Trip to Pachmarhi and Jabalpur in October first week

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During my college days I am able to visit the Pachmarhi in January 1997. I always plan to go there but finally again able to make it in Oct 2011 with my wife , my 2 naughty kids and mother in law.
We atarted from Delhi on 1st October in Jabalpur express and reach Pipariya around 4.30 a.m. on 2nd October.
There are lots of jeeps are available on shared as well as individual basis. We stuck with one indigo and while we agree him to pay 500 up to Pachmarhi and he is not coming down from 600/-. Even though I was ready to spent that extra penney but my wife did not agree and I have to give up then we discuss with local tea vendor and he said that he will arrange one indica for us for dropping to Pachmarhi in 450/-. He call the indica driver and as soon as indica reaches there someone else book it in 500/- So now we are left with shared jeeps. There I reserved 4 seats for us in 400/- and we finally started from Pipariya.
It was now the sunrise time and my kids excited seeing the huge bright yellow sun first time.
Finally we reach Pachmarhi. It was quite early morning and the rainy season was over a few days back only. Therefore almost in all the hotels some modification work is going on ( It is the another matter that whole Pachmarhi is the property of army and no construction material can be enter in to Pachmarhi except for army use)
We see various hotels and finally we settle to newly built Hotel Aggarwal. The room was nice spacious with balcony as well.
The season was just started so we get rooms in decent price.
Then we finalise the Gypsy for local sightseeing.
Gypsy came at sharp 9.00 a.m. to pick us and then we take the tea break at Panditji tea stall ( The tea was fabulous and made completely of milk). Then we started, our first destination was Jata shanker. My Mother in law faces little difficulty during trekking.
Some part of Ashoka movie is also shoot here. On the rocks you can observe various faces.
Then we move to Priyadarshini point / Handi Koh. In between we have crossed a small pond and we see lots of blooming lotusd in the ponds .These points shows the Vast greenary in and around Pachmarhi and very much eye pleasant
The view of Chauragarh temple from this point is very nice.
My wife take some boiled chana masala ( sell by locals) and it was so nice that we took it 4-5 times.

My Mother in law earlier visted the Kashmir and she is comparing Pachmarhi and Kashmir and talk about the beauty of Kasmir. Anyway I have to explain him that we should not comapare Pachmarhi with Kashmir . We have to enjoy what Pachmarhi have.

Then we move towards Gupt Mahadev and Bada Mahadev. Please beware of monkeys at these places ( anyway they are everywhere in Pachmarhi but at this place they rule)

For Gupt Mahadev there is a narrow passage of 10 meter and at one place pass is much narrower. But I see that irrespective of your waist size you are able to go and come back. There was a long queue as at a time only 6-8 people are allowed to go inside and once they come back then next group can go.

Then we visit Bada Mahadev, my son amd my mother in law were not intersted so they go inside the Gypsy therefore myself, myu wife and my 3 year old daughter go inside the cave for Bada Mahadev. There are lots of other temple in the same premises. Once we come back then we come to know that my son is trying to take out some eatables from the bag, then one monkey jump over him and try to snatch the bag, but as the bag was stuch in Gypsy seat monkey was unable to take it away. In the meantime my motherin law and other gypsy driver came to rescure him from monkey.
Anyway there was no injury and monkey is only able to take one packet of biscuit and one other item.

Now it is around 2.00 P.M. and it is the lunch time we take the lunch in open garden restaurent. The food was good

After lunch we move towards Mata Ambaji temple, visited the temple, there my wife see a Kitten and could not resist her and pick her and kitten also found herself much comfortable. During our whole stay at temple the Kitten was around us only.

Then we move towards Begum palace ruins. Nothing special to mention about that point.

Then we go to pachmarhi lake a nice place for boating. Here along with pedal boat you can hire the person who pedal the boat for you. Except me everybody was tired and no one interested so I have no option but to hire the person although the same is quite cheap and gives you lots of comfort. We enjoy the boating then children enjoy in the park and finally the day came to an end.
We come back to our hotel and take the rest. As it is Navratri so lots of lighting was there the gilrs are performing various dances and puja to Maa Durga. After that we take dinner at Bombay hotel ( Both service and food quality was poor

With this our day 1 at Pachmarhi was over and we go for a nice sleep.

