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Top Destinations to Visit on your Trip to Satpura National Park

There are many amazing places to visit in Satpura, given its rich geography and history. Named after the magnificent Satpura hill ranges of Madhya Pradesh, the national park is one of the lesser-known national parks but definitely one of the best! 

If you are wondering about the places to visit in and around Satpura National Park, you are at the right place. This article will tell you the best places to take your family, friends, and tour group to make the holiday a perfect getaway. 

Bee Falls and Rajat Prapat (Silver Fall/Big Fall) are among the top places attracting many travelers, as both areas have a natural beauty that gives incredible views to travelers. 

The other fantastic tourist spots are Chauragarh Temple and Gupt Mahadev Cave Temple. These two temples are popular among travelers as their architecture is marvelous, and the temples hold mythological significance. 

Jata Shankar Cave and Pandav Caves are stunning caves shrouded in legends and stories from various eras. Visit these caves for a totally different experience of exploring.

There are many other places to visit in and around Satpura National Park. To know about every location in detail, start reading the article below.

List of top places to visit on your trip to Satpura National Park

Mahadeo Hills 

Mahadeo Hills lie north of the Wardha and Wainganga rivers, dividing the Narmada basin. The hills generally run from east to northeast, with a mild northern slope. The southern side is steep and drops off suddenly.

During the Carboniferous epoch, the hills’ plateaus and slopes were created millions of years ago. One of Pachmarhi’s three highest elevations, Mahadeo Peak, is where you can access the cave temple Gupt Mahadev, which houses a sacred shrine to Lord Shiva. In addition to Gupt Mahadev, this temple also contains Bade Mahadev, a shrine devoted to Lord Shiva. These temples are highly regarded and extensively worshiped. The ambiance will calm your senses with the vista of nature and the surrounding vegetation.

Timing: open 24 hours.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

Suggested time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Handi Khoh 

Surrounded by verdant forests and hills, Handi Khoh is a V-shaped ravine 300 feet deep and constituted by two massive hills in the middle of a dense forest. The place has a mythological history and is closely associated with Lord Shiva. It is thought that once it was a vast lake, but the fury of Lord Shiva destroyed the devilish snake guarding the lake, and the event dried up the lake and took the shape of a handi (pot).

Famous for its quaint serenity and old-world charm, the canyon is a natural abode for many floral species. It is a quiet place where you can get a close brush with nature. Besides, this place is famous for trekking, hiking, photography, and horse riding.

Timing: From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days of the week.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

Suggested time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Pandav Caves 

Pandav Caves is a group of five rock-cut temples with natural gardens, roughly carved columns, and pilasters, and it is among the most sought-after Pachmarhi places to visit. According to the legend, these caves are considered to have provided shelter to the Pandavas during their exile. These attractive caves are shrouded in many stories belonging to various eras and were lastly hewn by Buddhist monks who used these caves for meditation during the 1st century AD. It is now a protected monument, and tourists flock from all over India to see this place.

According to the legend, these five caves denote each of the brothers: Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Nakul, Sahdev, Bhima, and their wife – Draupadi. ‘Draupadi Kuti’ is the cleanest and best-ventilated of the five caves. Bhim Kothari, the cave of Bhima, the toughest of the five brothers, is the darkest cave. Nevertheless, these temples have beautiful sculptures and carvings. These Caves have even given the name to the town – ‘Pachmarhi’ can be translated as ‘five caves’ or ‘five huts.’

Timing: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all days of the week.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

Suggested time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Priyadarshini Point 

Priyadarshini Point is a hilltop from which you can get an eagle-eye view of the entire town. This is the place where Captain James Forsyth discovered Pachmarhi in 1857. It was known as Forsyth Point and was renamed Priyadarshini Point after Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, visited the spot. Priyadarshini Point is one of the best places to visit in Pachmarhi, which is usually a highlight amongst nature lovers.

From here, one can get a beautiful view of the entire Pachmarhi valley, especially Handi Khoh. The whole place has hills rolling on each other and clouds and mists in their surroundings. The scenery is worth enjoying. Also, it is an ideal place to see the sunset in the majestic Satpura Range. A short trek of 400 meters from the parking area leads to the point.

Timing: open 24 hours.

Entry Fee: free of cost.

Suggested time required: 1 to 2 hours

Rajat Prapat (Silver Fall/Big Fall) 

The tallest waterfall in Pachmarhi, Rajat Prapat, is a horsetail-type waterfall with a single drop of 107 m (351 ft). Locally known as the ‘Queen of Satpura,’ Rajat Prapat originates from the same stream that Apsara Kund comes from. When the sun shines on it, the fall looks like a silver strip, and hence, it got its name, Rajat Prapat, where Rajat means silver in Hindi and Prapat means falls. It flows through a gorge that would shimmer your eyes with silver streaks. During the full monsoon, the waterfall is a mighty sight to behold.

