Catholic Church

Catholic Church

  • Pachmarhi
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • India

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Catholic Church, Pachmarhi Overview

Located in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh state, Pachmarhi is a tranquil hill station which is also known as the 'Queen of Satpura'. Endowed with many beautiful waterfalls, lush green environ and rich biodiversity, this popular hamlet in Madhya Pradesh offers a peaceful rejuvenation to travelers in the lap of nature. Besides, known for its splendid natural beauty, rich flora and fauna, this hill station also catches the fancy of the tourists for its old buildings, bungalows and especially churches built in the colonial era. Brimming with natural flavors, the Catholic Church is one such place in Pachmarhi that one shouldn't miss if willing to witness the architectural excellence of the British Era.

 

Visitor information-

• Popular for: history, architecture, photography, nature, tourism

• Timing: It opens only on Sundays for prayers. However, you can take a walk around the premises anytime during the day.

• Visiting duration: 15-20 minutes

• Entry fee: No

 

Traveler tips:

 

Since there are relatively few Catholic families dwelling around or in Pachmarhi, this church just pens on Sunday mornings for prayers. Before paying a visit to the place, ask the locals to confirm the timings of the church. Visit the church during the daytime as there is no proper lighting facility after dusk.

 

History and architecture

 

Erected in the year 1892, this vintage monument is a perfect amalgamation of French and Irish architectural style design. The church initially was named as the Church of Our Lady but later the name was converted into the Catholic Church. It is believed that the church has been established in memory of a British captain. The church has a cemetery attached to it devoted to the lost brave British soldiers. The tombstones here dates back to 1859, World War I and World War II.

 

The facade of the church may look a bit worn out but the internal areas of this building are so beautifully made that there was no requirement for renovation to date. The beautiful Belgium stained glass windows of this ancient church are well maintained and add a rare attraction to the building. Standing strong as a great example of colonial architecture and art, the Catholic Church should be in your ‘must visit’ list on your trip to Pachmarhi.

 

Things to do

 

Walk around its premises to admire its old-world charm and architectural excellence of the colonial era.

 

Visit the graveyard located on the church's premises.

 

Best time to visit

 

Pachmarhi can be visited throughout the year, through the best time to plan a trip to this pretty hamlet is October to March. To experience the beauty of this hill station at its best, plan a trip to Pachmarhi after the monsoon. The water is pleasant, the forest is dense and there is greenery everywhere at that time. To see the interiors of the Catholic Church, you have to visit it on Sunday at prayer time.

 

How to reach?

 

• Air: The nearest airport is Bhopal (195 km), connected by regular flights with Delhi, Gwalior, Indore, and Mumbai is around 6 hours’ drive away from the Catholic Church in Pachmarhi.

• Rail: The nearest station is Pipariya (47 km) is located 54 km away from Pachmarhi town.

• Road: Pachmarhi is connected by regular bus services with Bhopal, Nagpur, Hoshangabad, Pipariya, and Chhindwara. Local cabs and taxis are also available at Pipariya for the Panchmari sightseeing tour.

 

Nearby attractions:

 

Other popular places to see around the Catholic Church in Pachmarhi are:

• Christ church

• Bee falls

• Chaurgarh peak

• Jatasankar caves

• Dhupgarh

• Priyadarshini Point

• Mahedo hills

• Pandava caves

 

While on a trip to Pachmarhi, make sure to pay a visit to the Catholic Church. Endowed with its old charm and serene natural surroundings, this vintage church will surely captivate your senses.

 

 

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