Apsara Vihar is a small waterfall with a shallow pool below it. It is also known as the Fairy Pool. It is an ideal place for safe swimming, diving and natural open bath. The pool is not so deep. Hence, families with children find this a nice place for fun. This pool is located near the Pandava Caves.
The story behind the name of the pool is interesting. During the British regime the wives of British officers used to come here to take bath. Local people used to peep through the bushes to see them. Seeing the fair skinned ladies they thought that they were celestial women or Apsaras who had descended from heaven to take a bath.
Hence they called it Apsara Vihar or Fairy Pool. For anybody who visits Pachmarhi, taking a bath in Apsara Vihar will be a delightful experience.
The Bee Falls is a beautiful waterfall in Pachmarhi. It is also called the Jamuna Prapat. It provides drinking water for the Pachmarhi Valley. The Bee Falls is an enchanting cascade which flows with a beautiful buzz sound. There is a pool below and another one above the water fall. One who loves adventure can cross the stream and reach another bathing pool Rajat Prapat through the Bee Falls.
Adventurous trips from Apsara Vihar to Rajat Prapat through the Bee Falls is exciting for youngsters. The Bee Falls will not escape from the memory of those who have visited it once. The solitude and natural beauty will catch the attention of any onlooker. This spot is a must visit for travellers to Pachmarhi.
The Pandava Caves are a group of five caves in a small hillock in Pachmarhi. It is believed that the Pandavas during their period of exile took shelter in these caves. The caves are small in size. The one which is comparatively bigger with enough air circulation is called Draupathi Kuti or Cave. The most congested and dark cave is called Bhima Kothari or Cave.
The archaeological evidences claim that the caves where constructed by Buddhist monks during the 1st century as they used them as a place of refuge. But, the myth of Pandavas is more popular among locals. It is a must visit for anyone who goes to Pachmarhi. The Pandava Caves are beautifully carved natural caves.
Dhupgarh or Dhoopgarh is the highest point or peak in the Satpura Range. It has an altitude of 1350 m. It is not only the highest point of Pachmarhi but also the highest point of Madhya Pradesh and Central India.
It is an amazing experience to see the sunset at Pachmarhi. Moreover, this place is a popular picnic spot too. The best season to visit Dhupgarh is during the monsoon season when the place is enveloped by thin monsoon clouds. Dhupgarh is one of the attractions that promotes tourism in Pachmarhi.
The Bada Mahadev Cave is located almost 10 km away from Pachmarhi. It is a Shrine of Lord Mahadeva or Shiva. It is a 60 ft long cave. It has shrines of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and also of Lord Ganesha inside it.
As per local beliefs, the Bada Mahadev Cave is the place where Lord Vishnu killed Demon Bhasmasura taking the form of Mohini, a celestial beauty. It has water dropping from the cave continuously and it gets collected in a pool. Taking bath in this pool is supposed to cure one of all evils. It is a beautiful place to explore nature and also for worship.
The Jata Shankar Cave is a natural cavern of Pachmarhi. It is an important place of worship for the believers in Shaivite tradition. There is a large Shiva Linga statue inside the cavern. This Shiva Linga is naturally formed. As per myth, it is the place where Shiva hid from Bhasmasura.
It also has a natural rock formation which resembles the hundred headed snake called Sheshang of Hindu Mythology. The rocks of this cave look like the matted hair of Lord Shiva. Hence, the name Jata Shankar Caves came from the particular shape of the rocks as Jata means hair and Shankar is another name of Lord Shiva.
The Jambu Dwip stream originates from the Jata Sankar Caves. It is a place of attraction for picnickers and worshippers alike.
Priyadarshini Point is the spot that gives a view of the entire Pachmarhi valley. In the year 1857 Captain Forsyth discovered Pachmarhi from this spot. It was formerly called the Forsyth point. The British developed Pachmarhi as a hill station and resort after this discovery. It led to the present development of Pachmarhi.
