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Places to See in Pachmarhi

Places to See in Pachmarhi

Places to See in Pachmarhi
Places to See in Pachmarhi

A place endowed with red sandstone hills and emerald-green forests, Pachmarhi boasts of being the only hill resort of the largest state of India. An exclusive colonial retreat during the bygone era; the place today embraces tourists from every alcove of the country. With its towering peaks, green glades and deep gorges, the beauty of this hill resort remains enviable. The colonial architectural splendors, embedded in its blessed landscape, make the place even more inviting. This article will help you explore the tourist attractions of Pachmarhi and give you a glimpse of the various places to be seen there.

Pandava Caves
An important tourist landmark in Panchmarhi, Pandav Caves lend their name to this picturesque hill resort of Madhya Pradesh. According to local legends and popular beliefs, the five Pandav brothers of Mahabharata, along with their wife ‘Draupadi’, spent a part of their exile here.

Catholic Church
Built by the British in 1892, this ancient monument displays a striking blend of French and Irish architecture. The stained glass windows beautify the edifice and add to its magnificence. It also has an old cemetery attached to it. The tombstones here dates back to 1859, World War I and World War II.

Christ Church
The British built this church in 1875. Considered as the most stunning small church in Madhya Pradesh, the building displays an artistic architectural style. It has a hemispherical dome on top of its ‘sanctum-sanctorum’. The tinted glass panes gilded on the walls and the altar present dazzling views as sunrays pass.

Priyadarshini Point
Earlier known as Forsyth Point, it was named after Captain James Forsyth who discovered Panchmarhi from this point. Witnessing the spectacular sunset views from this vantage point, when the three peaks – Chauradeo, Mahadeo and Dhupgarh, play with various hues, is a privileged sight.

Jatasankar
A sacred cavern under a mass of loose boulders, the place is named ‘Jatasankar’, as a rock formation here resembles the tangled manes of Lord Shiva. The ‘Samadhistha Shiva’ in this dark cave resembles the hood of a serpent and is a site of awe and reverence.

Apsara Vihar (Fairy Pool)
This pool is located near the Pandava caves and is accessible only on foot. A waterfall plummets from a height of 30 ft to form this pool. The water gets deeper as it nears the fall, but the shallow ends of the pool remains ideal for swimming and diving. Tourists flock to this place to take refreshing dips in the mountain water.

Handi Khoh
Earlier known as ‘Andhi Kho’ amongst the natives, it is the deepest of all the gorges at Pachmarhi and is nearly 300 ft deep. It is shadowed in a wild thicket, with dramatically steep sides. According to legends, Shiva imprisoned a large snake, which actually was a demon, and buried it in a solid rock in this ravine

Rajat Prapat (Big Fall)
A ten-minute walk from Apsara Vihar leads to the top of Rajat Pratap, the Big Fall. This fall is nearly 350 ft in height. It is a thrilling experience to watch straight down into the bottom of the fall, as it cascades its way from the high precipice. The journey that leads to the fall is bliss for the adventure-seekers.

Mahadeo
Coppices of Sal trees and precarious hairpin bends lead to the cave shrine of Mahadeo. Drops of water trickle from the roof of this cave and form a holy pool in which the devotees can take a dip. The large ‘shivling’ of this shrine is the main site of worship. Pilgrims flock to the place, especially during ‘Shivratri’.

Jalawataran (Duchess Fall)
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.

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