Pachmarhi, wrapped in lush green meadows and rinsed by the many streams and waterfalls, is a real walker’s paradise, perhaps the best place of the state to enjoy your holidays. Situated in the Satpura ranges, Pachmarhi is an idyllic hill station in Madhya Pradesh. It is about 210 kilometres from Bhopal, the state capital.
Pachmarhi was discovered by James Forsyth, captain of Bengal Lancers in 1857, and then it also became a cantonment of the British. Even today one finds various monuments and churches of the British era.
Indira Priyadarshini Point, Jamuna Prapat, Dhoopgarh and Panday Caves are the chief tourist attractions of this heavenly hill station. Indira Priyadarshini Point offers stunning views of Pachmarhi. It was earlier known as Forsyth Point, named after James Froysth, who first saw Pachmarhi from this point.
Jamuna Prapat is a fabulous fall above the stream. One can enjoy taking a swim at the various swimming pools above the fall. Dhoopgarh, the highest point in Satpura range, offers impressive picture the sunset. It is where most people flock in the evening.
Pandav Caves located two kilometres away from Jai Stambha is yet another attention-grabbing tourist destination. The other places that one can tour include Handi Khoh, Apsara Vihar, Mahadeo Hill, Jata Shankar, Catholic Church and Bison Lodge. The Bison Lodge was built by Captain Forsyth and is now a local museum.
Pachmarhi is an excellent place to take long strolls. One can take a leisurely walk to Jata Shanker cave or just walk up to Chauragarh.
Satpura National Park, a site nearby, is an ideal place to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. Set up in 1981, the park covers an area of 524 sq kilometers and is habitat for a rich variety of birds. Bison, tigers, leopards and four-horned deer are just few of them. Tamia is another beautiful place, about 78 kilometres from Pachmarhi. Adventure lovers can trek in the woods in the Satpura range.
Bhopal is the nearest airport and is about 210 kilometres from Pachmarhi, and Pipariya offers the closest railhead to Pachmarhi, which is about 47 kilometres away. In addition, Pachmarhi is well connected by road to Nagpur, Bhopal and Pipariya. At Pachmari, one has a number of options to choose from when it comes to lodging. Roch-End Manor, Glen View, Satpura Retreat, Hilltop Bunglow, Amaltas, Pachvati, Club View and Hotel Highlands are all good hotels.
The best time to visit Pachmarhi is April-July. Nevertheless Pachmarhi can be visited throughout the year except during the rains.