In the postcolonial period it got renamed as the Priyadarshini Point. One can get a beautiful view of the entire Pachmarhi valley and especially Handi Khoh ravine from here. Priyadarshini Point is the apt place to see the sunset in the majestic Satpura Range.
Handi Khoh is a canyon or ravine inside the Pachmarhi forest region. It falls from a height of 300 ft and has rugged rock or cliff around it. It is a lovely and lonely place where one can listen to the noise of bees and gushing water only.
As per folklore there was a lake in the place called Handi Khoh earlier. But a poisonous evil serpent, which was in fact a demon, was guarding the lake. Once there was a fight between the Hindu God, Lord Shiva and the evil snake. In the fury of the war between them the lake dried and the canyon was formed.
Handi got the name as it has the shape of the pot. The people of Pachmarhi used to call it Andhi Kho and later on it came to be known as Handi Khoh. Handi Khoh is famous for its marvellous natural beauty.
Lanjee Giri is a hill located at Pachmarhi. It is frequented by adventure lovers. It is a hill good for trekking and rock climbing. Lanjee Giri scales from both east and west. It has an underground passage through it which reaches the western end of the hill.
The Duchess Falls is a beautiful cascade at Pachmarhi. The gorgeous waterfall creates three different cascades. One has to trek for at least 4 km to reach the base. The fall takes 100 m while falling and the water crashes down with such a beautiful gushing noise. There are many small puddles formed by the waterfalls.
The visitors can safely enjoy swimming and bathing in these small puddles. The Duchess Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that originates in the mighty Satpura Range. The Duchess Falls is highly recommended for people interested in photography.
The Bharat Neer, also known as the Dorothy Deep is a cave shelter at Pachmarhi. The Archaeological Survey of India had carried out excavations here in 1930. During the survey, they could collect many pottery shards and things from the Microlithic Period from this place.
The cave has artistically done fine paintings of animals inside it. It gives us a sense about the bygone era. The Bharat Neer is one of the best Shelter Caves of Pachmarhi.
The Chauragarh Peak is situated at an altitude of 1326 m. It is one of the highest points in Pachmarhi. It gives a wonderful view of the dense Pachmarhi reserve forest, streams, waterfalls and the valley below. There is a famous Lord Shiva temple on the Chauragarh Peak making it an important pilgrim centre at Pachmarhi.
On the day of Mahashiva Ratri Festival, hundreds of devotees used to climb the peak and reach here for worship. Devotees used to bring a small Trisul as a token of respect for Lord Shiva. One has to climb 1250 steps to reach this temple.
After the visit one can rest at the Dharmasala or resting place situated near the temple. Apart from worshippers tourists who love adventure and nature come up to the peak to enjoy the beautiful landscape around.
Harper’s Cave is a small cave at Pachmarhi. Harper’s Cave has a beautiful old painting on the walls of it. It shows the picture of a man playing the musical instrument Harp; hence, it got the name. It is situated near the Jata Shankar Cave.
The Christ Church is a church at Pachmarhi built by the British in the year 1875. The architectural style of this church is a mix of European styles with elements of Irish, French and British architectural styles in it. The stunning glass panes of the church are imported from Belgium.
The church has an amazing hemispherical dome and the nave of the church is not supported by pillars. It is a place of worship and also a place to see the western architecture style of church building. Visitors throng here throughout the year to see the beautiful European styles used to design the Christ Church.
The Rajat Prapat is the largest waterfall of Pachmarhi. The waterfall got its name Rajat Prapat as it shines in silver colour while sunlight falls on the water. Rajat Prapat literally means “Silver Fall” because Rajat means silver and Prapat means waterfall in Hindi.
It is a single fall of 107 m. It has the shape of a horse tail. It is the 30th highest waterfall of India. Rajat Prapat is known as Queen of Satpura. It is situated at a walkable distance of 10 min from Apsara Vihar.