About Pachmarhi

Country: India | State: Madhya Pradesh

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Pachmarhi: Bhopal (194 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Pachmarhi: September to March

Peak Season: October to February

At a distance of 51 km from Pipariya, 108 km from Chhindwara, 119 km from Hoshangabhad, 121 km from Itarsi, 159 km from Bhimbetka, 194 km from Bhopal, 203 km from Sanchi, 228 km from Nagpur, 242 km from Jabalpur, 337 km from Indore, and 383 km from Ujjain, Pachmarhi is a stunning hill station located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is one of the popular hill stations in India, and among the must include places in Madhya Pradesh Tour Packages.

Situated at an altitude of 1,067 m in a valley of the Satpura Range, Pachmarhi is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh. This is also often known as 'Satpura ki Rani' or the 'Queen of the Satpura Range'. Dhupgarh, the highest point (1,352 m) in Madhya Pradesh and the Satpura range is located here. The picturesque hill town is also a part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which is home to leopards and bison. A beautiful retreat and a great tourist spot, it is the perfect place for nature lovers.

The name Pachmarhi is believed to be derived from the Hindi words Panch ('five') and Marhi ('caves'). According to the legend, these caves were built by five Pandava brothers of Mahabharata during their exile. It has been the location of a cantonment (Pachmarhi Cantonment) since British Raj. Before the British, the region of Pachmarhi was under the kingdom of the Gond king Bhawut Singh. This beautiful region of Pachmarhi was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857 while leading his troops on the way to Jhansi. Impressed with the natural splendor of the hill station, the British officer opened a sanatorium and quickly developed it into a hill station. Pachmarhi also served as the summer capital for the Central Provinces.

Treasured with ancient caves of the Buddhist era, and bewitching forests of the Satpuras with the streams and waterfalls, Pachmarhi is a perfect weekend getaway from the nearby cities of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Bee Falls, Jata Shankar Caves, Pandava Caves, Dhoopgarh, Handi Khoh, Mahadeo Hill, Duchess Falls, Priyadarshini Point (Forsyth Point), Chauragarh Temple, Gupt Mahadev, etc., are some of the top and major places to visit in Pachmarhi.
Since the town was discovered and developed by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army, it houses charming churches built in colonial style architecture.

Pachmarhi is not only famous for its natural beauty but also famous for its festivals. Pachmarhi Utsava is one of the major and important festivals celebrated here annually. Starts from 25th December, it is a 6 days festival hosts exhibitions, craft fairs along with some fascinating art performances. Mahashivratri is the other important festival celebrated here at Mahadeo Caves and also a big fair is organized during this occasion.

About 205 km from Pachmarhi, Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal is the nearest airport and has direct flights from Mumbai, Hyderabad, and New Delhi. Pipariya Railway Station is the nearest railhead which is about 51 km from Pachmarhi. It has well-connected trains from Rewa, Indore, Jabalpur, Gorakhpur, Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai, Puri, Katni, Bhagalpur, Guwahati, Itarsi, Allahabad, Amarkantak, Varanasi, Tirunelveli, Lucknow, Vadodara, Rajkot, Coimbatore, Patna, Darbhanga, Agartala, Secunderabad, Bandra, Satna, Howrah, Habibganj, and Surat. One can reach by bus or hire a cab to reach Pachmarhi. Pachmarhi Bus Station is the nearest bus stand that has several buses from all the major cities of Madhya Pradesh including Bhopal, Vidisha, Hosahngad, Raisen, etc.

Ranging from budget to luxury, there are several accommodation options available in Pachmarhi which helps the tourists to stay and explore the nearby places. There are many hotels mostly situated near the market. Only a few cottages, resorts, and MP Tourism hotels are situated in the area of Pachmarhi 2 or 3 km from the bus stand.

Though Pachmarhi can be visited throughout the year, the best time to visit Pachmarhi is from September to March. Summer months are moderately warm and just perfect for heading out to explore the outdoors. Visiting Pachmarhi during the monsoons is awesome, as the beauty of the town is been doubled during the rainy season. However, the heavy rains sometimes interrupt the sightseeing as most of the waterfalls were unable to reach for the tourists. Winter is the longest season here, and sets in from October, going on till March. Be prepared and carry plenty of woolens with you. The hazy atmosphere with a gust of wind and peeping sun highlights the natural beauty of Pachmarhi.

Entry: Rs. 500 for Forest Permit, Rs. 1500 per Jeep for Day Trip

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 07578
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Urdu, Bhilodi, Nahali, Gondi.& English
Major Festivals: Pachmarhi Utsava, Nag Panchami & Mahashivratri
Notes/Tips:
For people who are interested in sightseeing around Pachmarhi, the guests are required to take a day visit permit from Bison Lodge Museum. Moreover, the tourists also need to travel by local jeeps as cars brought from outside cannot be used at this place. The entry fee & the permit fee may change.

