I have been hearing about this Holy place since my childhood that how devotees used to climb the Mountain facing all the difficulties and carrying the Heavy Trishuls on their shoulders to offer their beloved Lord Shiva at the Top, we can see thousands of Trishuls lying in the Temple at the Top and on the way while climbing. I was finally here @Pachmarhi fondly known as "Satpura ki Raani" Only to experience the stories I grew up listening, only to climb the Mountain and meet Lord Shiva.
Since our Mahadev is everywhere .. one can worship at the Holy shrines at the Foot Hill of Chouragarh Mountain we call it Bada Mahadev, and Gupt Mahadev.
but if we want to meet Mahadev at the Top and want to see the level of devotion in the form of thousands of Trishuls.. we have to walk few meters and Climb approx 1300 odd steps to reach the top. It takes approx 5 hrs to climb up.. experience the beautiful viws, mountain peaks, lush Greeneries, worship, photography and climb down.
since its the 2nd highest peak of MP, we can see the entire Satpura ranges from here, the view is mesmerizing as if we are on the top of the World, I must say that it can't be explained in words as it can only be experienced.
It's a perfect combination for adventure seekers and Devotees.
It's a Day Trip if you are planning only for Holy shrines Bada Mahadev, Gupt Mahadev, Jata shankar and Trek to Chouragarh Mountain.
Plan for at least 4 days if you want to experience the entire Pachmarhi.. It has Dhoopgarh, pandav caves, various falls and much more.
Nearest railway station is Piparia MP, reach Pachmarhi in 2 hrs and hire a local gypsy to reach to the foot hill of the Mountain.
Avoid visiting during rainy days, it can be risky as the few steps are still rough and under construction.
Avoid carrying any food items as the Monkees will smell it and snatch it from you.
Avoid wearing heals for climbing.
You Must Carry Lemon and Salty water bottles to keep you energetic.
And ofcourse carry a DSLR if you are a shutterbug, it's undoubtedly a photogenic place with full of lush greenery.
So please plan sometimes to see our "Hindustan ka Dil" 😀