A great many caves are found in Pachmarhi. You must visit the shrine which stands atop Mahadeo hill. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There’s a cave with motivating paintings from as far back as 1000 BC next to the shrine.
Another interesting and sacred cave is called Jatashankar. It gets its name because of the formation of rocks that bear resemblance to the matted locks of Lord Shiva. These can be pretty beguiling. The natural formation of the rocks here is mind boggling. One of the shapes reminds you of the giant serpent hood in the breezy shadowy cave. This is called the Samadhistha Shiva. To get here one must drive 1.5 kilometers out of town and hoof it part of the way. One the way to Jatashankar you will also come across a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, with his idol carved out of rock. Harper’s cave too is in the vicinity of Jatashankar caves. This cave has been so named because of a painting portraying a man playing a harp.
The most fascinating of all the caves are the Pandav Caves. The Pandav brothers are said to have stayed here at some point during their 12 year exile. Although it was the Buddhists who carved these caves in the 9th or 10th century AD, they are still popularly known after the Pandav brothers. This hill station gets its name because of the five ancient caves chiseled in rock. The word Panch Marhi actually means five caves. While the dingy cave is called Bhim Kothri, the spotless and well ventilated one is called Draupadi Kuti. Sculpted in sandstone rock, they are now protected monuments. They definitely merit a visit.
Pachmarhi has some churches too. The Catholic Church here was built by the British as far back as 1892. There’s a charming church with stained glass windows and a cemetery that has graves from the year 1859.
The Christ Church is considered a truly superb little church. Built in 1875, it has a bell that can be heard from far and has been here since the time the church was built. The colored window panes have the distinction of having been imported from Europe.