Kolkata Mail, Chennai’s Gangakaveri Exp, Bangalore’s Sangha Mitra Exp. and Delhi’s Jbp Ndls Sup Exp.
Pachmarhi by Air
Bhopal airstrip is the bordering airdrome to Pachmarhi positioned at about 195 km distance away. The most important airlines connect various Indian cities with Bhopal, together with, Delhi, Mumbai and Gwalior. Flights are accessible to Sharjah and Dubai from the airport of Bhopal. Delhi is the foremost intercontinental airfield adjoining to Pachmarhi.
MUST SEE PLACES :
#PRIYADARSHINI (FORSYTH POINT):
This vintage viewing point marks the place from where Pachmarhi was discovered by Captain Forsyth in 1857. The British developed Pachmarhi as a resort and their influence is embodied in its churches and colonial architecture.
#JAMUNA PRAPAT #BEE FALL:
A spectacular fall in the stream which provides drinking water to Pachmarhi. The bathing pools above the fall are very popular. Handi Khoh: Pachmarhi’s most impressive ravine has a 300 feet high precipice and dramatically steep sides.
APSARA VIHAR (FAIRY POOL):
Easily accessible from Jai Stambh, this ‘fairy pool’ is an ideal picnic spot for families with children, since the pool is shallow, deepening only towards the base of the fall.
PRAPAT (BIG FALL):
Those seeking adventure will find it in this ten-minute walk over rocks and boulders from Apsara Vihar to the top of Rajat Prapat, the ‘big fall’.
This pool was discovered by Irene Bose, wife of Justice Vivian Bose, and named after her. The route upstream leads to a cave, through which the stream goes underground and then over a khud in a series of falls.
JALAWATARAN (DUCHESS FALLS):
The most beautiful of all Pachmarhi falls, it can be reached only on foot. The descent to the fall is steep and the journey is quite arduous. This fall plunges down in three different cascades, accompanied by deafening sounds. No doubt, the alluring sight and sound of the place makes it a hot spot amongst tourists. .
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 that is excellent for a refreshing swim.
Regarded as holy for countless of generations, Mahadeo hill has a shrine with an idol of Lord Shiva and an impressive Shivlinga. On the East side of the hill is an excellent cave shelter with beautiful cave paintings.
Revered as a sacred spot, this is a narrow point in the valley with rocks overhanging a stream and a spring from where water cascades down.
4 kms from Mahadeo, it is one of Satpura’s prominent land marks, the summit crowned with emblems of Mahadeo worship.
A sacred cave under a mass of loose boulders in which the Jambu Dwip stream has its source. A rocky formation of this place resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva, hence the name.
The highest point in the Satpura range, with a magnificent view of the surrounding ranges.A very popular spot for viewing sunsets.
Five ancient dwellings excavated in the sandstone rock in a low hill. Pachmarhi derives its name from these caves which, as the legend goes, once provided sanctuary to the five Pandav brothers. These caves are now protected monuments
A wonderful natural amphitheater in the rock, approached through a cave-like entrance on the South-side.
SANGAM (FULLER’S KHUD – WATERS MEET):
This is the lowest of the picnic spots on the Denwa and offers fairly good bathing pools both below and above the meeting of the waters.
Built in 1892 by the British, the Catholic Church is a blend of the French and Irish architecture. Its Belgium stained-glass windows add rare attraction and beauty to the building. The church has a cemetery attached to it and graves date from 1859, World War I & II.
Built in 1875 by the British, this 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 adorning the walls and rear of the altar were imported from Europe. They present a gorgeous view as the sun rays pass through them. The nave of the church does not contain even a single pillar for support. The baptismal font is a rare brass piece and the bell is as old as the church and its chimes can be heard from a long distance.
SATPURA NATIONAL PARK:
Set up in 1981, Satpura National Park is 524 sq km in area. It spreads through dense forest of evergreen sal, teak and bamboo. The high peaks of Dhoopgarh and Mahadeo, Bori’s legendary teak and bamboo forests, Pachmarhi’s fascinating natural beauty of deep valleys, high mountains, rivulets, waterfalls and Tawa’s vast reservoir combine to give this park unique beauty and a breathtaking variety of attractions. The park is home to the bison, tiger, Leopard, bear, four-horned deer, blue-bull and a rich variety of birds.
Constructed in 1862, the Bison Lodge is the oldest house in Pachmarhi. It now houses a beautiful museum depicting the rich flora and fauna of Pachmarhi.
THE CAVE SHELTERS:
Some of the best cave shelters and groups of shelters around Pachmarhi are: Dhuandhar, approached from the footpath to Apsara Vihar, the paintings mostly in white include a group of archers with the typical Gond bun and hooped earrings. Bharat Neer (Dorothy Deep), has well executed animal paintings and when excavated in the 1930s yielded many pottery shards and microliths. Asthachal (Monte Rosa), there are four shelters with paintings, comparatively early linear drawings. Along the northern side of Jambu Dwip valley are some six shelters with many paintings of animals and human figures, including a detailed battle scene. Harper’s Cave, so named because of one of its paintings – a man seated and playing a harp is close to the Jata Shankar Shrine. The Chieftain’s Cave derives its name from a battle scene showing two chieftains on horses. A terrace that runs the length of the South, South East and East faces of Kites Crag has some fine cave paintings, the majority of which are in white or outlined in red.
EVENTS / FESTIVALS IN PACHMARHI
The major festivals in Pachmarhi are:
The Bastar Dussehra: This is a carnival which is celebrated throughout the months of September and October. People of this region experience this festival with much merry making.
Navaratri: People celebrate these holy nine days and nights all through this time with attractive parade
Pachmarhi, a beautiful hill station in Madhya Pradesh, India. Pachmarhi is the only hill station in central India. Get information on Pachmarhi weather and climatic conditions here.
AnnualRainfall at Pachmarhi
Best Time to Visit Pachmarhi
I recommend September to May
Summer in Pachmarhi
Summer starts at Pachmarhi from the month of May and lasts until July. The place becomes exclusive holiday destination during this season, Because due to its ever green vegetation, Climate remains favorable. Days remain significantly warmer than the night, the average maximum temperature not exceeding 35*C…
Winters at Pachmarhi
Pachmarhi is an ideal holiday destination even during the winter season. winters at Pachmarhi starts from November and lasts until February. Days remains cold and crisp, feeling very good. The temperature falls to minimum of 4*C during nights. I will recommend heavy woolen clothes, if you are at Pachmarhi during winters.
Monsoon at Pachmarhi
At Pachmarhi, monsoon starts from July and ends to the month of September. The average rainfall at Pachmarhi is 785 mm. The waterfalls and landscape gets soaked. Fog hangs in the air and weather remains cloudy most of the times. After monsoon, the place becomes fully refreshed and the place blooms. The place is at its best from September to May.
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. In Pachmarhi, Bagpipes skirled in a flower-bright valley while ancient dancers cavorted on a rock. The pipes and the dancers were separated by thousands of years: typical of this little town in the Saptura Mountains. Contrasting cultures and ages exist in harmony as if time and trends mean little in this serene, wooded place. Pachmarhi is for unwinding, effortlessly. Roads meander gently groves of trees, open spaces and heritage cottages sitting contentedly in their old gardens. The town has a quiet gentility about it as if Victorian traditions and high collars still governed most people’s lives. Much of this ambiance has been set, and is still being maintained, by the strong presence of the Army whose Education Corps is headquartered here. The old cottages, meticulously maintained by the Military Engineering Services, have changed little since the days of Kipling.