If you are nature lover and want to explore more to satisfy your hunger, you must visit Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh. It is a hill station 195 km from Bhopal airport and 47 km from Pipariya station. It reports to the administration of the Pachmarhi Cantonment Council, Indian Army. As the name suggests, Pach means Five, and Marhi means Caves, hence Pachmarhi. Historically and mythologically, it is believed to have been built by the Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata. The place has five Pandav cave shelters, the earliest paintings of which date back to around 10,000 years. This place was added to the list of biosphere reserves in May 2009 by UNESCO.
So why go to visit this place? Besides the historical importance, there is a plethora of scenic beauties which keep an enchantment and an attachment to its natural grip. Pachmarhi is the only hilltop destination in Madhya Pradesh, at an elevation of 1,067 feet in the verdant valley of the Satpura Range. Often called “Satpura ki Rani”
(Queen of Satpura). There are forests, cave shelters, quiet waterfalls, streams, and it is home to rich biodiversity.
The peaks of the Mahadeo hills where your soul feels the warmth of nature, where your heart feels every beat, where there is no physical boundary between you and nature, reminds you of the fact that spirituality has an address. If you’re here, you’ve just found the right address, mate.
This place has religious values, because there you will find a shrine with an idol of Lord Shiva and a beautiful Shivlinga, which is called JataShankar Temple.
You are always missing something if you haven’t been to the cave shelters in the Mahadeo Hills. A place with an archaeological abundance in the form of cave paintings. These cave paintings are believed to be in the AD 500-800 time slot. Some of them are around 10,000 years old. Dhupgarh is the highest point of the Satpura Ranges and is close to Pachmarhi. Handi Khoh is a clifftop destination that offers valley views, horseback riding, lush forests, hiking trails, and nearby waterfalls. You can visit the Shri Panch Pandav Caves, which are home to five cliff top caves that are believed to have been carved 10,000 years ago. There are Pandav Gardens where you can spend time with your loved ones.
The greenery, the lush green forest, the wild bamboo, the blackberry plantation, the Sal trees and the delicate bamboo groves are worth seeing and make you feel connected to them. The whole view is attractive to the eyes.
Wait, there isn’t all that. If you are a wildlife lover and want to treat yourself with the view of the dense forest, which is covered in mist, spot wild animals like bison, leopards, blue bulls, tigers, panthers, elephants, etc. exotic destination. You can visit Satpura National Park where you can spot a tiger if you are lucky.
Reechgarh is a famous place for being a place for bears. Reech means bear and that is why this place is named Reechgarh.
The Bison Lodge Museum is a small animal and plant museum featuring life-size sculptures of local wildlife. Trekking and jungle walking can be a good option amidst the forests of Apsara Vihar to Rajat Pratap. The region has rich flora and fauna, making it an ideal holiday destination with your loved ones.
Can we imagine where the water in Pachmarhi comes from? Yes, you can find the place where Pachmarhi gets his water supply. It is a place called Jamuna Pratap, a spectacular waterfall. We can visit there and enjoy a swimming experience as we usually do. There is also a natural swimming pool at the bottom of the fall. However, there are a series of waterfalls like Irene Falls, Duchess Falls, Sundar Kand, Silver Falls. Which are a perfect treat for tourists.
Then there are the BEE Falls. To visit this fall you have to use a gypsy because here you have to buy a visitor ticket first and private cars are only allowed up to a point due to the difficult geographical location. You can either walk on your own or pass by a gypsy. The place requires a good physical shape because it is about trekking.
If you are with the children of your family, you should never miss the Apsara Vihar, also known as “Fairy Pool”. Some pools are man-made, but this one is a natural pool at the foot of the falls. You can enjoy free time with your loved ones here. You can also enjoy family boating in the nautical club lake.
Few of us know it, but the place was discovered by Captain Forsyth, who was a famous officer in British rule in 1857. Interesting but true, his idea was to promote this place as a tourist destination. So in his memory there is a Forsyth Point named Priyadarshini. You will also find beautiful seaside resorts, churches and colonial buildings, which remind you of British rule. Churches like the Church of Christ and the Catholic Church have archaeological beauty unspoiled in them. Another place of interest is the ruins of the Begum Palace.
Due to the rich biodiversity and archaeological heritage, the location has been a popular filming destination for Bollywood