Activities

Pachmarhi Sightseeing

Priyadarshini (Forsyth) Point:
This vantage viewing point marks the place from where Pachmarhi was discovered by Captain Forsyth in 1857. The British developed Pachmarhi as a resort and their influence is embodied in its churches and colonial architecture. One needs to walk around 500 meters to reach this point.

Jamuna Prapat (Bee Fall):
A spectacular fall in the stream which provides drinking water to Pachmarhi. The bathing pools above the fall are very popular. To reach the foot of the fall around 150 meters below, one needs to walk around a kilometer. The descent and ascent can prove strenuous to elderly people or if one is with kids. The changing place for ladies is not sober.

Apsara Vihar (Fairy Pool):
This 'fairy pool' is an ideal picnic spot for families with small children, since the pool is shallow, deepening only towards the base of the fall. It is said that English ladies used to bath here giving impression of fairies to the locals. To reach this, one has to walk around 2 km through the forest, on the way to Silver Fall. The trek including small ascends and descends can be easily done.

Rajat Prapat (Silver Fall):
Those seeking adventure will find it in this ten-minute walk over rocks and boulders from Apsara Vihar to the top of Rajat Prapat, the 'big fall' to have a glimpse of it.

Irene Pool:
This pool was discovered by Irene Bose, wife of Justice Vivian Bose, and named after her. The route upstream leads to a cave, through which the stream goes underground and then over a khud in a series of falls.

Jalawataran (Duchess Falls):
The descent is steep and the trek strenuous for almost all of the 4 km to the base of the fall's first cascade.

Handi Khoh viewpoint:
Pachmarhi's most impressive ravine has a 300 feet high precipice and dramatically steep sides.

Sunder Kund (Saunder's Pool):
Crossing the stream below Duchess Fall and following a footpath about 2.5 km in a south- west direction, brings one to a huge rocky pool that is excellent for a refreshing swim.

Mahadeo:
Regarded as holy for countless of generations, Mahadeo hill has a shrine with an idol of Lord Shiva and an impressive Shivlinga. On the East side of the hill is an excellent cave shelter with beautiful cave paintings. Beware of monkeys here as they can snatch away food items, purse, camera etc.

Chhota/Gupt Mahadeo :
Revered as a sacred spot, this is a narrow point in the valley with rocks overhanging a stream and a spring from where water cascades down.

Chauragarh:
4 km from Mahadeo, it is one of Satpura's prominent land marks, the summit crowned with emblems of Mahadeo worship.

Jata Shankar:
A sacred cave under a mass of loose boulders in which the Jambu Dwip stream has its source. A rocky formation of this place resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva, hence the name

Dhoopgarh:
The highest point in the Satpura range, with a magnificent view of the surrounding ranges. A very popular spot for viewing sunsets.

Pandav Caves:
Five ancient dwellings excavated in the sandstone rock in a low hill. Pachmarhi derives its name from these caves which, as the legend goes, once provided sanctuary to the five Pandav brothers. These caves are now protected monuments. The garden at the foothills is beautiful and well maintained.

Tridhara (Piccadily Circus):
A popular picnic spot where two streams meet in a junction.

Vanshree Vihar (Pansy Pool):
A beautiful spot on the Denwa stream, cool and shady among trees, ferns and semi-tropical vegetation.

Reechhgarh:
A wonderful natural amphitheater in the rock, approached through a cave-like entrance on the South-side.

Sangam (Fuller's Khud - Waters Meet):
This is the lowest of the picnic spots on the Denwa and offers fairly good bathing pools both below and above the meeting of the waters.

Mahadeo:
Regarded as holy for countless of generations, Mahadeo hill has a shrine with an idol of Lord Shiva and an impressive Shivlinga. On the East side of the hill is an excellent cave shelter with beautiful cave paintings. Beware of monkeys here as they can snatch away food items, purse, camera etc.

Catholic Church:
Built in 1892 by the British, the Catholic Church is a blend of the French and Irish architecture. Its Belgium stained-glass windows add rare attraction and beauty to the building. The church has a cemetery attached to it and graves date from 1859, World War I & II.

Christ Church:
Built in 1875 by the British, this Church's architecture is fascinating; its 'sanctum-sanctorum' has a hemispherical dome on top with its ribs ending with faces of angels. The stained glass panes adorning the walls and rear of the altar were imported from Europe. They present a gorgeous view as the sun rays pass through them. The nave of the church does not contain even a single pillar for support. The baptismal font is a rare brass piece and the bell is as old as the church and its chimes can be heard from a long distance.

ASatpura National Park:
Set up in 1981, Satpura National Park is 524 sq km in area. It spreads through dense forest of evergreen sal, teak and bamboo. The high peaks of Dhoopgarh and Mahadeo, Bori's legendary teak and bamboo forests, Pachmarhi's fascinating natural beauty of deep valleys, high mountains, rivulets, waterfalls and Tawa's vast reservoir combine to give this park unique beauty and a breathtaking variety of attractions. The park is home to the bison, tiger, Leopard, bear, four-horned deer, blue-bull and a rich variety of birds.

Bison Lodge:
Constructed in 1862, the Bison Lodge is the oldest house in Pachmarhi. It now houses a beautiful museum depicting the rich flora and fauna of Pachmarhi.