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Madhya Pradesh - Pachmarhi

Postby Bhaskar » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:59 am

Madhya Pradesh - Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is a small hill station in Madhya Pradesh and a part of the Satpura range. It is about 3500 ft above sea level and is mostly covered by green shades. Pachmarhi along with the Satpura National Park and Dhupgarh is one of the most beautiful places in India.

When to go:
It is said that Pachmarhi is most beautiful during April - June. But we visited in January and the experience is just as good as anything I had seen earlier.

How to reach:
By Air: Nearest airport is Bhopal( about 200 Kms)
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Pipariya (54 Kms)
We availed the Mumbai-Howrah mail to reach Pipariya. We reached Pipariya at about 9:30 PM and from there we hired a car to reach Pachmarhi. The car fare was about Rs. 600.

Where to stay:
We had booking in the Woodlands Bungalow, done from the MP tourism office, Kolkata. This is in the outskirts of the main town and is a nice place to stay.
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What to see:
Day 1

Pandav Caves:
Five ancient dwellings excavated in the sandstone rock in a low hill. There is an ancient saying that these caves once provided shelter to the pandavas.
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Rajat Prapat (Silver Fall):
The height of this waterfall is about 351 ft. It is a thrilling experience to watch straight down into the bottom of the fall.
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Apsara Bihar:
It's a small natural pond ideal for picnic. This is not very far from Rajat Prapat.
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Jamuna Prapat (Bee Fall):
It is one of the most spectacular waterfall in Pachmarhi. Its hard to resist for any visitor, the temptation of taking a bath in Bee Fall. While taking bath here the feelings of the water particles striking the skin can be compared to a bee sting and thus the name.
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Reechgarh:
A wonderful natural amphitheatre in the rock, approached through a cave like entrance.
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Dhoopgarh:
The name came from “dhoop” means sunlight and “garh” meaning fort. This looks like a fort from a distant where the first and last rays of sun falls. This is also the highest point in Madhya Pradesh. From this point the entire Satpura range can be seen. This is very popular for viewing the sunset. Another place for viewing the sunset is Rajendra Giri which is comparatively at a lower altitude and the views are not as good as Dhoopgarh.
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Day 2
Pachmarhi Lake:
Though it is not a very famous place but the lake is quite big and the sunrise here is also very beautiful.
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Handi Khoh (Suicide point):
Pachmarhi’s most impressive ravine has a 300 ft high precipice and dramatically steep sides.
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Priyadarshini (Forsyth point):
This place is named after Indira Gandhi (her nickname was Priyadarshini ). To her it was the most beautiful place in Madhya Pradesh. This is a valley covered by dense green forest.
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Mahadeo:
This is a holy temple inside a cave with an idol of lord Shva. Most astonishing here the priest is a monkey.
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Gupt Mahadeo:
From mahadeo at a distance of about 200 metres there is a narrow cave which leads to Gupt Mahadeo.
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Jatashankar:
Though this is a holy spot but the natural beauty is also unforgettable. This is a gigantic rock lynching perilously between the wobbly walls of the cave.
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Amma Mai Mandir and Begam Palace:
This is one of those very common temples that we come across. There is also nothing special about the Begam palace. But once I get to the roof of the palace (it’s difficult as there aren't any stairs) it gave a decent view of Pachmarchi.
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Birds:
One with little luck will find a lot of beautiful birds here.
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Some random pics...
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Re: Madhya Pradesh - Pachmarhi

Postby manojit.pati » Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:49 pm

Really informative writing and awesome pictures.

Keep posting Bhaskar.
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Re: Madhya Pradesh - Pachmarhi

Postby suryajit » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:41 pm

Really Bhaskar, nice write-up and nice pictures too.
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