3rd Oct'11
Next day morning it was quite excited for my wife and children as they have heard lots about waterfalls in Pachmarhi and eagerly waiting to enjoy the same.
We have to first obtain the permit as all these are in forest area only. The thing which was irritating the compulsory guide ( Chgs 200 and 250 for Grade I&II). Anyway we pay the charges and take the permit as well as guide. As I already visited these site and I know that there is no requirement of Guide.
We then visited Pandav caves, a nice place if someone visted in January,February then he can see lots of flowers there.
After that we move towards Rajat Prapat and Apsara Vihar which areas are under Forest department. Our Guide told my mother in law not to go to these places as the weay towards thse places does not suit to him, I also know the same therefore we nhave not insisted and then we move on a rough trek to reach Rajat Prapat. From Rajat Prapat we move towards Apsara Vihar and now when I saw the water I can not resist myself to go inside the same. I was surprised that many peoples are standing at the corner of Kund.
We spent a good time there and the so called Panchali kund ( the name is as five streams are there). Now it is the time to go back to jeep. My wife was little disappointed as her mother could not visit this place but she know the ground relaties.
Then again we go back and take lunch at Garden restaurent and then we have to go to Bee fall.
Now the worst part started atleast for my Mother in law, the road up to Bee fall is not ready and you have to first walk up to 1 km to reach the parking area and then further move to Bee fall ( With my earlier experience this is the place where all age groups people can go as trekking required is minimal). Anyway we convice our mother to walk with us and then we slowly move towards Bee fall. Our Guide there show us a place where we can reach in 2 minutes ( no need to go 350 stairs down)and there you can enjoy as you are the only one there we opt for the same It is the another matter after seeing us one more family came there.
Anyway we enjoy alot there and then come back to jeep.

From there we move towards Sunset point. We enjoy the sunset and come back to hotel.

It was already confirmed in the morning that Dutches fall is closed and except me no one want to go to Chauragarh temple so I have left with no option but to change my plan as I had already booked my return ticket from Pipariya from 5th Oct night. Therefore it is decided to visit Jabalpur as it is the Dussehera time and Jabalpur is famous for this.
Surprisingly our hotel owner also belong to Jabalpur and he shares lots of things with us and arrange the indigo for morning dropping to Pipariya railway station
We reach Pipariya railway station by 9.00 a.m. our tran was at 10.00 p.m., but it only arrives at 1.00 p.m. and we reach Jabalpur around 3.30 p.m.
We find a decent hotel in Jabalpur and then move towards bedaghat. It was sunset time and it is awesome there. The fall is great.
We also take the trolley ride and spent around 1-2 hours there and finally come back. On way back we visit famous Maata Tripusundari mandir. My wife was happy as on the day of Ashtami finally she is able to get the blessing of Maa Durga.
Then we see lots of Jhankis in Jabalpur, it is really awesome.
Then finally we came to our hotel and order the dinner ( after all these activity we are so tired that nobody wants to go outside for dinner).

As our train leave Jabalpur by 5.00 P.M. on 5th October, we decided to hire indica for full dayNext day morning I go to Jabalpur bus stand to hire a cab after visiting one or two travel agent i got the reasonable price.
we take our breakfast at Coffee house which is next to our hotel and we also packed some lunch as we are going to Bargi dam.
We raech Bargi dam at around 11.00 a.m. and there we enjoy the cruze ride. It was a good experience. We spent quite a good time there.

Then we move to Jain Madiya from there you can see the beautiful view of Jabalpur
From there we move to Kachnar city where 80 feet height Shiva Idol is made. As we are running short of time we decided to move back to hotel and take lunch at coffe house (although it was 3.45 p.m.)One thing I must say if you are in Jabalpur please visit coffee house , the food quality is very good and price are also very reasonable.
Now its time to take our luggage and move to Jabalpur Railway station and we comfortably reach to our train with enough time for depart and then in the noon we reach Delhi.
We are returning happily still one twist was pending on way back to home the axle of auto breaks on a fluover and our auto struck the flyover wall. Luckily none of us was injured however lots of cuts we can see on the face of auto driver and blodd is coming out. For the trip we have kept first aid kit. Now it is used. We do the first aid and he call his family member and then we take another auto to finally reach our home.
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Some of imnportant travelling tips while visiting Pachmarhi

1) Shared taxi / dedicated taxis are available at Pipariya Rly station and charges per seat are 50-80 Rs. depends upon the season. The cost of dedicated indica is Rs. 450/-

2) The best season to visit Pachmarhi is November to March . As by November all the roads in the forest area are repaired and all area is accessible. In November and end of January and February the weather is pleasant for trekking

3) There are lots of good budget hotels vailable in Pachmarhi. Please go direct to the hotels as all hotels are neraby to bus stand and are in the main market except MPTDC hotel. The good hotels are available in range 0f 400-600 there. Definetely it requires little bargain

4) As lots of Maruti Gypsy is available for sightseen. In case you are couple or in small group you can share the Gypsy as travelling by vehicle is quite less nand it will also save your money. However if you want to hire Gypsy independently the charges are in the range of 700-1000 per day. These rates are also varied with season.

