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      An all-season hill resort, Pachmarhi nestles in Satpura ranges with its enchanting forest glades, giggling ravines and fascinating wildlife. It has its archaelogical assets too. There are rock paintings, said to be dating back to thousands of years, in the caves of Mahadeo hills.

     Pachmarhi was discovered in 1857 by a Bengali lancer. The British developed it as a hillresort. A church built by them is a colourful legacy. The location has been named Priyadarshini Point. Handi Khoh is an attractive ravine area. Apsara Vihar is a popular bathing pool. A trek over Rajat Pratap is an adventure of sorts. Duchess Fall is the most beautiful waterfall in Pachmarhi. Not far is Saunder's Pool, good for swimming.


A colonial legacy, the Pachmarhi church

      Jatashankar has a legend: it is said Lord Mahadeo took refuge here to escape from Bhasmasura. A rock formation here resembles Shiva's locks. Mahadeo Hill is a sacred spot with a Shiva temple. There is a cave with ancient paintings inside. The story is that the Pandavas spent some time in Pachmarhi and the place got its name from the Pandav caves. Bharat Neer, Astachal, Jambu Dwip, Harper's cave, Chieftain's cave etc are some of the famous cave shelters.

How to reach: The nearest airport is at Bhopal (195 km). Pipariya (47 km) on the Mumbai-Howrah line via Allahabad, is the nearest rail head. Bus is available to all places.




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