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Top 5 Places to Visit in Panchmarhi

Madhya Pradesh is a state that boasts of many attractive destinations. Of these, perhaps one spot that is the most popular is Panchmarhi. It is the only hill station in the state and one of the most picturesque places as well. Standing at a height of 1000 m in Satpura Range, Panchmarhi is also called as ‘Satpura ki Rani’, and why not? It has blessed with abundant natural beauty. There are many spots to visit at Panchmarchi including national park, waterfalls, caves, mountains, valleys and so on. Here are the 5 most beautiful destinations in Pachmarchi that are must-visits:

1. Pandava Caves

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Panchmarhi owes its name to these caves. Panchmarhi means pach marhi which translates to five caves in English. They are actually five rock-cut cave temples dedicated to the five Pandavas. It is believed that during their exile, the Pandavas made these caves their home for years. The caves are believed be more than a thousand year old. There is also a beautiful garden in front. The beauty of the garden and the structure which has both mythological and religious significance make the Pandava caves a popular tourist destination of the state.

2. Priyadarshini Point

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Priyadarshini point is definitely a must-see place, as it is believed that its discovery is responsible for the fame Panchmarhi has recieved. In the year 8157, Captain James Forsyth stood on this spot and saw this beautiful hill station filled with scenic beauty. Thus, Panchmarhi was discovered and the world came to know about it as a tourist destination.

The spot was known as Forsyth Point but acquired its present name when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited it. You can get a panoramic view of the entire hill station from here and also get to see the marvelous sun set. The latter is a sight to behold as during the sun set, the three peaks, Dhupgarh, Chauradeo and Mahadeo seem to be flaunting different colours.

3. Satpura National Park

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Satpura National Park is one of the highlights of Panchmarhi with its exotic flora and fauna. Spread over 524 sq kms, it has many spectacular attractions which include valleys, mountains, waterfalls, reservoirs, many species of birds, amazing wildlife, high peaks, dense forests and so on. One of the most popular activities of the park is the jungle safari, which can be undertaken either on jeep, elephant ride or even by walking. There are many water bodies in the park which are another attraction.  There are also activities such as boating and canoeing which are hugely enjoyed by visitors. For bird lovers, this is a special place as it offers a great opportunity to watch many species of birds.  October to June is the time to visit the Satpura National Park.

4. Bee Falls

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Also called as Jamuna Prapat, Bee falls are the source of drinking water for Panchmarhi and are also one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the hill station.  It almost looks as if a huge chunk of melted silver, flowing smoothly yet with tremendous force. It is a perennial waterfall and hence can be visited any time of the year. Still, the winter months are considered to be the best time to visit, which is from October to June.

5. Apsara Vihar

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Also known as the Fairy Pool, Apsara Vihar is a place ideal for family picnics and a nice place to relax and have some fun. Children too can bathe in the pool as it is quite shallow. Tourists come here not just to soak in the cool waters but also to spend some quiet family time in the company of beautiful nature.

Panchmarhi is one of the best weekend getaways for nature lovers. Be it with family or with friends, this is one destination that will never let you down.

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