5) Trekking to Dutchess fall is not recommended for people suffering from breathing problem. As the whole trekking required approx 4-5 hrs ( For going downside and then coming up)Also certain portion of trek is quite steep therefore is also not recommended for kids

6) Bees fall is most accessible fall as vehicle goes very near to the fall. However those who do not want to go downstairs ( which also took 15-20 mins) they can enjoy the bathing via a shortcut near to the temporeary change room.

7) Each day forest entry cost is approx Rs. 200 per person + Rs. 200 for guide (Compulsory) so try to cover all the forest areas in one day if you are on a short trip. The area cover all the falls, Reechgarh

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Excellent informative report! However, if possible, please provide the followings:

1. Name & contact number of the Hotels you stayed both at Panchmari as well as at Jabalpur. How much did you pay at both the places?
2. Cost of transportation at Jabalpur may also be added. Thanks.
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At Pachmarhi, the contact person at hotel Agrawal is Mr. Anurag Agrawal, the hotel is on Patel Marg.
Contact no. is 07578-252965 , Mob No. 09425367183 / 08989521382. At Pachmarhi the hotel charges was 550/- and I discussed with the owner later who also own ice cream parlour in Pachmarhi, that if we approach them directly ( i.e. avoiding the taxi driver) then we get the room in the range of 400-450 as the season is just begun.
Drop charges (by Indigo) to Pipariya Rly station is 450/-. It is recommended to take train from Pipariya to Jabalpur as superfast train only take 2 hours and by car the road is not too godd and travel time is also higher.
At Jabalpur we stayed at hotel Gurukripa,( Charges 600/-) it is near to the famous Indian Coffee house in Jabalpur.
We take our breakfast and lunch at Indian Coffee house only and we found the food quality good and yet in a very reasonable price. The contact details of hotel I will update shortly. There are also other good hotel in Jabalpur in the price range up to 1000/- ( Price were high due to Dusshera period). Any way we narrowed down to hotel Gurukripa as it hasd one bigger room available . where one extra bed can be put.
If you required any other information please let me know the same.
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I am trying to upload some of the images of Pachmarhi during my visit in October there

Chauragarh Peak

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Bedaghat at Jabalpur after sunset.

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Kachnar city in Jabalpur

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Pachmarhi lake

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Hi Shashank!

I am an old man (70+). I am planning a trip to Panchmarih, Khajuraho and Jabalpur etc. with my family. From your trip report as well as from other related trip reports, it seems that there quite a few points in Panchmarih and may be at Jabalpur also, which need lot of stamina to reach there, which I may be lacking. I need your honest and considered opinion about (considering my age) what are the Points that I should be try and what I should better avoid. These inputs would greatly help me to organize my trip schedule/routes. Thanks.
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Dear Asish Da,

You are right that some points at Pachmarhi required good stamina or you can say in some cases the path up to that point is full of boulders ( Like in case of Silver fall and Apsara vihar, i have photo of that path and I will upload the same for you by Friday. In pachmarhi easily accessible points are Priyadarshini point, Handi kho, Gupt Mahadeo, Bada Mahadeo, Bee falls, Pachmarhi lake, Jatashankar caves.Padava caves garden are beautiful, however there are approx 100 staircase to reach at the top of Pandava caves.
Echo point and Reechgarh are also accessible as trekking is required bur the path is almost plain.

There is not much walking ( With in 1 Km) in case of Silver fall and apsara vihar ( both points are at same place), but a certain portion of path is full of boulders ( From Car parking to downwards towards silver fall) and you have to move on them properly. The places which require more stamina are Chauragarh temple and dutches fall. Rest of the points rerquired trekking but not to that extend. Be ready to trek 200 mtr to 1 km to reach these points, however trekking is steep only in Chauragarh and dutches fall and please note no pony facility is available. Even Palki facilty , i hve not seen anywhere. However in 200-300 Rs. they can take children on there back up to Chauragarh temple.
In Jabalpur all points are easily accessible. There is trolley car at Bedaghat, which takes you on the other side of Narmada river, as view is beautiful from that side. For Jabalpur you can hire Indica or other cab for full day at at charge of 1000-1200 depends upon places of visit.

Any other details if you required. Let me tell you enthusiasm is always overcome the age and stamina.
My Father is now at 65 and in 2010 during our trip to Chardham, my parents do not use pony and walk up to all the places whether it is Yamunotri or Kedarnath.
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Panchmarhi - a hilly beauty

Hi spgupta ji, your report and picturs are very nice.
We were also in Panchmarhi during first week of Oct. '11. We reached on 2nd morning as our train was late by 8hrs. We stayed at MPTDC guest house which are good enough and they arranged for a car to pick up us that very morning as we requested over ph.

