Know Panchmarhi

Panchmarhi is walker's paradise. Wrapped in lush green meadows and rinsed by the many streams and waterfalls, Panchmarhi is a place to enjoy your holidays away from the concrete jungle. Hill resorts in India unfolds the beauty of Pachmahri and various tourist places around.

Located in the Satpura ranges, Panchmarhi is an idyllic hill station in Madhya Pradesh. Panchmarhi is about 210 kilometres from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh.
Panchmarhi was discovered by James Forsyth, captain of Bengal Lancers in 1857. The hill station was once the cantonment of the British. Even today one can find various monument and churches of the British era in Panchmarhi. Panchmarhi is Madhya Pradesh's most verdant jewel, a place where nature has found exquisite expression in myriad enchanting ways.Green shades embrace the mountains, and everywhere is heard the gentle murmur of flowing water. Bridle paths lead into tranquil forest glades, groves of wild bamboo and jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets.

Priyadarshini (Forsyth Point)
Jamuna Prapat (Bee Fall)
This vantage viewing point marks the place from where Panchmarhi was discovered by Captain Forsyth in 1857. The British developed Panchmarhi as a resort and their influence is embodied in its churches and colonial architecture. A spectacular fall in the stream which provides drinking water to Panchmarhi. The bathing pools above the fall are very popular.
Handi Khoh Apsara Vihar (Fairy Pool)
Panchmarhi's most impressive ravine has a 300 feet high precipice and dramatically steep sides. Easily accessible from Jai Stambh, 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.
Rajat Prapat (Big Fall) Irene Pool
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'. 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) Sunder Kund (Saunder's Pool)
The descent is steep and the trek strenuous for almost all of the 4 km to the base of the fall's first cascade. 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 Chhota 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. 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 Jata Shankar
4 kms from Mahadeo, it is one of Satpura's prominent land marks, the summit crowned with emblems of Mahadeo worship. 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 Pandav Caves
The highest point in the Satpura range, with a magnificent view of the surrounding ranges. A very popular spot for viewing sunsets. Five ancient dwellings excavated in the sandstone rock in a low hill. Panchmarhi 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.
Tridhara (Piccadily Circus) Vanshree Vihar (Pansy Pool)
A popular picnic spot where two streams meet in a junction. A beautiful spot on the Denwa stream, cool and shady among trees, ferns and semi-tropical vegetation.
Reechhgarh Sangam (Fuller's Khud - Waters Meet)
A wonderful natural amphitheater in the rock, approached through a cave-like entrance on the South-side. 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.
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.

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.
Satpura 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, Panchmarhi'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 Panchmarhi. It now houses a beautiful museum depicting the rich flora and fauna of Panchmarhi.
The Cave Shelters
Some of the best cave shelters and groups of shelters around Panchmarhi are: Dhuandhar, approached from the footpath to Apsara Vihar, the paintings mostly in white include a group of archers with the typical Gond bun and hooped earrings. Bharat Neer (Dorothy Deep), has well executed animal paintings and when excavated in the 1930s yielded many pottery shards and microliths. Asthachal (Monte Rosa), there are four shelters with paintings, comparatively early linear drawings.

Along the northern side of Jambu Dwip valley are some six shelters with many paintings of animals and human figures, including a detailed battle scene. Harper's Cave, so named because of one of its paintings - a man seated and playing a harp is close to the Jata Shankar Shrine. The Chieftain's Cave derives its name from a battle scene showing two chieftains on horses. A terrace that runs the length of the South, South East and East faces of Kites Crag has some fine cave paintings, the majority of which are in white or outlined in red.
Panchmarhi- How to Reach
By Air - Bhopal is the nearest airport and is about 210 kilometres from Panchmarhi.Nagpur is 250 Km.
By Rail - Pipariya is the closest railhead to Panchmarhi, which is about 55 kilometres away. Panchmarhi is well connected by road to Nagpur, Bhopal and Pipariya, Jabalpur & Itarsi.
By Road - Panchmarhi is well connected from Bhopal, Nagpur, Indore, Jabalpur & Pipariya.
Panchmarhi- Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Panchmarhi is April-July, however Panchmarhi can be visited throughout the year except during the rains.
Weather of Panchmarhi at different season –
Summer - Day-35°, Night – 25°
Winter - Day-15°, Night - 01°
Important Note:
While visiting Panchmarhi's beautiful spots, please avoid littering. Carry back with you all empty plastic bags and other trash and leave every point as you found it, spotlessly clean.

Panchmarhi - Sites Nearby
Satpura National Park is an ideal place to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. The park was set up in 1981 and covers an area of 524 sq kilometres. The park is home to a rich variety of birds. The wild animals that you get a chance to watch include bison, tigers, leopards and four-horned deer. Tamia is another beautiful place that one can visit. It is about 78 kilometres from Panchmarhi. If you want to extend your Panchmarhi tour, you can visit Bhopal and Bhimbetka. Bhimbetka is popular for the 600 rock shelters and paintings on the caves.
Panchmarhi- Adventure Sports
Panchmarhi is an excellent place to take long walks. There are a number of options for you to choose from. Take a leisurely stroll to Jata Shanker cave or just walk up to Chauragarh. Adventure lovers can trek in the woods in the Satpura range.
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