Pachmarhi is a wonderful place in the central India, which have enough potential to attract various type of visitor. Though, it is not so popular as it should be. In our country we usually go to those places which are mostly explored by foreign travelers. During my trip I did not saw any foreign tourists which may be one reason, behind its less popularity. But, from my experience I can say it is the best location to plan a 4-7 day trip. This small tourist town has many things to offer. Your trip may be for experiencing the wild life of Satpura forest, or want to enjoy waterfalls on a family holiday or just as a pilgrim. You can also experience many adventure activities in Pachmarhi; like Parasailing, Quad bike, Bunjee ejection.
Adventure activities in Pachmarhi
Open Jeep ride
While in Pachmarhi, the first exciting thing that your trip will be an open jeep ride. Normally you do not found chance of riding on open jeep. When you go to Dhupgarh, steep and inclined road make your ride more interesting. And these expert driver add more thrill with riding on fast speed and you feel the power of centrifugal force. Open jeep is also a good option if you want to take photograph while on riding.
While you look down from Dhupgarh view point, you get a feeling of being on the top of world. Every thing become below your seight.
Tracking within forest
Pachmarhi town is lies within the Satpura’s deep forest. The world famous ‘Jungle Book’ written by J Rudyard Kipling in 1894 was inspired from these forest. There are several waterfall in forest around the town and for reaching up to these beautiful waterfall. You have to track through these forest like for ‘Duchess fall’ you have to track 4 km one side. And if you choose to go the very famous ‘Chauragarh temple‘, which is 2nd highest peak then you have to track more than 5 km and have to climb at least 1350 steps.
Naturally formed caves
Town of Pachmarhi, blessed with rich forest and some of unique naturally formed cave. Most of these cave consider sacred and have religious value among Hindus. Cave of Gupt Mahadev is quite narrow and dark, it look impossible to pass through for a fat person. At Jatashankar Mahadev you have to go down in the valley, as you get down, it look scary and mysterious. There is also a pool above which a big stone hanging and it look like could fall any time.
Some of natural rock formation like Reechgarh are inside forest, which is quite amazing and bigger in size. It feel like you are stepped in a world that is century apart from today.
Parasailing at Pachmarhi
These days Pachmarhi also started some adventure activities like Quad bike, zip-lining , Bungee ejection and Parasailing. In my trip I also tried Parasailing which was a short duration ride. but it was a wonderful experience to fly like a bird. Those who are afraid of such activity they must try it once to overcome your weakness.
Bicycle ride or walk in town
Pachmarhi is a tourist town, still here environment protection is a top priority. Peoples are very much aware of their responsibilities towards nature. These days authority of Pachmarhi, promoting cycling around the town. Cycling or simply walk is a good way to know this beautiful town. Here you will find centuries old tree those have seen the birth of today’s Pachmarhi. There are few churches which tell the story of British era. This small town take care of all your comfort, very well managed and neat & clean.
How to reach Pachmarhi
Air: Bhopal is the nearest airport, that is around 200 km from the Pachmarhi. You can also find direct bus (AC & Non-AC) from some of the major city like from Indore and Bhopal.
Rail: Piparia is a small town and main junction to reach Pachmarhi, lies on the Jabalpur-Itarsi railway route and there are so many regular train on this route. This small town is 45 Km away from Pachmarhi and well connected via road. You can find Bus and Bolero on southern exit of Piparia railway station. Mostly people prefer bolero, because of hill route. You can hire full cab to Pachmarhi that charge you Rs. 900/- to 1000/- or can go in share that charge below 100/-.
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