Pachmarhi waterfalls are one of the reasons you would visit this place. Famous as the Queen of Satpuras, Pachmarhi is a captivating place for nature lovers. Interestingly, Pachmarhi is the tallest and the only Queen of Satpura. It is at a height of 1067 m in the valley of the Satpura mountain ranges. Pachmarhi is located in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Not only the waterfalls are alluring, but the place is a treasure of Madhya Pradesh, where serene nature and great cultural heritage resides in harmony with each other. Here, you can witness the ancient caves of the Buddhist era near most of the cascading waterfalls. Pachmarhi is part of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve as well as it is in the list of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for its rich flora and fauna.
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Pachmarhi has a very important link from Mahabharata. The history says that during their exile, the Pandavas visited these peaceful green hills for their stay. the five Pandava Brothers made five beautiful caves at the hilltop for their stay in these hills during their exile. Hence, the Queen has got her name “Pachmarhi” – Panch means five & marhi means cave. Definitely, the Waterfalls in Pachmarhi are the prime attraction for the tourist. However, Pachmarhi has a lot to offer to the tourists. Such as cave paintings, nature spots, greenery, scenic views, mountain streams, rare wildlife and of course the gigantic waterfalls. Pachmarhi is the place for those who want to feel the calmness of nature & sense the beauty of it.
Rajat Prapat Waterfall (Big Fall):
It is the 30th highest waterfall in India & the highest waterfall in Central India with a single drop of 351 ft (107 m). This waterfall is famous as Silver Fall. The water of this waterfall shines as silver when sunlight falls on it. Hence, the name is Rajat Prapat. In Hindi, Rajat meaning Silver and Prapat means Falls.
You need to walk about 3 KMs over the rocks and boulders from Apsara Vihar to the waterfall view and back. You will not be able to get down to the base of the waterfall as it is located on the other side of the hill. But, you will get a distant view of it to capture the scenic beauty of it in the photographs.
Height: 351 ft (107 m)
Best Season to Visit: During monsoon or just after the monsoon. Best months to visit are from October to May.
Location: Pachmarhi, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.
Activities: Trekking, Photography, Videography, Nature Walk
Distance from Pachmarhi Bus Stand: Approx 5-6 KMs
There are a number of waterfalls in Pachmarhi, but, Bee Fall is the one which is originating from a perennial stream. Also, this fall is the source of drinking water for the Pachmarhi. Earlier, Tribals use to collect honey from the honeycomb near this waterfall, hence, it got the name Bee Falls.
Bee Falls is about 400+ steps down the hill. Unlike Rajat Prapat Fall, you can get down to the base of the Bee Falls where it creates a small pool. You can take a dip in that pool or enjoy the natural water amidst the green hills. Also, you will get a free pedicure by the small fishes present in the pool formed by Bee Falls. However, remember that reaching the pool down the Bee Fall is not convenient for kids and elders.
Height: 150 ft (45.72 m)
Best Season to Visit: During monsoon or just after the monsoon. Best months to visit here are from October to February.
Location: Bee Fall Road, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh.
Activities: Trekking, Photography, Videography, Bathing or Water Soaking, Natural Pedicure
Distance from Pachmarhi Bus Stand: Approx 10 KMs
Apsara Falls or Fairy Pool:
It is famous as this. Some nearby villagers discovered Apsara Falls. They say a group of foreigners were on a trekking trip in Pachmarhi forests. When these villagers reached this place, they saw that some foreign ladies were swimming in this natural pool. Hence, attracted by their fair skin, they started calling this place as “Apsara Vihar“. Therefore, now this fall is famous as Apsara Falls or Fairy Pool.
If you love swimming, this fall is better than Bee falls for you. The pool which Apsara Falls create at the bottom has a scope of swimming or diving into. In Apsara Falls, water comes from the Rajat Prapat, the 351 ft high waterfall forms a shallow pool. This waterfall is near Pandava Caves. You will have to walk approx. 3 – 4 KMs to & fro.
Height: 3501ft (107 m), Height of Rajat Prapat Fall, as Apsara Falls forms from Rajat Prapat Falls. However, the individual height is 9 m.
Best Season to Visit: During monsoon or just after the monsoon. Best months to visit here are from October to May.
Location: Near Jaistambh, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh.
Activities: Trekking, Photography, Videography, Bathing, Water Soaking, Swimming, Diving
Distance from Pachmarhi Bus Stand: Approx 5-6 KMs
To visit any of the above waterfalls, you will have to pay a forest entry fee at Ticket Counter at Bison Lodge, which is 1 KM from Pachmarhi bus stand. The forest entry fee is Rs.50 per adult. However, its free for children.