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History of Pachmarhi
Pachmarhi is a hill station situated in the central state of India – Madhya Pradesh. The name of the city, which means five caves in Hindi, is a result of the five caves said to have been built by the Pandava brothers of the Mahabharatha during their years in exile; one of the prime Pachmarhi attractions.
In the time of the British Raj, the area was under the control of the Gond king Bhawut Singh after which the village was turned into a hill station and sanatorium for British troops in Central India.
Though the town is not very large, most of it is administered by the Pachmarhi Cantonment Board that serves the Indian Army. It also has an airstrip near Dhupgarh.
People and Culture of Pachmarhi
The indigenous population of the town is not more than ten thousand people, most of whom have some connection with the Army installations in the area. There are a lot of things to do in Pachmarhi.
It is frequented by around one lakh visitors a year People bring along tridents that are of a symbolic nature and climb the Chauragarh Hill to keep them near Lord Shiva’s shrine.
Things to Do in Pachmarhi
Sightseeing in Pachmarhi has a lot of options. The Pandava caves are an item of most interest to visitors to this area. Located within Pachmari, they are easily accessible through various modes of transport.
Places to see in Pachmarhi include Dhoopgarh which is the highest point in Madhya Pradesh and accessible by car or by trekking. The Bee Falls are a must see in this area as they provide a gorgeous view. The falls are the source of water for the whole of Pachmarhi.
Jata Shankar caves, the place where Lord Shiva is believed to have concealed himself from the wrath of Bhaismasur, the Mahadeo hills which contain a shrine to Lord Shiva and home to one of the most beautiful Shiva Lingas in the world, and Handi Khoh, one of the most exquisite ravines and rich in mythological history are all Pachmarhi places to visit.
Food and Shopping in Pachmarhi
Metal artifacts made by the Bastar community of this area are very popular items among tourists and is an important Pachmarhi tourist place. Local paintings in Pachmarhi are collectibles which can be used to beautifully decorate your home. Though shopping in the town will not leave you with many extravagant items, the unique canopy work of the locals are interesting and agricultural implements can be found in the weekly markets hosted by the locals. Other famous places in Pachmarhi the local honey and herbal Ayurvedic medicine shops.
Accommodation in Pachmarhi
As constructions in the town were stopped around the 1990s, most hotels in Pachmarhi are restored colonial buildings that still retain their old world charm and are also great places to visit in Pachmarhi. Pre-booking is a must as this region is very popular among tourists and pilgrims. Ask about Pachmarhi tours so you do not miss out on any Pachmarhi sightseeing. If you are wondering about how to reach Pachmarhi, there are frequent trains and buses that travel frequently to the town. It is easy for the discerning traveller to find accommodation at hotels in Pachmarhi.