Prime Attractions of panchmarhi
It is a spectacular fall in the stream that provides drinking water to Pachmari and is easily accessible.
These are two separate hills in Panchmarhi from where one can watch the spectacular Sunrise and Sunset. The ancient Shiva temple of Cahuragarh is worth seeing and sunrise at Dhupgarh leaves one mesmerised.
This is the sacred cave under a mass of loose boulders where Shiva is believed to have hidden himself from the demon king Bhasmasur. It resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva, hence the name.
This cave is 30 meter long and water is always seeping inside the cave. The source of this water has been traced to a waterfall. In the middle of the cave is a small pool of water. Thousands of pilgrims descend on the Mahadev Temple, during the Shivratri Mela.
Pandav Caves are the famous caves from which Panchmarhi takes its name. According to popular belief, the Pandav brothers spent a part of their exile here.
Tamiya is more beautiful than Panchmarhi and is totally unvisited by tourists. The Sunset point at Tamiya is where one can sit for hours and enjoy the setting sun. Any other thing cannot match this experience. One is bound to be lost in the scintillating beauty of the Satpura hills here.
|Getting to pachmarhi
Pachmarhi is 864 km from Mumbai and 211 km from Bhopal, the nearest airport with connections to all major cities of India. The quickest way to get here is to fly to Bhopal and then take an onward bus or taxi to Pachmarhi. The closest railhead is Piparia, 47 km, on the Mumbai-Howrah mainline, from where buses and taxis are available for Pachmarhi. Within the city you can walk, hire a bike or a jeep to see the sights.
|Best time to visit
This is a year-round destination with a pleasant climate. Summer temperatures rarely exceed 37ºC and winter temperatures never fall below 7ºC. Carry light woollens for summer evenings and heavier woollens for winter.
Budget accommodation is plentiful, but advance bookings are recommended. MPSTDC has mid-budget log huts and low budget motels where room tariffs begin at Rs 350 and the luxury hotel tariff is Rs 1,000 and above. MPSTDC has offices all across the major cities of India, where enquiries can be made regarding reservations. The MPSTDC, Pachmarhi Tel: (07578) 252 100 and MPSTDC head office, Bhopal Tel:(0755) 277 8383, 2774343