Pachmarhi is a popular tourist hill station due to its higher elevation and forested landscape. There are plenty of streams and waterfalls to cool down the hot traveler, especially during the scorching summer months. There are many places of interest to visit if you are in Pachmarhi. To get around and visit the places mentioned below, it is best if you travel in your own vehicle or rent one. This is because you will then have the luxury of sticking to your own schedule instead of following the crowd. Rent a Gypsy (which is a 4 wheel drive) to get around.
- Priyadarshini (Forsyth Point)
The town of Pachmarhi was developed under British rule and therefore has many influences of British art and architecture which is reflected in the churches and buildings around the town. This is a vantage viewing point that marks the spot when the town was first ‘discovered’ by Captain Forsyth in 1857.
- Jamuna Prapat (Bee Fall)
These falls provide respite from the hot sun and many people visit the bathing pools located above the falls. In fact, if you go at the peak of summer when hordes of tourists flock to Pachmarhi, you’ll find the pools pretty crowded. The falls are spectacular and the stream provides drinking water to the town of Pachmarhi.
- Pandav Caves
These are five protected caves that are, according to legend, the ancient dwellings of the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata Era. The caves are excavated out of the sandstone rock in a low hill. These are protected monuments and the town of Pachmarhi derived its name because of these five caves.
- Christ Church
The structure and design of the church is interesting. It is adorned with stained glass panes that decorate the walls and the rear of the altar and were imported from Europe. When the sunlight falls through them, it makes a very pretty sight. Built in 1875, this church’s ‘sanctum-sanctorum’ has a hemispherical dome with angels adorning the end of the ribs. The nave does not even have a single pillar for support. The baptismal font is made of brass and is considered to be quite rare. The bells which chime from time to time are as old as the church itself and can be heard from a long distance away.
- Satpura National Park
As with any natural park, there are landscapes of natural beauty that will put your mind at rest. There are dense evergreen forests of teak, sal and bamboo that spread through the region. The flow of lush green valleys with the high peaks of Dhoopgarh and Mahadeo makes for a stunning vista. There are high mountains, waterfalls and a vast reservoir of Tawa to complete this breathtaking region. Home to the bison, tiger, bear, leopard, four – horned deer, blue bull and a variety of birds, the Satpura National Park is like nature’s paradise.
- The Cave Shelters
There are many cave shelters decorated with cave paintings that can be dated to be thousands of years old. Explore the cave shelters of Dhuandhar which has a variety of white cave paintings that depict a group of archers with a typical Gond bun and hooped earrings. You can access this cave from the footpath to Apsara Vihar. Next is Bharat Neer (Dorothy Deep) which has well drawn animal paintings. This area was excavated first in the 1930s and many microliths and pottery shards dating back millennia were uncovered. You can also visit Asthachal (Monte Rosa) which has four shelters with linear drawings. There are other shelters on the Northern side of Jambu Dwip valley which has many animal and human depictions and also has a battle scene included.
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