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Read to know more about Pachmarhi, the queen of Satpura, the best time to visit and its major attractions.

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Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 12:03 [IST]
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One of the most popular hill stations in Madhya Pradesh, it is a treasure trove filled with ancient caves which date back to the Buddhist era and can be seen against the background of a serene waterfall.
The destination will for sure rejuvenate you and take you back to your childhood days when one would run around the green garden grass without being bothered of anything.

Legends

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It is believed that the Pandavas had come across Pachmarhi while in exile. They made five caves to be used as their shelter which gives the place its name Pachmarhi, which translates into five caves. Pach in Hindi means five and marhi means cave.

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According to another legend, after the Pandavas were forced into exile, they had to spend a year in anonymity as a part of their exile. While moving through Pachmarhi, they had excavated caves out of sandstone hills to make it their interim home.

The Discovery

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The land is a treasure of natural beauty and history. This treasure chest was opened up by one British officer named James Forsyth. In the year 1857, Forsyth who was the Bengal Lancer at that time spotted this region filled with natural beauty.
Because of a British founder, one can still find the colonial charm over the place in its cottages and bungalows which stand as a perfect example of British architecture.
Best Time To Visit
Pachmarhi is a year-round destination; however, the months from October to March are most preferred by visitors.

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Major Attractions

1.Handi Khoh

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Handi Khoh is a gorge along with a towering cliff measuring around 300 ft amidst dense greenery. It is considered as Mother Nature's gift to the region of Pachmarhi. The clinging rock face here is home to large beehives and filled with timber which adds on to the beauty of this place.

2. Jata Shankar Caves

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Jata Shankar Caves are naturally formed caves housing a self-formed Shiva Lingam. The lingam is found under an enormous rock formation which takes the shape of Anantha Sesha, protecting the lingam with his hood spread out.

3. Pandava Caves

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These caves are believed to have been a shelter to the Pandavas during their exile. The caves are also important to the Buddhists, as it is believed that it provided shelter to the Buddhist preachers during the first century.

4. Apsara Vihar

Apsara Vihar

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A puddle-shaped waterfall, Apsara Vihar of Pachmarhi is at a very close proximity to the Pandava caves and is very popular with the visitors.

5. Dhoopgarh

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One of the highest points in the Satpura range, the Dhoopgarh hilltop is one of the most preferred places to witness sunsets and sunrises. The hilltop and its viewpoints are accessible only by trekking. The trek takes you through waterfalls and valleys.

6. Priyadarshini Point/Forsyth Point

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Captain James Forsyth discovered Pachmarhi in the year 1857 from this very point. The Priyadarshini Point gives you a bird's eye view of the entire hill station and its beautiful landscape.

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