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Pachmarhi Ahoy!

16 Jul

Last month, work took me to perhaps the prettiest place I have visited in a long time – Pachmarhi. Our clients, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Developement Board had commissioned a string of books and Pachmarhi is a part of it (Check with your nearest book-shop for our travel guides on Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore, Mandu and Orccha).

Where I dared!

This is your typical Pachmarhi landscape with tall, rocky mountains, plunging ravines and in this case, two feet from where I am standing, a thousand-feet drop. What you see in the pic is the insignificance and helplessness of man vis-s-vis nature. What you don’t see, however, is the effort it required on my part to keep a straight face.

God made it that way!

Another of Pachmarhi’s marvels. The rock, as big as three buses put together, rests as it does between two rock faces. Below it is a pond which is considered holy by the local people. I wonder how big the splash would be if one day, the rock decides to take the plunge!

For him, the bell tolls!

I finally manage to reach to top of the Chauragarh Hill, after 3.4 kms of uphill treks and negotiating 1,380 stairs. The view from the top made me forget hunger, fatigue,  sunburn, thirst … pretty much everything I was afflicted with at the moment. Now I know what Led Zeppelin were thinking when they wrote ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Him!

Pachmarhi is a land full of legends related to Lord Shiva. My guide, conspicuous with a bright vermillion tilak on his forehead, explained how this is where He stays when He is not in His penthouse atop Mount Kailash. On the way to Chauragarh, I stopped to rest in a cave and there He was! He did not speak to me though.

trishul!

More signs of his Presence!

Mother!

With the coming of the British, came a different deity – Jesus of Nazareth. A different god demands a different temple, so churches were built. Different people worship differently, hence there was built a Catholic Church and  a Protestant one as well! They are however, closed to the general public. Same tree, different wood.

Bee Falls

The Bee Falls is one of the busiest places in Pachmarhi and also the source of the town’s potable water. For the latest trend in waterfall-wear, consult the bathers at the bottom of the falls!

Pachmarhi can be visited throughout the year! If you are coming from Delhi, like I did, catch the Delhi Jabalpur Sridham Express which will drop you off at Pipariya at 0400 hrs. Right outside the station, from in front of the Strate Bank of India ATM, you can get a bus or share a taxi to Pachmarhi, 54 kms away. Dont sleep on the journey, you dont know what you will miss!

For more information, please buy our Pachmarhi Travel Guide…hang on..we’re still working on it. It should be out by the first week of September.

Till then…

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Posted by on July 16, 2009 in goodearth guides, travel

 

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11 responses to “Pachmarhi Ahoy!

  1. Sneha

    July 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Will visit the place for sure once im back…:)….beautiful place…and wonderful pics…nice write up too!!

     
  2. Anindita Sarkar

    July 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Brilliant pics…. why don’t you guys start a weekly newsletter or maybe a fortnightly one. It will fetch Goodearth a hell lot of hits and recognition too outside the audience set that it deals with now.

    Also, please do a book on Andaman and Nicobar. Really looking forward to see what Goodearth would bring to the fore…

     
  3. Imroz Adeeb

    July 18, 2009 at 6:52 am

    You’ve made MP look to tempting that I wanna pack my bags and get going. Very nice pictures and where pictures were missing, the imagery sketched by your words filled the gap wonderfully. Great work and I will definitely pick up this book when I plan to explore MP 🙂

     
  4. Pooja

    July 20, 2009 at 9:47 am

    These are some fab pics, Bo! Youre getting really good at your art… I have been told many times over that Panchmarhi is beautiful, but the first time ever I want to actually visit!!

    Do let me know when the book is out.

     
  5. Kishen Gajja

    July 20, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Lovely locations. Wonderful pics.

     
  6. Ranjan Matthew

    July 30, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Excellent article Bodhmeister. Also, who took the picture where you’re standing on a broken wall on a cliffside?
    The pictures are lavish. I didn’t think such a place existed in MP. How’s the tourist facilities there? Is one expected to rough it out completely or is it decently facilitated with little hotels etc?
    Also, the stairway to heaven comment brings a joke to mind.

    Stephen Hawkings dies and arrives at the stairway to heaven and said “Oh dear”

     
  7. ed3bodhi

    July 31, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Nice one, Ramzam! MP is actually a treasurehouse of tourism. Next time you plan a holiday, gimme a holler!

     
  8. Abeer

    August 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I am always torn between telliung people about Pachmarhi, and trying to keep it quiet for the fear that too many people will find out about it. Still happy that it’s not that easy to get to. though easier from Howrah/Bombay than it is from Delhi. Hope the tourists still drive down to Bee falls and all the touristy spots and the lovely spots are still quiet and clean and not very accessible.

    If you want to go to Pachmarhi, go outside the peak summer months – it’s not very high up. Skip the tourists spots, ok maybe go up to Dhupgarh – actually climb up, it takes about an hour form the end of the road, instead of driving up. Skip bee falls. Find an old map or guide, stroll down to the numerous water spots that can be reached from the forest trails. Stay away from the main town with the ugly buildings. Get hold of a bicycle if you can.

    I think all hill stations should be handed over to the army, they do a better job of taking caare of them than anyone else!

     
    • Tanya Matthew

      August 31, 2009 at 8:37 am

      Had no idea you knew pachmarhi so well! When were you there? Our guide will soon be ready, you should take a look at that too!

       
  9. Janit

    September 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Beautiful pictures and nice descriptions too.

     
  10. shilpi

    February 21, 2012 at 3:46 am

    its a magical place…have visited 5-6 times and will do so again

     

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