A travel Guide to Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi Tourism

Pachmarhi town is the highest point and the only hill station in the Central Indian state Madhya Pradesh. This place is also known as "Satpura ki Rani" which translates to "Queen of the Satpura Range". There's a wide variety of trees in Pachmarhi that adds to the charm of the Satpura National Park. Pachmarhi, India, is also part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857, this hill station is a treasure with many ancient caves that reflects the Buddhist era. This beautiful and picturesque town is a perfect getaway to feel calm and relax. Pachmarhi tourism is on the rise, with more and more people visiting this place every year.

The exquisite Pachmarhi tourist attractions include the Satpura Range valley, waterfalls, lakes, streams, and shelter caves. The famous Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve creates a large wildlife conservation area by linking two forest reserves. While on Pachmarhi tours, visitors can enjoy these dense forest areas along with exotic wilderness, which includes rich flora and fauna. As this town was discovered by a Captain in the British Army and built-in modern times, there are hints of colonial style in its architecture. The movie halls, golf courses, local markets, clubhouses, and hotels in Pachmarhi offer tourists a comfortable trip.

Pachmarhi is a delight for people who enjoy nature, wilderness, colonial architecture, religion and spirituality. Here is a Pachmarhi travel guide for a detailed overview of Pachmarhi tourism.

Places to visit in Pachmarhi

1. Bee Falls

Situated at a distance of 3 Km from Pachmarhi, it's a beautiful 35 meters tall waterfall. Out of several waterfalls, Bee falls has its place among the top Pachmarhi tourist places. Visitors have to trek hundreds of steps to reach here. Several vendors are roaming around selling tea and snacks. Visitors can take a dip in this natural freshwater pool. The appropriate time recommended by any Pachmarhi travel guide for anyone visiting this destination is any time of the year. But the best volume of water falling is in the monsoon season.

2. Jata Shankar Caves

Kata Shankar Caves is a significant part of Pachmarhi tourism for religious travellers. They are considered sacred as legend believes that Lord Shiva concealed himself here to hide from the wrath of Bhasmasur. The natural Shiva Lingam sitting under the shadow of a huge rock is worshipped by the devotees visiting this place. The stone structure of the caves here resemble the hundred-headed snake called Sheshnag in Hindu mythology. The spiritual aura of this destination makes it a must-visit place.

3. Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park is located in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most beautiful tiger reserves in India. It's one of the most diverse national parks in India. It provides protection and natural habitat to several endangered and threatened species. Leopards, sloth bears, wild boar and Indian Bison are major attractions of this national park. Among all the Pachmarhi attractions, this one specifically attracts photographers from all around for the impressive flora and fauna.

4. Pandava Caves

Pandava Caves is another significant religious destination among Pachmarhi tourist places. Legend holds that these five rock-cut caves sheltered the Pandavas during their long exile period. These caves are roughly carved. Several archaeological evidence claims that these caves were built by Buddhist monks. There's a garden near it called Pandava Garden, which is a nice place to take a stroll and have a picnic after visiting the caves.

5. Handi Khoh

Situated in Pachmarhi Cantt, Handi Khoh is one of the most beautiful ravines in Central India. There’s a 300 feet high cliff enveloped in dense forest. The mythological history associated with this place says that it was a lake earlier but was dried up to take the shape of a Handi. The place is surrounded by the lovely noises of bees and gushing waters and makes it a perfect destination to get away from everyday life's hustle-bustle.

Things to do in Pachmarhi

Here are some of the most exciting things to do in Pachmarhi:

Safaris in Satpura National Park

Safaris are the best way to optimally explore the diversity of Satpura National Park, which is an important part of Pachmarhi tourism. Tourists can go for either a jeep safari or an elephant safari. Jeep safari is a relatively more comfortable option to enjoy the charm and thrill of this national park. Jeep safari is also generally preferred for wildlife photography. Exploring the national park sitting on the back of an elephant is a unique and interesting option. The chances of coming across a tiger are much more with an elephant safari than a jeep safari. Note that the Field Director's permission is required for an elephant safari.

Trekking

Pachmarhi is home to several low lying hills, ravines, waterfalls, and forests. Trekking in these places is among the top Pachmarhi attractions. There are several spots in the Satpura Range with varying difficulty levels that one can trek up to. The best place to trek is Dhoopgarh, which is the highest spot in the Satpura range. The path for this trek is surrounded by waterfalls and valleys, which makes the trekking beautiful as well as a little tough. Trekking here is best during sunset or sunrise.

Horse riding and ATV riding at Handi Khoh

Handi Khoh is the deepest canyon of Madhya Pradesh and has several activities that are major Pachmarhi attractions. Through scenic hiking trails, horse riding atop a staggering 300 feet is an exciting activity for children and adults. One can also indulge in ATV rides along the waterfalls, sharp ridges and bumpy areas. With enough precautions, adults can enjoy ATV rides safely and children below the age of 16 can enjoy these rides with an accompanying adult.

Visiting Satpura Adventure Club

Satpura Adventure Club is a perfect place for thrill lovers and will get your heart racing. There are several lands, water, and air activities organised here. One frequently recommended activity here by any Pachmarhi tourist guide is Parasailing over the beautiful canvas of Pachmarhi. Another activity that one can enjoy here is Zip lining through the caressing breeze of Satpura Ranges. There are many other sports, like rock climbing and bungee jumping, offering you an exhilarating experience.

Best time to visit Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is a destination with pleasant days and chilly nights. The best time to visit Pachmarhi to explore this town is during summers, from April to June. The temperature during this time is moderate and it's often breezy, making it a perfect time to visit. During the monsoon season from July to September, Pachmarhi witnesses moderate rainfall and the lush greenery of this place blooms at this time. The waterfalls in Pachmarhi come to life during this time. So, monsoon is the best season to visit Pachmarhi.

The Winter season, from October to March, is quite long here. The temperature is low and you'll have to be covered up in woollens. For people who can tolerate low temperature, Pachmarhi is a breathtaking destination.

How to reach Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is a famous tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh and you can reach here via airways, roadways, and railways. Here is how to reach Pachmarhi:

By Airways: The closest airport to this hill station is in Bhopal. There are frequently available flights to Bhopal (Raja Bhoj Airport) or Jabalpur from every major city across the country. This airport is only 195 km away from Pachmarhi. So you can easily board a flight to this airport and take a taxi from there to reach Pachmarhi.

By Roadways: There are several bus services to Pachmarhi that operate daily. This town is well connected via road with other major parts of the state like Bhopal, Hoshangabad and Nagpur. You can easily hire a taxi or travel via a personal vehicle towards your hotels.

By Railways: Pachmarhi is not directly connected via railways. However, one can board a train to the nearest railway station which is Pipariya Railway Station and hail a cab from there. It's only around 50 km away from Pachmarhi and is connected to other major cities in India.

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