Pachmarhi Tourism

Pachmarhi Tourism

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My husband Muralidharan and I went on a tour of Madhya Pradesh in the month of February 2014) We went to Pachmarhi from Sanchi by road. On the way we stopped at Bhojpur, this place is 28 km from Bhopal. Founded by Raja Bhoj and named after him, this place is famous for the huge magnificent Shiva Linga. This is set upon a massive platform and the height of the Linga is an awe-inspiring 7.5 feet. The temple was never completed. Bhojeshwarnath is also called the Somnath of the East. West of Bhojpur once lay a vast lake named Betwa. Legend says that Kunti put baby Karna in a casket and allowed it to float away in this lake. The lake has dried up now and we can see the water trickling by in the vast area. There are a cluster of Jain temples too nearby, built during the same period.

Pachmarhi- This is a place where we can see nature in its various enchanting ways. Mountains, forests, groves of Jamun trees, dense Sal trees, impressive ravines, famous sunset points, numerous waterfalls makes one wonderstruck at the exquisite expression of Nature. Nature is at its best here. The Sal trees were so strong that they were cut and used as sleepers while laying the railway tracks, now concrete sleepers are used. The Maharashtrian's consider this place a very sacred pilgrim place because Shiva worship is very prominent here.

Legend goes like this - Lord Shiva being a benevolent boon giver bestowed a boon on the Demon Bhasmasur that if he touches any one's head that person will perish and be transformed into ashes. Soon after receiving the boon the Demon rushes and chases to touch the Lord's head thinking he can destroy the Almighty. To confuse the Demon the Lord is in hiding all over the place. Jata Shankar Mahadev temple attracts everyone because one has to climb down the slippery stairs and enter a cave in which the Jambu Dwip stream has its source. A rocky formation of this place resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva.

We then went to Maha Dev temple. A Swayambu Linga is under a cave. Here the water keeps falling over the Linga from the stream that flows above continuously all through the year. Another interesting place where the Lord is hiding is inside a very narrow dark cave. We have to squeeze ourselves sideways between huge rocks and take one step at a time and go into the cave to find a small Shiva Linga. All these steep slippery staircases and narrow pathways hurt your legs but once we are in front of the Lord we forget all the aches and pains.

I did the mistake of climbing the steep steps to reach the Pandava caves up on a hill. In my enthusiasm I climbed up and up, there was nothing at that height except empty caves and a good scenic beauty of the town below. Climbing down the steps was very painful near the ankles and knee joints. The driver took us to a 20 year old medical shop which sells various herbal oils for all sort of joint pains. I promptly bought one bottle and I have been applying the oil daily. Keeping pain balms and sprays handy helps you. This helps because you have another day of long walking routes and lots of climbing to do. Pachmarhi is a beautiful place and is worth visiting when you are in MP.

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Girija Muralidharan
  • Girija Muralidharan
  • Lives in Chennai
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"A place where we can see nature in its various enchanting ways!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
My husband Muralidharan and I went on a tour of Madhya Pradesh in the month of February 2014) We went to Pachmarhi from Sanchi by road. On the way we stopped at Bhojpur, this place is 28 km from Bhopal. Founded by Raja Bhoj and named after....... More
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Rajesh Tiwari
  • Rajesh Tiwari
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place to unwind"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The place is really good to unwind. This is one of the places still not spoilt by overcrowd of tourists. But all the facilities are available. The climate is really cool. If one is a Non Veg eater, then you have to compromise on the variety....... More
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Alip Ray
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Mystic Hill Station."