A stone’s throw away from the Apsara Kund, the fall is located on the other side of the mountain, and the people have to trek 1-2 km over rocks and boulders. However, once you reach the top of the mountain, you can witness the magnificent Satpura hill range, and amidst that, the waterfall rests, enveloped by the lush greenery.

Timing: open 24 hours.

Entry Fee: free of cost.

Suggested time required: 1 to 2 hours

Chauragarh Temple 

The Chauragarh Temple, atop Chauragarh Hill, is the third highest peak of Pachmarhi at 1,330 m. Surrounded by spectacular hills and verdant valleys, this age-old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex comprises the main temple, a Dharamshala, and a natural pond. The temple is famous for the thousands of tridents on the premises offered by devotees over the years.

Devotees need to climb 1,300 steps to reach this holy place. During Nag Panchami and Maha Shivratri festivals, devotees rise this steep path, carrying heavy Trishuls as a part of religious norms. Offering a Trishul is auspicious and is like thanksgiving once Lord Shiva grants your wish. The view of the sunrise from here is breathtaking, as are the surrounding forested valleys.

Timing: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all days of the week.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

Suggested time required: Less than an hour.

Jata Shankar Cave 

The Jata Shankar Caves in Pachmarhi are revered because it is thought that Lord Shiva hid from Bhasmasur’s anger tucked away in a deep gorge with enormous boulders perched above. Jata Shankar Cave is a stunning limestone cavern with stalactites and stalagmites that resemble Lord Shiva’s matted hair, thus the name. A formation on the roof of this well-known temple also strongly resembles the mythical Sheshnag, a serpent with one hundred heads.

Stalagmites in the cave are regarded as naturally occurring lingams. This cave contains 108 of these organic lingams. Two different types of ponds are fed by springs found in the locality, one with cold water and the other with hot water. Water in the cave flows from an unknown point, as no one has ever seen or reached that starting point, and hence this stream of water is popularly known as ‘Gupt Ganga.’ 

Timing: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on all days of the week.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

Suggested time required: An hour and a half.

Apsara Vihar Waterfall 

Apsara Vihar is a natural pool with a beautiful small waterfall. It is famous as the’ Fairy Pool’ in the hills of Pachmarhi near Pandav Caves. The 30-foot-high waterfall forms a shallow pool, a popular picnic spot among locals and tourists. The water is perfect for swimming and diving. It comes from the Rajat parapet to Apsara Falls.

Pachmarhi was the summer capital of the Britishers. According to a story, English women bathed in this pool during British rule in India to beat the summer. As the English ladies wore white clothes while washing, locals considered them fairies, hence the pool’s name, Apsara Vihar, or Fairy Pool. This waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in Pachmarhi. It was deep inside the jungle. One has to walk a little down in the wilderness, and you see a small but beautiful waterfall there. It was not a big one, but a small waterfall with an excellent platform to sit and enjoy the nice flow of water. 

Timing: 24 hours

Entry fee: Forest entry covers INR 50 per adult.

Suggested time required: 1 to 2 hours

Gupt Mahadev Cave Temple 

Gupt Mahadev is another cave temple in the Mahadeo Hills of Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Bada Mahadev Cave, it is one of the ancient cave temples in Pachmarhi and among the top attractions.

Gupt Mahadev is a 40-foot-long cave dedicated to Lord Shiva. Snuggled comfortably amidst the Mahadeo Hills, this temple houses a Shivalinga and Lord Ganesha. With a Lord Hanuman statue at the entrance, the path is narrow and meandering, and only 7 to 8 people can get inside at a time. One has to squeeze or move sideways to go inside, literally. The place is quite an exciting and mysterious spot near Pachmarhi, where spirituality meets adventure.

Timing: Sunrise to sunset.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

Suggested time required: 30 minutes to an hour.

Bee Falls

The hill station of Pachmarhi has multiple picturesque waterfalls, of which Bee Falls stands out. More commonly known as Jamuna Prapat, the Bee Falls cascades down from about 35 meters and is famous for supplying water to Pachmarhi. It is named as such because the waterfall sounds like a bee from a distance. There is a pool below and another one above the waterfall. 

It is one of the favorite picnic spots amongst both locals and tourists and is a hotspot for swimming. Stand under the cool shower or quickly dip in one of the many rocky pools to enjoy the refreshing experience. The view of the waterfall cascading down the lush valley leaves everyone stunned. You can reach Bee Falls by hiring a local transit service like Jeep, followed by a long trek down the steps. However, be careful, as monsoons can be slippery.

Timing: Sunrise to sunset.

Entry fee: INR 15 per Indian adult.

Suggested time required:  1 to 2 hours

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