On the same day we did sight-seeing in two halves covering nearby places. You said rightly that most of the points are cover-able by walking and ascending or descending few steps.

Asishda, as I read your other reports, it seems you are enthusiast enough to make a good trip there, but I don't know of other members. However Chouragarh is a bit tough to rise 400 stairs (3km) and Dutches fall - we were told the road was in such a condition that we can't go. Have you gone there Gupta ji?

We enjoyed Chouragarh, pandav cave, the lake, Bee falls, Apsara bihar (though there was a group of army people then creating a chaos to 'enjoy'!!). Other points are ok but Panchmarhi itself is a nice place indeed to spend 3 days leisurely.

Here are some snaps of our trip.
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Then Bhimbetka, Bhopal, Tadoba, Nagpur

From Panchmarhi we went to Bhopal via Bhimbetka.

Bhimbetka was really a dream destination from our childhood history classes. The age-old drawings which depicted the thinking, likings of the cave men (?) of thousands and thousands yrs ago- really surprising!!. It was maintained very carefully and we had a good guide.

Then we reached Bhopal which a dusty, crowded polluted city where we just spend the nights and enjoyed the days by visiting Sanchi, Udipur, Raisen fort. Sanchi is also an interesting place and nicely maintained. The neat and clean get up with smell of history and art is worth visiting. Udaipur - 7km from sanchi is a deserted spot as nobody used to went there- some deserted caves with broken, incomplete statues are there. We watched raisen fort from outside as we had not enogh time to visit it. We also missed Bojpur this time.
The local spots in Bhopal - the zoo, Manab Sangrahalaya, Museum, the biggest masjid in Asia, the upper lake are also good to spend time going out of the dusty city area.

Some snaps of this part here.
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Tadoba - the jungle

We decided to return by air from Nagpur, so we choose Tadoba as our next destination, though we knew that Oct. is not right time to meet the animals - specially the Big Cat!! Tadoba is called the Bagh-Bon ( Tiger jungle).

We reached Ballarshah after an overnight journey by train from Bhopal. From there we took car to Tadoba. We were unlucky enough to not get entry pas from Chandrapur Office (as we have no advance booking for safari) through nearby gate of the MTDC guest house we booked from Kolkata. There was such mismanagement !! Rooms were not ready, restaurant was in a hoch-poch condition and no staff was available to answer. However we managed a morning safari through the gate 11km away - started in the very early dawn, almost in darkness and some deer, wild boar, a half-merged crocodile were pleased to visit us. But the jungle is good enough to feel the nature, the greenery. In the evening we spend wandering a nearby grassland.

We had an unpleasant experience while leaving Tadoba by car to Nagpur. I can suggest anyone going Tadoba - to book car for the total to and fro journey, though you need separate car for safari.

We spend one day in Nagpur as a halt, visited the lake, nothing is there to say about Nagpur. We wished to visit Ramtek, but time did not allowed us.

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1. On the way to Bhopal,
2. Raisen Fort,
3. In Tadoba
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Dear Durontoji,

Nice to see your beautiful phographs of Pachmarhi, it will definetely help ashishda in finalising his trip to Pachmarhi.
Please refer the attached link, where I added the photos of Path to Apsara vihar/silver fall/Panchali kund ( Please note that photo is taken after going approx 30-40 meters downwards on Boulders ( much steeper) from the parking area and this phographs only show the last leg of that path.

http://photobucket.com/Pachmarhi

Asishda for bee fall you need not required to go so much downstairs, just ask the guide ( as it is compulsory by the forest department) so that he can take you that shortest point where you can enjoy the fall as well as bath

Dutchess fall we visit during our trip in Jan'97 and that trek is fabulous and I must say it is a trekker paradise to trek the fall from top to bottom, but Asishda I will not recommend it to you, as some points in this trek are quite steep and this trek required very good balancing and streching skills apart from stamina.
During our trekking we only find few couples taking rest in the mid way on the rocks and enjoy the fall and we are the only one for that day who trek up to the bottom of the fall and for our surprise we are greeted by two lacal tribals there with some hot herbal tea, which refreshes us like anything
Also during my recent visit guide told me about some fatality happened over past few year ( how ever in one case the root cause was excessive smoking during this trekking)

I will also not advise the trekking up to Chauragarh also as last few steps are really steep, we done that in 1997 and we take lots of neembu pani to reach there as day time it was quite hot for trekking

You can trek rest of the point and enjoy the natural beauty.
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nice report
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Thanks saikat, for reminding of this old thread

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