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
It was a different kind of experience, not like other romantic holidays in a typical Himalayan destination. Pachmarhi is a mystic hill station where nature and Hindu mysticism go hand in hand. I think,all kinds of travellers will love....... More
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Kajal Dey
  • Kajal Dey
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"Place is worth going once!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
Though reaching Pachmarhi is a bit tedious, but the place is worth going once. Stay at Hotel Blue Moon without doubt. Bee Falls, Rajendra Giri Park, Dhoopgarh, Echo Point are must visit spots in. You all will enjoy, if you love heals. You can....... More
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Manan Shah
  • Manan Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 7 Reviews

"Nice change from the busy routine"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
Though reaching Pachmarhi is a bit tedious, but the place is worth going once. Stay at Hotel Pachmarhi without doubt. Bee Falls, Rajendra Giri Park, Dhoopgarh, Echo Point are must visit spots in the place. Not much to shop except the ayurvedic....... More
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Pachmarhi Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1015 m
  • Pincode: 461881
  • District: Hoshangabad
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 07578
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 37°C, Winter 9 to 28°C
Officially known as Pachmarhi Cantonment, Pachmarhi is a hill station located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 1067 ft, this hill station lies in the valley of the Satpura Range in Hoshangabad district. This saucer shaped hill station, which spreads over an area of 59.01 sq km, is fondly known as the ‘Queen of Satpura Ranges’.

Pachmarhi is under the administration of the Pachmarhi Cantonment Board, which serves the Indian Army. The region is inhabited by around 10,000 individuals, with most of them being part of the Indian Army. Clubs and golf courses in Pachmarhi are few and are only for the usage of military personnel. Moreover, most of the civilian population lives alongside the lake.

History of Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi, the land of splendid natural beauty was discovered in 1857 by Captain James Forsyth of the Bengal Lance. Soon it became a hill station and sanatorium for British troops in the Central Provinces of India. Pachmarhi owes its name to the Pandava Caves, wherein 'Panch' means five and 'marhi' means caves. In the colloquial language, Pachmarhi is often pronounced as Panchmarhi or Pachmadhi.

Things to do in Pachmarhi

Renowned as the summer capital of the central provinces during the British regime, Pachmarhi still has remnants of the colonial past. The Victorian churches, bungalows and cemeteries render a colonial atmosphere to the town. The pristine hill station is surrounded by forest area, which has been added to the list of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in May 2009. The tribal communities of the Gonds and the Korkus are the native inhabitants of the area.

Some of the major attractions of Pachmarhi are Satpura National Park, Jata Shankar cave, Pandav caves, Fairy Pool and Big Falls. It is also a good place for taking a walk in the forested woods. Activities like parasailing, trekking and rock climbing can also be organised by the local villagers. It is also possible to stay overnight in one of the nearby villages. Tourists can also try various attractive packages options to tour the hills of Pachmarhi.

Travelling to Pachmarhi

The best way to reach Pachmarhi by air is through Bhopal airport, which is the nearest airport to Pachmarhi. It is at about 195 km away from Pachmarhi. Major airlines connect Bhopal to various cities in India that include Gwalior, Mumbai and Delhi. The next nearest airport is at Delhi, the major International airport nearest to Pachmarhi.

Pachmarhi is well connected by train and bus. The nearest rail station is Pipariya, around 50 km away. It is on the Mumbai-Howrah line and is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore. Taxis are available 24 hours at the railway station which can be hired to reach Pachmarhi. SUVs like Scorpios and Tata Sumos are also available at a cost of INR600-700.

Bus services to Pachmarhi are available from Bhopal, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Chhindwara, Pipariya and other places. There are 7 buses daily to Bhopal which takes around 6-7 hours. Buses are operated by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation as well as other private companies.

The best time to visit Pachmarhi is between October and June, when the weather is pleasant and favorable for sightseeing. If visiting in May-June or during the Christmas-New Year period, accommodation options need to be booked in advance. Long weekends can also be crowded with a lot of tourists pouring in to enjoy the pleasant weather.

Accommodation options in Pachmarhi

Hotels in Pachmarhi range from budget hotels and homestays to mountain resorts. Most of the hotels are strategically placed close to the tourist attractions. Jabalpur which is located at around 24 km also has many accommodations to suit the tourist budgets.

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