Apsara Vihar

Top choice in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh

A pool underneath a small waterfall, above a canyon southeast of town, this is the best of Pachmarhi’s natural pools for swimming. It's a drive of about 1.5km past Pandav Caves, followed by a walk of about 700m.

You'll need a core-zone permit.

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1. Rajat Prapat Viewpoint

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A short distance downstream from the Apsara Vihar pools, the stream plunges off the cliff in central India's highest single-drop fall (107m), Rajat Prapat…

2. Pandav Caves

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These five ancient rock dwellings are believed to have been carved by Buddhists as early as the 4th century. The foundations of a brick Buddhist stupa…

3. Handi Khoh

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Also known as Suicide Point, Handi Khoh is a viewpoint on the lip of 100m-deep, densely forested canyon, with Chauragarh visible in the distance.

4. Jai Stambh

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This concrete pillar, erected to commemorate Indian independence, stands in the middle of a seven-way junction in the southwestern part of town.

5. Christchurch


Looking like it has fallen straight out of a twee little English village, Pachmarhi's beautiful Gothic-revival Protestant church was built back in 1875,…

6. Jata Shankar

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This cave temple is in a beautiful gorge 1km along a road that’s signed just north of the town limits. The small Shiva shrine is hidden under a huge…

7. Priyadarshini Point

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8. Chauragarh

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Chauragarh (1308m), Madhya Pradesh’s third-highest peak, is topped by a sizeable and panoramic Shiva temple that attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims…