Top things to do in Pachmarhi

Top Choice Viewpoint in Pachmarhi

Dhoopgarh

An almost mandatory final stop on 4WD tours, Dhoopgarh looks west over endless valleys, hills and forests and has a broad stepped terrace for everyone to do their sunset selfies on. Dhoopgarh mountain, just behind, …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Pachmarhi

Rajat Prapat Viewpoint

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 (Silver Fall or Big Fall). Steps up from Apsara Vihar lead t…
Top Choice River in Pachmarhi

Apsara Vihar

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.
Dhaba in Pachmarhi

Rasoi

Not your average roadside dhaba (casual eatery)! A scrumptious, long-winded, South Indian, non-veg and Chinese menu is served here in several open or partially open-air seating areas. Our waiter’s recommendation – v…
Mountain in Pachmarhi

Chauragarh

Chauragarh (1308m), Madhya Pradesh’s third-highest peak, is topped by a sizeable and panoramic Shiva temple that attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims during the Shivaratri Mela. It's a return hike of about five ho…
Religious in Pachmarhi

Shivaratri Mela

Up to 100,000 Shaivite pilgrims, sadhus (holy men) and Adivasis (tribal people) attend celebrations at Mahadeo Cave, then make a pilgrimage up Chauragarh to plant tridents by the Shiva shrine.
Cave in Pachmarhi

Mahadeo Cave

Ten kilometres south of the Jai Stambh by paved road, a path leading 30m into the damp gloom reveals a lingam with attendant priest. This is the beginning of the pilgrim path to Chauragarh (about five hours’ return …
Religious Site in Pachmarhi

Pandav Caves

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 have been excavated on top of them.
Church in Pachmarhi

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, entirely of sandstone, even up to the top of the steeple, wher…
Cave in Pachmarhi

Asthachal Rock Shelter

Accessed by a trail of about 2.5km from the road towards Reechgarh, this ancient rock shelter is notable for its (now sadly faded) rock paintings, especially the 5m-long 'chorus line' of dancers.