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Pandav Caves, Pachmarhi

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Enter a meditation cave and feel its natural ventilation at Pandav Caves, a complex of five rock-cut Buddhist caves in the Satpura range. Hewn by Buddhist monks, these sandstone caves are believed to have been shaped between the sixth and tenth centuries CE, and are named after the five brothers from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. These ancient rock shelters feature some rough carvings and pillars, as well as some statues of Buddha and Boddhisattva. A stairway guarded by railings descends into a charming garden featuring elaborate topiary. The area has an ancient but still highly functional water-management system with a number of water tanks. Plan to visit Pandav Caves and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Pachmarhi attractions using our Pachmarhi vacation generator.
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  • Located at a vintage point surrounded by good looking garden,these caves are indeed a place to must visit.The name as pandava is debatable as there is no trace of the pandava coming here in the'Mahabh...  more »
  • the name is elusive. this place has a better garden than the caves which hardly attract attention. the small climb up the hill is good and offers better views from the top. 30 mins is more than enough...  more »
  • History tells us that Pachmarhi got its name from the 5 caves on this hill. It is believed that the Pandavas resided here for some time during their exile. The caves are closed, but you can climb up t...  more »
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  • Let me include better look of original Pandav caves during 1983’s. There was no construction or layout done in front of the caves during those days. Even the army personal families during those days have done outing by watching the first ever weak television relays on top of the caves. TV signal was only received on top of the caves, so the family members first ever watched TV on top of the caves. Natural beauty is most extensively destroyed by the commercialize and business attitude minds. Unlike those days, I am sure now we cannot just run up to the caves and stay and go to the other side of the caves, in the forest at any times. One specialty during those days in the caves is one person used to visit in evening times and play flute in the caves and his voice used to reach till our house clearly. I am not sure whether that practice is still taking place or not!! Secondly, my father was in army so our house was beside the highway road, in front of Pandav caves you can see a big square playground, from where the snap was taken. We were in ground floor.
  • Panchmarhi is British army officers holiday home and they developed and maintained very nicely. Be ready for 3 days full of fun and enjoy flora and avifauna, if you are keen. Be ready for hiking experience if you want to enjoy all waterfalls.
  • The name Pachmarhi is believed to be derived from the Hindi words Panch ("five") and Marhi ("caves"). According to a legend, these caves were built by five Pandava brothers of Mahabharatha era during their fourteen years of exile. The caves are situated on a hilltop and provide an excellent vantage point......... British arrival, Pachmarhi region came under the kingdom of the Gond king Bhawut Singh, although it was a populated village or town at that time. Captain James Forsyth of the British Army along with Subhedar Major Nathoo Ramji Powar who was later made the Kotwal (Incharge of the armoury (Koth)of Pachmarhi, spotted the plateau in the Pachmarhi region in 1857, while leading his troops on the way to Jhansi.[3] It quickly developed into hill station and sanatorium for British troops in the Central Provinces of India.
  • Good place to visit and nice place to hangout. There is a nice park which is well maintained.. One should be cautious while climbing the rocks... At the top one will get nice aerial view of the whole garden...
  • Nice place to visit, but there shud have been more detailed description of da place...