How to Reach Pachmarhi

By Air

Nearest Airport: Bhopal - Raja Bhoj Airport (205 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Pipariya (51 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Pachmarhi Bus Station (0 Kms)

Top 11 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

Waterfall

#1 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 5 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Bee Falls is a natural waterfall located in the pristine hill station of Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Popularly known as Jamuna Prapat, it is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Madhya Pradesh, and among the must include places in Pachmarhi Tour Packages.

The hill station of Pachmarhi is endowed with multiple picturesque waterfalls, of which the Bee falls really stands out. More commonly known as Jamuna Prapat, the Bee Falls is cascading down from a height of about 35m and is famous for supplying water to the whole of Pachmarhi. It is named as such because from a distance the waterfall sounds like a bee.

There is a pool below and another one above the waterfall. It one of the favorite picnic spots amongst both locals and tourists and is a hotspot for swimming. Stand under the cool shower or take a quick dip in one of the many rocky pools to enjoy the refreshing experience. The view of the waterfall cascading down the luxuriant .....

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Pilgrimage

#2 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 1.5 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Jatashankar or Jata Shankar is a cave temple located in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Also called Jatashankar Cave Temple, it is one of the popular places to visit in Pachmarhi.

Situated in a deep ravine with enormous boulders perched above, the Jata Shankar Caves in Pachmarhi are considered sacred as it is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva concealed himself from the wrath of Bhasmasur. This is a beautiful limestone cave comprising stalactites and stalagmites that look like the matted hair of Lord Shiva, hence named Jata Shankar Cave. Besides, the ceiling of this famous shrine has a formation that closely resembles the mythological hundred-headed snake Seshnag.

The cave contains stalagmites which are revered as naturally formed lingams. In fact, there are 108 such natural lingams present in this cave. There are two different types of ponds fed by springs, found in the locality, one of cold water and the other one of hot .....

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Heritage

#3 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 2 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Pandava Caves are ancient caves located in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Situated on a hillock, it is one of the must-visit tourist places in Pachmarhi.

Pandav Caves is a group of five-rock cut temples adorned with naturally grown gardens and roughly carved columns and pilasters and is among the most sought-after Pachmarhi places to visit. According to the legend, these caves are believed to provide shelter to the Pandavas during their exile period. These attractive caves are shrouded with many stories belonging to various eras and were lastly hewn by Buddhist monks who used these caves for meditation during the 1st century AD. It is now a protected monument and tourists flock from all over India to see this place.

According to the legend, these five caves were made for each of the brothers - Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Nakul, Sahdeo, Bhima, and for their wife - Draupadi. Amongst all the five caves, 'Draupadi Kuti' is the cleanest .....

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Nature

#4 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 11 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Dhoopgarh is the highest point in the Satpura range of Madhya Pradesh. Also spelt as Dhupgarh, it is one of the picturesque places to visit in Pachmarhi.

Dhoopgarh, originally known as Harvatsa Kot, is the tallest peak of Madhya Pradesh, and so they give undoubtedly the best views of the entire town of Pachmarhi along with the surrounding lesser Satpura ranges and Vindhya range. Situated at an altitude of 1352 m, this is a beautiful spot famous for spellbinding sunrises and sunsets. The best season to visit Dhupgarh is during the monsoon season when the place is enveloped by thin monsoon clouds and lush green foliage.

The only way to reach Dhoopgarh is by hiring a jeep followed by trekking, however, the path can be a tough one as it involves going through valleys and waterfalls. The serene ecosystem and the Dhupgarh Fall are a few of the main attractions here.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free

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Pilgrimage | Adventure

#5 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 9 km from Priyadarshini Point, and 15 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Chauragarh Temple is a revered Hindu shrine located in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Also known as Chota Mahadeo, it is one of the prominent places of Pilgrimage in Madhya Pradesh, and among the top places to visit in Pachmarhi.

The Chauragarh Temple is situated atop the Chauragarh Hill, the third highest peak of Pachmarhi at an altitude of 1330 m. Surrounded by spectacular hills and verdant valleys, this age-old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex comprises the main temple, a Dharamshala, and a natural pond. The temple is known for the thousands of tridents stuck in the temple premises, offered by devotees over the years.

Devotees need to climb 1300 steps to reach this holy place. During Nag Panchami and Maha Shivratri festivals, devotees are seen climbing this steep path, carrying heavy Trishuls as a part of religious norms. Offering a Trishul is considered auspicious and .....

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Pilgrimage

#6 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 11 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Bade Mahadev Temple is a cave temple located in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the way to Chauragarh Temple, it is one of the revered shrines in the region, and among the best Pachmarhi places to visit.

Bada Mahadev is one of the ancient temples in Pachmarhi and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the mythology, Bada Mahadev Cave is the place where Lord Vishnu killed Demon Bhasmasura taking the form of Mohini, a celestial beauty. Hence, this cave is an important pilgrimage site as well as a symbol for goodness prevailing over evil.

The cave is about 60 feet long and houses the idols of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Ganesha along with a Shivalinga. It can only accommodate one person to get through the cave at a time and is wider around the place of worship. Water keeps dropping through the walls of the cave and there is a pool in the center which is frequented by pilgrims during Nag Panchami and Maha Shivaratri .....

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Pilgrimage

#7 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 13 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Gupt Mahadev is another cave temple located in Mahadeo Hills of Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Bada Mahadev Cave, it is one of the ancient cave temples in Pachmarhi, and among the top attractions of Pachmarhi.

Gupt Mahadev is a 40 feet long cave dedicated to Lord Shiva. Snuggled cozily amidst the Mahadeo Hills, this temple houses a Shivalinga, and Lord Ganesha. With a Lord Hanuman Statue at the entrance, the path is narrow and meandering where only 7 to 8 people can get inside at a time. One has to literally squeeze or move sideways to go inside. The place is quite an interesting and mysterious spot near Pachmarhi where spirituality meets adventure.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free

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Nature

#8 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 5 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Rajendragiri is a viewpoint located in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the stunning vantage points in Pachmarhi, and among the must include places in Pachmarhi Tour.

Rajendragiri is a spectacular sunset viewpoint in Pachmarhi that offers an extraordinary view of nature, particularly at dusk. The place is named after the first president of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad as he was a frequent visitor to this spot. As the sun sets beyond the distant hills, you can simply take in the ambiance of the place or get busy with your camera to capture the moment. One can have a panoramic view of Panchmari standing in this place.

There is also a well-maintained garden with a variety of trees and flowering plants. It has a tree planted by the first President of India Dr. Rajendran Prasad. There is a large parking lot outside. The place is an ideal spot to visit with family and friends.

Timings: 9 AM - 5.30 PM

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Waterfall

#9 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 5 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Rajat Prapat is a stunning waterfall located in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Also known as Silver Falls or Big Falls, it is the 30th highest waterfall in India, and among the must-visit places during your Pachmarhi Trip.

The tallest waterfall of Pachmarhi, Rajat Prapat is a horsetail type waterfall with a single drop of 107 m (351 ft). Locally known as the 'Queen of Satpura,' Rajat Prapat originates from the same stream Apsara Kund comes from. When the sun shines on it, the fall looks like a silver strip and hence it got its name, Rajat Prapat where Rajat means silver in Hindi and Prapat means falls. It flows straight through a gorge that would bring a shimmer to your eyes with its silver streaks. During the full monsoon, the waterfall is a mighty scene to behold.

A stone throw away from the Apsara Kund, the fall is located on the other side of the mountain and the people have to trek 1-2 km over rocks and boulders. Once you .....

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Waterfall

#10 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 3 km from Pachmarhi Bus Stand, Apsara Vihar is stunning waterfalls located in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Silver Falls, it is one of the waterfalls in Pachmarhi, and among the best places to visit in Pachmarhi especially for adventure enthusiasts.

Deep inside the jungle of Pachmarhi, Apsara Vihar is a small waterfall, cascading down from a height of around 30 feet into an inviting pool below. During the British rule, the English women were found bathing in the pool often who seemed like fairies to the locals and hence they called the falls Apsara Vihar or Fairy Pool. It is an ideal place for safe swimming, diving, and a natural open bath.

This is one of the most popular haunts for travelers and picnickers to take a break from the monotony and spend some time splashing in the water and taking in the ambiance of the place. One has to trek 1.5 km downhill the trail to witness the best view of the waterfall. It's a short trek from Rajat Prapat and .....

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Backwaters

#11 of 20 Places to Visit in Pachmarhi

At a distance of 3 km from Pachmarhi Bus Stand, Boat Club Lake is a famous lake located in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Bison Lodge Museum, it is one of the popular tourist attractions in Pachmarhi.

Pachmarhi Boat Club is a small lake where tourists can enjoy boating for a couple of hours. One can choose speed boating, pedal boating, zip-lining, ATV ride, etc here. The bordering restaurants and eateries are the main highlights of this place where people can enjoy snacks with a view of the lake. For a breezy evening, the lake can serve as an ultimate escape spot.

Timings: 10 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free

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